Community Aids Reporting System (CARS)

The Department of Health Services is moving to a new payment structure for contracts. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions About the Department’s New Contract Payment Structure for more information about this project.


What is CARS?

CARS is the system for processing contracts and reimbursing expenses for local agencies. The system calculates about 600 non-county aid checks and grant-in-aid payments for over 280 state/county contracts each month. The system includes Human Services (HS), County Departments of Social Services (DSS) and 51 Board contracts, State Agencies, municipalities, non-municipalities and Income Maintenance (IM) contracts. The system records all expenditures from the county and non-county providers. It calculates amounts due and adjustments back to the State. It also generates reports for providers and counties under contract with the State.

CARS Supplier (Agency) Validation, F-80112 (Word)

Electronic Funds Transfer Enrollment or Changes

CARS Reports / CARS System Messages

CARS Expense Report (Excel) , Memo and Contract Amendment dated March 14, 2013 (PDF)

How CARS Payments Work

Time Lines for Processing CARS Contracts

How to Read the DES-CARS 603 Report (PDF)

How to Read the DES-CARS 620 Contract Summary Report (PDF)

Human Services/Income Maintenance CARS Manual

Related Resources

Funding Information for DHS Programs/CFDA Report

If you have any questions or need additional funding information, please contact the Bureau of Fiscal Services, CARS Unit.

Last Revised: April 20, 2017