HB1377I-BENEFITS FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
Summary of the Introduced Bill

HB 1377 -- Restrictions on Temporary Assistance Benefits for
Needy Families

Sponsor:  Brandom

This bill requires the Department of Social Services to develop a
program to screen and test work-eligible applicants for or
work-eligible recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF) Program benefits who the department has
reasonable cause to believe, based on the screening, engage in
the illegal use of controlled substances.  Applicants and
recipients who test positive for the use of a controlled
substance which has not been prescribed by a licensed health care
provider will, after an administrative hearing by the department,
be declared ineligible for TANF benefits for one year beginning
on the date of the administrative hearing decision and will be
referred to an appropriate substance abuse treatment program
approved by the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse within the
Department of Mental Health.  Any member of a household which
includes a person who has been declared ineligible for TANF
benefits, if otherwise eligible, will continue to receive
protective or vendor payments through a third-party payee.

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95th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
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