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Oregon Bulletin

November 1, 2011

 

Department of Human Services, Children,
Adults and Families Division:
Self-Sufficiency Programs
Chapter 461

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting public assistance, medical assistance, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program clients.

Adm. Order No.: SSP 25-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-1-11

Notice Publication Date: 5-1-2011

Rules Adopted: 461-115-0232, 461-190-0212

Rules Amended: 461-001-0000, 461-025-0310, 461-025-0371, 461-110-0370, 461-115-0071, 461-115-0140, 461-115-0450, 461-120-0510, 461-125-0170, 461-130-0310, 461-135-0070, 461-135-0570, 461-135-1110, 461-155-0190, 461-155-0610, 461-155-0660, 461-155-0680, 461-160-0420, 461-160-0430, 461-160-0620, 461-190-0199, 461-190-0211, 461-195-0501, 461-195-0521, 461-195-0541, 461-195-0621

Rules Repealed: 461-125-0170(T), 461-130-0310(T), 461-135-0070(T), 461-135-1110(T), 461-160-0620(T), 461-190-0199(T), 461-190-0211(T), 461-190-0212(T), 461-193-1190

Subject: OAR 461-001-0000 about defined terms used in rules about public assistance, medical assistance, supplemental nutrition assistance programs and OAR 461-115-0140 about the authorized representative or alternate payee in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are being amended to update and revise references to administrators and program managers.

      OAR 461-025-0310 about hearing requests is being amended to clarify that a hearing request may be submitted for a claimant by an authorized representative or an attorney.

      OAR 461-025-0371 about orders issued by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and the Department in contested cases is being amended to streamline the process the rule requires for varying the type of order the Department requests. This rule is also being amended to add the option of a proposed and final order as described in OAR 137-003-0645(4), to lengthen and clarify the timeline for submitting written exceptions to the Department, and to conform to current practices.

      OAR 461-110-0370 about filing groups, 461-155-0190 about income and payment standards, and 461-160-0430 about income deductions are being amended to implement the annual increase in the standards for the SNAP Program. OAR 461-160-0420 is being amended to reflect the annual change in the Standard Utility Allowances. Each year Oregon surveys utility companies and the general public about increases in utility costs. The utility allowances are derived from these surveys and approved by the Food and Nutrition Service in the SNAP Program State Plan. There are four utility allowances. The full utility allowance (FUA) is for those households that have heating and cooling costs. The limited utility allowance (LUA) is for those households with more than one non-heating/cooling utility cost. The individual utility allowance (IUA) is for those households with a single non-heat cost. The single utility allowance (TUA) is for those households with only a telephone cost. These rules are also being amended to clarify when amounts listed are monthly amounts.

      OAR 461-115-0071 related to the General Assistance (GA) and General Assistance Medical (GAM) Programs (currently not funded), Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medical (OSIPM, medical assistance for seniors and persons with disabilities) and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) programs is being amended to no longer require that both adults must sign the application for benefits when married spouses live together. This rule is also being amended to remove references to the Oregon Supplemental Income Program (OSIP, cash assistance to seniors and persons with disabilities).

      OAR 461-115-0232 is being adopted to allow the Department to close cases that do not comply with required interview during month 12 of their 24 month certification. This rule will only affect households that have been approved for 24 months.

      OAR 461-115-0450 is being amended to allow households with all adult members who are elderly or have disability, and in which there is no earned income to be certified for 24 months for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as permitted by The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008.

      OAR 461-120-0510 about age requirements for clients to receive benefits in various programs is being amended for the Oregon Supplemental Income Program-Aid to the Disabled program (OSIP-AD, cash assistance for persons with disabilities) to change the age requirement — from 18 years or older and under the age of 65 — to under the age of 65. This rule is also being amended to add cross-references to defined terms.

      OAR 461-125-0170 about when deprivation exists based on the unemployment or underemployment of a primary wage earner in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medical Assistance Assumed programs, in response to recent legislation (House Bill 2049, 2011), is being amended to revise the criteria for determining deprivation for a primary wage earner separated from his or her most recent employment. This rule is also being amended to make permanent temporary rule changes adopted on July 1, 2011.

      OAR 461-130-0310 about how the Department assigns clients to one or more participation classifications in the Post-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Post-TANF), Pre-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Pre-TANF), Refugee (REF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs is being amended to expand the list of which Post-TANF, Pre-TANF, or TANF program clients are exempt from employment program participation and potential disqualification from program benefits. This rule is also being amended to make permanent the temporary rule changes adopted on July 1, 2011.

      OAR 461-135-0070 about the specific eligibility requirements in the Medical Assistance Assumed (MAA), Medical Assistance to Families (MAF) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs is being amended in response to recent legislation (House Bill 2049 (2011)) to revise the definition of “most recent employment”. This rule also is being amended to restate when a need group (the individuals whose basic and special needs are used in determining eligibility and benefit level) is not eligible for TANF program benefits due to a caretaker relative in the need group being separated from his or her most recent employment. This rule is also being amended to make permanent the temporary rule changes adopted on July 1, 2011.

      OAR 461-135-0570 is being amended to allow individuals awarded state or federal work-study to be considered eligible students in the SNAP program when it is found the school they are attending does not have any work-study jobs available. This rule is also being amended to allow individuals receiving Unemployment Compensation through the Employment Department or participating in any of the following to be considered to meet the student criteria: The Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) program serving displaced workers under the Trade Act; The Training Unemployment Insurance (TUI) program; The Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program; The Apprenticeship Program (APT); regular UC benefits through the Employment Department (ED).

      OAR 461-135-1110 about when a student enrolled in higher education is eligible or ineligible for the Oregon Health Plan - Adults program (OHP-OPU, which provides coverage for adults who qualify under the 100 percent income standard) is being amended in response to a recent change in federal guidelines to revise the definition for the term “meets the requirements for a Pell grant” and update the school years that apply. This rule also needs to be amended to make permanent the temporary rule amendment adopted on July 1, 2011.

      OAR 461-155-0610 about special needs payments for moving costs made to certain General Assistance (GA is currently not funded), Oregon Supplemental Income Program (OSIP, assistance to seniors and people with disabilities) and Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medical (OSIPM) program clients is being amended to clarify that the client must be the age of 18 or older.

      OAR 461-155-0660 about shelter payments made to certain Oregon Supplemental Income Program (OSIP, assistance to seniors and people with disabilities) and Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medical (OSIPM) program clients is being amended to clarify that the client must be the age of 18 or older.

      OAR 461-155-0680 about telephone allowance payments made to certain Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medical (OSIPM, assistance to seniors and people with disabilities) program clients is being amended to clarify that the client must be the age of 18 or older.

      OAR 461-160-0620 about the income deductions allowed in and the calculation of an Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medical (OSIPM) client’s liability when the client is receiving long-term care or waivered services is being amended to reflect the federal changes effective July 1, 2011 in the amounts used when calculating the maintenance needs allowance and the dependent income allowance deducted from the income of an institutionalized spouse. This rule is also being amended to make permanent a temporary rule change adopted July 1, 2011.

      OAR 461-190-0199 about the operation of and the eligibility, selection, and participation requirements for the Parents as Scholars (PAS) component of the Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) program, in response to recent legislation (House Bill 2049, 2011), is being amended to state which clients, effective July 1, 2011, may participate in PAS and how the Department manages applications for PAS received after June 30, 2011.This rule is also being amended to make permanent the temporary rule amendment adopted on July 1, 2011.

      OAR 461-190-0211 about case plan activities and standards for support service payments in the JOBS, Post-TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, and TANF programs is being amended to set limits to who can participate in a case plan activity, identify available activities and support services for those activities, describe how the Department determines employability in order to place participants into appropriate activities and support services, describe the activities that qualify for support services and the amount of support services available. This rule sets up a more limited JOBS program, consistent with budget constraints, following earlier Department actions that closed most activities and support services set up under earlier eligibility criteria. This rule is also being amended to make permanent the changes adopted by temporary rule on July 1, 2011.

      OAR 461-190-0212 is being adopted to indicate which Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) program activities and services ended June 30, 2011. This rule is also being adopted to state that JOBS program support service payments received by the client to assist in participation in one or more of the identified activities or services ended June 30, 2011. This program reduction affected clients who are participating in the JOBS program while receiving Pre-TANF, TANF, Post-TANF, Refugee, SFPSS, or TA-DVS program benefits. Without this new rule, the Department would fully deplete resources available for the JOBS program, and be unable to set up a more limited program consistent with restricted funding. This rule is also being adopted to make permanent the temporary rule adopted on June 2, 2011 and subsequently amended on June 27, 2011.

      OAR 461-193-1190 about refugee project noncooperation is being repealed. The Refugee Case Service Project (RCSP) has both Refugee Program (REF) and Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) participants. REF and TANF noncooperation and job discharge provisions are currently found in OAR Chapter 461 Division 130.

      OAR 461-195-0501 about how the Department defines and categorizes overpayments (benefits paid to a client in error, that the Department generally attempts to recover from the client) for programs administered under chapters 410, 411, and 461 of the Oregon Administrative Rules is being amended in response to an Oregon Legislature Emergency Board directive (September 23, 2010) to expand what constitutes a child care overpayment and a client error overpayment.

      OAR 461-195-0521 is being amended to correctly state in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program the Department of Justice (DOJ) retains support. The current rule states this is done in the Department of Human Services (DHS). The amendment is needed to correctly state the support is retained by DOJ for TANF programs. This rule is also being amended to specify the overpayment calculation when the client was not eligible for Breast and Cervical Cancer Medical (BCCM), Continuous Eligibility for OHP-CHP (CEC), Continuous Eligibility for Medicaid (CEM), Extended Medical Assistance (EXT), Medical Assistance Assumed (MAA), Medical Assistance to Families (MAF), Oregon Health Plan (OHP-CHP, OPC, OPP, OPU, OP6), Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medical (OSIPM), Qualified Medical Beneficiaries (QMB), Refugee Assistance Medical (REFM) or Medical Assistance to Children in Substitute or Adoptive Care (SAC) programs, but during the period in question was eligible for another program. The current rule does not specify the medical programs to which the calculation applies. The amendment is needed to clarify the calculation applies to the BCCM, CEC, CEM, EXT, MAA, MAF, OHP (CHP, OPC, OPP, OPU, OP6), OSIPM, QMB, REFM and SAC programs only.

      OAR 461-195-0541 is being amended to conform to federal regulations at 7 CFR 273.18 which eliminated a sponsor of a non-citizen household member from liability to repay a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) overpayment. This amendment is needed to remove a sponsor of a non-citizen household member from the list of persons liable for repayment of a SNAP overpayment. The rule is also being amended to clarify that when the Department determines there is a client overpayment in the child care program, any other adult required to be in the filing group is also liable to repay the overpayment. This amendment is needed to state any other adult required to be in the filing group is liable for repayment of a client overpayment in the child care program.

      OAR 461-195-0621 is being amended to clarify when an intentional program violation (IPV) is established against a person in the Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors (TA-DVS) program. The current rule states an IPV is established against a person through a contested case hearing or a waiver of the right to hearing. The amendment is needed to state that an IPV is also established against a person in the TA-DVS program by a state or federal court.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

461-001-0000

Definitions for Chapter 461

Defined terms are often italicized throughout this chapter of rules. If a defined term is accompanied by a cross-reference to a rule defining the term, subsequent usages of that term in the same rule refer to the same definition cross-referenced earlier in the rule. In this chapter of rules, unless the context indicates otherwise:

(1) A reference to Division, Adult and Family Services Division (or AFS), Senior and Disabled Services Division (or SDSD), or any other agency formerly part of the Department of Human Services shall be taken to mean the Department of Human Services (DHS), except that the rule in which reference occurs only regulates programs covered by chapter 461 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.

(2) “Address Confidentiality Program” (ACP) means a program of the Oregon Department of Justice, which provides a substitute mailing address and mail forwarding service for ACP participants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

(3) “Adjusted income” means the amount determined by subtracting income deductions from countable income (see OAR 461-140-0010). Specific rules on the deductions are found in division 461-160.

(4) “Adoption assistance” means financial assistance provided to families adopting children with special needs. Adoption assistance may be state or federally funded. Federal adoption assistance is authorized by the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (Pub. L. No. 96-272, 94 Stat. 500 (1980)). State adoption assistance is authorized by ORS 418.330 to 418.335.

(5) “Assets” mean income and resources.

(6) “Basic decision notice” means a decision notice mailed no later than the date of action given in the notice.

(7) “Branch office” means any Department or AAA (Area Agency on Aging) office serving a program covered by this chapter of rules.

(8) “Budgeting” means the process of calculating the benefit level.

(9) “Budget month” means the calendar month from which nonfinancial and financial information is used to determine eligibility and benefit level for the payment month.

(10) “Cafeteria plan” means a written benefit plan offered by an employer in which:

(a) All participants are employees; and

(b) Participants can choose, cafeteria-style, from a menu of two or more cash or qualified benefits. In this context, qualified benefits are benefits other than cash that the Internal Revenue Services does not consider part of an employee’s gross income. Qualified benefits include, but are not limited to:

(A) Accident and health plans (including medical plans, vision plans, dental plans, accident and disability insurance);

(B) Group term life insurance plans (up to $50,000);

(C) Dependent care assistance plans; and

(D) Certain stock bonus plans under section 401(k)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (but not 401(k)(1) plans).

(11) “Capital asset” means property that contributes toward earning self-employment income, including self-employment income from a microenterprise, either directly or indirectly. A capital asset generally has a useful life of over one year and a value, alone or in combination, of $100 or more.

(12) “Caretaker” means an individual who is responsible for the care, control, and supervision of a child. The status of caretaker ends once the individual no longer exercises care, control, and supervision of the child for 30 days.

(13) “Caretaker relative” means a caretaker who meets the requirements of one of the following subsections:

(a) Is one of the following relatives of the dependent child:

(A) Any blood relative, including those of half-blood, and including first cousins, nephews, or nieces, and individuals of preceding generations as denoted by prefixes of grand, great, or great-great.

(B) Stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, and stepsister.

(C) An individual who legally adopts the child and any individual related to the individual adopting the child, either naturally or through adoption.

(b) Is or was a spouse of an individual listed in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Met the definition of caretaker relative under subsection (a) or (b) of this section before the child was adopted (notwithstanding the child’s subsequent adoption).

(14) “Certification period” means the period for which a client is certified eligible for a program.

(15) “Child” includes natural, step, and adoptive children. The term child does not include an unborn.

(a) In the ERDC program, a child need not have a biological or legal relationship to the caretaker but must be in the care and custody of the caretaker, must meet the citizenship or alien status requirements of OAR 461-120-0110, and must be:

(A) Under the age of 18; or

(B) Under the age of 19 and in secondary school or vocational training at least half time.

(b) In the GA, GAM, and OSIP programs, a child is an individual under the age of 18.

(c) In the OHP program, child means an individual, including a minor parent, under the age of 19.

(d) In the OSIPM and QMB programs, child means an unmarried individual living with a parent who is:

(A) Under the age of 18; or

(B) Under the age of 22 and attending full time secondary, post secondary or vocational-technical training designed to prepare the individual for employment.

(16) “Community based care” is any of the following:

(a) Adult foster care — Room and board and 24 hour care and services for the elderly or for disabled people 18 years of age or older. The care is contracted to be provided in a home for five or fewer clients.

(b) Assisted living facility — A program approach, within a physical structure, which provides or coordinates a range of services, available on a 24-hour basis, for support of resident independence in a residential setting.

(c) In-home Services — People living in their home receiving services determined necessary by the Department.

(d) Residential care facility — A facility that provides residential care in one or more buildings on contiguous property for six or more individuals who have physical disabilities or are socially dependent.

(e) Specialized living facility — Identifiable services designed to meet the needs of individuals in specific target groups which exist as the result of a problem, condition or dysfunction resulting from a physical disability or a behavioral disorder and require more than basic services of other established programs.

(f) Independent choices — In-Home Services program wherein the participant is given cash benefits to purchase self-directed personal assistance services or goods and services provided pursuant to a written service plan (see OAR 411-030-0020).

(17) “Continuing benefit decision notice” means a decision notice that informs the client of the right to continued benefits and is mailed in time to be received by the date benefits are, or would be, received.

(18) “Countable” means that an available asset (either income or a resource) is not excluded and may be considered by some programs to determine eligibility.

(19) “Custodial parents” mean parents who have physical custody of a child. Custodial parents may be receiving benefits as dependent children or as caretaker relatives for their own children.

(20) “Decision notice” means a written notice of a decision by the Department regarding an individual’s eligibility for benefits in a program.

(21) “Department” means the Department of Human Services (DHS).

(22) “Dependent child”, in the EXT, MAA, MAF, REF, REFM, and TANF programs, means the following:

(a) An individual who is not a caretaker relative of a child in the household, is unmarried or married but separated, and is under the age of 18, or 18 years of age and a full time student in secondary school or the equivalent level of vocational or technical training; or

(b) A minor parent whose parents have chosen to apply for benefits for the minor parent. This does not apply to a minor parent who is married and living with his or her spouse.

(23) “Disability” means:

(a) In the SNAP program, see OAR 461-001-0015.

(b) In the REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, and TANF programs, for purposes other than determining eligibility:

(A) An individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits the individual’s ability to meet the requirements of the program; or

(B) An individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such impairment, or who is regarded as having such an impairment as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USC 12102; 28 CFR 35.104).

(24) “Domestic violence” means the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between family members, intimate partners, or household members:

(a) Attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing physical injury or emotional, mental or verbal abuse.

(b) Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly placing another in fear of imminent serious physical injury.

(c) Committing sexual abuse in any degree as defined in ORS 163.415, 163.425 and 163.427.

(d) Using coercive or controlling behavior.

(25) “Domestic violence shelters” are public or private nonprofit residential facilities providing services to victims of domestic violence. If the facility serves other people, a portion must be used solely for victims of domestic violence.

(26) ELA means Express Lane Agency: A public agency identified in the State Medicaid Plan or State CHIP Plan as an agency capable of making determinations regarding one or more eligibility requirements in the OHP-OPC, OHP-CHP, or HKC programs.

(27) ELE means Express Lane Eligibility: In the HKC, OHP-CHP, and OHP-OPC programs, the Department’s option to rely on a determination, made within a reasonable period, by an ELA finding that a child satisfies the requirements for OHP-CHP or OHP-OPC program eligibility. ELE qualifies a child for medical assistance benefits based on a finding from another public agency, even when the other agency’s eligibility methodology differs from that ordinarily used by the Department to determine HKC, OHP-CHP, and OHP-OPC program eligibility.

(28) “Electronic application” is an application electronically signed and submitted through the internet.

(29) “Eligibility” means the decision as to whether an individual qualifies, under financial and nonfinancial requirements, to receive program benefits.

(30) “Equity value” means fair market value minus encumbrances.

(31) “Fair market value” means the amount an item is worth on the open market.

(32) “Family stability” in the JOBS, Pre-TANF, Post-TANF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, and TANF programs means the characteristics of a family that support healthy child development, including parental mental health, drug and alcohol free environment, stable relationships, and a supportive, flexible, and nurturing home environment.

(33) “Family stability activity” in the JOBS, Pre-TANF, Post-TANF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, and TANF programs means an action or set of actions taken by the client, as specified in a case plan, intended to promote the ability of one or both parents to achieve or maintain family stability.

(34) “Financial institution” means a bank, credit union, savings and loan association, investment trust, or other organization held out to the public as a place receiving funds for deposit, savings, checking, or investment.

(35) “HPN” means a health plan new/noncategorical client eligible under OHP-OPU.

(36) “Income producing property” means any real or personal property that generates income for the financial group. Examples of income producing property are:

(a) Livestock, poultry, and other animals.

(b) Farmland, rental homes (including a room or other space in the home or on the property of a member of the financial group), vacation homes, condominiums.

(37) “Initial month” of eligibility means any of the following:

(a) In all programs, the first month a benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) is eligible for a program benefit in Oregon after a period during which the group is not eligible.

(b) In all programs except the SNAP program, the first month a benefit group is eligible for a program benefit after there has been a break in the program benefit of at least one full calendar month. If benefits are suspended for one month, that is not considered a break.

(c) In the SNAP program:

(A) The first month for which the benefit group is certified following any period during which they were not certified to participate, except for migrant and seasonal farm workers (see OAR 461-001-0015).

(B) For migrant and seasonal farmworkers, the first month for which the benefit group is certified following any period of one month or more during which they were not certified to participate.

(d) In the OHP program, the first month of a redetermination or recertification period.

(e) For a new applicant to the GA, GAM, OSIP, or OSIPM program living in a nonstandard living arrangement, for the purposes of calculating the correct divisor in OAR 461-140-0296, the month in which the client would have been eligible had it not been for the disqualifying transfer of assets.

(38) “In-kind income” means income in a form other than money (such as food, clothing, cars, furniture, and payments made to a third party).

(39) “Legally married” means a marriage uniting a man and a woman according to the provisions of either:

(a) The statutes of the state where the marriage occurred;

(b) The common law of the state in which the man and woman previously resided while meeting the requirements for common law marriage in that state; or

(c) The laws of a country in which the man and woman previously resided while meeting the requirements for legal or cultural marriage in that country.

(40) “Life estate” means the right to property limited to the lifetime of the individual holding it or the lifetime of some other individual. In general, a life estate enables the owner of the life estate to possess, use, and obtain profits from property during the lifetime of a designated individual while actual ownership of the property is held by another individual. A life estate is created when an individual owns property and then transfers ownership to another individual while retaining, for the rest of his or her life, certain rights to that property. In addition, a life estate is established when a member of the financial group (see OAR 461-110-0530) purchases a life estate interest in the home of another individual.

(41) “Lodger” means a member of the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210) who;

(a) Is not a member of the filing group; and

(b) Pays the filing group for room and board.

(42) “Long term care” means the system through which the Department provides a broad range of social and health services to eligible adults who are aged, blind, or have disabilities for extended periods of time. This includes nursing homes and state hospitals (Eastern Oregon and Oregon State Hospitals).

(43) “Lump-sum income” means income received too infrequently or irregularly to be reasonably anticipated, or received as a one-time payment. Lump-sum income includes:

(a) Retroactive benefits covering more than one month, whether received in a single payment or several payments.

(b) Income from inheritance, gifts, winnings, and personal injury claims.

(44) “Marriage” means the union of a man and a woman who are legally married.

(45) “Microenterprise” means a sole proprietorship, partnership, or family business with fewer than five employees and capital needs no greater than $35,000.

(46) “Minor parent”, in the ERDC, EXT, MAA, MAF, REF, REFM, and TANF programs, means a parent under the age of 18.

(47) “Nonstandard living arrangement” is defined as follows:

(a) In the GA, GAM, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB programs, a client is considered to be in a nonstandard living arrangement when the client is applying for or receiving services in any of the following locations:

(A) A nursing facility in which the client receives long-term care services paid with Medicaid funding, except this subsection does not apply to a Medicare client in a skilled-stay nursing facility.

(B) An intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded (ICF/MR).

(C) A psychiatric institution, if the individual is not yet 21 years of age or has reached the age of 65.

(D) A community based care (see section (17) of this rule) setting, except a State Plan Personal Care (SPPC) setting is not considered a nonstandard living arrangement.

(b) In all programs except GA, GAM, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB, nonstandard living arrangement means each of the following locations:

(A) Foster care.

