Temporary Assistance/Case Management Manual

0255.010.00 Individuals Temporarily Excluded From Participation In Work Activities

IM-92 June 10, 2019IM-85 December 7, 2016IM-#64, September 30, 2010IM-#85, November 30, 2009  IM-#26, February 19, 2003,  IM-#111, July 24, 2000

13 CSR 40-2.315 outlines who is excluded from participating in work activities.
Excluded individuals are subject to the forty-five (45) month lifetime limit. It is important that individuals are informed and aware of these time limits. Any evidence that is provided by the applicant/participant to possibly support their claim must be emailed upon receipt to: FSD.MWAEXCLUDE@DSS.MO.GOV.

Temporary Assistance participants may be temporarily excluded from participation in work activities using work requirement indicator “M – Mandatory enter exclusion reason” for the following causes:

  1. Active in Children’s Division (Exclusion Code 3)The participant has an active case with the Department of Social Service’s Children’s Division (CD). The division or its agent shall contact CD to confirm if the participant has an active case, the anticipated duration of the active case, and whether the participant’s involvement in the case prevents the recipient from participating in work activities. This exclusion can be claimed at any time by the applicant/participant. Update COMPACT to reflect the exclusion code (M/3) and perform an Eligibility Determination Resolution (EDRES).  If evidence is provided at the time the exclusion is claimed, send the evidence and any other information to support the exclusion to FSD.MWAEXCLUDE@dss.mo.gov . This exclusion must be re-evaluated every 30 days by the Missouri Work Assistance program (MWA)
  2. Temporarily Disabled Individuals (Exclusion Code 4)Temporary physical or mental circumstances may exist that prevents an individual from immediately participating in work activities. Participation may be delayed to receive appropriate medical attention to eliminate or minimize the condition.

    The temporary disability must be determined by a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist.  The temporary disability must be expected to continue for at least 30 days and at most 6 months.  The temporary disability exclusion is removed when the period expires. This exclusion can be claimed at any time by the applicant/participant. Update COMPACT to reflect the exclusion code (M/4) and perform an EDRES.  If evidence is provided at the time the exclusion is claimed, send the evidence and other information to support the exclusion to FSD.MWAEXCLUDE@dss.mo.gov. This exclusion must be evaluated by the Missouri Work Assistance program (MWA) before the end of the determined disability period. If it is medically determined anytime during a pregnancy that the baby or mother is at risk, use the exclusion for temporary disability.

    EXAMPLE: A physician has verified the baby is at risk because of medical complications. The physician may prescribe bed rest in the first trimester. The mother can be considered temporarily disabled.

    NOTE: When MRT determines the individual is temporarily disabled, update the TA Work Requirement (FM8B/COMPACT) screen with a work requirement indicator to Mandatory (M) and enter the exclude reason of Temporarily Disabled (4). Re-evaluate this exclusion as appropriate based on the anticipated length of time.

    At the end of the temporary exclusion period or when the child’s date of birth is over 12 weeks, FAMIS will automatically on the COMPACT screen change the participants code to “D” mandatory to participate with work and training programs with MWA.

  3. Victims of Domestic Violence (Exclusion Code 5)A participant requesting this consideration may need appropriate resource referrals from the eligibility specialist. The intention of this exclusion is to allow appropriate time for the family to overcome its immediate crisis. There may be situations where documentary evidence does not exist. Allow the participant to provide a written statement of his/her own to support the domestic violence claim. Once the family has established some stability, the individual may be able to participate in work activities.

    This exclusion can be claimed at any time by the applicant/participant. Update COMPACT to reflect the exclusion code (M/5) and perform an EDRES.  Forward the application and/or evidence provided to FSD.GROUPD@dss.mo.gov so that an exclusion determination can be made. FSD will need to re-evaluate the family’s circumstances within 30 days of applying this exclusion or when the individual demonstrates the ability to move forward. Exclude a participant from work participation activities for a maximum of six (6) months on the COMPACT screen using code (5) and adding a re-evaluation date.

    After the end of the maximum six (6) month exclusion period, it is possible that the participant has circumstances that will warrant an additional exclusion timeframe (i.e., family is not safe or stabilized). The participant will need to provide a written statement of his/her own to support the on-going domestic violence claim.

  4. Lack of Child Care (Exclusion Code 8)The participant who is unable to find child care may request this exclusion. The participant will be referred and need to provide MWA with documentation supporting his/her efforts to obtain childcare, including information such as dates, contacts, and outcomes. This exclusion can be claimed at any time by the applicant/participant. Update COMPACT to reflect the exclusion code (M/8) and perform an EDRES.  If evidence is provided at the time the exclusion is claimed, send the evidence and other information to support the exclusion to MWA via email.  MWA will re-evaluate the family’s circumstances within 30 days of applying this exclusion.
  5. Lack of Transportation (Exclusion Code 9)A participant who is unable to find transportation may request this exclusion. The participant will be referred and need to provide MWA with documentation supporting his/her efforts to obtain transportation, including information such as dates, contacts, and outcomes. This exclusion can be claimed at any time by the applicant/participant. Update COMPACT to reflect the exclusion code (M/9) and perform an EDRES.  If evidence is provided at the time the exclusion is claimed, send the evidence and other information to support the exclusion to MWA via email.  MWA will re-evaluate the family’s circumstances within 30 days of applying this exclusion.