SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
Purpose: This amendment to WAC 388-310-0080 WorkFirst support services, will increase the limits for the transportation allotments. This is to help eliminate or reduce the financial burden on clients participating in job search.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-310-0800.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.08A.340.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: This rule change is necessary to help job search clients with the increased costs of looking for work caused by the increased price of gas. The increased cost of gas is causing a greater financial burden on clients participating in job search.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: June 29, 2004.
for Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit3429.1
People who can get support services include:
(a) WorkFirst participants who receive a TANF cash grant;
(b) Sanctioned WorkFirst participants during the required participation before the sanction is lifted (WAC 388-310-1600);
(c) Unmarried or pregnant minors who are income eligible to receive TANF and are:
(i) Living in a department approved living arrangement (WAC 388-486-0005) and are meeting the school requirements (WAC 388-486-0010); or
(ii) Are actively working with a social worker and need support services to remove the barriers that are preventing them from living in a department approved living arrangements and/or meeting the school requirements.
(d) Former WorkFirst recipients who are working at least twenty hours or more per week for up to six months after leaving TANF if they need support services to meet a temporary emergency. This can include up to four weeks of support services if they lose a job and are looking for another one (see also WAC 388-310-1800); or
(e) American Indians who receive a TANF cash grant and have identified specific needs due to location or employment.
(2) Why do I receive support services?
Although not an entitlement, you may receive support services for the following reasons:
(a) To help you participate in work and WorkFirst activities that lead to independence.
(b) To help you to participate in job search, accept a job, keep working, advance in your job, and/or increase your wages.
(c) You can also get help in paying your child care expenses through the working connections child care assistance program. (Chapter 388-290 WAC describes the rules for this child care assistance program.)
(3) What type of support services may I receive and what limits apply?
There is a limit of three thousand dollars per person per program year (July 1st to June 30th) for WorkFirst support services you may receive. Most types of support services have dollar limits.
The chart below shows the types of support services that are available for the different activities (as indicated by an "x") and the limits that apply.
• Work-related activities include looking for work or participating in workplace activities, such as community jobs or a work experience position.
•• Safety-related activities include meeting significant or emergency family safety needs, such as dealing with family violence. When approved, safety-related support services can exceed the dollar or category limits listed below.
••• Some support services are available if you need them
for other required activities in your IRP.
Type of support service
|Reasonable accommodation for employment||$1,000 for each request||x|
|Clothing/uniforms||$75 per adult per program year||x|
|Diapers||$50 per child per month||x|
|Haircut||$40 per each request||x|
|Lunch||Same rate as established by OFM for state employees||x|
|Personal hygiene||$50 per adult per program year||x|
|Professional, trade, association, union and bonds||$300 for each fee||x|
|Relocation related to employment (can include rent, housing, and deposits)||$1,000 per program year||x|
|Short-term lodging and meals in connection with job interviews/tests||Same rate as established by OFM for state employees||x|
|Tools/equipment||$500 per program year||x|
|Car repair needed to restore car to operable condition||$250 per program year||x||x|
|License/fees||$130 per program year||x||x|
|Mileage, transportation, and/or public transportation||Same rate as established by OFM for state employees||x||x|
|Transportation allotment||Up to:
|Educational expenses||$300 for each request if it is an approved activity in your IRP and you do not qualify for sufficient student financial aid to meet the cost||x||x|
|Medical exams (not covered by Medicaid)||$150 per exam||x||x||x|
|Public transportation||$150 per month||x||x||x|
Other restrictions on receiving support services are determined by the department or its agents. They will decide what support services you receive, as follows:
(a) It is within available funds; and
(b) It does not assist, promote, or deter religious activity; and
(c) There is no other way to meet the cost.
(5) What happens to my support services if I do not participate as required?
The department will give you ten days notice, following the rules in WAC 388-310-1600, then discontinue your support services until you participate as required.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.08A.340, and 2003 c 10 § 207. 03-21-154, § 388-310-0800, filed 10/22/03, effective 10/27/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 78.08A.340, and [WSR] 99-14-043. 02-11-130, § 388-310-0800, filed 5/21/02, effective 7/1/02; 01-17-053, § 388-310-0800, filed 8/13/01, effective 9/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, and 78.08A.340. 00-13-106, § 388-310-0800, filed 6/21/00, effective 7/1/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.050. 99-14-043, § 388-310-0800, filed 6/30/99, effective 7/31/99; 97-20-129, § 388-310-0800, filed 10/1/97, effective 11/1/97.]