Temporary Assistance/Case Management Manual

0205.050.20 Physical and Mental Incapacity

IM-48 August 11, 2011; IM-78 April 23, 2001

Refer to the Case Management section 0255.005.00 Individuals Exempt From Participating in Work Activities for the work participation requirement.

13 CSR 40-2.310(5) provides that Temporary Assistance is granted for the benefit of any child deprived of parental support or care due to the physical or mental incapacity of a parent.  13 CSR 40-2.310(5)(B) further provides that physical or mental incapacity must be certified by competent medical or other appropriate authority designated by FSD. Benefits may be granted and continued while it is established that a physical or mental defect, illness, or disability exists which prevents the parent from performing any gainful work.

Incapacity is established as a Temporary Assistance eligibility factor when either:

  1. Temporary physical or mental circumstances exist that inhibit the parent from working due to their incapacitation, and the incapacity is expected to last for a period of 30 days or longer.  Careful consideration must be given to the extent and length of the incapacity.  Adequate information to make a determination is based on the nature and severity of the incapacity.
  2. A parent receives OASDI or SSI benefits based on disability or blindness, or employer-sponsored disability insurance.

Step One

Participant meets the eligibility of physical or mental incapacity for Disabled Parent (DP) with the application of OASDI, SSI, or employer-sponsored disability insurance.  If the decision of this application is rejected, proceed to step two.

Step Two

Worker sends the information from the disability application listed in step one, through the Medical Review Team (MRT) for a decision on the disability.  This information should be sent on our forms using as necessary the IM-60A (Medical Report Including Physician’s Certification/Disability Evaluation), IM-61 (Social Information Summary), the IM-61B (Disability Questionnaire) and the MO 650-2616 (Authorization for Disclosure of Consumer Medical/Health Information).

This does not mean to imply that the participant cannot appeal the decision made from the original disability application through the proper channels.