To end a sanction, the person who failed to cooperate must comply with the activity requirement. In most cases, this means doing the thing the person failed to do which caused the sanction. If this is not possible, the person can do something else to
show they are cooperating.
The first sanction ends whenever the person cooperates. The 2nd and 3rd sanctions end when the person has cooperated and the sanction has lasted 3 months. For 2nd and 3rd sanctions, any month the family receives no cash benefits after
the sanction is imposed counts as a sanction month, regardless of the reason for no benefits.
The sanction also ends when:
- the person becomes exempt or unable to meet the requirement due to a recognized barrier that did not exist when they failed to cooperate; or
- the family has been off cash and medical assistance for 3 payment months.
When the noncooperating person leaves the home before ending the sanction, benefits are restored for the month the person is removed from the case. If the person is added back to the case within 3 months after the sanction began, the rest of the
sanction must be served (see PM 03-13-05-b).