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DSS Legal

Lead Counsel - Donald S. Thomson

Phone: (607) 737-5450
Fax: (607) 737-8426

The Legal Division of the Department of Social Services employs several attorneys and support staff that represent and advise DSS on all legal issues.  The Legal Division is responsible for appearing in Court and providing advice to the Commissioner and all Divisions within DSS, providing legal assistance with:

• Prosecuting child abuse, neglect, and termination of parental rights proceedings. 

• Prosecuting Juvenile Delinquency (JD) and Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) proceedings. 

• Obtaining orders to compel parents and/or children to attend services, counseling, etc., for the purpose of remediating the conditions requiring the department’s intervention on the family.   

• Prosecuting civil and administrative proceedings to recover fraudulent Medicaid and Public Assistance payments. 

• Seeking guardianship or other appropriate orders to protect vulnerable and incapacitated adults and seniors. 

• Seeking child support against non-custodial parents whose children are in foster care, or who are receiving public assistance or Medicaid.

• Defending against challenges by persons seeking to have their State Central Registry records sealed, records which indicate their maltreatment of children and which the Registry makes available to employers engaged in the childcare field.

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Chemung County
203 Lake Street
Elmira, NY 14901

County Executive Christopher Moss