M E M O R A N D U M

IM-83  07/03/02  EVALUATION PROCESS FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE 60-MONTH LIFETIME LIMIT DUE TO A HARDSHIP


SUBJECT:
EVALUATION PROCESS FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE 60-MONTH LIFETIME LIMIT DUE TO A HARDSHIP
DISCUSSION:
On July 1, 2002, we will see the first families reach their 60-month lifetime limit for the receipt of Temporary Assistance.

The purpose of this memorandum is to explain the evaluation process staff will follow with individuals reaching their lifetime limit.  This memorandum will outline steps to take when a participant:

  • Meets with a Self-Sufficiency Case Manager (SSCM) and an evaluation is completed,
  • Meets with a SSCM and chooses not to complete the evaluation, and
  • Does not attend the face-to-face meeting for an evaluation.
Temporary Assistance cases will not automatically close when a family reaches their lifetime limit.  All families reaching their lifetime limit will be evaluated six (6) months prior to the last month of receipt.  A face-to-face interview with each individual will be necessary to assure that all barriers have been identified, and where necessary supportive services and referrals to resources provided.  A recommendation will be made to the designee for a final decision regarding an extension or case closing.

A flow chart is attached for staff convenience as an outline in following the evaluation process.

INFORMATIONAL/TIME LIMIT LETTERS

The Informational/Time Limit Letters are sent to the participant beginning their 24th month of receiving Temporary Assistance.

These letters are designed to inform the individual of the number of months they have received assistance, and provide resource information on:

  • Work activities,
  • Supportive services, and
  • Other services offered such as:
    • Food Stamps
    • Health Care Coverage through MC+
    • Child Care
    • Child Support Enforcement services, and
    • Referrals to community agencies.
Informational letters are sent when the participant reaches the following intervals in their lifetime limit: 24, 36, 48, 54, and 59 months.  These letters will be generated from Central Office to the participant with a copy to the county office.

53rd MONTH REPORT

Each family will need to have a review no later than the 54th month of cash assistance.  This evaluation will include setting up a face-to-face meeting with the participant to discuss the family situation and to review the case record.

A report will be provided to SSCMs during the participant’s 53rd month of receiving a cash grant.  This report will also include families receiving Temporary Assistance 51 and 52 months.  This will allow time to invite the participant for a face-to-face meeting in their 54th month of receipt.

LETTER OF INVITATION (IM-362)

A Letter of Invitation to the 60-Month Review (IM-362) will begin the evaluation process.  This letter will explain that supporting families is important to us as an agency and DFS is dedicated to helping the family meet their goals.  An appointment will be set with the participant giving them an opportunity to meet with a SSCM to discuss their family situation before reaching their lifetime limit.  This meeting should be used as a time to help the participant evaluate their current situation and future plans.

If the family has an in-common case with Children’s Services, a Family Support Team meeting will need to be arranged as outlined in memorandum IM-19/CS-06 dated March 6, 2002 entitled Family Support Team (FST) Meetings For Families Reaching the Temporary Assistance Lifetime Limit.

PARTICIPANT COMPLETES EVALUATION AND IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXTENSION

60-MONTH REVIEW CHECKLIST (IM-360)

At the face-to-face meeting complete the 60-Month Review Checklist (IM-360) that includes the following:

A. Discuss the lifetime limit of receiving the Temporary Assistance cash grant:

  • Missouri’s lifetime limit began July 1, 1997.
  • Receiving Temporary Assistance is calculated as a cumulative total of sixty (60) months, whether or not consecutive.
  • Any month in which an adult on the case receives assistance in any state counts toward their lifetime limit unless s/he meets an exemption from the time clock.
  • Check ITME to explain total months counted or exempted from the lifetime limit.  Refer to memorandum IM-74 dated 06/20/02.
B. Review the Family Information Record (IM-309) with the participant:
  • Obtain basic information concerning the individual’s work and educational background, supportive service needs, and goals.
  • Screen for individual’s strengths and barriers to employment.
  • Evaluate any barriers and attempt to resolve them.
  • Use this screening tool to refer the family to local agencies that may offer services specific to their needs.
  • Determine if the individual meets an exemption to the lifetime limit.
  • Evaluate the individual for a lifetime limit extension.
NOTE:  Review the latest IM-309 in the record with the participant updating with current information.  Any changes to the IM-309 will need to be initialed and dated by the participant on the IM-309.

