Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)

Questions about enrolling?

Call the Licensing and Certification Unit at 512-438-2050

Visit the Texas Unified Licensure Information Portal (TULIP) website

For application forms and instructions.

Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Reinvestment Program

Accepts applications for new projects during the following application periods (excludes Communicative Technology):
Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
July 1 – Aug. 31

What is an Assisted Living Facility?

Assisted living facilities provide individualized health and personal care assistance in a homelike setting with an emphasis on personal dignity, autonomy, independence and privacy. Facilities can be large apartment-like settings or private residences. Services include meals, bathing, dressing, toileting and administering or supervising medication.

Texas Health and Human Services licenses assisted living facilities based on residents' physical and mental ability to evacuate the facility in an emergency and whether nighttime attendance is necessary.

  • A Type A facility cares for residents who do not require routine attendance during sleeping hours and are capable of following directions in an emergency.
  • A Type B facility is for residents who require staff assistance to evacuate, are not capable of following directions in an emergency and require nighttime attendance.

The Assisted Living Facility Information brochure (PDF) explains the variety of assisted living facilities available in Texas, who they care for, and the services they provide. Assisted living facilities are regulated under Health and Safety Code, Chapter 247 and Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 26, Part I, Chapter 553.

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Provider Communications

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Note: These files are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.
Number Title/Notes Date Published
PL 2021-41 Health Maintenance Activities

Note: Date Issued: November 15, 2021

PL 2022-29 New Rules Implementing House Bill (H.B.) 1423 and Senate Bill (S.B.) 199, S.B. 271 and S.B. 383, 87th Legislature, Regular Session, 2021

Note: Revised January 23, 2023. Originally issued 11/21/2022.

PL 2018-20 Incident Reporting Requirements

Note: Replaces PL 13-04 and PL 18-07

IL 2022-59 IL 2022-59 Assessment of DBMD ALF Settings for Compliance with Federal HCBS Settings
PL 2022-32 Blackboard Connect Emergency Communication System
PL 2022-30 Adopted Rules Related to Temporary Licenses for Long-term Care Provider Changes of Ownership (CHOWs)
PL 2022-28 New Rules Implementing House Bill (H.B) 1681 87th Legislature, Regular Session, 2021
IL 2022-52 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Provider Retention Payments Attestation and Reporting Requirements
PL 2022-24 Amelioration of Administrative Penalties

Note: Replaces PL 06-38, PL 02-36, PL 03-32 and PL 2013-18

PL 2022-23 Retail Food Code Chapter 228 Guidance and Clarification