Detroit — More than $1.6 million in child support has been collected in Michigan since last summer under a program that allows parents to make payments at local convenience stores.
The program, a partnership between the Michigan State Disbursement Unit, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and a payment application called PayNearMe, launched in August at about 550 Family Dollar and 7-Eleven stores. It expanded in March to include 250 CVS Pharmacy locations, officials said.
After setting up an account online, parents can make a payment with PayNearMe at the participating stores for $1.99.
Since launching, 6,200 payments have been made totaling $1.6 million — $91,000 alone from 350 payments at participating CVS Pharmacy stores, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
“We recognize it can be difficult to get to the courthouse to make a payment, or folks…