Please note: these new rules to will be posted for 14 days for pre-clearance. These rules were created to outline and provide guidance on the Bridges program derived from recently enacted legislation (Substitute HB 50). The rules contained in this package specifically address the definitions used for Bridges, and the requirements for Title IV-E eligibility and reimbursability.
(A) Pursuant to section 475(8)(B) of the Social Security Act, 94 Stat. 501, 42 U.s.C. 670 (1980), as amended (the
Act), a Title IV-E agency can extend foster care assistance for a young adult age eighteen but less than age
twenty-one. This funding is being provided in accordance with the Federal "Fostering Connections to
Success & Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008" to cover foster care maintenance payments (FCM),
administration and training payments.
(B) The Title IV-E FCM program eligibility shall be determined in the statewide automated child welfare
information system (SACWIS) by the Title IV-E agency representative within sixty calendar days of all
parties signing the Voluntary Participation Agreement (VPA).
(C) A young adult shall be considered Title IV-E FCM program eligible if, at the time eligibility is being
(1) The young adult is program eligible for Bridges and has signed a VPA pursuant to 5101:2-50-02 of the
(2) The young adult met the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) eligibility requirements per
section 472(a)(3) of the Act. AFDC eligibility is based on the young adult without regard to the
parents/legal guardians or others in the assistance unit in the home from which the young adult was
removed as a child.
(D) Once Title IV-E FCM eligibility is established, the young adult remains program eligible for the entire
custody episode through the end of the month of the young adult's twenty-first birthday.
(E) The young adult is no longer program eligible for Title IV-E FCM when any of the following occur:
(1) The young adult has been terminated from Bridges pursuant to 5101:2-50-03 of the Administrative Code;
(2) The Title IV-E agency failed to acquire a best interest statement in accordance with 5101:1412 of the
Revised Code from the juvenile court. Eligibility ends at the end of the one hundred eightieth day of the
signed VPA; or
(3) At the end of the month of the young adult's twenty-first birthday; or
(4) The young adult dies. Eligibility ends on the date of death.
(F) A new FCM eligibility determination in SACWIS must be completed if a young adult is terminated from
Bridges or voluntarily leaves the program and reenters the program by signing a new VPA.
(G) Title IV-E program reimbursability shall be determined for a young adult who is Title IV-E FCM program
eligible at the time all parties signed the VPA. A Title IV-E FCM program eligible young adult shall be
reimbursable when both of the following apply:
(1) The young adult's countable income is less than the cost of care paid by the Title IV-E agency.
(2) The young adult is residing in an approved supervised setting, in accordance with 5101:1411 of the
(H) The young adult is no longer program reimbursable for Title IV-E when any of the following occur:
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(1) Reasonable efforts to finalize the permanency plan are not met in accordance with section 472(a)(2)(A)(ii)
of the Act and 45 CFR 1356.21(b)(2).
(2) The young adult is not residing in an approved supervised setting, as outlined in (7)(2) of this rule.