Prior felony drug conviction no longer precludes CalFresh and CalWORKs eligibility

It took nearly two decades for California to lift the statutory prohibition preventing individuals with prior drug felony convictions from qualifying for CalFresh or CalWORKs benefits. But the recent enactment of AB 1468 (2014) did just that. Effective April 1,…

Counties to implement new CalWORKs Stage 1 child care benefit notices and forms

Several new forms and notices for Stage 1 child care, revised to comply with current regulations and to be more easily understood by recipients, were sent to the counties on November 13, 2014.  ACL 14-85.

Changes to how counties will calculate CalWORKs participation hours

Beginning July 1, 2014, counties must determine whether or not a CalWORKs recipient has met his or her hourly participation obligations by using a weekly average per month rather than a weekly minimum number of hours. Workers should (1) add up…

ACL 14-64: CalWORKs Family Stabilization Program (FS) Quarterly Status Report (9/23/14)

Interested in what your county is doing with its Family Stabilization form? The new FSP 14 form will be used to track that information.  (The form is not yet posted on the forms site link provided…)  [Download]

ACL 14-58: CalWORKs): Five Percent Increase To The Maximum Aid Payment (MAP) Levels (9/22/14)

Information about the 5% increase to the CalWORKs Maximum Aid Payment, effective April 1, 2015.  This policy change must be automated into the consortia systems by the effective date. If the MAP increase cannot be modified, CWDs must put a…

ACL 14-61: CalWORKs: Family Stabilization (FS) Program Guidance, Notices, And Request Form (9/2/14)

Additional guidance on the Family Stabilization (FS) program, a new request form, and notices.   A county may provide FS program participants with services, including housing assistance, for so long as they meet the CWD’s criteria for the FS program as set…

ACIN I-47-14: Revised Family Fee Schedule (8/13/14)

This Notice issues the revised family fee schedule for subsidized child care, effective July 1, 2014.  The revised fees will not exceed 10 percent of the family’s monthly income. [Download]

ACL 14-59: CalWORKs Domestic Abuse Waiver Policy Clarification (8/21/14)

Clarification of  domestic abuse program waivers criteria, and a review of noticing and safety protocols.  DSS has determined that there must be a linkage to Welfare to Work to get a DV waiver. This guidance supersedes ACIN I-02-06.  [Download]

ACIN I-46-14: Title XX Social Services Block Grant Pre-Expenditure Report (8/15/14)

This report summarizes Title XX expenditures, program responsibilities, and the population served.   The programs covered are Child Welfare Services, Foster Care, Community Care Licensing, Deaf Access, CalWORKs Child Care, CDE Child Care Programs, and the DDS Regional Center Program.  [Download]

ACIN I-42-14: The Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program (8/1/14)

Introductory information regarding the Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Funding Option Program enacted by SB 855.  Relatives who care for a non-federally eligible child in foster care is not eligible to receive foster care payments.  Instead, the relatives can get CalWORKs payments.  The…