Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 34172

This rule was published in the November 15, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 22) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Workforce Services, Employment Development

Rule R986-200

Family Employment Program

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 34172
Filed: 10/27/2010 04:57:31 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

These proposed amendments change the Department's diversion and temporary cash assistance programs.

Summary of the rule or change:

Diversion is intended as a one-time payment to help a client with nonrecurrent needs. It is not intended for individuals who have ongoing needs. Payment will be made initially and the Department will not provide case management services because these individuals do not need assistance on an ongoing basis. Temporary Cash Assistance is intended to help people transition off the Family Employment Program when the client has obtained employment. These changes are being made to count income instead of hours worked and to require the client to continue cooperating with the Office of Recover Services on child support issues.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Subsection 35A-4-104(4)
  • Subsection 35A-3-302(5)(b)
  • Section 35A-1-104

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

This is a federally-funded program so there are no costs or savings to the state budget.

local governments:

This is a federally-funded program so there are no costs or savings to any local government.

small businesses:

This is a federally-funded program so there are no costs or savings to any small business.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

There are no costs or savings to any other persons as there are no fees associated with this program and it is federally funded.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There are no fees associated with this program and it is federally funded. There are no compliance costs for affected persons.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

There are no compliance costs associated with this change. There are no fees associated with this change. There will be no cost to anyone to comply with these changes. There will be no fiscal impact on any business.

Kristen Cox, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Workforce Services
Employment Development
140 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2333

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Suzan Pixton at the above address, by phone at 801-526-9645, by FAX at 801-526-9211, or by Internet E-mail at spixton@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

12/15/2010

This rule may become effective on:

12/22/2010

Authorized by:

Kristen Cox, Executive Director

RULE TEXT

R986. Workforce Services, Employment Development.

R986-200. Family Employment Program.

R986-200-216. Diversion.

(1) Diversion is a one-time financial assistance payment provided to help a client avoid receiving extended cash assistance.

(2) In determining whether a client should receive diversion assistance, the Department will consider the following:

(a) the applicant's employment history;

(b) the likelihood that the applicant will obtain immediate full-time employment;

(c) the applicant's housing stability; and

(d) the applicant's child care needs, if applicable.

(3) To be eligible for diversion the applicant must;

(a) have a need for financial assistance to pay for housing or substantial and unforseen expenses or work related expenses which cannot be met with current or anticipated resources;

(b) show that within the diversion period, the applicant will be employed or have other specific means of self support, and

(c) meet all eligibility criteria for a FEP financial assistance payment except the applicant does not need to cooperate with ORS in obtaining support. If the client is applying for other assistance such as medical or child care, the client will have to follow the eligibility rules for that type of assistance which may require cooperation with ORS.

(4) If the Department and the client agree diversion is appropriate, the client must sign a diversion agreement listing conditions, expectations and participation requirements.

(5) The diversion payment [may not exceed]will equal three times the monthly financial assistance payment for the household size. All income expected to be received during the three-month period including wages and child support must be considered when negotiating the appropriate diversion payment amount.

(6) Child support will belong to the client during the three-month period, whether received by the client directly or collected by ORS. ORS will not use the child support to offset or reimburse the diversion payment.

(7) The client must agree to have the financial assistance portion of the application for assistance denied.

(8) If a diversion payment is made , [and] the client [later decides to reapply for financial assistance within]is ineligible for FEP for the three months covered by the diversion payment and must reapply at the end of the three month period.[ of the date of the original application, the initial application date will be used and the amount of the diversion payment previously issued will be prorated over the three months and subtracted from the payment(s) to which the household unit is eligible.]

(9) Diversion assistance is not available to clients participating in FEPTP. This is because FEPTP is based on performance and payment can only be made after performance.

(10) A household can only receive one diversion assistance payment in a 12 month period.

 

R986-200-246. Transitional Cash Assistance.

(1) Transitional Cash Assistance, (TCA) is offered to help FEP and FEPTP customers stabilize employment and reduce recidivism.

(2) To be eligible for TCA a client must;

(a) have been eligible for and have received FEP or FEPTP during the month immediately preceding the month during which TCA is requested or granted. The FEP or FEPTP assistance must have been terminated due to earned [or unearned] income and not for nonparticipation under R986-200-212. If the immediately preceding month was during a diversion period, or the client has a reduction or termination pending due to non participation as provided in R986-200-212, the client is not eligible for TCA,[ and]

(b) be employed an d earning a wage greater than the FEP or FEP TP income guideline and the FEP or FEP TP assistance was terminated because of that income, and[ average of 30 hours per week for FEP households. The parents in a FEPTP household cannot combine hours for TCA. Each parent must be employed 30 hours per week.]

(c) continue to cooperate with the Office of Recovery Services, Child Support Enforcement.

(3) TCA is only available if the customer verifies employment averaging the minimum required in subparagraph (2)(b) of this section.

(4) The TCA benefit is available for a maximum of three months in a 12 month period. The three months do not need to be consecutive.

(a) The assistance payment for the first two months of TCA is based on household size. All household income, earned and unearned, is disregarded.

(b) Payment for the third month is one half of the payment available in (4)(a) of this section.

(5) To receive the second and third month of the TCA benefit, the client must remain employed and be earning wages greater than the FEP or FEP TP income guidelines or have had an open FEP case that closed during the prior month due to income earned at that same amount.

([5]6) If initial verification is provided and a client is paid one month of TCA but the client is unable to provide documentation to support that initial verification, no further payments will be made under TCA but the one month payment will not result in an overpayment.

[(6) A client can only receive TCA once in any 24 month period. This time limit applies regardless of how many months of TCA a client received.

](7) TCA does not count toward the 36 month time limit found in R986-200-217.

 

KEY: family employment program

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [July 1], 2010

Notice of Continuation: September 8, 2010

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 35A-3-301 et seq.

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Suzan Pixton at the above address, by phone at 801-526-9645, by FAX at 801-526-9211, or by Internet E-mail at spixton@utah.gov.