CW Training Q & A

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Applying/RRR | Expenses | General Requirements | Household Composition | Income | Resources



General Requirements

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1.What does conditional entry mean? Or what is it?Conditional entry is the status of non-citizens who were admitted to the US prior to the Refugee Act of 1980. This is the previous status name of Refugees used up until the 1980s.April 2017April 2017
2.Since other programs have different considerations for minors (below aged 18) who are under the 5 year bar and if they'll be eligible to receive benefits. Does CW also have an exception to this or is the 5 year bar enforced for all individuals regardless of age?No, CW does not have these same rules because we have a timeframe around how long someone can receive assistance. What changes for the CW program is if they are paid as a child or as an adult, and if their time clock counts those months.April 2017
3.Is emancipation considered acceptable for a minor requesting CW? Will the minor have to provide verification of their emancipated status? Additionally will they be paid as an adult or a child?Since the emancipation of a minor is a lengthy, legal process, verification would need to be provided by the customer to indicate that financial responsibility has been eliminated and the minor is now considered an adult under state law. As for the minor being paid as an adult, logistically the applicant would be viewed as an adult.April 2017
4.With Food Assistance, workers may have to ask the customer how they are meeting their expenses to inquire on unreported income. For Colorado Works, is this a requirement as well?During an interview (for FA) a worker may ask how a household is meeting their expenses to investigate or probe for unreported income. Ultimately this is a matter of becoming familiar with the household circumstances to make the most accurate eligibility determination. However, this is a question is more applicable for FA.A successful interview for any HLPG will always have an eligibility worker taking time to clarify any information reported on the public assistance application or asking about information that may be needed to make an eligibility determination.For CW, we typically clarify this when the customer is completing the assessment on the Workforce Development side, because the coach will go over any additional assistance the customers might need help with.June 2017

Household Composition

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1.A 2 parent household applies for CW, dad is not listed on the birth certificate is client statement acceptable for relationship verification."3.604.1.C This is considered to be Secondary Verification. Client statement is acceptable for biological parents. CBMS accepts client statement as a valid source in the HH Relationship page. 3.604.1.A However, you can always request additional verification if something is questionable.April 2017


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1.I have a Colorado Works case in which they have started to receive child support that exceeds the need standard. Colorado Works is not counting the income and closing; It is showing as Unreimbursed Public Assistance (UPA).UPA does not count against Colorado Works because it is being retained in lieu of the BCA.July 2015April 2017
2.How do you pend the case for pursuit of potential income?They would pend the case using what ever form of income they were supposed to pursue, but using client statement to send ot the VCL. For example if they needed to apply for UIB, they would enter Income screen with UIB as the source on the first page.April 2017
3.Regarding the reporting standard: How is the reporting standard listed on the CW-3L determined? (What's the calculation behind it.)3.606.2.K states the income reporting standard is based on the AU size and is based on the need standard with the applicable disregards applied. This infers that when a worker identifies the AU for a household, if they can identify the need standard, adding 67% to the need standard will give a projection of the reporting standard for a household. Be aware that simplified reporting rules do require households to timely report mandatory changes in order to continue to receive the applicable disregards. At intake, workers cannot ignore the $90 disregard when determining if the household would be eligible for CW.April 2017