WAC 388-484-0006

Effective September 1, 2011

WAC 388-484-0006 TANF/ SFA time limit extensions

1.   What happens after I receive 60 or more months of TANF/SFA cash assistance?

After you receive 60 or more months of TANF/SFA cash assistance, you may qualify for additional months of cash assistance.  We call these additional months of TANF/SFA cash assistance a TANF/SFA time limit extension.

2.   Who is eligible for a hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension? 

Effective February 1, 2011, you are eligible for a hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension if you are on TANF are otherwise eligible for TANF, or are an ineligible parent and you have received sixty cumulative months of TANF and:

a.   You are approved for one of the exemptions from mandatory participation according to  WAC 388-310-0350 (1)(a) through (d) or, if you are an ineligible parent, you are a supplementary security  income recipient, a social security disability insurance recipient or meet the criteria for an exemption from mandatory WorkFirst participation; or,

b.  You:

i.       Have an open child welfare case with state or tribal government and this is the first time you have had a child dependent under RCW13.34.030 in this or another state or had a child a ward of a tribal court; or

ii.  Are working in unsubsidized employment thirty-two hours or more per week; or

iii. Document that you meet the Family Violence Option criteria in WAC 388-61-001 and are participating satisfactorily in specialized activities needed to address your family violence according to a service plan developed by a person trained in family violence or have a good reason, as described in WAC 388-310-1600(3) for failure to participate satisfactorily in specialized activities.

3.   Who reviews and approves a hardship time limit extension?

a.    Your case manager or social worker will review your case and determine whether a hardship time limit extension type will be approved.

b.  This review will not happen until after you have received at least 52 months of assistance but before you reach your time limit or lose cash assistance due to the time limit.

c.  Before you reach your time limit or lose cash assistance due to the time limit, the department will send you a notice that tells you whether a hardship time limit extension will be approved when your time limit expires and how to request an administrative hearing if you disagree with the decision.

4.   When I have an individual responsibility plan, do my WorkFirst participation requirements change when I receive a hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension?

a.    Even if you qualify for a hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension you will still be required to participate in your individual responsibility plan (WAC 388-310-0500). You must still meet all of the WorkFirst participation requirements listed in WAC Chapter 388-310 while you receive a hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension.

b.    If you do not participate in the WorkFirst activities required by your individual responsibility plan, and you do not have a good reason under WAC 388-310-1600, the department will follow the sanction rules in WAC 388-310-1600. 

5.    Do my benefits change if I receive a hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension?

  1. You are still a TANF/ SFA recipient or an ineligible parent who is receiving TANF/SFA cash assistance on behalf of  your child and your cash assistance, services, or supports will not changes as long as you continue to meet all other TANF/SFA eligibility requirements. During the hardship TANF/ SFA time limit extension, you must continue to meet all other TANF/ SFA eligibility requirements.
  2. If you no longer meet TANF/ SFA eligibility criteria during your hardship time limit extension, your benefits will end.

6.   How long will a hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension last?

a.      We will review your hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension and your case periodically for changes in family circumstances:

i.   If you are extended under WAC 388-484-0006 (2)(a) then we will review your extension at least every 12 months;

ii. If you are extended under WAC 388-484-0006 (2)(b) then we will review your extension at least every 6 months.

b.    Your hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension may be renewed for as long as you continue to meet the criteria to qualify for a hardship time limit extension.

c.    If during the extension period we get proof that your circumstances have changed, we may review your case and determine if you continue to qualify for a hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension. When you no longer qualify for a hardship TANF/SFA time limit extension we will stop your TANF/SFA cash assistance. You will be notified of your case closing and will be given the opportunity to request an administrative hearing before your benefits will stop.

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.