One or more of the following reasons must exist for an exception to be approved or continued.
- SSI Disability application pending - The client must have an SSI Disability application pending and CAU must determine that the client is probably eligible for SSI. If the client's SSI application has been denied and is on appeal, the client must have representation unless no advocate is available.
- Medical condition - CAU must determine that the client is unable to work for at least 30 hours per week due to their medical condition. Use this reason for a client with an SSI application pending only if CAU determines they have a medical barrier but do not meet SSI disability standards. Part-time work (under 30 hours per week) does not disqualify a person from this exception reason.
- Intensive program for barrier that prevents full-time work - The client must be participating in a program for a barrier that prevents them from working at least 30 hours per week. This includes DCFS, domestic or sexual violence, homeless services, mental health, substance abuse, and vocational rehabilitation programs. The program must be an approved part of the Responsibility and Services Plan (RSP). Part-time work (under 30 hours per week) does not disqualify a person from this exception reason.
- Approved education or training program - This includes clients enrolled in an approved Basic Education, Vocational Training, or Postsecondary (beyond High School) Education activity that they are expected to complete within 6 months after the 60 months end. The education or training program must be part of the client's current RSP.
- Family care barrier - A family care barrier exists when CAU determines an adult or minor parent is needed in the home to provide full-time care for a related child under age 18 or spouse due to their medical condition (see PM 21-01-04-c).
- Child approved for Home and Community-based Care waiver - Severely disabled children are approved for a waiver under the Home & Community-based Care Program when it is determined cost-effective to keep the child at home rather than in an institution (see PM 06-11-01).