461-165-0160 - Direct Provider Payments; General Information

461-165-0160. Direct Provider Payments; General Information

(1) The Department makes payments on behalf of eligible clients to the providers they select to care for their children. The payments are made directly to the provider. To be eligible for payment, a provider must:

(a) Charge Department clients at a rate no higher than the rate charged other customers;

(b) Provide the Department his or her social security number (SSN) or IRS identification number; and

(c) Meet the requirements of OAR 461-165-0180.

(2) Payments to a client's provider are subject to each of the following limitations:

(a) A payment is made only for child care already provided in the TANF program for all providers. A payment is made for child care already provided in the ERDC program for all providers except Certified Centers certified by the Office of Child Care who receive payment in advance for anticipated hours a child is in care for the month.

(b) Payment is made for the amount charged to the client but may not exceed the rate authorized in OAR 461-155-0150.

(c) No payment will be authorized unless the client has designated a primary provider.

(d) No payment will be made for less than one dollar.

(e) Except as provided otherwise in subsection (f) of this section, a payment is made only for child care provided on or after the date the designated provider has met the requirements to be listed and paid through the Department.

(f) A designated child care provider who the Department approves to be listed and paid through the Department may receive payment for child care provided prior to obtaining Department approval if the provider met the other Department requirements and was licensed under OAR 414-205-0000 to 414-205-0170, 414-350-0000 to 414-350-0405, or 414-300-0000 to 414-300-0415.

(3) In the ERDC and TANF programs, the Department may issue a payment to an eligible provider during a month for which child care is being provided to meet an unexpected need of the provider related to the care of a covered child. The payment may be made if, without the payment, continued care by the same provider would be jeopardized and the client could not immediately obtain child care from another provider.

(AFS 12-1990, f. 3-30-90, cert. ef. 4-1-90; AFS 30-1990, f. 12-31-90, cert. ef. 1-1-91; AFS 9-1991, f. 3-29-91, cert. ef. 4-1-91; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 20-1992, f. 7-31-92, cert. ef. 8-1-92; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-94; AFS 23-1994, f. 9-29-94, cert. ef. 10-1-94; AFS 13-1995, f. 6-29-95, cert. ef. 7-1-95; AFS 23-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 42-1996, f. 12-31-96, cert. ef. 1-1-97; AFS 2-1997, f. 2-27-97, cert. ef. 3-1-97; AFS 9-1997, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-97; AFS 12-1997, f. & cert. ef. 8-25-97; AFS 11-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-99; AFS 22-2000(Temp) f. 9-27-00, cert. ef. 9-27-00 thru 12-31-00; AFS 34-2000, f. 12-22-00, cert. ef. 1-1-01; SSP 7-2003, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-03; SSP 32-2010, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-10; SSP 17-2011, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11; SSP 8-2013, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-13; SSP 9-2017(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-24-17 thru 9-19-17; SSP 21-2017, f. 8-11-17, cert. ef. 9-1-17; SSP 23-2018, temporary amend filed 06/26/2018, effective 07/01/2018 through 12/27/2018; SSP 33-2018, amend filed 12/04/2018, effective 12/28/2018; SSP 11-2019, temporary amend filed 04/01/2019, effective 4/1/2019 through 09/26/2019; SSP 14-2019, amend filed 06/11/2019, effective 7/1/2019)

Statutory/Other Authority: 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.122, 412.049 & ORS 329A.500

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 329A.500, 409.010, 411.060, 411.070, 411.122, 412.049 & 45 CFR 98.45

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