Cumberland Times-News

December 19, 2011

Big changes seen for child support enforcement

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

— BALTIMORE — The Maryland Department of Human Resources announced Monday the appointment of Joseph J. DiPrimio as the new executive director of the Child Support Enforcement Administration as part of a comprehensive effort to make Maryland a national leader in child support collection.

“There is no reason that in Maryland, the state with the highest per capita income of any state, we cannot lead the nation in collecting the support that is due to our children” said Ted Dallas, secretary of the Department of Human Resources. “My goal is to make Maryland one of the top 10 states in terms of child support collections within the next 18 months. Joe brings a wealth of experience to the position and I know he will hit the ground running.”

DiPrimio has held leadership positions with the Philadelphia Family Court and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Child Support Enforcement Unit. He later served as court administrator of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for overseeing the administration of the entire Philadelphia Court System. In 2002, he moved to Annapolis, where he has worked in the private sector providing technological and operational support to courts across the nation.

“It’s a privilege to serve children and families in Maryland,” said DiPrimio. “I am very thankful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to getting to work. Our approach will be tough but fair — Maryland’s children and families deserve nothing less.”

DiPrimio joins the department as it begins to undertake sweeping changes to become a national leader in child support collections. Under his leadership, the department’s Child Support Enforcement Administration will:

•Increase collections by better leveraging targeted enforcement tools, such as the garnishment of wages and bank accounts and the suspension of professional licenses.

•Streamline operations by adopting best practices to increase the amount of support collected and expedite the distribution of child support payments to families.

•Improve accountability by moving the Audit Unit to the Office of the Inspector General.

•Establish a Child Support Advisory Committee comprised of parents, child advocates and public and private sector stakeholders to help implement improvements and make Maryland’s child support system more responsive.

The Child Support Enforcement Administration is responsible for operating a statewide child support program and provides services to both noncustodial and custodial parents, which include the establishment of paternity and child support orders, the collection of support payments, and the distribution of such funds. CSEA distributes funds to custodial parents and helps custodial parents enforce the legal child support obligations of noncustodial parents.