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Chapter 5101:2-51 | Adoption Assistance Connections

 
 
 
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Rule 5101:2-51-01 | Administration of the adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one.
 

(A) In accordance with section 5101.1414 of the Revised Code, the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) shall be responsible for the administration of the adoption assistance connections (AAC) to age twenty-one program. .For the purposes of AAC, an adopted young adult is defined as a person that was adopted at age sixteen or seventeen and was in the permanent custody of an Ohio public children services agency (PCSA) and the adopted young adult attained the age of sixteen before the Title IV-E adoption assistance agreement became effective. The adopted young adult is to meet one of the eligibility requirements pursuant to rule 5101:2-51-02 of the Administrative Code.

(B) ODJFS is responsible for ensuring the proper administration of funds both allocated or reimbursed.

(1) In accordance with federal requirements, ODJFS may not add any language to the AAC agreement that makes the AAC agreement subject to the availability of state funds.

(2) ODJFS is responsible for the full non-federal share.

(C) ODJFS shall be responsible for:

(1) Determining initial and continuing eligibility for the AAC program pursuant to rule 5101:2-51-02 of the Administrative Code.

(2) Maintaining a separate AAC case record for each program eligible adopted young adult for whom ODJFS has entered into an AAC agreement.

(3) Service planning to include:

(a) AAC case management to include initial and ongoing eligibility determination of all AAC applications and redeterminations, coordination of subsidy payments, coordination of medicaid coverage, and denial and termination of subsidy payments and medicaid coverage, as applicable.

(b) Referral for post-finalization adoption services.

(D) ODJFS shall provide the adoptive parent(s) of an adopted young adult with a JFS 00147 "Adoption Assistance Connections (AAC) to Age Twenty-One Application" and the JFS 04059 "Explanation of State Hearing Procedures."

(E) The adoptive parent(s) shall submit the JFS 00147 and verification of eligibility to ODJFS.

(F) ODJFS is to enter into a JFS 00148 "Adoption Assistance Connections to Age Twenty-One Agreement" with the adoptive parent(s) of an eligible adopted young adult. The JFS 00148 will be referred to as the AAC agreement.

(G) For an adopted young adult with an AAC agreement in effect who moves out-of-state or resides out-of-state, ODJFS shall follow the interstate compact on adoption and medical assistance (ICAMA) rule 5101:2-44-05.2 of the Administrative Code. ODJFS may ask the children services agency (CSA) in the new state to document the present situation of the adoptive parent(s) and to assist the adoptive parent(s) in completing all required forms.

(H) The AAC agreement remains in effect even though the adoptive parent(s) and the adopted young adult move to another county, state, or country. The responsibility for management of the adoption assistance connections (AAC) case remains with ODJFS as the agency that entered into the AAC agreement prior to the move.

(I) If the adoptive parent(s) and the adopted young adult for whom an Ohio-executed AAC agreement is in effect reside in or move to another state, the adopted young adult will be provided Title XIX (medicaid) and Title XX (social service block grant) services by the state in which the adopted young adult resides. If any of the Title XX services specified in the AAC agreement are not available in the state where the adopted young adult resides, ODJFS shall be responsible for providing or securing those services.

(1) The adopted young adult will be provided with Title XX services, as specified in the AAC agreement by the county where the adopted young adult resides.

(2) Nothing shall prohibit the adoptive parent(s) of an adopted young adult for whom an AAC agreement is in effect from seeking Title XX services available in the Title XX social service plan in the county of residence, even if the services are not already specified in the AAC agreement. The adoptive parent(s) may:

(a) Apply for the Title XX services in the county where the adoptive parent(s) resides; and

(b) Seek to amend the child's AAC agreement.

(J) The case record shall include the following information, when applicable:

(1) ODJFS's actions in determining eligibility for AAC.

(2) A copy of the signed JFS 00147.

(3) A copy of the signed JFS 00148.

(4) A copy of parental responsibility eligibility documentation.

(5) A copy of the ODM 6612 "Health Insurance Information Sheet."

(6) A copy of state mediation conference, state hearing, administrative appeal and judicial review filings.

(7) A copy of the JFS 01470 "Adoption Assistance State Mediation Conference Request."

(8) A copy of the interstate compact and adoption medical assistance forms.

(9) Documentation verifying completion of all required adoptive parent criminal record checks obtained by the PCSA prior to adoption finalization.

(10) A copy of adopted young adult eligibility documentation of education, employment, or programs to remove barrier to employment.

(11) A copy of adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) disability verification form(s).

(12) A copy of the JFS 01453 "Adoption Assistance (AA) Agreement" in effect with the PCSA at the time of adoptive placement of the adopted young adult.

