Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Diversion

Revised:

6.2

DIVERSION FACTS

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·         A Diversion payment is an once-in-a-lifetime lump sum payment of $1,200.

 

·         Only clients who meet the qualifying criteria will be eligible for the program.  In a two parent assistance unit, both parents must meet the qualifying criteria.

 

·         The Diversion payment month will not be a countable month in the lifetime 60-month count.

 

·         An employed client, or one who becomes employed within 30 days of receiving a Diversion payment, will be eligible to receive three months of subsidized child care.  This will include a co-pay fee.

 

-       If employed, the three month count will begin with the month following the month of approval (plus the partial month if approval did not occur on the first day of the month).

-       If employment begins within 30 days of authorization, the three-month count will begin with the month following the month employment began (plus the partial month if approval did not occur on the first day of the month).

-       Child Care for Diversion recipients will follow TCC policy.

-       Diversion child care recipients are not eligible for TCC after three months.

 

·         A two-parent family may only receive 1 diversion payment, even if they are eligible to group into separate assistance units.

 

·         Acceptance of the payment will prohibit the family from receiving Families First for one year.

 

·         A person who is receiving a Families First grant in a “Child Only” case but does not receive FF for his/her own child(ren), may qualify for a diversion payment for his/her own children, if all other points of eligibility are met.  Bulletin 28, FA-08-20

 

·         During the one-year ineligibility period, clients who require emergency assistance may qualify for Families First if they meet re-entry criteria.

 

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