13 CSR 40-2.315 provides for the Temporary Assistance (TA) benefit to be reduced when it is established that a caretaker has refused, without good cause, to participate in required work-related activities. Effective August 28, 2015, the sanction amount is a fifty percent (50%) reduction of the Temporary Assistance grant.
Failure or refusal to participate occurs if an individual states orally or in writing an unwillingness to participate with work requirements or in developing or complying with the Individual Employment Plan (IEP). It may also occur when an individual’s current performance, inaction, or pattern of behavior, such as repeated absences, suggests a lack of participation without good cause. Work requirement services are provided by the Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) program. The MWA case manager recommends the Family Support Division (FSD) impose a sanction for failure to cooperate/participate with work requirements.