C. Have the participant complete the section of the IM-360 that questions: 

"What do you plan to do at the end of your 60-month lifetime limit?"  This will give the participant the opportunity to state their plans for their future and how case management can assist them in meeting their goals.  It could also lead to further planning that may result in resource referrals. 

D. Explain Extensions:

During the 60-month review all extensions for a hardship must be explained to the individual.  This information will allow further discussion towards the individual’s stated plan for meeting their future goals.

Extensions will be a recommendation by the team (explained in the Team Review section).  If it is determined that the individual is kept from being employed by the following situations in their life they may be extended.  The extension period gives the participant time to overcome/adapt to the situation at hand.  The extension time will be a means to prepare for future employment.

Some of these extensions will be information staff receive through self-declaration.  For this reason, verification of appropriate activities and participation may be harder to obtain.  Staff will need to be creative in how and what verification will be used.  Letters from sponsors or group members may be allowable if it is the only way to verify.  This information will need to be allowed in the decision to extend or not.  The team may request additional information if necessary.

Domestic Violence
(Extension Code 20)

An individual may provide documentation to verify issues of domestic violence if it is available, but their statement may be the only way to establish this claim.  Using the Domestic Violence Screening (IM-2DVS) and the Domestic Violence Assessment (IM-2DVA) staff will screen individuals to establish domestic violence.  If the individual fears for their safety or the safety of their children they have met the criteria for this extension even if they do not complete the screening and assessment forms.

These individuals will require intensive case management, resource referrals, and supportive services.  Allow the family to overcome their immediate crisis.  Once the family has established some stability, the individual may be able to participate in work activities.  They may participate in shelter activities, counseling, support groups, or other activities that would lead to self-sufficiency.  This individual may need encouragement and support to further their efforts in strengthening the family.

Substance Abuse
(Extension Code 21)

An individual’s time may be extended if they have been DIAGNOSED AND IN TREATMENT with issues of substance abuse.  A physician, other medical professional or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), may make the diagnosis.  A diagnosis is not necessary if the individual makes a self-declaration and is willing to participate in treatment.  Treatment may include, but is not limited to, short term residential, day treatment, counseling, support groups, group education, group counseling, C-STAR, Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), Narcotic Anonymous (NA), etc.

Mental Health
(Extension Code 22)

An individual’s time may be extended if they have been DIAGNOSED AND IN TREATMENT with issues of mental health.  A physician or licensed psychologist may make the diagnosis.  Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) may evaluate for mental health and if the individual is receiving VR services they will be eligible for this extension.  Treatment may include, but is not limited to short term residential, counseling, support groups, mental health case management with a community support worker or targeted case manager, prescribed medication by a psychologist, or primary care physician, etc.

Team Conclusion
(Extension Code 23)

Some individuals will not meet the criteria for an extension as listed, but may not be able to achieve self-sufficient employment through no fault of their own i.e., multiple barriers which keep the participant unemployable.  In these family situations the SSCM may recommend the team review the case for a Team Conclusion extension.  This extension may be used for an individual who by agreement of the team requires continued support of their efforts in working towards self-sufficiency.

Example:  The SSCM has seen the participant for several case management contacts.  She has recorded on the Narrative (IM-313) the following observations exhibited by the participant:

01-02 - Kay was very withdrawn today.  She would not make eye contact.  Agreed to everything SSCM suggested.

02-02 - Kay was upset and cried through the entire interview.  She did not comply with any of the activities as listed on the IM-300.  PACT updated to new activities.