(13) A copy of the JFS 00149 "Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Connections to Age Twenty-One Semi-Annual Assurance of Parental Responsibility and Eligibility for Continued Medicaid Coverage."

(14) A copy of the JFS 00150 "Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Connections to Age Twenty-One Adopted Young Adult Semi-Annual Assurance of Parental Responsibility and Eligibility for Continued Medicaid Coverage".

(15) A copy of JFS 07334 "Notice of Denial of Your Application for Assistance."

(16) A copy of adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) notice of eligibility approval form(s).

(17) A copy of adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) notice of redetermination form(s).

(18) A copy of adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) notice of continued approval form(s).

(19) A copy of adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) notice of termination form(s).

(K) In accordance with rule 5101:2-33-23 of the Administrative Code, the AAC case record shall be permanently maintained.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5101.1414
Amplifies: 5101.1411, 5101.1412, 5101.1413, 5101.1414
Five Year Review Date: 1/10/2023
Rule 5101:2-51-02 | Eligibility for the adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one.
 

(A) To be eligible for the adoption assistance connections (AAC) to age twenty-one, an adopted young adult is to meet the following requirements:

(1) Was adopted at age sixteen or seventeen;

(2) Was in the permanent custody of an Ohio public children services agency (PCSA);

(3) Attained the age of sixteen before the JFS 01453 "Adoption Assistance (AA) Agreement" became effective;

(4) Meets one of the following requirements:

(a) Is completing secondary education or a program leading to an equivalent credential;

(b) Is enrolled in an institution that provides post-secondary or vocational education;

(c) Is participating in a program or activity designed to promote or remove barriers to employment;

(d) Is employed for at least eighty hours per month; or

(e) Is incapable of doing any of the activities described in paragraphs (A)(4)(a) to (A)(4)(d) of this rule due to a diagnosed physical or mental health condition, which incapacity is supported by updated information semi-annually.

(5) Has reached the age of eighteen but is not yet twenty-one years of age;

(6) Is continuing to receive parental support;

(7) Is not enlisted in the military;

(8) Is not married; and

(9) Is not in receipt of adoption assistance past age eighteen pursuant to rule 5101:2-49-04 of the Administrative Code.

(B) The adoptive parent(s) may apply for AAC if the adopted young adult has attained the age of eighteen and meets the following requirements:

(1) The adopted young adult meets the requirements in paragraph (A) of this rule; and

(2) The adoptive parent(s) maintains parental responsibility for the adopted young adult. An adoptive parent(s) maintains parental responsibility if the adoptive parent(s) provides the adopted young adult with shelter, food, and clothing, or other support regardless of the physical location of the adopted young adult.

(C) The adoptive parent(s) shall submit the JFS 00147 "Adoption Assistance Connections to Age Twenty-One Application", documentation that the adopted young adult meets one of the eligibility requirements outlined in paragraph (A)(4) of this rule, a copy of the signed JFS 01453 "Adoption Assistance (AA) Agreement" with the PCSA, and documentation of parental responsibility to ODJFS.

(D) ODJFS, within thirty calendar days after a completed JFS 00147 and all necessary documentation is received, shall determine eligibility in the statewide automated child welfare information system (SACWIS) and approve or deny the AAC.

(E) ODJFS, as the Title IV-E agency, is to obtain documentation verifying completion of all completed adoptive parent criminal record checks obtained by the PCSA prior to adoption finalization pursuant to rule 5101:2-48-10 of the Administrative Code.

(F) If ODJFS determines an adopted young adult is eligible for AAC, ODJFS is to provide the adoptive parent(s) with the following:

(1) The adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) notice of eligibility approval form; and

(2) The JFS 04059 "Explanation of State Hearing Procedures."

(G) Upon determination of eligibility, ODJFS will send the JFS 00148 "Adoption Assistance Connections to Age Twenty-One Agreement" to the adoptive parent(s) for signature. The AAC agreement is effective on the date it is signed by both the adoptive parent(s) and ODJFS, unless a later date is indicated for the subsidy to begin as designated on the AAC agreement form "Article IX Effective Date," which will then become the effective date of the AAC agreement.

(H) The AAC agreement is binding on all parties. The terms of the AAC agreement may be amended at any time if both parties agree to the change.

(I) The AAC agreement shall remain in effect regardless of the state where the adoptive parent(s) or the adopted young adult resides unless the AAC agreement is terminated.

(J) ODJFS shall give a copy of the signed AAC agreement and all amendments to the adoptive parent(s) and keep the originals in the AAC case record.