(B) Residential Care facility.

(C) Drug or alcohol residential treatment facility.

(D) Homeless or domestic violence shelter.

(E) Lodging house if paying for room and board.

(F) Correctional facility.

(G) Medical institution.

(48) “Ongoing month” means one of the following:

(a) For all programs except the OHP and SNAP programs, any month following the initial month of eligibility, if there is no break in the program benefit of one or more calendar months.

(b) For the OHP and SNAP programs, any month in the certification period following the initial month of eligibility.

(49) “Parent” means the biological or legal (step or adoptive) mother or father of an individual or unborn child.

(a) If the mother lives with a male and either she or the male claims that he is the father of the child or unborn, and no one else claims to be the father, he is treated as the father even if paternity has not been legally established.

(b) A stepparent relationship exists if:

(A) The individual is legally married to the child’s biological or adoptive parent; and

(B) The marriage has not been terminated by legal separation, divorce, or death.

(c) A legal adoption erases all prior legal and blood relationships and establishes the adoptive parent as the legal parent. However, the biological parent is also considered a parent if both of the following are true:

(A) The child lives with the biological parent; and

(B) The legal parent (the adoptive parent) has given up care, control, and supervision of the child.

(50) “Payment month” means, for all programs except EA, the calendar month for which benefits are issued.

(51) “Payment period” means, for EA, the 30-day period starting with the date the first payment is issued and ending on the 30th day after the date the payment is issued.

(52) “Periodic income” means income received on a regular basis less often than monthly.

(53) “Primary person” for all programs except the SNAP program, means the filing group member who is responsible for providing information necessary to determine eligibility and calculate benefits. The primary person for individual programs is as follows:

(a) For the EXT, MAA, MAF, and TANF programs, the parent or caretaker relative.

(b) For the ERDC program, the caretaker.

(c) For SNAP, see OAR 461-001-0015.

(d) For the GA, GAM, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB programs, the client or client’s spouse.

(e) For the OHP, REF, and REFM programs, the applicant, caretaker, caretaker relative, or parent.

(54) “Qualified Partnership Policy” means a long term care insurance policy meeting the requirements of OAR 836-052-0531 that was either:

(a) Issued while the client was a resident in Oregon on January 1, 2008 or later; or

(b) Issued in another state while the client was a resident of that state on or after the effective date of that state’s federally approved State Plan Amendment to issue qualified partnership policies.

(55) “Real property” means land, buildings, and whatever is erected on or affixed to the land and taxed as real property.

(56) “Reimbursement” means money or in-kind compensation provided specifically for an identified expense.

(57) “Safe homes” mean private homes that provide a few nights lodging to victims of domestic violence. The homes must be recognized as such by the local domestic violence agency, such as crisis hot lines and shelters.

(58) “Shelter costs” mean, in all programs except the SNAP program, housing costs (rent or mortgage payments, property taxes) and utility costs, not including cable TV or non-basic telephone charges. In the SNAP program, see OAR 461-160-0420.

(59) “Shelter in kind” means an agency or person outside the financial group (see OAR 461-110-0530) provides the shelter of the financial group, or makes a payment to a third party for some or all of the shelter costs of the financial group. Shelter-in-kind does not include temporary shelter provided by a domestic violence shelter, homeless shelter, or residential alcohol and drug treatment facilities or situations where no shelter is being provided, such as sleeping in a doorway, park, or bus station.

(60) “Sibling” means the brother or sister of an individual. “Blood related” means they share at least one biological or adoptive parent. “Step” means they are not related by blood, but are related by the marriage of their parents.

(61) “Spousal support” means income paid (voluntarily, per court order, or per administrative order) by a separated or divorced spouse to a member of the financial group (see OAR 461-110-0530).

(62) “Spouse” means an individual who is legally married to another individual. In the ERDC and SNAP programs, spouse includes an individual who is not legally married to another, but is presenting themselves to the community as the husband or wife by:

(a) Representing themselves as husband and wife to relatives, friends, neighbors, or tradespeople; and

(b) Sharing living expenses or household duties.

(63) “Stable income” means income that is the same amount each time it is received.

(64) “Standard living arrangement” means a location that does not qualify as a nonstandard living arrangement.

(65) “Teen parent” means, for TANF and JOBS, a parent under the age of 20 who has not completed a high school diploma or GED.

(66) “Timely continuing benefit decision notice” means a decision notice that informs the client of the right to continued benefits and is mailed no later than the time requirements in OAR 461-175-0050.

(67) “Trust funds” mean money, securities, or similar property held by a person or institution for the benefit of another person.

(68) “USDA meal reimbursements” mean cash reimbursements made by the Oregon Department of Education for family day-care providers who serve snacks and meals to children in their care.

(69) “Variable income” means earned or unearned income that is not always received in the same amount each month.

Stat. Auth: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.816, 412.006, 412.014, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.816, 412.006, 412.014, 412.049

Hist.: AFS 28-1978, f. & ef. 7-13-78; AFS 54-1984, f. 12-28-84, ef. 1-1-85; AFS 21-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 27-2001, f. 12-21-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 4-2007, f. 3-30-07, cert. ef. 4-1-07; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 14-2007, f. 12-31-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; SSP 15-2007(Temp), f. 12-31-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 8-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-08; SSP 17-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 26-2008, f. 12-31-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; SSP 5-2009, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-09; SSP 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09; SSP 29-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09 thru 3-30-10; Administrative correction 4-21-10; SSP 41-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-025-0310

Hearing Requests

(1) A claimant (see OAR 461-025-0305) has the right to a contested case hearing in the following situations upon the timely completion of a request for hearing:

(a) Except as provided in subsection (o) of this section, the Department has not approved or denied a request or application for public assistance within 45 days of the application.

(b) The Department has not acted timely on an application as follows:

(A) An application for SNAP program benefits — within 30 days of the filing date.

(B) An application for a JOBS support service payment — within the time frames established in OAR 461-115-0190(3).

(c) The Department acts to deny, reduce, close, or suspend SNAP program benefits, a grant of public assistance, a grant of aid, a support service payment authorized in the JOBS program by OAR 461-190-0211, medical assistance, or child care benefits authorized under Division 160 or 165 of this chapter of rules in the ERDC or TANF child care programs. When used in this subsection, grant of public assistance and grant of aid mean the grant of cash assistance calculated according to the client’s need.

(d) The Department claims that an earlier public assistance payment was an overpayment, or that an earlier issuance of SNAP program benefits was an overissuance.

(e) The claimant claims that the Department previously underissued public assistance or SNAP program benefits and the Department denies the claim.

(f) The household disputes its current level of SNAP program benefits.

(g) The filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) is aggrieved by any action of the Department that affects the participation of the filing group in the SNAP program.

(h) The claimant asks for a hearing to determine if the waiver of an Intentional Program Violation hearing was signed under duress.

(i) The Department establishes or changes the client’s premium for the Oregon Health Plan.

(j) In the Pre-TANF program, the Department denies payment for a basic living expense (see OAR 461-135-0475) or other support service payment in the JOBS program (see subsection (c) of this section).

(k) In the TA-DVS program, when OAR 461-135-1235 provides a right to a hearing.

(l) A service re-assessment of a client conducted in accordance with OAR Division 411-015 has resulted in a reduction or termination of nursing facility services or Waivered Services (defined at OAR 461-001-0030).

(m) The claimant’s benefits are changed to vendor, protective, or two-party payments.

(n) Department has issued a notice seeking repayment under ORS 411.892 to an employer participating in the JOBS program.

(o) In the OSIP and OSIPM programs, when the Department has not approved or denied an application within the time frames established in OAR 461-115-0190.

(p) The right to a hearing is otherwise provided by statute or rule.

(2) A client is not entitled to a hearing on the question of the contents of a case plan (defined in OAR 461-190-0151) unless the right to hearing is specifically authorized by the Department’s rules. For a dispute about an activity in the JOBS program, the client is entitled to use the Department’s re-engagement process (see OAR 461-190-0231). In the TA-DVS program, a dispute about the contents of a TA-DVS case plan (see OAR 461-135-1205) is resolved through re-engagement if there is no right to a hearing under OAR 461-135-1235.

(3) A request for hearing is complete:

(a) In public assistance and SNAP programs, when the Department’s Administrative Hearing Request form (form DHS 443) is:

(A) Completed;

(B) Signed by the claimant, the claimant’s attorney, or the claimant’s authorized representative (see OAR 461-115-0090); and

(C) Received by the Department.

(b) In the SNAP program, when the Department receives an oral or written statement from the claimant, the claimant’s attorney, or the claimant’s authorized representative that the claimant wishes to appeal a decision affecting the claimant’s SNAP program benefits to a higher authority.

(c) In the case of a provider of child care, when a written request for hearing from the provider is received by the Department.

(4) In the event a request for hearing is not timely, the Department will determine whether the failure to timely file a request for hearing was beyond the reasonable control of the party and enter an order accordingly. The Department may refer an untimely request to the Office of Administrative Hearings for a hearing on the question of timeliness.

(5) In the event the claimant has no right to a contested case hearing on an issue, the Department may enter an order accordingly. The Department may refer a hearing request to the Office of Administrative Hearings for a hearing on the question of whether the claimant has the right to a contested case hearing.

(6) To be timely, a completed hearing request must be received by the Department not later than:

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the 45th day following the date of the decision notice (see OAR 461-001-0000) in public assistance and medical programs.

(b) The 90th day following the effective date of the reduction or termination of benefits in a public assistance program if the reduction or termination of aid is a result of a JOBS disqualification (see OAR 461-130-0330) or a penalty for failure to seek treatment for substance abuse or mental health (see OAR 461-135-0085).

(c) The 90th day following the date of the decision notice in the SNAP program, except:

(A) A filing group may submit a hearing request at any time within a certification period (see OAR 461-001-0000) to dispute its current level of benefits.

(B) A filing group may submit a hearing request within 90 days of the denial of a request for restoration of benefits if not more than twelve months has expired since the loss of benefits.

(d) The 30th day following the date of notice from the Oregon Department of Revenue in cases covered by ORS 293.250.

(e) In a case described in subsection (1)(h) of this rule, the request must be made within 90 days of the date the waiver was signed.

(7) In determining timeliness under section (6) of this rule, delay caused by circumstances beyond the control of the claimant is not counted.

(8) In computing the time periods provided by this rule, see OAR 461-025-0300(1).

(9) In the REF and REFM programs, a client is not eligible for a contested case hearing when assistance is terminated because the eligibility time period imposed by OAR 461-135-0900 has been reached. If the issue is the date of entry into the United States the Department provides for prompt resolution of the issue by inspection of the individual’s documentation issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or by information obtained from USCIS, rather than by contested case hearing.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.404, 411.408, 411.816, 411.892, 412.014, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.095, 411.117, 411.404, 411.408, 411.816, 411.892, 412.009, 412.014, 412.049, 412.069

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 4-1995, f. & ef. 2-1-95; AFS 26-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; AFS 3-2000, f. 1-31-2000, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 17-2000, f. 6-28-00, cert. ef. 7-1-00; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 22-2001, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-01; AFS 23-2002(Temp), f. 12-31-02, cert. ef. 1-1-03 thru 6-30-03; SSP 16-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-03; SSP 21-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 10-2006, f. 6-30-06, cert. ef. 7-1-06; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 4-2007, f. 3-30-07, cert. ef. 4-1-07; SSP 7-2007, f. 6-29-07, cert. ef. 7-1-07; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 8-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-08; SSP 17-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-025-0371

Proposed and Final Orders

(1) When the Department refers a contested case under this division of rules (OAR 461-025) to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), the Department indicates on the referral:

(a) Whether the Department is authorizing a proposed order, a proposed and final order (OAR 137-003-0645(4)), or a final order.

(b) If the Department is establishing an earlier deadline for written exceptions and argument because the contested case is being referred for an expedited hearing.

(2) When the Department authorizes either a proposed order or a proposed and final order:

(a) The claimant (see OAR 461-025-0305) or party may file written exceptions and written argument to be considered by the Department. The exceptions and argument must be received at the location indicated in the OAH order not later than the 20th day after service of the proposed order or proposed and final order, unless subsection (1)(b) of this rule applies.

(b) Proposed Orders. After OAH issues a proposed order, the Department issues the final order, unless the Department requests that OAH issue the final order under OAR 137-003-0655.

(c) Proposed and Final Orders. If the claimant or party does not submit timely exceptions or argument following a proposed and final order, the proposed and final order becomes a final order on the 21st day after service of the proposed and final order unless the Department has issued a revised order or has notified the claimant or party and OAH that the Department will issue the final order. When the Department receives timely exceptions or argument, the Department issues the final order, unless the Department requests that OAH issue the final order under OAR 137-003-0655.

(3) If in a contested case hearing the Office of Administrative Hearings is authorized to issue a final order on behalf of the Department, the Department may issue the final order in the case of default.

(4) A petition by a claimant or party for reconsideration or rehearing must be filed with the individual who signed the final order, unless stated otherwise on the final order.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183.341, 409.050, 411.060, 411.404, 411.408, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 183.341, 409.050, 411.060, 411.095, 411.404, 411.408, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049

Hist.: AFS 14-1999, f. & cert. ef. 11-1-99; AFS 16-1999, f. 12-29-99, cert. ef. 1-1-00; AFS 17-2000, f. 6-28-00, cert. ef. 7-1-00; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-110-0370

Filing Group; SNAP

In the SNAP program:

(1) Except as provided in this rule, the filing group consists of members of a household group (see OAR 461-110-0210) who choose to apply together or customarily purchase and prepare meals together.

(2) Except as provided in sections (3) and (8) of this rule, the following household group members must be in the same filing group, even if they do not customarily purchase and prepare meals together:

(a) Each spouse (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(b) A parent (see OAR 461-001-0000) and his or her child under age 22 living with the parent.

(c) A household group member and any child under age 18 who lives with and is under parental control of that household group member. For the purposes of this subsection, “parental control” means the adult is responsible for the care, control, and supervision of the child or the child is financially dependent on the adult.

(3) In the following specific situations, the Department forms a filing group as indicated:

(a) An individual is not included in the filing group if, during the month the group applied for SNAP program benefits, the individual received SSI benefits through the state of California. This exclusion applies only in the month the group applied and, if necessary to meet notice requirements, in the month following the month the group applied.

(b) An individual is not included in the filing group if during the month the group applied for SNAP program benefits the individual received SNAP program benefits in another household and was not the head of household in the prior household. This exclusion applies only in the month the group applied and, if necessary to meet notice requirements, in the month following the month the group applied.

(c) An elderly (see OAR 461-001-0015) individual and his or her spouse may be considered a separate filing group from others with whom the elderly individual purchases and prepares meals, if:

(A) The elderly individual is unable to purchase or prepare food because of a permanent and severe disabling condition; and

(B) The combined income of the other members of the household group does not exceed the following limit: [Table not included. See ED. NOTE]

(4) A paid live-in attendant may choose not to be in the filing group with the recipient of the services provided, unless required by section (2) of this rule to be in the same filing group.

(5) An individual in foster care, the individual’s spouse, and each child under age 22 living with the individual are not eligible to participate in the SNAP program independently of the care or service provider’s filing group, but may be included in the provider’s filing group if the provider applies for benefits.

(6) Unless required under section (2) of this rule, the following household group members may form a separate filing group from other members of the household group:

(a) A resident of an alcohol or drug treatment and rehabilitation program certified by the Department for which an employee of the facility is the authorized representative (see OAR 461-135-0550). A resident’s spouse in the same facility may be in a separate filing group, but a child of a resident must be in the same filing group as the resident.

(b) A resident in group living (see OAR 461-001-0015).

(c) A resident of a public or private non-profit homeless or domestic violence shelter (see OAR 461-135-0510).

(d) An individual who is a resident of federally subsidized housing for the elderly, an individual with a disability, or blind recipient of benefits under Title I, II, X, XIV, or XVI of the Social Security Act.

(7) A member of the household group who pays the filing group for room and board (lodger) is treated as follows:

(a) A lodger cannot participate in the SNAP program independently of the household group when the lodger pays a reasonable amount for room and board. A reasonable amount is:

(A) An amount that equals or exceeds the Thrifty Food Plan for the individual and anyone in that individual’s filing group (see OAR 461-155-0190(2)), if more than two meals per day are provided; or

(B) An amount that equals or exceeds two-thirds of the Thrifty Food Plan for the individual and anyone in the individual’s filing group, if two or fewer meals per day are provided.

(b) A lodger may participate in the SNAP program independently of the household group when the lodger pays less than a reasonable amount for room and board.

(8) A household group member is not included in the filing group, if the member is:

(a) A resident of a commercial boarding house; or

(b) An ineligible student, as defined in OAR 461-135-0570.

(9) A household group member may be included in two filing groups in the same month, if the member:

(a) Is a resident of a domestic violence shelter (see OAR 461-001-0000) or safe home (see OAR 461-001-0000); and

(b) Recently left the household group containing the member’s abuser.

[ED. NOTE: Tables referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.816

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.816, 411.825

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 12-1990, f. 3-30-90, cert. ef. 4-1-90; AFS 23-1990, f. 9-28-90, cert. ef. 10-1-90; AFS 30-1990, f. 12-31-90, cert. ef. 1-1-91; AFS 9-1991, f. 3-29-91, cert. ef. 4-1-91; AFS 20-1991, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-91; AFS 28-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-92; AFS 1-1993, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-93; AFS 19-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-93; AFS 6-1994, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-94; AFS 19-1994, f. & cert. ef. 9-1-94; AFS 23-1994, f. 9-29-94, cert. ef. 10-1-94; AFS 10-1995, f. 3-30-95, cert. ef. 4-1-95; AFS 23-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 32-1996(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-23-96; AFS 34-1996, f. 9-26-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96; AFS 42-1996, f. 12-31-96, cert. ef. 1-1-97; AFS 19-1997, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-97; AFS 15-1998(Temp), f. 9-15-98, cert. ef. 10-1-98 thru 10-31-98; AFS 22-1998, f. 10-30-98, cert. ef. 11-1-98; AFS 11-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-99; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 12-2001, f. 6-29-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; AFS 22-2001, F. & cert. ef. 10-1-01; AFS 13-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-02; SSP 23-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; SSP 22-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 7-2005, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-05; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 6-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; SSP 10-2006, f. 6-30-06, cert. ef. 7-1-06; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 7-2007, f. 6-29-07, cert. ef. 7-1-07; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 5-2009, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-09; SSP 28-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 10-2011, f. 3-31-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-115-0071

Who Must Sign the Application and Complete the Application Process

(1) In the ERDC, HKC, MAA, MAF, OHP, REF, REFM, and TANF programs, the following individuals must sign the application and complete the application process:

(a) In the MAA, MAF, REF, REFM, and TANF programs, at least one caretaker relative (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(b) In the HKC and OHP programs:

(A) When there is a parent (see OAR 461-001-0000) in the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210), one parent.

(B) When there is no parent in the household group, the primary person (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(c) In the ERDC program, a caretaker (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(2) In the EA program:

(a) A caretaker relative must sign the application and complete the application process for a child (see OAR 461-001-0000). If the child is not living with a caretaker relative, another adult may act on behalf of the child.

(b) If the caretaker relative lives with a spouse (see OAR 461-001-0000), both must sign the application.

(c) A dependent child 18 years of age who applies must sign the application and complete the application process.

(3) In the GA, GAM, OSIPM, and QMB programs, at least one adult requesting assistance must complete the application process and sign the application, if able. If there is no adult who is able to sign the application and complete the application process, this can be done by the authorized representative (see OAR 461-115-0090). If the applicant dies prior to the determination of eligibility for OSIPM, the application may be processed if the Department receives the required verification.

(4) In the SNAP program, the primary person, the spouse of the primary person, or another adult member of the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) must sign the application and complete the application process.

(5) An individual required to sign the application but unable to sign may sign with a mark, witnessed by an employee of the field office.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.816, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.081, 411.087, 411.400, 411.404, 411.816, 412.049

Hist.: SSP 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-05; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 6-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 23-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-15-10 thru 1-11-11; SSP 41-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-115-0140

Authorized Representative or Alternate Payee; SNAP

(1) In the SNAP program, none of the following may serve as authorized representative or alternate payee:

(a) A person disqualified for fraud (unless he or she is the only adult member of the case).

(b) A landlord or a vendor of goods or items who deals directly with the client, including a retailer authorized to accept SNAP benefits.

(c) Unless authorized by the Department’s SNAP Program Manager or designee, an employee of the Department or an employee of a contractor involved in the certification and issuance processes for SNAP benefits.

(d) A provider of meals for the homeless.

(2) An authorized representative or alternate payee who knowingly misrepresents the circumstances of the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) or misuses SNAP benefits is subject to penalty as follows:

(a) In group living (see OAR 461-001-0015) situations or treatment programs for drug addiction or alcohol abuse, the facility may be prosecuted under applicable federal or state law.

(b) For other authorized representatives and alternate payees not covered by subsection (a) of this section, the Department may prohibit the person from serving as a representative or payee for one year.

(3) Except as provided by this rule or by OAR 461-115-0090, a client may select his or her authorized representative or alternate payee.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.816

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.816

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 2-1992, f. 1-30-92, cert. ef. 2-1-92; AFS 13-1995, f. 6-29-95, cert. ef. 7-1-95; AFS 23-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-952-1-90; AFS 13-1997, f. 8-28-97, cert. ef. 9-1-97; AFS 1-2000, f. 1-13-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 9-2001, f. & cert. ef. 6-1-01; SSP 24-2004, f. 12-30-04, cert. ef. 1-1-05; SSP 7-2007, f. 6-29-07, cert. ef. 7-1-07; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-115-0232

SNAP Mid Certification Period Review

In the SNAP program, a filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) that is certified for 24 months (see OAR 461-115-0450) must provide the Department with updated information about their income, shelter and utility costs, and medical deductions between the first and 15th day of month 12 of their certification period (see OAR 461-001-0000) in order to continue receiving benefits. The Department follows the process outlined in OAR 461-180-0006 to adjust benefits based on this information.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.816

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.816, 411.825

Hist.: SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-115-0450

Periodic Redeterminations; SNAP

In the SNAP program, the Department selects the certification period (see OAR 461-001-0000) and the redetermination date based on the client’s circumstances and according to the following considerations:

(1) The length of the certification period depends on how far in advance the circumstances affecting the group’s eligibility can be predicted but may not exceed 12 months except as outlined in sections (2) and (4) of this rule.

(2) The certification period may be extended beyond 12 months in each of the following situations:

(a) To the end of the TBA period if the client becomes eligible for transitional benefits (see OAR 461-135-0506). If eligibility for TBA ends early, the certification period is changed to end on the last day of the month.

(b) To include the month after the client finishes working under a TANF JOBS Plus Agreement. If the agreement ends early, the certification period is changed to end on the original recertification date or on the last day of the month following the month in which the JOBS Plus agreement ends, whichever is later.

(3) A certification period of less than 12 months may be extended before the certification period ends, not to exceed 12 months, in each of the following situations:

(a) A one- or two-month certification period for expedited services when pending information is received, and eligibility and benefit level is determined based on the new information.

(b) An application or a change report form is received and eligibility is reviewed.

(c) The report system changes to SRS.

