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RULE §357.562Determination and Disposition of Intentional Program Violations

(a) The Texas Department of Human Services (DHS) determines the existence of intentional program violations; refers cases for investigation, administrative hearings, and prosecution; takes collection action and ensures clients' rights according to applicable Texas criminal statutes and the following:

  (1) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)--as provided in:

    (A) Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act (42 U.S.C. §601 et. seq.);

    (B) Human Resources Code, Chapter 31; and

    (C) Government Code, §531.114;

  (2) Food Stamp Program--7 Code of Federal Regulations, §§273.16 - 273.18; and

  (3) Medicaid Program--42 Code of Federal Regulations, §455.2 and §455.16.

(b) Individuals found to have committed an intentional program violation in the food stamp and/or TANF programs through an administrative disqualification hearing or who have signed a waiver of right to an administrative disqualification hearing are subject to the disqualification periods outlined in §79.1917 of this title (relating to Effect of an Administrative Determination of Intentional Program Violation).

(c) If a person is convicted of a state or federal offense for conduct, as described in §79.2001(c) of this title (relating to Terms and General Policy), and such conduct is committed on or after September 1, 2003, or if the person is granted deferred adjudication or placed on community supervision for that conduct, the person is permanently disqualified from receiving financial assistance.

(d) Individuals found to have committed an intentional program violation in the Food Stamp Program by a court of appropriate jurisdiction, or on the basis of a plea of nolo contendere or otherwise in cases referred for prosecution in state or federal court, are subject to the disqualification periods outlined in §79.1917(a) of this title.

(e) In TANF cases, DHS does not take the needs of the disqualified individual into account during the period he is disqualified when determining the assistance unit's need and amount of assistance. DHS considers any resources and income of the disqualified individual as available to the assistance unit. DHS does not disqualify an individual from the TANF program unless the overissuance of benefits resulting from the intentional violation occurred in the month of October 1988 or later.

(f) Disqualified individuals are ineligible for TANF Medicaid benefits during the disqualification period. However, they may qualify for and receive benefits under provisions of Chapter 2 of this title (relating to Medically Needy and Children and Pregnant Women Programs).

(g) A household member may be charged with an intentional program violation even if he has not actually received benefits to which he is not entitled.

(h) The amount of the intentional program violation claim must be calculated back to the month the act of intentional program violation occurred, regardless of the length of time that elapsed until the determination of intentional program violation was made. However, DHS must not include in its calculation any amount of the overissuance that occurred in a month more than six years from the date the overissuance was discovered for food stamp cases.

Source Note: The provisions of this §357.562 adopted to be effective June 15, 1987, 12 TexReg 1394; amended to be effective July 1, 1992, 17 TexReg 3477; amended to be effective September 14, 1998, 23 TexReg 9410; amended to be effective September 1, 2003, 28 TexReg 6951; transferred effective September 1, 2004, as published in the Texas Register September 17, 2004, 29 TexReg 9013

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