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Quick Reference Guide


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“D” PETITION OR DELINQUENCY PETITION
D is the letter designation for a case filed in New York City Family Court that charges a young person with engaging in criminal activity.

DHS OR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELESS SERVICES
The agency responsible for providing short-term emergency shelter and other housing services forhomeless individuals and families in New York City.

DOH OR DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
The agency responsible for providing and overseeing health and mental health services for individuals in New York City.

DISCHARGE GRANT
A one-time grant of $750 that is provided by a foster care agency to help young people who have been in foster care for at least six months, with the expenses that are associated with leaving foster care.

DOE OR DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The agency responsible for providing a free and appropriate education for all children in New York City.

DRC OR DIAGNOSTIC RECEPTION CENTER
A temporary, residential group setting for young people entering or in foster care, where psychologists and psychiatrists evaluate a young person s mental health needs in order to help determine the best foster care placement for that young person.

DROP-IN CENTERS
The NYC Department of Homeless Services offices that provide emergency shelter and other services for homeless families and individuals. Drop-in centers are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week in each borough in order to provide emergency shelter and services. Drop-in center is also a term used by social service agencies to describe a place where individuals can get services such as hot meals, showers and counseling, without an appointment. Drop-in centers can be located by calling 311.

DYCD OR THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The agency responsible for funding and overseeing programs for runaway and homeless youth as well as job and internship programs for youth. The DYCD can answer questions on these topics at the NYC Youthline: 1 (800) 246-4646.