provisions for receipt of temporary cash assistance (TCA) include the
requirement of individuals who do not meet exemptions to participate in work
activities or alternative requirement plans which allow an individual to meet
program requirements based on the individual's medical ability to comply.
Individuals who claim a medical incapacity or who have an application or an
appeal pending for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security
Disability Income (SSDI) are required to meet TCA program requirements in
accordance with Sections
and (f), F.S. The department will refer all
applicants who do not meet an exemption under Sections
and (f), F.S., to the Local Workforce
Development Boards (LWDB) designee. The LWDB designee will determine the
individual's work or alternative requirement plan activities.
(2) Non-exempt individuals who are given an
exception from participation in certain work activities due to medical
incapacity, shall be required to comply with the course of medical treatment
necessary for the individual to resume participation in work
claiming a medical incapacity either preventing them from participating in work
activities or limiting their participation in work activities shall provide a
statement from a physician licensed under Chapter 458 or 459, F.S., specifying
the nature of the disability or incapacity, the duration of disability or
incapacity, the number of hours per week that the individual can participate in
activities, the percentage of the individual's disability and any other
limitations on participation in work activities.
(4) The individual basing their exemption
from TCA work activities on an application or an appeal for SSI or SSDI
disability benefits must provide a copy of the disability receipt file,
notices, letters, or other verification from the Social Security Administration
to verify a pending SSI or SSDI disability decision.
(5) An alternative requirement plan will be
designed consistent with the individual's limitations.
(6) The individual basing their exemption
from TCA work activities on an application or appeal for SSI or SSDI disability
benefits shall be informed that if denied all extensions to time limits count
toward their cash assistance life time limit of 48 months.
(7) Outpatient Mental Health or Substance
Abuse Treatment. An individual may be excepted from TCA work requirements for
up to five hours per week to participate in outpatient mental health or
substance abuse counseling or treatment. The total number of hours cannot
exceed 100 per year. The LWDB designee will be responsible for verifying the
need for treatment, attendance, and compliance with treatment requirements of
the mental health or substance abuse professional.
(8) The LWDB designee will review the case at
least monthly to determine the status of the SSI or SSDI application or