0205.075.15 Extensions to the Forty-Five (45) Month Lifetime Limit

IM-#104 December 1, 2015, IM-#23 April 2, 2010

In some situations Temporary Assistance (TA) may be extended beyond the forty-five (45) month lifetime limit. These hardship extensions to the forty-five (45) month lifetime limit are:

Refer to the FAMIS User Guide TA Work Requirements Screen for directions on entering a hardship extension.

Once an extension has been granted, periodic re-evaluations of the extension shall occur. Under normal circumstances, re-evaluations should be conducted within 90 days of receiving an extension or as outlined below.

Re-evaluations may be conducted in less than 90 days when the individual demonstrates the ability to move forward.

The re-evaluation date may be more than 90 days when the physician recommends a longer extension, (e.g., the physician's statement indicates a disability for nine months, the extension needs to be reviewed at nine months).

0205.075.15.05 Domestic Violence

IM-#24 April 22, 2011, IM-#23 April 2, 2010

A participant 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.

NOTE: Extensions should be granted when treatment or services that are being provided for the family situation prevents the individual from successfully participating in work activities. This participant may require resource referrals, and supportive services to allow them to overcome their immediate crisis.

The extension should be re-evaluated within 90 days.  Eligibility specialists must create a reminder on the Alert/Reminder List (ALREMIND/FM7M) screen to re-evaluate the extension reason.

For instruction on how to enter an extension reason, refer to the TA WORK REQUIREMENT SCREEN user guide.

0205.075.15.10 Substance Abuse

IM-#24 April 22, 2011, IM-#23 April 2, 2010

An individual's time may be extended if they have been DIAGNOSED (or made a self-declaration) AND ARE IN TREATMENT with issues of substance abuse. A physician, other medical professional or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), may make the diagnosis. 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.  The eligibility specialist must enter a re-evaluation date on the TA Work Requirement (COMPACT/FM8B) screen when the substance abuse treatment is expected to be completed.  Eligibility specialists must also create a reminder on the Alert/Reminder List (ALREMIND/FM7M) screen to re-evaluate the outcome of the participant’s treatment.

0205.075.15.15 Mental Health

IM-#24 April 22, 2011, IM-#23 April 2, 2010

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

The extension should be re-evaluated within 90 days.  Eligibility specialists must create a reminder on the Alert/Reminder List (ALREMIND/FM7M) screen to re-evaluate the extension reason.

For information on how to enter an extension reason, refer to the TA WORK REQUIREMENT SCREEN user guide.

0205.075.15.20 Active in Children's Division

IM-#70 July 8, 2015, IM-#24 April 22, 2011, IM-#23 April 2, 2010

An extension may be approved for a family who has an active case with the Children's Division in Family Centered Services or Alternative Care. The family must be actively working with and cooperating with the Children's Division treatment plan and the Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) program Individual Employment Plan (IEP). This extension cannot be used solely because there is an open case in both systems. Children's Division and Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) program staff need to support a cooperative effort in order to benefit and protect the family unit.

Eligibility specialists must check the FACESINQ screen to verify if the child is in Children's Division custody or in Alternative Care.

The extension, if one is approved,  should be re-evaluated within 90 days.  Eligibility specialists must create a reminder on the Alert/Reminder List (ALREMIND/FM7M) screen to re-evaluate the extension reason.

For information on how to enter an extension reason, refer to the TA WORK REQUIREMENT SCREEN user guide.

0205.075.15.25 Family Crisis

IM-#24 April 22, 2011, IM-#23 April 2, 2010

Participants 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:

The extension should be re-evaluated within 90 days.  Eligibility specialists must create a reminder on the Alert/Reminder List (ALREMIND/FM7M) screen to re-evaluate the extension reason.

For information on how to enter an extension reason, refer to the TA WORK REQUIREMENT SCREEN user guide.

0205.075.15.35 Pending Review

IM-#104 December 1, 2015, IM-#24 April 22, 2011, IM-#23 April 2, 2010

The determination if a participant meets an exemption or extension should be made by the 45th month of receipt of TA. However, if the eligibility specialist is not able to make this determination by the 45th month, the decision must be made as quickly as possible. The TA case automatically closes when a participant reaches the 45th month unless a valid exemption or extension reason is entered on the TA Work Requirement (COMPACT/FM8B) screen.

When determining an exemption or exclusion, and the adverse action period has already begun, the following must take place:

NOTE: If an individual has a pending MRT disability determination or SSI determination, the work requirement indicator on COMPACT/FM8B should be coded E (Exempt) and the exemption reason coded 06 (Permanently Disabled). A re-evaluation date within 90 days must be entered.

The pending review code is used at application after the receipt of 45 months of TA for the following reasons:

If verification is not provided or a decision is not reached by the 30th day, FAMIS rejects the TA application.

For information on how to enter an extension reason, refer to the TA WORK REQUIREMENT SCREEN user guide.