03-02 - SSCM met Kay at her volunteer site.  Employer happy with Kay’s work and Kay pleased with her own progress.

04-02 - Kay in office and became violent during regular monthly contact.  She was hitting the desk with her fist and cursing at the SSCM in a loud voice.

05-02 - SSCM suspects a personality disorder.  SSCM called Kay for monthly contact.  When the SSCM discussed her changes in behavior, Kay denied any kind of mood swings or change in personality.  SSCM suggested having an assessment done by a mental health case manager.  Kay absolutely refused because she does not believe she has a problem.

06-02 - This is Kay’s 60th month of receiving Temporary Assistance.  SSCM discussed again with Kay the need to meet with a team to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Kay agreed to attend the meeting.  She agreed to allow a mental health worker to sit in during the meeting only to prove the SSCM wrong and that she is fine.

Team meeting was held including:  Kay, Kay’s neighbor who babysits for Kay, the SSCM, a Children’s Services worker, a Department of Mental Health Case Manager, and Kay’s housing case manager.  During the meeting Kay exhibited indications of the possibility of extreme mood swings to the Mental Health worker.  Kay continued to refuse going through an assessment or any kind of treatment, stating she is normal.

The team discussed all extensions.  A little progress was made during the short meeting; however, there were still some who believed there might be some mental health issues.  Kay continued to be very uncomfortable about being diagnosed, as she feared her children would be removed from the home.  The possibility of closing the Temporary Assistance was discussed.  If that happened Kay would also lose her housing assistance, as she would have no income.  If this occurred the team would then be concerned about the safety of the children.

The team agreed to allow an extension (Team Conclusion) and to work intensively with Kay during the next 90 days.  Kay was to continue volunteering 20 hours per week and to meet with the Mental Health case manager to discuss Kay’s fear of the children being removed, along with other issues.  Kay agreed to these activities and updated PACT.

Active in Children’s Services and Income Maintenance
(Extension Code 24)

Children’s Services and Income Maintenance staff must support a cooperative effort in order to benefit and protect the family unit.

An extension may be approved for a family who has an active case with Children’s Services in Family Centered Services or Child in Alternative Care and receives Temporary Assistance.  The family must be actively working with and cooperating with the Children’s Services' treatment plan and Income Maintenance’s Self-Sufficiency Pact.  This extension cannot be used just because there is an open case in both systems.

Family Crisis
(Extension Code 25)

Families may have their lifetime limit extended if they are experiencing a crisis.

Examples of a crisis may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Home destroyed by fire
  • Due to a temporary disability the payee is unable to work for a period of time
  • Accidental injury in which a child or other family member is injured keeping the payee from being able to seek work or maintain present employment
  • Job loss due to company layoff, downsizing, closing, etc.
  • Crime victim
  • Multiple crises
Some families seem to continuously be in a crisis situation.  This extension will give the team the opportunity to assist the individual in developing problem solving skills.

Pending Review
(Extension Code 26)

The case must be left open as a pending review if the evaluation process is not complete or the case record cannot support the Temporary Assistance closing.  In order for the case record to support a closing the following must occur:

  • An individual has been offered case management services on a consistent basis.
  • Services offered including case management have been consistent with the Self-Sufficiency Pact and the participant’s input.
  • The participant has been offered the resources and referrals necessary to complete the Self-Sufficiency Pact successfully.
  • There have been sufficient case management contacts and interventions to successfully complete a Self-Sufficiency Pact.
  • The individual has had a review for an exemption and the work requirement coding is correct in the IMU5 system.
  • A determination has been made that the family does not meet any criteria for granting an extension.
NOTE:  The Narrative (IM-313) and the Family Information Record (IM-309) will be vital in the case record to confirm the decision to extend or close the cash case.

