- Social Services
- DSS Divisions
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is organized into functional divisions (as prescribed in Federal and State statutes), which are responsible for specific assistance programs.
Adult Services are composed of different programs designed to serve and protect a diverse adult population, 18 years of age or older, either physically or mentally disabled or believed to be at risk or in immediate danger or harm.
Building Independence for the Long Term (BILT)
The BILT Program assists applicants/recipients of temporary assistance who present with significant barriers in achieving and maintaining independence.
Child Protective Services
Child Protective Services responds to hotline reports of alleged child abuse or maltreatment.
Child Support Enforcement Unit
The Child Support Enforcement Unit is a federally mandated program that serves families by locating absent parents, assisting in establishing paternity, obtaining court orders for child support and medical support, and enforcing monetary and medical court orders.
It is the responsibility of this unit to assign individuals to work or training activities and to provide support services in order to gain or maintain employment.
Foster Care / Adoption Services
Foster Care/Adoption Services' primary function is to provide safety and permanency for children who have been removed from their homes.
Fraud & Legal Affairs Unit
The Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit investigates all instances of possible fraud as it relates to any programs under the Department of Social Services.
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
HEAP provides assistance with the cost of heating (in winter) or cooling (in summer) to low-income households.
The Medicaid division is responsible for determining eligibility for all Medical Assistance Programs not offered by the NY State Office of Health Insurance Programs.
Non-Parent Caregivers (NPC) (PDF)
Non-parent caregivers, who are caring for children without a parent living in their home, may be eligible for Temporary Assistance.
Preventive Services help parents and caregivers provide an environment where children can thrive.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP is responsible for determining eligibility for the federally mandated supplemental nutrition program.
Temporary Assistance is a cash assistance program based on income and resources.