Social Services Commission

The Social Services Commission (SSC) is the body that develops administrative rules for the Division of Social Services, part of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The commission is a statutorily-based body, established by G.S. 143B-153. The commission has the authority to establish rules for the following:

  • Public assistance with the exception of medical assistance.
  • Placement and supervision of delinquent children and payment of necessary costs of foster home care for needy and homeless children.
  • Payment of state funds to private child-placing agencies and residential child care facilities for care and services provided to children in the custody or placement responsibility of a county department of social services.
  • Social services programs established by federal legislation.
  • Implementation of portions of Title XX of the Social Security Act.
  • Inspection and licensing of maternity homes.
  • Inspection and operation of jails and local confinement facilities.
  • Rules required by the federal government for social services grants-in-aid.

Staff support for the commission is provided by the direction of the Secretary of DHHS. The division provides technical, clerical, logistical and other support for the work of the commission. The Attorney General's Office serves as legal counsel to the commission.

Commission Members

Contact Information

NC Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Social Services
Social Services Commission
Attention: David Lee
Chief Operating Officer for Human Services
2401 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2401
Phone: 919-527-7260
Fax: 919-334-1018