Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Time Limits




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Families First assistance units have eligibility time limits.  A time limit is defined as a range of months in which an assistance unit will work to achieve self-sufficiency.


All AUs with eligible adults are limited to 60 months of Families First assistance in a lifetime.  Every month in which an AU receives cash assistance counts toward this limit.  This is true even if one or both adults are exempt.


DHS employees will be responsible for ensuring that no AU is terminated from the Families First program prematurely.  The 60-month time limit must be verified prior to beginning the case closure process.



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