Public Social Services; Aid and Medical Assistance; Computation and Payment of Aid Grants
(a) The department shall implement a system to provide for supplemental payments to needy families qualified for aid under this chapter, when, because of a change in reported financial circumstances occurring between the "budget month" and the "payment month," a family's net available income for the payment month is less than 80 percent of the amount set forth in subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 11450, as adjusted for cost-of-living increases pursuant to Section 11453, except as provided in subdivision (c) of Section 11453. The system shall provide all of the following:
(1) Families shall be informed of the availability of supplemental payments and of the necessity that a family request the payments in order for them to be provided. This information shall be provided in writing at the time of application in the written statements of recipients' rights, and shall also be provided orally by the eligibility worker at the time of the initial interview and at each annual redetermination. A request form shall be sent monthly to all families which have reported income.
(2) That supplemental payments shall be paid in an amount necessary to raise the family's net available income in the payment month to 80 percent of the amount set forth in subdivision (a) of Section 11450, as adjusted for cost-of-living increases pursuant to Section 11453, except as provided in subdivision (c) of Section 11453.
(3) That supplemental payments shall not be considered income when calculating the amount of the grant to be paid in future months.
(4) That supplemental payments or written notice of action shall be issued within seven working days of a request. Payments shall only be issued for those months in which a request has been made and a family is eligible for the supplement. A request shall be made in the month for which the supplemental payment is requested.
(5) That no supplemental payment shall be made to any family if, under the federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, the payments would be counted as income, regardless of the source of the funding for the aid payment of the family.
(6) That no overpayment or underpayment shall be determined for a supplemental payment which was correctly computed based on the family' s reasonable estimate of the income and other circumstances for the payment month. A family shall not be eligible for more than one supplemental payment per month.
(b) For purposes of this section:
(1) "Budget month" and "payment month" shall be consistent with the use of these terms in Section 11450.5.
(2) "Net available income" means the sum of the following:
(A) Total net nonexempt income in the payment month without deduction of either the thirty dollars ($30) plus one-third of earned income or the thirty dollars ($30) disregard deductions.
(B) Any child or spousal support received by the family pursuant to Section 602(a)(8)(A)(vi) of Title 42 of the United States Code and as that statute may hereafter be amended.
(C) The grant for the payment month before overpayment adjustments.
(3) "Needy family" means a family aided pursuant to this chapter. This includes a family that is in a single month of suspension resulting from the receipt of income.
(4) "Grant" means the amount of aid paid to the needy family pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 11450, but does not include any amounts paid pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 11450 or Section 11453.1.
(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 456, Sec. 2.)