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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​DCBS services are administered through nine service regions and offices serving all 120 Kentucky counties. In addition, DCBS uses a network of contract officials to deliver services, such as child care. Service is enhanced through a close relationship and coordination with community partners.

The department provides family support; child care; child and adult protection; eligibility determinations for Medicaid and food benefits; and administration of an energy cost-assistance program.

The department administers the state foster care and adoption systems and recruits and trains parents to care for the state's children who are waiting for a permanent home.

With offices in every county, the department provides services and programs to enhance the self-sufficiency of families; improve safety and permanency for children and vulnerable adults; and engage families and community partners in a collaborative decision-making process.

The department was formed in the Cabinet for Families and Children in 1998 to give local offices more decision-making authority and the ability to collaborate more effectively with other community service providers.

Administrative Regulations Notice

April 26, 2022

The Department for Community Based Services filed a proposed and ordinary administrative regulation April 26, 2022. View the administrative regulation on the LRC website.

922 KAR 1:290.  Background checks for private child-caring or child-placing staff members. The administrative regulation establishes requirements for fingerprint-based state and national criminal background checks for prospective and current private child-caring and child-placing staff, includes reporting requirements and appeals process, incorporates required forms and aligns with federal law and state legislation. 

Written public comments may be submitted to Office of Regulatory Affairs through July 31, 2022. Upon request to Office of Regulatory Affairs​ by July 18, 2022, a public hearing will be held July 25, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

DPP - 501  Disclosures to be Provided to and Signed by the Applicant Private Child-Caring or Child-Placing Staff Member


March 1, 2022

The Department for Community Based Services filed the following proposed administrative regulation amendments on March 1, 2022.  View the amendments on the LRC website​.
 
922 KAR 1:310.  Standards for child-placing agencies.   This amendment establishes foster home registry requirements of House Bill 312 passed in the 2020 Regular Session and codified in KRS 199.660. The amendment includes actions that must be taken by a child-placing agency related to foster homes that are or have been closed for cause or put under corrective action and removes the standards that apply to a private child-placing agency that places in foster care or adoptive home children not in Cabinet custody. A new administrative regulation, 922 KAR 1:315, has been drafted to enable those standards. Amendment to this administrative regulation also was necessary to provide consistency with amendments to 922 KAR 1:340 related to independent living programs and services. The incorporated material, the DPP-112B, is being amended to include the proposed or actual placement date.   
 
922 KAR 1:315. Standards for child-placing agencies placing children not in the custody of the Cabinet. This administrative regulation establishes the standards for child-placing agencies who provide contracted foster care and adoptive placements for children not in Cabinet custody, consistent with federal model standards.
 
922 KAR 1:340.  Standards for independent living programs.  The amendment to the administrative regulation establishes standards for independent living and requirements for an independent living scattered or supervised site in which children at least 18 years old in the custody of the Cabinet may be placed by a private child-placing agency. The amendment also expands independent living programming to include topics such as assistance available to former foster children, financial literacy and career exploration.
 
Written public comments may be submitted to Office of Regulatory Affairs through May 31, 2022. Upon request made to Office of Regulatory Affairs​ by May 16, 2022, a public hearing will be held on May 23, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

Jan. 4, 2022​

The Department for Community Based Services filed the following proposed administrative regulation amendments Jan. 4, 2022. View the amendments on the LRC website.

922 KAR 2:280. Background checks for child care staff members, reporting requirements and appeals - Establishes background check requirements for child care staff, reporting requirements and appeals. The amendment to the regulation removes the option to provisionally hire child care staff prior to receiving state and national background check results. Disqualifying background check offenses are amended to include felonies under KRS Chapter 209 (protection of adults) and misdemeanors relating to the torture of or cruelty to animals. Fingerprinting process requiring the DCC-504 form is eliminated.

DCC - 500 Applicant Child Care Staff Member Waiver Agreement and Statement
DCC - 501 Disclosures to be Provided to and Signed by the Applicant CC Staff Member

922 KAR 5:070. Adult protective services - Establishes Cabinet procedures for adult protection assessments or investigations of abuse, neglect or exploitation, adds definitions and examples of abuse, ensuring uniformity in the application of terms and prevents expiration of the regulation.

Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​​ through March 31, 2022. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​​ by March 14, 2022, a public hearing will be held March 21, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.​ 

Jan. 1, 2022

The following emergency and ordinary administrative regulation amendments were filed and the emergency version of 922 KAR 1:360 is in effect. The emergency amendment raises the per diem for specified child-caring facilities including qualified residential treatment programs. 

922 KAR 1:360. Private child care placement, levels of care and payment amendments changes the process used in determining placement settings for children in the Cabinet’s custody to better provide for needed services and treatment. The amendment revises the standards and per diem for different levels of care, adopts new assessment requirements for children placed in qualified residential treatment programs ensure children remain in residential or institutional placement only as long as their treatment requires. Additional requirements on these providers are adopted to decrease maltreatment and prevent re-entry into Cabinet custody. DCBS general funds appropriations to provide child welfare prevention services in fiscal year 2021-22 will be used to help offset some of the increased rates and related costs. 


922 KAR 1:530.  Post-adoption placement stabilization services amendment aligns this administrative regulation with changes in the regular amendment to 922 KAR 1:360. Children deemed level-of-care III will qualify for PAPSS services and children 10 and younger will be approve for placement in a child-caring facility by the Cabinet or its designee to ensure young children are assigned the most appropriate placement setting for their needs.

Written public comments on the emergency amendment may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​​ through Feb. 28, 2022. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​​ by Feb. 14, 2022 a public hearing will be held Feb. 21, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.
 
Written public comments on the ordinary amendments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​​ through March 31, 2022. Upon request made to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​​​ by March 14, 2022 a public hearing will be held March 21, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

Dec. 13, 2021

The Department for Community Based Services filed a proposed administrative regulation amendment Dec. 13, 2021.

922 KAR 1:470, Central registry, makes necessary updates to and creates consistency between electronic and hard-copy formats. Form amendments address checks submitted by out-of-state employers and minors and allow other forms of identifying information. Proposed changes are needed to make electronic submission more intuitive and easier to complete.

DPP - 156 Central Registry Check
DCC - 374 Child Care Central Registry Check

Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​​ through Feb. 28, 2022. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​​ by Feb. 14, 2022 a public hearing will be held Feb. 21, 2022 at 9 a.m. via Zoom.


Our Mission

The mission of the Department for Community Based Services is to build an effective and efficient system of care with Kentucky citizens and communities to:

  • Reduce poverty, adult and child maltreatment and their effects;
  • Advance person and family self-sufficiency, recovery and resiliency;
  • Assure all children have safe and nurturing homes and communities; and
  • Recruit and retain a workforce and partners that operate with integrity and transparency.

Our Vision

A human services system of care that operates with integrity and loyalty to a code of ethics requires courage to take responsibility for providing the highest quality of service to the vulnerable.

The Department for Community Based Services is an innovative, solutions-focused learning organization built on a foundation of transparency in action and with accountability for results. Both in the organization and among our partners, we thrive on a culture of respect for diversity of opinion that is nurtured through open communication.

Highly performing and committed, we are unified in our goal of excellence in achieving outcomes for those we serve with the level of quality we would demand for our own families.