Licensed Adult Residential Model (ARM)

Las Trampas operates Specialized Adult Residential Facilities that are licensed through the California Department of Social Services-Community Care Licensing Division. These facilities offer a typical home environment to individuals previously institutionalized. Due to this the homes have increased staffing ratios and other enhanced services. Currently, Las Trampas operates two homes in Contra Costa County. Both homes are designed to serve people with significant behavioral support needs. The emphasis is to provide necessary supports to ensure the residents maintain their placement in the community. Such supports include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-advocacy
  • Community Integration
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Behavioral Supports
  • Healthcare Management Services


Due to the closure of the State-operated institutions throughout California, Las Trampas worked with the Regional Center of the East Bay and key stakeholders to develop specialized residential facilities to welcome those from the developmental centers into our community. For some of these individuals, this has been their first opportunity to live outside the walls of an institutional setting. For others it has been decades since they last lived in the community.


Careful thought and consideration has gone into the development of these homes to anticipate and meet the intense needs of those to be served, including not only the physical structure, but increased staffing ratios, staff training, and specialized program designs. Increased staffing ratios help ensure immersion into the community and the safety of the individuals, staff, and members of the community. Additionally the residents have access to expert consultants that include a registered nurse, a registered dietician, a board certified behavior analyst, and a psychiatrist.


These homes have been modified to be compliant with … ADA standards to ensure we can support people that use a wheelchair or other devices that aid mobility. Such modifications include roll-in shower and accessible restroom, interior and exterior ramps and handrails, easy-access emergency exits, accessible kitchen, and accessible common areas.


The Residential Department is in the process of creating more Person-Centered programing. These changes will reflect new federal requirements and best practices in the industry. Person-centered programming moves away from the traditional service-based system of support. The service system focuses on health & safety above all else. This limits opportunities. Instead, person-centered programming is intended to help people get the lives they really want. It provides more dignity and choice to the people we serve by planning around their hopes & dreams and then finding a balance between those desires and their health & safety needs. Through these practices we hope to improve the quality of services we provide ultimately resulting in better lives for the residents of our homes.


Las Trampas-Maureen House LIC#079200327

Las Trampas-Sheila House LIC#079200566