§9-3-5. Services to persons not otherwise eligible.
The department of welfare may make available the services
established under the provisions of section four of this article,
to any person not eligible for receipt of public assistance upon
application by such person: Provided,
That the department may not
require such person to use its services. These services may
include, but need not be limited to, the following: Location of
the responsible parent whose whereabouts are unknown, collection of
child support and maintenance moneys owed, and distribution of
support and maintenance moneys paid.
The department may charge a reasonable fee to nonpublic
assistance persons for the provision of services and, when the
department has provided services for the collection of support and
maintenance, may charge a reasonable fee to the person responsible
for the support and maintenance. The commissioner shall establish
by regulations the amount of such fees, not in excess of maximum
amounts permitted by applicable federal law, which regulations may
be amended and supplemented from time to time.