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My name is Gayle and I am trying to run a small home-based adult day center for 4-6 individuals in New Britain, CT. I am at odds with my friends and advisers in that I want to do this completely on the up and up. Having said that, my recent experiences and the brick walls I keep encountering have shown me why people have advised me to do otherwise. I have called the State DPH and they do not regulate adult day care just child day care. I called the Dept. of social services and they do not have any regulations for adult day care. All of the people I spoke to in these organizations were supportive of the idea but none had heard of an adult day center being run out of a home, in a residential area. I recently encountered my first big obstacle. I've learned from the zoning officer that there are no rules for adult day centers in the home and therefore I've been told it can't be done. I've asked why it is okay to have child day care in a home but it's not okay for adults. That almost seems like discrimination against the elderly - but I really didn't want to go there because I'd prefer to take a more positive approach to starting this business. I've spoken with all the neighbors and they have no issues with what I want to do. However, most recently I've been told that I have to spend a couple hundred dollars for an application fee and go before the zoning board to try to get a variance to start a home-based adult day center since it has not been done before and it is not listed on the books or in the state statutes. Additionally, this committee does not meet until the middle of January and I am currently unemployed (probably the only unemployed nurse practitioner with 3 graduate degrees in the state of CT...). I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas or can make any suggestions as to whom else I might contact. If so many of the state agencies think this is a good idea (including the area agency on aging, alzheimer's association, and local senior center), how is it that 5 people sitting on a zoning board who probably have no knowledge about what I'd like to do and how many families it could help, are able to just listen to my rationale and then take a vote and just shoot it down causing me to not only to continue to be unemployed but also to be out a couple hundred dollars? Kindly let me know if anyone has ever come up against this and how you were able to deal with it. Thank you in advance for your consideration.