SB 5898 suspends the requirements to prepare an Individual Responsibility Plan (IRP), to participate in work activities, and associated penalties for noncompliance for recipients who are a parent or other relative personally providing care for a child under the age of two. All individuals must demonstrate to DSHS that a job search has been conducted prior to applying for assistance in TANF. DSHS is required to adopt rules for the implementation of this requirement.
Aged, Blind, or Disabled Program: Persons may receive ABD assistance benefits pending application for federal SSI benefits for up to 36 months.
Amendments in Ways and Means:
-Establishes that individuals who experience a non-temporary change in their status as working or attending a job training or education program assistance must be discontinued from the Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) program after a minimum of three months.
-Provides that as a condition of receiving a child care subsidy or a WCCC subsidy, an applicant or recipient must seek child support enforcement services unless the Department of Social and Health Services finds that the applicant or recipient has good cause not to cooperate.
-Suspends WorkFirst program work participation requirements for recipients who are a parent or other relative personally providing care for a child under the age of two.
-Requires applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to demonstrate that a job search has been conducted prior to applying for assistance.
-Authorizes persons to receive Aged, Blind, or Disabled assistance benefits pending application for federal Supplemental Security Income for up to 36 months.