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The people served are:
OCFS programs and services include:
The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for providing services for children through age 18 with mental illness, mental retardation, autism, or other developmental disabilities.
Children’s services include:
Sometimes staff refer to some services provided to children as “Section 24” or “Section 65” services. These terms refer to behavior management, life skills development and social skills training. Section 24 is for children with mental retardation or autism. Section 65 supports children with behavioral or mental health needs.
Family support services include:
Early Intervention (birth to 3 years) includes:
In addition to community-based services, residential services for children with profound mental retardation and multiple medical needs are provided at the Elizabeth Levinson Center, an intermediate care facility (ICF-MR).
Link to these services on the DHHS website:
Based on the risk of abuse, either a contracted community intervention agency or a OCFS child protective caseworker assesses the child's situation and determines the child's safety needs. They also provide counseling, substance abuse treatment, parental education and assistance to families to identify behaviors that increase the risk of abuse.
These are services for children who are in the custody of the state or in foster care. They emphasize the reunification of the biological parents and children when possible.
The adoption unit works on facilitating placement for children who are up for adoption. Foster Home Licensing is charged with finding, educating, and licensing individual foster homes.
OCFS Contact Information
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