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Assistance programsEligibility criteria.

(1)(a) The aged, blind, or disabled assistance program shall provide financial grants to persons in need who:
(i) Are not eligible to receive federal aid assistance, other than basic food benefits transferred electronically and medical assistance;
(ii) Meet the eligibility requirements of subsection (3) of this section; and
(iii) Are aged, blind, or disabled. For purposes of determining eligibility for assistance for the aged, blind, or disabled assistance program, the following definitions apply:
(A) "Aged" means age sixty-five or older.
(B) "Blind" means statutorily blind as defined for the purpose of determining eligibility for the federal supplemental security income program.
(C) "Disabled" means likely to meet the federal supplemental security income disability standard. In making this determination, the department should give full consideration to the cumulative impact of an applicant's multiple impairments, an applicant's age, and vocational and educational history.
In determining whether a person is disabled, the department may rely on, but is not limited to, the following:
(I) A previous disability determination by the social security administration or the disability determination service entity within the department; or
(II) A determination that an individual is eligible to receive optional categorically needy medicaid as a disabled person under the federal regulations at 42 C.F.R. Parts 435, Secs. 201(a)(3) and 210.
(b) The following persons are not eligible for the aged, blind, or disabled assistance program:
(i) Persons who are not able to engage in gainful employment due primarily to alcohol or drug addiction. These persons shall be referred to appropriate assessment, treatment, shelter, or supplemental security income referral services as authorized under chapter 74.50 RCW. Referrals shall be made at the time of application or at the time of eligibility review. This subsection may not be construed to prohibit the department from granting aged, blind, or disabled assistance benefits to alcoholics and drug addicts who are incapacitated due to other physical or mental conditions that meet the eligibility criteria for the aged, blind, or disabled assistance program; or
(ii) Persons for whom there has been a final determination of ineligibility for federal supplemental security income benefits.
(c) Persons may receive aged, blind, or disabled assistance benefits and essential needs and housing program support under RCW 43.185C.220 concurrently while pending application for federal supplemental security income benefits. The monetary value of any aged, blind, or disabled assistance benefit that is subsequently duplicated by the person's receipt of supplemental security income for the same period shall be considered a debt due the state and shall by operation of law be subject to recovery through all available legal remedies.
(2) The pregnant women assistance program shall provide financial grants to persons who:
(a) Are not eligible to receive federal aid assistance other than basic food benefits or medical assistance; and
(b) Are pregnant and in need, based upon the current income and resource standards of the federal temporary assistance for needy families program, but are ineligible for federal temporary assistance for needy families benefits for a reason other than failure to cooperate in program requirements; and
(c) Meet the eligibility requirements of subsection (3) of this section.
(3) To be eligible for the aged, blind, or disabled assistance program under subsection (1) of this section or the pregnant women assistance program under subsection (2) of this section, a person must:
(a) Be a citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise residing in the United States under color of law;
(b) Meet the income and resource standards described in RCW 74.04.805(1) (d) and (e);
(c) Have furnished the department his or her social security number. If the social security number cannot be furnished because it has not been issued or is not known, an application for a number shall be made prior to authorization of benefits, and the social security number shall be provided to the department upon receipt;
(d) Not have refused or failed without good cause to participate in drug or alcohol treatment if an assessment by a certified chemical dependency counselor indicates a need for such treatment. Good cause must be found to exist when a person's physical or mental condition, as determined by the department, prevents the person from participating in drug or alcohol dependency treatment, when needed outpatient drug or alcohol treatment is not available to the person in the county of his or her residence or when needed inpatient treatment is not available in a location that is reasonably accessible for the person; and
(e) Not have refused or failed to cooperate in obtaining federal aid assistance, without good cause.
(4) Referrals for essential needs and housing support under RCW 43.185C.220 shall be provided to persons found eligible under RCW 74.04.805.
(5) No person may be considered an eligible individual for benefits under this section with respect to any month if during that month the person:
(a) Is fleeing to avoid prosecution of, or to avoid custody or confinement for conviction of, a felony, or an attempt to commit a felony, under the laws of the state of Washington or the place from which the person flees; or
(b) Is violating a condition of probation, community supervision, or parole imposed under federal or state law for a felony or gross misdemeanor conviction.
(6) The department must share client data for individuals eligible for essential needs and housing support with the department of commerce and designated essential needs and housing support entities as required under RCW 43.185C.230.

NOTES:

Effective date2018 c 48 §§ 1 and 2: See note following RCW 74.04.805.
Effective date2014 c 218; 2013 2nd sp.s. c 10 § 2: "Section 2 of this act takes effect July 1, 2014." [ 2014 c 218 § 1; 2013 2nd sp.s. c 10 § 10.]
Effective date2013 2nd sp.s. c 10: "Except for section 2 of this act, this act takes effect January 1, 2014." [ 2013 2nd sp.s. c 10 § 9.]
Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 36: See note following RCW 74.62.005.
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