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Issue Alert - The maximum number of authorized care hours is decreased from 100 to 90 hours per pay period per child for all CDC providers.

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Date:

Jan 09, 2008

Program Area:

Child Day Care - Interim PPB 2008-002

Issue Summary:

The maximum number of authorized care hours is being decreased from 100 to 90 hours per pay period per child for all CDC providers. The maximum allowable provider billing limits is also being reduced for in-home day care aides, relative care providers, family and group child care homes.

Persons Affected:

Individuals receiving Child Day Care (CDC) assistance from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and providers of CDC.

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice 320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-3120, (800)724-7441 Fax: (989) 755-3558 E-mail: info@ccj-mi.org

Michigan Poverty Law Program 611 Church Street, Suite 4A Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000 (734) 998-6100 (734) 998-9125 Fax


Background

Child Development and Care payments are made when:
• All eligibility and need requirements are met,
• Care is provided by an eligible provider (see PEM 704),
• A Child Development and Care case is opened on CIMS, and
• The provider has billed within 90 days.
Child Development and Care pay periods are biweekly (two week) periods.

What's Happening?

Prior regulations limited child care hours to:
• 30 hours if need hours are one through 30.
• 50 hours if need hours are 31 through 50.
• 75 hours if need hours are 51 through 75.
• 100 hours if need hours are greater than 75.

The maximum number of hours allowed for a recipient is being reduced from 100 to 90 hours in a biweekly period. This change is effective 12/23/07. CDC cases currently authorized for 100 hours will automatically be reduced to 90 hours. Notices will be sent to all clients and providers currently receiving child care payments explaining the decrease in allowable authorized hours.

The total number of hours providers are allowed to bill in a biweekly pay period is being changed as follows:


• Day Care aides - 600 hours to 540 hours
• Relative care providers - 600 hours to 540 hours
• Family child care homes - 900 hours to 810 hours
• Group child care homes - 1800 hours to 1,620 hours
• Child care centers - No limit

Hearings will not be granted on the new CDC policy decreasing the maximum number of allowable hours from 100 to 90 per pay period.

What Should Advocates Do?

Be sure to refer to the Interim bulletin until the manual items are updated in April 2008.

What Should Clients Do?

Seek legal advice if you receive notice that you are over the allowable limit for child care hours.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee.

You can locate various sources of legal and related services, including the free legal aid office that serves your county, at MichiganLegalAid.org.

You can also look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.