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Regulatory Agenda

Office of Children and Family Services 2016 Regulatory Agenda

Pursuant to section 202-d of the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is required to publish a regulatory agenda for those regulations it is considering for publication in the State Register.  Set forth below is an agenda for the second half of 2016.  OCFS reserves the right to add, delete or modify, without further notice, except as required by SAPA, any item or information presented herein as relating to its 2016 Regulatory Agenda.  Section 202-d of SAPA does not preclude OCFS from proposing for adoption a regulation that is not described in this agenda, nor does it require OCFS to propose for adoption a regulation that is described in this agenda. 

Amendment of sections 441.3 and 482.2 of Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations to establish standards under which chief executive officers and employees of corporations subject to the approval of OCFS could serve as voting members of the boards of directors of such corporations. A regulatory flexibility analysis and rural area flexibility analysis may be required.   

Amendment of section 441.22 of Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations that would update the schedule for periodic medical examinations, monitoring and coordination of health services for children in foster care.  A regulatory flexibility analysis and rural area flexibility analysis may be required.   

Amendment of sections 421.11, 421.15, 421.19, 421.27, 443.2 and 443.8 of Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations to authorize OCFS to review and evaluate the results of criminal history record checks conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of persons and their adult household members who have applied to a voluntary authorized agency or social services district for certification or approval as adoptive or foster parents.  A regulatory flexibility analysis and rural flexibility analysis may be required.

Amendment of sections 408.6 and 452.9 of Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations that would allow for the increase in the maximum length of stay at residential programs for victims of domestic violence.  A regulatory flexibility analysis and rural area flexibility analysis may be required.   

Amendment of sections 452.4, 452.9, and 453.8 of Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations that would create implementing regulations regarding the requirements pursuant to Chapter 584 of the Laws of 2015, as modified by Chapter 7 of the Laws of 2016, that will require residential programs for victims of domestic violence to allow a service animal or therapy dog to accompany the victim in a shelter.  A regulatory flexibility analysis and rural area flexibility analysis may be required.   

Amendment of section 168.7 of Title 9 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations relating to the confidentiality of records of youth under the care and supervision of the Office of Children and Family Services.  A regulatory flexibility analysis and rural area flexibility analysis may be required.  

Any questions, comments or requests for information concerning the items listed in this agenda may be referred to Leslie Robinson, Senior Attorney, Office of Children and Family Services, 52 Washington Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144, (518) 486-9563.  Email: leslie.robinson@ocfs.ny.gov.  This regulatory agenda may also be accessed on the OCFS website at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/Regulatory/.

For additional information or to submit comments, please contact:

New York State Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street, Room 305 South
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Fax: (518) 486-7550
E-mail: info@ocfs.ny.us