461-190-0211   Effective 07/01/14
Case Plan Activities and Standards for Support Service Payments; JOBS, Post-TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, TANF

In the JOBS, Post-TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, and TANF programs, notwithstanding any other administrative rule in Chapter 461 and subject to the limitations of state funding, the following special provisions apply:

  1. Participation in an activity (see OAR 461-001-0025) is limited as provided in each of the following subsections:

    1. An individual who is determined to be a work-eligible individual according to federal definition (45 CFR 261.2(n)(1)). Unless section (10) or (11) of this rule applies, no other individual may participate in and access JOBS contract activities and support services (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    2. An individual who is an applicant in the Pre-TANF program, or a recipient of TANF or Post-TANF program benefits, or has become over-income due to earnings in an on-the-job training (see OAR 461-001-0025) activity pursuant to section (11) of this rule.

  2. For eligible individuals, subject to the requirements and limitations in sections (1), (5), (6), and (7) of this rule, the following activities will be available, and include support services payments if needed:

    1. Job search (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    2. JOBS Plus (see OAR 461-001-0025 and OAR 461-101-0010) is limited to six months per individual, unless circumstances unique to the employment situation are identified and warrant the Department to approve a limited number of additional months.

    3. Work experience (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    4. Sheltered or supported work (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    5. High School or GED Completion Attendance (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    6. Parents as Scholars (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    7. Limited family stability (see OAR 461-001-0000).

      1. Drug and alcohol services (see OAR 461-001-0025).

      2. Mental health services (see OAR 461-001-0025).

      3. Attending medical appointments or services.

      4. Rehabilitative activities (see OAR 461-001-0025).

      5. Crisis Intervention (see OAR 461-001-0025).

      6. SSI application process.

    8. Vocational training (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    9. Life Skills (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    10. On-the-job training (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    11. Unsubsidized employment (work).

    12. Adult Basic Education (see OAR 461-001-0025).

  3. The following activities will not include support services payments:

    1. Domestic Violence Intervention.

    2. Family Support & Connections.

    3. Mircroenterprise (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    4. Post-TANF.

    5. Program entry (see OAR 461-001-0025).

    6. Self Initiated Training (see OAR 461-001-0025).

  4. Participation in an activity is based on whether an individual is Job Ready, Near Job Ready, Not Job Ready, or a teen parent (see OAR 461-001-0000 and 461-001-0025).

    1. Job Ready means the individual has no barrier (see OAR 461-001-0025) or current barriers do not impact participation or employment. In addition, the individual has all of the following:

      1. Prior stable work history, either paid or unpaid.

      2. Had not voluntarily quit or been dismissed from their most recent employment (see OAR 461-135-0070), without good cause (see OAR 461-135-0070).

      3. Reliable or available transportation.

      4. No outstanding legal issues that would impact or prevent employment.

      5. Access to reliable child care within support services limits, or does not need help to pay for child care, or does not need child care.

    2. Near Job Ready means the individual has minimal barriers to participation or employment and the individual is addressing the barriers. In addition, the individual has all of the following:

      1. Limited or no work history, either paid or unpaid.

      2. Reliable or available transportation.

      3. No outstanding legal issues that would impact or prevent employment, or such legal issues are identified and are being addressed.

      4. Access to reliable child care within support services limits, or does not need help to pay for child care, or does not need child care.

    3. Not Job Ready means the individual has one or more barriers to participation or employment or is in crisis, and the individual is not addressing the barriers. For example, the individual has one or more of the following:

      1. Lack of stable housing that is preventing participation in an activity or employment.

      2. Domestic violence, mental health or alcohol and drug issues, and the individual is not addressing the issue.

      3. Medical issues that prevent participation in an activity or employment.

      4. Outstanding legal issues that would impact or prevent employment.

      5. Literacy issues that impact the ability for the individual to participate in an activity or obtain employment.

  5. In approving JOBS program support services payments, the Department must consider lower cost alternatives. It is not the intent of the Department or of this rule to supplant Department funding with other funding that is available in the community. It is the Department's expectation that case managers and clients will work collaboratively to seek resources that are reasonably available to the client in order to participate in activities.

