Temporary Assistance/Case Management Manual

0205.075.00.05 Tracking the Forty-five (45) Month Lifetime Limit

IM-104 December 1, 2015; IM-23 April 2, 2010

The time limit is related to Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding, therefore receipt of cash benefits must be tracked across state lines. If an applicant is coming from another state it is necessary to contact that state to determine when their forty-five (45) month time limit began for receipt of TANF, and the number of months the applicant received TANF funded assistance from the other state. This information must be entered by a Supervisor on the Time Limit Tracking (TIMETRAK/FM6H) screen in FAMIS. Enter comments on the Time Limit Tracking (TIMETRAK/FM6H) screen indicating the source of verification including the agency name, person that verified the information, telephone number, and any other information pertinent to the participant.

NOTE: In Missouri TANF is called Temporary Assistance (TA).

In some situations, cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance program is exempted from the lifetime limit. Exemptions affecting the forty-five (45) month limit are listed in Section 0205.075.10.

The Time Limit Tracking (TIMETRAK/FM6H) screen in FAMIS tracks the forty-five (45) month lifetime limit. There is no need for staff to manually track the months a participant receives TA in Missouri.