Please direct all program related information and questions to:
815-823 East Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62701
The mission of the WIC program is to improve the health status of women, infants, and children; to reduce the incidence of infant mortality, premature births and low birth weight; and to aid in the development of children. The program serves income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age who have a medical or nutritional risk.
The program provides health screening, nutrition education and counseling, supplemental foods and information about other health services.
The program works in collaboration and cooperation with local health departments, not-for-profit health and social service agencies, FQHCs, county boards of health and numerous other organizations, such as Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago (for the WIC Food Centers), Illinois Hunger Coalition, Illinois Public Health Association, and the National WIC Association.
II. Policies & Procedures
The Provider will administer the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in accordance with the following:
- Guidelines and definitions developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Service as set forth in Title 7, Part 246, United States Code of Federal Regulations. The Provider acknowledges that in accordance with 7 CFR 246.23 the Provider may be required to reimburse the Department for any food funds which are lost as a result of thefts, embezzlements or unexplained causes or the misuse of food instruments which are voided in hand (coded "H"), stolen (coded "S") or reported to the Department as lost (coded "L") and which are subsequently paid by the Department's contract bank.
- Appropriate rules promulgated by the United States Office of Management and Budget, such as Circulars A-87, A-110, A-122 and A-133. Applicable circulars are hereby acknowledged as being reviewed and in compliance by the Provider.
- Department WIC Policy and Procedures Manual, and changes thereto which may be necessary for Department and Provider WIC program administration. Said manual is hereby acknowledged as being received by the Provider.
- Reporting Requirements - A portion of the funding for this grant agreement is from a federal award which requires a close out (separation of expenditures) as of September 30. This means documentation for expenditures incurred on or prior to September 30 must be submitted separately from documentation for expenditures incurred on or after October 1. The final documentation reporting expenditures incurred on or prior to September 30 shall be submitted to the Department by November 15.
III. Contract and Amendment Process
The contract between the Department and the Provider is generally referred to as the Agreement and consists of several parts:
- Community Service Agreement, containing the standard contract language used for all Department contracts
- Exhibit A, containing Scope of Services/Purpose of Grant
- Exhibit B, containing Deliverables
- Exhibit C, containing Payment Information
- Exhibit D, containing Contact Information
- Attachment E
- The Program Manual, attached by reference to the Agreement, contains the program service provisions.
The Department will initiate the contract by having it online for the Provider to obtain and sign. The Provider will fax signature page to the Department to obtain the Secretary's signature and the Department will return a copy of the executed signature page of the contract to the Provider via pdf email.
There are two types of amendments to an executed Community Service Agreement.
- Letters of increase or decrease - A letter is sent to the Provider stating the intent to increase or decrease dollars to specific program services existing in the Community Service Agreement. There is no need for the Provider to sign and return this document.
- Formal amendments A two-party signed agreement to an executed Agreement is a formal amendment. The following process is required for a formal amendment to be processed:
- Adding new program services- An amendment to add a new program service must contain a detailed summary of services to be provided under the executed Community Services Agreement and a method of payment.
- Extending the service dates of the Community Services Agreement* -An amendment to extend the service dates of the Community Services Agreement must contain the following information: Agreement number as it appears on the original Community Services Agreement; Provider name; clause stating the new term of the Agreement; signatures of the Provider and the Secretary of the Department of Human Services
*NOTE: A Community Services Agreement end date should only be June 30 due to mandates in the State Finance Act regarding audit period. Language on pages one through nine in the Community Services Agreement may not be changed.
- Extending the service dates of an existing program attachment - An amendment to extend the date of a specific attachment in the existing Community Services Agreement must contain the following information: Agreement number as it appears on the original Community Services Agreement; Provider name; clause stating the new term and the specific attachment name and number; signatures of the Provider and the Secretary of the Department of Human Services
- Changing language within an existing program attachment - An amendment to change language in an existing program attachment of the Community Services Agreement must contain the following information: Agreement number as it appears on the Community Services Agreement; Provider name; clause(s) stating the new language; signatures of the Provider and the Secretary of the Department of Human Services
- Payments to the Provider will be made on a prospective basis, rounded to the nearest $100.00. The final prospective payment may be greater or lesser than the previous payments due to rounding.
- The Department will compare the amount of the prospective payments made to date with the documented expenditures provided to the Department by the Provider. In the event the documented services provided by the Provider do not justify the level of award being provided to the Provider, future payments may be withheld or reduced until such time as the services documentation provided by the Provider equals the amounts previously provided to the Provider. Failure of the Provider to provide timely documentation may result in a reduction to the total award.
- The final payment from the Department under this Agreement shall be made upon the Department's determination that all requirements under this Agreement have been completed, which determination shall not be unreasonably withheld. Such final payment will be subject to adjustment after the completion of a review of the Provider's records as provided in the Agreement.
V. Provider Responsibilities
Services to be provided include, but are not limited to:
- Provide health screening, certification, food prescription, nutrition counseling, collection of data and retention of records for the provision of WIC services to the assigned caseload of women (pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum), infants and children.
