Alan Lawitz has served as the Director of the Bureau of Adult Services of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) since November 2007. The Bureau oversees the Adult Protective Services and the Family Type Home for Adults programs. He co-authored The New York State Cost of Financial Exploitation Study, issued by OCFS in June 2016.
Alan previously was an Associate Attorney for the New York State Department of Health, heading up the Long-Term Care Group of the Bureau of House Counsel, and dealing with legal issues relating to Assisted Living, Adult Care Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Home Care, among other areas. He has authored several articles in this field, including The Assisted Living Reform Act of 2004: New Models of Care, New Choices for Consumers, NYSBA Health Law Journal, Winter 2006, Vol.11, No. 1. He also previously served as a Senior Attorney for the former New York State Department of Social Services, representing the agency in the areas of Adult Protective Services, Adult Care Facilities/Assisted Living and Homeless Housing, and serving as counsel to the NYS Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation.
He is a 1977 graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University (B.A.) and a 1980 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.).
Alan is a Northeast Regional Representative and member of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA). He was the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award presented by NAPSA for his contributions to the field of APS and NAPSA.