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2024

24-OCFS-LCM-03
Application for Hospice Services in a Family-Type Home for Adults (FTHA)

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide guidance to local departments of social services (LDSSs) regarding the application, review, and approval process for the provision of hospice services to residents in a Family-Type Home for Adults (FTHA).

2023

23-OCFS-INF-07
Notice of Termination of COVID-19 Related Flexibilities and Guidelines for Child Welfare and Adult Protective Services

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to notify local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) that the federal public health emergency (PHE) is ending on June 30, 2023, and as such, all title IV-B/IV-E requirement flexibilities that are authorized by Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) are also ending. The expiring flexibilities include the authority to meet the monthly face-to-face casework contact requirements for children in foster care using videoconferencing, or other technological means.

23-OCFS-LCM-11
State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2023-24 Social Services Block Grant (Title XX) Allocations

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Title XX Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) allocations for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2023-24.

23-OCFS-LCM-10
Intersection of Adult Protective Services and Supported Decision-Making

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide clarification of the impact of the amendments to the New York State Mental Hygiene Law Chapter 27, Title E, Article 82 (also known as “Article 82”), regarding the requirements of supported decision-making agreements as it pertains to the provision of adult protective services (APS) in local departments of social services (LDSSs).

2022

22-OCFS-LCM-25
Administration for Community Living – American Rescue Plan Act Adult Protective Services Grant FFY 22

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSSs) of the availability of federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services administered by the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The federal ACL has made available one-time funding in the amount of $9,195,346 to New York State for use from August 1, 2022, through September 30, 2024. This LCM provides information on each LDSS’s allocation (Attachment A) from the remaining funds, how the funds can be used, and annual reporting and claiming requirements.

22-OCFS-LCM-19
State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2022-23 Social Services Block Grant (Title XX) Allocations

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Title XX Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) allocations for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2022-2.

22-OCFS-LCM-04
Administration for Community Living – American Rescue Plan Act Adult Protective Services Grant

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSSs) of the availability of federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services administered by the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The federal ACL has made available one-time funding in the amount of $4,864,372 to New York State for use from August 1, 2021, through May 31, 2023. This LCM provides information on each LDSS’s allocation (Attachment A) from the remaining funds, how the funds can be used, and annual reporting and claiming requirements.

2021

21-OCFS-ADM-03
Changes in Annual Assessment Requirements for Community Guardianship Programs

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to inform local departments of social services (LDSSs) of Chapter 579 of the Laws of 2019, which amends Social Services Law (SSL) § 473-d by eliminating redundant and unnecessary reporting requirements and reduces the number of required annual assessments for clients of a community guardianship program.

21-OCFS-LCM-23
SFY 2021-22 Social Services Block Grant (Title XX) Allocations

The purpose of this New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Title XX Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) allocations for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22. There are not any notable changes from last year’s issuance of this LCM.

21-OCFS-LCM-18
Communication Protocol for Abuse/Neglect Investigations of Family-Type Home for Adults

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to advise local social services districts (districts) of their responsibilities during an abuse/neglect investigation of a Family-Type Home for Adults (FTHA).

21-OCFS-LCM-14
Administration for Community Living - Adult Protective Services Grant

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSSs) of the availability of federal funds through the Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services to Respond to COVID-19 administered by the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The federal ACL has made available one-time funding in the amount of $5,306,382 to New York State for use from April 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) intends to use $480,000 of the federal funding to enhance the Adult Protective Services (APS) database, known as ASAP.Net. This LCM provides information on each LDSS’s allocation (Attachment A) from the remaining funds, how the funds can be used, and annual reporting and claiming requirements.

2020

20-OCFS-LCM-10
SFY 2020-21 Social Services Block Grant (Title XX) Allocations

The purpose of this New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Title XX Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) allocations for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020-21. There are no notable changes from last year’s issuance of this LCM.

2019

19-OCFS-LCM-16
SFY 2019-20 Social Services Block Grant (Title XX) Allocations

The purpose of this New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Title XX Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) allocations for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20. There are no notable changes from last year’s issuance of this LCM.

2018

18-OCFS-INF-02
Dual Certification of Foster Boarding Homes and Family-Type Homes for Adults

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to make local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) aware of the potential for certified or approved foster boarding homes to obtain certification as Family-Type Homes for Adults (FTHAs) to provide continuity of care for a youth in foster care residing in the foster home who is approaching age 21 who lacks the skills or ability to live independently. As used in this INF, the term “dual certification” means the ability of an individual to be both 1. a certified or approved foster parent for youth in foster care through age 21, and 2. a certified FTHA operator for a youth formerly in foster care who is age 21 or older.

18-OCFS-LCM-08
SFY 2018-19 Social Services Block Grant (Title XX) Allocations

The purpose of this New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Title XX Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) allocations for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19. This LCM was revised to include Attachment for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grants, which must be provided to all subrecipients per Title 45 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Part 75 (45 CFR 75), Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards, section 352.

2017

17-OCFS-LCM-10
SFY 2017-18 Social Services Block Grant (Title XX) Allocations

The purpose of this New York State Office of Children and Family Services’ (OCFS) Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Title XX Social Services Block Grant allocations for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017-18.