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Quick Reference Guide


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OCFS OR NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
The New York State government office that is responsible for child welfare and for oversight of the New York City Administration for Children s Services.

OMH OR NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH
The New York State agency that is responsible for providing and coordinating services to children, youth and adults with mental health illnesses. OMH runs both day treatment and residential programs for young people in foster care and for young people living on their own or with family members.

OMRDD OR NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF MENTAL RETARDATION AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
The New York State agency responsible for providing and coordinating services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. OMRDD runs both day treatment and residential programs for young people who are in foster care, who are living on their own, or who are living with family members.
 

ONE-SHOT GRANT
An $1800 grant from ACS that is provided through the ACS Housing Subsidy program to youth leaving foster care. The grant is intended to help cover the costs of finding, renting, and furnishing an apartment.

OSY OR OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH
A program of the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development ( DYCD ) that offers job training, job placement, English language classes, GED programs, and other services to low-income youth over age 16 who are not attending school.