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Family Assessment Response

Recently, the Family Assessment Response approach was made a permanent option, pursuant to Chapter 45 of the Laws of 2011, for local social service districts throughout New York State. Those districts who may have an interest in participating or are looking to expand their existing program should contact the applicable OCFS regional office. They are:

Buffalo Regional Office - Giovanna Germain (716) 847-3151
Giovanna.Germain@ocfs.ny.gov
Rochester Regional Office – Karen Buck (585) 238-8200
Karen.Buck@ocfs.ny.gov
Syracuse Regional Office – Sara Simon (315) 423-1200
Sara.Simon@ocfs.ny.gov
Albany Regional Office – Kerri Barber (518) 486-7078
Kerri.Barber@ocfs.ny.gov
Spring Valley Regional Office – (845) 708-2446
Yolanda.Desarme@ocfs.ny.gov
New York City Regional Office – Raymond Toomer (212) 383-4718
Raymond.Toomer@ocfs.ny.gov

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Family Assessment Response Regulations

The final adopted regulations for Family Assessment Response (FAR) programs in New York, effective October 22, 2014, provide detailed standards regarding the application and approval process for social services districts that wish to establish a FAR program; address the procedural, assessment, and casework requirements connected with FAR cases; set forth the administrative requirements for operation of a FAR program; and establish confidentiality and redisclosure standards. 

The updated regulations, along with those that implement FAR and statutory requirements for child protective services (CPS) training and qualifications, are below.

Approved Family Assessment Response Applications

Pursuant to Chapter 452 of the Laws of 2007, counties interested in using a differential response/Family Assessment Response (FAR) approach for handling some portion of their child maltreatment reports were invited to submit an application to OCFS seeking approval. Then, in accordance with Section 427-a.8 of the Social Services Law, OCFS shall post the plan contained in the application approved for implementation of a differential response program within sixty days of such approval.

The following applications were approved for counties initiating Family Assessment Response in 2015

The following applications were approved for counties initiating Family Assessment Response in 2013

The following applications were approved for counties initiating Family Assessment Response in 2012

The following applications were approved for counties initiating Family Assessment Response in 2011

The following applications were approved for counties initiating Family Assessment Response in 2010

The following applications were approved in 2009

The following applications were approved in 2008

 

 

 

 

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