Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Authorization of Grants




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The protective payee is an individual who has access to the AUs cash benefits.He/she is responsible for and expected to use the cash grant for the benefit of the child(ren) and to act for the caretaker in relation to the child.The protective payee may be related or unrelated and may live in the home or apart from the AU.


        If an assistance unit has a protective payee, Benefit Security Cards are mailed to both the payee and the caretaker.However, only the protective payee will have access to the cash benefits.


        No employee of DHS may serve as a protective payee.


        It is also not possible for a business to be designated as a protective payee.This is because the Benefit Security Card must be issued in an individualís name, and that individual will be responsible for activating the card and accessing the benefits.


A Protective Payee will be named:


        If the individual applying for Families First has a guardian, the guardian will be named payee for the grant.


        If a child who has a legal guardian is living in the home with a relative within the specific degree of relationship, the guardian will be named payee for the AU.


        When the caretaker is a minor under age 14, or is a minor deemed in need of a protective payee.


        In emergency situations that will not exceed a three-month period.When an emergency situation becomes known, the caseworker will:


-         Determine the nature of the emergency, the whereabouts of the caretaker and the children, and the name, telephone number, and address of the person reporting the emergency.


-         Secure the name of a protective payee (from the caretaker, if possible).


-         Determine continued eligibility for the AU and make any necessary changes.


-         Refer the case to Child Protective Services, if appropriate.


-         Set an expected change within three months to determine the circumstances of the AU.



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