The Kansas Payment Center (KPC), a collaboration between the SRS and the judicial branch of the government, is working to make delivery of support payments more efficient and convenient.


The Kansas Payment Center (KPC), a collaboration between the SRS and the judicial branch of the government, is working to make delivery of support payments more efficient and convenient.

“Established back in 2000 as part of a federal mandate, the federal government wanted it to be more centralized and efficient for families,” said Lori Hutchinson, KPC spokesperson.

“It’s basic mission is to receive and disperse support payments.”

The KPC program helps custodial parents receive their monthly support payments on time and in an easy, secure fashion.

There are two services the KPC wants to make sure people are aware of.

“The first one is direct deposit and they have always had that available,” she said.

That is done just like direct deposit with a paycheck, where the money is deposited into the custodial parent’s bank account.

“That process makes it easier as opposed to the traditional way of standing at your mailbox waiting for your child support payment check to come,” she said.

It also protects against the possibility of it getting lost in the mail or stolen out of a mailbox.
“It’s a completely free service,” Hutchinson added.

The KPC’s newest service is the KPC NOW card, which was just launched in the past year.
It is a VISA branded debit card.

“That child support payment can be put directly onto this VISA branded debit card for your use,” she said.

Hutchinson said this was beneficial for those who do not have checking accounts and rely on check cashing services, for which they have to pay fees.

“This way that money is put directly onto that debit card,” she said. “Some real benefits of that are the funds are available immediately and can be used anywhere VISA is accepted.”

The card can be used without any fees at any ALLPOINT ATM.

“You can shop online or by phone or mail order,” Hutchinson said. “If you don’t have a checking account, you can’t order something online for your kids if you need to.”

The important aspect of this is there is no credit check or bank account needed.

“At this time in families’ lives sometimes they are very transient in moving around and trying to get settled,” Hutchinson said. “If they are relying on a check to come through the mail, maybe your mailbox has changed.”

It also prevents fraud and identity theft.

People also can get cash back at the big box stores.

“Another nice feature is you can get free online statements and have a running list of the way the money is spent,” she said.

If used wisely, there are no charges associated with the card, which is a free service to families in Kansas. According to Hutchinson, a bank account has about $190 a year in annual fees, while a person without a bank account can spend $700 a year in check cashing fees.

These changes are important because the delivery of support payments affects one out of four children in the state, with about 200,000 Kansas families rely on support payments to run their households, Hutchinson said.

They offer a customer service line to help through the process of using the card. To sign up, call 877-572-5822 or download an application from their Web site at kspaycenter.com.

This service also benefits the state because it cuts down on overhead and costs associated with mailing out checks.