An Act To Adjust the Lifetime Limit for the Receipt of TANF Benefits
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §3762, sub-§18, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 380, Pt. PP, §2, is amended to read:
The department shall adopt rules to implement this subsection. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §3762, sub-§19, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 380, Pt. PP, §2, is amended to read:
For a family whose assistance is to be terminated, a supervisory review by the department is required. The review must include but is not limited to an evaluation of the need for additional information to determine if cause for an exemption or extension exists. If the conclusion of the evaluation determines additional vocational, health, mental health or other information is necessary, the department shall work in collaboration with the adult recipient in the development of the information prior to the determination of status or termination.
For a family whose assistance is to be terminated pursuant to this subsection, the department shall provide information to the family regarding any other resources that may be available to help meet that family's basic needs.
This bill changes the lifetime limit for receiving benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from 60 months to 36 months.