Title 31, Chapter 7, Section 12
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Personal care home" means any dwelling, whether operated for
profit or not, which undertakes through its ownership or
management to provide or arrange for the provision of housing,
food service, and one or more personal services for two or more
adults who are not related to the owner or administrator by blood
(2) "Personal services" includes, but is not limited to,
individual assistance with or supervision of self-administered
medication and essential activities of daily living such as
eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting.
(b) All personal care homes shall be licensed as provided for in Code Section 31-7-3, except that, in lieu of licensure, the department may require persons who operate personal care homes with two or three beds for nonfamily adults to comply with registration requirements delineated by the department. Such registration requirements within this category shall authorize the department to promulgate pursuant to Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act," reasonable standards to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants of such personal care homes.
(c) Upon the designation by the department and with the consent of
county boards of health, such boards may act as agents to the
department in performing inspections and other authorized functions
regarding personal care homes licensed under this chapter. With
approval of the department, county boards of health may establish
inspection fees to defray part of the costs of inspections performed
for the department.
(d) The state ombudsman or community ombudsman, on that ombudsman's
initiative or in response to complaints made by or on behalf of
residents of a registered or licensed personal care home, may
conduct investigations in matters within the ombudsman's powers and
(e) The department shall promulgate procedures to govern the waiver,
variance, and exemption process related to personal care homes
pursuant to Chapter 2 of this title. Such procedures shall include
published, measurable criteria for the decision process, shall take
into account the need for protection of public and individual
health, care, and safety, and shall afford an opportunity for public
input into the process.