The Ohio works now program provides additional food assistance benefits to food assistance assistance groups with minor children and employed parents to help offset the cost of being employed. The Ohio works now food assistance benefit is part of the temporary assistance for needy families program (TANF) and therefore is subject to the requirements of Title IV-A of the "Social Security Act," 110 Stat. 2113 (1996), 42 U.S.C. 601.
(A) Who will receive the Ohio works now food assistance benefit?
(1) Participation in the Ohio works now program is determined automatically on a monthly basis based on data in the client registry information system-enhanced (CRIS-E).
(2) For members of a food assistance assistance group to receive the Ohio works now benefit, data in CRIS-E must indicate the assistance group:
(a) Includes a minor child as defined in rule 5101:1-1-01 of the Administrative Code and the biological or adoptive parents of the minor child residing in the same household; or a pregnant woman with no other children who is at least in her sixth month of pregnancy; and
(b) At least one parent must be working thirty hours per week, with the exception of a single parent with a child under age six who is required to work twenty hours per week. Two-parent households are required to work a combined fifty-five hours per week with one parent working at least thirty hours per week.
(c) Meets federal TANF requirements under Title IV-A of the "Social Security Act," 110 Stat. 2113 (1996), 42 U.S.C. 601, including citizenship.
(B) Who will not receive the Ohio works now food assistance benefit?
(1) Any food assistance assistance group that includes a member that is also receiving Ohio works first benefits in the month, including Ohio works first benefits received pending a state hearing pursuant to rule 5101:6-4-01 of the Administrative Code;
(2) A member of a food assistance assistance group that is receiving food assistance pending a state hearing on the issue of termination of benefits pursuant to rule 5101:6-4-01 of the Administrative Code; and
(3) Any food assistance assistance group that no longer meets the criteria set forth in paragraph (A)(2)of this rule.
(C) How are Ohio works now food assistance benefits issued?
(1) Ohio works now food assistance benefits will be issued to eligible assistance groups on their existing food assistance electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card.
(2) Ohio works now food assistance benefits shall be used pursuant to rule 5101:4-5-15 of the Administrative Code.
(D) Are Ohio works now benefits subject to Ohio works first and food assistance program requirements?
(1) A family in receipt of Ohio works now food assistance benefits is not subject to Ohio works first requirements, including, but not limited to:
(a) Assigning child support or cooperating with child support enforcement as set forth in rule 5101:1-3-10 of the Administrative Code.
(b) Participating in work activities as set forth in rule 5101:1-3-12 of the Administrative Code.
(c) Counting any month of receipt toward the time-limited receipt of TANF assistance as set forth in rule 5101:1-23-01 of the Administrative Code.
(2) Ohio works now food assistance benefits shall not be used in the calculation of participation hours for the food assistance employment and training program as set forth in rule 5101:4-3-31 of the Administrative Code.
(3) The Ohio works now food assistance benefit shall not be considered in the food assistance income eligibility determination and allotment amount.
(E) How are the amount and duration of the Ohio works now benefit determined?
(1) The amount of Ohio works now food assistance benefits to be issued will be determined by the Ohio department of job and family services and will be the same amount for each eligible food assistance assistance group. The monthly amount of Ohio works now food assistance will be set forth in an Ohio department of job and family services cash assistance action change transmittal letter which will be distributed to all county agencies.
(2) No more than one Ohio works now food assistance benefit may be issued to a food assistance assistance group per month.
(3) In order to confine Ohio works now expenditures to appropriated state funds, the director of the Ohio department of job and family services, or his designee, may issue an order at any time suspending the program or reducing the benefit amount. The order will be distributed to all county agencies on the same day and will remain in effect until rescinded.
(F) What is the county agency's responsibility in the case of erroneous payments or fraud?
(1) Each county agency shall take action to recover fraudulent assistance as defined by rule 5101:1-23-75 of the Administrative Code.
Cash, check, money order and credit or debit cards are acceptable forms of repayment; however, if a county agency does not have the capability to accept credit or debit cards it does not have to accept this form of repayment.
(2) Ohio works now food assistance benefits shall not be used to repay a claim of erroneous payment or overpayment for any public assistance program.