Texas Register, Volume 37, Number 35, Pages 6819-7008, August 31, 2012 Page: 6,895
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lies (-TAN)] cash assistance, who previously did not leave TANF in a
(2) Choices eligible--An individual eligible to receive
Choices services including an adult or teen head of household who
is an applicant, conditional applicant, recipient, nonrecipient parent,
former recipient, or sanctioned family as defined in this chapter.
(3) Choices participant--A Choices eligible participating in
or outreached for Choices services, including:
(A) Exempt Choices participant--A Choices eligible
who is not required under Texas Human Resources Code, Chapter
31 or Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) rules
(1 TAC, Chapter 372, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs [Texas Works]) to
participate in Choices services, but who may voluntarily participate in
(B) Mandatory Choices participant--A Choices eligible
who is required under Texas Human Resources Code, Chapter 31 or
HHSC rules (1 TAC, Chapter 372[ Texas Works]) to participate in
(4) Community service--A program that provides employ-
ment and training activities to Choices participants through unsalaried,
work-based positions in the public or private nonprofit sectors. Com-
munity service programs contain structured, supervised activities that
are a direct benefit to the community and are designed to improve the
employability of Choices participants who have been unable to find
(5) [(4)] Conditional applicant--An adult or teen head of
household who left TANF in a sanctioned status, but who is reapply-
ing for TANF cash assistance and must demonstrate cooperation with
Choices program requirements for four consecutive weeks.
(6) [(-5)] Earned Income Deduction (EID)--A standard
work-related and income deduction, available for four months through
(7) Employment Planning Session (EPS)--A meeting with
a TANF recipient to introduce Choices services.
(8) [(6)] Extended TANF recipient--A recipient who
receives TANF cash assistance past the 60-month federal time limit
because of a hardship exemption as defined in Texas Human Resources
Code, Chapter 31 and HHSC rules (1 TAC, Chapter 372[, Texas
(9) [-7-)] Former recipient--An adult or teen head of house-
hold who no longer receives TANF cash assistance because of employ-
(10) [(8)] HHSC--Texas Health and Human Services Com-
(11) Job readiness--Short-term structured activities or a se-
ries of activities lasting less than six months designed to prepare a job
seeker for unsubsidized employment and increase the job seeker's em-
ployability. Activities may include, but are not limited to: interview-
ing skills, job retention skills, personal maintenance skills, professional
conduct skills, and introductory computer skills.
(12) Job search--Acts of seeking or obtaining employment,
or preparing to seek or obtain employment, including life skills train-
ing, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, or rehabili-
tation activities. Activities may include: information on and referral
to available jobs; occupational exploration, including information on
local emerging and demand occupations; job fairs; applying or inter-
viewing for job vacancies; and contacting potential employers.
(13) Job skills training--Training or education for job skills
required by an employer to provide a Choices participant with the abil-
ity to obtain employment or to advance or adapt to the changing de-
mands of the workplace.
(14) [(9)] Nonrecipient parent--Adults or minor heads of
household not receiving TANF cash assistance, but living with their
own children who are receiving TANF cash assistance. Nonrecipient
parents include parents who are not eligible for TANF cash assistance:
(A) due to a disqualification by the Texas Health and
Human Services Commission. These disqualifications include parents
(i) refuse to comply with Medicaid third-party re-
(ii) do not comply with Social Security number re-
(iii) are found guilty of an intentional program vio-
(iv) fail to report the temporary absence of a certified
(v) are fugitives fleeing to avoid prosecution of, or
confinement for, a felony criminal conviction, or are found by a court
to be violating federal or state probation or parole;
(vi) are convicted of a felony drug offense (not de-
ferred adjudication) committed on or after April 1, 2002; or
(vii) refuse to cooperate with the program integrity
(B) because they are receiving Supplemental Security
Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI); or
(C) because they have exhausted their TANF state time
(15) [(-)] PRWORA--The Personal Responsibility and
Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-193,
110 Stat. 2105, as amended.
(16) [(-1)] Recipient--An adult or teen head of household
who receives TANF cash assistance.
(17) [(42)] Sanctioned family--An adult or teen head of
household who must demonstrate cooperation for one month in order
to reinstate TANF cash assistance.
(18) [(-3)] Secondary school--Educational activities in-
cluding middle school, high school leading to a high school diploma,
or classes leading to the completion of a GED [General Educational
Development (GED)] credential.
(19) [(t4)] TANF cash assistance--The cash grant provided
through HHSC to individuals who meet certain residency, income, and
resource criteria as provided under federal and state statutes and reg-
ulations, including the PRWORA, the TANF block grant statutes, the
TANF State Plan, TANF cash assistance provided under Texas Human
Resources Code, Chapters 31 and 34, and other related regulations.
(20) The Workforce Information System of Texas
(TWIST)--the Agency's automated data processing and case manage-
ment system for the Texas workforce system.
(21) Vocational educational training--Organized educa-
tional programs directly related to preparing Choices participants for
employment in current or emerging occupations.
PROPOSED RULES August 31, 2012 37 TexReg 6895
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