The mission of the Child Support Services Division is to collect and distribute child support.
- Improve the environment necessary for increased collections.
- Improve the efficiency of distributing child support.
- Improve customer service.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Collection and disbursement of child support due to the children served by the Child Support Services Division (CSSD).|
Target #2: Increase disbursements of child support payments by 0.5%.
Disbursements of Child Support Payments
Analysis of results and challenges: This measure has a direct correlation to the amount of collections received in the fiscal year: when collections decrease, disbursements will also decrease.
Overall collections increased from 0.40% to 0.60% while disbursements increased from -1.61% to 1.21%.
The division continues to focus on gaining efficiencies to meet our target increase of 0.5% in child support disbursements.
|A1: Core Service - Improve the environment necessary for increased collections.|
Target #1: Ensure paternities established are at least 95%.
Percentage of Paternities Established
Analysis of results and challenges: Percentage of paternities established is a mandated federal measure and is calculated by dividing the number of children statewide with paternity established or acknowledged in the current federal fiscal year (3,733 in FFY 2019) by the number of children born out of wedlock statewide for the prior federal fiscal year (3,537 in FFY 2018).
The number of paternities established continues to be fairly stable. Some variation is due to factors out of the division's control; such as cases that are still working their way through the court system, increases in the number of unwed births, or cases where no attempt is made by the family to establish paternity.
Target #2: Maintain child support cases with orders at 94%.
Percentage of Cases with Orders
Analysis of results and challenges: A case is eligible for collection when a court or administrative order has been established. Collections begin when a proper order is in place. Establishing this quickly and appropriately is key to successful collections. Reviewing and streamlining the order establishment process has improved the timeliness of collecting and distributing child support.
The agency has met this standard for FY 2019.
Target #3: Ensure that the amount of current child support that is collected is at least 58%.
Percentage of Current Collections
Analysis of results and challenges: Collection and disbursement of current support is crucial to the financial well-being of children. The agency is committed to making improvements in meeting this goal. The economy and available work is a primary factor in meeting this goal. Improvements in technology, training and streamlined processes will help to begin achieving a target percentage of 58% in current collections in the next fiscal year.
Target #4: Increase number of cases with arrearage collections to 68%.
Percentage of Cases with Arrearage Collections
Analysis of results and challenges: Federal fiscal year 2019 showed a decrease of 0.5% in cases with arrearage collections. Unemployment and economic factors make the collection of arrears difficult. Our goal is to increase the percentage of cases with arrears collections in the next year.
Target #5: Ensure that the cost effectiveness ratio is at least $4.00.
Cost Effectiveness Ratio
Analysis of results and challenges: Two components, expenses and collections, figure into this target. The agency improved in this area though this measure was still negatively impacted by the case management system replatforming project as many caseworkers have been involved in testing the system rather than regular case work duties. We hope to meet or exceed this measure in the next year.
Target #6: Maintain cases with no collections for one year or more to 13% or less of cases eligible for collections.
Cases with No Collections for 1 Year or More
Analysis of results and challenges: The percent of cases with no collections for one year decreased by 0.35% to 17.75%. The current economic situation in Alaska and extensive efforts towards improving our case management system are primary factors in this higher percentage.
An analysis of outstanding child support collections shows a relationship between those cases with the highest outstanding balances and those with no recent collections. The new federal regulations have loosened case closure criteria. The division will implement a case-closure project in 2019 to close cases for which we can no longer collect. We will monitor this measure throughout the year and strive to meet our target of 13.0% or less.
|A2: Core Service - Improve the efficiency of distributing child support.|
Target #1: Increase recipients receiving automated distribution, as measured by percentage of funds paid electronically.
Automated Payment Distribution to Recipients
Analysis of results and challenges: The percent of funds disbursed electronically improved from 83.90% to 84.08%, an increase of 0.18%. The division uses the percentage of funds sent electronically compared to total paid as the measure of progress in this area.
Automated distribution continues to benefit customers through improved timeliness of fund distribution. It also greatly reduces associated cost of paper processes.
Target #2: Ensure that money on hold, less those categories that are out of the division's control, is less than 0.4% (four-tenths of a percent).
Percentage of Money on Hold
Analysis of results and challenges: Decreasing undistributed collections continues to be a national priority for the federal Office of Child Support. The division closely monitors money on hold categories and distributes all monies received as quickly as possible.
|A3: Core Service - Improve customer service.|
Target #1: Maintain wait times for telephone calls at an average of 5.0 minutes or less.
Average Minutes of Telephone Call Wait Time
Analysis of results and challenges: FY2019 saw a large increase in call wait times for customers. This was due to high staff turnover along with staff being involved with system testing. For the current year, the division expects to reduce wait times to meet the less than 5 minute goal.
Current as of November 5, 2019