Support Payments to States_Assistance Payments
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Law 104-193; Title I,
42 U.S.C. 301-306; 42 U.S.C. 1308, Title X, 42 U.S.C. 1201-1206; Title XIV, 42
U.S.C. 1351-1355; Title XVI (AABD), 42 U.S.C. 1381 note - 1385 note; Public
Laws 97-35, 97-248, 97-300, 98-369, 100-485, and 103-66.
To provide aid to the
aged, blind, and the permanently and totally disabled in Guam, Puerto Rico,
and Virgin Islands.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Cash payments are made to eligible needy aged, blind, or disabled persons in
Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These payments are to cover costs
for food, shelter, clothing, and other daily living needs recognized as
necessary be each Territory's program. In addition, an individual must be at
least age 65 to receive assistance for the aged; must be determined blind to
receive aid to the blind; or must be at least eighteen years of age and
totally disabled to receive aid to the permanently and totally disabled.
Applicant Eligibility: Agencies must operate under Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) approved plans and agreements, which must comply
with all Federal statutory and regulatory requirements governing these programs.
The applicant must be needy -- i.e., meet specific income and resource
requirements. In addition, the individual must be at least age 65 to receive
assistance for the aged; must be determined blind to receive aid to the blind;
or must be at least eighteen years of age and totally disabled to receive aid to
the permanently and totally disabled.
Beneficiary Eligibility: The beneficiary must be needy -- i.e., meet
specific income and resource requirements. In addition, the individual must be
at least age 65 to receive assistance for the aged; must determined blind to
receive aid to the blind; or must be at least eighteen years of age and totally
disabled to receive aid to the permanently and totally disabled. These programs
also have specific unearned and earned income disregards that are applied in
determining the amount of assistance payable.
Credentials/Documentation: Federal funds must go to a certified
Territorial welfare agency. Individuals must meet all eligibility requirements.
Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and
local governments, the Social Security Act, and Federal Regulations.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination: The standard application forms, as
furnished by DHHS and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 for State and local
governments, must be used for this program. Applications are available from the
Administration for Children and Families (OFA/ACF) Regional Offices. (See
Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.) This program is excluded from
coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: Eligible individuals should apply directly to
their Territorial or local welfare agency. The Territories should contact the
OFA/ACF Regional Administrators for application forms. (See Appendix IV of the
Catalog for addresses.) OFA/ACF Regional Administrators have authority to
approve applications and amendments; disapproval authority is held by the
Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. Territories contact HHS Regional
Offices for applications for administrative funds. This program is excluded from
coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure: Once an application is approved, Territories are
awarded funds quarterly based on ACF-approved estimates of maintenance
assistance and administrative costs. Notification of awards must be made to the
designated Territorial agency. Eligible individuals receive monthly subsistence
checks from Territorial welfare agencies.
Deadlines: Individuals may apply anytime to their local welfare
agencies for Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Welfare agencies must have a time
standard for notifying applicants of approval/disapproval; not over 45 days
after application, except 60 days for aid to disabled.
Appeals: Individuals denied assistance must be given a fair hearing on
appeal (45 CFR, Chapter 2, Section 205.10). Territorial agencies may request a
hearing before the Assistant Secretary for Family Support regarding adverse
decisions (45 CFR, Chapter 2, Section 201.14; 45 CFR, Part 16).
Renewals: The agency must conduct periodic reviews to determine
whether conditions justifying eligibility still exist.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Formula and Matching Requirements:
Essentially the Federal share of expenditures for Old Age Assistance, Aid To The
Blind, and Aid To The Permanently and Totally Disabled programs is equal to
about 75 percent, not to exceed a maximum amount per recipient. However, the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. Thus, there is a
statutory limit placed on the total payments each territory may receive in
certain programs (the above-named Adult programs, the Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF) Program, and the Federal Foster Care, Adoption Assistance,
and Independent Living Programs authorized under Title IV-E of the Social
Security Act. If the Territory has not exceeded its ceiling amount for the
fiscal year, then the Territory may also request and receive a Matching Grant.
The amount of Matching Grant funds each Territory may receive is equal to 75
percent of the amount, if any, by which the Territory's expenditures for the
current fiscal year under its TANF and IV-E programs exceed the sum of
historical fixed amounts.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Individuals receive support
from the Territorial or local welfare agency until they no longer meet the
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Territory must submit fiscal FSA-231 and statistical reports
as required by the Secretary of HHS to ACF. A Treasury Report, TUS- 5104, is
required from the States each time funds are drawn and no less frequently than
Audits: Audits are performed by the HHS Office of Inspector General.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24,
1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non- Profit
Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of
$300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific
audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than
$300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for
that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and
cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other
Federal government officials.
Records: Territories must maintain records which substantiate
eligibility determination and grants that are made.
Account Identification: 75-1501-0-1-609.
Obligations: FY 01 $23,000,000; FY 02 est $23,000,000; and FY 03 est
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
The range for these three Territories is $707,436 and $30,560,246 with an average of $10,829,401.
There were 3 awards made to the territories of Puerto Rico, Guam and the
Virgin Islands in fiscal year 2001. It is estimated that similar awards will
be made to these 3 territories in fiscal year 2002 and fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
ACF regulations are published in the Federal Register, 45 CFR 200 et seq.
Regional or Local Office:
See Regional Agency Offices. Region II (NJ, NY, PR, VI):
Frank Ceruto, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, New York Regional Office, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 4114, New York, NY 10278. Telephone: (212) 264-2890, ext. 133.
Region IX (AZ, CA, GU, HI, NV):
Julie Fong, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, San Francisco Regional Office, 90 7th Street, Ninth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Telephone: (415) 437-7579.
Susan Golonka Office of the Director, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Susan.Golonka@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-401-4731 Fax: 202-205-5887
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Assistance payments made to eligible needy aged, blind, or totally disabled
persons in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. During FY 2001, Puerto
Rico served approximately 457,744 recipients and the Virgin Islands served
approximately 7,908 persons under Adult Programs.
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