Expected to Work/Barriers to Full Employment Policy & Procedures

Published Date: September 30, 2013
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07 Core Essential

Variations to Core Essential

AUTHORITY

Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation Section 2(1-3)
Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 5, Core Essential Payment Table
BFE/ETW & Full-Time Learners Ministerial Order: Section 24, Schedules 1, 2, and 4

INTENT

Clients not eligible for the full Core Essential as per the Core Essential Payment Table may still be able to receive a benefit to cover core essentials in the amount specified by Regulations or policy for their particular situation as outlined in this section.

POLICY

Rate Adjustment
When an applicant or recipient is not eligible for or in need of the Core Essential for a full month, the worker issues a pro-rated amount based on the number of days remaining to month end.

Core Essential can be backdated for applicants to the date they first requested Income Support.

Substantiation
Verbal or written statement by the client.

Parenting Agreement/Order
If a client has a Parenting Agreement/Order, the child is included in the household unit to determine the core essential benefit rate. The core essential is only paid to the client for the actual days the child is in the home.

The McCullough Centre (formerly Gunn Centre), Nursing Homes, Auxiliary Hospitals and Active Treatment Hospital

Core Essential prescribed in Core Essential Payment Table is not provided to adults permanently residing in these designated facilities. Clients have the majority of their needs met by the facility and receive basic needs in the form of a Comforts Allowance only. ISTHB Regulation Section 24(2)(a)(iii)

Rate
$56 per month per adult

Clients temporarily admitted to Acute Care/Active Treatment hospitals who plan to return to the community may be eligible for Core Benefits (Core Essential and Core Shelter) as outlined in Limited Eligibility Hospitals.

Group Homes and Approved Homes
The Core Essential rate for an adult residing in a group home or a mental health approved home is based on the person's client type.

Rate
$161 per month per adult in the ETW client type
$265 per month per adult in the BFE client type

Individuals in a Family Violence Shelter
Core Essential prescribed in the Core Essential Payment Table is not provided to individuals residing in a recognized emergency shelter for persons escaping abuse. Shelter residents have the majority of their needs met by the shelter and receive basic needs in the form of a Personal Benefit – Family Violence Shelter only. ISTHB Regulation Section 24(2)(a)(iii)(D)

Rate
$56 per month per household head

PROCEDURES

On LISA the Budget Status must be ‘1’ when the Core Essential is pro-rated.

For The McCoullough Centre (formerly Gunn Centre), Nursing Homes, Active Treatment and Auxiliary Hospitals

In Client File, the worker enters:
Living Arrangement ‘5’
The appropriate Designated Facility

In Client Budget, the worker enters:
Need Code
1405 Comforts/Residence/Core Essential
Budget Status
2   Other than Maximum Core Essential

For Group Homes and Approved Homes 

In Client File, the worker enters:
Living Arrangement ‘4’
The appropriate Designated Facility which is 33333

In Client Budget, the worker enters:
Living Arrangement
4   Approved Home/Group Home
Budget Status
1   Maximum Core Essential
Presses the PF10 key to default the client’s budget
Need Code
1430 Core Essential

HT has no bearing on the Core Essential amount provided to clients in designated facilities or approved homes and group homes. These clients have their Core Essential determined by their Living Arrangement.

For Family Violence Shelters

In Client File, the worker enters:
Living Arrangement ‘7’
The appropriate Designated Facility which is 33333

In Client Budget, the worker enters:
Living Arrangement
7   No Shelter
Budget Status
2   Other than Maximum Core Essential
Need Code
1407 Personal Benefit – Family Violence Shelter