(4) A certification period of 24 months may be used for households in which all adult members are elderly or have a disability (see OAR 461-001-0015). The household must also not include any earned income to qualify under this section.

(5) For each benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) in which all members are included in a cash or medical program, eligibility for SNAP and the other program benefits is determined at the same time when practicable.

(6) A client remains eligible for and continues to receive SNAP benefits on the normal issuance cycle if the application for recertification is filed with the Department and all required verification has been received by the Department:

(a) Not later than the 15th day of the month in which the certification expires; or

(b) In the case of a benefit group whose certification period is shorter than two months, not later than the 15th day after the Department provides notice that the certification period will expire.

(7) A client who files an application for recertification is eligible for a SNAP allotment without proration only if the filing date (see OAR 461-115-0040) is before the prior certification period expires and:

(a) The required interview is completed, and the Department receives the required verification, within 30 days after the client files the application for recertification; or

(b) The interview or verification required by this rule would have occurred timely but for a delay caused by the Department.

(8) The Department must deny the application for recertification in the event a client files a timely application for recertification but either fails to appear for a scheduled interview or fails to timely submit required verification.

(9) If the client fails to file an application for recertification during a certification period, SNAP benefits for the first month of the following certification period are prorated in accordance with OAR 461-180-0080.

(10) Once assigned, the certification period may not be shortened.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.816

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.816, 411.825

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 20-1990, f. 8-17-90, cert. ef. 9-1-90; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 20-1992, f. 7-31-92, cert. ef. 8-1-92; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-94; AFS 19-1994, f. & cert. ef. 9-1-94; AFS 23-1994, f. 9-29-94, cert. ef. 10-1-94; AFS 10-1995, f. 3-30-95, cert. ef. 4-1-95; AFS 3-1997, f. 3-31-97, cert. ef. 4-1-97; AFS 25-1998, f. 12-28-98, cert. ef. 1-1-99; AFS 1-2000, f. 1-13-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 9-2001, f. & cert. ef. 6-1-01; SSP 13-2003, f. 6-12-03, cert. ef. 6-16-03; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-120-0510

Age Requirements for Clients to Receive Benefits

(1) If the year of a person’s birth is known but the month is unknown, the month of birth is presumed to be July. If the date of birth is unknown, the date of birth is presumed to be the first of the month.

(2) To be eligible for the BCCM program, a woman must be under 65 years of age.

(3) To be eligible for the CEC program, an individual must be under 20 years of age.

(4) To be eligible for the CEM program, an individual must be under 19 years of age.

(5) To be eligible for the EXT, MAA, MAF, or TANF programs:

(a) A child (see OAR 461-001-0000) must be:

(A) Under 18 years of age; or

(B) Under 19 years of age and regularly attending school (see OAR 461-120-0530) full time, as determined by the school.

(b) A caretaker relative (see OAR 461-001-0000) may be any age.

(6) To be eligible for payment of child care costs for the ERDC or TANF program, a child must be:

(a) Under 12 years of age for the ERDC program or under 13 years of age for the TANF program; or

(b) Under 18 years of age and:

(A) Physically or mentally incapable of selfcare;

(B) Under court supervision;

(C) Receiving foster care;

(D) Eligible for the special need rate for child care in OAR 461-155-0150; or

(E) Subject to circumstances that significantly compromise the child’s safety or the caretaker’s ability to work or participate in an assigned activity if child care is not available.

(7) To be eligible for the OSIP-AB, OSIPM-AB, QMB-BAS, QMB-SMB, REFM, or SNAP programs, a client may be any age.

(8) To be eligible for the GA and GAM programs, a client must be:

(a) Eighteen years of age or older and less than 65 years of age; or

(b) Sixty-five years of age or older and must be a non-citizen who meets the requirements of OAR 461-120-0125.

(9) To be eligible for the OHP program, a client must meet the age requirements in OAR 461-135-1100.

(10) To be eligible for the OSIP-AD (except OSIP-EPD), OSIPM-AD (except OSIPM-EPD), and QMB-DW programs, a client must be under 65 years of age.

(11) To be eligible for the OSIP-EPD and OSIPM-EPD programs, the client must be 18 years of age or older or be legally emancipated.

(12) To be eligible for the OSIP-OAA or OSIPM-OAA programs, a client must be 65 years of age or older.

(13) To be eligible for the REF program, a client must be:

(a) 18 years of age or older;

(b) A legally emancipated minor; or

(c) Part of a TANF filing group that is ineligible for TANF.

(14) To be eligible for the SAC program, the child must be under 21 years of age.

Stat. Auth: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.816, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.816, 412.049

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 12-1990, f. 3-30-90, cert. ef. 4-1-90; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 20-1991, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-91; AFS 20-1992, f. 7-31-92, cert. ef. 8-1-92; AFS 35-1992, f. 12-31-92, cert. ef. 1-1-93; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-94; AFS 10-1995, f. 3-30-95, cert. ef. 4-1-95; AFS 42-1996, f. 12-31-96, cert. ef. 1-1-97; AFS 3-1997, f. 3-31-97, cert. ef. 4-1-97; AFS 4-1998, f. 2-25-98, cert. ef. 3-1-98; AFS 5-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-11-98 thru 5-31-98; AFS 8-1998, f. 4-28-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; AFS 10-1998, f. 6-29-98, cert. ef. 7-1-98; AFS 25-1998, f. 12-28-98, cert. ef. 1-1-99; AFS 1-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-99 thru 7-31-99; AFS 7-1999, f. 4-27-99, cert. ef. 5-1-99; AFS 1-2000, f. 1-13-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 18-2001(Temp), f. 8-31-01, cert. ef. 9-1-01 thru 12-31-01; AFS 27-2001, f. 12-21-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; AFS 5-2002, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-02; AFS 10-2002, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-02; SSP 29-2003(Temp), f. 10-31-03, cert. ef. 11-1-03 thru 3-31-04; SSP 6-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; SSP 17-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; SSP 22-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 19-2005, f. 12-30-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06; SSP 17-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 29-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09 thru 3-30-10; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-125-0170

Deprivation Based on Unemployment or Underemployment of the Primary Wage Earner (PWE); MAA, TANF

(1) In the MAA and TANF programs, deprivation based on the unemployment or underemployment of the primary wage earner (PWE) exists if all the following are true:

(a) A child lives with two parents.

(b) The PWE is unemployed or underemployed.

(c) The PWE is not participating in a labor dispute.

(d) Except as provided otherwise under section (2) of this rule, the PWE is not separated from his or her most recent employment (see OAR 461-135-0070), for any of the following reasons:

(A) Discharged or fired without good cause (see OAR 461-135-0070) for:

(i) Misconduct (see OAR 461-135-0070); or

(ii) Felony or theft.

(B) Voluntary quit:

(i) In anticipation of discharge; or

(ii) Without good cause.

(2) A need group (see OAR 461-110-0630) may not be denied TANF program benefits based on subsections (1)(c) and (d) of this rule if the PWE is one of the following:

(a) A Parents as Scholars (PAS) participant who temporarily becomes ineligible for TANF program benefits for four months or less due to income from a paid work experience (see OAR 461-190-0199);

(b) A teen parent returning to high school or equivalent;

(c) An individual fleeing from or at risk of domestic violence (see OAR 461-001-0000);

(d) An individual in the ninth month of pregnancy or experiencing a medical complication due to the pregnancy which is documented by a qualified and appropriate professional;

(e) An individual unable to work due to a disability or medical condition documented by a qualified and appropriate professional, and which is expected to last for 30 days or more from the date of request (see OAR 461-115-0030) for TANF program benefits;

(f) An individual who is separated from his or her most recent employment for a reason the Department determines is good cause.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 412.006, 412.016, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 412.006, 412.016, 412.049, HB 2049 (2011)

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 12-1990, f. 3-30-90, cert. ef. 4-1-90; AFS 28-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-92; AFS 23-1994, f. 9-29-94, cert. ef. 10-1-94; AFS 13-1995, f. 6-29-95, cert. ef. 7-1-95; AFS 27-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; AFS 3-1997, f. 3-31-97, cert. ef. 4-1-97; AFS 9-1997, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-97; AFS 8-1998, f. 4-28-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; SSP 18-2009(Temp), f. 7-29-09, cert. ef. 8-1-09 thru 1-28-10; SSP 32-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-29-09 thru 1-28-10; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 18-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11 thru 12-28-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-130-0310

Participation Classifications: Exempt, Mandatory, and Volunteer

(1) In the Post-TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SNAP, and TANF programs:

(a) The Department assigns a client to one or more employment program participation classifications--exempt, mandatory, and volunteer (see OAR 461-130-0305 for definitions of all three terms).

(b) In the Post-TANF program, a client is classified as a volunteer.

(2) In the Pre-TANF, REF, and TANF programs:

(a) A client is exempt from employment program participation and disqualification if the client meets the requirements of at least one of the following paragraphs. The client is:

(A) Pregnant and in the month before the month in which the due date of the pregnancy falls.

(B) A parent (see OAR 461-001-0000) during the first six months after the birth of the parent’s dependent child (see OAR 461-001-0000) except that the Department may require the parent to participate in parenting classes or a family stability activity (see OAR 461-001-0000). An exemption allowed under this paragraph may apply only to one mandatory participant in each filing group.

(C) Under 20 years of age during the first 16 weeks after giving birth except that the client may be required to participate in suitable activities with a preference for educational activities, parenting classes, and family stability activity.

(D) A parent providing care for a family member who is an individual with a disability (see OAR 461-001-0000) and is in the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210) with the parent.

(E) An REF client 65 years of age or older.

(F) A TANF client 60 years of age or older.

(G) A noncitizen who is not authorized to work in the United States.

(H) An individual who is eligible for and receives supplemental security income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration.

(I) A caretaker relative (see OAR 461-001-0000) who is non-needy.

(J) A client whose participation is likely to cause undue hardship or is contrary to the best interests of the dependent child or needy caretaker relative.

(K) A pregnant client who participates more than 10 hours per week during the two months before the month in which the pregnancy due date falls.

(L) A VISTA volunteer.

(M) In a one-parent household with a dependent child (see OAR 461-001-0000) under two years of age, and the client is not a teen parent (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(b) A parent of a dependent child who receives REF or TANF program benefits is mandatory if the parent is in the same filing group (see OAR 461-110-0330) with the dependent child (even if the parent is not in the REF or TANF program benefit group under OAR 461-110-0750), unless the parent is otherwise exempt from participation under subsection (a) of this section.

(3) In the SNAP program:

(a) A client is exempt from employment program participation and disqualification if the client meets the requirements of one of the following paragraphs. The client is:

(A) Working a minimum of 30 hours a week or earning money equal to at least the federal minimum wage multiplied by 30 hours per week multiplied by 4.3 weeks. A self-employed client with allowable costs must meet the earnings threshold after allowing the 50 percent deduction. This includes migrant and seasonal farm workers (see OAR 461-001-0015) who are under contract or similar agreement with an employer or crew chief to begin employment within 30 days.

(B) An individual with a physical or mental condition that prevents performance of any work.

(C) Responsible for the care of a child in the household under 6 years of age or an individual in the household with a disability (see OAR 461-001-0015) that substantially reduces or eliminates the individual’s ability to care for himself or herself.

(D) Providing care for at least 30 hours a week for an individual in another household with a disability (see OAR 461-001-0015) that substantially reduces or eliminates the individual’s ability to care for himself or herself.

(E) Enrolled at least half-time, as defined by the school, in any high school or equivalent program recognized by a school district or enrolled at least half-time in any school, training program, or institution of higher education. Clients remain exempt during normal periods of class attendance, vacation and recess but no longer qualify for the student exemption when a break in enrollment occurs due to graduation, suspension or expulsion or when the student drops out of school or does not enroll in classes for the next regular school term (excluding summer term).

(F) Receiving REF or TANF program benefits, while a mandatory participant in the JOBS or NAES programs.

(G) In receipt of unemployment insurance benefits or has completed an application for unemployment insurance benefits and is waiting for an initial decision on the claim.

(H) Participating in a drug or alcohol treatment and rehabilitation program.

(I) Pregnant.

(J) Lacking adequate dependent care.

(K) Without adequate transportation available.

(L) Experiencing a barrier to employment, such as being homeless or having a short-term physical or mental limitation or a serious family problem.

(b) A mandatory client is an individual in the need group (see OAR 461-110-0630); who is 16 or 17 years of age and a primary person (see OAR 461-001-0015), or 18 years of age and older and 59 years of age and younger; and who is not exempt under subsection (a) of this section.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.660, 411.710, 411.816, 412.006, 412.009, 412.014, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 409.010, 411.060, 411.070, 411.660, 411.710, 411.816, 412.006, 412.009, 412.014, 412.049, HB 2049 (2011)

Hist.: AFS 17-1998, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-98; AFS 9-1999, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-99; AFS 12-2000(Temp), f. 5-1-00, cert. ef. 5-1-00 thru 9-30-00; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 34-2000, f. 12-22-00, cert. ef. 1-1-01; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 28-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09; SSP 41-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; SSP 18-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11 thru 12-28-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-135-0070

Specific Requirements; MAA, MAF, and TANF

(1) To be eligible for MAA, MAF, or TANF program benefits, a client must be one of the following:

(a) A dependent child (see OAR 461-001-0000). However, a dependent child for whom foster care payments are made for more than 30 days is not eligible while the payments are being made for the dependent child.

(b) A caretaker relative (see OAR 461-001-0000) of an eligible dependent child. However, a caretaker relative to whom foster care payments are made for more than 30 days is not eligible while the payments are being made to the caretaker relative.

(c) A caretaker relative of a dependent child, when the dependent child is ineligible for MAA, MAF, or TANF program benefits because of one of the following reasons:

(A) The child is receiving SSI.

(B) The child is in foster care, but is expected to return home within 30 days.

(C) The child is ineligible for MAA or MAF program benefits because citizenship has not been documented (see OAR 461-115-0705).

(d) An essential person. An essential person is a member of the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210) who:

(A) Is not required to be in the filing group;

(B) Provides a service necessary to the health or protection of a member of the benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) who has a mental or physical disability; and

(C) Is less expensive to include in the benefit group than the cost of purchasing this service from another source.

(e) A parent of an unborn, as follows:

(A) For the TANF and MAA programs, any parent whose only child is an unborn child once the mother’s pregnancy has reached the calendar month before the month in which the due date falls.

(B) For the TANF and MAA programs, the father of an unborn child, if there is another dependent child in the filing group.

(C) For the MAF program, a mother whose only child is an unborn once the mother’s pregnancy has reached the calendar month immediately before the month in which the due date falls.

(2) A client is eligible for MAA or MAF program benefits if the client is:

(a) Eligible for MAA or MAF program benefits under OAR 461-135-0010; or

(b) A minor parent (see OAR 461-001-0000) ineligible for TANF program benefits only because:

(A) The minor refuses to live with a parent or legal guardian as required by OAR 461-135-0080; or

(B) The income of the minor exceeds the income standards because the Department required the minor to return to live with a parent, if the minor parent meets the conditions in OAR 461 135 0080(2).

(3) As used in this rule and OAR 461-125-0170:

(a) “Good cause” means a reasonable person of normal sensitivity, exercising ordinary common sense, would leave work. For an individual with a physical or mental impairment (as defined at 29 CFR 1630.2(h)), “good cause” for voluntarily leaving work is such that a reasonable person with the characteristics and qualities of such individual would leave work.

(b) “Misconduct” means willful or wantonly negligent violation of the standards of behavior which an employer has the right to expect of an employee, including an act or series of actions that amount to a willful or wantonly negligent disregard of an employer’s interest.

(c) “Most recent employment” means the last job held within the previous 60 days from the date of request (see OAR 461-115-0030) for TANF program benefits and for which the individual was hired to work 100 or more hours per month or worked or was scheduled to work 100 or more hours in the last full calendar month of employment.

(4) Except as provided under section (5) of this rule, a need group (see OAR 461-110-0630) is not eligible for TANF program benefits if a caretaker relative in the need group was separated from his or her most recent employment for any of the following reasons:

(a) Discharged or fired, without good cause for:

(A) Misconduct; or

(B) Felony or theft.

(b) Labor dispute; or

(c) Voluntary quit:

(A) In anticipation of discharge; or

(B) Without good cause.

(5) A need group (see OAR 461-110-0630) may not be denied TANF program benefits based on section (4) of this rule if the caretaker relative is one of the following:

(a) A Parents as Scholars (PAS) participant who temporarily becomes ineligible for TANF program benefits for four months or less due to income from a paid work experience (see OAR 461-190-0199).

(b) A teen parent returning to high school or equivalent.

(c) An individual fleeing from or at risk of domestic violence.

(d) An individual in the ninth month of pregnancy or experiencing a medical complication due to the pregnancy which is documented by a qualified and appropriate professional.

(e) An individual unable to work due to a disability or medical condition documented by a qualified and appropriate professional, and which is expected to last for 30 days or more from the date of request for TANF program benefits.

(f) An individual who is separated from his or her most recent employment for a reason the Department determines is good cause.

(6) If the need group is not eligible for TANF program benefits solely under section (4) of this rule, the need group is eligible for MAA or MAF program benefits as long as the need group meets all other eligibility (see OAR 461-001-0000) requirements.

(7) A client is eligible for MAF program benefits even while ineligible for TANF program benefits if the client is ineligible for TANF program benefits only because the client is:

(a) A family who would be eligible for the TANF program benefits if allowed the following deductions from income:

(A) The earned income deductions authorized by OAR 461 160 0190.

(B) The unearned income support deduction authorized by OAR 461 160 0200.

(b) A self-employed family who would be eligible for TANF program benefits if the cost of producing the self employment income was subtracted from the gross sales or receipts under OAR 461 145 0920.

(c) A family that includes an ineligible non citizen or the father of an unborn who would be eligible for TANF program benefits if the ineligible non citizen’s or father’s income is counted under OAR 461-160-0120.

(d) An individual who would be eligible for TANF program benefits if the assets of the following household members were not counted:

(A) An unmarried parent of a dependent child or unborn in the eligibility group.

(B) A child in common of parents in the eligibility group.

(C) The spouse and each child of a caretaker relative in the need group.

(e) The spouse of a caretaker relative, but only if the spouse is the parent of a dependent child.

(8) A family is ineligible for TANF program benefits if the family meets the requirements of all of the following subsections:

(a) The family lives in Klamath County.

(b) The family meets any of the following conditions:

(A) The family has a single custodial parent who is a member of the Klamath Tribes, or the single custodial parent is not a Klamath Tribes member and at least 50 percent of the dependent children are Klamath Tribes members;

(B) The family has two custodial parents (see OAR 461-001-0000) who are members of the Klamath Tribes, or only one of the two custodial parents is a Klamath Tribes member and at least 50 percent of the dependent children are Klamath Tribes members; or

(C) The family has a caretaker relative who is not the custodial parent and at least 50 percent of the dependent children are Klamath Tribes members.

(c) The family is eligible for the Klamath Tribes TANF program or would be eligible for the Klamath Tribes TANF program if not for the failure of the family to cooperate with program requirements.

(9) A family is ineligible for TANF program benefits if all of the following subsections apply to the family:

(a) A parent, caretaker relative, or child is a member of the Siletz Tribe (Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon) and lives in one of the eleven service area counties: Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, or Yamhill counties.

(b) The family includes members who are living in the same household and at least one of the following paragraphs applies:

(A) A two-parent family with one enrolled Siletz tribal member with a shared dependent.

(B) A single-parent family with one enrolled Siletz tribal member.

(C) A non-needy caretaker relative or essential person with one enrolled Siletz tribal member who is a minor.

(D) A pregnant enrolled Siletz tribal member in her eighth month of pregnancy.

(c) The family is eligible for the Siletz Tribes TANF program or would be eligible for the Siletz Tribes TANF program if not for the failure of the family to cooperate with Siletz TANF program requirements.

(10) If a parent or caretaker relative covered by section (8) or (9) of this rule fails to follow through with a Department referral to the Klamath or Siletz Tribal TANF program, the entire filing group is ineligible for TANF program benefits.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.400, 411.404, 411.816, 412.006, 412.049, 412.064, 412.124, HB 2049 (2011)

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.400, 411.404, 411.816, 412.006, 412.049, 412.064, 412.124, HB 2049 (2011)

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 9-1991, f. 3-29-91, cert. ef. 4-1-91; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 19-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-93; AFS 26-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; AFS 9-1997, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-97; AFS 19-1997, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-97; AFS 25-1997(Temp), f. 12-31-97, cert. ef. 1-1-98 thru 4-30-98; AFS 8-1998, f. 4-28-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; AFS 17-1998, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-98; AFS 26-1998(Temp), f. 12-30-98, cert. ef. 1-1-99 thru 3-31-99; AFS 2-1999, f. 3-26-99, cert. ef. 4-1-99; AFS 15-1999, f. 11-30-99, cert. ef. 12-1-99; AFS 34-2000, f. 12-22-00, cert. ef. 1-1-01; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 4-2007, f. 3-30-07, cert. ef. 4-1-07; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 8-2009(Temp), f. 4-20-09, cert. ef. 5-1-09 thru 10-28-09; SSP 19-2009(Temp), f. 7-29-09, cert. ef. 8-1-09 thru 10-28-09; SSP 33-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-29-09; SSP 18-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11 thru 12-28-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-135-0570

Eligible and Ineligible Students; SNAP

In the SNAP program:

(1) For the purposes of this rule and OAR 461-001-0015, higher education includes the following:

(a) Public and private universities and colleges and community colleges that offer degree programs regardless of whether a high school diploma is required for the program. However, GED, ABE, ESL and high school equivalency programs at those institutions are not considered higher education.

(b) Vocational, technical, business, and trade schools that normally require a high school diploma or equivalency certificate for enrollment in the curriculum or in a particular program at the institution. However, programs at those institutions that do not require the diploma or certificate are not considered higher education.

(2) An individual 18 years of age or older, but under the age of 50 years, who is enrolled at least half time in higher education is ineligible to receive SNAP program benefits, unless one of the following is true:

(a) The student is:

(A) A paid employee (see OAR 461-001-0015) working an average of 20 hours or more per week except as excluded by section (5) of this rule; or

(B) Self-employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week and receives weekly earnings at least equal to the federal minimum wage multiplied by 20 hours.

(b) The student is awarded a state or federally funded work-study and:

(A) Has been assigned to a work-study position, and will perform work in a work-study job in the current term or semester. The period of eligibility for a student eligible because of this paragraph:

(i) Begins with the month in which school begins or with the month that work study is approved, whichever is later.

(ii) Continues for the duration of the term or semester, unless the student refuses a work-study job.

(iii) Continues through breaks of less than a month. For breaks of a month or longer, eligibility continues only if the student performs work in a work-study job during the break.

(B) The school has no work study positions available. The period of eligibility for a student eligible because of this paragraph:

(i) Begins with the month in which school begins; and

(ii) Continues for the duration of the term or semester, unless work study jobs become available and the student refuses a work-study job.

(c) The student is responsible for the care of a child in the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370), and the child is:

(A) Under six years of age; or

(B) Six years of age or older, but under the age of 12 years, and adequate child care is not available to enable the student to both attend class and meet the employment requirements of sub-section (a) of this section or the work-study requirements of sub-section (b) of this section.

(d) The student is enrolled full time in higher education and is a single parent (meaning there is only one parent in the filing group) or a single adult who has parental control, with the responsibility of caring for a child under 12 years of age.

