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WAC 170-290-0030: Consumers' responsibilities

Published: 2015

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WAC 170-290-0030

Consumers' responsibilities.

When a person applies for or receives WCCC benefits, the applicant or consumer must, as a condition of receiving those benefits:
(1) Give DSHS correct and current information so DSHS can determine eligibility and authorize child care payments correctly;
(2) Choose a provider who meets requirements of WAC 170-290-0125;
(3) Pay the copayment directly to the child care provider or arrange for a third party to pay the copayment directly to the provider;
(4) In cases of overdue or past due copayments, the consumer, as a condition of maintaining his or her eligibility, must do one or more of the following:
(a) Pay past or overdue copayments;
(b) Give DSHS a written agreement between the provider and consumer to verify that copayment arrangements include one or more of the following:
(i) An installment payment plan;
(ii) A collection agency payment plan;
(iii) In-kind services in lieu of paying the copayment; or
(iv) Forgiveness of the copayment from the provider; or
(c) Provide proof that the consumer has attempted to pay a copayment to a licensed provider who is no longer in business or a license-exempt provider who is no longer providing child care. "Proof" includes, but is not limited to, a return receipt that was signed for and not responded to, or a returned document that was not picked up;
(5) Only use WCCC benefits while the consumer is working or in WCCC approved activities outside the consumer's home;
(6) Pay the provider for child care services when he or she requests additional child care for personal reasons other than working or participating in WCCC approved activities that have been authorized by DSHS;
(7) Pay the provider for optional child care programs that he or she requests. The provider must have a written policy in place charging all families for these optional child care programs;
(8) Pay the provider the same late fees that are charged to other families, if the consumer pays a copayment late or picks up the child late;
(9) Ensure that care is provided in the correct home per WAC 170-290-130 if the consumer uses an in-home/relative provider, and monitor the in-home/relative provider's quality of care to ensure that the child's environmental, physical, nutritional, emotional, cognitive, safety, and social needs are being met;
(10) Cooperate (provide the information requested) with the child care subsidy audit process to remain eligible for WCCC. A consumer becomes ineligible for WCCC benefits upon a determination of noncooperation and remains ineligible until he or she meets child care subsidy audit requirements. If DSHS determines that a consumer is not cooperating, the consumer will not be eligible for WCCC benefits. The consumer may become eligible again when he or she meets WCCC requirements in part II of this chapter;
(11) Provide the information requested by the fraud early detection (FRED) investigator from the DSHS office of fraud and accountability (OFA). If the consumer refuses to provide the information requested within fourteen days, it could affect his or her benefits;
(12) Document their child's attendance in subsidized child care by having the consumer or other person authorized by the consumer to take the child to or from the child care:
(a) If the provider uses a paper attendance record, sign the child in on arrival and sign the child out at departure, using their full signature and writing the time of arrival and departure; or
(b) Record the child's attendance using an electronic system if used by the provider;
(13) Provide to his or her in-home/relative provider the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of persons who are authorized to pick up the child from care; and
(14) Ensure that their children who receive subsidized child care outside of their own home are current on all immunizations required under WAC 246-105-030, except when the parent or guardian provides:
(a) A department of health (DOH) medical exemption form signed by a health care professional; or
(b) A DOH form or similar statement signed by the child's parent or guardian expressing a religious, philosophical or personal objection to immunization.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070, 43.215.060 and chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 12-11-025, § 170-290-0030, filed 5/8/12, effective 6/8/12. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW, RCW 43.215.060, 43.215.070, 2011 1st sp.s. c 42, 2011 1st sp.s. c 50, and 2006 c 265 § 501. WSR 11-18-001, § 170-290-0030, filed 8/24/11, effective 9/24/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.060, 43.215.070, 2006 c 265, and chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 09-22-043, § 170-290-0030, filed 10/28/09, effective 12/1/09. WSR 08-08-047, recodified as § 170-290-0030, filed 3/27/08, effective 3/27/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.12.340, and 74.13.085. WSR 05-22-078, § 388-290-0030, filed 10/31/05, effective 12/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.12.340, 74.13.085, and 2003 1st sp.s. c 25. WSR 04-08-021 and 04-08-134, § 388-290-0030, filed 3/29/04 and 4/7/04, effective 5/28/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050 and C.F.R. Parts 98 and 99 (Child Care Development Fund Rules). WSR 02-01-135, § 388-290-0030, filed 12/19/01, effective 1/19/02.]