MOE FUNDING FOR CHILD WELFARE CORE AND CASE SERVICES Child Welfare Financial / Revenue Unit Revenue Sources Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Parental Fees - offset the cost of - CW / TANF - state funds placement dollar for dollar. Counties also receive parental fees collected over the amount for the base year of 1991. Title IV-E - Federal Entitlement Program - FFP (Federal Financial Child Support - offset the cost Participation) - Federal matching of placement dollar for dollar. funds - SSI Supplemental Security Income - WRI - Without regard to FFP- Federal Entitlement Program income - no federal match WHAT IS CHILD WELFARE/MOE • State funding for Emergency Assistance for Child Welfare services. • Replaced the state categorical federal funding Title IV-A Emergency Assistance. • Requirement under TANF in order to draw down Federal TANF dollars. WHAT ARE TANF/MOE REVENUES USED FOR? Child Welfare Core and Case Services RMS(Random Moment Sampling) And Direct Services Except for: •Substance Abuse •Mental Health Services •Special Economic Assistance MOE ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION PROCESS • Application is initiated at Assessment stage and completed at Case stage. • If the household is determined to be eligible for MOE, the MOE start date must be added on the Trails Entitlement screen. • The MOE start date can be no earlier than the “Date of Application” on the MOE eligibility form, and, No earlier than the “Without Regard to Income” (WRI) in the Entitlement Screen in Trails. • The county worker also must enter the MOE information into CBMS (Colorado Benefits Management System). FORMS AND DATA ENTRY DOCUMENTS • Certification of Emergency Assistance Maintenance-of-Effort (MOE) Eligibility Determination Form. • Certification for Emergency Assistance Redetermination Form. • Entitlement Screen in Trails. • CBMS BASIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA • An emergency exists, defined as; the child is at risk of removal from their home into publicly funded care or supervision. • The household income is less than $75,000 per year. • The child lives with a parent(s) or other specified relative. Income Criteria & Verification • The household income is less than $75,000 per year. • All forms of income are included: Work related and entitlements such as SSI and Social Security. • Sources of verification include TANF/WORKS, Food Stamps, Department of Labor and Employment, LEAP, SVES - State Verification and Exchange System, Federal Entitlements such as SSI, SSA, etc. ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY FACTORS • The child (for which an “emergency” exists) Must be a U.S citizen or qualified alien (See Volume III 3.140.1 CITIZENSHIP AND ALIEN STATUS). • The family must be residents of Colorado. • The need for services or assistance must not be the result of a family member’s refusal without good cause to accept employment or training for employment. REQUIREMENTS FOR CLAIMING EXPENDITURES AS TANF MOE • State expenditures count as MOE only if made to or on behalf of families that: – Have a child living with a parent or other adult relative and – Are needy under the TANF income standards established by the State under its TANF plan (The family gross annual income must be less than $75,000). TANF MOE APPLICATION Counties are required to complete the TANF MOE Certification for Emergency Assistance form on all MOE eligible households. The household can only be authorized for MOE once in a 12 month period. At the end of those 12 months, a redetermination of eligibility must be made. TANF MOE REDETERMINATIONS • The household can only be authorized for MOE once in a 12-month period. • At the end of those 12 months (if the case is still open in Trails) a redetermination of eligibility must be made. • To determine if the household remains eligible for TANF MOE, the Certification of Emergency Assistance Redetermination Form should be completed. Concurrent Eligibility • The child can be concurrently eligible for MOE, IV-E, and SSI if the eligibility criteria is met for all three funding streams. • A child placed in foster care with a relative can meet the MOE and IV-E criteria. • If the child is disabled the SSI criteria may also be met.
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