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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. 21, 2022

The Department for Community Based Services filed proposed administrative regulation 922 KAR 2:165 with the Legislative Research Commission Sept. 21, 2022. The regulation will be published on the LRC website.

922 KAR 2:165 - Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership. This administrative regulation creates the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership program and the processes, requirements and eligibility for the program. The program was adopted and funded in the 2022 regular legislative session.

The program helps families by providing incentives to employers to contribute to employee child care costs. The state will match employer-paid child care costs for their employees to the extent funding is available per KRS 199.881 - .888. Applications for employer participation will be accepted no sooner than April 2, 2023.

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


Sept. 12, 2022

The Department for Community Based Services filed proposed administrative regulation amendments with the Legislative Research Commission Sept. 12, 2022. The amendments were set to expire Nov. 18, 2022 if not updated per KRS 13A.3102 and 3104. The amendments may be viewed on the LRC website.

Summaries
921 KAR 2:017 - Kentucky Works Program (KWP) supportive services.
921 KAR 2:035 - Right to apply and reapply.
921 KAR 2:040 - Procedures for determining initial and continuing eligibility.
921 KAR 2:050 - Time and manner of payments.
921 KAR 2:060 - Delegation of power for oaths and affirmations.
921 KAR 2:370 - Technical requirements for Kentucky Works Program (KWP)

These amendments update Kentucky Works Program definitions and terms, program names and assistance rates for transportation and education benefits; include online application options; and clarify participation instructions. These amendments also include provisions required by HB 7 adopted in the 2022 regular legislative session.

Written comments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Nov. 30, 2022. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by Nov. 17, 2022 a public hearing will be held on Nov. 28, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.


Aug. 4, 2022

The Department for Community Based Services filed proposed administrative regulation amendments with the Legislative Research Commission on Aug. 4, 2022 which are set to expire Nov. 18, 2022 if not updated or certified up-to-date pursuant to KRS 13A.3102 and 3104. The amendments may be viewed on the LRC website​ and a summary is included below. 

921 KAR 2:006 Technical requirements for the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP)
921 KAR 2:016 Standards of need and amount for KTAP
921 KAR 2:500 Family Assistance Short Term
921 KAR 2:510 Relocation Assistance Program
921 KAR 2:520 Work Incentive

These amendments to KTAP and related programs update definitions, program names, resource limits, payment maximums, maximum gross income limits and standards of need; eliminate required school attendance verification for children younger than 18; remove deprivation requirements to expand eligibility to more two-parent families; add cost-of-living adjustment; exclude 529 and ABLE savings accounts from resources considered at eligibility; provide monetary assistance for work-related and relocation expenses; provide greater assistance to individuals in domestic violence situations or facing homelessness; and clarify form instructions.

Written comments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Oct. 31, 2022. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​ by Oct. 17, 2022, a public hearing will be held Oct. 24, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

July 11, 2022

The Department for Community Based Services filed a proposed amendment to 922 KAR 1:350 with the Legislative Research Commission. View the regulation on the LRC website.

922 KAR 1:350 Requirements for public child welfare agency foster parents, adoptive parents, and respite care providers. This amendment establishes foster home registry requirements consistent with existing statute and regulation. The amendment addresses Cabinet action related to foster home closure and corrective action, allows inactive foster homes to remain open 12 months rather than two years while allowing exceptions; incorporates amended form DPP-112A related to independent living programs.

Written comments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Sept. 30, 2022. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs​ by Sept. 19, 2022, a public hearing will be held Sept. 26, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.


July 1, 2022

The Department for Community Based Services filed emergency and ordinary administrative regulation amendments with the Legislative Research Commission that are effective immediately. View regulation on LRC website.

922 KAR 2:160E Child Care Assistance Program amendment directs federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to efforts to support child care in the commonwealth. This amendment increases income eligibility standards for families, increases provider add-on incentives for accreditation, special care and nontraditional hours; extends the transitional period to continue receiving CCAP due to exceeding income standards; and addresses staffing with income eligibility exemptions for individuals meeting otherwise eligible who work in licensed or registered child-care programs.

Written public comments on the emergency version may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Aug. 31, 2022. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by Aug. 15, 2022, a public hearing will be held on Aug. 22, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

Written public comments on the ordinary version may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Sept. 30, 2022. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by Sept. 19, 2022, a public hearing will be held on Sept. 26, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

June 15, 2022

The Department for Community Based Services filed with LRC June 14, 2022 a proposed amendment to 922 KAR 1:300 affecting private child-caring facility standards of care. The ordinary proposed administrative regulation will go through the full regulatory process before becoming effective.

922 KAR 1:300. Standards for child-caring facilities adds documentation and training requirements for child-caring facilities that accept placement of children with medical complexities who are in the custody of the Cabinet. These requirements ensure effective care communication between the Cabinet and facility, includes reference to proposed administrative regulation 922 KAR 1:290 related to statutory agency staff background checks and makes updates related to 922 KAR 1:340 and the age of youth participating in independent living services.

Written comments may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Aug. 31, 2022. Upon request to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by Aug. 15, 2022, a public hearing will be held Aug. 22, 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

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 - 500 Private Child-Caring or Child Placing Staff Member Waiver Agreement and Statement

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.

DPP - 112B Private Child-Placing Agency Placement Exception Request

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.


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.