An applicant or client has a barrier to participation in work, training, or other self-sufficiency activities when they are approved to provide full-time care to a related child under age 18 (not a waiver child) or spouse living in the home, due to that person's medical condition.
When a person requests or appears to qualify for a family care barrier, send the medical evidence and social data to the Client Assessment Unit (CAU) for a determination. Participation in work and training activities is not required while the determination is pending or is under appeal.
Once CAU finds "no family care barrier", the person's RSP may include Work and Training actitivies unless the person appeals the CAU decision. If the appeal decision upholds CAU's denial, revise the RSP to include Work and Training activities. Once a decision has been made by CAU, or by Hearings if appealed, do not resubmit medical information to CAU unless there is a change in the person's condition. If the person claims a new condition, or a worsening of the original condition, follow the process for a pending family care barrier.
When CAU approves a family care barrier, stop the client's TANF counter and reduce it if appropriate (see PM 03-06-01-f).
Help the applicant or client evaluate the family situation with the recommendations received from the source of medical care and maximize their self-sufficiency alternatives. Possibilities may include day care for the person with the medical condition or work that the client can do at home. A person approved for a family care barrier may volunteer to attend an education program or work as part of their RSP, but do not require or pressure them to do so. If they volunteer, their participation does not override or negate the barrier.