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COVID-19 Relief Funds awarded to service agencies for prevention of abuse, domestic violence

Three partner agencies of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) have been awarded $1.4 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to assist with services that support prevention of abuse and domestic violence. CHFS requested the advocacy organizations receive the funding, which is from Kentucky’s portion of federal CARES Act resources. Targeted programs serve survivors of sexual...

State to work with national nonprofit to help young people who reach adulthood in foster care

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The state is launching a new program this month to help young people who reach adulthood in foster care, one of the groups the most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 
The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has announced that Youth Villages, a national nonprofit organization, is offering the LifeSet...

Recent graduates of Morehead State social work program providing vital services for child welfare

Several graduates of Morehead State University’s social work program have joined the workforce providing vital services for the children of Kentucky and have earned a valuable certification. The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) was implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and undergraduate social work programs to better serve the children and families in...

Foster, adoptive parents honored; families recognized for permanent, transitional childcare

Gov. Matt Bevin and officials within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services recently honored several families from across the state for their service as adoptive and foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children. Bevin recognized the families for providing stability to children in foster care. “I truly could not thank...

Kentucky DCBS releases one-year report for Child Welfare Transformation, shows progress in outcomes for children

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has released its one-year report for its Child Welfare Transformation (CWT) efforts, and it shows progress in outcomes for children and a planned path toward greater preventive and community-based care for families. DCBS Commissioner Eric Clark said the effort began in 2018 in conjunction...

Elizabeth Caywood: New service array gives relative caregivers more options; improves outcomes for kids

Across the Commonwealth, relatives and fictive kin are unsung heroes of our Kentucky Department for Community Based Services child welfare program. Kentucky leads the nation in utilization of kin placements: Thousands of families care for children who would otherwise be in foster care. Because of the tremendous commitment from these families, more children have the opportunity to continue to thrive...

Eric Clark: Child welfare transformation will improve the lives of Kentucky’s children and families

It is a staggering, record-high number in Kentucky: 10,000 kids in foster care. Here is another number: 800. That’s how many adults gathered in early January for the inaugural Transformers of Child Welfare Summit. These were social workers, judges, educators, government officials, faith-based community leaders, parents, relatives and others. They are all committed to improve our child welfare system...

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...