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Promoting Program Integrity for Working Connections & Seasonal Child Care Subsidy Programs


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DEL developed rules that will strengthen internal controls within its child care subsidy programs and promote program integrity by requiring questionable applicant statements of household composition to be supported by additional third-party verification and simplyifying the Department of Social & Health Services' process for requesting documentation to verify that applicants and consumers are participating in qualifying activities.  These rules remove barriers from program participation by providing flexibility in income calculation and allowing verification that most accurately reflects the consumer's economic situation.  Finally, these rules will standardize the authorization amounts for all families, including those with parents participating in approved activities full- and part-time for traditional, non-tradiitional, and variable working schedules and for school-age and non-school age children across all provider types.

Permanent Rule Making Documents:

WSR 17-16-119 Preposal Notice
WSR 17-19-120 Proposed Rule Making Notice
Proposed Rules (WACs 170-290-0005, 170-290-0012, 170-290-0015, 170-390-0050, and 170-290-0065)

WSR 17-23-017 Order
Final Rules - Effective December 4, 2018

In conjuunction with the rule making described above, DEL has proposed amendments to WAC 170-290-0190 WCCC authorized and additional payments - Determining units of care:

WSR 17-20-111 Proposed Rule Making Notice
Proposed Amended WAC 170-290-0190

WSR 17-23-057 Order
Final Rules - Effective December 14, 2018


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