Case processing begins with receipt of the application at the local FSD office. Once household eligibility has been established, the household can access child care benefits from either a licensed and contracted child care provider, or a provider that is registered with DSS for payment of child care services. In order to access benefits, the Eligibility Specialist must authorize the child/ren to the chosen provider. Refer to 1220.025.00 INDIVIDUAL AUTHORIZATION PROCESS. Households may not access benefits until the chosen provider is licensed and contracted or registered with DSS for payment of child care services and the Eligibility Specialist has authorized the child to the provider.