E. Eligibility Reviewed:

  • Determine continued eligibility for Temporary Assistance.  An extension cannot be granted if the individual is not eligible for Temporary Assistance.
  • Complete a Modified IM-2 if the reinvestigation is due or delinquent.
  • If at any point in this evaluation process cash ineligibility is determined follow current policy to close.
F. Explore Resources:

The SSCM should make referrals on the Referral and Transmittal (IM-311) to agencies that are contracted by DFS, agencies that the general population can utilize, and local organizations to assist the participant.  Most of these resources serve the general population and are available, whether a family is receiving or not receiving a cash grant.

Plans on how to address particular challenges in a community should be discussed with community partners and other agencies to assist the individual in every situation.  Examples of providers to assist in overcoming these challenges are:

  • Domestic Violence Shelters/Counseling
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Substance Abuse (Alcoholic Anonymous, C-STAR)
  • Faith-based facilities (Training/Mentoring)
  • Mentoring programs (Youth, Teen Parents and Employment)
  • Learning Disability screening
The participant’s informal resources should also be discussed such as family, neighbors, and friends.

G. Write and/or update a PACT (IM-300):

  • If an extension is recommended/approved, list specific activities the participant will be completing in order to continue to receive a cash grant.
  • List resources the participant will be working with during the extension (if approved).
  • Supportive services will be provided while the individual is actively participating in a component per current policy.
H. Unable to Complete Evaluation:

Check this box after every effort to conduct a face-to-face meeting for the evaluation was unsuccessful.  Attempts to contact may be by phone, a home visit, contacts with family and friends, contact with schools and/or other agencies the family is working with to set up the face-to-face meeting.  All efforts to reach the participant should be recorded on the Narrative (IM-313).  (Refer to the section, Mandatory Contact with Participant is Unsuccessful, later in this memorandum).

TEAM REVIEW

The team(s) will be developed in each county to review all cases that have received Temporary Assistance for 54 months to ensure the objectives of case management have been met.  Each county will determine how many team members are needed (minimum of three) to review cases based on the size, location, and community partners available to help with this process.

The team could consist of, but is not limited to, the:

  • Participant (their option),
  • Individuals of participant’s choosing,
  • SSCM,
  • Children’s Services staff,
  • Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) staff,
  • County Director,
  • Designee,
  • Welfare Reform Coordinator,
  • Community Members,
  • Assessment Center Representatives and
  • Family Center Services Consultant.
The team must include three (3) individuals and one (1) must be someone other than Income Maintenance staff.  Some areas may want to use the Family Support Team.  The participant is not considered one of the three members.

The Team Review is about and for the participant and they should be allowed to have input into who would be at the review.  The makeup of the team should be discussed at the initial evaluation.  Any community partner who is also working with the family would be a valuable asset to the team.  They may be able to provide resources to assist the participant after the review is completed and before the lifetime limit is reached.

The objective of the team is to review cases that will potentially lose eligibility for Temporary Assistance due to time limits, ensuring that every angle of case management has been provided to the family.  The review will assure the Self-Sufficiency Pact is consistent with the family’s goals at the end of their lifetime limit, and to provide the SSCM with recommendations and suggestions on other ways they might help the family.  Team meetings should take place after the SSCM has met with the participant to review the case record.

If members of the team agree the participant meets an extension, the SSCM will complete an Extension or Closing Summary (IM-360A).  The completed IM-360A will be attached to the IM-360, along with all other supporting documents, and submitted to the designee for a final decision.

DESIGNEE’s RESPONSIBLITIES

The designee will be an Area Management staff (or Supervisor III or above in Metropolitan Offices).  The designee plays a very important part in the evaluation process.  They have the responsibility of the final decision, with input from the team, if a family’s benefits will continue or the cash case will close at the end of 60 months.

The following should be reviewed by the designee to allow for an accurate decision on each individual:

  • Review the IM-360 to ensure all steps were taken.
  • Review the IM-360A for the SSCM’s summary of their recommendation for the individual.
  • Further information may be obtained from the IM-309, if needed.
The designee’s signature is the final step of this evaluation process.  The decision should not be made lightly but should incorporate information from the participant, SSCM, and the review team, or the FST if one was held.

