HASA Associated Case member work requirement
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose
The Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) in accordance with New York State Social Services Law §§56 and 61(1), and Administrative Code of the City of New York §21-128(h) proposes to amend Title 68 of the Rules of the City of New York.
HRA’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA, formerly DASIS) provides access to benefits and services, and otherwise ensures the provision of benefits and services, to New York City residents living with clinical/symptomatic HIV illness or with AIDS. The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute determines whether a person is living with clinical/symptomatic HIV illness. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determines, based on established definitions, whether a person is living with AIDS.
Under federal and state law, public assistance recipients are required to participate in work programs unless specifically exempt. Medically eligible clients of the HASA program are generally exempt from participating in the work program because they are “deemed to be disabled” or “work limited” under New York State Social Services Law § 332-b(1)(b). However, under New York State Social Services §§ 331 and 336 et. seq., other non- exempt adult members of the HASA public assistance household are required to comply with the work requirements unless they fall into a statutorily prescribed exemption to the work program.
HRA/HASA proposes to amend Chapter 5 of Title 68 of the Rules of the City of New York to provide employment activities and opportunities to those adults (known as Associated Case Members – ACM). The proposed ACM employment rule creates a process for the provision of employment opportunities for eligible ACMs residing in a HASA household. To foster their long-term self-sufficiency, all ACMs will be assessed for employability and those determined to be eligible will be linked to existing HRA employment services. If the ACM refuses or fails without good cause to cooperate with the process or to comply with the work requirements, the household will, under federal, state, or local law, be subject to a pro-rated reduction of the household’s cash assistance benefits.
The proposed rule amendment also makes technical changes to reflect the change in name from DASIS to HASA.