Temporary Assistance/Case Management Manual

0240.005.25 Drug Screening Process—Participants

IM-#51 May 15, 2020, IM-#19 February 20, 2013

Identifying information of participants who are age eighteen (18) or older, and are the head of household receiving Temporary Assistance (TA) benefits, is submitted for a quarterly match with the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). This match searches law enforcement records for participants that have an arrest or conviction for a misdemeanor or felony drug offense for the previous 12 months.

The following participants are not referred to the MSHP:

  • Participants who are actively participating in treatment,
  • Participants who are currently referred to the drug testing vendor, or
  • Participants who have a pending drug test-related hearing recorded on the Hearing Tracking (HEARING/FM6U) screen.

Each time the MSHP finds a drug-related offense, FAMIS creates a MSHP referral on the Select Highway Patrol Match (HWYPAT/FMN9) screen. It is necessary to prompt out using F6=DETAILS to see the type of arrest or conviction. A referral to the drug testing vendor is sent by FAMIS automatically. Refer to MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL CODE SHEET for information contained on the HWY Patrol Match Detail (FMND) screen.

The MSHP uses an Offense Cycle Number (OCN) to track each arrest or conviction. The OCN is unique to each offense, and is used through the life of the offense by the MSHP. FAMIS only refers an OCN for drug test once, therefore limiting the chance of a participant being referred to drug testing numerous times for the same offense.

Any participant submitted that has an arrest or conviction for a misdemeanor or felony drug offense from a match with the MSHP is referred for drug testing. They are not eligible to choose mandatory treatment in lieu of testing. See Income Maintenance Manual section 0240.010.00 for drug testing procedures.