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CHFS Agencies

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services consists of several agencies with various functions from internal administration to programs and direct services.

The agency links on the left will direct you to specific Cabinet areas as they are organizationally structured or browse the links below for information about agency functions.

Office of the Secretary

Program Agencies

Program Support Agencies


  • Administrative Hearings - hears appeals of administrative actions concerning the departments for Medicaid Services, Public Health, Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Inspector General and Administrative Services or as requested by the secretary of the Cabinet. Also hears and and makes decisions regarding certificate of need pplications.
  • Child Care - Administers the Child Care Assistance Program to help Kentucky low-income families find and afford quality child care. The division also provides information regarding professional development opportunities for day care staff and other child care professionals.
  • Child Support - The state IV-D agency responsible for administering the child support program, including location services, establishing paternity and child and medical support, enforcing support orders and collecting and distributing  support payments.
  • Disability Determination Services - Makes disability determinations on behalf of the commissioner of Social Security for residents of Kentucky.
  • Family Resource and Youth Services Centers - The Division of FRYSC provides administrative support, technical assistance and training to help academically at-risk students and their families.
  • Family Support - The Division of Family Support administers programs including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps, Kentucky Temporary Assistance, Simplified Assistance for the Elderly and Medicaid programs and handles welfare administration claims.
  • Prevention Violence Resources - Works to raise awareness of the domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault and create ways to enhance criminal justice and human service response to the needs of victims of these crimes.
  • Protection and Permanency -  The Division of Protection and Permanency provides consultative services and technical assistance to Cabinet service regions regarding issues of child and adult protection, guardianship and permanency for children.
  • Women's Physical and Mental Health -  The state's clearinghouse for data and information on women's health issues. Site maintains a women's health resource center and routinely conducts outreach and education on numerous women's health topics.

Advisory Commissions, Councils and Boards


Last Updated 8/14/2015