CALWORKS ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Day 1, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Families who apply for temporary assistance must verify that the children in the home meet deprivation criteria and that the caretakers/parents are cooperating with the Welfare-to-Work requirements of CalWORKs. The eligible children must meet specific age, immunization and school attendance requirements. This workshop defines and explores these determinants of eligibility.

Topics include:

  • Criteria to establish and verify deprivation for children
  • Determining parents’ welfare-to-work status and requirements
  • Age-related eligibility criteria
  • Child care and supportive services

As a result of this workshop, participants will learn to apply regulations for determining eligibility for temporary assistance on the basis of eligible children being deprived of parental support due to death, incapacity, absence, or unemployment. Workers will also understand welfare-to-work and other cooperation requirements for parents.

CALWORKS STANDARD FILING AND ASSISTANCE UNIT COMPOSITION

Day 1, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop presents the overall view of standard filing and assistance unit composition for new and experienced workers.

Topics include:

  • Eligible children
  • Caretaker relative requirements
  • Establishing the standard filing unit
  • Understanding criteria for persons who are mandatory, optional and excluded
  • Establishing multigenerational and single-person assistance units
  • Understanding the impact of the maximum family grant and teen pregnancy disincentive on the assistance unit

As a result of this workshop participants will be able to accurately determine assistance unit composition for a variety of household situations.

CALWORKS PROPERTY DETERMINATIONS

Day 2, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m

This workshop compares and contrasts the treatment of both real and personal property for the two programs. Participants review regulations, limits and value of property items. Case examples are used.

Topics include:

  • Definitions of real and personal property
  • Ownership of property
  • Excluded property
  • Valuing property and resources
  • Overview of valuing vehicles
  • Differentiating between property and income
  • Overview of real property holdings and liens

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to correctly determine the value of frequently encountered property items and their impact on eligibility determination for the two programs.

TREATMENT OF INCOME FOR CALWORKS ELIGIBILTY DETERMINATIONS

Day 2, 1:00p.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop presents an overview of the various sources of income received by CalWORKs applicants and recipients. Participants learn how to determine countable income and exemptions for use in CalWORKs income tests and benefit calculations.

Topics include:

  • Income definitions
  • Semi-annual reporting
  • Earned income
  • Self-employment
  • Disability based income
  • Earned and unearned income
  • In-kind income
  • Availability of income
  • Differentiation of property and income
  • Exempt income
  • Lump sum income
  • Income tests
  • Calculating the grant

As a result of this workshop participants will be able to correctly ascertain sources of income used to determine income eligibility and compute the amount of countable income for benefit computation. Participants will also be able to encourage client employment by sharing the benefits of the earned income incentives.

TREATMENT OF INCOME FOR CALWORKS ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS

Day 3, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

A continuation of Day 2 as well as practice sessions on calculations and determinations.

Course Code
500701