(e) The student is in a TANF benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750).

(f) The student is physically or mentally unfit for employment.

(g) The student is in job training classes under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-220).

(h) The student is enrolled as a result of participation in the higher education component of the JOBS program.

(i) The student is enrolled as a result of employer-sponsored on-the-job training.

(j) The student is receiving Unemployment Compensation (UC).

(k) The student is participating in at least one of the following Employment Department training programs:

(A) The Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) program serving displaced workers under the Trade Act.

(B) The Training Unemployment Insurance (TUI) program.

(C) The Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program.

(D) The Apprenticeship Program (APT).

(3) A student’s enrollment status continues during school vacation and breaks. A student’s enrollment status ends when the student graduates, drops out (as verified by the student disenrolling), is suspended or expelled, or does not intend to register for the next school term (excluding summer term).

(4) A student residing in a dormitory or other living situation with meal plans is ineligible for SNAP program benefits.

(5) The following situations do not earn the student hours toward the 20 hours per week requirement in section (2) of this rule:

(a) Income that is considered educational income under OAR 461-145-0150, including income from work in the following:

(A) An externship (see OAR 461-001-0015);

(B) A graduate assistantship (see OAR 461-001-0015);

(C) A graduate fellowship (see OAR 461-001-0015); or

(D) An internship (see OAR 461-001-0015).

(b) Receiving in-kind payments in lieu of actual wages.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.816

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.816, 411.825

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 20-1990, f. 8-17-90, cert. ef. 9-1-90; AFS 30-1990, f. 12-31-90, cert. ef. 1-1-91; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-92; AFS 1-1993, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-93; AFS 10-1995, f. 3-30-95, cert. ef. 4-1-95; AFS 41-1995, f. 12-26-95, cert. ef. 1-1-96; AFS 15-1999, f. 11-30-99, cert. ef. 12-1-99; AFS 9-2001, f. & cert. ef. 6-1-01; AFS 3-2002(Temp), f. 2-26-02, cert. ef. 3-1-02 thru 6-30-020; AFS 10-2002, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-02; SSP 23-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; SSP 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-05; SSP 7-2005, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-05; SSP 6-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 17-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; SSP 2-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-5-10 thru 8-4-10; SSP 5-2010, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-10; SSP 6-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 4-1-10 thru 8-4-10; SSP 18-2010, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-135-1110

Eligible and Ineligible Students; OHP-OPU

(1) In the OHP-OPU program, an individual enrolled full time in higher education is ineligible to receive benefits, unless the requirements of one of the following subsections are met:

(a) The student:

(A) Meets the income requirements for a Pell grant;

(B) Is not currently covered by private major medical health insurance (see OAR 461-135-1100) or an HMO; and

(C) Has not been covered by private major medical health insurance or by an HMO for the six months immediately preceding the date of application.

(b) The student is in a program serving displaced workers under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 USC 2296).

(2) For the purposes of this rule:

(a) Higher education includes the following:

(A) Any public or private university, college or community college.

(B) Any post-secondary vocational or technical school that is eligible to accept Pell grants.

(b) Full time is defined by the school.

(c) Meets the income requirements for a Pell grant means:

(A) The student’s Student Aid Report shows an “expected family contribution” less than $5,274 for the 2010-2011 or 2011-2012 school year; or

(B) The student is eligible for a Pell grant and provides documentation of eligibility from the school’s financial aid office.

(3) A student’s enrollment status continues during school vacation and breaks. A student’s higher education status ends when the student graduates, drops out (as verified by their disenrolling), reduces the student’s credit or attendance hours below full-time status, is suspended or expelled, or does not intend to register for the next school term (excluding summer term).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.402, 411.404, 414.025

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.081, 411.083, 411.085, 411.087, 411.402, 411.404, 414.025

Hist.: AFS 22-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 24-1997, f. 12-31-97, cert. ef. 1-1-98; AFS 10-1998, f. 6-29-98, cert. ef. 7-1-98; AFS 15-1999, f. 11-30-99, cert. ef. 12-1-99; AFS 13-2000, f. & cert. ef. 5-1-00; AFS 12-2001, f. 6-29-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; AFS 10-2002, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-02; AFS 14-2002(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-30-02 thru 4-28-03; SSP 1-2003, f. 1-31-03, cert. ef. 2-1-03; SSP 7-2003, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-03; SSP 16-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-03; SSP 17-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; SSP 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-05; SSP 7-2005, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-05; SSP 10-2006, f. 6-30-06, cert. ef. 7-1-06; SSP 7-2007, f. 6-29-07, cert. ef. 7-1-07; SSP 17-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; SSP 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09; SSP 20-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-28-10; SSP 32-2010, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-10; SSP 18-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11 thru 12-28-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-155-0190

Income and Payment Standards; SNAP

(1) The monthly SNAP Countable and Adjusted Income Limits are as follows: [Table not included. See ED. NOTE.]

(2) The SNAP Payment Standard (Thrifty Food Plan) is: [Table not included. See ED. NOTE.]

[ED. NOTE: Tables referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.816

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.816, 411.825

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 16-1990, f. 6-29-90, cert. ef. 7-1-90; AFS 23-1990, f. 9-28-90, cert. ef. 10-1-90; AFS 20-1991, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-91; AFS 28-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-92; AFS 19-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-93; AFS 23-1994, f. 9-29-94, cert. ef. 10-1-94; AFS 22-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 34-1996, f. 9-26-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96; AFS 19-1997, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-97; AFS 15-1998(Temp), f. 9-15-98; cert. ef. 10-1-98 thru 10-31-98; AFS 22-1998, f. 10-30-98, cert. ef. 11-1-98; AFS 11-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-99; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 22-2001, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-01; AFS 13-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-02; SSP 23-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; SSP 22-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 4-1-09 thru 9-28-09; SSP 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09; SSP 28-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-155-0610

Special Need; Moving Costs; GA, OSIP, OSIPM

For clients who are 18 years of age or older in the GA, OSIP, and OSIPM programs:

(1) The Department will authorize payment for the cost of moving a client’s household effects as a one-time special need if the requirements of at least one of the following subsections are met:

(a) Moving is essential to provide nonhazardous housing. “Hazardous” housing means a building so deteriorated and unsafe that it is uninhabitable or subject to condemnation. If no official certification to that effect can be obtained, the condition of the dwelling must have been seen by a Department employee and documented in the case record.

(b) The client has been evicted for reasons other than his or her own neglect or failure to make rent or house payments.

(c) The move is a result of domestic violence or protective services.

(d) For a client in a nonstandard living arrangement (see OAR 461-001-0000), the client must move because the level of needed services increases or decreases.

(e) The needs of the client would be better met out of state.

(2) Payment for moving costs authorized by this rule:

(a) May be authorized for not more than one move in any 12-month period;

(b) Is limited to the least expensive means possible; and

(c) Cannot exceed $500 in any 12-month period.

(3) Payments necessary for a one-time move may be made over a period not to exceed 30 consecutive days.

(4) A filing group that has received a payment for moving costs under this rule is not eligible for a moving cost payment again until the first day of the 12th month following the first payment that was made for the most recent month.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.706

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.704, 411.706

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 3-2000, f. 1-31-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 16-2002(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-1-02 thru 4-30-03; SSP 11-2003, f. & cert. ef. 5-1-03; SSP 18-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-1-08 thru 1-28-09; SSP 26-2008, f. 12-31-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-155-0660

Special Need; Accommodation Allowance

(1) An OSIP or OSIPM program client living in a nursing facility is not eligible for an accommodation allowance. An OSIP or OSIPM program client living in a nonstandard living arrangement (see OAR 461-001-0000) is not eligible for an accommodation allowance unless he or she is receiving, or is eligible to receive after a temporary absence, in-home waivered services. An OSIP or OSIPM program client receiving SSI or having an adjusted income less than the OSIPM program income standard (except a client in a nursing facility) or eligible to receive or receiving in-home waivered services is allowed an accommodation allowance if the client is 18 years of age or older and meets the criteria in section (2) or (3) of this rule.

(2) Temporary absence of client from home.

(a) A temporary accommodation allowance may be authorized, when permitted under section (1) of this rule, if a client meets the following criteria:

(A) The client leaves his or her home or rental property and enters an adult foster care facility, assisted living facility, group care home, hospital, nursing facility, residential care facility, specialized living facility, or state psychiatric institution;

(B) The client cannot afford to keep the home without the allowance;

(C) The client will be able to return home within six months of leaving, according to a written statement from a primary practitioner, RN, or PAS (pre-admission screening) RN; and

(D) The home will accommodate the service plan of the client when the client returns.

(b) The allowance may be authorized for six months. If, after six months, the client continues to meet the criteria in subsection (a) of this section, an extension may be approved in writing by a supervisor.

(c) The accommodation allowance equals the total of the client’s housing cost, including taxes and insurance, plus the limited standard utility allowance for the SNAP program provided in OAR 461-160-0420.

(3) Additional cost for accommodation. A client meeting the criteria in section (1) of this rule may receive an accommodation allowance if the client’s shelter cost exceeds the shelter standard in OAR 461-155-0250(2) and the requirements of one of the following subsections are met:

(a) The client has a documented increase in rent associated with access by an individual with a disability; or

(b) The client has been assessed to need a live-in provider, has accepted the services of a live-in provider, and requires an additional bedroom for the live-in provider.

(4) The accommodation allowance is determined as follows:

(a) For a client who receives an accommodation allowance based on increased costs associated with access by an individual with a disability, only the additional increase in cost for the accommodation is allowed.

(b) For a client who receives an accommodation allowance based on the need for an additional bedroom for a live-in provider, the amount of the accommodation allowance is the limited standard utility allowance for the SNAP program under OAR 461-160-0420 plus:

(A) One-third of the monthly rental cost; or

(B) One-third of the monthly payment on the property agreement (including mortgage, trust deed, or land sale contract). The property agreement is the agreement existing at the time the client is approved for the accommodation allowance. The accommodation allowance for the housing portion ends if the debt is refinanced, unless the refinancing was done only to reduce the original property agreement’s interest rate or total monthly payment amount and the owner realized no direct or indirect payment of the home’s equity value from the refinancing.

(i) If the refinancing requirement under this paragraph is met, the amount of the accommodation allowance is one-third of the refinanced property agreement amount plus the limited standard utility allowance under OAR 461-160-0420.

(ii) If the refinancing requirement under this paragraph is not met and the housing portion of the accommodation allowance ends, the client remains eligible only for the limited standard utility allowance portion under OAR 461-160-0420.

(5) Special requirements.

(a) A client who rents and qualifies for an allowance under section (3) of this rule must take the steps necessary to obtain subsidized housing under any federal or state housing program. A client who fails, at any time, to take the steps necessary to obtain subsidized housing reasonably available is ineligible for the allowance. A client, who has been denied or revoked from participation in any rent subsidy program based on the client’s own actions is ineligible for benefits under this rule.

(b) A client who rents housing and refuses subsidized housing will no longer be eligible for an accommodation allowance, except that if the housing that is offered is not suitable, related to accommodations, and the client continues to have increased costs related to accommodations in the client’s current living situation, the accommodation allowance may continue until such time as appropriate subsidized housing is found.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.704, 411.706

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.704, 411.706

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 12-1991(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 16-1991, f. 8-27-91, cert. ef. 9-1-91; AFS 2-1992, f. 1-30-92, cert. ef. 2-1-92; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 23-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 1-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-99 thru 7-31-99; AFS 3-1999, f. 3-31-99, cert. ef. 4-1-99; AFS 9-1999, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-99; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; SSP 22-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-155-0680

Special Need — Supplemental Telephone Allowance; OSIPM

In the OSIPM program:

(1) The Department provides a telephone allowance for a client receiving SSI, a client with an adjusted income less than the OSIPM program standard under OAR 461-155-0250, and a client receiving in-home services if the client is 18 years of age or older and is unable to leave his or her residence without assistance due to a documented medical condition.

(2) The telephone allowance may cover the following costs:

(a) The least expensive appropriate telephone service or the basic rate, whichever is less.

(b) The cost of telephone adaptive equipment, if the client has a medically documented need (for instance, TDD, a special headset, dialing mechanism, or emergency response system).

(c) Necessary installation charges.

(3) An SSI-eligible client or a client with an adjusted income less than the OSIPM program standard granted a telephone allowance must apply for a payment through the Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP). In addition, an SSI-eligible client or a client with an adjusted income less than the OSIPM program standard requesting payment for telephone installation must apply for Link-Up America. If the Link-Up America credit does not cover the installation cost, the Department provides the difference up to a maximum supplement payment of $30.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.706

Stats. Implemented: 411.060, 411.070, 411.704, 411.706

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 2-1992, f. 1-30-92, cert. ef. 2-1-92; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 29-1994, f. 12-29-94, cert. ef. 1-1-95; AFS 22-2002, f. 12-31-02, cert. ef. 1-1-03; SSP 33-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-4-04; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-160-0420

Shelter Cost; SNAP

(1) This rule explains how to calculate the client’s shelter cost. The shelter cost is used to determine the shelter deduction (see OAR 461-160-0430). The shelter cost is the sum of the client’s cost of housing plus an allowance for utilities, if the client incurs a utility cost. The shelter deduction is based on the shelter cost but is subject to a limitation described in OAR 461-160-0430.

(2) Cost of housing.

(a) The following comprise the cost of housing if they are incurred with respect to the client’s current residence or the home described in section (5) of this rule:

(A) Regular, periodic charges for the shelter of the financial group (see OAR 461-110-0530), such as rent, mortgage payments, and condominium or association fees. Late fees charged because a mortgage or rent payment was made late are not deductible.

(B) Property taxes, state and local assessments, and property insurance on the structure.

(C) Costs for repairing a home substantially damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster (such as a fire or flood), if such costs are not reimbursed.

(D) If the need group (see OAR 461-110-0630) is homeless and living in a vehicle — vehicle payments and collision and comprehensive insurance premiums for the vehicle.

(b) If housing costs are billed on a weekly or biweekly basis, the monthly cost is the weekly cost multiplied by 4.3 or the biweekly cost multiplied by 2.15.

(c) The financial group has the following choices about housing costs:

(A) The group may choose to apply the cost in the month it is billed or becomes due.

(B) The group may choose to have periodic costs averaged.

(C) For expenses that are billed less often than monthly, the group may choose to have them averaged over the period they are intended to cover.

(3) Shared housing. If the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) shares housing costs with an individual in the dwelling who is not in the filing group, only the housing costs incurred by the filing group are included in the calculation. If the portion paid by a person outside the filing group cannot be ascertained, the cost is apportioned among the people contributing to the cost. The pro rata share of those not in the filing group is deducted from the total, and the balance is considered a housing cost of the filing group.

(4) Cost for utilities.

(a) A filing group has a cost for utilities if it incurs a cost for heating or cooling; cooking fuel; electricity; water and sewerage; well installation and maintenance; septic tank system installation and maintenance; garbage and trash collection; service for a telephone, such as basic service fee, wire maintenance, subscriber line charges, relay center surcharges, 911 service, and taxes; or initial installation fees charged by a utility provider.

(b) If the group incurs no cost for utilities in either its current home or in the home described in section (5) of this rule, then the shelter cost is calculated without an allowance for utilities.

(c) If a homeless need group uses a vehicle for shelter, the cost of fuel for the vehicle is considered a utility cost.

(d) If a filing group incurs a cost for utilities, then the utility allowance is one of the following:

(A) Allowance with heating or cooling. A full standard utility allowance of $395 per month is used if the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210) is billed for heating or cooling costs for its dwelling. Charges for any fuel and for electricity are considered heating costs if they are used for heating. A financial group who receives an energy assistance payment for the dwelling provided through the Low Income Energy Assistance Act of 1981 is eligible for the utility allowance established by this paragraph (A).

(B) Allowance without heating or cooling.

(i) A limited standard utility allowance of $288 per month is used if the household group is not billed for heating or cooling costs but is billed for at least two other costs enumerated in subsection (4)(a) of this rule.

(ii) An individual standard utility allowance of $47 per month is used if the household is not billed for heating or cooling costs but is billed for only one of the costs enumerated in subsection (4)(a) of this rule other than the service cost for a telephone, including the related taxes or fees.

(iii) A telephone standard utility allowance of $53 per month is used if the household is not billed for heating or cooling costs but is billed for telephone service, such as basic service fee, wire maintenance, subscriber line charges, relay center surcharges, 911 service, and taxes.

(5) Housing costs for a home not occupied by the household. Housing and utility costs with respect to a home not currently occupied by the household may be considered in calculating the shelter cost if:

(a) The home is temporarily unoccupied because of employment or training away from home, illness, or abandonment caused by casualty or natural disaster;

(b) The financial group intends to return to the home;

(c) No other, current occupant is claiming a deduction for shelter costs in the SNAP program; and

(d) The home is not leased during the household’s absence.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.816, 411.825

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.816, 411.825

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 1-1991(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-2-91; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-92; AFS 19-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-93; AFS 13-1994, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-94; AFS 23-1994, f. 9-29-94, cert. ef. 10-1-94; AFS 13-1995, f. 6-29-95, cert. ef. 7-1-95; AFS 34-1996, f. 9-26-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96; AFS 19-1997, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-97; AFS 21-1998(Temp), f. 10-15-98 & cert. ef. 11-1-98 thru 12-31-98; AFS 25-1998, f. 12-28-98, cert. ef. 1-1-99; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 9-2001, f. & cert. ef. 6-1-01; AFS 22-2001, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-01; AFS 13-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-02; SSP 23-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; SSP 22-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 28-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09; SSP 32-2010, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-10; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-160-0430

Income Deductions; SNAP

(1) Deductions from income are subtracted from countable income (see OAR 461-140-0010) in the following order to determine adjusted income (see OAR 461-001-0000) for the SNAP program:

(a) An earned income deduction of 20 percent of countable earned income. The 20 percent deduction is not taken from the wages funded by grant diversions such as Work Supplementation wages.

(b) A standard deduction of $147 per month for a benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) of one, two, or three individuals. A standard deduction of $155 per month for a benefit group of four individuals. A standard deduction of $181 per month for a benefit group of five individuals. A standard deduction of $208 per month for a benefit group of six or more individuals.

(c) A dependent care deduction for dependent care costs billed to a member of the financial group (see OAR 461-110-0530) and not paid for through any other program of the Department. For the cost to be deductible under this section, the care must be necessary to enable a member of the need group (see OAR 461-110-0630) to:

(A) Accept or continue employment;

(B) Seek employment, including a job search that meets the requirements of a case plan (see OAR 461-001-0020); or

(C) Attend vocational or educational training. A student receiving educational income is entitled to a deduction only for costs not excluded from educational income by OAR 461-145-0150.

(d) The medical deduction for elderly clients and clients who have a disability (see OAR 461-001-0015) in the need group. The deduction is calculated by determining the total of their deductible medical costs (see OAR 461-160-0415) and subtracting $35. The remainder is the medical deduction.

(e) A deduction for child support payments (including cash medical support) a member of the household makes under a legal obligation to a child not a member of the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210), including payments for the current month and for payments on arrearages. Child support is not deductible if collected by setoff through the Oregon Department of Revenue or by interception of a federal tax refund.

(f) A shelter deduction, calculated as follows:

(A) For SNAP clients required to pay room and board in a nonstandard living arrangement (see OAR 461-001-0000), the shelter deduction is:

(i) The cost of room and board, minus the payment standard for the benefit group; or

(ii) The actual room cost, if the client can prove that the room cost exceeds the cost described in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph.

(B) For all other clients, the shelter deduction is calculated as follows:

(i) The standard deduction and the deductions of earned income, dependent care, court-ordered child support, and medical expenses are subtracted from countable income. Fifty percent of the remainder is subtracted from the shelter cost calculated in accordance with OAR 461-160-0420.

(ii) The rounded balance is the deduction, except the deduction is limited if the filing group has no member who has a disability or is elderly (see OAR 461-001-0015). The limit is $459 per month.

(2) If the client cannot verify a medical or court-ordered child-support expense or cannot verify any other expense when asked to do so, the unverified expense is not used to calculate the deduction. If the client provides verification, the deduction is applied when calculating the next month's benefits. If verification is provided within the period authorized for processing applications (see OAR 461-115-0210), the benefits for the initial month (see OAR 461-001-0000) are recalculated using the deduction.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.816

Stat. Implemented: ORS 411.816 & 411.825

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 12-1990, f. 3-30-90, cert. ef. 4-1-90; AFS 23-1990, f. 9-28-90, cert. ef. 10-1-90; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 20-1991, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-91; AFS 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-92; AFS 28-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-92; AFS 19-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-93; AFS 13-1994, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-94; AFS 19-1994, f. & cert. ef. 9-1-94; AFS 23-1994, f. 9-29-94, cert. ef. 10-1-94; AFS 10-1995, f. 3-30-95, cert. ef. 4-1-95; AFS 22-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 27-1995(Temp), f. 10-30-95, cert. ef. 11-1-95; AFS 41-1995, f. 12-26-95, cert. ef. 1-1-96; AFS 27-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; AFS 31-1996, f. & cert. ef. 9-23-96; AFS 41-1996(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-31-96; AFS 3-1997, f. 3-31-97, cert. ef. 4-1-97; AFS 19-1997, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-97; AFS 4-1998, f. 2-25-98, cert. ef. 3-1-98; AFS 5-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-11-98 thru 5-31-98; AFS 8-1998, f. 4-28-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; AFS 15-1998(Temp), f. 9-15-98, cert. ef. 10-1-98 thru 10-31-98; AFS 22-1998, f. 10-30-98, cert. ef. 11-1-98; AFS 2-1999, f. 3-26-99, cert. ef. 4-1-99; AFS 23-2000(Temp), f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00 thru 12-31-00; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 23-2000(Temp) Suspended by AFS 28-2000(Temp), f.10-31-0, cert. ef. 11-1-00 thru 12-31-00; AFS 34-2000, f. 12-22-00, cert. ef. 1-1-01; AFS 3-2001, f. 2-27-01, cert. ef. 3-1-01; AFS 22-2001, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-01; AFS 13-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-02; SSP 23-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; SSP 17-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; SSP 22-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 28-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09; SSP 39-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-4-10 thru 5-3-11; SSP 41-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; SSP 43-2010(Temp), f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11 thru 4-30-11; SSP 10-2011, f. 3-31-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-160-0620

Income Deductions and Client Liability; Long-Term Care Services or Waivered Services; OSIPM

In the OSIPM program:

(1) Deductions from income are made for a client residing in or entering a long-term care facility or receiving Title XIX waivered services as explained in subsections (3)(a) to (3)(h) of this rule.

(2) Except as provided otherwise in OAR 461-160-0610, the liability of the client is determined according to subsection (3)(i) of this rule.

(3) Deductions are made in the following order:

(a) One standard earned income deduction of $65 is made from the earned income in the OSIPM-AD and OSIPM-OAA programs. The deduction is $85 in the OSIPM-AB program.

(b) The deductions under the plan for self-support as allowed by OAR 461-145-0405.

(c) One of the following need standards:

(A) A $30 personal needs allowance for a client receiving long-term care services.

(B) A $90 personal needs allowance for a client receiving long-term care services who is eligible for VA benefits based on unreimbursed medical expenses. The $90 allowance is allowed only when the VA benefit has been reduced to $90.