  6. Payments for support services are only provided when:

    1. Necessary to participate in activities in a signed case plan;

    2. Authorized in advance; and

    3. All other provisions of this rule are met.

  7. Payments for support services are subject to the following limitations:

    1. Child Care. Payments for child care may be authorized, as limited by OAR 461-160-0040, if necessary to enable Job Ready or Near Job Ready individuals or teen parents to participate in an approved JOBS program activity specified in the individual's case plan, or a Not Job Ready individual approved by the district to complete a family stability activity. If authorized, payment for child care will be:

      1. The lesser of the actual rate charged by the care provider and the rate established in OAR 461-155-0150. The Department rate for children in care less than 158 hours in a month is limited by OAR 461-155-0150.

      2. The minimum hours necessary, including meal and commute time, for the individual to participate in an approved JOBS program activity.

    2. Transportation. The Department may provide payments for a Job Ready or Near Job Ready individual or teen parent for transportation costs incurred in travel to and from an approved JOBS program activity or a Not Job Ready individual approved by the district to complete a family stability activity. Payment is made only for the cost of public transportation or the cost of fuel. Payments are subject to the following considerations:

      1. Payment for public transportation is a priority over payment for a privately owned vehicle.

      2. Payment for fuel costs for a privately-owned vehicle is only provided if the client or individual providing the transportation has a valid driver's license and vehicle insurance and either of the following is true:

        1. No public transportation is available or the client is unable to use public transportation because of a verifiable medical condition or disability for which no accommodation is available.

        2. Public transportation is available but is more costly than the cost of fuel.

    3. Housing and Utilities. Payments for housing and utilities are not allowed.

    4. Other Payments. When the need is identified by the district and no other sources are available, the Department may provide other payments needed --

      1. To look for work.

      2. To accept a job offer.

      3. To attain a high school diploma or GED.

      4. For books and supplies for a participant to complete a district-approved vocational training.

      5. Other payments with manager approval that are not otherwise restricted by rule.

    5. None of the following payments are allowed:

      1. Non-essential items.

      2. Television, cable, and internet.

      3. Fines, reinstatement fees, restitution, legal fees, civil fees, court costs, or other costs associated with a penalty.

      4. Purchase of a car, recreational vehicle, or motor home.

      5. Support services for exempt individuals.

      6. Pet-related costs.

      7. ERDC co-payments.

  8. The Department may require an individual to provide verification of a need for, or costs associated with, support services prior to approval and issuance of payment if verification is reasonably available.

  9. The Department may reduce, close, or deny in whole or in part an individual's request for a support services payment in the following circumstances:

    1. The individual is disqualified for failing to comply with a case plan, unless the payment in question is necessary for the individual to demonstrate cooperation with his or her case plan.

    2. The purpose for the payment is not related to the individual's case plan.

    3. The individual disagrees with a support services payment offered or made by the Department as outlined in the individual's case plan.

    4. The individual is not determined to be a Job Ready or Near Job Ready individual, a Not Job Ready individual in a family stability activity, or a teen parent.

  10. An individual who has gone over-income for the TANF program due to earnings and needs to increase activity hours to meet Post-TANF federally required participation rates (see OAR 461-001-0025) may be a volunteer and participate.
  11. An individual who has become over-income for the TANF program due to earnings in an on-the-job training activity is eligible to receive support services (see OAR 461-001-0025) for no more than three months, unless circumstances unique to the situation are identified and warrant the Department to approve a limited number of additional months.  Eligibility for support services under this section is only permitted while the individual continues to participate in the on-the-job training activity.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 412.006, 412.009, 412.014, 412.049, 412.124, 2013 Or. Laws 722
Stats. Implemented: ORS 409.010, 411.060, 411.070, 412.001, 412.006, 412.009, 412.014, 412.049, 412.124, 2013 Or. Laws 722

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