(1) The purpose of these rules is to establish licensing requirements for community homes for developmentally disabled persons.

(2) The purpose of a community home is to provide a family-oriented, home-like residence and related residential services to persons with developmental disabilities so as to enable those persons to enjoy a manner of living that is as close as possible to that considered to be normal in the community.

(3) Residents will reside in the least restrictive environment. Intervention will be the least intrusive into, and the least disruptive of, the person's life and represent the least departure from normal patterns of living that can be effective in meeting developmental needs. The person's developmental needs will be met through domiciliary services, personal-social assistance and program plans and training. Residents will be encouraged to engage in meaningful activity, to develop techniques to become increasingly more independent, and to interact with the community in which they reside.

History: Sec. 53-20-305, MCA; IMP, Sec. 53-20-305, MCA; NEW, 1983 MAR p. 1839, Eff. 12/16/83; TRANS, from Dept. of SRS, 1987 MAR p. 1492, Eff. 7/1/87; TRANS, from DFS, 1998 MAR p. 667.