(C) The OSIPM maintenance standard for a client who receives waivered services.

(d) A community spouse monthly income allowance is deducted from the income of the institutionalized spouse to the extent that the income is made available to or for the benefit of the community spouse, using the following calculation.

(A) Step 1: Determine the maintenance needs allowance. $1,839 is added to the amount over $552 that is needed to pay monthly shelter expenses for the principal residence of the couple. This sum or $2,739 whichever is less, is the maintenance needs allowance. For the purpose of this calculation, shelter expenses are the rent or home mortgage payment (principal and interest), taxes, insurance, required maintenance charges for a condominium or cooperative, and the full standard utility allowance for the SNAP program (see OAR 461-160-0420).

(B) Step 2: Compare maintenance needs allowance with community spouse’s countable income. The countable income of the community spouse is subtracted from the maintenance needs allowance determined in step 1. The difference is the income allowance unless the allowance described in step 3 is greater.

(C) Step 3: If a spousal support order or exceptional circumstances resulting in significant financial distress require a greater income allowance than that calculated in step 2, the greater amount is the allowance.

(e) A dependent income allowance as follows:

(A) For a case with a community spouse, a deduction is permitted only if the monthly income of the eligible dependent is below $1,839. To determine the income allowance of each eligible dependent:

(i) The monthly income of the eligible dependent is deducted from $1,839.

(ii) One-third of the amount remaining after the subtraction in paragraph (A) of this subsection is the income allowance of the eligible dependent.

(B) For a case with no community spouse:

(i) The allowance is the TANF adjusted income standard for the client and eligible dependents.

(ii) The TANF standard is not reduced by the income of the dependent.

(f) Costs for maintaining a home if the client meets the criteria in OAR 461-160-0630.

(g) Medical deductions allowed by OAR 461-160-0030 and 461-160-0055 are made for costs not covered under the state plan. This includes the public and private health insurance premiums of the community spouse and the client’s dependent.

(h) After taking all the deductions allowed by this rule, the remaining balance is the adjusted income.

(i) The client liability is determined as follows:

(A) For a client receiving waivered services (except a client identified in OAR 461-160-0610(4)), the liability is the actual cost of the waivered service or the adjusted income of the client, whichever is less. This amount must be paid to the Department each month as a condition of being eligible for waivered services. In OSIPM-IC, the liability is subtracted from the gross monthly benefit.

(B) For a client who resides in a nursing facility, a state psychiatric hospital, an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded, or a non-waivered mental health facility, there is a liability as described at OAR 461-160-0610.

(4) The deduction used to determine adjusted income for a GA and GAM client receiving long-term care services or waivered services is as follows:

(a) One standard earned income deduction of $65 is made from the earned income for a client who is not blind; or

(b) One standard earned income deduction of $85 is made from the earned income for a client who is blind.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.706, 411.816, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.706, 411.816, 412.049

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 16-1990, f. 6-29-90, cert. ef. 7-1-90; AFS 13-1991. f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-92; AFS 17-1992, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-92; AFS 28-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-92; AFS 5-1993, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-93; AFS 19-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-93; AFS 6-1994, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-94; AFS 29-1994, f. 12-29-94, cert. ef. 1-1-95; AFS 10-1995, f. 3-30-95, cert. ef. 4-1-95; AFS 23-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 15-1996, f. 4-29-96, cert. ef. 5-1-96; AFS 5-1997, f. 4-30-97, cert. ef. 5-1-97; AFS 6-1998(Temp), f. 3-30-98, cert. ef. 4-1-98 thru 5-31-98; AFS 8-1998, f. 4-28-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; AFS 1-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-99 thru 7-31-99; AFS 3-1999, f. 3-31-99, cert. ef. 4-1-99; AFS 6-1999, f. & cert. ef. 4-22-99; AFS 3-2000, f. 1-31-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 10-2000, f. 3-31-00, cert. ef. 4-1-00; AFS 17-2000, f. 6-28-00, cert. ef. 7-1-00; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 6-2001, f. 3-30-01, cert. ef. 4-1-01; AFS 11-2001, f. 6-29-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; AFS 5-2002, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-02; AFS 10-2002, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-02; AFS 22-2002, f. 12-31-02, cert. ef. 1-1-03; SSP 16-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-03; SSP 23-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; SSP 33-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-4-04; SSP 17-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; SSP 24-2004, f. 12-30-04, cert. ef. 1-1-05; SSP 7-2005, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-05; SSP 8-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-05 thru 10-1-05; SSP 9-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-6-05 thru 10-1-05; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 19-2005, f. 12-30-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06; SSP 10-2006, f. 6-30-06, cert. ef. 7-1-06; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 4-2007, f. 3-30-07, cert. ef. 4-1-07; SSP 7-2007, f. 6-29-07, cert. ef. 7-1-07; SSP 14-2007, f. 12-31-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; SSP 17-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; SSP 26-2008, f. 12-31-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; SSP 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09; SSP 18-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11 thru 12-28-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-190-0199

Parents as Scholars

(1) Notwithstanding any other provision in Chapter 461 of the Oregon Administrative Rules, effective July 1, 2011, participation in Parents as Scholars (PAS) is limited to clients approved for PAS as of June 30, 2011. Any other PAS applicant is not eligible for enrollment in PAS, including a client on the PAS wait list after June 30, 2011. The Department does not process any application for PAS received after June 30, 2011.

(2) PAS is a JOBS program component that assists TANF parents who are or will be undergraduates to begin or continue their education at a two- or four-year educational institution.

(3) The following definitions apply to PAS:

(a) “Educational institution” means any post-secondary educational institution approved or accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, by its regional equivalent, or by the appropriate official, department, or agency of the state or nation in which the institution is located and that is:

(A) A four-year college or university;

(B) A junior college or community college; or

(C) A technical, professional or career school.

(b) “Participant” refers to a participant in the PAS component of the JOBS program.

(c) “PAS” means the Parents as Scholars component of the JOBS program.

(4) The number of participants in PAS in a calendar year is limited as follows:

(a) The number of participants in PAS in a calendar year may not exceed one percent of the number of households receiving TANF on January 1 of that calendar year.

(b) If one percent of the number of households receiving TANF on January 1 of the current calendar year is less than one percent of the number of households receiving TANF on January 1 of the previous calendar year, the Department will not fill PAS slots vacated on or after January 1 of the current calendar year until the total number of slots is equal to one percent of the households receiving TANF for the current calendar year.

(5) A PAS participant receives TANF cash assistance as well as necessary support services provided through the JOBS program. JOBS support services:

(a) May not be used to pay for the cost of tuition and fees associated with enrollment by a participant at an educational institution.

(b) Subject to the limitations of OAR 461-190-0211, may be used to pay for books and supplies associated with enrollment by a participant at an educational institution subject to the following provisions:

(A) The books and supplies are required for completion of the participant’s coursework at an educational institution;

(B) There is no other funding available to the PAS participant for books and supplies; and

(C) No more than $100 per academic term or semester may be paid per PAS participant for books and supplies.

(6) Applying for PAS. A parent who is applying for or receiving TANF may apply for PAS by completing and signing the PAS application and submitting it to the Department. The application and other documentation required by this rule must be submitted to Department of Human Services JOBS Unit (PAS), 2nd Floor, 500 Summer Street NE E48, Salem, Oregon 97301.

(7) PAS Selection Process; Wait List.

(a) PAS applications received from PAS applicants will be processed in the order in which the Department receives the applications.

(b) If the maximum number of PAS slots for a calendar year has not been filled, the Department will notify an applicant when he or she has been approved.

(c) When the maximum number of PAS slots for a calendar year has been filled and there is a wait list, the Department will notify an applicant when he or she has been added to the wait list.

(d) Once each year, the Department will contact PAS applicants on the wait list to determine if the PAS applicant’s name should be removed from the wait list.

(e) When the maximum number of PAS slots for a calendar year has been filled and there is a wait list and a PAS slot becomes available, the Department will notify the next applicant on the wait list that an opening has become available.

(f) The Department will inform an applicant for PAS who does not qualify or no longer qualifies for placement on the wait list because the applicant becomes ineligible for TANF or no longer meets the requirements of this rule.

(8) Selection Requirements.

(a) A PAS applicant must meet the financial and nonfinancial eligibility requirements for TANF.

(b) A PAS applicant who is not applying for or receiving TANF at the time of selection may not participate in PAS or remain on the wait list.

(c) A PAS applicant must include documentation that the PAS applicant is an undergraduate who has been accepted for full-time attendance into or is enrolled full-time at an educational institution.

(d) A PAS applicant must demonstrate as part of the PAS application that completion of the educational program is likely to result in employment that provides the wages and benefits necessary for the applicant to support the applicant’s family without TANF.

(9) Requirements of Participants; Limitations.

(a) A participant must provide documentation to the Department quarterly, or following completion of each academic term at the educational institution, that the participant is making satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the educational institution, toward a degree.

(b) A participant must provide documentation to the Department, prior to the start of each new academic term or semester, that the PAS applicant is an undergraduate who is enrolled full-time at an educational institution.

(c) A participant must attend classes full-time as defined by the educational institution, unless there is good cause (see OAR 461-130-0327) to limit attendance to less than full-time.

(d) Unless there is good cause for not attending year round, a participant must either:

(A) Attend classes year round, including during the summer if classes are offered by the educational institution; or

(B) If not attending classes year round, participate in work experience related to the field of study of the participant when not attending classes. If a work experience related to the participant’s field of study is not available, participate in another appropriate work experience.

(e) During the first twelve months of participation in PAS, a participant must record attendance and homework time weekly and must provide this information to the Department no less frequently than monthly.

(f) Except as provided in subsection (g) of this section, a participant must remain eligible for TANF.

(g) If a participant becomes temporarily ineligible for TANF during a period of four or fewer months due to income from a paid work experience, the applicant may retain their PAS slot when school resumes if:

(A) The participant regains TANF eligibility; and

(B) PAS is still an appropriate activity for the participant.

(10) Ending PAS. PAS is ended for a PAS participant when:

(a) The PAS participant completes his or her degree program;

(b) Except as provided in subsection (9)(g) of this rule, the PAS participant becomes ineligible for TANF; or

(c) All of the following are true:

(A) The PAS participant fails to meet one or more of the requirements of subsections (9)(a) through (9)(e) of this rule;

(B) Attempts to re-engage the PAS participant pursuant to OAR 461-190-0231 are unsuccessful; and

(C) There is a determination that the PAS participant does not have good cause (see OAR 461-130-0327) for failure to meet one or more requirements of subsections (9)(a) through (9)(e) of this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.116, 412.016, 412.049, 412.124

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.116, 412.016, 412.017, 412.049, 412.124, HB 2049 (2011)

Hist.: SSP 20-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-5-08 thru 3-4-09; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 28-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 18-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11 thru 12-28-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-190-0211

Case Plan Activities and Standards for Support Service Payments; JOBS, Post-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, TANF, TANF-EDP

Notwithstanding any other administrative rule in Chapter 461 and subject to the limitations of state funding, the following special provisions apply:

(1) As provided in all of the following subsections, participation in a case plan (see OAR 461-001-0025) activity (see OAR 461-001-0025) is limited to:

(a) An individual who is determined to be a work-eligible individual according to federal definition (45 CFR 261.2(n)(1)). No individual may volunteer to participate in an activity of a case plan if not otherwise determined to be a work-eligible individual.

(b) An individual who is an applicant in the TANF Eligibility Determination Period (TANF-EDP) or a recipient of TANF program benefits.

(c) Except in the JOBS Plus program, the minimum number of hours to meet federally required participation rates (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(2) For eligible individuals, subject to the requirements and limitations in sections (1), (5), (6), and (7) of this rule, the following activities will be available and include support services (see OAR 461-001-0025) payments:

(a) Job search (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(b) JOBS Plus (see OAR 461-001-0025 and 461-101-0010) is limited to six months per individual.

(c) Work experience (see OAR 461-001-0025), alone or in combination with any other unpaid volunteer work, is limited to 60 days per individual.

(d) Sheltered or supported work (see OAR 461-001-0025), alone or in combination with any other unpaid volunteer work, is limited to 60 days per individual.

(e) High School or GED (see OAR 461-001-0025) limited to a teen parent (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(f) Parents as Scholars (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(3) The following activities will be available but will not include support services payments:

(a) Domestic Violence Intervention.

(b) Family Stability (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(c) Family Support & Connection.

(d) Post-TANF.

(e) Program entry (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(f) Self Initiated Training (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(g) SSI Application Process.

(h) Unsubsidized employment (work).

(4) Participation in an activity is based on whether an individual is Job Ready, Near Job Ready, or Not Job Ready.

(a) Job Ready means the individual has no barrier (see OAR 461-001-0025) or current barriers do not impact participation or employment. In addition, the individual has all of the following:

(A) Prior stable work history, either paid or unpaid.

(B) Had not voluntarily quit or been dismissed from their most recent employment (see OAR 461-135-0070), without good cause (see OAR 461-135-0070).

(C) Reliable or available transportation.

(D) No outstanding legal issues that would impact or prevent employment.

(E) Access to reliable child care within support service limits, or does not need help to pay for child care, or does not need child care.

(b) Near Job Ready means the individual has minimal barriers to participation or employment and the individual is addressing the barriers. In addition, the individual has all of the following:

(A) Limited or no work history, either paid or unpaid.

(B) Reliable or available transportation.

(C) No outstanding legal issues that would impact or prevent employment, or such legal issues are identified and are being addressed.

(D) Access to reliable child care within support service limits, or does not need help to pay for child care, or does not need child care.

(c) Not Job Ready means the individual has one or more barriers to participation or employment or is in crisis, and the individual is not addressing the barriers. For example, the individual has one or more of the following:

(A) Lack of stable housing that is preventing participation in an activity or employment.

(B) Domestic violence, mental health or alcohol and drug issues, and the individual is not addressing the issue.

(C) Medical issues that prevent participation in an activity or employment.

(D) Outstanding legal issues that would impact or prevent employment.

(E) Literacy issues that impact the ability for the individual to participate in an activity or obtain employment.

(5) In approving JOBS program support service payments, the Department must consider lower cost alternatives. It is not the intent of the Department or of this rule to supplant Department funding with other funding that is available in the community. It is the Department’s expectation that case managers and clients will work collaboratively to seek resources that are reasonably available to the client in order to participate in activities.

(6) Payments for support services are only provided when:

(a) Necessary to participate in activities in a signed case plan;

(b) Authorized in advance; and

(c) All other provisions of this rule are met.

(7) Payments for support services are subject to the following limitations:

(a) Job Ready individuals may be eligible for child care, transportation, or other support services.

(b) Near Job Ready individuals may be eligible for child care, transportation, or other support services.

(c) Not Job Ready individuals are not eligible for support services.

(d) A teen parent (see OAR 461-001-0000) may be eligible for child care, transportation, or other support services, for participation in a basic education (see OAR 461-001-0025) component (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(e) $450 maximum per filing group, per month, for a filing group who resides in the District 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 15 or 16 service area.

(f) $375 maximum per filing group, per month, for a filing group who resides in the District 1, 3, 6, 7 or 8 service area.

(g) $300 maximum per filing group, per month, for a filing group who resides in the District 11, 12, 13 or 14 service area.

(h) Child Care. Payments for child care may be authorized, as limited by OAR 461-160-0040, if necessary to enable a single-parent Job Ready or Near Job Ready individual or single teen parent to participate in an approved JOBS program activity specified in the individual’s case plan. If authorized, payment for child care will be made for the lesser of:

(A) The maximum monthly support service amount based on District service area under this section of the rule.

(B) The lesser of the actual rate charged by the care provider and the rate established in OAR 461-155-0150. The Department rate for children in care less than 158 hours in a month is limited by OAR 461-155-0150, except that the cost of child care may be paid up to the monthly maximum when children are in care less than 158 hours per month and the individual is a teen parent using on-site care while attending education activities.

(C) The minimum hours necessary, including meal and commute time, for the individual to participate in an approved JOBS program activity.

(i) Transportation. The Department may provide payments for a Job Ready or Near Job Ready individual or teen parent for transportation costs incurred in travel to and from an approved JOBS program activity. Payment is made only for the cost of public transportation or the cost of fuel. Payments are subject to the following considerations:

(A) Payment for transportation may not exceed $50 per month, per family.

(B) Payment for public transportation is a priority over payment for a privately owned vehicle.

(C) Payment for fuel costs for a privately-owned vehicle is provided if the Job Ready or Near Job Ready individual, teen parent, or the individual providing the transportation has a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and either of the following is true:

(i) No public transportation is available or the Job Ready or Near Job Ready individual or teen parent is unable to use public transportation because of a verifiable medical condition or disability for which no accommodation is available.

(ii) Public transportation is available but is more costly than the cost of fuel.

(j) Housing and Utilities. Payments for housing and utilities are not allowed.

(k) Other Payments. The Department may provide payments to individuals for costs directly related to obtaining unsubsidized employment.

(8) The Department may require an individual to provide verification of a need for, or costs associated with, support services prior to approval and issuance of payment if verification is reasonably available.

(9) The Department may reduce, close, or deny in whole or in part an individual’s request for a support services payment in the following circumstances:

(a) The individual is disqualified for failing to comply with a case plan, unless the payment in question is necessary for the individual to demonstrate cooperation with his or her case plan.

(b) The purpose for the payment is not related to the individual’s case plan.

(c) The individual disagrees with a support services payment offered or made by the Department as outlined in the individual’s case plan.

(d) The individual is not determined to be a Job Ready or Near Job Ready individual or teen parent.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 412.006, 412.009, 412.014, 412.049, 412.124, HB 2049 (2011)

Stat. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 412.001, 412.006, 412.009, 412.014, 412.049, 412.124, HB 2049 (2011)

Hist.: AFS 23-1990, f. 9-28-90, cert. ef. 10-1-90; AFS 30-1990, f. 12-31-90, cert. ef. 1-1-91; AFS 9-1991, f. 3-29-91, cert. ef. 4-1-91; AFS 20-1992, f. 7-31-92, cert. ef. 8-1-92; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 19-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-93; AFS 26-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; AFS 36-1996, f. 10-31-96, cert. ef. 11-1-96; AFS 18-1998, f. & cert. ef. 10-2-98; AFS 2-1999, f. 3-26-99, cert. ef. 4-1-99; AFS 3-2000, f. 1-31-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; SSP 33-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-4-04; SSP 21-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 11-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-1-05 thru 12-31-05; SSP 19-2005, f. 12-30-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 32-2010, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-10; SSP 42-2010(Temp), f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11 thru 6-30-11; SSP 10-2011, f. 3-31-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11; SSP 19-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11 thru 12-28-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-190-0212

Case Plan Activities and Support Services; JOBS, Post-TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, TANF

Notwithstanding any other administrative rule in Chapter 461 in effect on June 30, 2011, except as provided in section (4) of this rule, effective at the end of the day on June 30, 2011, in the JOBS, Post-TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, and TANF programs:

(1) The following activities (see OAR 461-001-0025) and services specific to case plans (see OAR 461-001-0025) will end:

(a) Adult Basic Education (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(b) Community Service Program (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(c) Drug and alcohol services (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(d) English as a second language (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(e) Family Support and Connections.

(f) High school or GED Completion (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(g) Initial job search and Job Search (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(h) Job Skills Training (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(i) Life Skills (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(j) Medical services.

(k) Mental Health Services (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(l) Microenterprise (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(m) On-the-job training (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(n) Program entry (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(o) Providing child care services to a Community Service Program participant (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(p) Rehabilitation activities (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(q) Retention Services.

(r) Services to families served by Child Welfare.

(s) Sheltered or supported work (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(t) Social Security Application process.

(u) Stabilization, intervention and other activities (see OAR 461-001-0025). These are:

(A) Child health and development (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(B) Crisis intervention (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(C) Domestic violence services (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(D) Family stability activity (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(v) Vocational training (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(w) Work experience (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(x) Work supplementation (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(2) Payments made on behalf of an individual participating in one or more activities or services in section (1) of this rule end. These payments are:

(a) Support Services (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(b) Specific Requirements; Pre-TANF Program (see OAR 461-135-0475(5)(b)).

(c) Support services for Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors Program (see OAR 461-135-1205(4)).

(3) Transition Services (see OAR 461-190-0241). Eligibility for, and payments made on behalf of, an individual who is ineligible for the Pre-TANF or TANF programs because of an increase in earned income, ends.

(4) This rule does not apply to an individual in the JOBS Plus program (JOBS Plus) (see OAR 461-001-0025 and 461-101-0010) or the Parents as Scholars (PAS) (see OAR 461-001-0025) activity.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 412.014, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 409.010, 411.060, 411.070, 412.014, 412.049, 2009 Oregon Laws 827, HB 2049 (2011)

Hist.: SSP 12-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-2-11 thru 11-29-11; SSP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-29-11 thru 11-29-11 ; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-195-0501

Definitions and Categories of Overpayments

This rule applies to benefits and services delivered under chapters 410, 411, and 461 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.

(1) “Overpayment” means:

(a) A benefit or service received by or on behalf of a client, or a payment made by the Department on behalf of a client, that exceeds the amount for which the client is eligible.

(b) A payment made by the Department and designated for a specific purpose which is spent by a person on an expense not approved by the Department.

(c) A payment for child care made by the Department to, or on behalf of, a client that:

(A) Is paid to an ineligible provider;

(B) Exceeds the amount for which a provider is eligible;

(C) Is paid when the client was not engaged in an activity that made the client eligible for child care, such as an activity of the JOBS program (see OAR 461-001-0025 and 461-190-0151 to 461-190-0401);

(D) Is paid when the client was not eligible for child care benefits; or

(E) Has given an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, card number, or personal identification number (PIN) to a provider for the purpose of checking a child in or out from the provider’s child care.

(d) A misappropriated payment when a person cashes and retains the proceeds of a check from the Department on which that person is not the payee and the check has not been lawfully endorsed or assigned to the person.

(e) A benefit or service provided for a need when that person is compensated by another source for the same need and the person fails to reimburse the Department when required to do so by law.

(f) A cash benefit received by an individual in the GA or SFPSS programs for each month for which the client receives a retroactive SSI lump sum payment.

(g) In the TA-DVS program, only when an IPV in the TA-DVS program is established.

(2) The Department may establish an overpayment for the initial month (see OAR 461-001-0000) of eligibility under circumstances including but not limited to:

(a) The filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative (see OAR 461-115-0090) withheld information;

(b) The filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative provided inaccurate information;

(c) The Department fails to use income reported as received or anticipated in determining the benefits of the filing group; or

(d) The error was due to an error in computation or processing by the Department.

(3) Overpayments are categorized as follows:

(a) An administrative error overpayment is an overpayment caused by any of the following circumstances:

(A) The Department fails to reduce, suspend, or end benefits after timely reporting by the filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative of a change covered under OAR 461-170-0011 and that reported change requires the Department to reduce, suspend, or end benefits;

(B) The Department fails to use the correct benefit standard;

(C) The Department fails to compute or process a payment correctly based on accurate information timely provided by the filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative;

(D) In the GA and SFPSS programs, the Department fails to require a client to complete an interim assistance agreement; or

(E) The Department commits a procedural error that was no fault of the filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative.

