SI BOS00830.403 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Connecticut (TN 5-251 -- 01/2005)

A. Background

Based on Federal legislation passed in 1996, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). The legislation provides cash block grants to States and gives them flexibility to determine eligibility criteria and to set benefit amounts.

B. The administration of TANF in Connecticut

1. State agency administering TANF

The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) administers TANF under the name of “Temporary Family Assistance” (TFA). The State also uses TANF funds for a variety of other programs. These can be found on the agency website at http://www.dss.state.ct.us.

2. Simultaneous SSI/TFA eligibility

In Connecticut, an individual may not be included in a TFA grant for the same months he or she is eligible for SSI. The monthly amount of any SSI payment must be reduced dollar for dollar by the individual’s share of a TFA grant, until the State removes the individual from the grant. Sections C and D below provide instructions for verifying the individual’s share of the TFA grant and the TFA termination date.

3. Frequency of payment

Connecticut does not pay partial month benefits. TFA recipients receive their full benefit at the beginning of the month.

4. How Connecticut computes TFA grants

Connecticut uses an incremental method to determine the TFA grant amount for a family. The amount of the grant is increased or decreased, as the number of people in the family increases or decreases.

5. Family cap on Incremental Rate Grant

A partial family cap applies to TFA programs in Connecticut. Additional benefits for children born to TFA units are reduced by approximately one-half in some circumstances.

6. Child support pass-through

TFA and Medicaid recipients assign their child support rights to the State as part of their obligation to cooperate with child support enforcement efforts. From the child support Connecticut collects each month, the agency pays the first $50.00 per month to the household. Connecticut excludes this pass-through payment in determining need and the amount of the benefit payment. Assume that a regularly recurring payment of $50 or less made by Connecticut is not income to the SSI recipient unless there is only one child in the family. If there is only one child in the family, accept the individual's allegation that the household receives the $50 pass-through payment and consider this to be child support to the child. See SI 00830.425D.4.

7. Individual Development Accounts (IDA)

Connecticut does not offer Individual Development Accounts.

C. Procedure – determining an individual’s share of a TFA grant

Because funding for TANF comes partially from Federal block grants, TFA payments are considered income based on need. The individual’s share of a TFA grant is counted dollar for dollar against SSI. Verify this amount with the DSS, as required in SI 00830.403.

Use SSA Access to State Records Online (SASRO) to verify an individual’s receipt of TFA in Connecticut. (See Section E below.) The DSS Eligibility Management System (EMS) gives the names of the individuals on the grant and the family grant amount. When the family grant amount agrees with one of the payment standards in the chart shown in Section F below, use the chart to derive the individual’s share for each month of SSI eligibility.

In MSSICS cases, document online verification on the IADC and ASSOCIATED REMARKS screens. When MSSICS cannot be used, document the EVID screen in Shared Processes. Record the following:

  • the name of the agency (DSS) whose records were accessed,

  • the system (EMS) used for access,

  • the date of access,

  • the family grant amount and number on the grant for each month of SSI eligibility, and

  • the EMS screens where this information was located.

NOTE: Use the EVID screen or the DROC screen (and lock it) in post-eligibility situations. Do not use the FILE DOCUMENTATION REMARKS of the ASSOCIATED REMARKS SCREEN (for the IADC screen) when documenting TANF in a post-eligibility situation. The screen must lock in order for the documentation to be acceptable. The FILE DOCUMENTATION REMARKS of the ASSOCIATED REMARKS SCREEN only locks for information posted at the time of adjudication.

Click the following links for examples on documenting TFA and coding the appropriate screens. They are located in the TANF Guide for Connecticut in the SSI Subject Index on BOSNet:

Example 1 - Verification and Documentation of TFA Grant for SSI Applicant - MSSICS Case

Example 2 - Verification and Documentation of TFA Grant for SSI Applicant - Non-MSSICS Case

If the family grant amount is not one of those shown in the chart, or if SASRO shows that the SSI recipient is a cap child, contact the DSS servicing office directly. Ask the agency for:

  • the amount of the TFA grant paid to the family for each month of SSI eligibility and

  • the amount the grant would be for each of those months without the SSI applicant.

Obtain this information orally. Document the grant amounts, along with the agency name, the date of contact, and the name and phone number of the individual contacted. For MSSICS cases, use the IADC and ASSOCIATED REMARKS screens. For non-MSSICS cases, use the EVID screen and input the individual’s share as type “F” income in the UM field per SM 01005.180-SM 01005.185.

D. Procedure – verifying TFA termination

Connecticut does not allow an individual to receive TFA concurrently with SSI. When an SSA field office inputs an SSI allowance for a TFA recipient in Connecticut, the DSS receives electronic notification of this event. The agency then updates the TFA eligibility information on EMS, usually within two business days.

Verify the date an SSI recipient is removed from the TFA grant by monitoring SASRO. When the final SSI allowance is input, make sure that the type “F” income is verified and posted as a continuing amount. Control the case for follow up on SASRO. Input the termination date for the TFA income, once it appears on EMS.

