10.21.04.02

.02 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, terms have the meanings stated in COMAR 10.21.17.

B. Definition of Group Home.

(1) "Group home" means a community-based residential program that provides services:

(a) For individuals who have been or are under treatment for a mental disorder;

(b) When possible, in the individual's community of origin; and

(c) In a home-like environment.

(2) "Group home" means a private group home as defined in Health-General Article, §§10-514(b), (d)—(e) and 10-518(b), Annotated Code of Maryland, as either a:

(a) Small private group home, which:

(i) Admits at least four but not more than eight individuals; and

(ii) Is deemed conclusively a single-family residence and is permitted in all residential zones; or

(b) Large private group home, which:

(i) Admits at least nine but not more than 16 individuals; and

(ii) Is deemed conclusively a multifamily residence and is permitted in zones of similar density.

(3) "Group home" does not include a:

(a) Foster home that is the domicile of the foster parent; or

(b) Facility that is:

(i) Owned by or leased to the State or any public agency;

(ii) Regulated by the Department of Juvenile Services or Developmental Disabilities Administration; or

(iii) Organized wholly or partly to make a profit.