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Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services

Health and Human Services
     Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services
         Department of Transitional Assistance
Account Description
FY06
GAA
FY07
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Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children  
   4408-1000   For the operation of a program of cash assistance to certain residents of the commonwealth pursuant to chapter 117A of the General Laws, entitled emergency aid to the elderly, disabled, and children, who are found by the department of transitional assistance to be eligible for such aid, pursuant to regulations promulgated by the department and subject to the limitations specified herein; provided, that benefits under this item shall be provided only to residents who are citizens of the United States or qualified aliens, so-called, or non-citizens otherwise permanently residing in the United States under color of law and shall not be provided to illegal or undocumented aliens; provided further, that the department shall promulgate regulations to implement the deeming of income from sponsors; provided further, that the preceding proviso shall not apply to those who reside in an institution; provided further, that the monthly payment standard for the program shall equal the monthly payment standard in effect under this program in fiscal year 2006, unless the department of transitional assistance determines that a reduction in the monthly payment standard should be implemented before the end of the fiscal year to keep program expenditures within amounts appropriated herein; provided further, that notwithstanding any such reduction in the monthly payment standard, the department may continue to provide benefits for eligible individuals in rest homes; provided further, that the department may provide benefits to persons age 65 or older who have applied for benefits under chapter 118A of the General Laws, to persons suffering from a medically determinable impairment or combination of impairments which is expected to last for a period as determined by department regulations and which substantially reduces or eliminates the individual's capacity to support himself and has been verified by a competent authority, to otherwise eligible participants in the vocational rehabilitation program of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission, to certain persons caring for a disabled person, to dependent children who are ineligible for benefits under both chapter 118 of the General Laws and the separate program created by section 210 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1997, and to parents or other caretakers of dependent children who are ineligible under said chapter 118 and under said separate program; provided further, that a person shall not be eligible for assistance under the provisions of this item if the person is eligible to receive assistance under chapters 115 or 118 of the General Laws or who would be eligible under said chapters but for income or assets, or who is eligible to receive unemployment compensation under chapter 151A of the General Laws; provided further, that the department may institute a work requirement for adult recipients; provided further, the preceding proviso shall not apply to the elderly, those who reside in an institution, or those with a disability expected to last for six months or less; provided further, that the department shall promulgate regulations establishing exceptions for good cause for not meeting the work requirement; provided further, that no ex-offender, person over age 45 without prior work history, or person in a residential treatment facility shall be eligible for benefits under this program unless said person otherwise meets the eligibility criteria described herein and defined by regulations of the department; provided further, that any person incarcerated in a correctional institution shall not be eligible for benefits under this program; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the payment of expenses associated with any medical review team or other disability screening process or for any costs associated with verifying disability for this program; provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for self sufficiency activities for recipients; provided further, that in promulgating, amending, or rescinding regulations with respect to eligibility or benefits under this program, the department shall take into account the amount available to it for expenditure from this item so as not to exceed the amount appropriated herein; provided further, that the department may promulgate emergency regulations pursuant to chapter 30A of the General Laws to implement these eligibility or benefit changes or both; and provided further, that notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the funds made available herein shall be the only funds available for this program, and the department shall not spend funds for this program in excess of the amount made available herein 70,079,481 56,294,886
 
 
 Reduced funding due to reform.