MEMORANDUM
2007 Memorandums
OEC-07-02/CD07-19 03/30/07

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
CHILDRENíS DIVISION
P.O. BOX 88
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI

TO:

ALL REGIONAL AND COUNTY FSD AND CD OFFICES

FROM:

PAULA NEESE, DIRECTOR
CHILDREN'S DIVISION
JANEL R. LUCK, DIRECTOR
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION

SUBJECT:

INCREASE IN CHILD CARE SUBSIDY RATES

REFERENCE:

CHILDRENíS DIVISION
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION

DISCUSSION:

This memorandum outlines the increase in state maximum child care rates to certain providers as addressed in Governor Matt Bluntís February 8, 2007, press release regarding changes to the Child Care Subsidy program. This memorandum also includes rate charts for all types of legal child care providers paid through the Child Care Subsidy program.

INCREASED STATE MAXIMUM REIMBURSEMENT RATES TO SPECIFIC PROVIDERS

Effective with March 1, 2007, child care services, the state maximum rates paid to licensed providers and qualified inspected faith based providers in Missouri are increased by five percent over the existing state base rate. This increase applies to child care payments made through the Child Care Subsidy Program on behalf of Family Support Division (FSD) income eligible families and Children's Division (CD) protective services children. The increased rates will appear on child care payments made in April, 2007, or later for any service that was provided in March, 2007, or later.

Child care services provided prior to March 1, 2007, but paid after March 1, 2007, are paid at the reimbursement rate prior to the five percent increase.

Receipt of the increased rate requires that the:

OR

Licensed and inspected faith based child care providers who elect to receive a reimbursement rate that is lower than the state maximum reimbursement rate will continue to receive the lower reimbursement rate.

Reimbursement rates to other types of license exempt legal providers in Missouri continue to be paid at the October 1, 1998, rate or the providerís quoted rate, if the quoted rate is lower than the state maximum.

CHILD CARE INVOICES

Effective March 20, 2007, the new state maximum rates are printed on FAMIS invoices generated to licensed providers and those providers who are registered with an exempt type of Religious in Compliance (RIC).

FAMIS Child Care paper invoices (FA-581) are printed with two types of rates; the state maximum child care rates, based on the providerís geographical area/facility type, and each childís specific rate (based on the childís age, time of care, level of care, sliding fee, special need and providerís eligibility for rate enhancements).

Effective March 18, 2008, the new state maximum rates are printed on the SEAS Child Care invoices (CS-65A) to licensed child care providers when the providerís contracted rates are at the state maximum levels.

FAMIS CHILD CARE CORRECTION PAYMENTS AND CS-65 PAYMENTS

Correction payments for March services and later must be calculated using the new state reimbursement rate to licensed and RIC providers for child care services only when the providerís quoted rate is equal to the state maximum rate. Use the providerís quoted rate when it is lower than the state maximum reimbursement rate.

CHILD CARE STATE MAXIMUM RATE CHARTS

This change in provider rates results in a total of six valid child care rate charts:

Ensure that the appropriate rate chart is offered to providers when they request to enter into a contract or registration with the Department of Social Services. Offer:

PN/JRL/DE

NECESSARY ACTION:

PDS Contact:
Debra Enochs, MAS-II
573-522-1385
Debra.L.Enochs@dss.mo.gov
Program Manager:
Becky Houf
573-751-6793
Becky.L.Houf@dss.mo.gov
CHILD WELFARE MANUAL REVISIONS:
N/A
FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS:
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REFERENCE DOCUMENTS and RESOURCES:
Rate Charts attached
RELATED STATUTE:
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ADMINISTRATIVE RULE:
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COUNCIL ON ACCREDITATION (COA) STANDARDS:
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PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT PLAN (PIP):
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SACWIS REQUIREMENTS:
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