5101:9-9-21.1 Public assistance records: retention periods.

[This rule designated an internal management rule]

(A) The following definitions are applicable to this rule:

(1) "Inactive records" means closed case files and those records that are no longer used on a regular basis.

(2) "Public assistance record" means any record maintained in a case file related to an Ohio works first (OWF), a food stamps, a prevention, retention, and contingency (PRC), a disability financial assistance, or a refugee cash assistance group (AG).

(3) "Record" has the same meaning as defined in section 149.011 of the Revised Code.

(B) The minimum retention period for public assistance records is seven years, except as provided in paragraphs (C) and (D) of this rule.

(C) The following records may not be destroyed while the AG is active, and must be maintained for a minimum of three years from the date the AG becomes inactive:

(1) Enumeration verifications;

(2) Application forms and verifications that established initial program eligibility; and

(3) Documents that establish eligibility factors such as incapacity, limiting physical factors, and eligibility for supplemental security income (SSI).

(D) Any records existing in the AG file on the date the AG becomes inactive must be maintained for a minimum of three years from the date the AG becomes inactive, regardless of the age of the records.

(E) Rule 5101:4-1-05 of the Administrative Code governs the retention of food stamp records and must be followed in conjunction with the requirements of this rule.

(F) Counties that wish to selectively destroy documents from public assistance AG records in accordance with the requirements of this rule must specify the retention periods of the affected documents on the appropriate retention schedules.

Replaces: 5101-9- 21.1

Effective: 08/23/2008
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5101.02
Rule Amplifies: 329.04
Prior Effective Dates: 2/15/96