41-500.D. Persons Included in the Assistance Unit

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The Persons Included in the Assistance Unit section includes the following information:

 

Topic

Assistance Unit Determination

Assistance Unit Minimum Requirements

Mandatory Persons Included in the Assistance Unit

Assistance Unit Optional Persons

Combining Assistance Units

 

 

 

Assistance Unit Determination

 

 

  The Human Services Specialist (HSS) determines who is mandatory to be included or excluded from the Assistance Unit (AU).

 

  The HSS and the applicant together decide whether or not an optional person is included in the AU.

 

Assistance Unit Minimum Requirements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The AU is required to have at least one of the following:

 

  One eligible child, or

 

  A caretaker relative when caring for:

 

1.          An SSI/SSP child, or

2.          A child receiving federal, state or local Foster Care maintenance payments made with county-only funds for the board and care costs of children placed by child welfare in 24-hour out of home care who have an open child welfare services case file, or

 

  A pregnant woman, or

 

  A caretaker relative of work sanctioned child.

 

Mandatory Persons Included in the Assistance Unit

 

 

 

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The AU must include the following persons when living in the same home and eligible:

 

  The applicant child

  Any eligible sibling or half-sibling of the applicant child who meets the age requirement

  Any birth or adoptive parent of the applicant child, or of an eligible sibling or half-sibling who meets the age requirement, except for an alternatively sentenced prisoner.

 

The assigned HSS must deny the application or discontinue aid when a mandatory included person refuses to be included in the AU.

 

Assistance Unit Optional Persons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The following optional persons are those who are not otherwise required to be in the AU but can be included upon request of the applicant/recipient:

 

   Any non-parent relative who has been determined to be the caretaker relative, or

 

   Any other eligible children, including but no limited to a niece or†† nephew of the caretaker relative, or

 

   Any essential person meeting the requirements identification of persons for claiming of financial participation.††

 

Whenever an HSS is notified of a change in the number of persons living in the home he/she is required to:

 

  Identify for the applicant or recipient any person living in the home who may be included in the AU, and

 

  Explain the effect of including or excluding the optional person by describing the AU composition which will result in the maximum aid to which the family is eligible, considering the income and resources of each person who may be included.

 

The applicant/recipient must decide who will be included as an optional person.

 

Combining Assistance Units

 

 

 

 

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Two or more AUís in the same home are to be combined into one AU when:

 

  A caretaker relative is married to another caretaker relative in another AU, or

 

  Two caretaker relatives in the home have separate children and also have a child in common, or

 

  There is only one caretaker relative.