(K) ODJFS, as the agency that entered into the AAC agreement, shall secure Title XIX medicaid and Title XX social services block grant services if the services are not available in the state or county where the adopted young adult resides in accordance with rule 5101:2-51-01 of the Administrative Code.

(L) Nothing shall prohibit the adoptive family from seeking Title XX services available in the county of residence even if they are not specified in the AAC agreement. The adoptive parent(s) may:

(1) Apply for the Title XX services in the county where they reside; and

(2) Request to amend the AAC agreement.

(M) If ODJFS determines an adopted young adult does not meet eligibility requirements outlined in paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule, ODJFS shall provide the adoptive parent(s) with the following:

(1) The JFS 07334 "Notice of Denial of your Application for Assistance."

(2) The JFS 04059.

(N) Semiannual redetermination is to be completed every one hundred eighty calendar days to maintain program eligibility for AAC. The semiannual redetermination date is determined by the initial AAC effective date.

(O) No later than thirty calendar days prior to the semiannual redetermination due date, ODJFS is to provide the adoptive parent(s) with the following:

(1) The adoption assistance connections (AAC) to age twenty-one notice of redetermination;

(2) The JFS 00149 "Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Connections to Age Twenty-One Semi-Annual Assurance of Parental Responsibility and Eligibility for Continued Medicaid Coverage"; and

(3) The JFS 00150 "Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Connections to Age Twenty-One Adopted Young Adult Semi-Annual Assurance of Parental Responsibility and Eligibility for Continued Medicaid Coverage."

(P) Completed JFS 00149 and JFS 00150 forms, documentation that the adopted young adult meets one of the eligibility requirements outlined in paragraph (A)(4) of this rule, and documentation of parental responsibility is to be received prior to the semiannual redetermination due date. Upon receipt of the required forms and documentation listed in this paragraph, ODJFS will check for continued eligibility as follows:

(1) If redetermined as eligible, ODJFS is to provide the adoptive parent(s) with the following:

(a) The adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) notice of continued approval form; and

(b) The JFS 04059.

(2) If redetermined as ineligible, or if documentation is not received by the redetermination due date, ODJFS is to provide the adoptive parent(s) with written notice of the proposal to terminate AAC and the right to a state hearing. ODJFS is to provide the adoptive parent(s) with the following thirty calendar days prior to the termination date:

(a) The adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) notice of termination form; and

(b) The JFS 4059.

(3) If sufficient documentation to support eligibility is received by ODJFS from the adoptive parent(s) and/or adopted young adult prior to the termination date, ODJFS may proceed with semiannual redetermination of continued eligibility for AAC.

(Q) The adoptive parent(s) and the adopted young adult are to submit the JFS 00149 and JFS 00150 semiannually and whenever there is a significant change in the family situation for continued eligibility.

(R) At any time a JFS 00148 is in effect, the JFS 00148 may be amended.

(1) The adoptive parent(s) and ODJFS may by mutual agreement amend the JFS 00148 to reflect changes for payment amount or provision of services. Upon agreement, the following is to occur:

(a) ODJFS and the adoptive parent(s) are to sign the amended AAC agreement;

(b) ODJFS is to provide a copy of the amended AAC agreement to the adoptive parent(s) and retain the original in the case record; and

(c) ODJFS is to provide the adoptive parent(s) with the JFS 04059.

(2) If the adoptive parent(s) and ODJFS cannot agree on the amendment requested by the adoptive parent(s) or ODJFS, the following is to occur:

(a) ODJFS and the adoptive parent(s) may complete a JFS 00148 for a mutually acceptable AAC agreement while negotiations continue through the state mediation process, or the adoptive parent(s) request a state hearing; or

(b) ODJFS is to provide the adoptive parent(s) with a JFS 07334, and a JFS 04059.

(S) The adoptive parent(s) is to notify ODJFS within fifteen calendar days of the date of any of the following:

(1) The adopted young adult's primary health care insurance coverage changes from medicaid to private health care insurance. The adoptive parent(s) is to complete an ODM 06612 "Health Insurance Information Sheet" as a result of this change.

(2) The family relocates.

(3) The adopted young adult enlists in the military.

(4) The adopted young adult has married.

(5) The adoptive parent(s) no longer has parental responsibility for the adopted young adult.

(6) The adopted young adult is no longer eligible pursuant to paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule.

(T) The AAC agreement will terminate when any of the following circumstances apply:

(1) At the end of the month of the adopted young adult's twenty-first birthday.

(2) If the adoptive parent(s) no longer has parental responsibility for the adopted young adult as defined in paragraph (B)(2) of this rule.

