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Program Policy: CalWORKs

Published on: 4/11/2017 4:33 PM

This page contains all of the policy documents related to the CalWORKs program. To open a document, click the underlined text in the "Name" column. Clicking the buttons below will scroll the page down to the Update and Policy Interpretation sections.

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​Handbook Chapters

af.bkIXCalWORKS Handbook Index
af.bkTOCCalWORKs Handbook Table of Contents
afchap01Chapter 1: Charts
afchap02Chapter 2: Application
afchap03Chapter 3: Beginning Date of Aid
afchap04Chapter 4: Adding a Person to the AU
afchap05Chapter 5: Applicant/Agency Responsibility
afchap06Chapter 6: Immediate Need
afchap07Chapter 7: Social Security Numbers
afchap08Chapter 8: Redeterminations
afchap09Chapter 9: Reporting Responsibilities
afchap10Chapter 10: Inter County Transfers (ICT)
afchap11Chapter 11: Deprivation
afchap12Chapter 12: U-Parent Deprivation
afchap13Chapter 13: Age, School Attendance, and Immunization Records
afchap14Chapter 14: Property- General
afchap15Chapter 15: Personal Property
afchap16Chapter 16: Real Property
afchap17Chapter 17: Restricted Accounts
afchap18Chapter 18: Residence
afchap19Chapter 19: Citizenship and Non-Citizen Status [EAS 42-430]
afchap20Chapter 20: Unrelated Adult Males
afchap21Chapter 21: Senior Parent/ Minor Parent
afchap22Chapter 22: Stepparents
afchap23Chapter 23: Ineligible Alien Parents
afchap24Chapter 24: Reserved for Future Use
afchap25Chapter 25: AU Composition
afchap26Chapter 26: Income/General [EAS 44-101]
afchap27Chapter 27: Exempt/Excluded Income
afchap28Chapter 28: Unearned Income
afchap29Chapter 29: Disability Based Income [ W&I Code 11451.51]
afchap30Chapter 30: Earned Income [EAS44-101.5] [W&I Code 11451.5]
afchap31Chapter 31: Self-Employment
afchap32Chapter 32: Diversion [EAS 81-215]
afchap33Chapter 33: Financial Eligibility
afchap34Chapter 34: Special Needs [EAS 44-211]
afchap35Chapter 35: Pregnancy Special Needs
afchap36Chapter 36: Homeless Assistance
afchap37Chapter 37: Reserved for Future Use
afchap38Chapter 38: Reserved for Future Use
afchap39Chapter 39: Time Limits
afchap40Chapter 40: Family Conferencing
afchap41Chapter 41: Family Reunification Program Overview
afchap42Chapter 42: Domestic Abuse
afchap43Chapter 43: Aid Payment Principles
afchap44Chapter 44: Budgeting [EAS 44-313]
afchap45Chapter 45: Reserved for Future Use
afchap46Chapter 46: Lump Sum Income
afchap47Chapter 47: Health Alliance
afchap48Chapter 48: Maximum Family Grant (MFG) (Obsolete 1/1/2017)
afchap49Chapter 49: Overpayment Definitions
afchap50Chapter 50: Underpayments
afchap51Chapter 51: Overpayments General
afchap52Chapter 52: Specialized Overpayment Issues
afchap53Chapter 53: Intentional Program Violations (IPV)
afchap54Chapter 54: CalWORKs Employment Services Program
afchap55Chapter 55: Employment Services Referrals
afchap56Chapter 56: CalWORKs Employment Services (CWES) Sanctions
afchap57Chapter 57: Cal-Learn [EAS 42-762]
afchap58Chapter 58: Suspected Misuse of AFDC Funds
afchap59Chapter 59: Court Orders
afchap60Chapter 60: RRP and CHEP
afchap61Chapter 61: RCA &ECA Work Registration


