WAG 02-09-06-d

For determination of a Family Care Barrier, see PM 03-13-02-c.

Family Care Barrier Pending or Under Appeal

revised textWhen a determination of a Family Care Barrier is pending or is under appeal, do not require the customer to participate in a Countable work or training activity. You may include a work and training activity in the customer's RSP while the determination is pending only if the customer:

  • is able to participate in the activity despite the medical barrier, and
  • volunteers to participate in the activity.

Activities relevant to establishing the barrier (e.g., keeping medical appointments, obtaining medical and school information, etc.) must be included as part of the customer's RSP. Support Activities other than work and training activities (e.g., parenting classes) that are appropriate to the customer, may be included in the RSP as long as the customer's barrier does not prevent the customer from participating in them. A sanction may be imposed based on failure to participate in Support Activities if the customer does not have good cause.

If the appeal decision upholds CAU's denial, the person is no longer Exempt. Revise the RSP to include Countable Work and Training activities.

Family Care Barrier Approved

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.

Suggested Support Activities (PM 21-04-00):

  • Medical/Family Care Services(establishing barrier, treatment); 
  • Other Support activities as needed. 

Family Care Barrier Denied

Once CAU finds "no family care barrier", the person is no longer Exempt and the RSP may include Countable Work and Training actitivies, unless the person appeals the CAU decision. 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.