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 0205.075.10 Exemptions From the Forty-Five (45) Month Lifetime Limit.

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.