Handbook Updates

af18-03.updUpdate 18-03: Eligibility for Disaster Victims And Evacuees of California Major Wildfires and Subsequent Flooding and Mudslides
af18-02.updUpdate 18-02: Treatment of Student Financial Aid When Determining CalWORKs Eligibility
af18-01.updUpdate 18-01: Treatment of Child Support Payments Issued In Error
af17-15.updUpdate 17-15: Status and Documentation Requirements for Non-citizens
af17-14.updUpdate 17-14: Native TANF Program Information
af17-13.updUpdate 17-13: Refugee Resettlement Program Eligibility for Evacuees of Recent Hurricanes
af17-12.updUpdate 17-12: Property Limit Increase for Elderly or Disabled
af17-11.updUpdate 17-11: Changes to the Inter-County Transfer (ICT) Process
af17-10.updUpdate 17-10: Implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 947
af17-09.updUpdate 17-09: Subsidized Employment Program Expansion to Safety Net Population
af17-08.updUpdate 17-08: Minimum Basic Standard of Care (MBSAC) COLA
af17-07.updUpdate 17-07: Transitional Housing Program Plus (THP+) Usage in CalWORKs
af17-06.updUpdate 17-06: Telephonic Signature Applications
af17-05.updUpdate 17-05: Implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 433 Under Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) And Annual Reporting/Child Only (AR/CO) Reporting Systems
af17-04.updUpdate 17-04: Ruling By The U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Same-Sex Marriages and Reminder Regarding Same-Sex Registered Domestic Partnerships
af17-03.updUpdate 17-03: Changes to Overpayment Based on Income or Household Composition Reporting
af17-02.updUpdate 17-02: Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 Income Reporting Threshold (IRT)
af17-01.updUpdate 17-01: Homeless Assistance Program
af16-17.updUpdate 16-17: California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs): Revised CW 2184, CW 2189, CW2190A, and CW 2190B
af16-16.updUpdate 16-16: California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Assembly Bill (AB) 959 New Notice of Action (NOA) Messages
af16-15.updUpdate 16-15: Correction to ACL 16-66: California Work Opportunity And Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs): Repeal of the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) Rule
af16-14.updUpdate 16-14:  Repeal of the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) Rule
af16-13.updUpdate 16-13: Eligibility of Individuals Paroled As Refugees For Benefits and Services
af16-12.updUpdate 16-12: Eligibility For Benefits And Services For Children In The Central American Minors (CAM) Program
af16-11.updUpdate 16-11: Calculating Overpayment's (OPs) And The Treatment Of Income Eligibility Verification System (IEVS) Matches Under Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) And Annual Reporting/Child Only (AR/CO)
af16-10.updUpdate 16-10: Maximum Aid Payment Level Increase
af16-09.updUpdate 16-09: Eligibility For Disaster Victims and Evacuees of California Major Wildfires
af16-08.updUpdate 16-08: New Application for Non-Needy Caretaker Relatives
af16-07.updUpdate 16-07: Minimum Basic Standard of Adequate Care (MBSAC) Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
af16-06.updUpdate 16-06: Veterans Benefits Verification and Referrals
af16-05.updUpdate 16-05: Exemption of Long-Term Welfare to Work (WTW) Sanctioned Cases From Child Support Requirements And Modifications To The CW 2215 Form
af16-04.updUpdate 16-04: California Work Opportunity and Responsibility To Kids (CalWORKs) Instructions On Home County Rules
af16-03.updUpdate 16-03: Self-Certification Form For Motor Vehicles- CW 80 Form Instruction
af16-02.updUpdate 16-02: School Records Requests
af16-01.updUpdate 16-01: Revised Notice Of Action (NOA) Message Regarding CalWORKs Eligibility For Individuals With A Prior Drug Felony Conviction
af15-23.updUpdate 15-23: Changes to the School Attendance Requirements and Records Request
af15-22.updUpdate 15-22: California Work Opportunity And Responsibility To Kids (CalWORKs) Asset Exclusions
af15-21.updUpdate 15-21: Revised Notice Of Action (NOA) Messages For Increased Property Limits
af15-20.updUpdate 15-20: Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program (TCVAP) Eligibility Guidelines
af15-19.updUpdate 15-19: Revised Definitions For Solely State-Funded Program Aid Codes K1 and 3F
af15-18.updUpdate 15-18: CalWORKs Housing Support Program
af15-17.updUpdate 15-17: Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 Income Reporting Threshold (IRT)
af15-16.updUpdate 15-16: Home Visits As Reasonable Accommodation to Complete The Face-To-Face Interview Requirement For CalWORKs
af15-15.updUpdate 15-15: Immediate Needs
af15-14.updUpdate 15-14: Telephonic Signature Redeterminations
af15-13.updUpdate 15-13: Welfare To Work (WTW) Program Guidance For Disability Exemptions
af15-12.updUpdate 15-12: Revised Notice of Action (NOA) Messages For the Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Funding Option Program
af15-11.updUpdate 15-11: Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Funding Option Program
af15-10.updUpdate 15-10: Cash Aid and Pregnancy Special Needs (PSN) For Pregnant Women With No Other Eligible Children
af15-09.updUpdate 15-09: Minimum Basic Standard of Adequate Care (MBSAC) Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
af15-08.updUpdate 15-08: Erratum to CalWORKs Update 2015-05
af15-07.updUpdate 15-07: Inter-County Procedures (ICT)
af15-06.updUpdate 15-06: Revised Forms (AR 3, SAR 3, SAR 7, SAR 7A, SAWS 2A SAR, CW 8A, and CW 8)
af15-05.updUpdate 15-05: Long-Term Welfare-To-Work (WTW) Sanction
af15-04.updUpdate 15-04: Changes In Eligibility For All People With A Prior Felony Drug Conviction
af15-03.updUpdate 15-03: Changes to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Appeals Process
af15-02.updUpdate 15-02: Changes to Asset Limits For Families
af15-01.updUpdate 15-01: Immunization Good Cause Request Form
af14-17.updUpdate 14-17: Revised Notice and Notice of Action (NOA) Messages that Deny, Discontinue, or Decrease Benefits for Lack of Verification
af14-16.updUpdate 14-16: Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) System Questions and Answers (Q&A)
af14-15.updUpdate 14-15: Treatment of Changes During the Application Process
af14-14.updUpdate 14-14: Exemption of Child-Only Safety Net and Drug/Fleeing Felons from Child Support Requirements
af14-13.updUpdate 14-13: CalWORKs Housing Support Program (Revised 2/28/17)
af14-12.updUpdate 14-12: Request for Verification Form CW 2200
af14-11.updUpdate 14-11: Retroactive Domestic Abuse Waivers
af14-10.updUpdate 14-10: Identifying Former Foster Care Children Receiving CalWORKs
af14-09.updUpdate 14-09: Inter-County Transfer Procedures
af14-08.updUpdate 14-08: Minimum Basic Standard of Adequate Care (MBSAC) and Income In Kind (IIK) Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
af14-07.updUpdate 14-07: Extending Benefits to Non-Minor Dependents (NMDs) Questions and Answers
af14-06.updUpdate 14-06: Changes to the Temporary Absence Rules for Children
af14-05.updUpdate 14-05: Veteran’s Disability Compensation (VDC) Benefits
af14-04.updUpdate 14-04: Pregnancy Special Needs (PSN) for Teen Pregnant Women Only (PWO) Assistance Units
af14-03.updUpdate 14-03: New Form for Incomplete Semi-Annual Reports (SAR 7)
af14-02.updUpdate 14-02: Property Limit Change for Elderly/Disabled Households
af14-01.updUpdate 14-01: Changes in Treatment of Motor Vehicles
af13-16.updUpdate 13-16: Revised SAWS Application Forms
af13-15.updUpdate 13-15: Implementation of Safety Net, Drug and Fleeing Felon Aid Codes
af13-14.updUpdate 13-14: Immunization and School Attendance Information
af13-13.updUpdate 13-13: Change to Earned Income Disregard (EID)
af13-12.updUpdate 13-12: Changes for Non-Minor Dependent (NMD) Cases
af13-11.updUpdate 13-11: Implementation of Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR)
af13-10.updUpdate 13-10: Minimum Basic Standard of Adequate Care (MBSAC) and Income In Kind (IIK) Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
af13-09.updUpdate 13-09: Federal Tax Credits and Refunds
af13-08.updUpdate 13-08: New Aid Code for the CalWORKs Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program (TCVAP)
af13-07.updUpdate 13-07: Forms/Notices Changes for Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR)
af13-06.updUpdate 13-06: Annual Reporting/ Child Only (AR/CO) Questions & Answers (Q&A)
af13-05.updUpdate 13-05: Overview of Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR)
af13-04.updUpdate 13-04: Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program (TCVAP) - Program Codes for Time Study Reporting
af13-03.updUpdate 13-03: Erratum to CalWORKs Update #2012-12
af13-02.updUpdate 13-02: Overpayment Collection from Minors
af13-01.updUpdate 13-01: New Young Child Time Limit Exemption
af12-14.updUpdate 12-14: Student Financial Aid
af12-13.updUpdate 12-13: Automated Balderas Telephone Calls
af12-12.updUpdate 12-12: Annual Reporting/Child Only (AR/CO) Cases
af12-11.updUpdate 12-11: Exclusion of AmeriCorps Payments as Income
af12-10.updUpdate 12-10: Restoration of Aid (Quarterly Report)- AB 959
af12-09.updUpdate 12-09: Minimum Basic Standard of Adequate Care (MBSAC) and Income In Kind (IIK) Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
af12-08.updUpdate 12-08: Extended CalWORKs Benefits Questions & Answers
af12-07.updUpdate 12-07: Child Moves to a New Assistance Unit
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Policy Interpretations

af13-02.PIPolicy Interpretation 13-02: Budgeting Reasonably Anticipated Income Under Annual Reporting/Child Only (AR/CO) and Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR)
af13-01.PIPolicy Interpretation 13-01: SFIS and ICT
af12-01.PIPolicy Interpretation 12-01: Income Over the Income Reporting Threshold (IRT) and Overpayments (O/P)
af11-02.PIPolicy Interpretation 11-02: Income Reporting Threshold (IRT) Reporting Responsibilities
af11-01.PIPolicy Interpretation 11-01: Temporary Absence
af10-05.piPolicy Interpretation 10-05: Unreported Inter-County Transfer
af10-04.piPolicy Interpretation 10-04: Vendor Payment
af10-02.piPolicy Interpretation 10-02: CalWORKs Child Placed in Foster Care
af10_01.piPolicy Interpretation 10-01: Child Support State Disbursement Unit
af09-09.piPolicy Interpretation 09-09: Alternately Sentenced Parent (ASP)
af09-08.piPolicy Interpretation 09-08: Adding a Person to an AU of One
af09-07.piPolicy Interpretation 09-07: Treatment of Unavailable Disability Benefits
af09-06.piPolicy Interpretation 09-06: AU Composition
af09-05.piPolicy Interpretation 09-05: Out of State Cash Aid in the Month of Application
af09-04.piPolicy Interpretation 09-04: Property
af09-03.piPolicy Interpretation 09-03: Overpayment Computation
af09-02.piPolicy Interpretation 09-02: Undocumented Non-Citizen Social Security Number (SSN) Requirements
af09-01.piPolicy Interpretation 09-01: CalWORKs Redetermination
af08-05.piPolicy Interpretation 08-05: Maximum Family Grant (MFG) (Obsolete)
af08-04.piPolicy Interpretation 08-04: Availability of Income
af08-03.piPolicy Interpretation 08-03: AU in Mixed Household/Unmarried Couple with Common Children
af08-02.piPolicy Interpretation 08-02: Caretaker Relative Requirements
af08-01.piPolicy Interpretation 08-01: Processing Late QR7 that is Incomplete
af03-01.piPolicy Interpretation 03-01: Self-Employed - Mercury Newspaper Carriers' Income