Office of Children and Family Services

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Services

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Regulations

The following regulations govern RHY programs operating in New York State:

This is an unofficial version of the regulations that may be accessed by the public through the New York State Department of State Internet site.

Information on the Amendment of Title 9 NYCRR Section 165-1.3 and Sub-parts 182-1 and 182-2 Runaway and Homeless Youth Regulations can be found at: ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/Regulatory/er/

For more information please contact RHY@ocfs.ny.gov.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Policies

The following policies apply to RHY programs operating in New York State:

  • Justice Center Staff Exclusion List Clearance Requirements (13-OCFS-ADM-09)
  • Responsibility of Runaway and Homeless Youth Crisis Services Programs Regarding Destitute Children and Youth Formerly in Foster Care (18-OCFS-ADM-19)
    • Attachment A, Reentry Into Foster Care: What Runaway and Homeless Programs Need to Know
    • Attachment B, Pub.5193, Reentry into Foster Care
    • Attachment C, Tool for RHY Programs to Identify Youth Formerly in Foster Care and Destitute Children
  • Expansion of Background Checks for Congregate Care Staff (19-OCFS-ADM-04)
    Note: This policy does not apply to all RHY programs.
  • Notification of Increased Length of Stay in a Residential Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Crisis Services Program (19-OCFS-ADM-06)
    • Attachment A, Increased Length of Stay Notifications: Residential RHY Crisis Services Program Flow Chart
    • OCFS-2133, Notification to OCFS of an Extended Length of Stay in a Residential RHY Program
  • Notification of Expanded Services in a Residential Transitional Independent Living Support Program (TILP) (19-OCFS-ADM-05)
    • Attachment A, Notification of Expanded Services in a Residential Transitional Independent Living Support Program (TILP)
    • OCFS-2133, Notification to OCFS of an Extended Length of Stay in a Residential RHY Program
  • Sex Trafficking Allegation (19-OCFS-ADM-11)

For more information please contact RHY@ocfs.ny.gov.

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