Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
Division of Disability and Elder Services
        MEMO SERIES DCFS 2006 -02 /Action
        MEMO SERIES DDES 2006 -01 /Action

             February 8, 2006


  Updates Memo Series DCFS 2005-01/Action
   and Memo Series DDE 2005-01 /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: Burnie Bridge
Division of Children and Family Services
  Sinikka Santala
Division of Disability and Elder Services


This memo states the eligibility categories and standards for the 2006 Social Services Block Grant.

The eligibility categories are:

1. Recipients of Medical Assistance.
2. 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 2006 median income for Wisconsin as published in the Federal Register.
3. 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).
4. 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."


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 the Human Services Revenue Report.

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

Attachments (PDF 25 kb)

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


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