WSR 03-06-095

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed March 4, 2003, 3:59 p.m. , effective May 1, 2003 ]

Date of Adoption: February 28, 2003.

Purpose: To differentiate between classic jobs and career jump jobs and explain the impact that income received from each of these programs has on cash and basic food assistance benefit amounts; and to assure that clients are not terminated from cash assistance instead of being suspended when they participate in community jobs and that basic food allotments are calculated correctly based upon the type of community job held by the client.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-450-0050.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 03-03-008 on January 6, 2003.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: May 1, 2003.

February 28, 2003

Bonita H. Jacques

for Brian H. Lindgen, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3193.2
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-23-044, filed 11/15/01, effective 1/1/02)

WAC 388-450-0050   How are your cash assistance and basic food ((assistance)) benefits determined when you are participating in the community jobs (CJ) program?   (1) ((When you work in the community jobs (CJ) program, you get part of your money from the job and part as a TANF grant. The department estimates your total monthly income from your CJ position based on the number of hours you, your case manager and the CJ contractor expect you to work for the month. We multiply the)) There are two different kinds of community jobs. They are:

(a) Classic jobs where your wages are subsidized by TANF or SFA; and

(b) Career jump where your wages are paid entirely by your employer beginning with the fifth month of your employment.

(2) We figure your total monthly income you get from your classic jobs or career jump job by:

(a) Estimating the number of hours you, your case manager, and the CJ contractor expect you to work for the month; and

(b) Multiplying the number of hours by the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher((, to get your monthly income)).

(((2))) (3) Because you are expected to participate and meet the requirements of CJ, once we determine what your total monthly income is expected to be, we do not change your TANF grant if your actual hours are more or less than anticipated.

(((3))) (4) We treat the total income we expect you to get each month from your CJ position as:

(a) Earned income for cash assistance except we do not count any of the CJ income you get in the first month of your employment.

(b) ((Unearned)) Earned income for basic food ((assistance)) if you are a career jump participant that has transferred to your employer's regular payroll and your wages are no longer being subsidized; or

(c) Unearned income for basic food while you are in subsidized employment.

(((4) For cash assistance, we do not count any of the CJ income that you get in the first month that you work in the CJ position.))

(5) If your anticipated ((CJ)) classic jobs income is more than your grant amount, your cash grant is suspended. This means that you are considered to be a TANF/SFA recipient, but you do not get a grant.

(a) The grant suspension can be up to a maximum of nine months.

(b) As long as you would be eligible for a grant if we did not count your ((CJ)) classic jobs income, you can keep participating in CJ even though your grant is suspended.

(c) The months your grant is suspended do not count toward your sixty-month lifetime limit.

(6) If your income from career jump after we subtract half of what you have earned is greater than your grant, your TANF/SFA case will close. This happens because your income is over the maximum you are allowed. You will still be able to participate in the CJ program for up to nine months.

(7) If your income from other sources alone not counting CJ income makes you ineligible for a cash grant, we terminate your grant and end your participation in CJ.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.04.510. 01-23-044, 388-450-0050, filed 11/15/01, effective 1/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 99-09-054, 388-450-0050, filed 4/19/99, effective 6/1/99; 98-16-044, 388-450-0050, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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