(A) As used in this section, "eligible provider" means an individual or entity eligible to provide publicly funded child care pursuant to section 5104.31 of the Revised Code.
(B) The department of job and family services may withhold any money due under this chapter and recover through any appropriate method any money erroneously paid under this chapter if evidence exists of less than full compliance with this chapter and any rules adopted under it.
(C) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, the department shall take action against an eligible provider as described in this section.
(D) Subject to the notice and appeal provisions of divisions (G) and (H) of this section, the department may suspend a contract entered into under section 5104.32 of the Revised Code with an eligible provider if the department has initiated an investigation of the provider for either of the following reasons:
(1) The department has evidence that the eligible provider received an improper child care payment as a result of the provider's intentional act.
(2) The department receives notice and a copy of an indictment, information, or complaint charging the eligible provider or the owner or operator of the provider with committing any of the following:
(a) An act that is a felony or misdemeanor relating to providing or billing for publicly funded child care or providing management or administrative services relating to providing publicly funded child care;
(b) An act that would constitute an offense described in section 5104.09 of the Revised Code.
(1) Except as provided in division (E)(2) of this section, the suspension of a contract under division (D) of this section shall continue until the department completes its investigation or all criminal charges are disposed of through dismissal, a finding of not guilty, conviction, or a plea of guilty.
(2) If the department initiates the termination of a contract that has been suspended pursuant to division (D) of this section, the suspension shall continue until the termination process is completed.
(F) An eligible provider shall not provide publicly funded child care while the provider's contract is under suspension pursuant to division (D) of this section. As of the date the eligible provider's contract is suspended, the department shall withhold payment to the eligible provider for publicly funded child care.
(G) Before suspending an eligible provider's contract pursuant to division (D) of this section, the department shall notify the eligible provider. The notice shall include all of the following:
(1) A description, which need not disclose specific information concerning any ongoing administrative or criminal investigation, of the reason that the department initiated its investigation of the provider;
(2) A statement that the eligible provider will be prohibited from providing publicly funded child care while the contract is under suspension;
(3) A statement that the suspension will continue until the department completes its investigation or all criminal charges are disposed of through dismissal, a finding of not guilty, conviction, or a plea of guilty, and that if the department initiates the termination of the contract, the suspension will continue until the termination process is completed.
(H) An eligible provider may file an appeal with the department regarding any proposal by the department to suspend the provider's contract pursuant to division (D) of this section. The appeal must be received by the department not later than fifteen days after the date the provider receives the notification described in division (G) of this section. The department shall review the evidence and issue a decision not later than thirty days after receiving the appeal. The department shall not suspend a contract pursuant to division (D) of this section until the time for filing the appeal has passed or, if the provider files a timely appeal, the department has issued a decision on the appeal.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127,HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28,HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.
Effective Date: 07-01-2000