Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Time Limits




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Good cause must be evaluated for a time limit extension when the assistance unit is approaching the 60-month time limit.


Good cause may be granted for the following periods of time when the caretaker reaches the 60-month limit and is exempt from the work requirements or has good cause because he/she is:  Bulletin 2, FA-09-02


·        60-64 years old as of July 1, 2007 (See Note below)


·        65 years old or over (indefinitely).


·        Disabled (until the disability ends).


·        Temporarily incapacitated (until the incapacity ends).


·        Caring for an in-home disabled relative (until the disability ends). Bulletin 37, FA-08-28


·        Involved in a significant life crisis (2 months) – not effective until 2/1/08 (following the initial 6-month extension).  A significant life crisis may include, but not be limited to:


-   Eviction from home.

-   Domestic violence.

-   Family crises (illness or death of a family member).

-   Natural disaster.

-   Drug treatment.

-   Complications of pregnancy/recent birth.


An extension based on a temporary life crisis must be approved by a Families First supervisor.


Note: Caretakers 60-64 as of July 1, 2007 will be “grandfathered” in and may be considered exempt until case closure.  If the individual reapplies after case closure and has not reached age of 65, he/she will have a work requirement.



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