AFS Special Procedures: 60 Day Job Search

Beginning May 1, Child Care Subsidy will allow 60 days of job search for those who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

What you need to know

  • There are no income eligibility requirements.
  • Clients will apply for job search child care using OKHDSLive.
  • When the worker receives an application for child care that does not indicate the client (or at least one of the parents in 2 parent households) is working or in school or training, the worker must call the client to determine if the request is for job search.
  • If job search is requested, the worker must ask the client:
    • if the job loss was due to the Covid-19 pandemic (only those who lost their jobs due the pandemic are eligible for the 60 day job search)
    • when and where they last worked and the date of the final paycheck (the worker accepts the client’s statement as best available information. You do not need to contact the employer.)
    • the name of the contracted facility they want to use.
  • While you have the client on the phone, please let them know that:
    • They can use as much care as they need in order to find a job.
    • Only one change of provider will be allowed during the job search period so it is important the parent chooses the provider with care.
    • If the client needs to get an EBT card, please follow the local county office procedures to ensure they have a card mailed to them, or give them the number to the local county office to request a card be mailed to them.
  • Please make sure you document what was said in the phone conversation in case notes and add that this is an approval of COVID-19 Job Search child care.
  • When certifying 60 day job search, the worker approves the children in the household for the weekly rate unless the child meets an exception to the weekly rate per the Appendix C-4-C.
  • If the family also applies for SNAP, you can go ahead and approve the child care even if you are waiting for verification for the SNAP. Please make sure you call the client as stated above prior to approving child care for job search.
  • If the worker approves SNAP and Child Care at the same time and the countable income coded on the case would result in a copayment for child care, you must divert all the income in the Total Diverted field in FACS.
  • In two-parent households, you can approve both parents to look for a job. You also might have households where one parent is working and the other one is looking for a job.
  • When the client gets a job during the 60 day job search period or within 30 days of the job search closure, no new application is required.
  • They must report new employment and provide verification if they want child care to continue past the 60th Normal income eligibility guidelines apply for care following the job search period.
  • Please see Quest Article – Coding 60 Day Job Search for examples of how to code approvals, closures, change of providers and recertification after closure.

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