A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky Department for Community Based Services celebrates opening of new Perry County office

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services officially opened its new Perry County office this week with a reception and tour of the facility on Highway 15 in Hazard. DCBS is the agency that provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance, child-care assistance, food stamps and other programs. “Our priority is to provide quality and...

Nearly half of Kentucky’s childcare providers now ‘highly ranked’ by state’s quality rating system

The Kentucky Division of Child Care has reached a significant milestone, with nearly half of the state’s child-care providers now highly ranked by the Commonwealth’s required quality rating system. The goal was part of the federal Race to the Top Initiative. Kentucky was awarded an RTTT Early Learning Challenge grant in 2014 from the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human...

Department for Community Based Services celebrates opening of new Calloway County offices

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) officially opened its new Calloway County office Friday with a reception and tour of the facility. DCBS is the agency that provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance, child care assistance, food stamps and other programs. “Our priority is to provide quality and timely services...

Department for Community Based Services opens newly renovated offices in Fayette County

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), officially opened its new Fayette County office Thursday. DCBS is the agency that provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance, child care assistance, food stamps and other programs. “Our priority is to provide quality...

First Lady Glenna Bevin uses foundation to fund foster youth graduation parties, gifts

First Lady Glenna Bevin reached out to Kentucky’s nine Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) regions to help fund graduation parties and graduation gifts for foster youth graduating high school. “Graduating high school is a major accomplishment, and our foster youth should be proud of their achievement,” said Bevin. “A graduation party is a rite of passage for most high school students,...

Three community groups receive awards for elder abuse prevention efforts by state cabinet

Three community groups have received awards for their work to stop elder abuse. The Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), presented the awards at a recent conference focusing on elder abuse prevention. Big Sandy Elder Abuse Council, the Kentucky River Council Against the Maltreatment of Elders (CAME) and the Purchase Elder Abuse Council...

Medicaid participants can change managed-care organization through Dec. 16; five options

Kentuckians with Medicaid coverage can switch to a different managed-care organization though Dec. 16. Switching is voluntary and coverage with a newly chosen MCO will start Jan. 1. Kentuckians can apply for Medicaid benefits at any time during the year through the state Department for Community Based Services. Upon initial enrollment, Medicaid participants must choose a MCO, but have a 90-day window...