The regulatory basis for Temporary Assistance work requirements is 13 CSR 40-2.315.
Temporary Assistance requires applicants and participants age 18 or older and teen parents under age 18 to begin self-sufficiency planning immediately and move from Temporary Assistance to work as quickly as possible. Unless exempt or excluded, applicants/participants age 18 or older must engage in work activities once the state determines them work ready or they have received Temporary Assistance for twenty-four (24) months (whether or not consecutive), whichever occurs first. The twenty-four (24) month time limit began July 1, 1997, for participants in Missouri. The purpose of this process is to provide parents with job preparation, work, and support services so that children can be cared for in their own homes.
At each Temporary Assistance application, review, or interim change, assess the payee and second parent, if applicable, in the Eligibility Unit (EU) to determine if the individual(s) meets an exemption, exclusion, or are work ready. Enter the work requirement code on the TA Work Requirement (FM8B/COMPACT) screen. Refer to the Temporary Assistance Work Requirements on COMPACT User Guide for instructions.