Wisconsin Shares Suspension
|Provider Name||Licensed Capacity*||Shares Authorizations*||Most Recent Monthly Payment|
|Loving Hands Academy||8||3||$1,824|
*At suspension unless otherwise noted
Rationale for Reasonable Suspicion of Program Violation:
The Department of Children and Families suspended all Wisconsin Shares payments to the provider based on a reasonable suspicion that the provider violated provisions of the Wisconsin Shares program. The suspension was based upon a combination of red flags indicating a likelihood of Shares violations and the following findings from the Department’s investigation including but not limited to: 1) the provider’s failure to maintain and submit accurate attendance records as required by the Shares program and 2) the provider’s failure to comply with the statutes, promulgated rules, or policies of the Wisconsin Shares program.
The provider was licensed to provide licensed child care for no more than 480 hours per week (capacity 8 children, 5 days/week, open 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM [12 hours] 8x5x12=480) During the following weeks the provider reported providing child care that exceeded 480hours:
• 1/11/2009 495 hours of attendance reported
• 1/18/2009 495 hours of attendance reported
• 1/25/2009 495 hours of attendance reported
• 2/1/2009 495 hours of attendance reported
• 2/8/2009 495 hours of attendance reported
• 4/26/2009 515 hours of attendance reported
The Department reviewed the provider’s billing records for the identified periods of time above. Contrary to statute and rule, the provider billed the Wisconsin Shares program for more hours of care than authorized to provide according to the provider’s child care license limit of 8 children in care at any one time during licensed hours of operation. The provider billed those excessive hours for all of the weeks listed above.
The Department has evidence that the provider:
• Billed for more hours than children actually attended.
o 9/20/10: attendance records reflect children attending 60 hours this week, yet the provider billed 225 hours.
o 11/8/2010: 4 children attended 3 hours each, yet the provider billed 40 hours each.
• Billed for children who did not appear on the attendance records.
• Admitted to the Department that the times on the attendance records are not the actual arrival and departure times, rather, the times are inconsistently rounded.
• Marked a child in attendance on 5/11/2011 at 11:00 AM when the Department did not observe the child in attendance.