If the designee approves the extension, the SSCM will make necessary entries in the IMU5 and JCAT system, and notify the participant of the decision.

IMU5 SYSTEM ENTRIES FOR AN EXTENSION

In the IMU5 system update the Work Requirement field (13P1) with an H for an extension.  An entry of H in field 13P1 will require an entry in the Exempt Reason field (13P2) of one of the following to designate the reason for an extension:

  • 20 - Domestic Violence
  • 21 - Substance Abuse
  • 22 - Mental Health
  • 23 - Team Conclusion
  • 24 - Active in Children’s Services and Income Maintenance
  • 25 -  Family Crisis
  • 26 - Review Pending 
If the individual would qualify for more than one extension, enter into the system the code for which the individual is receiving treatment.

JCAT ENTRIES

Enter the component(s) and hours in which the individual is participating, per current policy, on the JCAT screen.  The individual must participate in the weekly work requirement of 30 hours (20 hours of participation for a single parent with a child under age 6) to be counted in the participation rate.  If however, the individual is not able to meet the weekly work requirement hours, s/he should be participating at the maximum number of hours agreed on by the individual, SSCM, and the team.  The individual should be encouraged to participate to the best of their ability.

NOTE:  If employment is obtained during an extension, 90-day supportive services may be allowed.

An individual who is not meeting the agreed upon activities of the Self-Sufficiency Pact becomes ineligible for the extension, therefore is ineligible for Temporary Assistance after reaching 60 months.  Only when all efforts to overcome the participant’s barriers have been exhausted should the closing process begin.  The case is then sent to the designee for review and final determination.

PARTICIPANT NOTIFICATION OF EXTENSION DETERMINATION

Within ten (10) days of when the extension determination or re-evaluation has been completed a letter will be mailed notifying the participant of the extension determination outcome.  Until a form letter is developed, SSCM will provide the following information in writing:

  • All criteria that was considered for the extension,
  • Reason for the extension,
  • Outline the activities needed to continue receiving the extension,
  • Date the case will need to be reviewed, or
  • Reason not extended.
RE-EVALUATING AN EXTENSION

The team will re-evaluate the family’s circumstances within 90 days of receiving an extension or under the following circumstances:

  • When the individual demonstrates the ability to move forward, or
  • When the physician recommends a longer extension, (i.e., if physician’s statement indicates a disability for nine months, the extension would need to be reviewed at nine months).
Reviews need to be as frequent as necessary to assist the participant during an extension.  Case management will continue to be important as a resource helping families to meet their goals.

An extension may be received as long as the individual meets any reason for an extension outlined in this memorandum.  The designee will approve all recommendations for an extension (or closing).

Staff will send written notification to the individual informing them of the re-evaluation decision within ten (10) days.  (See Participant Notification of Extension Determination above.)

FAMILIES WHO ARE IN SANCTION STATUS

If a family is sanctioned for failure to participate in a work activity six (6) months prior to reaching their 60-month lifetime limit, they will be asked to participate in the same six (6) month evaluation process described above.

Complete the 60-Month Review Checklist (IM-360).  If at the end of this process the family does not wish to comply, does not meet an exemption from work activities and remains in sanction status, a Team Review will not be required.  Policy regarding sanction for non-compliance has not changed with this new 60-Month lifetime limit policy.  (See Temporary Assistance/Case Management Manual Section 295.025.00 Sanctions).

Efforts to re-engage and offer case management will continue throughout the last six (6) months of the family’s lifetime limit.

