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WAC 110-15-0030

Consumers' responsibilities.

When a person applies for or receives WCCC benefits, as a condition of receiving those benefits, the applicant or consumer must:
(1) Give DSHS correct and current information so DSHS can determine eligibility and authorize child care payments correctly;
(2) Choose a provider who meets the requirements of WAC 110-15-0125;
(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) If the consumer or a third-party acting on behalf of the consumer fails to make a copayment when due, the consumer must do one or more of the following:
(a) Pay the child care provider the past due copayments;
(b) Provide DSHS with a signed copy of a payment agreement between the consumer and child care provider that includes, but is not limited to, the following information:
(i) A description of the agreed payment plan;
(ii) If applicable, a description of any collection agency action that may be taken by the provider if the consumer fails to comply with the agreed payment plan;
(iii) If applicable, a description of in-kind services in lieu of paying the copayment; and
(iv) If applicable, payment forgiveness from the provider.
(c) Provide DSHS proof that the consumer attempted to make a copayment to the provider, but the licensed provider is no longer in business or the license-exempt in-home/relative provider no longer provides child care. "Proof" includes, but is not limited to, a return receipt associated with a payment that was mailed to the provider that indicates the mailed payment was signed for but not picked up, or a returned, previously mailed payment that was not signed for or accepted.
(5) Pay the provider for child care services when the consumer requests additional child care beyond the current authorization;
(6) Pay the provider for optional child care programs that the consumer requests. The provider must have a written policy in place charging all families for these optional child care programs;
(7) Pay the provider the same late fees that are charged to other families, if the consumer makes a late copayment or picks up the child late;
(8) Cooperate (provide the information requested) with the child care subsidy audit process. If the consumer does not provide the information requested:
(a) A consumer becomes ineligible for WCCC benefits upon a determination of noncooperation;
(b) The consumer remains ineligible until he or she meets child care subsidy audit requirements;
(c) The consumer may become eligible again when he or she meets WCCC requirements in part II of this chapter and cooperates;
(d) Care can begin on or after the date the consumer cooperated and meets WCCC requirements in part II of this chapter.
(9) 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 may affect the consumer's benefits;
(10) Document the child's attendance in child care, or have a person authorized by the consumer to document the child's attendance, by:
(a) Signing the child in on arrival and out at departure, using a full signature and writing the time of arrival and departure, if the provider uses a paper attendance record; or
(b) Electronically recording the child's attendance as instructed, if an electronic system is used by the provider.
(11) Ensure that the consumer's children who receive 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.
(12) Ensure that care is provided in the correct home as required by WAC 110-16-0015(3) 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;
(13) Provide the in-home/relative provider with the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of persons who are authorized to pick up the child from care; and
(14) Provide other information and resources as necessary for the consumer's in-home/relative provider to be in compliance with the requirements of chapter 110-16 WAC including, but not limited to, WAC 110-16-0030 and 110-16-0035.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.216.055, 43.216.065 and 42 U.S.C. 9858, et seq. WSR 19-08-020, § 110-15-0030, filed 3/26/19, effective 4/26/19. WSR 18-14-078, recodified as § 110-15-0030, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.060 and 43.215.070. WSR 17-09-017, § 170-290-0030, filed 4/7/17, effective 5/8/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.060, 43.215.070, and chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 16-09-059, § 170-290-0030, filed 4/15/16, effective 5/16/16; 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.]
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