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37.50.510    FOSTER CARE SUPPORT SERVICES, SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES ALLOWANCE

(1) Any child placed in a licensed youth foster home is eligible for a supplemental services allowance if:

(a) the child is expected to be in foster care for more than 30 days;

(b) the department is making the foster care payments for the child;

(c) the need for a supplemental services allowance has been documented by the placing social worker; and

(d) all other possible resources have been exhausted.

(2) A supplemental services allowance is available for any documented special need of a foster child necessary to the child's health and welfare, subject to the limitations set forth in this rule.

(3) A supplemental services allowance for transportation costs will be authorized only for foster children who must travel to secure necessary special educational or training services.

(a) To be eligible for reimbursement for transportation costs, the following requirements must be met:

(i) travel one-way must be 10 or more miles;

(ii) transportation is necessary to obtain services not reasonably available in closer proximity to foster parents' residence; and

(iii) transportation is approved in advance by the department.

(4) Supplemental services allowances shall be limited to the lesser of:

(a) actual costs; or

(b) $87.50 per month per child.

History: Sec. 41-3-1103, 53-2-201 and 53-4-111, MCA; IMP, Sec. 41-3-1103 and 53-4-111, MCA; NEW, 1985 MAR p. 1021, Eff. 7/26/85; TRANS, from Dept. of SRS, 1987 MAR p. 1653, Eff. 7/1/87; AMD, 1993 MAR p. 1505, Eff. 7/16/93; AMD, 1993 MAR p. 2528, Eff. 10/29/93; TRANS, from DFS, 1998 MAR p. 488.

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