STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
Division of Disability and Elder Services

MEMO SERIES DCFS 2004 - 09 /Action
MEMO SERIES DDES 2004 - 06 /Action
May 17, 2004
Re:   SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT - 
        2004 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Updates Memo Series DCFS 2003-08/Action
and Memo Series DDE 2003-02 /Action

 

To:

Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Section Chiefs/Licensing Chiefs

From:

Kitty Kocol
Administrator
Division of Children and Family Services

 

Sinikka Santala
Administrator
Division of Disability and Elder Services

 

  1. This memo (1) states the eligibility categories and standards for the 2004 Social Services Block Grant; (2) updates the income eligibility amounts; and (3) brings forward the requirements stated in the DCFS and DDES 98-01 numbered memos.

The eligibility categories are:

  1. Recipients of Medical Assistance.
  1. Individuals with income at 75 percent or below the state’s median income. The income eligibility standard for all Social Services Block Grant services has been revised (Attachment A) to reflect the estimated 2004 median income for Wisconsin as published in the Federal Register.
  1. For child care services, families whose gross income is equal to or less than 165 percent of poverty. Families continue to be eligible up to 200 percent of poverty after initial eligibility at 165 percent of poverty. They must also meet the W-2 asset standard and cooperate with child support determination.

To determine child care eligibility for foster and court-ordered kinship care, the income and asset amounts of the children’s natural parent(s) must be determined. Natural parents are defined as the biological or adoptive parents of the children. The natural parent(s) must meet the $2,500 asset limit, the $10,000 vehicle exemption, and must have income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit (FPL).

  1. Counties shall continue to provide services funded by the Social Service Block Grant to "qualified aliens," as defined by Section 402(b) of the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act."
  1. All other requirements and information stated in DCFS Numbered Memo 98-01 and DSL Numbered Memo 98-01 are brought forward and are in Attachment B.  No new requirements have been established.

 

ACTION SUMMARY STATEMENT:

(1)  County Departments of
       Social/Human Services must
       establish the following written
       policies:

a.  a list of social services
      which will be provided  
      by the department;

b.  where people will be
     referred for Supportive
     Home Care, Family       
     Planning and 
     Specialized 
     Transportation services,
     and how the counties
     will ensure that
     cost is not a barrier to
     receipt of these
     services;

c.  eligibility for services
     (including assets and
      targeting, if  such
     eligibility policies are
      used);

d.  a schedule of fees to be
     charged for social
     services; and,

e.  procedures to follow if a
     client wishes to request
     a fair hearing.

 

These policies must be kept on file and made available to the public.

(2)  Counties will be required to report
       on services provided and actual
       expenditures on the Human
       Services Reporting System
       (HSRS), DMT-600 and CFS-942
       (total expenses) and
       CFS-943 (state aids, local property
       taxes, and donor match).

 

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:

Area Administrators

CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT:

Paul Minkus
Division of Children and Family Services
(608) 266-8420

 

Attachments:
Attachment A - WI State Median Income CY 2004  (PDF 4kb)
Attachment B - Social Services Block Grant Information (PDF 15kb)

 

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County Departments of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities Services Directors
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators

 


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