Title 28. Behavioral Health

Chapter 5. Group Home for Persons Who Have Mental Illness or Developmental Disabilities Act


28:477     Definitions


As used in this Chapter, unless otherwise clearly indicated, these words and phrases have the following meanings: 


(1) “Community home” means a facility certified, licensed, or monitored by the Louisiana Department of Health to provide resident services and supervision to six or fewer persons who have mental illness or developmental disabilities. Such facility shall provide supervisory personnel in order to function as a single family unit but not to exceed two live-in persons. 


(2) “Department” means the Louisiana Department of Health. 


(3)(a) “Person who has a mental illness or a developmental disability” means any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of the following major life activities: 


(i) Self-care. 


(ii) Receptive or expressive language. 


(iii) Learning. 


(iv) Mobility. 


(v) Self-direction. 


(vi) Capacity for independent living. 


(vii) Economic self-sufficiency. 


(b) This definition shall not include persons with substance-related or addictive disorders, nor shall it apply to persons who have mental illness or developmental disabilities and are currently under sentence or on parole from any criminal violation or who have been found not guilty of a criminal charge by reason of insanity. 


Added by Acts 1981, No. 892, § 1, eff. Aug. 2, 1981. Amended by Acts 1992, No. 334, § 1, eff. June 17, 1992; Acts 1992, No. 774, § 1, eff. July 7, 1992; Acts 2014, No. 811, § 14, eff. June 23, 2014; Acts 2017, No. 369, § 2.