44001000 - Dept. of Transitional Assistance Administration & Operation

Account Description FY2013
4400-1000 Dept. of Transitional Assistance Administration & Operation
For the central administration of the department of transitional assistance; provided, that all costs associated with verifying disability for all programs of the department shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the department shall submit on a monthly basis to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance a status report on program expenditures, savings and revenues, error rate measurements and public assistance caseloads and benefits; provided further, that the department shall collect all out-of-court settlement restitution payments; provided further, that the restitution payments shall include, but not be limited to, installment and lump sum payments; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and unless otherwise expressly provided, federal reimbursements received for the purposes of the department, including reimbursements for administrative, fringe and overhead costs for the current fiscal year and prior fiscal years, shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that an application for assistance under chapter 118 of the General Laws shall also be an application for assistance under chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that if assistance under said chapter 118 is denied, the application shall be transmitted by the department to the executive office of health and human services for a determination of eligibility under said chapter 118E; provided further, that the department of transitional assistance shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that after April 1, 2014, the commissioner of transitional assistance may transfer funds for identified deficiencies between items 4403-2000, 4405-2000 and 4408-1000; provided further, that the distribution of the funds to be transferred shall be included in an allocation plan, which the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means 15 days before any such transfer; provided further, that in implementing an enhanced vendor payment process, the department shall use the BEACON system to screen families receiving direct benefits through items 4403-2000 and 4408-1000 to determine those families who have a chronic history of delinquent rent or utility payments; provided further, that vendor payments shall be instituted with respect to rent and utilities according to the standards set out in section 4 of chapter 161 of the acts of 2012; and provided further, that the department may terminate vendor payments when it determines that the risk to the best interests of the child or the assistance unit or the risk of other chronic misuse of benefits has substantially subsided
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