- Serve only residents of Illinois, and within the geographic area defined by local agency procedure if applicable, or who are members of a designated population with a common special need, including but not limited to homeless, migrant or Native American persons, as defined in the WIC Policy and Procedures Manual.
- Provide safeguards against agency, vendor or participant abuse of WIC program funds or services.
- Promote and support the WIC breastfeeding philosophy by directing WIC breastfeeding activities, including knowledgeable and consistent breastfeeding education, promotion and support from all WIC staff, establishing a breastfeeding Peer Counselor program and collaboration with community partners to effectively support breastfeeding mothers and babies.
- Integrate/coordinate services with the Family Case Management (FCM) program serving the provider WIC recipients.
- Providers will make reasonable efforts to assure that WIC enrolled infants and children are appropriately immunized. Reasonable efforts may include recording WIC recipient immunization status into Cornerstone, providing immunization on site or by referral, and follow-up of immunization compliance at subsequent visits.
- The Provider will make reasonable efforts to assure Medicaid/insurance status of all WIC recipients.
- The Provider agrees to comply with requirements in accordance with Federal and State laws and regulations, U.S. Department of Agriculture Code of Regulations (7 CFR 246), FNS Instructions and Policies, (including FNS Instruction 113, Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement), National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 (Public Law 103-31; 42 USC 1973 gg) and the State WIC Policy and Procedure Manual. Staff must receive WIC training annually, appropriate to their job duties, including health, nutrition, counseling and federal program requirements.
- The Program applicant hereby agrees that it will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C.1681 et seq.) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C.794), Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.); all provisions required by the implementing regulations of the Department of Agriculture; Department of Justice Enforcement Guidelines, 28 CFR 50.3 and 42; and FNS directives and guidelines, to the effect that, no person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination under any program or activity for which the Program applicant receives Federal financial assistance from FNS; and hereby gives assurance that it will immediately take measures necessary to effectuate this agreement.
By accepting this assurance, the Program applicant agrees to compile data, maintain records and submit reports as required, to permit effective enforcement of the nondiscrimination laws and permit authorized USDA personnel during normal working hours to review such records, books and accounts as needed to ascertain compliance with the nondiscrimination laws. If there are any violations of this assurance, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, shall have the right to seek judicial enforcement of this assurance. This assurance is binding on the Program applicant, its successors, transferees and assignees, as long as it receives assistance or retains possession of any assistance from the Department. The person or persons whose signatures appear below are authorized to sign this assurance on behalf of the Program applicant.
- The Provider must conduct a self-monitoring evaluation of its operations annually to ensure compliance with WIC Federal and State Regulations and state policies. Provider tools used for self-monitoring must be the State WIC Management Evaluation tool or other state approved tool. The Provider must maintain a file of completed self-monitoring evaluation forms for review by state or federal staff.
- Agencies participating in the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program will provide training, oversight and monitoring of farmers in participating Farmer's Markets.
VI. Department Responsibilities
The Department will provide technical assistance and monitoring for all programs operated under Community Health and Prevention.
VII. Support Services
Utilization of Community Resources
It shall be the responsibility of each project director to coordinate the services provided through the project with other sources of care in the community, such as:
- The Illinois Medical Assistance Program.
- Local Health Departments.
- Neighborhood Health Centers.
- Local Child Development Clinics.
- Division of Specialized Care for Children.
- Local Hospitals.
- Local Children and Family Services Programs.
- Local Schools.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
- Regional Perinatal Centers.
- Local Early Intervention Programs for Infants and Toddlers with disabilities.
- Other related social service agencies.
Please refer to 77 Ill. Adm. Code 630.160 and 630.170; Other Applicable Rules; and to the program-specific Exhibits for additional requirements.
VIII. Billing Instructions
Providers shall use the following methodology to document the use of these funds:
- The Provider shall provide summary documentation by line item of actual expenditures incurred for the purchase of goods and services necessary for conducting program activities. The Provider shall use generally accepted accounting practices to record expenditures and revenues as outlined in DHS Rule 509, Fiscal Administrative Recordkeeping and Requirements.
- Expenditures shall be recorded in the Provider's records in such a manner as to establish an audit trail for future verification of appropriate use of Agreement funds.
- Expenditure documentation shall be submitted in a format, defined by the Division of Community Health and Prevention, to the Department on a quarterly basis, within 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter. However, the Provider shall have the option to report monthly.
- The Provider shall submit expenditure documentation by one of the following means:
- Mailing Address
815-823 East Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62701
- All financial record keeping on the part of the Provider shall be in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles consistently applied.
- The Provider shall allocate and report WIC program expenditures by the categories, General Administration, Client Services, Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Promotion. This is a requirement of the federal award.
Expenditure Documentation Form Instructions
Expenditure Documentation Form
IX. Program Monitoring
Programs operated by the Provider under this contract will be monitored by the Department to review the program's progress according to stated goals, measurable objectives and administrative operations.
X. Program Budget
Providers agree to establish and utilize a budget approved by the Provider's Board of Directors.
The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children Program does not require special appendices or forms.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.