Department for Community Based Services

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Report Child Abuse/Neglect
​To report child abuse and neglect call toll-free any of the numbers listed below.
(877) 597-2331/(877) KYSAFE1 
(800) 752-6200
Report Online - non-emergency only
Monitored from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.  Reports will not be reviewed during evenings, weekends or state holidays. 
Call 911 in case of an emergency
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​DCBS services are administered through nine service regions and offices serving all 120 Kentucky counties. In addition, DC​​​​​BS uses a network of contract officials to deliver services, such as child care. Service is enhanced through a close relationship and coordination with community partners.

The department provides family support; child care; child and adult protection; eligibility determinations for Medicaid and food benefits; and administration of an energy cost-assistance program.

The department administers the state foster care and adoption systems and recruits and trains parents to care for the state's children who are waiting for a permanent home.

With offices in every county, the department provides services and programs to enhance the self-sufficiency of families; improve safety and permanency for children and vulnerable adults; and engage families and community partners in a collaborative decision-making process.

The department was formed in the Cabinet for Families and Children in 1998 to give local offices more decision-making authority and the ability to collaborate more effectively with other community service providers.​​​​​​​

Administrative Regulations Notice

​​December 2023

The Department for Community Based Services filed seven proposed administrative regulations and amendments with the Legislative Research Commission. The administrative regulations are published online at 921 KAR ​and 922 KAR​.

These are ordinary proposed administrative regulations and amendments that will go through the full regulatory process prior to becoming effective, anticipated to be in the summer of 2024. 

Supplemental assistance program: 
921 KAR 2:015, Supplemental programs for persons who are aged, blind, or have a disability.
This amendment is specific to the Mental Illness or Intellectual Disability (MI/ID) Supplement Program and increases the supplemental rate provided to participating facilities. A large portion of Section 15 relating to the MI/ID Supplemental Program certification performed by the Office of Inspector General, is being moved to the OIG administrative regulation, 902 KAR 20:036.  Amendment is proposed to the incorporated form to add medical staff information.

Adult protective services: 
922 KAR 5:070, Adult protective services.
922 KAR 5:120, Caregiver misconduct registry and appeals.  
These amendments clarify adult protective services investigation acceptance criteria for adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The name of the caregiver misconduct registry is also proposed to be changed to the vulnerable adult maltreatment registry. Incorporated material is being amended to reflect the change in name of the registry.

Subsidized permanent custody permanency option for children in the state’s custody:
922 KAR 1:145, Subsidized permanent custody.
922 KAR 1:140, Foster care and adoption permanency services.
922 KAR 1:495, Training requirements for foster parents, adoptive parents, and respite care providers for children in the custody of the cabinet.
922 KAR 1:565, Service array for a relative or fictive kin caregiver.
The department is proposing to establish a new guardianship assistance program called subsidized permanent custody. This is a permanency option through which a nonparental relative or fictive kin foster parent may receive permanent custody of a child and financial assistance in caring for the child, partially paid through federal funding. This administrative regulation establishes the legal framework for the program, with additional developments to be made by the targeted implementation date in summer 2024. Other related administrative regulations are being amended for consistency.

Written comments may be submitted by email to the Office of Regulatory Affairs at or Laura Begin at​​, through Feb.​ 29, 2024.  Upon request made to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by Feb. 19, 2024, a public hearing shall be held on Feb. 26, 2024, at 9 a.m via Zoom.

​The Department for Community Based Services filed a new administrative regulation and one regulation amendment, both relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), were filed with the Legislative Research Commission. The administrative regulations are availalbe to review at These are ordinary administrative regulations that are currently in the public comment period and will go through the full regulatory process prior to becoming effective, anticipated to be in early 2024.

921 KAR 3:027, Technical requirements. ​​This administrative regulation establishes the technical requirements to receive SNAP, which is assistance for low-income households in purchasing eligible food products. This amendment is necessary for consistency with eligibility requirements changed at the federal level through the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023. The age of individuals deemed to be Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) exempt from SNAP time limits is increasing; however, exemptions are being expanded for homeless individuals, veterans, and former foster youth through age 24.

921 KAR 3:100, Transitional benefit alternative. This administrative regulation establishes a SNAP transitional benefit period for households who lose KTAP assistance due to being ineligible as a result of increased earnings. This transition will help households and individuals overcome a benefits cliff as they increase or obtain earned income. This administrative regulation is necessary to conform to KRS 205.1783(1)(a), originally passed as House Bill 7 in the 2022 Regular Session.

Written comments may be submitted by email to the Office of Regulatory Affairs at or Laura Begin at​​​,​ through Dec. 31, 2023. Upon request made to the Office of Regulatory Affairs by Dec. 18, 2023, a public hearing shall be held on Dec. 27, 2023, at 9 a.m. via Zoom​.​


The mission of the Department for Community Based Services is to build an effective and efficient system of care with Kentucky citizens and communities to:

  • Reduce poverty, adult and child maltreatment and their effects; ​
  • Advance person and family self-sufficiency, recovery and resiliency;
  • Assure all children have safe and nurturing homes and communities; and
  • Recruit and retain a workforce and partners that operate with integrity and transparency.

Our Vision

A human services system of care that operates with integrity and loyalty to a code of ethics requires courage to take responsibility for providing the highest quality of service to the vulnerable.

The Department for Community Based Services is an innovative, solutions-focused learning organization built on a foundation of transparency in action and with accountability for results. Both in the organization and among our partners, we thrive on a culture of respect for diversity of opinion that is nurtured through open communication.

Highly performing and committed, we are unified in our goal of excellence in achieving outcomes for those we serve with the level of quality we would demand for our own families.


The Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has multiple job openings in its offices across the state so you can be a part of our agency's transformation and our work to make a difference for all Kentuckians.​

Learn more about jobs at DCBS​​