DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
PO BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI
- TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION OFFICES
- FROM: PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR
- SUBJECT: ELIMINATION OF REFUGEE CASH AND REFUGEE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
- MANUAL REVISION #28
1500.000.00 through 1525.000.00
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new refugees with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the United States. Among the different types of support is 100% federal funding for financial assistance, medical assistance, and social services to all refugees regardless of national origin. Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division (FSD) will no longer administer the Refugee Resettlement program. The ORR will contract directly with the Refugee Resettlement Agencies in Missouri.
Refugees will continue to arrive in Missouri but refugees who do not meet eligibility criteria for Temporary Assistance or MO HealthNet will be served under contracts between local refugee agencies and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), instead of FSD.
Effective end of business April 30, 2018, no new applications or approvals for Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and/or Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) will be accepted. Applications taken and approved for RCA and/or RMA prior to May 1, 2018 will continue to be administered through FSD until the end of their 8 month eligibility period. Refugees in the United States less than 8 months, who do not meet eligibility criteria for Temporary Assistance, should be referred to the International Institute of St. Louis at 314-773-9090 ext.#162 who will explore eligibility for a cash grant.
example 1: Mr. A applies for benefits on 04/28/2018, after reviewing the application, it is determined that Mr. A is eligible for RCA/RMA. Mr. A’s application is approved on 04/29/2018. Mr. A will receive his RCA/RMA benefits from Missouri through 11/2018, the end of his 8 months of RCA/RMA eligibility period, or until he is no longer eligible for other reasons, whichever occurs first.
EXAMPLE 2: Ms. L who arrived in the United States on 04/29/2018 applies for benefits on 05/01/2018. After reviewing the application, it is determined that she may have eligibility for RCA/RMA. She should be referred to the International Institute of St Louis.
- Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.
- • Manual sections 1500.000.00 through 1525.000.00 marked as obsolete.