Department of Social Services

Eve Bouboulis, Commissioner

Appointed: September 3, 2014

 

The mission of Otsego County Department of Social Services is to assist and protect vulnerable individuals in our community by promoting safety, healthy families and enhanced economic stability.

We provide services with compassion, respect, integrity and positive attitudes while encouraging personal responsibility and individual choice. We work collaboratively with community partners to achieve the goals of lifelong safety and self-sufficiency for County residents.

 

HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 

H.E.A.P. 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - OTSEGO COUNTY HEAP PROGRAM

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTSEGO (OFO) WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING

HEAP APPLICATIONS

  

HEAP 2016-17 PROGRAM OPENS- NOVEMBER 14, 2016

Fuel bill MUST be in head of household's name.

 

If you are the head of household, under the age of 60, and

are not currently receiving temporary assistance and/or SNAP benefits -

you may apply when the season opens by either:

  

1. Apply ONLINE at www.mybenefits.ny.gov . You can access this website by any computer. Computer access is available at many area libraries, Catholic Charities and One Stop locations. You can also go to the mybenefits website and print an application and apply by mail to Otsego County HEAP, 197 Main St. Cooperstown, NY 13326

 

2. Contact Otsego County HEAP office (607) 547-1622 and request and application be mailed to you. APPLICATIONS CAN NOT BE GIVEN OUT BEFORE THE OPENING DATE OF NOVEMBER 14, 2016.

  

If you received a regular HEAP benefits last season and had an individual in your household whil is either: disabled, 60 years of age or older, or 6 years of age or younger - you will receive an early outreach HEAP application in the mail this year. This application should arive in September. You need to complete the application and mail, along with required documentation as stated in the application instructions to:

  

OTSEGO COUNTY HEAP - 197 MAIN STREET, COOOEPRSTOWN, NY 13326

If your head of household is age 60 or older and not currently receiving temporary assistance and/or SNAP benefits - you may apply for HEAP when the season opens by contacting Otsego County Office for the Aging at (607) 547-4232 or 1 (855) 547-4390

Applicants for regular and emergency HEAP benefits are not required to come in person to apply. ALL requests and even interviews can be done by phone. Should you want an interview, appointments will not be scheduled until the program opens on November 14, 2016.

If you are applying for HEAP - Heating Equipment, Repair and Replacement ASSISTANCE - YOU MUST COME IN PERSON TO APPLY AT THE MEADOWS OFFICE COMPLEX - 140 COUNTY HWY 33W, COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326

 

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"New York State of Health" Health Exchange

Contact number for the "New York State of Health" FHealth Exchange for assistance with the new health insurance programs - 1-855-355-5777

Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network will provide local assistance to small businesses and County residents contact them at 1-800-231-0744

Chenango Healh Network provides Navigator services in Oneonta.

Call (607) 337-4128 for more information and assistance.

A Maximus representative is also available at the Meadows Building Monday thru Friday 9am - 5pm to assist individuals or hosueholds applying for health insurance at the Health Exchange. Contact a Maximus Certified Application Counsleor at (607) 547-1757 to arrange an appointment.


 

Have you ever wondered how you could help a

child or family during a time of need?

BECOME A FOSTER PARENT!

 

CONTACT (607) 547- 4355

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

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       For Post Adoption Help for Families visit

http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/adopt/post_adoption/

 

Kinship Care

a natural resource


NY STATE HANDBOOK

FOR RELATIVES RAISING CHILDREN

 

 

 

FOR FOOD PANTRIES AND FOOD PROGRAMS

IN OTSEGO COUNTY VISIT

 

 

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP

Ron Rovetto, Nutrition Outreach Education Program for Otsego

call: (315) 882 - 3017

email: rrovetto@capmadco.org//NOEP:

Provides home vistiing SNAP application assistance and submission

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Social Services
Otsego County Office Building

 

197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

  • Adoption
  • Attorney Office
  • Foster Care
  • Child Protection
  • Child Support
  • Fiscal
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Prevention
Meadows Office Complex

Physical address:

140 Co Hwy 33W
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Mailing address:
197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

  • Medicaid
  • Temporary Assistance
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Employment Services
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Child Care Subsidy
  • Adult Protection
  • Resource Recovery
                                                         
NEW DAD'S DRIVER'S MANUAL

A resource guide for taking care of your new baby and your partner.

 

Links

  Child Support

   DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS 2009

  2014 ANNUAL REPORT .

For helpful information on benefit eligibility, EBT Balance, SNAP and/or HEAP application/recertification and more....please visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov

 

2013 Parent Handybook -The Parent Handbook of
Otsego Area Community Resources

                                                                             

     

      EMERGENCY HOUSING WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTSEGO

SCHOHARIE COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM                                     

CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL

Services Schoharie and Otsego Counties

795 East Main St., Suite #5

Cobleskill, NY 12043

(315) 234-2568

www.sccapinc.org

 

HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

 

 

 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Shine the Light Campaign encourages people to display a purple light outside their home or business and to wear purple to support the cause.

Awareness is the first step towards real change.

 

On October 20th wear purple to show you support!

Send a picture of you and your friends/coworkers wearing purple to DSessions@ofoinc.org and you could be displayed on the Opportunities for Otsego Facebook page!

For Domestic Violence Intervention Services contact the 24 hour hotline

(607) 432-4855 (collect calls are accepted)

 

Staff

Otsego County
Department of Social Services:

197 Main Street
Phone: (607) 547-4355
Fax: (607) 547-6437

Meadows Office Complex
Phone: (607) 547-1700
Fax: (607) 547-1721

Commissioner:
Eve Bouboulis

 

To report a suspected child abuse/maltreatment situation you need to call:

NYS CPS HOTLINE

1-800-342-3720

 

Ad Internal

 

MANAGED CARE MEDICAID

YOUR OPITIONS IN OTSEGO COUNTY:

       

 


NY STATE

HEALTH EXCHANGE

NAVIGATOR

https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/agent/navigators

 

In-Person Assistors (IPAs)/Navigators provide in-person enrollment assistance to individuals, families, small businesses and their employees who would like help applying for health insurance through the Marketplace.

Modeled on successful community assistance programs in New York, the IPA/Navigator program is designed to meet the needs of New Yorkers by providing assistance in convenient, community-based locations.  IPAs/Navigators will provide culturally competent, linguistically appropriate, and disability accessible enrollment services.  They will be available at convenient times, including evenings and weekends, at no cost to enrollees.

(Subject to change, please call site to confirm)

 

Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network of SCNY, Inc.

(800) 231-0744

Serving languages: English, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese,

Taiwanese, Laotian & Spanish

    ENROLLMENT SITES LOCATIONS

    Opportunities for Otsego

    3 W. Broadway 

    Oneonta  NY  13820

   Otsego County DSS

   140 County Hwy 33W

   Cooperstown, NY 13326

   Huntington Library

   62 Chestnut St.

   Oneonta, NY 13820

Chenango Health Network

(607) 337-4128

Serving language: English

    ENROLLMENT SITE LOCATION

    Family Planning of South Central NY

    37 Dietz St.

    Oneonta, NY 13820

 

MANAGED LONG TERM CARE

Do you have medical needs that may require Nursing Home Placement or Services? There is an alternative. MANAGED LONG TERM CARE PLAN may be right for you as it provides health and long-term care services to adults with chronic illness or disabilities, to better address their needs and to prevent or delay nursing home placement.