Release 81:  Effective April 1, 2016

Job Participation Incentive -
B.  Initial and Ongoing Enrollment


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  1. Initial loading
  2. of the program was done by Central Office through identification of eligible JPI clients and updates made to enroll these clients in JPI beginning October 2011. The program start date is October 1, 2011, and no benefits may be issued for a time period prior to this date.

    JPI expansion: For May 2012, the JPI benefit is expanded to include single parents of a dependent child from age 6 to under 18. No benefits may be issued for a time period prior to this date for clients meeting JPI under the new child age requirement.

    JPI expansion: In June 2014, the JPI benefit was expanded to include two-parent families of a dependent child under the age of 18.

  3. Initial enrollment
  4. should occur by staff as they process benefits for SNAP cases. To be enrolled in the JPI program, an individual must:

    NOTE
      In a two-parent family, only the working parent(s) must be in the SNAP benefit group. The other parent must be in the SNAP filing group.

  5. Ongoing enrollment -
  6. should be determined as SNAP cases are updated:

    NOTE
      If a client loses JPI eligibility in a month, the client may apply and, if eligible, receive other TANF-funded benefits.

  7. When to begin JPI payments:
  8. NOTE
      Initial month of eligibility has to be issued manually by using EN or IN issuance code.

    Specific Requirements; Job Participation Incentive Rule
    461-135-1260 — Specific Requirements; Job Participation Incentive

    Effective Dates; Restored Benefits Rule
    461-180-0130 — Effective Dates; Restored Benefits

  9. Verification of eligibility
  10. Clients must provide documentation to the department when it is requested. Documentation must be employer verification of work hours or, if income is derived from self-employment, the client must provide verification of self-employment income. Work hours can also be verified through collateral contact, including The Work Number or verbal evidence given by an employer or written evidence given by a third party that has direct knowledge of the hours worked or self-employment income.

    NOTE
      Verbal employer verification and verification of work hours from anyone but employer should be limited and used as a last resort for verification. Narrate, Narrate, Narrate.

    The following are factors that must be verified at initial application, at interim change report, at recertification and/or when reported changes occur:

Specific Requirements; Job Participation Incentive Rule
461-135-1260 — Specific Requirements; Job Participation Incentive

Reporting Changes - Overview Rule
461-170-0010 — Reporting Changes - Overview

Changes That Must be Reported Rule
461-170-0011 — Changes That Must be Reported


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