Here is the latest information from the IDHS Child Care Information line. (217)524-9041
Notice: Some payments entered on March 16th had a technical issue that delayed the payments from being approved. DHS fixed the problem, and most of the payments were approved on May 13th. Earlier this month some of the payments entered on March 16th had to be deleted in the system and re-entered by the local office. Most of those that needed re-entered have been processed, any remaining should be done real soon.
Currently, DHS will be approving on May 14th, MOST payments entered on May 12th. DHS always notes MOST on approval of payments because some payments get held up for individual technical issues or other provider specific issues. Funding should remain available to approve MOST entered payments within two to three working days after the payment was entered.
For issued payments: Generally, payments will be issued one to three working days after being approved by DHS. Payments approved by DHS on May 11th were issued on May 13th.
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, does not work well. 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 on 800-804-3833 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.
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 it will be issued by The Office of the Comptroller 1-3 working days after the approval. For providers paid by paper check, those are mailed the working date after being issued. For providers paid by direct deposit or the Illinois Debit Master Card, those payments will be in accounts two working days after being issued. Weekends and holidays are not working days.
To follow payments via the internet, you can generally 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.
We hope this information helps you answer many of your questions. Check back in a couple days for new updates.