(b) A client error overpayment is any of the following:

(A) An overpayment caused by the failure of a filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative to declare or report information or a change in circumstances as required under OAR 461-170-0011, including information available to the Department, that affects the client’s eligibility to receive benefits or the amount of benefits.

(B) A client’s unreduced liability or receipt of unreduced benefits pending a contested case hearing decision or other final order favorable to the Department.

(C) A client’s failure to return a benefit known by the client to exceed the correct amount.

(D) A client’s use of a JOBS or SFPSS program support payment (see OAR 461-190-0211) for other than the intended purpose.

(E) A payment for child care when the client was not engaged in an activity that made the client eligible for child care, such as an activity of the JOBS program (see OAR 461-001-0025 and 461-190-0151 to 461-190-0401).

(F) A payment for child care when the client was not eligible for child care benefits.

(G) The failure of a client to pay his or her entire share of the cost of services or the participant fee (see OAR 461-160-0610 and 461-160-0800) in the month in which it is due.

(H) An overpayment caused by a client giving an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, card number, or personal identification number (PIN) to a provider for the purpose of checking a child in or out from the provider’s child care.

(c) A fraud overpayment is an overpayment determined to be an intentional program violation (see OAR 461-195-0601 and 461-195-0611) or substantiated through a criminal prosecution.

(d) In the SNAP program, a provider error overpayment is an overpayment made to a drug or alcohol treatment center or residential care facility that acted as a client’s authorized representative.

(e) In the child care program, a provider error overpayment is a payment made by the Department on behalf of a client to a child care provider when:

(A) Paid to an ineligible provider;

(B) The payment exceeds the amount for which a provider is eligible.

(4) When an overpayment is caused by both an administrative and client error in the same month, the Department determines the primary cause of the overpayment and assigns as either an administrative or client error overpayment.

(5) In the SNAP program, the trading of a controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act in 21 U.S.C. 802) is the buying or selling of SNAP program benefits for cash or consideration other than eligible food; or the exchange for SNAP program benefits of firearms, ammunition, explosives, or controlled substances.

(6) In the TANF program, when an overpayment puts the client at greater risk of domestic violence (see OAR 461-001-0000), the overpayment is waived (see OAR 461-135-1200).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.081, 411.404, 411.816, 412.001, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.081, 411.117, 411.404, 411.620, 411.640, 411.690, 411.816, 411.892, 412.001, 412.049, 414.025

Hist.: AFS 3-2000, f. 1-31-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 7-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 4-4-01 thru 6-30-01; AFS 12-2001, f. 6-29-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; SSP 33-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-4-04; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 14-2007, f. 12-31-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; SSP 15-2007(Temp), f. 12-31-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-195-0521

Calculation of Overpayments

This rule specifies how the Department calculates an overpayment (see OAR 461-195-0501).

(1) The Department calculates an overpayment by determining the amount the client received or the payment made by the Department on behalf of the client that exceeds the amount for which the client was eligible.

(2) When a filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative (see OAR 461-115-0090) fails to report income, the Department calculates and determines the overpayment by assigning unreported income to the applicable budget month without averaging the unreported income, except a client’s earned income reported quarterly from the Employment Department is considered received by the client in equal amounts during the months identified in the report.

(3) When using prospective budgeting (see OAR 461-150) and the actual income differs from the amount determined under OAR 461-150-0020(2), there may be a client error overpayment (see OAR 461-195-0501) only when the filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative withheld information, failed to report a change, or provided inaccurate information. In such a case, the Department uses the actual income to determine the amount of an overpayment.

(4) When a filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative fails to report all earned income within the reporting time frame, the earned income deduction (see OAR 461-145-0930, 461-160-0160, 461-160-0190, 461-160-0430, 461-160-0550, and 461-160-0552) is applied as follows:

(a) In the ERDC, OSIP, OSIPM, QMB, and REFM programs, the Department allows the earned income deduction.

(b) In the MAA, MAF, REF, and TANF programs, the Department allows the earned income deduction when good cause (see section (5) of this rule) exists.

(c) In the SNAP program, no deduction is applied to earned income not timely reported.

(5) For the purposes of OAR 461-195-0501 to 461-195-0561, “good cause” means circumstances beyond the client’s reasonable control that caused the client to be unable to report income timely and accurately.

(6) When support is retained:

(a) In the TANF program, the amount of support (other than cash medical support) the Department of Justice retains as a current reimbursement each month is added to other income to determine eligibility. When a client is not eligible for TANF program benefits, the overpayment is offset by the support the Department of Justice retains as a current reimbursement.

(b) In the medical programs, the amount of the cash medical support the Department retains each month is excluded income and not used to determine eligibility for medical program benefits. When a client has incurred a medical program overpayment, the overpayment is offset by the amount of the cash medical support the Department retains during each month of the overpayment.

(7) In the REF and TANF programs, when a client directly receives support used to determine eligibility or calculate benefits, the overpayment is:

(a) If still eligible for REF or TANF program benefits, the amount of support the client received directly; or

(b) If no longer eligible for REF or TANF program benefits, the amount of program benefits the client received.

(8) When an overpayment occurs due to the failure of an individual to reimburse the Department, when required by law to do so, for benefits or services (including cash medical support) provided for a need for which that individual is compensated by another source, the overpayment is limited to the lesser of the following:

(a) The amount of the payment from the Department;

(b) Cash medical support; or

(c) The amount by which the total of all payments exceeds the amount payable for such a need under the Department’s rules.

(9) Benefits paid during a required notice period (see OAR 461-175-0050) are included in the calculation of the overpayment when:

(a) The filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative failed to report a change within the reporting time frame under OAR 461-170-0011; and

(b) Sufficient time existed for the Department to adjust the benefits to prevent the overpayment if the filing group, ineligible student, or authorized representative had reported the change at any time within the reporting time frame.

(10) In the SNAP program:

(a) If the benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) was categorically eligible, there is no overpayment based on resources.

(b) For a filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) found eligible for SNAP program benefits under OAR 461-135-0505(1)(a) to (c), and the actual income made the group ineligible for the related program, the group remains categorically eligible for SNAP program benefits as long as the eligibility requirement under OAR 413-135-0505(1)(d) is met. A benefit group of one or two individuals would be entitled to at least the minimum SNAP program benefit allotment under OAR 461-165-0060.

(c) For a filing group found eligible for SNAP program benefits only under OAR 461-135-0505(1)(d), and the actual income equals or exceeds 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, the filing group is no longer categorically eligible. The overpayment is the amount of SNAP program benefits incorrectly received.

(11) In the OSIP and OSIPM programs, when a client does not pay his or her share of the cost of services (see OAR 461-160-0610) or the OSIP-EPD or OSIPM-EPD program participant fee (see OAR 461-160-0800) in the month in which it is due, an overpayment is calculated as follows:

(a) All payments made by the Department on behalf of the client during the month in question are totaled, including but not limited to any payment for:

(A) Capitation;

(B) Long term care services;

(C) Medical expenses for the month in question;

(D) Medicare buy-in (when not concurrently eligible for an MSP);

(E) Medicare Part D;

(F) Mileage reimbursement;

(G) Special needs under OAR 461-155-0500 to 416-155-0710; and

(H) Waivered services, including home delivered meals and non-medical transportation.

(b) Any partial or late liability payment made by a client receiving in-home waivered services (see OAR 461-001-0030) or participant fee paid by an OSIP-EPD or OSIPM-EPD program client is subtracted from the total calculated under subsection (a) of this section. The remainder, if any, is the amount of the overpayment.

(12) When a client’s liability is unreduced pending the outcome of a contested case hearing about that liability the overpayment is the difference between the liability amount determined in the final order and the amount, if any, the client has repaid.

(13) In the BCCM, CEC, CEM, EXT, MAA, MAF, OHP-CHP, OHP-OPC, OHP-OPP, OHP-OPU, OHP-OP6, OSIPM, QMB, REFM, and SAC programs if the client was not eligible for one program, but during the period in question was eligible for another program:

(a) With the same benefit level, there is no overpayment.

(b) With a lesser benefit level, the overpayment is the amount of medical program benefit payments made on behalf of the client exceeding the amount for which the client was eligible.

(14) When an overpayment is caused by administrative error (see OAR 461-195-0501), any overpayment of GA, OSIP, REF, SFPSS, or TANF program benefits is not counted as income when determining eligibility for the EXT, GAM, MAA, MAF, OSIPM, REFM, and SAC programs.

(15) Credit against an overpayment is allowed as follows:

(a) In the GA, REF, and TANF programs, a credit is allowed for a client’s payment for medical services made during the period covered by the overpayment, in an amount not to exceed the Department fee schedule for the service, but credit is not allowed for an elective procedure unless the Department authorized the procedure prior to its completion.

(b) In the SNAP program, if the overpayment was caused by unreported earned income, verified child care costs are allowed as a credit to the extent the costs would have been deductible under OAR 461-160-0040 and 461-160-0430.

(c) In the SFPSS and TANF programs, if the overpayment is caused by reported earned income, a credit is allowed for the Post-TANF grant if the client meets eligibility under OAR 461-135-1250 and the client has received less than 12 months of Post-TANF program benefits.

(d) In all programs, for an underpayment of benefits.

(16) In the SNAP program, in compliance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, effective April 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009, the amount between the normal Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) benefit amount under this section and the increased TFP benefit amount under OAR 461-155-0190 is not counted in the overpayment amount unless the filing group was ineligible for SNAP program benefits. [Table not included. See ED. NOTE]

[ED. NOTE: Tables referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.660, 411.706, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049, 412.124, 414.231

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.620, 411.630, 411.635, 411.640, 411.660, 411.690, 411.706, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049, 412.124, 414.231

Hist.: AFS 3-2000, f. 1-31-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 6-2001, f. 3-30-01, cert. ef. 4-1-01; AFS 27-2001, f. 12-21-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; AFS 22-2002, f. 12-31-02, cert ef. 1-1-03; SSP 23-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; SSP 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-05; SSP 10-2006, f. 6-30-06, cert. ef. 7-1-06; SSP 20-2003, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-03; SSP 7-2007, f. 6-29-07, cert. ef. 7-1-07; SSP 14-2007, f. 12-31-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; SSP 8-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-08; SSP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 4-1-09 thru 9-28-09; SSP 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09; SSP 28-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 17-2011, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-195-0541

Liability for Overpayments

(1) In all programs except the BCCM, CEC, CEM, EXT, GA, GAM, MAA, MAF, OHP, OSIP, OSIPM, QMB, REFM, SAC and SNAP programs or a child care program, the following persons are liable for repayment of an overpayment (see OAR 461-195-0501):

(a) Each individual in the filing group or required to be in the filing group and the payee when the overpayment was incurred, except an individual who did not reside with and did not know he or she was included in the filing group.

(b) A caretaker relative (see OAR 461-001-0000) and his or her spouse (see OAR 461-001-0000) who were not part of, but resided with, the filing group when the overpayment was incurred.

(c) A parent (see OAR 461-001-0000) or caretaker relative of a child (see OAR 461-001-0000) in the benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) and the spouse of the parent or caretaker relative if the parent, caretaker relative, or spouse was a member of or resided with the filing group when the overpayment was incurred.

(d) An individual determined liable for an overpayment remains liable when the individual becomes a member of a new filing group.

(e) An authorized representative (see OAR 461-115-0090) when the authorized representative gave incorrect or incomplete information or withheld information resulting in the overpayment.

(2) In the BCCM, CEC, CEM, EXT, MAA, MAF, OHP, REFM, and SAC programs, the following persons are liable for repayment of an overpayment:

(a) Each individual in the filing group or required to be in the filing group and the payee when the overpayment was incurred, except an individual who:

(A) Was a child or dependent child (see OAR 461-001-0000) at the time of the overpayment; or

(B) Did not reside with and did not know he or she was included in the filing group.

(b) A caretaker relative and his or her spouse who were not part of, but resided with, the filing group when the overpayment was incurred.

(c) A parent or caretaker relative of a child in the filing group and the spouse of the parent or caretaker relative if the parent, caretaker relative, or spouse was a member of or resided with the filing group when the overpayment was incurred.

(d) An authorized representative when the authorized representative gave incorrect or incomplete information or withheld information that resulted in the overpayment.

(3) In a child care program:

(a) An overpayment caused by administrative error is collectible as follows:

(A) The provider is liable for a provider overpayment made on behalf of a client eligible for child care payments.

(B) Each adult in the filing group or required to be in the filing group is liable for an overpayment if the client was not eligible for the payment.

(b) Each adult in the filing group or required to be in the filing group is liable for a client overpayment, and a provider is liable for an overpayment caused by the provider. The client and provider are jointly and severally liable for an overpayment caused by both. In the case of an alleged provider overpayment, a provider’s failure to provide contemporaneous records of care provided creates a rebuttable presumption that the care was not provided.

(c) An adult who cosigned an application with a minor provider applicant is liable for an overpayment incurred by the minor provider.

(4) In the GA, GAM, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB programs, the following persons are liable for repayment of an overpayment:

(a) Each individual in the filing group or required to be in the filing group and the payee when the overpayment was incurred, except an individual who:

(A) Was a child or dependent child at the time of the overpayment; or

(B) Did not reside with and did not know he or she was included in the filing group.

(b) A caretaker relative and his or her spouse who were not part of, but resided with, the filing group when the overpayment was incurred.

(c) A parent or caretaker relative of a child in the filing group and the spouse of the parent or caretaker relative if the parent, caretaker relative, or spouse was a member of or resided with the filing group when the overpayment was incurred.

(d) An authorized representative when the authorized representative knowingly gave incorrect or incomplete information or intentionally withheld information that resulted in the overpayment.

(5) In the SNAP program, the following persons are liable for repayment of an overpayment or a claim that results from the trading of a controlled substance (see OAR 461-195-0501(6)):

(a) The primary person (see OAR 461-001-0015) of any age, an ineligible student in the household, and all adults who were members of or required to be in the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) when excess benefits were issued.

(b) A sponsor of a non-citizen household member if the sponsor is at fault, for payments prior to November 21, 2000.

(c) A drug or alcohol treatment center or residential care facility that acted as the authorized representative of the client.

(6) Except as provided otherwise in section (7) of this rule, in all programs, both a non-citizen and the sponsor of the non-citizen are liable for an overpayment incurred if the overpayment results from the failure of the sponsor to provide correct information (see OAR 461-145-0820 to 461-145-0840). If the sponsor had good cause (see OAR 461-195-0521(5)) for withholding the information, the sponsor is not liable for the overpayment.

(7) In the SNAP program, the sponsor of a non-citizen is not liable under section (6) of this rule for payments on or after November 21, 2000.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.404, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.087, 411.404, 411.630, 411.635, 411.640, 411.690, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049

Hist.: AFS 3-2000, f. 1-31-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 17-2000, f. 6-28-00, cert. ef. 7-1-00; SSP 23-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; SSP 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-05; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 4-2007, f. 3-30-07, cert. ef. 4-1-07; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

461-195-0621

Intentional Program Violations; Penalties and Liability for Overpayments

(1) Disqualification penalties resulting from intentional program violations and other violations of law are listed in this rule. A person may be subject to disqualification for an IPV only if the person was advised of the disqualification penalties prior to committing the IPV. A disqualification established in another state continues in effect in Oregon.

(2) In the ERDC program, if an IPV is established against a person through a contested case hearing, a waiver of the right to hearing, or by a state or federal court, that person is liable for repayment to the Department of the full amount of overpayment the Department has established. The amount of restitution to the Department ordered by a court as part of a criminal proceeding does not lower the amount owed to the Department. Payments of restitution to the Department are credited against the amount owed. A client is not subject to an IPV disqualification but is still required to repay overpayment amounts.

(3) A child care provider found to have committed an intentional program violation (IPV) is ineligible for payment for child care as follows:

(a) A child care provider with an IPV established between April 1, 2001 and September 30, 2005 is permanently disqualified to receive payment.

(b) A child care provider who has incurred an overpayment established as an IPV claim after September 30, 2005 is ineligible for payment:

(A) For six months and until the full amount of the overpayment is paid; or

(B) Permanently, if the Child Care Program Manager finds that such ineligibility is in the public interest. The following is a non-exclusive list of reasons that support a determination of permanent ineligibility: safety concerns; or, the likelihood of future violations; or, the degree of egregiousness of any of the established IPVs; or, the degree of primary involvement in the violation by the provider.

(4) In the SNAP and TANF programs, when an IPV is established against a person through a contested case hearing, a waiver of the right to hearing, or by a state or federal court:

(a) That person is liable for repayment to the Department of the full amount of overpayment the Department has established, regardless of any restitution ordered by a court.

(b) The client is disqualified from receiving benefits in the program in which the IPV was committed for a period of 12 calendar months for the first IPV, 24 calendar months for the second IPV and permanently for the third IPV.

(c) If the TANF grant is affected by the IPV penalty imposed under this rule, eligibility for and the level of SNAP benefits are determined in accordance with OAR 461-145-0105.

(5) In the TA-DVS program, when an IPV is established against a person through a contested case hearing, a waiver of the right to hearing, or by a state or federal court:

(a) That person is liable for repayment to the Department of the full amount of overpayment the Department has established, regardless of any restitution ordered by a court. The Department will seek repayment from the client only if seeking repayment would not place the client at greater risk of domestic violence.

(b) Subsequent applications for TA-DVS that meet the eligibility criteria set forth in OAR 461-135-1215 and 461-135-1225 must be staffed with the Department’s central office.

(6) A person found by a federal, state, or local court to have traded a controlled substance for SNAP benefits is disqualified from participation in the SNAP program as follows:

(a) For a period of two years upon the first occasion.

(b) Permanently upon the second occasion.

(7) A person found by a federal, state, or local court to have traded firearms, ammunition, or explosives for SNAP benefits is permanently disqualified from participation in the SNAP program.

(8) A person convicted of an act prohibited by 7 U.S.C. 2024(b) or (c) (1999) involving an item covered by those subsections and having a value of $500 or more is permanently disqualified from participation in the SNAP program.

(9) A person is disqualified for a 10-year period from receiving benefits in the program in which the person committed fraud if the person:

(a) In the TANF program:

(A) Is convicted in state or federal court of having made a fraudulent statement or representation with respect to the place of residence of the individual in order to receive assistance simultaneously from two or more states under programs that are funded under Title IV or XIX of the Social Security Act.

(B) Is found in an IPV hearing or admits, in a written waiver of the right to an IPV hearing, to having made a fraudulent statement or representation with respect to the identity or place of residence of the individual in order to receive benefits simultaneously from two or more states.

(b) In the SNAP program, is convicted in state or federal court, is found in an IPV hearing, or admits in a written waiver of the right to an IPV hearing, of having made a fraudulent statement or representation with respect to the identity or place of residence of the individual in order to receive multiple benefits simultaneously from one or more states under programs that are funded under the Food Stamp Act of 1977.

(10) The Department issues notice of disqualification in accordance with OAR 461-175-0220. The disqualification provided for in this rule begins the first of the month following the month in which the notice period ends.

(11) Once a disqualification period begins, it continues uninterrupted until completed, regardless of the eligibility of the filing group of the disqualified person.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.816, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.816, 412.049

Hist.: AFS 3-2000, f. 1-31-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 6-2001, f. 3-30-01, cert. ef. 4-1-01; SSP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; SSP 17-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 6-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; SSP 14-2006, f. 9-29-06, cert. ef. 10-1-06; SSP 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09; SSP 25-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

 

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting public assistance,
medical assistance, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program clients.

Adm. Order No.: SSP 26-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Adopted: 461-135-0485, 461-135-1260

Rules Amended: 461-115-0050, 461-130-0330, 461-130-0335, 461-135-0089, 461-135-0950, 461-135-1195, 461-145-0410, 461-160-0015, 461-170-0011, 461-180-0050, 461-180-0070

Rules Suspended: 461-135-0960

Subject: OAR 461-115-0050 is being amended as part of the implementation of HB 3536 (2011) to indicate when clients who have had their medical case suspended as a result of incarceration with an anticipated stay of one year or less do not need a new application to resume medical benefits.

      OAR 461-130-0330 about the disqualification penalty in the Department’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is being amended to change the levels of disqualifications and the penalty in the final month in the Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) program. The amendment also adds a two month ineligibility period if a client does not begin cooperation in the final month of disqualification. As a result of legislative changes during the 2011 legislative session, the levels and penalty for non- cooperation in the JOBS program are being changed. The amendment changes the levels of disqualification from four to two. There are three months in the first level and one month in the second level. The amendment also stipulates that a client who does not begin cooperation in the second level month will have the TANF grant closed and would not be eligible for TANF program benefits for two-consecutive month.

      OAR 461-130-0335 about removing a disqualification penalty and the effects on benefits is being amended to change how a disqualification is ended depending on the level of disqualification in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. In the first level of disqualification a disqualified individual must cooperate for two consecutive weeks in all activities of a new or revised case plan. In the second level of disqualification the disqualified individual must begin the two consecutive weeks of cooperation prior to the end of the month or their TANF grant will be closed for two consecutive months. After which the individual would need to re-apply for TANF program benefits. If the individual begins and cooperates for the two consecutive months, TANF benefits are restored effective the date the two consecutive weeks ended. As a result of legislative changes during the 2011 legislative session, the levels and penalty for non-cooperation in the JOBS program is being changed. This amendment was needed to comply with the legislative changes. This rule is also being amended to clarify the meaning of the term “household”.

      OAR 461-135-0089 about the disqualification penalty for non-cooperation with substance abuse and mental health requirements in the Pre-TANF, Refugee, and TANF programs is being amended to describe how to end a penalty imposed under OAR 461-135-0085. The amendment specifies what a client must do in order to end a disqualification imposed under OAR 461-135-0085. These changes are a result of legislative changes during the 2011 legislative session, changing the levels and penalty for non- cooperation in the JOBS program.

      OAR 461-135-0485 is being adopted to implement HB 2049 (2011) by setting out the requirements to complete an employability assessment and orientation for the Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) program. These are new requirements for individuals applying for the Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) program.

      OAR 461-135-0950 is being amended as part of the implementation of HB 3536 (2011) to state that clients who become incarcerated for less than 12 months may have their medical benefits suspended rather than closed. This legislation was based on a request by local jails that have been experiencing an influx of inmates with high medical needs. These inmates have had their medical benefits terminated upon incarceration, and were not able to get their benefits reinstated upon release without completing a new application and/or submitting a reservation list request for OHP benefits. Reinstating medical benefits without a new application when an individual reports their release timely result in more timely medical benefits. This rule is also being amended to include the age criteria previously in OAR 461-135-0960 for individuals in state psychiatric institutions and training centers for the Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medical (OSIPM) and Medical Coverage for Children in Substitute or Adoptive Care (SAC) programs.

      OAR 461-135-0960 about the age criteria for individuals in state psychiatric institutions and training centers for the Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medical (OSIPM) and Medical Coverage for Children in Substitute or Adoptive Care (SAC) programs is being suspended as part of the implementation of HB 3536 (2011) to make the rules about suspension of benefits easier to understand and follow. This topic will be included in OAR 461-135-0950.

