IM-106 07/07/00 SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD CARE DEFINED
|POLICY REVISION: 25% RATE INCREASE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD CARE AUTHORIZATIONS|
|Block Grant child care allows a household
to qualify for child care assistance if that household has a "special need".
This could be due to incapacitation of the adult household member or other
circumstances involving the family unit. Policy is being revised
to clear up confusion surrounding the use of "special needs child care"
for eligible households and the definition of a "child with a special need".
Households may qualify for child care assistance if the household has an extraordinary circumstance. Children with a special need may require enhanced care over and above that of a typically developing child.
Households with extraordinary circumstances:
Eligibility for child care assistance due to an extraordinary circumstance of the household consists of the following:
Child with Special Needs:
When an individual child's authorization for child care services is entered, the "special needs" indicator is marked "yes" only when the child being authorized has a special need. This is done on the "Individual Authorization" screen in Legacy and on the FMRB screen in the FAMIS system. A child with a special need is defined as one who is under age 18 or under age 19 but still in high school and who:
This verification may include:
Effective with a service date of April 1, 2000, all adoption subsidy and protective service children receiving child care will be eligible for the 25% special needs increase. Data Processing has automatically populated the special needs field on the SEAS authorization and no action will be necessary from field staff for current or future authorizations. If payment is required via a CS-65, the special needs increase will automatically be added and will not need to be entered as a separate line. This increase in payment will show up on the first CSIPS payroll in May. Staff will see payment for the service code of SPND for the vendor.
Only those active authorized children with a special need are eligible for an increase in payment to the child care provider. A child with a special need has their sliding fee waived. Other children authorized in the same eligibility unit are subject to the sliding fee.
A child with special needs who functions at an age below the chronological age is eligible for payment at the functional age in addition to this increase. The appropriate functional age indicator must be placed in the "functional age" field, and the service code must correspond to this functional age in Legacy. The appropriate functional age code must be placed in the functional age column of the FMAC screen in FAMIS.
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