Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Winter 1977

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Franklin D. Carlson

Second Committee Member

J. Wesley Crum

Third Committee Member

Glenn A. Madsen

Fourth Committee Member

Dohn A. Miller


Group homes were established as a result of House Bill #465 passed by the Washington State Legislature in 1969. The purpose of this bill was to make it possible for some people living in state institutions to move into smaller and more "homelike" places.

The purpose of the study was to determine what has been done in the area of group homes under the Washington State Guidelines. A study was made of the existing group homes and the programs offered at the present time. After collecting data, a plan was developed to create a proposed farm-living group home for mentally handicapped citizens. The writer compiled the data and constructed a philosophy, goals, and objectives for a non-profit farm-living group home which would operate under the Washington State Guidelines (Appendjx A). A working plan for implementation of those goals and objectives was also developed.


Note: The terminology present in this thesis is a product of its time and may be seen as racist or culturally insensitive by today's standards.