Division of Child Support (DCS) Sanction

Created on: 
Jan 04 2017

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What is a Division of Child Support (DCS) Sanction?

Clients who do not cooperate with DCS are ineligible for cash assistance. For more information, see EAZ Manual - WAC 388-422-0010 Do I have to cooperate with the division of child support (DCS)?

How does Division of Child Support (DCS) non-cooperation impact a related Basic Food Program?

If the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Assistance Unit (AU) has an associated Basic Food AU, check the Eligibility Details page before confirming the benefit amount to ensure the penalty income is included in the Basic Food benefit calculation.

The difference in the grant amount before the sanction and the amount after the sanction displays in the Penalty Income section on the Sanctions page after the information has been committed to the database. For more information, see EAZ Manual - WAC 388-450-0015 What types of income are not used when figuring out my benefits?

Online Processing

How do I process a Division of Child Support (DCS) sanction for an active client?

To process a DCS sanction, take the following steps:

  1. From the Case Actions page for the Head of Household (HOH):
  • In the Change of Circumstances section, select the appropriate month from the Benefit Month drop-down list.
  • Click Start Changes.
  1. On the Non-Custodial Parent page for the appropriate Non-Custodial Parent (NCP), complete the following fields:
  • IV-D Cooperation field - Select No (N) from the drop-down list.
  • Good Cause field - Select the appropriate good cause indicator from the drop-down list.
  • Reason field - Select the good cause reason code from the drop-down list.
  • Status field - Select the status from the drop-down list. The following codes will sanction the client:
    • Not Cooperating (NC).
    • Claim Denied (DE)
    • Pending Non-Cooperation (NS).
  • Date field - Enter the [date the claim started].
  1. Verify the following on the Eligibility Details page and then click Confirm Benefits:
  • Financial Responsibility field - Recipient (RE).
  • Reason field - IV-D Non-Cooperation (228).
Note: The sanction amount displays in the Sanction Amount field on the Eligibility Details page.
  1. Click Commit Changes on the Eligibility page.

How do I lift a Division of Child Support (DCS) sanction?

Processing Alternative: Assistance Unit (AU) Details page displays Reason Code 228 when Division of Child Support (DCS) sanction has been lifted PR 223290

To lift a DCS sanction, take the following steps:

  1. From the Case Actions page for the Head of Household (HOH):
  • In the Change of Circumstances section, select the appropriate month from the Benefit Month drop-down list.
  • Click Start Changes.
  1. On Client Details page, TPL / Eligibility Established section, in the Eligibility Established Date field, enter the [date the client is again eligible to receive benefits].
  2. On the Non-Custodial Parent page, in the IV-D Cooperation field, select Yes (Y) from the drop-down list.
  3. Verify the following on the Eligibility Details page and click Confirm Benefits:
  • Financial Responsibility field - Recipient (RE) for the cooperating client.
  1. Click Commit Changes on the Eligibility page.

How do I process a Division of Child Support (DCS) good cause claim when Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is pending?

To process a DCS good cause claim, take the following steps:

  1. From the Case Actions page for the Head of Household (HOH):
  • Click the Start Interview link in the Pending Applications section.
  1. On the Non-Custodial Parents page for the appropriate Non-Custodial Parent (NCP), update the following fields:
  • IV-D Cooperation field - Select No (N) from the drop-down list.
  • Good Cause field - Select Good Cause Claimed (Y) from the drop-down list.
  • Reason field – Select the appropriate reason from the drop-down list.
  • Status field –
    • If the client is not in DCS sanction, select Pending Cooperation (CP) from the drop-down list.
    • If the client is in DCS sanction, select Pending Non-Cooperation (NS) from the drop-down list.
Note: If the client is already in sanction, selecting Pending Non-Cooperation (NS) ensures that they remain in sanction until DCS determines the client is cooperating.
  • Date field - Enter the [date the claim started].
  1. Click Eligibility on the Navigation tree.

