TANF Time Limit Rules: How will I know when I am about to reach my 60-month time limit and what will happen when I do?

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V. How will I know when I am about to reach my 60-month time limit and what will happen when I do?

No later than 120 days before you reach your 60-month time limit, you will get a notice from DHHS. It will tell you that you are about to reach your 60th month and offer you a chance to meet with your ASPIRE Specialist either face-to-face or by telephone. In this meeting your worker must:

  • Tell you about TANF extensions and exemptions and allow you to apply for one if you think you may qualify;

  • Tell you about other programs that may be available to help you meet your basic needs if you don’t qualify for an exemption or extension, and

  • Explain that you have the right to appeal if you disagree with an exemption or extension decision.

Please Note:

It is very important to speak with your caseworker when you get the 60-month notice. If you don’t, DHHS will decide whether or not you qualify based on information in your case file and you will not have input into the decision.

When DHHS begins to apply this new time limit, families that have already received TANF for 60 months and families that will reach the time limit soon will get a notice at least 120 days before their TANF ends. The first month that these families will lose TANF because of time limits will be June 2012, unless the family qualifies for an exemption or an extension.

June 2012