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December 2006

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) December 2006 Report. This pdf document contains the full report, which is bookmarked. To access individual tables and figures in Excel or pdf format, please use the Table of Contents below.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FIGURE 1 Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) Financial Assistance

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FIGURE 2 Medical Assistance (MA)

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FIGURE 3 SNAP (FS)

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TABLE 1 Summary Of Public Assistance And Medical Care

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TABLE 2 Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) Financial Assistance: By Unemployed And Regular Cases

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TABLE 3 Temporary Assistance For Needy Families TANF) Financial Assistance, by County Compared to the Same Month Last year and Five Years Ago

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TABLE 4 Medical Assistance By County Compared With Same Month Last Year and Five Years Ago

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TABLE 5 Medical Assistance by County, Number of Recipients and Amount of Payments by Type of Service

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TABLE 6 Medical Assistance by County, Number or Recipients and Amount of Payments by Basis of Eligibility

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FIGURE 4 Medical Assistance Percent By Type Of Service

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TABLE 7 Percent Of Population Receiving Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) Financial Assistance And SNAP (FS)

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TABLE 8 Number of Households Receiving SNAP and Value of SNAP issued, by County.

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TABLE 9 Child Care by County, Kids, Days and Expenditures by Category

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TABLE 10 Low Income Energy Assistance, by County

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FIGURE 5 Low Income Energy Assistance

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TABLE 11 Children's Health Insurance Program, Number of Recipients and Amount of Payments By Type of Service and By County

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TABLE 12 Mental Health (Medicaid) By County Compared With The Same Month Last Year and Five Years Ago

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TABLE 13 State Mental Health (Non-Medicaid) by County Compared With the Same Month Last Year And Five Years Ago

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PREPARED BY - DEPARTMENT OF
PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

EXPLANATION OF PROGRAMS
TANF cash assistance is a program providing temporary financial assistance to needy families. The receipt of TANF cash assistance is limited to 60 months in an adult's lifetime. Eligibility for TANF cash assistance is determined by evaluating specific nonfinancial and financial criteria established by federal and state regulations. Temporary financial assistance may be provided to the following families and individuals:

  1. Minor Children;
  2. Specified relatives with whom the children are living;
  3. The minor children's blood-related/adoptive siblings with whom the children are living;
  4. Pregnant women in their last trimester who have no other eligible children; and
  5. Refugees with minor dependent children.

SNAP (FS): This program supplements the food costs of low income households with SNAP that are redeemable for groceries. This data is reported by household (case), recipient, and amount. There are two kinds of assistance: Public-Assistance -- food stamp households in which all members receive income from TANF or SSI. All other food stamps are considered Non-Assistance. Amounts reflect the actual value of coupons issued.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MEDICAID)*: Payment of medical costs for TANF and SSI individuals and families, and for others who qualify. Each person is counted as a case. Cases are unduplicated by county and by state. For example, if a case moves between counties, the case would be counted in both counties, but only once in the state total. For Table 6 'Child' refers to children under 19 years of age and is comprised of TANF, Foster care, Ribicoff, Poverty level infant, and Subsidized adoption children.

LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIEAP): Direct payment to fuel vendors for heating on behalf of low income families and senior citizens. The season runs from October 1 through April 30.

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION: Evaluation, counseling, training, medical and an array of other services to people with physical and mental disabilities which constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment and the person requires and can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services to enter, engage, or retain gainful employment.

VISUAL SERVICES: Evaluation, counseling, training, medical treatment, orientation and mobility services, and special low-vision aides to assist the visually impaired become as independent as possible.

DAY CARE: There are four TANF related child care programs. All of the programs are designed to help TANF eligible or potentially eligible families become or remain self-sufficient. Clients must either be working or attending approved education or training activities and in some cases must pay a copayment.

Children's Health Insurance Program: The Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) is a federal and state funded insurance plan for children up to 19 years old. Household income must meet eligibility requirements. DPHHS pays a premium each month for each child enrolled in CHIP. CHIP covers a wide array of medical services, dental services and eyeglasses for eligible children.

Mental Health (Medicaid): Consumers eligible for services include Medicaid recipients and other low income Montana's with severe mental illness or emotional disturbance.

State Funded Mental Health (Non-Medicaid): Montana Medicaid and the Montana Mental Health Services Plan provide medically necessary mental health services to eligible individuals. Eligibility for the Mental Health Services plan is established for adults who have an income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level and who have been determined by a licensed mental health professional to have a severe disabling mental illness. Children and adolescents who are eligible for CHIP and who have been determined to have a serious emotional disturbance are eligible for the Mental Health Services Plan. A limited number of children who have been found ineligible for CHIP, but have a family income less than 150% of the federal poverty level and have a serious emotional disturbance may also be enrolled in the Mental Health Services Plan and receive a basic plan of benefits.

* Cases, recipients, and payments are derived from agency payrolls.