Marion County Clerk, Prosecutor Partnership Creates Efficiencies in Child Support Reimbursement Process
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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Media Contact:

Angie Nussmeyer, Communications Director
Marion County Clerk’s Office, (317) 327-5099

Brienne Delaney, Communications Director
Marion County Prosecutor’s Office

Marion County Clerk, Prosecutor Partnership
Creates Efficiencies in Child Support Reimbursement Process
 


INDIANAPOLIS – The offices of the Marion County Prosecutor and Clerk have partnered to maximize collections on Title IV-D child support reimbursement dollars, helping the agencies provide the best possible services to families.
 
Federal Title IV-D funds are used to reimburse local government for expenses relating to establishing and enforcing child support orders, establishing paternity and undertaking periodic reviews of support orders. Custodial parents receiving public assistance or Medicaid can receive IV-D services after paying a nominal fee to the federal government.  However, they must fully cooperate with the IV-D agency or risk losing benefits.
 
“In 2010, our office collected and distributed more than $107 million in child support to families in Marion County,” Prosecutor Terry Curry said. “The Title IV-D incentive funds are a critical part of our operation because they help to support our efforts.”
 
The prosecutor’s office provides intake support to IV-D clients, offering services like paternity establishment, support order initiation, and the enforcement of child support orders through tax offset, income withholding and other remedies. The case is then heard in one of Marion County’s dedicated IV-D courts where the client is represented by a deputy prosecutor. The clerk’s office supports the IV-D courts, maintains the court records, and collects and disburses child support payments. Clerk’s staff can also provide child support payment histories to parties in a case.
 
Earlier this year, the clerk and prosecutor released a combined bid packet to select one vendor to service both agencies in the IV-D reimbursement process. H.J. Umbaugh & Associates, a local accounting firm, was selected to review, document, and submit IV-D claims to the state. The company helped both offices identify and collect more than $3 million in Title IV-D reimbursements for the last three quarters of 2010.
 
“This partnership with the prosecutor’s office has created efficiencies benefitting both our agencies,” Clerk Beth White said. “We look forward to continuing these efforts to better serve the residents and taxpayers of Marion County.”
 
Child Support Title IV-D Reimbursements and Incentives – The Process

As an inducement for states to provide Title IV-D child support establishment and enforcement services, the federal government supports the cost of certain expenditures. The state of Indiana and Marion County are eligible to receive funds in two categories:
 
•    Reimbursement: The federal government reimburses states and counties up to 66% of eligible expenditures. In Marion County, the prosecutor, clerk and courts currently incur Title IV-D costs. These agencies are reimbursed after submitting monthly claim forms to the Indiana Child Support Bureau, which oversees the Indiana Title IV-D program.
 
•    Incentive: To encourage good performance, the federal government pays incentives based upon a state’s performance in several categories. The award amount is based on a complex formula and is given to the state, which divides the funds between the Indiana Child Support Bureau and each county’s courts, clerk and prosecutor. Incentive funds must be used to enhance the county’s child support enforcement program and cannot be used to replace local funding of the child support enforcement program.
 
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