Here is the latest information from the IDHS Child Care Information line (217)524-9041. This message will be updated again around January 25th, or sooner if something changes. NOTE: Monday January 18th was a holiday. Your local child care resource and referral office might have been open, but with state offices closed, no payments were processed for approval, issued, mailed, or deposited into accounts on January 18th. Also, The Office of the Comptroller will be mailing by January 31st, 2016, 1099 Miscellaneous Forms to all non-Corporation providers that earned $600 dollars or more in calendar year 2015. If you have had a recent address change, or you don't receive the 1099 by February 9th 2016, contact your Child Care Resource and Referral Office for more instructions.
Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
At this time a budget for the Child Care Assistance Program has not been approved for the fiscal year that began July 1st. However, a court decree authorized payments to individual home child care providers who provide services in either their home, or the home of the child, and are not part of a Child Care Home Network. Also, in August, SB2042 HAM#3 was signed into law (P.A. 99-0409). The act includes several federal appropriations to support IDHS programs which allowed the department to begin also issuing payments to center providers and home network providers.
With the new bill being passed, most payments are being approved for payment by IDHS. However, some adjustments had to be made to make payments without a new budget. Some days IDHS will only be able to approve payments to home providers and some days only center payments will be approved. Recently, IDHS has been able to approve MOST payments for Home Providers. On January 15th, IDHS approved MOST payments for Home Providers entered up to January 13th. Some Home Provider Payments entered on January 4th had a technical issue that delayed the approval of those payments. It appears most of those problem payments for Home Providers were approved on January 15th. On January 19th, IDHS plans to start approving Center Provider Payments, and continue also approving Home Provider Payments. On January 19th, IDHS should approve Most Center provider payments entered on January 4th, 5th, and probably some Center Provider payments entered on January 6th. After January 19th, IDHS will probably be switching back and forth between Center Provider payments and Home Provider payments, at least for a few days. Some days IDHS will approve Center payments, and some days only Home Provider payments will approve. This pattern should continue for at least a few days.
To follow the approval of 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
For issued payments: At this time, MOST payments are issuing again at a normal rate of one to three working days after being approved by IDHS. Payments are issued at night, paper checks are mailed the next working days. Direct deposit payments and generally debit card payments are in accounts two working days after being issued. Weekends and holidays are not working days.
On the home page, options should come up: Home, Leslie Geissler Munger, New, VENDORS, Agencies, Services, Contact Us
- Click on Vendors (If the options don't come up, click on white box with three blue lines on right side)
- Provider then enter their VENDOR TIN (SS# or FEIN)
- Next enter the VENDOR NAME (name as listed with The Office of the Comptroller. Businesses need to use the legal name as Comptroller has them listed)
- Click Submit
New Debit Cards
Normally, funds are on the debit card two working days after the payment is issued, and the card company has now assured us that should be the case with all payments being issued. However, it may be late on the second day after issue before the funds reach your account. For providers that are paid through the debit card, if you have trouble with your card, or need a new card, you need to call the card company customer service line at: 1-866-338-2944. To speak with a customer service representative at the card company, do not enter your card number when the message asks for it. Press the # sign when mentioned. Then when instructed press option 4 for lost, stolen, or damaged card. Next you will be instructed to enter your social security number, zip code, and your PIN Number. Only put in your social security number and zip code. After entering those two things, a representative should come on the line.
To find out when your payment was entered and approved, you usually can use 800-804-3833. Licensed providers must enter the IVR case number 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.
For child care case specific questions, or if you have a payment that was returned undeliverable, or if you have not received a payment that was issued over 14 days ago, you need to contact your Child Care Resource and Referral Office for assistance.