The Rooming and Boarding House Act of 1979 states that "this remedial legislation is therefore necessary for the health, safety and welfare of all those who reside in rooming and boarding houses in this State, promote the growth and continued improvement of boarding homes for sheltered care, to be known henceforth as residential health care facilities…." The Board and Care Unit receives its mission from these words "…to improve the quality of life for the residents living in Boarding Homes and Residential Health Care Facilities throughout the state of New Jersey through education of owners/operators and direct service staff.
Staff at Family Service Association in Atlantic County has been involved with the Board and Care Industry in New Jersey for over 20 years. In 1981, the first sessions of The Core Curriculum of the Residential Care Operator Training Program (or Core Training) took place in various locations in New Jersey, including Family Service Association. Since 1996, Family Service Association has been the state contracted provider of training for Boarding Homes and Residential Health Care Facilities. The thirteen-session Core Training that exists today has been developed in response to owner/operator requests and the need for professional skill development. The training is offered twice a year (Spring and Fall Semester), and is meant to insure that owners and operators receive the information necessary to respond to resident needs as well as licensing bodies. A Board and Care Advisory Council oversees course changes, and makes recommendations to training content. Some examples of training topics are nutrition, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution and diversity sensitivity. Upon completion of this Core Training program, individuals will have satisfied the training requirement that is a part of the licensing process to own and/or operate a Boarding Home or Residential Health Care Facility.
There is no charge for training participants. The Department of Human Services, through The Division of Mental Health Services and The Division of Youth and Family Services, provides funding for these programs. The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners has approved continuing education units for specific training topics. (See TRAINING)