Personal Care Home Licensing
In response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and its potential impact on the delivery of services to individuals receiving LTSS, the Department of Human Services, Office of Long-term Living (OLTL) has developed the following operational recommendations for LTSS providers. The document may be found here.
For information and resources relating to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak please visit the
Pennsylvania Department of Health website.
Below is a survey to help the Department of Health and Department of Human Services predict operational and logistical needs for licensed facilities. The survey is: (1) discretionary and not a condition of continued licensing; (2) that answers will not serve as an independent basis for the finding of a licensing violation; (3) the information will only be used for planning services; and (4) a third party may help the agencies analyze the data. If you object to the use of this information, do not answer the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W5MDTP5
Due to an abundance of caution relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, all of the below training programs are being postponed until further notice:
- Temple University Harrisburg Personal Care Home Administrator continuing education
- Northampton Community College Personal Care Home Administrator and Staff continuing education
- Personal Care Home and Assisted Living Administrator Orientation
For information regarding the status of the Personal Care Home Administrator 100-hour course and the Assisted Living Residence Administrator 15-hour course, please contact the training institution directly.
The following forms below are offered in PDF format; all forms are fill-in enabled. If a Word version of any form is needed, please contact the department's Operator Support Hotline at 1-866-503-3926 or email the ARL Headquarters Office.
Sample Model Forms
Regulations & Interpretations
Interpretations — Questions/Answers
All individuals that complete the 100-hour standardized department-approved administrator training course after Jan. 31, 2009 must successfully complete the test with a passing score in accordance with 55 Pa.Code § 2600.64(a)(3) (relating to administrator training and orientation). The test
must be successfully completed prior to an individual being hired as an administrator. Additionally, an individual who completed the 100-hour course prior to January 1, 2009, and who was hired or promoted to work as an administrator on or after April 1, 2012, must take and pass the competency test.
In accordance with 55 Pa.Code § 2600.64(g), a licensed nursing home administrator hired as a personal care home administrator after Jan. 31, 2009, must complete and pass the department-approved personal care home administrator competency-based training test. Contact a department-approved 100-hour training institution for available dates/times and fees to complete the test.
Direct Care Staff Person Training Course and Competency Test
All direct care staff persons hired after Oct. 31, 2007, who will provide unsupervised Activities of Daily Living (ADL) services must successfully complete the course and pass the competency test in accordance with 55 Pa.Code § 2600.65(d)(2) and (d)(3) (relating to direct care staff person training and orientation). The course/test must be completed prior to direct care staff persons providing unsupervised ADL services.
Please be aware that the Department does not maintain a database of individuals who complete the course/test. Therefore, please ensure that you print out your certificate of completion before logging off, as only proof provided regarding completion of the course/test.
Please also note that each individual taking the course/test must successfully log out of the course/test before another individual logs in to take the course/test. A certificate of completion will not print properly and/or be accurate if this is not done.
Training for Trainers of Personal Care Home Administrators:
To become a Department of Human Services-approved training institution: