Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Immunization and Health Checks

Revised:

24.6

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When discussing the Personal Responsibility Plan, explain immunization and health check policy.Immunization and health checks are components to be included as part of the Personal Responsibility Plan, unless good cause exists for their exclusion. Address compliance with these requirements at each application and renewal.

 

Evaluate immunizations and health checks at each application, reapplication and at all renewals.If a child does not have the required immunizations and/or health checks and the participant agrees to have the child immunized and/or have a health check, then:

 

        Add the immunization and/or health check activity to the eligibility and case management system.

 

        Enter an expected completion date.One month is generally sufficient, but take the individualís situation into consideration.Use prudent judgment when setting the expected completion date and allow the individual adequate time to complete the activities.

 

        Review the plan and activities immediately prior to the expected completion date to ensure that the AU has complied with the requirement.Follow-up accordingly.

 

If a child does not have the required immunizations and/or health checks and the participant claims that there are medical reasons for this, then:

 

        Request the required verification in writing.

 

        Document the eligibility and case management system case regarding the good cause reason and verification.

 

        Set an expected change alert for re-evaluation if the reason is of a temporary nature.

 

        Continue benefits, without sanction.

 

If the participant claims that the child should not be immunized for religious reasons document the participantís statement regarding this situation and continue benefits without sanction.

 

Apply the 20% sanction beginning the next possible month after the ten-day adverse action notice if:

 

        A child does not have the required immunizations and/or health checks, and

 

        The participant does not agree to take other action to have the child immunized and/or have a health check, and

 

        The exception and/or good cause reasons do not apply.

 

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