Kansas Economic and Employment Services Manual

2000 General Eligibility

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2000 - GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

This section describes non-financial eligibility requirements which are common to all programs as well as those general program criteria specific to each. Assistance can only be provided when all applicable requirements have been met for a particular program.

 

2100 REQUIREMENTS COMMON TO ALL OR MOST PROGRAMS

 

2110 Act in Own Behalf - In order to apply for assistance, the individual must be legally capable of acting in his or her own behalf.

 

2111 Adults - An adult for application purposes is defined as anyone 18 years of age or older. An adult’s capacity to act in their own behalf determines whether or not they are allowed to apply for assistance.

 

  1. Legally Incapacitated - Legally incapacitated adults are not eligible to receive assistance unless such assistance is applied for by a guardian or conservator.

    A legally incapacitated adult shall be defined as any adult who is impaired both physically and mentally by reason of mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability to the extent that he or she is unable to understand or communicate responsible decisions concerning his or her person, or to the extent the adult cannot effectively manage or apply his or her estate to necessary ends for whom a guardian or conservator has been appointed by the court.

  2. Not Legally Incapacitated - Any adult who has not been determined to be legally incapacitated as described in subsection 1. above is presumed to be able to act in their own behalf. A competent adult may apply for assistance for himself or herself.

    1. The following additional individuals may apply on behalf of a competent adult without requiring authorization from the adult:

      1. The spouse of the adult (see 4312(1)).

      2. The partner of the adult with whom there is a mutual child (including an unborn child).

      3. A tax filer who claims (or intends to claim) the adult as a dependent on his or her federal tax return.

      4. A person with a durable power of attorney (for financial decisions) for the adult.

      5. The representative payee for Social Security benefits for the adult.

    2. In rare instances where the adult is unable to file his or her own application and obtaining a written consent is not possible, the application shall be accepted and a referral completed to Social Services to have a guardian or conservator appointed if appropriate.

When someone other than the adult is acting in his or her behalf, all notices must still be sent to the applicant/recipient in addition to the authorized representative.

2112 Minors - A minor for application purposes is anyone under 18 years of age. A minor’s capacity to act in his or her own behalf determines whether or not he or she is allowed to apply for assistance.
 

  1.  A minor is presumed to be legally incapable of acting in his or her behalf and therefore may not apply for himself or herself. However, a minor can act in his or her own behalf and receive assistance only under one of the following circumstances:
     

    1. A court has emancipated the minor by bestowing the rights of majority upon the minor. Such an individual is legally an adult.
       

    2. The minor is age 16 or 17 and is or has been married.
       

    3. There is no caretaker exercising parental control over the child or willing to assume parental control and one of the following circumstances exist:
       

      1. The parents of the minor are institutionalized per 4140.
         

      2. The minor has no parent who is living or whose whereabouts is known.
         

      3. The health and safety of the minor has or would be jeopardized by remaining in the household with the minor's parents or other caretakers. Such status must be documented by an independent source such as social services, law enforcement, religious authorities or a battered person's shelter.

        If local arrangements are made between EES and Prevention and Protection Services (PPS), a referral may be made to PPS for assistance in determining the status of the minor's parents or other caretakers and any health and safety issues that would exist in such living arrangements. The determination of a minor's ability to act in own behalf under this provision must be approved by the EES Program Administrator or designee and documented in the case record.
         

    4. The minor is placed into independent living by DCF. In situations where the minor’s needs are being met by PPS or a foster care contractor, the minor cannot apply for his/her own needs but may apply on behalf of his/her child providing the child resides with the minor and is not in DCF custody.
       

    5. The minor enters an approved transitional living program, such as MINK.
       

    6. The minor enters Job Corps or another approved adult-supervised living arrangement, and the EES Program Administrator or designee, on a case-by-case basis, determines it is in the best interests of the minor to allow the minor to apply in his or her own behalf. This decision must be documented in the case record.

      Once a minor approved to act in his or her own behalf leaves the group living arrangement, the EES Program Administrator or designee must determine if it continues to be in the minor's best interests to act on his or her own behalf and document the decision in the case record.

      The EES Program Administrator's approval is required only if the minor does not qualify to act in his or her own behalf based on one of the categories in a through (e) above.
       

  2. Minors who are unable to act in their own behalf are not eligible to receive assistance unless such assistance is applied for by a person meeting one of the following criteria:


    1. All programs
      1. A parent or caretaker (as defined in 2220, 2221, 2222, and 2223). This includes an adult mandatory filing unit member in the situations noted in 2220.
         
      2. An adult household member (Food Assistance Only).