  2. On the Eligibility page, a Details link displays to the right of any AU that is currently active. Click the Details link.
  3. Review the Eligibility Details page for each AU. If all looks correct, click Commit Changes.

How do I process a Division of Child Support (DCS) good cause claim when Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is active?

To process a DCS good cause claim, take the following steps:

  1. From the Case Actions page for the Head of Household (HOH):

  • In the Change of Circumstances section, select the appropriate month from the Benefit Month drop-down list.
  • Click Start Changes.
  1. On the Non-Custodial Parents page for the appropriate Non-Custodial Parent (NCP), update the following fields:
  • IV-D Cooperation field - Select No (N) from the drop-down list.
  • Good Cause field - Select Good Cause Claimed (Y) from the drop-down list.
  • Reason field – Select the appropriate reason from the drop-down list.
  • Status field –
    • If the client is not in DCS sanction, select Pending Cooperation (CP) from the drop-down list.
    • If the client is in DCS sanction, select Pending Non-Cooperation (NS) from the drop-down list.
Note: If the client is already in sanction, selecting Pending Non-Cooperation (NS) ensures that they remain in sanction until DCS determines the client is cooperating.
  • Date field - Enter the [date the claim started].
  1. Click Eligibility on the Navigation tree.

  2. On the Eligibility page, a Details link displays to the right of any AU that is currently active. Click the Details link.
  3. Review the Eligibility Details page for each AU. If all looks correct, click Commit Changes.
Note: Update the ongoing month first and then also update historical months starting with the month the claim was made.

 

Mainframe Processing

How do I process a Division of Child Support (DCS) sanction for an active client?

To process a DCS sanction, take the following steps:

  1. From the AMEN screen, select Option R - Interim/Hist Change and complete the following fields:
  • AU ID field - Enter the [Assistance Unit ID] or
  • Client ID field - Enter the [client ID].
  1. On the NCPS screen for the appropriate Non-Custodial Parent (NCP), complete the following fields:
  • IV-D Coop field - Enter [N] - No.
  • Good Cause Ind field - Enter the [Good Cause Claim Indicator].
  • Reason field - Enter the [Good Cause Reason code].
  • Status field - Enter the [status of the Good Cause claim]. The following codes will sanction the client:
    • NC - Not Cooperating.
    • DE - Claim Denied.
    • NS - Claim Pending NonCoop W/SW.
  • Date field - Enter the [date the claim started].
  1. Call DONE and on the ELIG screen confirm the following for the sanctioned client:
  • Fin Resp field - [RE] - Recipient.
  • Rsn field - Reason Code 228 - IV-D Non-Cooperation.
Note: The sanction amount displays in the Sanctioned Amount field on the CAFI screen.
  1. Verify and commit the data.

How does Division of Child Support (DCS) Non-Cooperation impact the related Basic Food Program?

If the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Assistance Unit (AU) has an associated Basic Food AU, check the FSFI screen before confirming the benefit amount to ensure the penalty income is included in the Basic Food benefit calculation.

The difference in the grant amount before the sanction and the amount after the sanction displays on the SANC screen after the information has been committed to the database. For more information, see EAZ Manual - WAC 388-450-0015 What types of income are not used when figuring out my benefits?

How do I lift a Division of Child Support (DCS) sanction?

Processing Alternative: Assistance Unit (AU) Details page displays Reason Code 228 when Division of Child Support (DCS) sanction has been lifted PR 223290

To lift a DCS sanction, take the following steps:

  1. From the AMEN screen, select Option R - Interim/Hist Change and complete the following fields:
  • AU ID field - Enter the [assistance unit ID] or
  • Client ID field - Enter the [client ID].
  1. On DEM1 screen, in the Elig Estab Date field, enter the [date the client is again eligible to receive benefits].
  2. On the NCPS screen, in the IV-D Coop field, enter [Y] - Yes.
  3. Call DONE and on the ELIG screen, confirm the Fin Resp field is [RE] - Recipient for the cooperating client.
  4. Verify and commit the data.

 

See ACES Screens and Online Pages for an example of pages or screens used in this chapter.