B. Recurring Special Need

Recurring Special Need Overview

A recurring need is the result of a circumstance which results in added cost to the family and which is expected to occur during two or more months in a calendar year.

 

The allowance for a recurring special need cannot exceed the actual increase in costs to the family as a result of the special need. Actual costs must be verified monthly on the QR-7 except in situations when the special needs guidelines are utilized, the Human Services Specialists (HSS) can authorize payment at the rates indicated without verification of actual cost. However, the special need must be verified at onset and at least annually at renewal.

 

The total allowance available to each assistance unit (AU) per month for all recurring special needs is not to exceed the amount resulting from multiplying $10 by the number of persons in the AU. (NOTE: An AU of one is eligible to a maximum of $10, an AU of 2 is eligible to a maximum of $20 etc.)

Therapeutic Diets

 

Special need for therapeutic diets can be authorized when recommended by a physician. Recipients are entitled to establish actual expenses if it is to his or her benefit to do so. However, the HSS may pay the amount listed below without verification of actual costs:

 

$15 can be allowed for the following diets:

  Diabetic, 2200 calories or more

  High Calorie - High protein (including special formula for infant)

   Lactation (while breast feeding)

 

 

$9 can be allowed for the following diets:

  Diabetic, under 2200 calories

  Bland

  Low Fat - Cholesterol

   Low Salt - (sodium, under three grams)

 

 

Other Recurring Special Needs

 

  Special transportation; the allowance is not to exceed the actual cost of the least expensive mode of the transportation. The HSS can compute the costs for a private automobile according to the number of miles traveled at the rate of $0.12 a mile without further documentation. Examples of special transportation needs are where the recipient must journey an unusual distance or travel daily to receive required medical treatment.

 

   Special laundry; the HSS can allow $3.00 per month without verification of actual costs. An example is where a recipient is required to change and clean bedding or clothing more than usual due to a medical condition.

 

   Employing someone to do the cooking, washing, ironing, household cleaning, and similar services for members of the AU when the HSS verifies that the family caretaker is unable to perform any of these functions.

 

   Special telephone service or equipment when a member of the AU is handicapped by an auditory impairment.

 

   Excessive use of utilities when verified by the HSS. The HSS can allow $5.00 per month without verification of actual cost. (NOTE: Excessive use of utilities due to medical equipment.)

 

Note: The total allowance available to each AU per month for all recurring special needs is not to exceed the amount resulting from multiplying $10 by the number of persons in the AU.