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08-OCFS-ADM-04: Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Applicable to Maximum State Aid Rates (MSARs) Effective April 1, 2008, Through June 30, 2008
The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to implement the legislative cost-ofliving adjustment (COLA) authorized by the 2008-09 Enacted State Budget applicable to all programs for which OCFS establishes Maximum State Aid Rates (MSARs) and Committee on Special Education (CSE) Maintenance Rates, including rates for foster parents and adoption subsidies. That provision authorized the Office of Children and Family Services OCFS) to apply a COLA of 3.2 percent to all applicable rates, effective April 1, 2008.

Local social services districts (local districts) are required to pay the increase of 3.2 percent even to those rates currently exempt from the MSAR minimum payment requirement specified in Section 398-a(2-a) of Social Services Law. That means, in addition to local districts being required by existing statute to pay no less than the OCFS-established congregate care rates and administrative/services rates applicable to specialized foster boarding home programs, local districts and voluntary agencies are also required to increase their own payment schedules by 3.2 percent, effective April 1, 2008, for all administrative/services rates applicable to regular foster boarding home programs and for all pass-through rates applicable to foster parent and adoption subsidy payments.


Created: 1/14/2009