      OAR 461-135-1195 about the specific eligibility requirements for the Department’s State Family Pre-SSI/SSDI (SFPSS) program is being amended to expand eligibility to one-adult families with each child in the household are on Social Security Income (SSI). As a result of budget reductions during the 2011 legislative session, the SFPSS grants are being reduced by removing enhanced grants. The grant will equal what the clients would have been receiving in a Temporary Assistance for Needed Families (TANF) grant. Because of this change, families with one adult where their child or all their children in the household are receiving SSI will have an SFPSS grant equal to a TANF grant. Prior to the grant amount changing, these families would have received less on SFPSS than TANF. Therefore they were not allowed to be on SFPSS program. They were provided all other SFPSS services.

      OAR 461-135-1260 is being adopted to set out the specific requirements of the Job Participation Incentive (JPI) program, which is part of the strategy to meet federal requirements related to TANF participation and help increase the ability of single parents with small children provide better nutrition to their families.

      OAR 461-145-0410 about how program benefits are treated in the eligibility process is being amended to provide specifics regarding description of the Job Participation Incentive (JPI) program benefits and how those benefits will be treated when determining eligibility for other programs.

      OAR 461-160-0015 is being amended to update the resource limit for SNAP households that include at least one member who is elderly or an individual with a disability. The resource limit for these SNAP households prior to October 1, 2011 was $3,000. Based on an in increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) the new resource limit as of October 1, 2011 is $3,250. There is no change in the resource limit for other SNAP households.

      OAR 461-170-0011 is being amended to set out the reporting requirements for clients in the Job Participation Incentive (JPI) program, aligning these requirements with SNAP cases in SRS.

      OAR 461-180-0050 about effective date for suspending or closing benefits or Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) support services is being amended to fix a conflict between two rules and correct an error applicable to TANF program notices, changing the reference to the notice period from 30 to 45 days. This rule is also being amended as part of the implementation of HB 3536 (2011) to set out the policy on the effective date for suspending benefits for inmates.

      OAR 461-180-0070 about effective dates for initial month of benefits is being amended to clarify the initial date for TANF benefits when a client has received Pre-TANF benefits in the context of other changes to the Pre-TANF program due to state legislation and budget constraints.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

461-115-0050

When an Application Must Be Filed

(1) A client must file an application, or may amend a completed application, as a prerequisite to receiving benefits as follows:

(a) A client may apply for the TA-DVS program as provided in OAR 461-135-1220.

(b) In all programs except the TA-DVS program:

(A) Except as provided otherwise in this rule, a client wishing to apply for program benefits must submit a complete application on a form approved by the Department.

(B) An application is complete if all of the following requirements are met:

(i) All information necessary to determine the individual’s eligibility and benefit amount is provided on the application for each individual in the filing group.

(ii) The applicant, even if homeless, provides a mailing address.

(iii) The application is signed. An individual required but unable to sign the application may sign with a mark, witnessed by another individual.

(iv) The application is received by the Department, except an electronic application (see OAR 461-001-0000) meets the requirements of this paragraph only when submitted to and received by the Department with an electronic signature.

(2) A new application is not required in the following situations:

(a) In the SNAP program, when a single application can be used both to determine a client is ineligible in the month of application and to determine the client is eligible the next month. This can be done when:

(A) Anticipated changes make the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) eligible the second month; or

(B) The filing group provides verification between 30 and 60 days following the filing date (see OAR 461-115-0040), under OAR 461-180-0080.

(b) In all programs except the SNAP program, when a single application can be used both to determine a client is ineligible on the date of request (see OAR 461-115-0030) and to determine the client is eligible when anticipated changes make the filing group eligible within 45 days from the date of request.

(c) When the case is closed and reopened during the same calendar month.

(d) When benefits were suspended for one month because of the level of income, and the case is reopened the month following the month of suspension.

(e) When reinstating medical benefits for a pregnant woman covered by OAR 461-135-0950, notwithstanding subsection (g) of this section.

(f) When the Department determines a child under the age of 19 years with a date of request from July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 is not eligible for EXT, MAA, MAF, OHP, OSIPM, QMB, or SAC program benefits for a reason other than failure to complete the application requirements under OAR 461-115-0020, and the Department chooses to redetermine the child’s eligibility for EXT, MAA, MAF, OHP, OSIPM, QMB, and SAC program benefits under the administrative rules in effect on October 1, 2009 and January 1, 2010.

(g) In the BCCM, CEC, CEM, EXT, GAM, MAA, MAF, OHP, OSIPM, QMB, and SAC programs, when a client’s medical benefits are suspended because the client lives in a public institution (see OAR 461-135-0950), no new application is required if the inmate is released within 12 months of admission and the inmate provides notification to the Department within 10 days of the release.

(3) When a client establishes a new date of request (see OAR 461-115-0030) prior to the end of the month following the month of case closure, unless the Department determines a new application is required, a new application is not required in the following situations:

(a) In the OSIPM program, when the client’s case closed due to failure to make a liability payment required under OAR 461-160-0610.

(b) In the OSIPM-EPD program, when the client’s case closed due to failure to make a participant fee payment required under OAR 461-160-0800.

(4) A new application is required to add a newborn child to a benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) according to the following requirements:

(a) For the REF and TANF programs:

(A) A new application is not required if the child is listed on the application as “unborn” and there is sufficient information about the child to establish its eligibility.

(B) A new application is required if the child is not included on the application as “unborn.”

(b) In the CEC, CEM, EXT, HKC, MAA, MAF, OHP, and REFM programs, no additional application is required to add a newborn to a benefit group receiving benefits from one of the listed programs if eligibility can be determined without submission of a new application.

(c) In the CEC, CEM, EXT, GAM, HKC, MAA, MAF, OHP, OSIPM, QMB, REFM, and SAC programs, no additional application is required to add an assumed eligible newborn to a benefit group currently receiving Department medical program benefits.

(d) In the ERDC and SNAP programs, an application is not required to add the child to the benefit group.

(e) In all programs other than CEC, CEM, ERDC, EXT, GAM, HKC, MAA, MAF, OHP, QMB, REF, REFM, SAC, SNAP, and TANF, an application is required.

(5) A new application is required to add an individual, other than a newborn child, to a benefit group according to the following requirements:

(a) In the ERDC and SNAP programs, a new application is not required.

(b) In the EXT, HKC, MAA, MAF, OHP, REF, REFM, SAC, and TANF programs, an individual may be added by amending a current application if the information is sufficient to determine eligibility; otherwise a new application is required.

(c) In all programs other than the ERDC, EXT, HKC, MAA, MAF, OHP, REF, REFM, SAC, SNAP, and TANF programs, a new application is required.

(6) A client whose TANF grant is closing may request ERDC orally or in writing.

(7) Except for an applicant for the SNAP program, a client may change between programs administered by the Department using the current application if the following conditions are met:

(a) The client makes an oral or written request for the change.

(b) The Department has sufficient evidence to determine eligibility and benefit level for the new program without a new application.

(c) The program change can be effected while the client is eligible for the first program.

(8) In the CEC, CEM, EXT, HKC, MAA, MAF, OHP, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB programs, a new application is not required to redetermine eligibility if the following conditions are met:

(a) The client currently is receiving benefits from one of these programs; and

(b) The Department has sufficient evidence to redetermine eligibility for the same program or determine eligibility for the new program without a new application or by amending the current application.

Stat. Auth: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.704, 411.706, 411.816, 412.049, 414.025, 414.231, 414.826, 414.839

Stats. Implemented: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.117, 411.404, 411.704, 411.706, 411.816, 412.049, 414.025, 414.231, 414.826, 414.839

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 12-1990, f. 3-30-90, cert. ef. 4-1-90; AFS 23-1990, f. 9-28-90, cert. ef. 10-1-90; AFS 30-1990, f. 12-31-90, cert. ef. 1-1-91; AFS 3-1991(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-17-91; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 2-1992, f. 1-30-92, cert. ef. 2-1-92; AFS 20-1992, f. 7-31-92, cert. ef. 8-1-92; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-94; AFS 10-1995, f. 3-30-95, cert. ef. 4-1-95; AFS 27-1996, f. 6-27-1996, cert. ef. 7-1-96; AFS 36-1996, f. 10-31-96, cert. ef. 11-1-96; AFS 9-1997, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-97; AFS 13-1997, f. 8-28-97, cert. ef. 9-1-97; AFS 4-1998, f. 2-25-98, cert. ef. 3-1-98; AFS 5-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-11-98 thru 5-31-98; AFS 8-1998, f. 4-28-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; AFS 17-1998, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-98; AFS 2-1999, f. 3-26-99, cert. ef. 4-1-99; AFS 1-2000, f. 1-13-00, cert. ef. 2-1-00; AFS 25-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00; AFS 19-2001, f. 8-31-01, cert. ef. 9-1-01; AFS 21-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-01 thru 12-31-01; AFS 22-2001, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-01; AFS 27-2001, f. 12-21-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; SSP 22-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-05; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 7-2007, f. 6-29-07, cert. ef. 7-1-07; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 2-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-28-08 thru 6-30-08; SSP 17-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; SSP 26-2008, f. 12-31-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; SSP 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09; SSP 17-2009(Temp), f. 7-29-09, cert. ef. 8-1-09 thru 1-28-10; SSP 22-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-28-09 thru 1-28-10; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; SSP 39-2009(Temp), f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10 thru 6-30-10; SSP 18-2010, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-130-0330

Disqualifications; Post-TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SNAP, TANF

(1) In the Post-TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SNAP, and TANF programs, the Department may not disqualify from program benefits a client who is a volunteer (see OAR 461-130-0305) participant in an employment program.

(2) In the Pre-TANF, REF, and TANF programs, a mandatory (see OAR 461-130-0305) client who fails to comply with an employment program participation requirement and does not have good cause (see OAR 461-130-0327) for the failure to comply is subject to disqualification under this rule only after the requirements of all of the following subsections are met:

(a) The client has had the opportunity to participate in the re-engagement process under OAR 461-190-0231;

(b) The Department has determined the client is willfully non-compliant and does not have good cause for failing to comply with a requirement of the program;

(c) The Department has offered (and the client has refused) or conducted screenings (and assessed if appropriate) for physical or mental health needs, substance abuse, domestic violence, and learning needs;

(d) The Department has determined the client has no barriers (see OAR 461-001-0025) or refuses to take appropriate steps to address identified barriers;

(e) The Department has determined the client has not met federally required participation rates (see OAR 461-001-0025); and

(f) The Department has assessed for any risk of harm posed to the children by a reduction in cash assistance.

(3) In the REF and TANF programs, the effects of a JOBS disqualification are progressive. There are two levels of disqualification. Once a disqualification is imposed, it affects benefits according to the following schedule until the disqualification ends in accordance with OAR 461-130-0335:

(a) At the first level, the penalty is removal of the disqualified client from the need group (see OAR 461-110-0630) for three months.

(b) At the second level, the need group receives no cash benefit in the program for one month.

(c) At the end of the second level, program benefits are closed and the filing group may not receive program benefits for the following two consecutive months. This may be prevented if the disqualified client:

(A) Contacts a representative of the Department in order to re-engage in the JOBS program prior to the end of the second level; and

(B) Begins the two consecutive weeks of cooperation as outlined in section (4) of OAR 461-130-0335 prior to the end of the second level; or

(C) Is no longer a member of the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210 and 461-130-0335(2)); or

(D) Is unable to participate because there are no appropriate activities (see OAR 461-001-0025) or support services (see OAR 461-001-0025) necessary to support the activity (see OAR 461-001-0025).

(4) In the SNAP program:

(a) A mandatory client who fails to comply with the requirements of an employment program is subject to disqualification. A disqualified client is removed from the need group until he or she meets the employment program requirements and serves the applicable progressive disqualification under the following subsections:

(A) One calendar month for the first failure to comply.

(B) Three calendar months for the second failure to comply.

(C) Six calendar months for the third and subsequent failures to comply.

(b) A client who is exempt (see OAR 461-130-0305) from participation in the SNAP employment program because he or she is a mandatory participant in the JOBS program, receiving unemployment compensation benefits, or has applied for unemployment compensation benefits and is waiting on an initial decision must comply with the requirements of those programs. If the client fails to comply with the requirements of the applicable program the client is disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits, unless he or she can show good cause under OAR 461-130-0327.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.816, 412.009, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.816, 412.009, 412.049

Hist.: AFS 17-1998, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-98; AFS 2-1999, f. 3-26-99, cert. ef. 4-1-99; AFS 9-1999, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-99; SSP 7-2003, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-03; SSP 17-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; SSP 7-2005, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-05; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 41-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-130-0335

Removing Disqualifications and Effect on Benefits

(1) An applicant who would be subject to an employment program disqualification under OAR 461-130-0330 but withdraws the application before benefits are approved is not subject to disqualification.

(2) In the SNAP and TANF programs, a filing group (see OAR 461-110-0330 and 461-110-0370) is not subject to the impact of a disqualification for a disqualified member who has left the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210). Should the member join another filing group, that group is subject to the member’s most recent disqualification.

(3) In the SNAP program, the disqualification ends the first day of the month following the month in which information is provided to the Department justifying the change in the client’s participation classification, even if the date falls within the disqualification period provided in OAR 461-130-0330(4).

(4) In the REF and TANF programs, a client disqualified for failure to meet the requirements of an employment program under division 190 of these rules:

(a) At the first level of disqualification must cooperate for two consecutive weeks with each activity (see OAR 461-001-0025) specified in the client’s current or revised case plan (see OAR 461-001-0025) before the Department may remove the disqualification. Cash benefits are restored effective the date the client completes the two consecutive week cooperation period.

(b) When the second level of disqualification ends, TANF program benefits are closed for two consecutive months, unless the client begins two consecutive weeks of cooperation with each activity specified in the client’s current or revised case plan before the end of the level two. If the client completes the two consecutive weeks of cooperation, cash benefits are restored effective the date the client completes the two consecutive week cooperation period.

(c) Cash benefits shall be restored effective the date it is determined, by the Department, there are no appropriate activities or support services (see OAR 461-001-0025) necessary to support the activity available in order for the client to demonstrate participation.

(5) In the REF and TANF programs, a disqualification ends when the Department changes the participation classification of the disqualified individual to exempt (see OAR 461-130-0305) or when the client complies with the requirements of the employment program (see section (4) of this rule).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.816, 412.009, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.816, 412.009, 412.049

Hist.: AFS 17-1998, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-98; AFS 34-2000, f. 12-22-00, cert. ef. 1-1-01; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 26-2008, f. 12-31-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; SSP 41-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-135-0089

Demonstrating Compliance with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Requirements; Restoring Cash Benefits

In the Pre-TANF, REF, and TANF programs:

(1) In order to end a penalty imposed under OAR 461-135-0085:

(a) At the first level of disqualification (see OAR 461-130-0330(3)), a client must:

(A) Cooperate for a period of two consecutive weeks with each activity (see OAR 461-001-0025) specified in the client’s current or revised case plan (see 461-001-0025); and

(B) Demonstrate a willingness to participate in treatment required under OAR 461-135-0085 if treatment is still required.

(b) When the second level of disqualification (see OAR 461-130-0330(3)) ends, program benefits are closed for two consecutive months, unless the client:

(A) Begins two consecutive weeks of cooperation with each activity specified in the client’s case plan before the end of the level two; and

(B) Demonstrates a willingness to participate in treatment required under OAR 461-135-0085 if treatment is still required.

(2) When the Department removes a disqualification due to a client’s compliance with the requirements under OAR 461-135-0085, cash benefits are restored effective the date the client completed the two consecutive week cooperation period.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.816, 412.006, 412.009, 412.049, 412.089

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.816, 412.006, 412.009, 412.049, 412.089

Hist.: AFS 27-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; AFS 3-1997, f. 3-31-97, cert. ef. 4-1-97; AFS 15-1999, f. 11-30-99, cert. ef. 12-1-99; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 26-2008, f. 12-31-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-135-0485

Requirement to Complete an Employability Screening and Overview of the Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) program; TANF

(1) As used in this rule:

(a) “Employability screening” means the DHS 7823A - Employability Screening Tool.

(b) “Overview of the JOBS program” means a discussion with the caretaker relative (see OAR 461-001-0000) in the need group (see OAR 461-110-0630) about the requirements and services provided under the JOBS program.

(2) To be eligible for TANF benefits, the following must be completed prior to the end of the application processing time frames in OAR 461-115-0190:

(a) Each caretaker relative in the need group must complete an employability screening (see section (1) of this rule); and

(b) At least one caretaker relative in the need group must participate in an overview of the JOBS program (see section (1) of this rule).

(3) The employability screening and overview of the JOBS program must be offered during the initial eligibility intake for TANF program benefits.

Stat Auth.: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 412.006, 412.049, 412.124, 2011 Oregon Laws 604

Stats Implemented: ORS 409.010, 411.060, 411.070, 412.006, 412.049, 412.064, 412.124, 2011 Oregon Laws 604

Hist.: SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-135-0950

Eligibility for Inmates and Residents of State Hospitals

(1) This rule sets out additional restrictions on the eligibility of inmates and residents of state hospitals for programs covered by Chapter 461 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.

(2) Definition of an “inmate”.

(a) An inmate is an individual living in a public institution who is:

(A) Confined involuntarily in a local, state or federal prison, jail, detention facility, or other penal facility, including an individual being held involuntarily in a detention center awaiting trial or an individual serving a sentence for a criminal offense;

(B) Residing involuntarily in a facility under a contract between the facility and a public institution where, under the terms of the contract, the facility is a public institution;

(C) Residing involuntarily in a facility that is under governmental control; or

(D) Receiving care as an outpatient while residing involuntarily in a public institution.

(b) An individual is not considered an inmate when:

(A) The individual is released on parole, probation, or post-prison supervision;

(B) The individual is on home- or work-release, unless the individual is required to report to a public institution for an overnight stay;

(C) The individual is staying voluntarily in a detention center, jail, or county penal facility after his or her case has been adjudicated and while other living arrangements are being made for the individual; or

(D) The individual is in a public institution pending other arrangements as defined in 42 CFR 435.1010.

(3) Definition of a “public institution”.

(a) A public institution is any of the following:

(A) A state hospital (see ORS 162.135).

(B) A local correctional facility (see ORS 169.005): a jail or prison for the reception and confinement of prisoners that is provided, maintained and operated by a county or city and holds individuals for more than 36 hours.

(C) A Department of Corrections institution (see ORS 421.005): a facility used for the incarceration of individuals sentenced to the custody of the Department of Corrections, including a satellite, camp, or branch of a facility.

(D) A youth correction facility (see ORS 162.135):

(i) A facility used for the confinement of youth offenders and other individuals placed in the legal or physical custody of the youth authority, including a secure regional youth facility, a regional accountability camp, a residential academy and satellite, and camps and branches of those facilities; or

(ii) A facility established under ORS 419A.010 to 419A.020 and 419A.050 to 419A.063 for the detention of children, wards, youth, or youth offenders pursuant to a judicial commitment or order.

(b) As used in this rule, the term public institution does not include:

(A) A medical institution as defined in 42 CFR 435.1010 including the Secure Adolescent Inpatient Program (SAIP) and the Secure Children’s Inpatient Program (SCIP);

(B) An intermediate care facility as defined in 42 CFR 440.140 and 440.150;

(C) A publicly operated community residence that serves no more than 16 residents, as defined in 42 CFR 435.1009; or

(D) A child-care institution as defined in 42 CFR 435.1009 with respect to:

(i) Children for whom foster care maintenance payments are made under title IV-E of the Social Security Act; and

(ii) Children receiving TANF-related foster care under title IV-A of the Social Security Act.

(4) Definition of serious mental illness. An individual has a serious mental illness if the individual has been diagnosed by a psychiatrist, a licensed clinical psychologist or a certified non-medical examiner as having dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or other affective disorder or psychotic mental disorder other than a substance abuse disorder and other than a disorder that is both:

(a) Caused primarily by substance abuse; and

(b) Likely to no longer meet the applicable diagnosis if the substance abuse discontinues or declines.

(5) An individual who resides in a public institution, meets the definition of a serious mental illness (see section (4) of this rule), and applies for medical assistance between 90 and 120 days prior to the expected date of the person’s release from the public institution may be found eligible for medical assistance. If the individual is determined to be eligible, the effective date of the individual’s medical assistance is the date the individual is released from the institution.

(6) A client who becomes a resident of a state hospital has medical benefits suspended for up to twelve full calendar months if the client is at least 22 years of age and under 65 years of age. When a client with suspended medical benefits is no longer a resident of the state hospital, medical benefits are reinstated effective the first day the client is no longer a resident, if the client continues to meet eligibility for the medical program.

(7) An individual residing in a state psychiatric institution may be eligible for OSIPM or SAC benefits if the individual is:

(a) 65 years of age or older;

(b) Under 22 years of age; or

(c) 21 years of age or older, if the basis of need is disability or blindness; eligibility was determined before the individual reached 21 years of age; and the individual entered the state hospital before reaching 21 years of age.

(8) For all programs covered under chapter 461 of the Oregon Administrative Rules:

(a) Except as provided in OAR 461-135-0750, an inmate of a public institution is not eligible for benefits.

(b) If a pregnant woman receiving medical assistance through the BCCM, CEC, CEM, EXT, GAM, MAA, MAF, OHP, OSIPM, or SAC program becomes an inmate of a public institution, her medical benefits are suspended. When the Department is informed the woman is no longer an inmate, her medical benefits are reinstated--effective on the first day she is no longer an inmate--if she is still in her protected period of eligibility under OAR 461-135-0010.

(c) If an individual receiving medical assistance through the BCCM, CEC, CEM, EXT, GAM, MAA, MAF, OHP, OSIPM, QMB, or SAC program becomes an inmate of a correctional facility with an expected stay of no more than 12 months, medical benefits are suspended for up to 12 full calendar months during the incarceration period.

(A) In the BCCM, CEC, CEM, EXT, GAM, MAA, MAF, OHP, or SAC program, when the Department is notified by a client with suspended benefits that the client has been released from incarceration, and the notification takes place within 10 days of the release or there is good cause for the late reporting, medical benefits are reinstated effective the first day the client is no longer an inmate.

(B) In the OSIPM or QMB program, when the Department is notified that an individual with suspended benefits has been released, and the notification takes place within 10 days of the release, medical benefits are reinstated effective the first day the client is no longer an inmate if the client continues to meet eligibility for the medical program.

(9) In the GA and SNAP programs, in addition to the other provisions of this rule, an inmate released from a public institution on home arrest, and required to wear an electronic device to monitor his or her activity, is ineligible for benefits if the correctional agency provides room and board to the individual.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.439, 411.443, 411.445, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049, 414.426

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 30-1990, f. 12-31-90, cert. ef. 1-1-91; AFS 4-1998, f. 2-25-98, cert. ef. 3-1-98; AFS 15-1999, f. 11-30-99, cert. ef. 12-1-99; AFS 5-2000, f. 2-29-00, cert. ef. 3-1-00; AFS 17-2000, f. 6-28-00, cert. ef. 7-1-00; AFS 21-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-01 thru 12-31-01; AFS 27-2001, f. 12-21-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; SSP 17-2005(Temp), f. 12-30-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06 thru 6-30-06; SSP 6-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 7-2007, f. 6-29-07, cert. ef. 7-1-07; SSP 10-2011, f. 3-31-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11; SSP 10-2011, f. 3-31-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-135-0960

Age Criteria for Individuals in State Psychiatric Institutions and Training Centers; OSIPM, SAC

(1) Individuals residing in state psychiatric institutions (Blue Mountain Recovery Center, Oregon State Hospital, or the Portland Oregon State Hospital) may be eligible for OSIPM or SAC benefits if they are:

(a) Sixty-five years of age or older;

(b) Under 21 years of age; or

(c) Twenty-one years of age or older, if the basis of need is disability or blindness; eligibility was determined before the client reached 21 years of age; and the individual entered the institution before reaching 21 years of age.

