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OMM/OCFS/OTDA Materials: ADMs issued by OCFS

08-OCFS-ADM-01: Changes associated with CONNECTIONS Build 18.9: Health, Education and Permanency Hearing Report Modules
In March 2007, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) implemented Build 18.9 in CONNECTIONS. Included in Build 18.9 were discrete modules that supported the documentation of currently required health and education information for children served through the child welfare system; the incorporation of the Permanency Hearing Report (PHR), the Notice of Permanency Hearing and the Statement to the Court of the Permanency Hearing Report and Notice Sent; as well as additional functional improvements that provide ease of use for workers and aid in system responsiveness.

At the time of the implementation of Build 18.9 in CONNECTIONS, OCFS provided local Departments of Social Services (LDSS) with the option to implement an incremental approach to full compliance with the documentation requirements of health and education in CONNECTIONS. This ADM will serve as official notification of what health and education data must now be included in CONNECTIONS for all children in foster care, including children placed in certified or approved foster homes, and all children in the custody of LDSS or OCFS placed in congregate care settings in Voluntary Authorized Foster Care Agencies (VA).

In addition, this ADM will identify significant changes and enhancements in CONNECTIONS Build 18.9 designed to capture essential data elements required to support New York State compliance with the federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS).


Created: 3/26/2008