Hoyt Children and Family Trust Fund Advisory Board

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Governance

In 1984, New York State established the William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund (Trust Fund) as a dedicated source of funding for the prevention and treatment of all forms of family violence in accordance with Article 10-A of the Social Services Law (SSL § 481-a through 481-f). Article 10-A of the Social Services Law provided the legal framework for the Trust Fund by defining its focus, funding allocation, and the spending structure for funds credited to the Trust Fund (SSL § 481-e). It also established the Trust Fund advisory board (SSL § 481-d) and required annual submission of a report to the Governor and Legislature (SSL § 481-e [8]) to reflect the implementation, evaluation and effectiveness of current prevention and treatment services supported by the Trust Fund.

Purpose

The 13-member advisory board supports the work of the Trust Fund by providing advice and recommendations. The Trust Fund finances programs that strengthen families and help prevent all forms of family violence, including child abuse and maltreatment, intimate partner violence and intergenerational family violence. The Trust Fund supports both primary and secondary prevention programs. Primary prevention programs strengthen families to prevent family violence before it occurs. Secondary prevention programs address early signs or risk factors of family violence by treating the presenting problems to prevent system intervention and/or further harm.

Membership and Proceedings

The Board’s 13 members represent all regions of the state and have expertise in child welfare, domestic violence and elder abuse services, kinship caregiver services, legal and mental health services, and resource development. The 13 members of the board shall be appointed by the governor, with two appointed upon the recommendation of the New York State Assembly Speaker, one upon the recommendation of the NYS Assembly Minority Leader, two upon the recommendation of the New York State Senate Temporary President, and one upon the recommendation of the NYS Senate Minority Leader. Members of the board shall be appointed for a term of three years. The governor shall designate one member to serve as chair of the board.

Members receive no compensation for their services but are reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred during the performance of their duties. No costs were incurred in the prior and current year, and none are anticipated for the coming year as the board met by phone in the past and will meet via Webex for the coming year.

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Departmental Affiliation

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Contact Information

Address: 52 Washington St., Rensselaer NY 12144

Email: info@ocfs.ny.gov

Phone: 518-473-7793