DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Social Services
Child Care Subsidy Program
In compliance with the State's Administrative Procedures Act (APA - Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code) and under the authority of Title 31 of the Delaware Code, Chapter 5, Section 512, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) / Division of Social Services / is proposing to amend the Division of Social Services Manual (DSSM) regarding child care purchase of care policy, as it relates specifically to compensation, method of payment, and collection of fees.
Any person who wishes to make written suggestions, compilations of data, testimony, briefs or other written materials concerning the proposed new regulations must submit same to Sharon L. Summers, Policy, Program & Development Unit, Division of Social Services, and P.O. Box 906, New Castle, Delaware by October 1st, 2004.
The action concerning the determination of whether to adopt the proposed regulation will be based upon the results of Department and Division staff analysis and the consideration of the comments and written materials filed by other interested persons.
The proposed rule will allow providers to charge DSS fee paying clients the difference between the DSS determined parent fee and the provider’s private fee. Providers will not be allowed to charge non-fee paying clients the difference.
The proposed changes will also allow self-arrange parents whose provider does not have a subsidy slot available to opt to pay only the difference between the DSS rate and the provider’s private rate. Thus eliminating the 4 to 6 week wait for DSS client reimbursement.
The proposed changes will be incorporated into the Division of Social Services Child Care Contract (Section IV, Method of Payment, and Collection of Fees, Paragraph J) and the Division of Social Services Child Care Certificate Provider Agreement and Registration Form (Section II, Fees, Paragraph C).
Implementation of the proposed provisions on November 10th, 2004 is contingent upon promulgation of this rule.