November 30, 2007

 

CalWORKs Program Guide

Special Notice

07-16

 

SUBJECT

TRIBAL TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF) UPDATE

 

REFERENCE

California Department of Social Services, All County Letter 07-25

California Department of Social Services, All County Information Notice I-57-07

San Diego County, CalWORKs Special Notice 06-27

 

EFFECTIVE

Upon receipt

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of this Special Notice (SN) is to:

       Provide staff with the California Tribal Reservations and Rancherias exempt from the 60-month time limit; and

       Announce the California Department of Social Servicesí opening of the new Tribal TANF website.

 

BACKGROUND

State regulations, Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP), states that counties are required to exempt the (State and Federal) 60-month time limit any month in which an individual lives in Indian Country or an Alaskan Native Village where the unemployment rate is fifty percent or higher.

 

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has issued the list of Tribal Reservations that qualify for the 60-month time limit exemption for San Diego County.

 

60-MONTH TIME LIMIT EXEMPTIONS

Individuals who lived in Tribal Reservations and Rancherias with an unemployment rate of fifty percent or higher during 2006 qualify for the 60-month time limit exemption during that year.

 

If an individual lived in Indian Country in an area not listed, and verification from a Native American Tribe is provided that he/she lived where the unemployment rate was at least fifty percent, then the individual will also qualify for this time limit exemption.

 

CalWORKs applicants and recipients must be informed of all time limit requirements and must be provided information on their time on aid at specific intervals as required in:

   CalWORKs Program Guide Section 15-100

http://hhsa-pg.sdcounty.ca.gov/calworks/default.asp?Guide=CW

   CalWORKsSpecial Notice 06-27

http://hhsa-pg.sdcounty.ca.gov/CalWORKS/SpecialNotices/CalWORKs_SN_06-27.htm

 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY EXEMPTED TRIBES

San Diego Tribal Reservations and Rancherias that qualify for the TANF and CalWORKs 60-MONTH time limit exemption in 2006 due to the 50% unemployment rate:

        Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Zip Code 91901

        Los Coyotes Band, Zip Code 92086

 

CDSS TRIBAL TANF WEBSITE

CDSS has created a Tribal TANF website as a useful tool to provide information about the many benefits available to eligible American Indian families in California and in particular about the programs designed and operated by Tribes for their communities.

 

The website is accessible from the Internet at http://tribaltanf.cdss.ca.gov

 

 

PROGRAM IMPACT

No impact to Food Stamps, Medi-Cal or Child Care programs.

 

FORM IMPACT

No impact

 

AUTOMATION IMPACT

No impact

 

QA IMPACT

Quality Assurance will cite case accuracy errors should the procedures in this notice be incorrectly/not applied.Quality Assurance will cite benefit errors should participants be incorrectly sanctioned or incorrectly aided based on the erroneous interpretations of this Special Notice.

 

ASSISTANT DEPUTY DIRECTOR

JAYE YOSHONIS††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††

Assistant Deputy Director††††††††††††††††††

CalWORKs Program

Strategic Planning & Operational Support

 

MANAGER CONTACT

CalWORKs Section