(3) If the adoptive parent(s) requests to terminate the AAC agreement.

(4) If the adoptive parent(s) dies.

(5) If the adopted young adult dies.

(6) If the adopted young adult marries.

(7) If the adopted young adult enlists in the military.

(U) ODJFS will propose to terminate the AAC agreement under any of the following circumstances:

(1) ODJFS denies eligibility for AAC at semiannual redetermination.

(2) ODJFS denies the amount of monthly payment requested by the adoptive parent(s).

(3) ODJFS and the adoptive parent(s) are unable to come to a mutual agreement following a state mediation conference.

(4) ODJFS proposes to reduce or terminate the amount of the payment specified on the current AAC agreement.

(5) ODJFS denies a request by the adoptive parent(s) to amend the payment amount or provision of service terms of the current AAC agreement.

(V) If ODJFS proposes to terminate the AAC agreement due to any of the circumstances listed in paragraph (S) of this rule, ODJFS is to provide the following to the adoptive parent(s) thirty calendar days prior to the termination date:

(1) The adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) notice of termination form; and

(2) The JFS 04059.

(W) If ODJFS proposes to terminate the AAC agreement, and the adoptive parent(s) has requested a state hearing, the following shall apply:

(1) If a state hearing is requested within fifteen calendar days of the mailing date on the notice in accordance with provisions set forth in Chapters 5101:6-1 to 5101:6-9 of the Administrative Code, the AAC agreement shall continue to be in effect until a state hearing decision is issued.

(2) If a state hearing is requested within fifteen calendar days of the mailing date on the notice and the hearing decision is favorable to the adoptive parent(s), the AAC agreement shall remain in effect or an amended AAC agreement may be entered into by mutual agreement.

(3) If a state hearing is requested within fifteen calendar days of the mailing date on the notice and the hearing decision is to terminate the AAC agreement as specified in paragraph (O) of this rule, the adoptive parent(s) is not required to return the payments received prior to the issuance of the state hearing decision.

(4) If no timely hearing is requested, the AAC agreement shall be terminated. Following the termination, the adoptive parent(s) may reapply for the AAC at any time prior to the adopted young adult attaining the age of twenty-one.

(X) If the AAC agreement is terminated, ODJFS shall:

(1) Send the adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one (AAC) notice of termination form to the adoptive parent(s); and

(2) Send the ODM 07236 "Your Rights & Responsibilities as a Consumer of Medicaid Health Coverage" to the adoptive parent(s).

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5101.1414
Amplifies: 5101.1411, 5101.1412, 5101.1413, 5101.1414
Five Year Review Date: 1/10/2023
Rule 5101:2-51-03 | Payments for the adoption assistance connections to age twenty-one.
 

(A) The maximum amount of the monthly adoption assistance connections (AAC) to age twenty-one payment shall not exceed the cost of the monthly foster care maintenance (FCM) payment that was paid or would have been paid if the adopted young adult had remained in a foster home.

(B) The monthly payment identified in paragraph (A) of this rule shall not exceed the monthly statewide maximum adoption assistance (AA) payment amount established by the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) through the "Family, Children and Adult Services Manual Procedure Letter."

(C) If the adopted young adult receives supplemental social security income (SSI) benefits, the adopted young adult may receive AAC and SSI concurrently. If there is concurrent receipt of payments from both programs, the social security administration will decrease the monthly SSI benefit by the monthly AAC payment amount. It is the responsibility of the adopted parent(s) to advise the social security administration that the adopted young adult is in receipt of AAC.

(D) If ODJFS and the adoptive parent(s) cannot mutually agree on the monthly AAC payment amount after negotiating for at least thirty days, the adoptive parent(s) may request a state mediation conference using the JFS 01470 "Adoption Assistance State Mediation Conference Request." The JFS 01470 shall be sent to the ODJFS state hearings department in the manner described on the form.

(1) The state mediation conference shall be held within thirty business days from the receipt of the request.

(2) The state mediator, ODJFS representative and adoptive parent(s) shall participate in the state mediation conference.

(3) If the state mediation conference is successful and results in a mutually acceptable monthly AAC payment amount, it is considered a final decision between both parties.

(4) If the state mediation conference is not successful. the ODJFS shall provide the adoptive parent(s) with the following:

(a) A written notice which shall contain a clear and understandable statement that all parties were not in agreement and the right to a state hearing.

(b) The JFS 04059 "Explanation of State Hearing Procedures."

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5101.1414
Amplifies: 5101.1411, 5101.1412, 5101.1413, 5101.1414
Five Year Review Date: 1/10/2023