IDHS continues to provide up to date information on Child Care Assistance program payments. Here is the latest information provided on the Child Care information phone line: (217) 524-9041.
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.
To find out when your payment was entered, you usually can use 800-804-3833. That number is supposed to 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. Unfortunately, 800-804-3833 for some callers, has not been working well lately. Later in this call we will give you some web site information that you can use to see approved and issued payments. 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.
This month we did not have any carry over funds from August to use in early September. However, we did have some funding that became available on September 11th. At this point it appears MOST payments waiting to be approved by DHS that were entered on September 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and many payments entered on September 12th were approve by DHS on September 18th. Starting on September 19th, DHS should be caught up with any backlog of approving payments and will be approving MOST of the remaining payment entered on September 12th not already approved, and MOST payments entered on September 15th, 16th and 17th. We note MOST on the approval of entered payments because some payments require extra technical work to process the payments, or there might be an issue with the provider information which can cause delays on the approval of the payments. With funding still available, we should continue to approve payments throughout the remainder of September.
For issued payments, the payments that were approved by DHS on September 17th were issued by The Office of the Comptroller on September 18th. As payments continue to be approved by DHS, they should be issued soon after.
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. Weekends and holidays are not working days.
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: www.ioc.state.il.us
- 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.
With funding available, and the backlog caught up, this message will not change for a while.