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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

May 6, 2021

The Department for Community Based Services filed proposed administrative regulation amendments May 6, 2021. These ordinary amendments will undergo statutorily-required review before going into effect and be published on the LRC website.

922 KAR 1:300 Standards for child-caring facilities - Establishes standards for private child-caring facilities related to reasonable and prudent parenting standards, transportation safety and use of physical management, increases the minimum age of direct care staff from 18 to 21 and prevents the administrative regulation from expiring.

922 KAR 1:380 Standards for emergency shelter child-caring facilities - Establishes standards for emergency shelter child-caring facilities, clarifies language for approved service providers, updates definitions and prevents the administrative regulation from expiring.

922 KAR 1:390 Standards for residential child-caring facilities - Establishes standards for residential child-caring facilities. clarifies qualifications for mental health providers, better defines limits on use of seclusion, clarifies and updates qualifications for treatment providers and qualified mental health professions and prevents the administrative regulation from expiring.

Written public comments may be submitted to CHFS Regs through July 31, 2021. Upon request to CHFS Regs by July 19, 2021, a public hearing will be held July 26, 2021, at 9 a.m. Eastern time via Zoom.


April 26, 2021

The Department for Community Based Services filed the proposed administrative regulation amendment with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) April 26, 2021. This administrative regulation will be published on the LRC website.

921 KAR 3:060. Administrative disqualification hearings and penalties. This amendment simplifies language in forms used in the fair hearing process. The revised language is more easily understood regarding SNAP intentional program violations and is necessary to clearly inform notice recipients of their hearing rights and potential penalties.

Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through July 31, 2021. Upon request made to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by July 19, 2021, a public hearing shall be held on July 26, 2021, at  9 a.m. Eastern time using Zoom.

FS-80 (EF) Notice of SNAP Suspected Intentional Program Violation

FS-80 (TR) Notice of SNAP Suspected Intentional Program Violation

FS-80A Voluntary Waiver of SNAP Administrative Disqualification Hearing - with changes

FS-80A (TR) Voluntary Waiver of SNAP Administrative Disqualification Hearing

FS-111 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Disqualification Consent Agreement


April 12, 2021

The Department for Community Based Services filed the new administrative regulation and administrative regulation amendment with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) April 12, 2021. These administrative regulations will be published on the LRC website.

922 KAR 2:300. Emergency child care approval. This administrative regulation establishes the requirements and process for a child-care program or new applicant to obtain emergency child-care approval in the case of a localized emergency or declared state of emergency in Kentucky. This administrative regulation is required by the recent amendment to KRS 199.896 (pursuant to Senate Bill 148, 2021 Regular Session).

OIG-DRCC-07 Emergency Child Care Application

922 KAR 5:020. Batterer intervention provider certification standards.  This administrative regulation establishes the requirements for batterer intervention programs approved and designated by the Cabinet. The amendment to this administrative regulation provides clarification for the credentials necessary for certification to provide batterer intervention services and makes technical corrections necessary for updating the administrative regulation in accordance with KRS Chapter 13A. The material incorporated by reference is also updated through this amendment.  This amendment is also necessary to keep the administrative regulation from expiring pursuant to KRS 13A.3102 and 3104.

DVPR-001 Application for Batterer Intervention Provider Certification

Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through June 30, 2021. Upon request made to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by June 21, 2021, a public hearing shall be held on June 28, 2021, at  9 a.m. Eastern time using Zoom.

Feb. 10, 2021

The Department for Community Based Services filed the following regulatory amendments with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) on Feb. 8, 2021. The amendments will be published on the LRC website.

922 KAR 1:490E (effective immediately). Background checks for foster and adoptive parents and relative and fictive kin. This emergency administrative regulation is necessary to immediately waive the fingerprint-based criminal record check required for applicants specified in this administrative regulation as permitted by federal guidance.

​​​​​An amendment was filed on the regulation April 12, 2021, to make clarifications and corrections in response to public comments received.

DPP-157 Background Check Request for Foster or Adoptive Applicants and Household Members

DPP-159 Background Check Request for Caretaker Relatives, Fictive Kin, or Adolescent and Adult Household Members

DPP-162 Kentucky National Background Check Program (NBCP) Applicant Waiver Agreement and Statement

DPP-163 Kentucky National Background Check Program (NBCP) Disclosures to be Provided to and Signed by the Applicant

DPP-164 Kentucky National Background Check Program Applicant Live Scan Fingerprinting Form

922 KAR 1:490. Background checks for foster and adoptive parents, caretaker relatives, kinship caregivers, fictive kin and reporting requirements. This amendment establishes requirements to complete background checks using the Kentucky National Background Check Program for implementation July 1, 2021.
 
Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs through April 30, 2021. An online public hearing on these amendments will be held by Zoom April 26 at 9 a.m. Eastern time upon request to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs received by April 19.


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.