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FHA Programs

Home & Community-Based Services

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At California MENTOR we believe every individual, regardless of the challenges they face, deserves the right to participate in the selection of their own services and receive those services in a place they can call home. Today, California MENTOR's FHA programs provide hundreds of adults across California with the opportunity to do just that. 

The Family Home Agency (FHA) program model was adopted by the state in 1996 providing Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities a new way to receive the supports they need. In an FHA program, individuals live in private family homes where they can receive services, form relationships, participate in everyday family activities and be active members of their community.  FHA services are a community-based alternative to more traditional care facilities and a welcome solution for families that are seeking quality services for a loved one.

Before FHA programs, most adults who were unable to live independently or with biological family members, found themselves living in more restrictive settings such as institutions, nursing homes, group homes or other settings with limited privacy and opportunities to develop meaningful relationships. 

A Successful Service Option. 

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Over the last 20 years, FHA programs have become a preferred method of service delivery among individuals, families, payors and human service professionals. With the right services and supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the best opportunity to realize their full potential when they participate in the ordinary rhythms of neighborhood life. They learn and grow.  They create independent, healthy lives. And they make our communities rich and rewarding places to live. 

In 1997, California MENTOR was among the first organizations in the state approved as a Family Home Agency. Today we serve hundreds of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and continuously strive to create a future where all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to live in a family home and receive services in their community. 

Help Us Expand Services for Individuals in Your Community.


We’re always seeking new Mentors, people giving of their hearts and homes to help create richer, more meaningful lives for adults with intellectual disabilities. We would like you to consider becoming one of them. As a Mentor, you can make a difference in someone’s life and you will be amazed with the difference it makes in yours. 

To learn more about becoming a Mentor click here or contact us today! 

Regional Center Referrals

To refer an individual for services, contact the Program Manager at the California MENTOR FHA office nearest you.

Become a Mentor

Share your home, skills, talents and compassion with people who will enrich your life as much or more than you do theirs.  If you would like to learn more about becoming a Mentor, contact us today.