If the family is in sanction status at the end of the 59th month and the evaluation process has been attempted:

  • Review narrative and be sure all case management activities have been recorded.
  • Send the Notice of Extension Determination (IM-363) and the IM-80 together. 
  • Send an IM-33A after the IM-80 expires.
  • Make appropriate IMU5 entries for closing as described later in this memo under IMU5 ENTRIES FOR CLOSING
Staff will receive a listing entitled "TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE CASES WHOSE LAST MONTH OF ASSISTANCE IS (month/year) WITH AN INDIVIDUAL SANCTIONED FOR NON-COOPERATION WITH WORK ACTIVITIES".  This listing will be provided to the county by worker and load, and to the Area listing cases by county.  There are certain instances when a name will not appear on this listing. 
  • If the individual was sanctioned initially for failure to cooperate with Division of Child Support Enforcement
  • SSI only child and payee is sanctioned.
If the SSCM is aware of these situations, follow the same procedure as above.

PARTICIPANT COMPLETES EVALUATION AND IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXTENSION

Following the same process as previously described in this memorandum of:

  • Information Letters are sent
  • 53 month report is sent to the SSCM
  • The SSCM will send an IM-362 to invite the individual to the face-to-face meeting
Complete the 60-Month Review Checklist (IM-360).  If there is no reason for an extension the following process should be completed:
 
  • Discuss work activities that will best benefit him/her for the remaining six (6) months.  Possible 

  •    work activities during the remaining six (6) months could be:
    • Vocational Education and Training - component 04

    • NOTE:  The participant may engage in education/training programs using DESE training dollars prior to their case being closed.  The individual may continue their education after their cash grant has ended as it is already paid for.
    • Job Readiness - component 05 (If the participant has not been in 4 weeks of component 05 or 07 in the last year.)
    • Job Search - component 07 (If the participant has not been in 4 weeks of component 05 or 07 in the last year.)
    • On-The-Job Training - component 08
    • Unsubsidized Employment - component 13
    Make necessary entries on the JCAT screen.
     
  • Write and/or update a PACT (IM-300) with the participant:
    • List specific activities s/he will be completing during their last 6 months of cash eligibility,
    • List resources the participant will be referred to,
    • Supportive services will be provided while the individual is actively participating in a component until the end of the 60th month.  If employment is obtained before the lifetime limit expires, 90-day supportive services may be allowed.
    If members of the team agree the participant does not meet an extension, the SSCM will complete an IM-360A.  The completed IM-360A will be attached to the IM-360, along with all other supporting documents, and be submitted to the designee for final decision.  The designee should make this final decision by the 59th month, as staff will need to send an IM-80 and IM-363 together in the 60th month to close the case.

    IMU5 ENTRIES FOR CLOSING

    The SSCM will be responsible to take the final action of closing the case.  Complete the necessary entries in the IMU5 system as follows:

    • Case Actions field (5) enter 29-Close
    • Reason for Rejection or Closing field (7) enter:
      • 70 - Reached lifetime limit refused to cooperate
      • 71 - Reached lifetime limit over income
      • 72 - Reached lifetime limit over resources
      • 73 - Reached lifetime limit not eligible for extension
      • 74 -Other
    The IM-363 will be sent to inform the participant of the extension determination outcome along with the IM-80 to close.  Send an IM-33A after the IM-80 expires to explain the cash closing and the Food Stamp adjustment if appropriate.  Follow normal adverse action policy if a participant requests a hearing when they are denied an extension.  If the hearing request is received within ten (10) days of the Adverse Action Notice, they will continue receiving benefits pending the outcome of the hearing.

    NOTE:  The lifetime limit does not impact eligibility for any other programs offered through the Division of Family Services such as MC+/MAF health care coverage, food stamps, or child care.

    PARTICIPANT MEETS WITH SSCM AND REFUSES TO COOPERATE WITH EVALUATION

    Following the same process as previously described in this memorandum of:

    • Information Letters are sent
    • 53 month report is sent to the SSCM
    • The SSCM will send an IM-362 to invite individual to the face-to-face meeting
    Complete each step on the IM-360 (as much as possible).  The evaluation will continue until the individual states they refuse to participate in the evaluation or they refuse to participate in an extension.  The SSCM MUST attempt to explain the extension and the benefits the participant may be eligible to receive.