Document online verification of TFA termination using the DROC screen in MSSICS cases or the EVID screen in non-MSSICS cases. Include:

  • the name of the agency (DSS) whose records were accessed,

  • the system (EMS) used for access,

  • the date of access,

  • the date of TFA termination, and

  • the EMS screen where this information was located.

Click the following links for examples on documenting TFA termination and coding the appropriate screens. The examples are located in the TANF Guide for Connecticut in the SSI Subject Index on BOSNet:

Example 3 - Verification and Documentation of TFA Termination for SSI Applicant - MSSICS Case.

Example 4 - Verification and Documentation of TFA Termination for SSI Applicant - Non-MSSICS Case.

If a TFA termination date cannot be verified using SASRO within 10 days of the SSI allowance, contact the DSS directly.

  • Advise the agency of the individual’s eligibility and the date of the first SSI payment.

  • Verify the individual’s removal from the TFA grant and the date of removal.

  • Terminate the “F” income using the date provided by the State agency.

Document the TFA termination date, along with the agency name, the date of contact, and the name and phone number of the individual contacted. For MSSICS cases, use the IADC and DROC screens. Lock the DROC screen after entering the necessary data. For non-MSSICS cases, use the EVID screen, and input the individual’s share as type “F” income in the UM field per SM 01305.200-SM 01305.215.

NOTE: Use the EVID screen or the DROC screen (and lock it) in post-eligibility situations. Do not use the FILE DOCUMENTATION REMARKS of the ASSOCIATED REMARKS SCREEN (for the IADC screen) when documenting TANF in a post-eligibility situation. The screen must lock in order for the documentation to be acceptable. The FILE DOCUMENTATION REMARKS of the ASSOCIATED REMARKS SCREEN only locks for information posted at the time of adjudication.

E. Accessing SASRO – Connecticut’s EMS

SSA has an agreement with the Connecticut DSS allowing field office employees access to the DSS Eligibility Management System (EMS). Access is provided through a PIN and password system, as described in GN BOS00301.035.

Training packages and forms for SASRO access are available on BOSNET on the Programs site.

F. Regions and rate charts for temporary family assistance in Connecticut

(Effective July 1, 2014)

Assistance Unit Size

Region A

Region B

Region C

1

$443

$366

$366

2

$563

$487

$487

3

$698

$597

$589

4

$815

$701

$684

5

$919

$803

$779

6

$1,028

$908

$885

7

$1,143

$1,026

$994

8

$1,257

$1,134

$1,100

9

$1,349

$1,227

$1,194

10

$1,475

$1,341

$1,330

11

$1,533

$1,399

$1,384

12

$1,665

$1,533

$1,518

13

$1,705

$1,593

$1,559

14

$1,824

$1,690

$1,679

15

$1,927

$1,795

$1,783

16

$1,984

$1,852

$1,838

17

$2,070

$1,937

$1,924

18

$2,156

$2,023

$2,010

19

$2,240

$2,106

$2,095

20

$2,326

$2,193

$2,180

The regional breakdown of the state by cities and towns is as follows:

Region A

Bethel

Bridgewater

Brookfield

Danbury

Darien

Greenwich

New Canaan

New Fairfield

New Milford

Newtown

Norwalk

Redding

Ridgefield

Roxbury

Sherman

Stamford

Washington

Weston

Westport

Wilton

 

Region B

Andover

Ashford

Avon

Berlin

Bethany

Bloomfield

Bolton

Bozrah

Branford

Bridgeport

Bristol

Brooklyn

Burlington

Canterbury

Canton

Chaplin

Chester

Clinton

Colchester

Columbia

Coventry

Cromwell

Deep River

Durham

East Granby

East Haddam

East Hampton

East Hartford

East Haven

East Lyme

East Windsor

Eastford

Easton

Ellington

Enfield

Essex

Fairfield

Farmington

Franklyn

Glastonbury

Granby

Griswold

Groton

Guilford

Haddam

Hamden

Hampton

Hartford

Hebron

Killingly

Killingworth

Lebanon

Ledyard

Lisbon

Lyme

Madison

Manchester

Mansfield

Marlborough

Meriden

Middlefield

Middletown

Milford

Monroe

Montville

N. Stonington

New Britain

New Haven

New London

Newington

North Branford

North Haven

Norwich

Old Lyme

Old Saybrook

Orange

Plainfield

Plainville

Plymouth

Pomfret

Portland

Preston

Putnam

Rocky Hill

Salem

Scotland

Shelton

Simsbury

Somers

South Windsor

Southington

Sprague

Stafford

Sterling

Stonington

Stratford

Suffield

Thompson

Tolland

Trumbull

Union

Vernon

Voluntown

Wallingford

Waterford

West Hartford

West Haven

Westbrook

Wethersfield

Willington

Windsor

Windsor Locks

Woodbridge

Woodstock

 

Region C

Ansonia

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