Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Human Services – Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS)

The Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) issued emergency sheltering guidelines for the integration of functional needs support (FNSS) in all general population shelters. As member agencies of the New York State Human Services Committee, the State Office of Emergency Management, Department of Health, and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance have partnered to address this critical need. New York State Human Services partners have created a guidance document to assist local partners in addressing FNSS. This document provides guidance on how to incorporate FNSS locally in a coordinated and cooperative manner across disciplines and organizations that would play a role in this effort.

The member agencies of the New York State Human Services Committee have established a centralized email to address human services planning and FNSS inquiries. Local planners addressing FNSS are encouraged to send their inquiries to HumanServices@dhses.ny.gov.