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(a) The department may enter into an agreement with a grantee authorizing the grantee to verify and evaluate information supplied by providers and families for participation in the department's child care assistance program and to monitor compliance with the health and safety standards of participating providers under 4 AAC 65.181 - 4 AAC 65.901. The agreement may authorize a grantee to
(1) regarding providers and families,
(A) provide orientation information to eligible providers and families;
(B) obtain a completed application or renewal;
(C) request verification of information given by a provider or family;
(D) approve or deny participation in the program of an eligible provider and family under this chapter and notify the department immediately in writing of the decision;
(E) submit the application, evaluation, and decision or recommendation, and all related reports to the department upon request; and
(F) provide ongoing monitoring;
(2) regarding providers, in addition to (1) of this subsection,
(A) if licensed or approved by an authorized entity, verify that the license or approval is in good standing;
(B) obtain and submit a copy of a release of information for each adult residing in the provider's household to the division of family and youth services, in the Department of Health and Social Services, for a child protection clearance;
(C) review the Department of Public Safety's Sex Offender Registration Central Registry and criminal justice information report of each adult residing in the provider's household;
(D) submit to the department a copy of the release of information form required in 4 AAC 65.181(b) (11) for each individual residing in the provider's household who is 16 to 20 years of age and review the report back from the department approving or disapproving the provider's application based on juvenile justice information obtained under the authority of AS 47.12.310 (e);
(E) determine whether a provider becomes ineligible for participation in the program and recommend discontinuation of participation of a provider;
(F) except as provided in (d) of this section, receive and process complaints involving a participating provider; and
(3) regarding families, in addition to (1) of this subsection, determine whether a family becomes ineligible for participation in the program and discontinue payments under the program.
(b) A grantee shall make referrals to the department of providers requiring licensure under AS 14.37 and this chapter.
(c) A grantee shall deny or discontinue a family's or a provider's participation in the program for ineligibility under AS 14.38 or this chapter. A written determination of denial or discontinuance of participation in the program must be mailed to the provider and family, along with a notice of request for administrative review form. Under 4 AAC 65.411 and 4 AAC 65.415, a grantee may formulate a recommendation to the department for probation, suspension, or termination of a family's or of a provider's participation in the program for noncompliance with AS 14.38 or this chapter.
(d) A grantee shall immediately report to the department any noncompliance with a health and safety requirement of AS 14.37 or 4 AAC 65.185. The department will evaluate the report and, if the department determines that an investigation is warranted, will develop a coordinated plan for the investigation or authorize the grantee to conduct the investigation and submit a report and recommendation to the department.
History: Eff. 3/8/2002, Register 161; am 11/10/2002, Register 164
Authority: AS 14.07.060
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