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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

Sept. 8, 2021

The Department for Community Based Services, filed a proposed administrative regulation amendment on Sept. 8, 2021. This amendment may be viewed on the LRC website.

922 KAR 1:565. Service array for a relative or fictive kin caregiver. This amendment allows fictive kin caregivers to receive a one-time placement support benefit previously only available to relative caregivers. The amendment complies with federal law prohibiting provis​ion of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant funds to fictive kin caregivers or as reimbursement to the state for this purpose. This one-time support benefit will be provided to fictive kin caregivers to as a General Fund allocation.

Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Nov. 30, 2021. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​ by Nov. 15, 2021, a public hearing will be held Nov. 22, 2021 at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

 

​​July 1, 2021​

The Department for Community Based Services filed emergency and ordinary administrative regulation amendments July 1, 2021. The emergency regulations are effective July 1. These ammendments may be viewed on the LRC website.

Title 921

921 KAR 2:015 Regular and Emergency. Supplemental programs for persons who are aged, blind or have a disability. This administrative regulation provides supplemental payments in the amount of $2.2 million each fiscal year, to the extent funds are available, to increase reimbursements to personal care homes serving the referenced populations.

921 KAR 4:116 Regular and Emergency. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This administrative regulation establishes eligibility and benefits criteria for LIHEAP and increases cooling component benefits.

Title 922

922 KAR 2:160 Regular and Emergency. Child Care Assistance Program. This administrative regulation allows the Cabinet to qualify for the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and establishes procedures for implementing the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to the extent that funding is available. The amendment incorporates General Fund appropriations in the amount of $12 million in fiscal year 2021-22 to provide an additional $2 per child in CCAP provider reimbursements for full-day care and requires participating providers to complete annual billing training. 

DCC-94 Child Care Service Agreement and Certificate

DCC-300 KY Max Payment Chart

Written public comments on the emergency versions may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Aug. 31, 2021. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by Aug. 16, 2021, a public hearing will be held Aug. 23, 2021, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

Written public comments on the identical ordinary versions may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Sept. 30, 2021. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by Sept. 20, 2021, a public hearing will be held Sept. 27, 2021, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

 

​June 11,2021

The Department for Community Based Services filed proposed and emergency administrative regulations with LRC June 11, 2021. The new administrative regulation replaces 921 KAR 3:025 due to legislation that passed this year and will be published on the LRC website.

921 KAR 3:027E. Technical requirements. This regulation defines the technical requirements to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. This new regulation ensures Kentucky remains in compliance with new state legislation and federal program rules.

Written public comments on the emergency regulation 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 will be held July 26, 2021, at 9 a.m. Eastern time via Zoom.

Written public comments on the identical ordinary version of the regulation may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Aug. 31, 2021. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by Aug. 16, 2021, a public hearing will be held Aug. 23, 2021, at 9 a.m. Eastern time via Zoom.

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 the Office of Regulatory Affairs through July 31, 2021. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs 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-80A (EF) Voluntary Waiver of SNAP Administrative Disqualification Hearing

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

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.