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55 Pa. Code § 165.51. Compliance review.


§ 165.51. Compliance review.

 (a)  Need for compliance review. A compliance review will be conducted when information indicates that a recipient may be out of compliance with RESET participation requirements, as specified in §  165.31 (relating to RESET participation requirements).

 (b) Scheduling the compliance review. The caseworker will inform the recipient of the need for a compliance review and the consequences of failing, without good cause, to participate in the compliance review. In scheduling the compliance review, the caseworker will reasonably take into account the individual’s work schedule, family and school obligations. The compliance review may be conducted in person or by telephone, according to the individual’s preference.

 (c)  Purpose of compliance review. With the understanding that the goal of RESET is to assist the individual in becoming employable and self-sufficient, the compliance review will seek to identify the reasons for the individual’s apparent noncompliance with RESET participation requirements. The caseworker will review the facts including those presented by the individual and those facts already known by the Department. If the individual’s failure to comply with RESET participation requirements is not willful or the individual has good cause under §  165.52 (relating to good cause), the individual is not subject to sanction. In that instance, the caseworker will explore ways to address the obstacles that prevented the individual from complying with RESET participation requirements.

 (d)  Results of compliance review. The caseworker will document the results of the compliance review. If the caseworker determines that a recipient has willfully failed, without good cause, to comply with RESET participation requirements, the recipient is subject to sanction under §  165.61 (relating to sanctions). For a noncompliant recipient not subject to sanction, the caseworker will review program requirements, help identify obstacles to compliance, and with the recipient’s involvement, develop a new AMR to help achieve and maintain compliance. A recipient may appeal the Department’s decision that the recipient is subject to sanction as specified under §  275.1 (relating to policy).

 (e)  Special provision for individuals with disabilities. If the caseworker knows that an individual has a disability, the caseworker considers this fact, and those presented by the individual. If the facts reveal that the individual did not comply with RESET participation requirements due to disability, no sanction is imposed. In that case, the caseworker and the individual will develop a new AMR to address the disability and, if applicable, other obstacles to self-sufficiency.


   The provisions of this §  165.51 amended under sections 201(2), 403(b), 405, 405.1, 405.3, 408, 432 and 432.3 of the Public Welfare Code (62 P. S. § §  201(2), 403(b), 405, 405.1, 405.3, 408, 432 and 432.3); the Support Law (62 P. S. § §  1971—1977); Titles I and III of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Pub. L. No. 104-193) (PRWORA), creating the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, and amending 42 U.S.C.A. § §  601—619, 651—669(b) and 1396u-1; and the Federal TANF regulations in 45 CFR 260.10—265.10.


   The provisions of this §  165.51 adopted October 2, 1992, effective upon publication and apply retroactively to October 1, 1989, 22 Pa.B. 4875; amended September 13, 2002, effective September 14, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 4435. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (252556) and (268317).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  108.5 (relating to individual notification); 55 Pa. Code §  141.55 (relating to mandatory RESET participants); 55 Pa. Code §  141.56 (relating to deferred referrals); and 55 Pa. Code §  165.31 (relating to RESET requirements).

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