El Paso County leads state in child support collections

El Paso County led the state again this year in child support payment collections with more than $42.2 million for 2009.

This was the third consecutive year the county earned the top ranking.

Denver ranked second with $40.9 million.

The amount collected by El Paso County in 2009 is however slightly lower than the year before.

“The bad economy has made it a tough year to collect payments,” said Laura Davidson from Policy Studies Inc, adding that the company had just received an Outstanding Large County award at the annual Colorado Family Support Conference.

In Colorado, El Paso and Teller Counties are the only two counties that fully outsource child support collections.  El Paso County paid $3.1 million dollars in 2009 for administrative costs for child support collection, $7 million dollars less than Denver County.

Policy Studies Inc. is a contractor hired by the El Paso County Department of Human Services to collect federally mandated child support payments.

“This partnership not only allows El Paso County to provide better service at a lower cost, but ensures that children in our community are properly cared for and are assured of the benefits they deserve for years to come, “ said Commissioner Sallie Clark, liaison to the Department of Human Services.