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
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 StatementDCC - 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
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. Email Laura Begin
for copies of revisions as the files are large.
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.
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
Dec. 1, 2021
The following emergency and ordinary DCBS administrative regulations were filed with the Legislative Research Commission on Dec. 1, 2021. The emergency version went into effect immediately. This regulation establishes a new assistance program for low-income households with water or wastewater utility arrears. View the amendment on the LRC website.
921 AR 4:122 and E. Assistance for low-income households with water or wastewater utility arrears. Establishes criteria and process for low-income households to receive assistance paying water or wastewater utility arrears accumulated May 27, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2023. Program is provided through the 2021 federal Consolidated Appropriations Act and American Rescue Plan Act in response to COVID-19. The emergency regulation ensures immediate assistance to at-risk individuals, protects public health, safety and welfare and maximizes funding otherwise lost if not used during the specified time period.
Written public comments on the emergency version may be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs through Jan. 31, 2022. Upon request to CHFS Regs by Jan. 14, 2022 a public hearing will be held Jan., 2022, at 9 a.m. via Zoom.
Written public comments on the identical ordinary version 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.
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.
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.