Use the information gathered during the Family Assessment at Intake to develop specific goals that address the family's areas of need. Set goals on the RSP to support the applicant's efforts to reach and maintain maximum independence. Stress the temporary nature of TANF and the applicant's personal responsibility for achieving maximum independence. Point out the consequences of refusing to cooperate in the development of the RSP (i.e., denial of cash assistance).
If the applicant refuses to develop or sign a RSP, deny cash assistance. See WAG 02-09-01-d.
When approving a TANF case, enter code 675 CAF in Item 80 with a 1 under SUP. BY and a 4-digit date under PERSONS. Enter the 4-digit date that represents the month in which the RSP was completed.
When an RSP is revised (i.e., goals or steps are added, deleted, or updated), update code 675 CAF. Revise the 4-digit date that appears with the code to show the month and year the revision to the RSP was made and enter a 1 in the SUP. BY column. If the code is entered or revised centrally, a 2 is entered centrally in the SUP. BY column.
Loss of TANF in Past 6 Months for Failure to Cooperate with Work & Training
When a person fails to complete a required RSP activity at application determine whether the person had good cause.
Good cause reasons for not cooperating include (but are not limited to):
- Child care or care required for an incapacitated person;
- Death in the family;
- Illness or incapacity;
- Required court appearance or temporarily in jail;
- Severe weather;
- Lack of support services presents a major barrier to participation;
- Failure of staff to correctly forward information to other staff;
- Scheduled job interview;
- Lack of reading or writing skills by the applicant, or the applicant does not understand written or oral communications due to language barriers or mental or physical disability;
- Failure of the applicant because they should be in a different activity, in rehabilitation services, or in SSI Advocacy;
- Non-receipt of mail by the applicant, including notices advising the applicant of program requirements;
- Failure to participate in a work activity because of violations of workplace rights as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor;
- Fear of reprisal by a partner if a referral or activity for a domestic violence situation is warranted;
- Other reasons that prevent compliance and are outside the applicant's control.
If the person fails without good cause to cooperate, use TAR 63 to deny cash if all persons are required to be in the filing unit. If one or more persons are not required to be in the same filing unit with the noncooperating person, use TAR 63 to deny cash for the person and those required to be in the same filing unit. Approve TANF for persons not required to be in the same filing unit, such as nieces, nephews, and grandchildren whose parent is not in the filing unit. Register and approve a Medical case for the persons who were denied cash.