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Certified Family Home Program - Provider Page

Certified Family Homes (CFH) provide a safe, family-style living environment for adults who need some assistance with the activities of daily living, but do not require a more restrictive institutional setting. Usually there are one or two adult residents in a CFH.  Each resident has a tailored care plan designed to meet their individual needs and to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in community activities.  The CFH is operated by a provider who has received the appropriate training and demonstrated the knowledge and experience to provide safe and effective services to the residents.  There are over 2,500 Certified Family Homes in communities across the state.

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CFH Basic Medications Awareness and Infection Control

The CFH Basic Medications Awareness and Infection Control course, which is a Department-approved alternative to the Assistance with Medications course that is more applicable to the home setting, is now available through most of the State’s six technical colleges. Spanish language versions of the course may be available in some areas. The colleges are:

Curso de Medicamentos Básicos y Control de Infecciones para Casas Familiares Certificadas (CFH)

El curso sobre Medicamentos Básicos y Control de Infecciones de CFH, que es una alternativa aprobada por el Departamento al curso de Asistencia con Medicamentos que es más aplicable al hogar, ahora está disponible en la mayoría de las seis universidades técnicas del estado. Las versiones en español del curso están disponibles en algunas áreas. Las universidades son:

Docket No. 16-0319-1901


In November 2019, the Board of Health & Welfare adopted rule docket number 16-0319-1901, which strengthens the safety of vulnerable adults living in certified family homes by changing the rules governing those homes in the following ways:

1. Requiring that care providers, substitute caregivers, and other adults living in certified family homes (excluding residents receiving care) clear a recurring criminal history and background check through the Department of Health & Welfare at least every five (5) years; and

2. Allowing the department to deny the application for a certified family home certificate when the applicant has had a child care or foster care license denied or revoked in the past.

Docket No. 16-0319-1901 is found on page 332 in the January 2020 Administrative Bulletin.

The next step in the rule promulgation process is for the Idaho Legislature to consider the pending rule docket. The respective Health & Welfare Committee for both the House and Senate will likely schedule presentations of the docket by the department. Committee meetings are open to the public.


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Name Role Office
Steven L. Millward     CFH Program Manager (208) 334-0706
Susan Elsey CFH Technical Records Specialist (208) 334-0711
Lynette Palmer Region 1 CFH Specialist (208) 665-8807
Kim Cole Region 2 CFH Specialist (208) 799-4438 
Sandy Arnold Region 3 CFH Specialist (208) 455-7120
Carrie Rambeau Region 3 CFH Specialist (208) 455-7120
Laura Gomez
Region 4 CFH Specialist (208) 334-0700
Debra Gould Region 4 CFH Specialist (208) 334-0700
Nora Gonzalez Region 5 CFH Specialist  (208) 732-1515
Geneva Johnson Region 6 CFH Specialist (208) 239-6249
Josh Prigmore Region 7 CFH Specialist (208) 528-5721
Jana Brasier Region 7 CFH Specialist  (208) 528-5721