    Offer the participant the opportunity to list their reason(s) for not wanting to cooperate in the evaluation and/or extension on the IM-360A under the section Recommendation Summary.  Request the participant sign and date the IM-360.

    If every effort to engage the participant in this evaluation has failed there will be no need to involve the team.  The SSCM will complete the following:

    • Send IM-360 and IM-360A to the designee for a final decision.
    • After the evaluation notify participant in writing of the extension decision (See Participant Notification of Extension Determination.)
    • Send the IM-363 to inform the participant of the extension determination outcome along with the IM-80 to close in the 60th month.
    • Send the IM-33A after the IM-80 expires.
    • Make appropriate IMU5 entries for closing as previously described in this memorandum.
    NOTE:  The lifetime limit does not impact eligibility for any other programs offered through the Division of Family Services such as MC+/MAF health care coverage, food stamps, or child care.

    MANDATORY CONTACT WITH PARTICIPANT IS UNSUCCESSFUL

    Following the same process as previously described in this memorandum of:

    • Information Letters are sent
    • 53 month report is sent to the SSCM
    • The SSCM will send an IM-362 to invite the individual to the face-to-face meeting
    If the participant does not take advantage of the appointment listed on the IM-362, s/he should contact the SSCM to reschedule an appointment.  If this does not happen, it is the responsibility of the SSCM to make every attempt to satisfy the face-to-face meeting.

    NOTE:  This 54-month evaluation face-to-face meeting is not an eligibility factor for Temporary Assistance.  The case cannot be closed before the 60th month if all eligibility factors are met.

    At least two (2) written attempts should be sent to the participant to advise them of the 60-month evaluation.  The IM-362 may be used as one of the two written attempts.  The SSCM should use all other resources in order to contact the participant.  Attempts to contact may be by phone, a home visit, contacts with family and friends, contact with schools and/or other agencies the family is working with to set up the face-to-face meeting.  All efforts to reach the participant should be recorded on the Narrative (IM-313).

    The return of the IM-362 does NOT constitute a Temporary Assistance case closing.  Staff must check for other addresses in other assistance programs (i.e., food stamps, child care, case management records, etc.) if an IM-362 is returned.  All of the attempts to contact the participant should be used to complete the 60-month evaluation.

    If every effort to meet with the participant has failed, the SSCM will complete the following:

    • On the IM-360 check the box Unable to Complete Evaluation.
    • Record all attempts made in setting up the meeting on the IM-360A in the Recommendation Summary.
    • Send IM-360, IM-360A and copies of two (2) written attempts to the designee for a final decision.
    • After the evaluation notify participant in writing of this extension decision (See Participant Notification of Extension Determination.)
    • Send the IM-363 to inform the participant of the extension determination outcome along with the IM-80 to close in the 60th month.
    • Send an IM-33A after the IM-80 expires.
    • Make appropriate IMU5 entries for closing as previously described in this memorandum.
    NOTE:  The lifetime limit does not impact eligibility for any other programs offered through the Division of Family Services such as MC+/MAF health care coverage, food stamps, or child care.

    FORTHCOMING MEMORANDUMS

    Forthcoming memorandums will include:

    • New forms and instructions,
    • Procedure for taking an application on an individual that reapplies for assistance after receiving their lifetime limit, and
    • Temporary Assistance/Case Management manual pages.
    NECESSARY ACTION:
    • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.
    • Begin implementation of the 60-month evaluation upon receipt of this memorandum.
    • All questions on this subject should be cleared through normal supervisory channels.
    • When a hearing is requested based on a closing due to lifetime limit, follow the normal supervisory review process.
    • File Flow Chart in the Case Management Desk Reference Guide.
    DC/CMW/GZ/CSW
    Distribution #6
    Attachment - Flowchart 

    IM-82
    [ 2002 Memorandums ]