43-200.E. CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS

 

Table of Contents

 

 

Section

Topic

43-200.E.1

LCSA Responsibility

43-200.E.2

State Disbursement Unit

43-200.E.3

Issuance of Payments

43-200.E.4

Direct Support  Payments

43-200.E.5

Other Support Payments

43-200.E.6

Direct Support Payments

43-200.E.7

Direct Support Payment–Recipient has Spent

 

 

 

43-200.E.1
LCSA Responsibility

 

The LCSA is responsible for ensuring that all client inquiries regarding child/spousal support disregard payments are resolved.  Human Services Specialists (HSS) should refer clients or their representatives to the LCSA if they inquire about their disregard payment or child support case.  HSS’s should provide clients with the following phone number, in the event they are contacted regarding disregard questions or issues:

 

·   1 + (866) 901-3212 (Toll Free)

                        

  

43-200.E.2
State Disbursement Unit

The State Disbursement Unit (SDU) located in Sacramento was created to meet federal requirements that a central processing site be responsible for all child support payments statewide.   The SDU is responsible for:  

 

·    Receiving and processing child support payments; and 

·    Disbursing all child support payments including the disregard payment.

 

 

43-200.E.3
Issuance of Payments

The SDU is responsible for sending child support payments each month to CalWORKs families.  These payments include:   

 

1.   Child and Spousal Support Disregard (CSSD) - All recipients are entitled to receive up to $50 of their monthly collected child support, if it is paid in the month due.  This payment is called a disregard and can be a cumulative payment received from two or more absent parents up to a maximum of $50.

 

2.   Excess - The amount of child support remaining after current and prior aid is recouped and disregard has been paid is sent to the family.  This payment is called “excess”.  Excess payments are to be treated as unearned income for the CalWORKs budget.  

 

 

43-200.E.4
Direct Support  Payments

An applicant/recipient is responsible for turning in his/her direct support payments to the LCSA and establishing a support account.  Until the applicant/recipient establishes a support claim, any direct support payments must be entered in the Display Child/Spousal Income Summary window.  Direct Support will be treated as unearned income and a child support deduction of $50 or less will be applied.  Once a collection is established, the direct support payment should be end dated.       

  

43-200.E.5
Other Support Payments

Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits of an absent parent, which are sent to the custodial parent on behalf of the child(ren), are exempt as direct support payments.  These types of direct support payments will continue to be counted as unearned income to the AU and are not subject to a determination of cooperation or the $50 disregard.

 

43-200.E.6
Direct Support Payments

Upon discovery that a recipient is receiving a direct support payment, the HSS will contact him/her and determine if they still have the child support money and will then take one of the following actions:

 

In situations where the recipient still has the support payment, the HSS must explain to the recipient the previous agreement made regarding assignment of support payments:

 

·         The intent of the law is to have all child support payments assigned to the county as a condition of eligibility.

 

·         The recipient needs to cooperate with the LCSA and turn over any direct payments to the LCSA.

 

·         The recipient must not cash or endorse the child support payment.  The recipient must take the support payment directly to the LCSA.

 

 

43-200.E.7
Direct Support Payment –Recipient has Spent

In situations where the recipient has spent the Support Payment, the HSS will:

 

Step

Action

1

Contact the recipient and determine the reason the recipient did not turn in the direct payment to LCSA.  This must be documented in the case record. 

2

Determine if the recipient is cooperative by evaluating the recipient’s reason for retaining the payment.  In most cases, the recipient would be considered non-cooperative for not surrendering the support payment.  Only extreme illness preventing the recipient from taking the payment to LCSA and establishing a support claim would be considered a valid reason for retaining a payment. 

3

With timely notice, apply the 25% grant reduction to the CalWORKs grant and discontinue the recipient’s Medi-Cal benefits. 

4

Notify LCSA via the CW 371 of the direct support payment and the non-cooperation determination.  Send to (MS C77) ATT: Intake Supervisor.