No funding yet for state's child support contract

JACKSON — It could be awhile before the Mississippi Department of Human Services will know if federal money is available to renew the contract of a private company to handle state child support cases.

Officials say YoungWilliams Child Support Services has received a 90-day extension on the contract that expired this week. The contract was paid for with federal stimulus money.

YoungWilliams has been paid about $17 million to file about 15,000 cases, manage another 13,000 and operate a call center. Company President Rob Wells says about 30 of those cases are being reopened because they involved a process server who has been accused of lying about delivering subpoenas.

Wells and MDHS spokeswoman Julia Bryan say they’re waiting to see if Congress will approve more stimulus funding.

The Associated Press