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Car Seat Distribution for Technicians

Car Seat Distribution for Technicians

**Orders for FY22 may be submitted through Wednesday, August 31, 2022.  No orders will be accepted in the month of September.  Once a purchase order is in place for FY23 (begins October 1), an update will be posted and correspondence sent out to indicate we can again place orders.  Any questions, please contact Kara Rueckert, Occupant Protection Program Coordinator.**

OHSP will support local car seat distribution efforts by providing car seats for local seat check events and fitting stations for low-income families. Certified child passenger safety (CPS) technicians may request car seats from OHSP using the following process:

  1. The car seat request form and Cosco car seat order form must BOTH be completed and submitted to OHSP by a certified CPS technician at least 45 days prior to the seat check event. Technicians should anticipate a 30-day turnaround on receipt of car seats. Technicians will need to justify the need for the number of car seats being requested. 
  2. Incomplete forms will be returned to requestor for completion.
  3. Requests will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year as funding is available. However, requests will not be approved more than 60 days prior to an event.
  4. No orders will be processed from August 31- September 30, 2022, in order to accommodate distribution before the end of the fiscal year. Orders will again be processed beginning October 1, 2022, or when an approved purchase order is in place, and will be delivered approximately 30 days after orders are placed.
  5. OHSP will purchase car seats and have them shipped to the location specified by the CPS technician on the car seat order form. Car seats will be purchased through an existing state contract; therefore, only the car seats listed on the attached order form are available.
  6. ONLY CERTIFIED CPS TECHNICIANS MAY DISTRIBUTE OHSP-PROVIDED SEATS.
  7. CPS technicians SHALL NOT SELL OR ACCEPT DONATIONS FOR OHSP-PROVIDED CAR SEATS. The car seats are purchased with federal funding; therefore, no agency may profit from the distribution of the car seats. Violation of this policy will result in disqualification from this program.
  8. The car seat program eligibility form and the car seat inspection form (Safe Kids or local form) must be submitted for each OHSP car seat distributed. Reports must be accompanied by a monthly reporting form and are due by the 5th of each month. Additional orders will not be placed if monthly reports are not up-to-date. 
  9. Technicians may be asked to share or transfer seats between agencies if necessary.
  10. Car seats may only be distributed when a child is present or to an expectant parent in the third trimester. Each child may only receive one car seat of each type from the program.
  11. Technicians should track the names of children who receive seats and check records prior to issuing new seats. 

Any questions regarding this program may be directed to OHSP at 517-284-3332 or MSP-OHSP@Michigan.gov.

Related documents
Program eligibility form
Monthly reporting form