The development of group homes occurred in response to the deinstitutionalization movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. As psychiatric hospitals closed, discharged individuals needed places to live. Group homes/Transitional Housing services were designed to provide care in the least restrictive environment and to integrate individuals with disabilities into the community, reducing stigma and improving quality of life. The environment of a group home was intended to simulate typical family life as much as possible. In San Mateo County Group Homes/Transitional Housing services care for approximately eight percent of the children in foster care. Group Homes provide the most restrictive foster care, and they primarily provide a place for children with significant emotional or behavioral problems. Group Homes / Transitional Housing Services provide 24-hour, non-medical care and supervision and run the gamut from large, institutional and intensive therapeutic settings, often called “residential treatment centers,” to small home environments incorporating a “house parent” model.

Effective January 1, 2017, Assembly Bill (AB) 403 (Chaptered 773, Statues of 2015) established a new community care facility category called Short-term residential therapeutic program (STRTP). A STRTP is a residential facility operated by a public agency or private organization that provides an integrated program of specialized and intensive care and supervision, services and supports, treatment, and short-term 24-hour care and supervision to children and non-minor dependents. The care and supervision provided by a STRTP shall be nonmedical, except as otherwise permitted by law. Private STRTPs shall be organized and operated on a non-profit basis.

East Palo Alto Teen Home, Inc. is pleased to accept the charge of transitioning to a Short-term residential therapeutic program (STRTP) and will provide the same exceptional level of care while doing so, EPATH has received the required support letter from San Mateo County and looks forward to accreditation March 2018.