CA DCSS and LCSAs Collaborate on Optional Final Rule Provisions

By: Danielle Cenedella, CA DCSS

In December 2016, the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) published the “Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs Final Rule” to strengthen the child support enforcement program. The goals of the Final Rule are first, increase regular and on-time payments to families; second, increase the number of parents supporting their children; and lastly, improve program operations.

The overall improvements sought to be achieved by the Final Rule include better program flexibility, efficiency, and modernization; better facilitate changes that account for advances in technology; increase state and employer flexibility to improve cooperation; improve customer service; and remove barriers that impede efficient and timely child support payments.

In February 2019, the California Department of Child Support Services (CA DCSS) met with local child support agencies (LCSA) to discuss the optional Final Rule provisions and decided on three to implement:

1. Offer paternity-only limited services in intrastate cases and forego full IV-D services.
2. Allow each LCSA to cover minor transportation assistance for participants to attend child support proceedings and related activities.
3. New guidelines for case closure that allow California’s Child Support Program the flexibility to direct resources to cases that have collections and better consolidate resources.

CA DCSS will continue to partner with LCSAs to work through these new policy positions, including updating training materials for staff as well as outreach publications that address these changes in services.

If you are interested in learning more about the Final Rule visit OCSE’s website at http://bit.ly/2TUyic9.