TITLE 89: SOCIAL SERVICES
CHAPTER IV: DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER b: ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
PART 112 TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
SECTION 112.80 GOOD CAUSE FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH TANF PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS


 

Section 112.80  Good Cause for Failure to Comply with TANF Participation Requirements

 

a)         If a participant has good cause for not complying with a TANF participation requirement, financial assistance shall not be discontinued.  Examples of good cause include but are not limited to:

 

1)         temporary illness for its duration;

 

2)         court required appearance or temporary incarceration;

 

3)         death in the family;

 

4)         extreme inclement weather;

 

5)         lack of any supportive service (see Section 112.82), even though the necessary service is not specifically provided under TANF, to the extent the lack of the needed service presents a significant barrier to TANF participation;

 

6)         if an individual is engaged in employment and/or training that is consistent with the employment related goals of the program, if such employment and training is later approved by TANF staff (e.g., a participant is unable to attend an orientation session because she is already attending GED classes);

 

7)         failure of Department staff or Contractor to correctly forward the information to TANF staff;

 

8)         failure of the participant to cooperate because of attendance at a test or a mandatory class or function at an educational program (including college), when an education/training program is officially approved by TANF. When TANF workers know in advance of such tests and mandatory classes or functions, they shall schedule TANF activities around them if possible;

 

9)         failure of the participant due to his or her illiteracy;

 

10)         failure of the participant because it is determined that he or she should be in a different TANF activity;

 

11)         non-receipt by the participant of a notice advising him or her of a participation requirement.  If the  non-receipt of mail occurs frequently, the Department shall explore an alternative means of providing notices of participation requests to participants;

 

12)         non-comprehension of written and/or oral English;

 

13)         child care (or day care for an incapacitated individual living in the same home as a child) is necessary for the participation or employment and such care is not available for a child under age 13;

 

14)         failure to participate in a TANF activity due to a verified scheduled job interview, medical appointment for the participant or a household member, or a school appointment for the participant or his or her children;

 

15)         the individual is homeless.  Homeless individuals (including the family) have no current residence and no expectation of acquiring one in the next 30 days.  This includes individuals residing in overnight and transitional (temporary) shelters.  This does not include individuals who are sharing a residence with friends or relatives on a continuing basis;

 

16)         documented circumstances beyond the control of the participant which prevent the participant from completing program requirements; or

 

17)         failure to participate in a TANF work activity because of violations of workplace rights due TANF recipients as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

b)         The TANF worker may require a participant to document good cause for noncooperation with TANF requirements.

 

c)         No participant shall be denied good cause solely on the basis that he or she failed to notify the Department in advance of a participation requirement. Nevertheless, failure to notify is material and is an important factor if the participant could have notified the Department.

 

(Source:  Amended at 28 Ill. Reg. 5655, effective March 22, 2004)