This memo accompanies revised materials to be used in the determination of eligibility for federal Title IV-E funds of children placed in out-of-home care.
As transmitted in earlier notices to all counties and tribes, MAXIMUS Inc. was contracted by the State to review Wisconsins claiming of reimbursable expenditures under Foster Care (Title IV-E) and Medical Assistance (Title XIX) where the State and counties/tribes could be claiming additional federal reimbursement. To that end, MAXIMUS has recently provided the State with technical assistance regarding changes in the Title IV-E eligibility determination process.
In June, 1998, the Department of Health and Family Services distributed the Title IV-E Eligibility and Reimbursability Policy manual dated March, 1998, to all counties and tribes. The changes addressed in this correspondence supersede the policies in that manual. A revised Title IV-E Eligibility and Reimbursability Manual is being sent with this correspondence. Please discard the earlier manual in favor of the manual dated February, 1999.
Specifically, there have been three changes made to the eligibility process:
AFDC relatedness verification has been expanded to include AFDC-MA Related Categorically Needy as identified in the CARES and EDS systems.
When determining financial need as a component of AFDC relatedness, it is now required that a portion of a stepparent's income be included in the income calculation. This additional step is detailed on the attached Deemed Stepparent Income Worksheet.
In addition, revisions have been made to the CFS201, CFS201A, and CFS205 forms used to determine children eligible and reimbursable for IV-E funding. These revisions accommodate these policy changes as well as make the initial determination, redetermination, and AFDC relatedness forms flow more smoothly. The revised forms allow the eligibility specialist to move quickly through the determination process, answering only the questions relevant to the particular child for whom they are making an eligibility determination.
Attached please find the revised Title IV-E Eligibility and Reimbursability Policy manual, the revised CFS201, CFS201A, CFS205 forms, and the new Deemed Stepparent Income Worksheet. Please discard all earlier versions of the CFS201, CFS201A, and CFS205 forms in favor of the same forms revised 2/99.
If there are any questions concerning this material, please call the Title IV-E Hot Line at (608)267-9647. You should immediately start using these revised forms and manual. If you wish, you can make copies from the attached forms. You are recommended to order the actual forms from the Forms Center in Madison. Forms will be available starting June 10, 1999. A Forms/Publications Requisition, DMT-25, must be filled out to order forms from the Division of Children and Family Services. To avoid problems with filling the request, be sure to indicate the quantity desired, the form number and the form title. Fill in your name and address in the "ship to" area of the requisition, which will become your shipping label. Send your completed requisition to:
Department of Health & Family Services
Thank you very much for your assistance in this important effort.