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Ongoing Additional Requirements (OAR)


Revised April 30, 2014



Purpose: This category describes special payments which are available to aged, blind or disabled clients who are receiving cash assistance but have other needs not covered by their monthly cash benefit. This category defines persons who qualify and the needs that qualify for ongoing additional requirement benefits.

WAC 388-473-0010What are ongoing additional requirements and how do I qualify?
WAC 388-473-0020When do we authorize meals as an ongoing additional requirement?
WAC 388-473-0040Food for service animals as an ongoing additional requirement.
WAC 388-473-0050Telephone services as an ongoing additional requirement.
WAC 388-473-0060Laundry as an ongoing additional requirement.

WAC 388-473-0010

WAC 388-473-0010

Effective October 1, 2013

WAC 388-473-0010 What are ongoing additional requirements and how do I qualify?

Ongoing additional requirement" means a need beyond essential food, clothing, and shelter needs and is necessary to help you continue living independently. 

  1. We may authorize ongoing additional requirement benefits if you are active in one of the following programs:

    1. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Tribal TANF;

    2. State Family Assistance (SFA);

    3. Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA);

    4. Refugee Cash;

    5. Aged, Blind, or Disabled( ABD) cash assistance; or

    6. Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

  2. You apply for an ongoing additional requirement benefit by notifying staff who maintain your cash assistance that you need additional help to live independently.

  3. We authorize ongoing additional requirement benefits only when we determine the item is essential to you. We make the decision based on proof you provide of:

    1. The circumstances that create the need; and

    2. How the need affects your health, safety and ability to continue to live independently.

  4. We authorize ongoing additional requirement benefits by increasing your monthly cash assistance benefit.

  5. We use the following review cycle table to decide when to review your need for the additional benefit(s).

    Program

    Frequency (Months)

    TANF/RCA

    6 Months

    ABD

    12 Months

    SSI

    24 Months

    All

    Any time need or circumstances are expected to change

  6. Monthly payment standards for ongoing additional requirements are described under WAC 388-478-0050.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.

CLARIFYING INFORMATION

  1. Social Service staff determine the need, payment amount and the length of approval time for OAR.

  2. SFA recipients are eligible for OAR.

Needs not specified under OAR may still be requested under the exception to rule provision. See:EXCEPTION TO RULE.


WAC 388-473-0020

WAC 388-473-0020

Effective October 17, 2005

WAC 388-473-0020 When do we authorize meals as an ongoing additional requirement?

  1. We authorize additional requirement benefits for meals when we decide all of the following conditions are true:

    1. You meet the criteria in WAC 388-473-0020

    2. You are physically or mentally impaired in your ability to prepare meals; and

    3. Getting help with meals would meet your nutrition or health needs and is not available to you through another federal or state source; such as the community options program entry system (COPES), Medicaid personal care (MPC), or informal support such as a relative or volunteer.

  2. When we decide to provide meals as an additional requirement, we choose whether to authorize this benefit as restaurant meals or home-delivered meals.

  3. We authorize restaurant meals when:

    1. You are unable to prepare some of your meals;

    2. You have some physical ability to leave your home; and

    3. Home-delivered meals are not available or would be more expensive.

  4. We authorize home-delivered meals when:

    1. You are unable to prepare any of your meals;

    2. You are physically limited in your ability to leave your home; and

    3. Home-delivered meals are available.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.

WAC 388-473-0030  REPEALED 


WAC 388-473-0040

WAC 388-473-0040

Effective September 1, 2000

WAC 388-473-0040 Food for service animals as an ongoing additional requirement.

  1. A "service animal" is an animal that is trained for the purpose of assisting or accommodating a person with a disability's sensory, mental or physical disability. 

  2. We authorize benefits for food for a service animal if we decide the animal is necessary for your health and safety and supports your ability to continue to live independently.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.

CLARIFYING INFORMATION

"Trained" does not require training at a recognized school or training facility. It means the animal has been trained to perform some function for the client.

WORKER RESPONSIBILITIES

1. You can ask any of the following:
    a. What tasks the animal performs for the person?
    b. How the animal is necessary for the health and safety of the person?
    c. How the animal supports the person's ability to live independently (or more independently)?
    d. How the animal was trained (Professional training, private/personal training, etc? 


2. Do not ask for proof of training.  Accept the client's statement relating to the animal's training.
    a. The animal does not need:
        i. To be trained at a facility or school,
        ii. To have a certificate. It is acceptable for the person to have trained the animal themselves, a  private trainer, or by a friend or volunteer.

3. The difference between a pet and services animal is the animal must be performing a services to allow the individual to live independently. 

WAC 388-473-0050

WAC 388-473-0050

Effective September 1, 2000

WAC 388-473-0050 Telephone services as an ongoing additional requirement.

We authorize benefits for telephone services when we decide: 

  1. Without a telephone, your life would be endangered, you could not live independently, or you would require a more expensive type of personal care; and

  2. You have applied for the Washington telephone assistance program (WTAP) through your local telephone company.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.

WAC 388-473-0060

WAC 388-473-0060

Effective September 1, 2000

WAC 388-473-0060 Laundry as an ongoing additional requirement.

We authorize benefits for laundry when we decide:

  1. You are not physically able to do your own laundry; or 

  2. You do not have laundry facilities that are accessible to you due to your physical limitations.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.

CLARIFYING INFORMATION

  1. OAR maximum amounts are:

    1. Restaurant meals: $187.09 per month (or $6.04 per day with the payment rounded down to the nearest amount);

    2. Home delivered meals: The amount charged by the agency providing the meals;

    3. Service animal food: $33.66 per month;

    4. Telephone: the local telephone flat rate for the area, or the Washington Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP) rate, whichever is less; and

    5. Laundry: $11.13 per month.

  2. Needs not specified under OAR may still be requested under the exception to rule provision.  See EXCEPTION TO RULE


WORKER RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Refer requests for ongoing additional requirements to Social Services. Set a Barcode tickle for a ten day response.

  2. For the procedure on denials and approvals, see ACES procedures which follow.

  3. If the amount authorized by social services is over the standard allowed, contact the social service specialist to see if an exception to rule has been approved for the higher amount.

  4. If the client is also receiving Food Assistance, the OAR amount is treated as unearned income, (with the exception of benefits for service animal food) and budgeted against food assistance benefits according to the budgeting method in effect for that assistance unit. Allow 10 days advance notice. See: INCOME Budgeting.


ACES PROCEDURES

See Additional Requirement - Ongoing Additional Requirement (AREQ)
Modification Date: April 30, 2014