§ 147.24. Procedure.
(a) Change in residence. The procedure in change of residence situations will be as follows:
(1) Temporary absence from this Commonwealth. The procedures for temporary absence will be as follows:
(i) If a recipient notifies the CAO that he plans to reside temporarily out of this Commonwealth for less than 30 days, the CAO will send a Form PA 162-C to confirm the address change. A reminder to the recipient will be included that if he is absent from this Commonwealth after 29 days the provisions of § 147.23(c) (relating to requirements) will apply. If the recipient returns to this Commonwealth within 30 days, he will continue to receive assistance. If on the 30th day the client has not returned and has not demonstrated continued residence in this Commonwealth under § 147.23(c), the CAO worker will send an advance notice that assistance will be discontinued effective with the first regular payment date by which the advance notice requirement can be met.
(ii) If the recipient reports that his temporary out-of-State residence will continue beyond 29 days and he has provided the CAO with evidence that the extended absence is caused by circumstances allowed under § 147.23(c), the CAO will review the case at appropriate intervals to determine whether the extended absence is caused by circumstances allowed under § 147.23(c). In cases of extended absence, this review shall occur at least once every 30 days. If, at any time, the CAO concludes that the client has not returned and has not demonstrated a continued residence in this Commonwealth under § 147.23(c), the CAO will send an advance notice that assistance will be discontinued effective with the first regular payment date by which the advance notice requirement can be met.
(2) Permanent move from this Commonwealth. If a recipient reports a permanent move to another state, assistance from this Commonwealth will be discontinued effective with the first regular payment date after the permanent move occurs, provided that 10 days advance notice of a proposed adverse action, Form PA 162-A, is issued to the client in accordance with § 133.4(b)(1) (relating to procedures) before the telephone hold deadline of the payment date. If advance notice cannot be given within the time limit stated in this paragraph, eligibility is not affected until the next regular payment date. If a person fails to report a permanent move on a timely basis, that is, within 1 week of the move, a determination must be made as to whether an overpayment has occurred and should be referred to claim settlement, in accordance with § 255.4(f)(1) (relating to procedures).
(3) Temporary absence from county of residence. Changes in residence resulting from temporary absence from county of residence will be governed by the following:
(i) If the recipient continues to be eligible for assistance, the county of residence will continue assistance at the new address.
(ii) If the recipient has not returned to his county of residence after the payment date for the sixth semimonthly check (third monthly SBP check) the provisions of subsection (a)(4) will apply.
(iii) The eligibility of the recipient for assistance while he is temporarily absent from his county of residence will be redetermined as frequently as appropriate to the individual case, and in accordance with § 133.23(a) (relating to requirements).
(iv) The redetermination will be made in accordance with the following:
(A) By writing directly to the recipient. The caseworker will plan with the recipient in clear and specific terms for the information required to establish continued eligibility and will set a date for receipt of the data.
(B) Through the CAO in the county where the recipient is temporarily staying, if it is necessary to supplement the information the client gives, or to arrange a personal interview.
(4) Permanent move to another Commonwealth county. Procedure for residents who move to another Commonwealth county will be as follows:
(i) County of origin. The county of origin shall conform with the following:
(A) Adjust the grant to meet the known or anticipated need in the new county based on the schedule of allowances in § 175.23 (relating to requirements) in effect for the county of origin.
(B) Inform the client that he shall get in touch with the CAO in the new county of residence immediately to establish his eligibility and have assistance authorized in the new county.
(C) Authorize discontinuance of assistance effective the third semimonthly check (second SBP check) after the move was reported.
(D) Send the client a Form PA 162-C (Confirming Notice) to confirm the change of address, any change in the grant and the date assistance will be discontinued from the county of origin. Put the address and phone number of the new CAO on the Form PA 162-C because any appeal taken will be heard in the new county of residence with the CAOs position presented by the staff of the new county.
(E) Transfer the case record to the new county of residence within five days after the move is reported.
(I) The record will be brought up to date. The last entry in the narrative should state the reason for the transfer.
(II) The record will be sent by first class mail with a Form PA 361-S (Standard Transmittal) for return by the new CAO.
(III) If the record will not be ready for transfer within the 5 days, the CAO shall immediately send to the new county a copy of the Form PA 162-C.
(ii) Other county. Other counties shall conform with the following:
(A) If the client gets in touch with the new CAO before the effective discontinuance date authorized by the county of origin, a new application will not be required. The new county shall redetermine eligibility and authorize assistance.
(B) If the client gets in touch with the new county after the effective discontinuance date authorized by the county of origin, the case shall be handled as a new application as prescribed in Subpart B (relating to intake and redetermination).
(5) Recipient absent from the United States. Recipients absent from the United States shall be governed by the following:
(i) The United States includes the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
(ii) In addition to applying the appropriate procedure in subsection (a)(1) or (2), when AFDC or GA recipients are absent from the United States, assistance may be continued for no more than 2 semimonthly payments unless need can be determined. If a determination cannot be made, assistance will be suspended effective with the third semimonthly payment date until the recipient returns to this Commonwealth and reestablishes need. After an absence of 60 days the case will be closed.
(b) Temporary assistance to nonresidents. Procedures for temporary assistance to nonresidents will be as follows:
(1) There shall be a clear finding that the persons plan for self-support is real and immediate. The CAO will obtain the specifics of the plan.
(2) If the person is able to provide sufficient information about his plan for self-support that additional evidence or verification is not needed, the CAO will authorize a grant to enable the person to reach his destination.
(3) If additional or substantiating evidence is required, the CAO will promptly contact the appropriate agency in the other state to verify the information. The person is eligible for one one-time grant while the facts are being verified. If the other state confirms the persons plan for self-support, and he still wants to go there, he is eligible for a grant to reach his destination.
(4) The grant will be for 7 days or less, as needed.
(5) The amount of the one-time grant for each person will be the prorated amount of the countys maximum monthly allowance per person as set forth in § 175.23.
(6) The grant to reach destination will include the actual minimum cost of all of the following items that the person needs:
(i) Transportation to his destination by the most economical means of travel. Food enroute and for one day after arrival, at the rate of $2 a day per person.
(ii) Lodging enroute, if necessary.
(c) Requests from out-of-State agencies. Requests from out-of-State agencies will be provided by the following:
(1) The CAO has authority and responsibility to provide information to an out-of-State agency when requested.
(2) The CAO does not authorize the return of a person to this Commonwealth because any person has the right to move freely from one state to another and choose where he wishes to reside.
(3) If an agency requests information about a persons eligibility for public services other than public assistance, the CAO will refer the inquiry as follows:
tuberculosis care to Division of Chronic Respiratory Diseases
Department of Health
other public services see Public Welfare Directory
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The provisions of this § 147.24 amended through July 9, 1982, effective July 10, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 2172. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (64931) to (64935).
This section cited in 55 Pa. Code § 147.23 (relating to requirements); and 55 Pa. Code § 227.24 (relating to procedures).
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