5101:9-6-08.6 Temporary assistance to needy families (TANF) independent living (IL) allocation.

(A) In accordance with the TANF block grant, issued under the "Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance" (CFDA) number 93.558 and section 5101.80 of the Revised Code, the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) issues the TANF IL allocation to provide funding to public children services agencies (PCSAs) to support the provision of IL services and assistance to the following:

(1) Youths ages sixteen and older who are in the agency's custody;

(2) Youths in the agency's custody under the age of sixteen who are likely to remain in agency custody until the age of eighteen; and

(3) Adults age eighteen to twenty-one who have emancipated from the agency's care.

These TANF IL funds are made available to enhance current funding. Funds available through the Chafee IL program, the education and training voucher program, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and other community resources must be utilized first for services allowable under these programs.

(B) ODJFS reviews the previously reported IL costs from each PCSA to determine allocation amounts. Even-numbered state fiscal year (SFY) allocations will correspond with IL costs reported in the first SFY of the last biennium in which IL costs were reported. Odd-numbered SFY allocations will correspond with IL costs reported in the second SFY of the last biennium in which IL costs were reported.

(1) ODJFS allocates a base of two thousand five hundred dollars to each PCSA. PCSAs that reported no IL costs within the corresponding SFY will receive only the base allotment.

(2) ODJFS will proportionately allocate the remaining available funds to each PCSA that reported IL costs in the corresponding SFY. Each such allocation is based upon the ratio of the PCSA's reported IL costs in the corresponding year as compared to the total of all PCSAs' reported IL costs in the corresponding year.

(C) The allocation period is July first through June thirtieth with a three-month liquidation period of July first to September thirtieth.

(D) The PCSA shall utilize the TANF IL allocation to enhance efforts to enable youths who have or who will emancipate from foster care to have the skills and support necessary to help them achieve self-sufficiency and lead productive lives in the community. Funds are targeted for services to prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies. Services are available to any youth eligible to receive IL services in accordance with rules 5101:2-42-19 and 5101:2-42-19.2 of the Administrative Code. To receive assistance to fulfill this purpose, eligibility is not limited to youths or young adults who have a minor child or meet two hundred per cent poverty requirements.

(E) The PCSA shall use TANF IL funds for the purchase of services or payment to vendors in compliance with all federal and state procurement laws and regulations on behalf of a youth or young adult, or for the direct payment of nominal cash or non-cash incentives to encourage and reward specific behavioral outcomes and that fall within the following guidelines:

(1) Expenditures for youths in the custody of the PCSA must be consistent with the youth's life skills assessment and written IL plan and be in compliance with rule 5101:2-42-19 of the Administrative Code; or

(2) Expenditures for young adults who have emancipated from foster care must be consistent with the written IL plan with the PCSA that held prior custody; and the plan must be developed in accordance with rule 5101:2-42-19.2 of the Administrative Code.

(F) PCSAs shall not use TANF IL funds for the following:

(1) To support staff salaries or to pay vendors for room and board for youths in the PCSA's custody;

(2) Services and payments that are assistance as defined in 45 C.F.R. 260.31(a) ;

(3) Medical services;

(4) Juvenile justice services;

(5) Title IV-D child support;

(6) Title IV-E services;

(7) Foster care maintenance;

(8) Construction or purchases of buildings or facilities;

(9) Purchase of real property;

(10) Public education; or

(11) To provide cost sharing or matching requirement of another federal program.

(G) PCSAs shall report allowable costs on the JFS 02820 "Children Services Quarterly Financial Statement" as described in rule 5101:9-7-29 of the Administrative Code and will be reimbursed at a rate of one hundred per cent of the amount reported up to the PCSA's allocation amount.

(H) The definitions, requirements and responsibilities contained in rule 5101:9-6-50 of the Administrative Code are applicable to this rule.

Effective: 09/11/2011
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5101.801
Rule Amplifies: 5101.801
Prior Effective Dates: 9/28/06, 11/16/07