15-100 E. SAFETY NET PROGRAM

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The Safety Net Program section includes the following information:

 

Topic

Safety Net Program Definition

Safety Net Cases

Cases Not Meeting Safety Net Criteria

 

Safety Net Program

Definition

 

 
 

When adults in a CalWORKs Assistance Unit (AU) reach the 48-month time limit and are removed from the AU, aid continues for the eligible children under the Safety Net program.

Since the adults in two-parent cases may reach the 48-month CalWORKs time limit at different times, the case is considered a Safety Net case only when both parents are discontinued.

 

Timed-out recipients may regain eligibility for aid by later meeting an extender exception as outlined in CPG 15-100 C., CalWORKs Time Limit Extender Categories. Extender exceptions apply at any time that timed-out individuals meet exception criteria. If the timed-out adult is discontinued due to the CalWORKs 48-month limit and later reinstated when she/he meets an extender criterion, FRCs shall move the case out of the Safety Net aid code (3A or 3C) and into the appropriate CalWORKs aid type for a case in which the adult(s) is not timed-out. Pre-time limit grant calculation rules are then used.

 

Example:

A two-parent case is moved to Safety Net aid code 3C when both parents reach the CalWORKs 48-month time limit. If the parents later qualify for an extender, the case is moved back into aid code 35, and the grant is calculated in accordance with pre-time limit rules.

 

Safety Net Cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A case in one of the following categories meets the Safety Net criteria:

 

Cases Previously Categorized As:

Case Scenario

CalWORKs All Other Families Timed Out, Child Only Case

All Adults have been:

        Discontinued from cash aid, and

        Removed from the AU due to reaching the CalWORKs 48-month time limit without meeting a time extender exception.

CalWORKs Two-Parent Timed Out, Child-Only Case

Prior to both parents timing out, both adults have been:

         Discontinued from cash aid, and

         Removed from the AU for reaching the CalWORKs 48-month time limit without meeting a time extender exception.

 

Cases Not Meeting Safety Net Criteria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A case in one of the following categories does not meet the Safety Net criteria:

 

Case Type

Case Scenario

All Other Families Cases

        Contains two aided adults, and

        Only one adult is discontinued from the AU for reaching the time limit.

 

Should not be considered a Safety Net case.

 

Example: Cases with incapacity as the basis of deprivation where one adult is disabled and exempt from the CalWORKs 48-month time limit would not be converted to a Safety Net case

Two-Parent Cases

         Only one adult reaches the CalWORKs time limit, and

        Is discontinued from the AU.

 

Should not be converted to a Safety Net case by an aid code change.

The case should continue to be aided as a two-parent case, using the appropriate aid code (as assigned prior to timing out), until the second parent is discontinued.

Zero-Parent Cases

A case in which the parent(s) or caretaker(s) is excluded from or ineligible for cash assistance should not be converted to a Safety Net case.

This would include current zero-parent cases such as, but not limited to, cases in which the parent(s) in the home:

        Is a convicted drug felon, or

        Is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and therefore is not aided, or

        Cases in which the caretaker relative is non-needy and/or not aided (i.e. needy caretaker relative who becomes CalWORKs timed out).