Child care providers offer a vital service for working parents and we know how critical it is for them to receive payments from the state on a regular basis. We at IDHS are taking extraordinary measures to expedite the payments that were delayed as a result of the switch to the new Child Care Management System launched on January 14, 2014, and to keep providers informed on the progress of payments. We are also working hard on correcting payment errors that have occurred in recent weeks. We continue to see progress in correcting those errors. In some cases, payments to home providers had union dues/fair share deductions calculated incorrectly. Some payments withheld too much and some payments did not withhold enough. DHS is correcting those errors with payments that are being processed this week.
IDHS and Action for Children now have a special Hotline to call for Cook County providers who are facing financial hardship due to delayed payments. The number is 877-581-3691. The hotline is staffed by Action for Children.
To find out when your payment was entered, you can use 800-804-3833. That number will usually tell of entered payments the working day after entry, approval of a payment the working day following the approval, and generally will tell about issue of a payment two working days after the issue. Licensed providers must enter the IVR case numbers to hear information on their payments. Pleases refer to the most recent child care certificate or other child care case information for the IVR number.
For this program, we draw our Federal Child Care funds in the middle of the month each month which allows us to approve and issue the majority of the payments. Many payments have been approved by DHS and issued by The Office of the Comptroller this month. Some of the payments entered up to March 24th were approved by DHS on March 26th. More payments should become approved by DHS later this week and end to next week.
However, there are still payments with entry dates from February and March that have not been approved by DHS due to technical issues that require special processing. Procedures to fix the technical issues are being put in place to process these payments. DHS may be able to approve many of these payments later next week.
** For issued payments, many payments approved by DHS on 3/25 were issued by The Office of the Comptroller on Wednesday night March 26th. More payments should be issued throughout this week and next week.
We realize there are some isolated problems with approved and issued payments lately that did not calculate correctly. We are working to identify why the problems are occurring and hope to have a resolution and a reimbursement process soon.
The child care payment process is 3 Steps. Your payment is entered into the child care system, when funding is available, and the system has no errors the payment is approved by DHS. After the payment is approved, generally the payment will be issued by The Office of the Comptroller 1-3 working days after the approval. Paper checks are mailed the next working day after being issued. Direct Deposit and debit card payments are in accounts 2 working days after issue.
To follow payments via the internet, you can see approved payments at: www.dhs.state.il.us
- Go to tab: FOR PROVIDERS
- Click on: Payments
- Click on: Provider Payment Inquiry
- Enter: SS# or FEIN
- Click on: Submit
- CVR date is the approved date
- Correct issue date will appear two working days after being issued
To see if a payment has been issued by the Office of the Comptroller use: illinoiscomptroller.gov
- Go to Financial Inquiries (tab at top of the page)
- Click on Vendor Payments
- Enter SS# or FEIN
- For the next two pages click on the Gray Boxes at bottom of page (Payments and Find Warrants)
- Most recent issued payment will be listed at top of the page.
The number for the IDHS Child Care Payment line is (217) 524-9041. Check back for more updates in the next few days. Thank You