Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

31.5 Legal Responsibility

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 31-Standards of Practice Regarding Title IV-E, Medicaid and Other Applicable Benefits
31.5 Legal Responsibility

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Legal Authority/Introduction


Legal responsibility means that the Cabinet has legal responsibility for the care of the child. This can be established in one of two ways:

  • Through a court order; or
  • A voluntary commitment agreement. 

When the Cabinet gains legal custody of a child, assuming other criterion are met, IV-E foster care payments may be made on the child’s behalf.


The CBW:

  1. Reviews the removal order (emergency custody, temporary removal, temporary custody or commitment order) or voluntary commitment agreement to ensure the required legal responsibility is established;
  2. Notifies the SSW to obtain the required documentation of legal responsibility if the material is not present.

The Billing Specialist:

  1. Completes timely entry of the child's placement into TWIST enter/exit screens.



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