§49-4A-2. Definitions.
(a) "Family or primary caregiver" means the person or persons with whom the developmentally disabled person resides and who is primarily responsible for the physical care, education, health and nurturing of the disabled person. The term does not include hospitals, sanitariums, nursing homes, personal care homes or any other such institution.

(b) "Legal guardian" means the person who is appointed legal guardian of a developmentally disabled person and who is responsible for the physical and financial aspects of caring for such person, regardless of whether the disabled person resides with his or her legal guardian or another family member.

(c) "Family support" means goods and services needed by families to care for their family members with developmental disabilities and to enjoy a quality of life comparable to other community members.

(d) "Family support program" means a coordinated system of family support services administered by the department of health and human resources through initial contracts with agencies within four of the state's behavioral health regions.

(e) "Developmental disability" means a severe, chronic disability of a person which:

(1) Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or a combination of mental and physical impairments;

(2) Is manifested before the person attains age twenty-two;

(3) Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity: (A) Self-care; (B) receptive and expressive language; (C) learning; (D) mobility; (E) self-direction; (F) capacity for independent living; and (G) economic self-sufficiency; and

(4) Reflects the person's need for services and supports which are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.

The term "developmental disability", when applied to infants and young children, means individuals from birth to age five, inclusive, who have substantial developmental delays or specific congenital or acquired conditions with a high probability of resulting in developmental disabilities if services are not provided.

(f) "Regional family support council" means the council established by the regional family support agency under the provisions of section six of this article to carry out the responsibilities specified in this article.

(g) "State family support council" means the council established by the department of health and human resources under section six of this article to carry out the responsibilities specified in this article.