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Disability: specialised host (Mas)

Verified 18 August 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You are severely dependent and need a third person to carry out the acts of everyday life (feeding, dressing...), you can be accommodated in a specialised reception house (Mas). La Mas offers permanent accommodation, medical care and social activities. In principle, the Mas accommodates people who are a little more dependent than the population housed in a medical foster home (Fam), but in practice, the audiences are much the same.

The specialised reception house (Mas) offers permanent accommodation to a severely dependent disabled adult who cannot perform the everyday acts alone (eating, dressing...).

This type of accommodation offers single rooms. There are usually 10 per Mas.

Les Mas offers activities for residents such as manual activities, relaxation, music.


In principle, the Mas welcomes people who are a little more dependent than the population housed in Foster Care Home (Fam), but in practice, audiences are substantially the same.

To be welcomed in Mas, you need a third person to perform the daily acts (dressing, moving...) and you need constant medical supervision and care.

You must also be a French citizen or a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or have a valid residence permit if you are a foreign national.

You must apply to the departmental house for disabled persons (MDPH) in your department.

Depending on the department, this can be done directly online or by mail.

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The Committee on the Rights and Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities (CDAPH) then meets to consider the application and decide on your orientation in Mas.

Its response usually takes place within 4 months of the date of filing of your application. In the absence of a response beyond 4 months, the application shall be deemed to have been refused.

Once you have received a favourable response from the CDAPH, you can apply directly to a Mas. The list of Mas is available from your town hall.

Who shall I contact

If you do not agree with the decision of the CDAPH regarding your application, you must in 1to time to make a prior appeal to her.

To do so, you must send a letter to the HRC explaining why you disagree with its decision. You must attach the letter informing you of the decision. You can attach additional parts if you think it necessary.

You can mail your mail by post or drop it at your DPH's front desk.

Who shall I contact

The CDAPH has 2 months to respond to you after receiving your mail.

If you still do not agree with the CDAPH decision, you can challenge the decision with the court.

You have 2 months to send a letter to the court after receiving the CDAPH response to your prior appeal.

You must attach the mail received following your prior appeal to the CDAPH.

You can mail your mail by post or drop it at the court reception.

You must participate in the accommodation fee, unless you collect complementary health (your expenses are then covered by Health Insurance).

However, a minimum income is left at your disposal. This amount shall be at least €287.00 per month.