Skip to main navigation Skip to main content

Who We Are

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

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.

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.

CRP-2 - Notice of Level of Care Payment Authorization

CRP-4 - Notice of Level of Child Care Redetermination

CRP-5 - DCBS Foster Care Utilization Review Notice of Level Assignment

CRP-6 - Notice of Level of Care Payment Authorization Assignment

Further amendments have been made to the following forms:

CRP-7 - Application for Level of Care Payment (ALP)

DPP-114 - Child Caring and Child Placing Level of Care Schedule

DPP-114T - Transitional Child Caring and Child Placing Level of Care Schedule

DPP-888 - Instructions for Completing the Annual Cost Report and Time Study for Child Caring and Child Placing Programs and Facilities

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.

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.