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The New York State Office of Children and Family Services, through the Bureau of Adult Services, is responsible for the oversight of the Adult Protective Services and the Family-Type Home for Adults programs.

Adult Protective Services

APS serves adults (age 18 and older) who, due to physical or mental impairments:

Services provided (directly or through referral) may range from safety monitoring, linkages with other service providers (health, mental health, aging, etc.), assistance in obtaining benefits, informal money management, to appointment as a representative payee, to petitioning a court for appointment as a guardian or for some other legal intervention.

Family-Type Home for Adults

A Family-Type Home for Adults (FTHA) is an adult care facility in which an operator provides residential care, personal care and/or supervision services, in the operator's own home, to four or fewer adults who are not related to the operator.

An FTHA provides a home-like living environment. It is a community-integrated and supported housing alternative for dependent adults who cannot live alone any longer due to advanced age, developmental disabilities, or physical or mental health, but who do not require skilled medical or nursing services. With prior approval by the local social services district FTHA coordinator, an FTHA operator may also have two additional "boarders," meaning persons who are independent and who do not need personal care or supervision. It is important to note that adult care facilities with five or more adults who require personal care and/or supervision are regulated by the New York State Department of Health.