· Any member of the assistance unit (AU) can be temporarily absent from the home for one calendar month or less.
· One full calendar month is from the first day of the month through the last day of the month.
· If the individual is absent for the entire month of February, the calendar month is not considered completed until a full 30 days has transpired.
· A person confined in a correctional facility on the first of any month and expected to remain for one calendar month or more is to be considered permanently absent.
· On February 2nd, an AU member leaves the home to visit other family and returns on March 16th. The person left after the 1st and was not gone for one calendar month. He or she would be considered temporarily absent.
· On April 16th, an AU member leaves home due to a death in the family and does not return until June 3rd. The person was gone more than one calendar month (May) and is not eligible for aid in June.
· In a non-leap year, an AU member leaves the home on February 1st. The person is not considered absent until March 3rd, after 30 days away from home.
The following factors should be evaluated in determining exceptions to the one calendar month time limit for temporary absence.
· The caretaker relative must continue to exercise responsibility for care and control of the child(ren).
· The absent person has the ability to return.
· In the case of an absent child, the caretaker relative has the ability to require the return of the child to the home.
· The caretaker relative continues to contribute to the support of the child.
Human Services Specialists (HSSs) are required to document the basis of any exception to the one full calendar month time limit for temporary absence described in CPG 41-500.C.3. Documentation consists of a third party verification or a narrative explanation or a combination of both.
The AU reports that a child has been hospitalized. The HSS is required to document the basis of the temporary absence. Acceptable evidence that a child is hospitalized may include, but is not limited to, the following:
· An admittance documentation from the hospital;
· A letter from the admitting medical doctor or other legally qualified medical professional;
· Other documentation that the HSS determines to be acceptable evidence that the child has been admitted to the hospital.
The documentation shall include the date the child was admitted to the hospital and, if possible, the anticipated duration of the hospital stay. If the child remains hospitalized beyond the anticipated duration of the hospital stay, the HSS is required to re-verify if the child remains hospitalized.
The following situations are exceptions to the one full calendar month time limit for a temporary absence from the home.