ACIN I-10-07: Tracking CalWORKs And Tribal TANF Time On Aid (3/15/07)

Just a friendly reminder to counties that they must keep track of “time on aid” for both CalWORKs and Tribal TANF. Although Native Americans can elect to be in either program, both programs are subject to the 60-months time on aid.  People can switch back and forth between the programs, but the County must obtain time on aid from the tribal TANF program, and send to the Tribal TANF program information about time on CalWORKs.  Counties must have MOU’s with the Tribal TANF programs, which include this procedure. [Download]

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ACL 07-10: Best Practice Guidelines For Screening And Providing For Foster Children With Disabilities (2/28/07)

This ACL implements AB 1633, which called for guidelines and best practices to get Title II and SSI benefits for disabled foster children, especially those about to age off of Foster Care. Though “not mandatory,” the ACL discusses the “fiscal and programmatic” advantages of foster care youth having income in place when losing foster care. The ACL includes helpful statements like, “disabled youth emancipating .. without …benefits are especially vulnerable to negative outcomes….” The ACL presents suggestions on how to assess and initiate applications, as well as attaching disability definitions and assessment forms. The letter also mentions a persnickety little problem: federal foster care policy “may” prohibit application for SSI until one month prior to terminating foster care (?), but it takes “several months” to qualify (?) which “may” leave a gap. [Download]

ACL 07-12: Translation Of Food Stamp And CalWORKs Joint Forms Into Eight Additional Languages (3/2/07)

At long last! This ACL implements the settlement in Vu v. CDSS, to provide a total of 12 languages for translation of food stamp information and material. In addition to the 4 languages already translated by the state (Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese), the state now will translate everything related to the food stamp program (and CalWORKs forms when they are combined-use forms with Food Stamps) into Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Lao, and Tagalog. A reminder that if the county’s automation can’t handle spitting out translated versions, to use a manual process to issue pre-printed paper ones. [Download]

ACL 07-11: Implementation Of Conlan II: Reimbursement Of Covered Services For IHSS Recipients (2/20/07)

The long-awaited-for notice and process for the submission and handling of claims for reimbursement for bills paid out of pocket by folks later found eligible for Medi-Cal, and who are IHSS recipients. CDSS is handling the IHSS claims. (DHS is doing the “straight” Medi-Cal — see All Plan Letter 07002.) The notice is set to be mailed to 11.5 million folks. Wow. [Download]

HUD PIH Notice 2006-5(HA) – Implementation of the 2006 HUD Appropriations Act (Public Law 109-115); Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (January 13, 2006)

“This Notice implements the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program funding provisions resulting from enactment of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2006 HUD Appropriations Act … signed into law on November 30, 2005.” Among other things, this Notice describes the method by which HUD will allocate funds for FFY 2006 to public housing authorities (PHAs) consistent with the HUD Appropriations Act. Most important for housing advocates and PHA directors and staff is the provision permitting a PHA to apply to HUD for funds to adjust (increase) its baseline funding allocation. Congress has appropriated $45 million dollars for such adjustments. The adjustments are available only to (1) adjust allocations for Calendar Year 2005 renewal funding that was based on leasing and cost data averaged for the months of May, June and July of 2004 which, due to temporarily low leasing levels during these months did not accurately reflect actual leasing levels and costs for such period; and (2) adjust allocations for PHAs that experienced a significant increase in renewal costs from unforeseen circumstances or portability.

Is that crystal clear? The bottom line is that the application deadline for adjustment funds is close of business (5:00 p.m. EST) January 31, 2006. So, advocates and PHAs in jurisdictions that may be eligible should take note and act quickly. Surprisingly, the application form which is attached to this Notice is short and simple. [Download]

ACL 05-38 – The Emergency Assistance Program (December 5, 2005)

An overview of the Foster Care Emergency Assistance (EA) Program, complete with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Ready for the acronyms? EA is funded by TANF, and provides FFP (federal financial participation) for short term aid to children/families in emergency situations. It no longer includes services for probation, but does cover Emergency Shelter Care (ESC).

So, what are some of the FAQ’s? Relatives can qualify for Shelter Care for up to 30 days; it’s limited to once in 12 months/single episode, for up to 12 months (except not the emergency shelter care) to resolved the emergency. An EA application must be taken immediately or no later than 30 calendar days from the date the child is removed from the home or the date the child is determined to be at risk. (Refer to ACL No. 93-64 and ACL No. 94-90), but the beginning date of aid begins on the date the application is signed. A county can place the child in a relative’s home on an emergency basis prior to relative approval of that home and claim emergency shelter care, if the worker has completed an assessment on the home. The age requirements go up to the age of 21, with no requirement of school attendance. [Download]