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Deadline For Public Comment

Deadline: Dec 03, 2012

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Rule Details

Rule Number: 12P054
Title: Reach Up Program Rules
Type: Standard
Status: Adopted
Agency: Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services
Legal Authority: 33 V.S.A. ยงยง 105(c)(2); 1103; and 1114.
Summary: The bulletin proposes changes to the Reach Up program rules pertaining to the length of time during which a Reach Up grant shall continue in circumstances where the child or parent/caretaker is temporarily absent from the home. Reach Up benefits will continue for defined absences of either the child or parent/caretaker greater than 30 but less than 180 consecutive days. During the temporary absence of a parent or caretaker from the home, housing expenses will be vendored. The Reach Up rules pertaining to protective payments have been revised to reflect this change. The definition of a "qualified caretaker" has been simplified and the definition of "relative" has been moved to the definitions section of the Reach Up rules. Obsolete references to "family separations" have been removed. The bulletin also proposes to simplify the documentation requirements pertaining to the domestic violence work deferment or modification rule under the Reach Up program.
Persons Affected: Families applying for and receiving Reach Up financial assistance; the Department for Children and Families, Economic Services Division (ESD).
Economic Impact: The proposed rules relating to continued benefits during temporary absences of less than 180 consecutive days will have a positive economic impact on program beneficiaries. ESD anticipates little to no economic impact on state general funds as the additional expenditures for the small percentage of Reach Up families likely to be eligible for continued benefits under the proposed rule will be paid out of TANF federal funds. ESD anticipates little to no economic impact from changes to the Reach Up domestic violence work deferment or modification rule.
Posting date: Oct 24,2012

Hearing Information

Information for Hearing # 1
Hearing date:
11-26-2012 2:30 PM   
Location: DCF Commissioner's Conference Room.
Address: 1000 River Street, Building 967
City: Essex Junction
State: VT
Zip: 05452
Hearing Notes:

Contact Information

Information for Contact # 1
Level: Primary    
Name: Heidi Moreau, Esq., Policy Analyst, Agency of Human Services, Economic Services Division    
Agency: Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services    
Address: 103 South Main Street    
City: Waterbury    
State: VT    
Zip: 05671-1201    
Telephone: 802-595-9639    
Fax: 802-769-2186    
Email: 
heidi.moreau@state.vt.us
     
 
   
Website Address:  http://dcf.vermont.gov/esd/rules
     
 
   
Information for Contact # 2
Level: Secondary    
Name: Afsar Sultana, Economic Services Division    
Agency: Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services    
Address: 103 South Main Street    
City: Waterbury    
State: VT    
Zip: 05671-1201    
Telephone: 802-769-6279    
Fax: 802-769-2186    
Email: 
afsar.sultana@state.vt.us
     
 
   
       

Keyword Information

Keywords:

Reach Up
Temporary Absence
Domestic Violence
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