15-100 B. FEDERAL AND STATE CASH AID TIME LIMIT

REQUIREMENTS

Table of Contents

The Federal and State Cash Aid Time Limit Requirements section includes the following information:

 

Topic

Background

Time Limit Overlapping Time Periods

Informing Clients of Time Limits

Time Limits and Family Reunification

TANF Implementation in Other States

 


Background
 
 
 
 
 
 

Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) and the Welfare-to-Work Programs all have specific time period limitations to which adults are eligible for cash assistance and/or services. There are no time limits for children. The following terms apply to these time limitations:

 

Term

Definition

Adult

Parent, aided stepparent, and/or needy care taker relative of an aided child

Cash Assistance / Aid

Any month in which the adult is included in the cash case that was in receipt of:

         Cash assistance grant, or

         Reduced Income Supplemental Payment (RISP), or

         Special Needs Payment, or

         TANF cash grant received from another state.

CalWORKs

CalWORKs is the California version of TANF. Effective January 1, 1998, State regulations required that there be a 60-month time limit on the receipt of CalWORKs cash aid. Effective July 01, 2011, California instituted a new 48-month time limit on the receipt of CalWORKs aid for adults.

 

Time Limit Overlapping

Time Periods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California began issuing federal TANF funds in November 1996.

The CalWORKs program was implemented on January 1, 1998. Any months of aid received prior to January 1, 1998 from California or any other state, shall not count against the CalWORKs 60-month time limit or against the new CalWORKs 48-month time limit that was instituted in California effective July 01, 2011.

The difference in implementation dates created a 13-month period of possible CalWORKs eligibility beyond the 60-month eligibility period for TANF assistance for persons who were on aid or began receiving aid on or after November 1996 through December 1997.

 

If TANF assistance was received in another TANF-funded state prior to January 1998, these months of aid must be counted in the TANF 60-month time limit.

 

When the CalWORKs 60-month time limit was reached, the adults were removed from the assistance unit (AU). Effective July 01, 2011, adults shall be removed upon reaching the new 48-month time limit.

 

Informing Clients of Time Limits
 
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Written information about the 48-month time limit must be provided at the time an individual applies for CalWORKs. This information must include time limit requirements, explanation of exemptions, and the process by which recipients can claim the exemptions.

 

Time Limits and Family Reunification
 
 

Parents receiving CalWORKs Reunification Families services are not receiving cash aid payment and the following time limit any of these months of services shall not count toward the CalWORKs 48-month time limit.

 

TANF Implementation in Other States

As part of the TOA evaluation process, FRCs shall determine the number of countable TANF funded months of aid received in other states to apply toward the TANF 60-month time limit. To assist FRCs in this process, the following chart outlines TANF implementation dates in all U.S. states and districts:

 

STATE IMPLEMENTATION DATES FOR TANF PROGRAM

 

STATE

DATE SUBJECT TO TANF

ALABAMA

NOVEMBER 15, 1996

ALASKA

JULY 1, 1997

ARIZONA

OCTOBER 1, 1996

ARKANSAS

JULY 1, 1997

CALIFORNIA

NOVEMBER 26, 1996*

COLORADO

JULY 1, 1997

CONNECTICUT

OCTOBER 1, 1996

DELAWARE

MARCH 10, 1997

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

MARCH 1, 1997

FLORIDA

OCTOBER 1, 1996

GEORGIA

JANUARY 1, 1997

HAWAII

JULY 1, 1997

IDAHO

JULY 1, 1997

ILLINOIS

JULY 1, 1997

INDIANA

OCTOBER 1, 1996

IOWA

JANUARY 1, 1997

KANSAS

OCTOBER 1, 1996

KENTUCKY

OCTOBER 18, 1996

LOUISIANA

JANUARY 1, 1997

MAINE

NOVEMBER 1, 1996

MARYLAND

DECEMBER 9, 1996

MASSACHUSETTS

SEPTEMBER 30, 1996

MICHIGAN

SEPTEMBER 30, 1996

MINNESOTA

JULY 1, 1997

MISSISSIPPI

OCTOBER 1, 1996

MISSOURI

DECEMBER 1, 1996

MONTANA

FEBRUARY 1, 1997

NEBRASKA

DECEMBER 1, 1996

NEVADA

DECEMBER 3, 1996

NEW HAMPSHIRE

OCTOBER 1, 1996

NEW JERSEY

FEBRUARY 1, 1997

NEW MEXICO

JULY 1, 1997

NEW YORK

DECEMBER 2, 1996

NORTH CAROLINA

JANUARY 1, 1997

NORTH DAKOTA

JULY 1, 1997

OHIO

OCTOBER 1, 1996

OKLAHOMA

OCTOBER 1, 1996

OREGON

OCTOBER 1, 1996

PENNSYLVANIA

MARCH 3, 1997

RHODE ISLAND

MARCH 1, 1997

SOUTH CAROLINA

OCTOBER 12, 1996

SOUTH DAKOTA

DECEMBER 1, 1996

TENNESSEE

OCTOBER 1, 1996

TEXAS

NOVEMBER 5, 1996

UTAH

OCTOBER 1, 1996

VERMONT

SEPTEMBER 20, 1996

VIRGINIA

FEBRUARY 1, 1997

WASHINGTON

JANUARY 10, 1997

WEST VIRGINIA

JANUARY 11, 1997

WISCONSIN

SEPTEMBER 30, 1996

WYOMING

JANUARY 1, 1997

 

*TANF funding was issued on December 1, 1996.