April 17, 2014 - Child Care Payment Update

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. IDHS is correcting those errors with payments that are being processed this week.

IDHS and Action for Children 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.

Below is the text from today's message on the Child Care Payment information line.

Phone Line - (217) 524-9041

You have reached the DHS Child Care payment information line. Today is April 17th. There is lots of information on this call. So, you may want to take some notes. Please listen to this message completely! 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. Please refer to the most recent child care certificate or other child care case information for the IVR number.

If you have a question regarding a redetermination, approval, address change, certificate needed, the number of days entered in for a payment, and many other questions, you will need to contact your child care office that takes care of your case. Also, contact the child care office that handles the case for any payment that was issued but was not received, or for those returned undeliverable to The Office of the Comptroller.

A large number of the problem payments entered in February, March, and early April that were held up because of technical issues have been fixed, and many of these payments should be approved by DHS on Thursday night April 17th or Friday night April 18th. However, at this time not all of the older problem payments will be approved, some payments are requiring additional work to get approved.

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. Some months we still have funds from the previous month that allow us to approve some payments early in the current month. Some of the payments with an entry date up to April 8th were approved by DHS on Wednesday April 16th. On Thursday night April 17th, we should have many payments with entry dates of at least April 11th become approved. Funding should remain available for most of the month; so many more payments will be approved in the coming days.

**For issued payments, most payments approved by DHS on April 15 were issued by The Office of the Comptroller on Wednesday night 4/16. More payments should be issued late this week and into next week.

We realize there are some isolated problems with approved and issued payments lately that did not calculate correctly. DHS is working to identify why the problems occurred. A resolution and a reimbursement process were mailed earlier this month. The letter that was mailed can also be viewed on the DHS web site of: www.dhs.state.il.us  

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.

Check back for more updates in the next few days. Thank You