New York State Department of Family Assistance
The New York State Department of Family Assistance (DFA), also known as the Department of Family Services, is a department of the New York state government. Its regulations are compiled in title 18 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.
- the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
- the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
Administrative reviews ("Fair Hearings") of decisions by a local social services agency are handled by the OTDA Office of Administrative Hearings.
A Rivera Request, also known as an evidence packet request, is the document (labeled W-186A) used for requesting evidence relating to a NYC Human Resources Administration fair hearing pursuant to the stipulation and settlement in Rivera v. Bane.
On August 20, 1997, Governor Pataki signed the Welfare Reform Act of 1997 that, in relevant part, renamed the Department of Social Services (DSS) as the Department of Family Assistance, and also divided the department into Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and the State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). These two offices assumed many of DSS' functions. Other functions of the former DSS were transferred to the Department of Labor and the Department of Health. In addition, as part of the reorganization of State government, OCFS assumed all of the functions of the Division for Youth (DFY). It was also formerly the Department of Social Welfare.
- Social Services Law § 5; "The state department of social welfare, provided for in the constitution, is hereby continued." Social Services Law § 2(1); "Department means the state department of social services[...]" Chap. 436 of the Laws of 1997, § 122; "[...] the department of social services [...] is hereby renamed the department of family assistance. [...]"
- Executive Law § 500. "There is hereby continued in the department of family assistance an autonomous office of children and family services. [...]"
- The Welfare Reform Act of 1997, Chap. 436 of the Laws of 1997, § 122. "(a) Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law to the contrary, effective April 1, 1997, the department of social services, as established by chapter 55 of the consolidated laws of the state of New York, is hereby renamed the department of family assistance. Within the department there shall be the following autonomous offices: (1) the office of children and family services; and (2) the office of temporary and disability assistance. (b) The head of the office of children and family services shall be the commissioner of children and family services and the head of the office of temporary and disability assistance shall be the commissioner of temporary and disability assistance. [...]"
- "Fair Hearings". New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
- "Analysis Of The NYS Welfare Reform Act Of 1997". Western New York Law Center. § 122.
- Pecorella, Robert F.; Stonecash, Jeffrey M. (2006). Governing New York State (5th ed.). SUNY Press. p. 358. ISBN 0-7914-6692-2.
- The Encyclopedia of New York State. 2005. p. 544.
- Benjamin, Gerald (2012). The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics. p. 396. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195387230.001.0001. ISBN 978-0-19-538723-0.
- "New York State Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion No. 98-06". New York State Ethics Commission. Archived from the original on 2010-04-27.