(2) There is no age limit for individuals in the state training center (Eastern Oregon Training Center which is an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded or ICF/MR) to be eligible for OSIPM or SAC.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 19-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-93; AFS 4-1998, f. 2-25-98, cert. ef. 3-1-98; AFS 15-1999, f. 11-30-99, cert. ef. 12-1-99; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; Suspended by SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-135-1195

Specific Requirements; SFPSS Eligibility

In the SFPSS program:

(1) To be eligible, a client must meet the following requirements:

(a) Be an adult;

(b) Meet all TANF program eligibility requirements (except as provided otherwise in this rule);

(c) Be receiving TANF benefits;

(d) Have an impairment that meets the requirements in OAR 461-125-0260;

(e) File an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits under the Social Security Act; and

(f) Sign an Interim Assistance Authorization authorizing the Department to recover interim SFPSS program benefits paid to the client (or paid to providers on the client’s behalf) from the initial SSI payment or the initial payment after the decision on SSI eligibility. The following provisions are considered part of the Interim Assistance Authorization:

(A) Interim SFPSS program benefits include only those SFPSS program cash benefits paid to the adult, who is applying for SSI, during the period of time that the SSI benefit covers.

(B) For any month in which SSI is prorated, the Department may recover only a prorated amount of the interim SFPSS program cash benefit.

(C) If the Department does not stop delivery of an SFPSS program benefit issued after the SSI payment is made, the SFPSS program payment is included in the interim assistance reimbursement to the Department.

(2) Counting earned and unearned income.

(a) The TANF standards in OAR 461-155-0030 are used to determine eligibility for the SFPSS program.

(b) The SFPSS payment standard (see OAR 461-155-0320) is used to determine the benefit amount for the SFPSS program.

(3) A client whose impairment no longer meets the criteria in OAR 461-125-0260 is ineligible for SFPSS benefits.

(4) An SFPSS client found by the Social Security Administration (SSA) not to meet disability criteria may continue receiving SFPSS benefits until all SSA administrative appeals are exhausted.

(5) Once a client is approved for SFPSS, the client is no longer subject to OAR 461-120-0340. The client remains exempt from 461-120-0340 as long as the client is eligible for and receiving SFPSS.

(6) Each client is required to participate in the appropriate activities the Department determines necessary, including activities that promote family stability (see OAR 461-001-0000). The Department must consider the needs of an individual with a disability (see 461-001-0000), and a client’s need for accommodation or modification.

(7) A client must provide the information necessary for the Department to administer the program.

(a) The necessary information includes that needed to determine appropriate activities for the client and to assess whether a client had good cause (see OAR 461-130-0327) for any failure to meet a requirement of the program.

(b) If a medical condition is in question, the Department will assist and may require the client to provide a medical opinion from a qualified and appropriate medical professional.

(8) The Department offers each client the opportunity to participate in any suitable JOBS program activity (see OAR 461-001-0025).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 412.006, 412.009, 412.014, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 412.006, 412.009, 412.014, 412.049, 412.084

Hist.: SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 26-2008, f. 12-31-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; SSP 12-2009(Temp), f. 6-23-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; SSP 28-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09; SSP 34-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-16-09 thru 5-14-10; SSP 5-2010, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-10; SSP 41-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-135-1260

Specific Requirements: Job Participation Incentive

(1) This rule explains specific requirements of the Job Participation Incentive (JPI) program.

(2) Starting October 1, 2011, an individual eligible for the JPI program may receive a $10 monthly food benefit.

(a) The individual receives the $10 incentive payment starting the month the Department receives documentation that all enrollment criteria in section (3) of this rule have been met.

(b) There are no partial months of JPI benefits.

(c) The individual may only be issued retroactive JPI benefits as allowed under OAR 461-180-0130.

(3) To enroll in the JPI program, an individual must:

(a) Be working at an unsubsidized paid employment equivalent to 20 weekly hours at Oregon State minimum wage;

(b) Provide the Department with employer-produced documents of paid, unsubsidized work hours covering a consecutive two-week period that has occurred within the last 60 days;

(c) Have reason to anticipate the same weekly employment hours will remain the same for the reporting period;

(d) Provide employer-produced documents of paid, unsubsidized work hours each time requested by the Department or no later than the last day of the sixth month following the date the client provides the verification of work hours in accordance with subsections (a) and (b) of this section;

(e) Meet citizenship requirements to be an adult in the SNAP benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750);

(f) Be an eligible adult in a SNAP benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) and the sole parent of an eligible dependent child (see OAR 461-001-0000) under age six in the same SNAP benefit group; and

(g) Not be receiving Post-TANF, SFPSS, and TANF programs in the same month.

(4) To remain eligible for the JPI program, a client must:

(a) Meet all SNAP eligibility requirements and SRS reporting requirements (see OAR 461-170-0011); and

(b) Meet all requirements in section (3) of this rule at the time of the interim change report and at the time of the recertification of SNAP benefits.

(5) Household income in the JPI program is calculated in accordance with all SNAP financial rules.

(6) A client is no longer eligible for the JPI program when it has been determined that the client does not meet JOBS federal participation requirements due to:

(a) Loss of employment;

(b) A reduction in work hours when it causes the client to no longer meet the JOBS federally required participation rate;

(c) The client’s youngest child turns six; or

(d) The client is no longer the sole parent of a qualifying dependent child (see subsection (3)(f) of this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 409.010, 411.060, 411.070, 412.049

Hist.: SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-145-0410

Program Benefits

(1) EA and TA-DVS payments are treated as follows:

(a) In the ERDC and SNAP programs, a payment made directly to the client is counted as unearned income. Dual payee and provider-direct payments are excluded.

(b) In all programs except the ERDC and SNAP programs, these payments are excluded.

(2) Payments from ERDC and TANF child care are excluded unless the client is the provider.

(3) Payments from the EXT, GAM, MAA, MAF, OHP, OSIPM, QMB, REFM, and SAC programs are excluded.

(4) Payments from the JPI (see OAR 461-135-1260) are issued as a food benefit and are excluded for all programs.

(5) SNAP payments are treated as follows:

(a) The value of an SNAP benefit is excluded in all programs except the EA program. In the EA program, the value is counted as a resource when determining the emergency food needs of the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0310).

(b) OFSET service payments are excluded.

(6) Benefits from the GA, OSIP (except OSIP-IC), Post-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TANF, and tribal-TANF programs (including the ten percent late processing fee discussed in OAR 461-165-0150) are treated as follows:

(a) In the EA program, these payments are counted as unearned income, except that these payments are excluded for a benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) whose emergent need is the result of domestic violence (see 461-001-0000).

(b) In the ERDC program:

(A) Post-TANF payments are excluded.

(B) All other payments are counted as unearned income.

(c) In the SNAP program:

(A) These payments are treated as unearned income.

(B) An amount received as a late processing payment is treated as lump-sum income.

(C) Payments made to correct an underpayment are treated as lump-sum income.

(D) Ongoing special needs payments for laundry allowances, special diet or meal allowance, restaurant meals, accommodation allowances, and telephone allowances are treated as unearned income. All other special needs payments are excluded as reimbursements.

(d) In the OHP program:

(A) GA payments are excluded from income for purposes of determining OHP eligibility.

(B) Benefits from the Post-TANF program are excluded.

(C) Benefits from the OSIP (except OSIP-IC), REF, SFPSS, and TANF programs (including the ten percent late processing fee discussed in OAR 461 165 0150) are treated as follows:

(i) The payments are counted as unearned income if all the individuals included in the benefit group for the cash payment are also in the OHP financial group (see OAR 461-110-0530).

(ii) A prorated share is counted as unearned income if any of the individuals in the cash payment are not included in the OHP financial group. A prorated share is determined by dividing the total payment by the number of individuals in the TANF benefit group.

(iii) A payment made to correct an underpayment caused by the Department is excluded if the underpayment occurred prior to the budget period.

(e) In all programs except the EA, ERDC, OHP, and SNAP programs:

(A) These payments are excluded in the month received, and any portion remaining following the month of receipt is counted as a resource.

(B) Payments made to correct an underpayment are excluded.

(f) In all programs:

(A) JOBS, REF, and TANF JOBS Plus support service payments are excluded.

(B) For the treatment of JOBS Plus income, see OAR 461-145-0130.

(C) REF and TANF client incentive payments are treated as follows:

(i) Except in the TANF program, the cooperation incentive payment (see OAR 461-135-0310) is counted as unearned income.

(ii) Progress and outcome incentive payments other than in-kind payments are counted as lump-sum income (see OAR 461-140-0120). All other incentives are excluded.

(7) Payments from OSIP-IC are treated as follows:

(a) In the SNAP program, these payments are counted as unearned income and assets held in a contingency fund (see OAR 411-030-0020) are counted as a resource.

(b) In all other programs, these payments and funds held in a contingency fund are excluded.

(8) Pre-TANF program payments are treated as follows:

(a) In the SNAP program, a payment for basic living expenses, made directly to the client, is counted as unearned income. All other payments are excluded.

(b) In all programs except the SNAP program, these payments are excluded.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.404, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.404, 411.700, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 12-1990, f. 3-30-90, cert. ef. 4-1-90; AFS 30-1990, f. 12-31-90, cert. ef. 1-1-91; AFS 5-1991, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-91; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-92; AFS 21-1992(Temp), f. 7-31-92, cert. ef. 8-1-92; AFS 32-1992, f. 10-30-92, cert. ef. 11-1-92; AFS 19-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-93; AFS 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-94; AFS 13-1994, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-94; AFS 23-1994, f. 9-29-94, cert. ef. 10-1-94; AFS 22-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 26-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; AFS 32-1996(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-23-96; AFS 42-1996, f. 12-31-96, cert. ef. 1-1-97; AFS 3-1997, f. 3-31-97, cert. ef. 4-1-97; AFS 9-1997, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-97; AFS 13-1997, f. 8-28-97, cert. ef. 9-1-97; AFS 24-1997, f. 12-31-97, cert. ef. 1-1-98; AFS 17-2000, f. 6-28-00, cert. ef. 7-1-00; AFS 11-2001, f. 6-29-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; SSP 17-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; SSP 22-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-05; SSP 18-2005, f. 12-30-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-160-0015

Resource Limits

(1) In the EA program, all countable (see OAR 461-001-0000) resources must be used to meet the emergent need.

(2) In the ERDC, EXT, HKC, and REFM programs, and for an individual whose eligibility is determined under the OHP-CHP, OHP-OPC, OHP-OPP, or OHP-OP6 programs, there is no resource limit.

(3) In the GA, GAM, OSIP, and OSIPM programs, the resource limit is as follows:

(a) $2,000 for a one-person need group (see OAR 461-110-0630) and $3,000 for a two-person need group.

(b) $1,000 for an OSIP need group eligible under OAR 461 135 0771. The total cash resources may not exceed $500 for a one-person need group or $1,000 for a two-person need group.

(c) $5,000 is the limit for the OSIP-EPD and OSIPM-EPD programs (see OAR 461-001-0035 and 461-145-0025 for funds that may be excluded as approved accounts).

(4) In the MAA, MAF, REF, SAC, and TANF programs, the resource limit is:

(a) $10,000 for a need group with at least one JOBS participant who is progressing in a case plan.

(b) $10,000 for a need group with at least one member who is working under a JOBS Plus agreement.

(c) $2,500 for all other need groups, including all TANF applicants.

(5) In the OHP program, the resource limit for an individual whose eligibility is determined under the OHP-OPU program is $2,000.

(6) In the QMB program, the resource limit is amended in January of each year based on the low income subsidy for Medicare Part D as published by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Effective January 1, 2011 the resource limit is $6,680 for a one-person need group and $10,020 for a need group containing two or more individuals.

(7) In the SNAP program, the resource limit is:

(a) $3,250 for a financial group (see OAR 461-110-0530) with at least one member who is elderly (see OAR 461-001-0015) or an individual with a disability (see OAR 461-001-0015).

(b) $2,000 for all other financial groups.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.706, 411.816, 412.049, 414.231

Stats. Implemented: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.704, 411.706, 411.816, 412.049, 414.025, 414.231, 414.826, 414.831, 414.839

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 12-1990, f. 3-30-90, cert. ef. 4-1-90; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 20-1991, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-91; AFS 20-1992, f. 7-31-92, cert. ef. 8-1-92; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-94; AFS 23-1994, f. 9-29-94, cert. ef. 10-1-94; AFS 29-1994, f. 12-29-94, cert. ef. 1-1-95; AFS 10-1995, f. 3-30-95, cert. ef. 4-1-95; AFS 13-1995, f. 6-29-95, cert. ef. 7-1-95; AFS 22-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 27-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; AFS 42-1996, f. 12-31-96, cert. ef. 1-1-97; AFS 3-1997, f. 3-31-97, cert. ef. 4-1-97; AFS 10-1998, f. 6-29-98, cert. ef. 7-1-98; AFS 1-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-99 thru 7-31-99; AFS 7-1999, f. 4-27-99, cert. ef. 5-1-99; AFS 16-1999, f. 12-29-99, cert. ef. 1-1-00; AFS 27-2001, f. 12-21-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; AFS 13-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-02; SSP 1-2003, f. 1-31-03, cert. ef. 2-1-03; SSP 17-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-03; SSP 29-2003(Temp), f. 10-31-03, cert. ef. 11-1-03 thru 3-31-04; SSP 6-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; SSP 17-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; SSP 22-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; SSP 6-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 29-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-09 thru 3-30-10; SSP 38-2009, f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-1; SSP 39-2009(Temp), f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10 thru 6-30-10; SSP 18-2010, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10; SSP 42-2010(Temp), f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11 thru 6-30-11; SSP 10-2011, f. 3-31-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-170-0011

Changes That Must Be Reported

(1) A change in employment status is considered to occur as follows:

(a) For a new job, the change occurs the first day of the new job.

(b) For a job separation, the change occurs on the last day of employment.

(2) A change in source of income is considered to occur as follows:

(a) For earned income, the change occurs upon the receipt by the client of the first paycheck from a new job or the first paycheck reflecting a new rate of pay.

(b) For unearned income, the change occurs the day the client receives the new or changed payment.

(3) A client must report, orally or in writing, the following changes:

(a) In the BCCM program, a client must report either of the following changes within 10 days of occurrence:

(A) A change in health care coverage.

(B) A change in residence.

(b) In the ERDC program:

(A) A client not participating in SRS in the SNAP program must report the following changes within 10 days of occurrence:

(i) A change in child care provider.

(ii) A change in employment status.

(iii) A change in mailing address or residence.

(iv) A change in membership of the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0350).

(v) A change in source of income expected to continue.

(B) A client participating in SRS in the SNAP program must report the following changes by the tenth day of the month following the month of occurrence:

(i) A change in child care provider.

(ii) Loss of employment.

(iii) Monthly income exceeding the SNAP countable income limit.

(iv) A parent (see OAR 461-001-0000) of a child or unborn or the spouse of the caretaker moves into the residence.

(C) The ERDC case may continue to follow the reporting requirements in paragraph (3)(b)(B) of this rule without a companion SNAP case in SRS when:

(i) The ERDC case was certified in the fifth or sixth month of the SNAP certification period (see OAR 461-001-0000); and

(ii) The SNAP companion case automatically closes because the Interim Change Report (see OAR 461-170-0010) was not received.

(c) In the EXT program, a client must report any of the following changes within 10 days of occurrence:

(A) A change in health care coverage.

(B) A change in name.

(C) A change in pregnancy status of any member of the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0330).

(D) A change in residence.

(E) A member in filing group is no longer a dependent child (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(d) In the SNAP program:

(A) A client assigned to CRS must report any of the following changes within 10 days of occurrence:

(i) A change in earned income of more than $100.

(ii) A change in unearned income of more than $50.

(iii) A change in source of income.

(iv) A change in membership of the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) and any resulting change in income.

(v) A change in residence and the shelter costs in the new residence.

(vi) A change in the legal obligation to pay child support.

(vii) When the sum of cash on hand, stocks, bond, and money in a bank or savings institution account reaches or exceeds program resource limits.

(viii) Acquisition or change in ownership of a non-excluded vehicle.

(B) A client assigned to SRS must report when the filing group’s monthly income exceeds the SNAP countable income limit by the tenth day of the month following the month of occurrence.

(C) A client assigned to TBA is not required to report any changes.

(e) In the JPI program (see OAR 461-135-1260) a client must follow reporting requirements of a SNAP client assigned to SRS (see OAR 461-170-0010).

(f) In the GA, GAM, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB programs a client must report all changes that may affect eligibility within 10 days of occurrence, including any of the following changes:

(A) A change in employment status.

(B) A change in health care coverage.

(C) A change in membership of the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210).

(D) A change in marital status.

(E) A change in residence.

(F) A change in resources.

(G) A change in source or amount of income.

(g) In the MAA, MAF, REF, SAC, SFPSS, and TANF programs, clients assigned to CRS must report any of the following changes within 10 days of occurrence:

(A) Acquisition or change in ownership of a non-excluded vehicle.

(B) A change in earned income more than $100.

(C) A change in employment status.

(D) A change in membership of the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210).

(E) A change in mailing address or residence.

(F) A change in pregnancy status of any member of the filing group.

(G) A change in source of income.

(H) A change in unearned income more than $50.

(I) A change in who pays the shelter costs if the costs will be paid by a non-custodial parent.

(J) Sale or receipt of a resource that causes total resources to exceed program resource limits.

(h) In the HKC and OHP programs, a client must report any of the following changes within 10 days of occurrence:

(A) A change in availability of employer-sponsored health insurance.

(B) A change in health care coverage.

(C) A change in mailing address or residence.

(D) A change in name.

(E) A change in pregnancy status of any member of the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0400).

(i) In the REFM program, clients must report the following changes within 10 days of occurrence:

(A) A change in membership of the household group (see OAR 461-110-0210).

(B) A change in residence.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.706, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049, 414.231

Stats. Implemented: ORS 411.060, 411.070, 411.081, 411.404, 411.704, 411.706, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049, 414.025, 414.231, 414.826, 414.831

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 13-1992, f. & cert. ef. 5-1-92; AFS 17-1992, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-92; AFS 20-1992, f. 7-31-92, cert. ef. 8-1-92; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-94; AFS 13-1994, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-94; AFS 19-1994, f. & cert. ef. 9-1-94; AFS 22-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 23-1995, f. 9-20-95, cert. ef. 10-1-95; AFS 15-1996, f. 4-29-96, cert. ef. 5-1-96; AFS 3-1997, f. 3-31-97, cert. ef. 4-1-97; AFS 13-1997, f. 8-28-97, cert. ef. 9-1-97; AFS 19-1997, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-97; AFS 17-1998, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-98; AFS 25-1998, f. 12-18-98, cert. ef. 1-1-99; AFS 9-1999, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-99; AFS 11-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-99; AFS 17-2000, f. 6-28-00, cert. ef. 7-1-00; AFS 24-2002(Temp), f. 12-31-02, cert. ef. 1-1-03 thru 6-30-03; SSP 1-2003, f. 1-31-03, cert. ef. 2-1-03; SSP 7-2003, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-03; SSP 13-2003, f. 6-12-03, cert. ef. 6-16-03; SPP 20-2003, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-03; SSP 23-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; SSP 14-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; SSP 16-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-05; SSP 15-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; SSP 4-2007, f. 3-30-07, cert. ef. 4-1-07; SSP 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07; SSP 11-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-07 thru 3-29-08; SSP 5-2008, f. 2-29-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; SSP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; Renumbered from 461-170-0015, 461-170-0020, 461-170-0025, 461-170-0030, 461-170-0035 by SSP 26-2008, f. 12-31-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; SSP 5-2009, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-09; SSP 39-2009(Temp), f. 12-31-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10 thru 6-30-10; SSP 5-2010, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-10; SSP 7-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 4-1-10 thru 6-30-10; SSP 18-2010, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10; SSP 32-2010, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-10; SSP 41-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-180-0050

Effective Dates; Suspending or Closing Benefits and JOBS Support Service Payments

(1) This rule explains the effective date for closing or suspending benefits for the entire benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) and the effective date for ending JOBS support service payments.

(2) In all programs except the ERDC program, when the only individual in a benefit group dies, the effective date of the closure is:

(a) In the REF, SNAP, and TANF programs, the last day of the month in which the death occurred.

(b) In all other programs, the date of the death.

(3) For all closures and suspensions not covered by section (2) of this rule, the effective date is determined as follows:

(a) When prospective eligibility is used, the effective date for closing or suspending benefits is the last day of the month in which the notice period ends.

(b) When retrospective eligibility or budgeting is used, the effective date for closing or suspending benefits is the last day of the budget month.

(c) When an absent parent enters an ongoing TANF program household, or another change occurs that ends eligibility based on the incapacity or unemployment of a parent, the effective date for closing benefits is the last day of the month in which the 45-day period described in OAR 461-125-0255 ends.

(d) For a pregnant female receiving benefits of the EXT, MAA, MAF, OSIPM, or SAC program, the effective date for closing benefits is no earlier than the last day of the calendar month in which the 60th day after the last day of pregnancy falls, except at the client’s request.

(e) Notwithstanding subsection (f) of this section, for a client who is receiving medical assistance and becomes incarcerated with an expected stay of a year or less, the effective date for suspending medical benefits is the effective date on the decision notice (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(f) In the OHP program, the effective date for closing benefits is:

(A) The last day of the month in which the benefit group becomes ineligible;

(B) The date the program ends; or

(C) For cases not covered by paragraph (A) or (B) of this subsection, the last day of the certification period (see OAR 461-001-0000).

(g) The effective date for ending support service payments authorized under OAR 461-190-0211 is the earlier of the following:

(A) The date the related JOBS activity is scheduled to end.

(B) The date the client no longer meets the requirements of OAR 461-190-0211.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.706, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049, 414.231, 414.826

Stats. Implemented: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.404, 411.706, 411.816, 412.014, 412.049, 414.231, 414.826

Hist.: AFS 80-1989, f. 12-21-89, cert. ef. 2-1-90; AFS 13-1991, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-91; AFS 2-1992, f. 1-30-92, cert. ef. 2-1-92; AFS 20-1992, f. 7-31-92, cert. ef. 8-1-92; AFS 12-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-93; AFS 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-94; AFS 36-1996, f. 10-31-96, cert. ef. 11-1-96; SSP 17-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; SSP 18-2004, f. & cert. ef 7-12-04; SSP 23-2004(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04 thru 12-31-04; SSP 24-2004, f. 12-30-04, cert. ef. 1-1-05; SSP 5-2010, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-10; SSP 18-2010, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10; SSP 26-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

461-180-0070

Effective Dates; Initial Month Benefits

(1) In the EA program, the effective date for opening the case is the day benefits are issued to the benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750). For a benefit group whose only eligible child is an unborn, the effective date cannot be earlier than the first day of the calendar month preceding the month in which the due date falls.

(2) In the ERDC program, the effective date for