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REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. A Bright New Day. A Bright New Day. NORTH CAROLINA REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.

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Refugee assistance program

REFUGEE

ASSISTANCE

PROGRAM


A bright new day

A Bright New Day

A Bright New Day


Refugee assistance program

NORTH CAROLINA REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The North Carolina Refugee Assistance Programs were established to provide assistance to needy refugees who often arrive in the USA with virtually nothing but a desire to build a new life.

The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA/RRF) Program provides income to refugees who do not meet qualifications for WFFA or SSI.

The Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA/MRF) Program provides health care to refugees who do not meet qualifications for any other health care program.

Both are short-term transitional programs available for the first 8 months a refugee resides in the USA or has eligible status.

The ultimate goal of the Refugee Resettlement Program is to ensure that resettled refugees become self-sufficient as soon as possible after arrival.


Refugee assistance program

HOW DO REFUGEES GET HERE?

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

NATIONAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES (VOLAGS)

Church World Service (CWS)

Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC)

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)

Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS)

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)

US Catholic Council of Bishops (USCCB)

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)

World Relief Corporation (WRC)

LOCAL AFFILIATES

NC African Services Coalition (ASC), Greensboro (ECDC)

Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency, Inc, (CRRA), Charlotte (HIAS)

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte (CCDC), Charlotte (USCCB)

Church World Service (CWS), Durham & Greensboro (CWS)

Interfaith Refugee Ministry (IRM), New Bern & Wilmington (EMM)

Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC), Raleigh (LIRS)

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (USCRI)

World Relief Refugee Services (WRRS), High Point & Durham (WRC)


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Reception and Placement through DOS

Provides to the Local Affiliate $1825 per family member for shelter, clothing, basic food, transportation, orientation and referral for the first 30 days.

Payable to the Local Affiliate/Resettlement Agency

REFUGEE SERVICES PROVIDERS

  • The State Refugee Office contracts with private, non-profit agencies to provide assistance to refugees in learning how to live in their new homes and country. Some of these services include:

  •  employment

  •  ESL

  •  Skills recertification

  •  Driver’s training

  • Social Adjustment

  • Health

  • Home Management

  • Translation & Interpretation

  • Immigration issues


Refugee assistance program

Work First 111 Citizenship/Immigrant Rules

(The US DOS determines

IV. For individuals who are not US Citizens, how do you determine the correct Immigration Status AND whether they are eligible for Work First Family Assistance?

ELIGIBLE

ELIGIBLE

ELIGIBLE

ELIGIBLE


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To receive Work First FamilyAssistance, children must live with an adult relative who is within a certain degree of kinship, or with a non-relative who has legal custody or legal guardianship.

The relative, or non-relative who has legal custody or legal guardianship, must be providing care for the child on a day-to-day basis and be responsible for ongoing decisions regarding the child's well-being.

The Department of State and Immigration Officials determine family relationships overseas.


Refugee assistance program

REFUGEE CASH ASSISTANCE (RRF)

  • 1. Not eligible for WFFA or SSI;

  • 2. Not on Match Grant;

  • 3. Have proper immigration status and documentation;

  • 4. Be in the U.S. or have Qualified Alien status for less

  • than 8 months;

  • 5. Live in N.C. with the intent to remain;

  • 6. Not be a full-time student in an institution of higher education;

  • 7. Register for work & cooperate with Employment Plan;

  • 8. Not have voluntarily quit a job or refused an appropriate job

  • offer within 30 days prior to application.

Refugee Household May Consist of:

A single adult (age 18 and over)

A married couple with no minor children


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EMPLOYMENT

SERVICES

  • RCA recipients must register for work

  • and comply with work search

  • Refugee Employment Service Provider

  • Employability Plan

  • Failure to comply

EXEMPTIONS

  • Under age 18 or over age 65

  • Caring for a child under 2

  • Ill or incapacitated

  • Caring for an ill or incapacitated

  • family member


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RCA PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS

State/County Residence

Income

Resources

Alien Status

Needs Assessment

NOS.A.V.E.

NO Social Security Number


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30 DAY PROCESSING

The 30 days begins the day after the date of application and ends on the day the check or denial notice is mailed.

The date of application is the day the application, signed by the applicant or representative, is received in the agency.

DO NOT PRORATE RCA BENEFITS.

RCA/RMA coverage is for up to 8 full monthsfrom the date of arrival in the USA (or date of eligible status). Federal guidelines count a month as 30 days, not a calendar month.In EIS, enter the first day of the month of application as the date of application.

Enter up to an 8 month certification period in EIS using Approval Code L8.

Manually generate a Notice of Benefits to the client and the local affiliate, if appropriate.

Eligibility ends 8 months after the refugee’s date of arrival, on the last day of that month.


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REFUGEE

MEDICAL

ASSISTANCE

  • All recipients of RCA automatically receive RMA.

  • A refugee may apply for and receive RMA without applying for RCA.

  • If RCA is terminated because of wages, transfer to RMA, without a separate RMA determination, for the remainder of the 8 months.

  • If a refugee is sanctioned for failure to comply with Employment Services, transfer to RMA, or open an RMA case for the sanctioned member.


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REFUGEE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MRF)

  • 1. Not eligible for any other mainstream medical assistance, such as Family & Children’s or Aged, Blind Disabled Medicaid

  • 2. Have proper immigration status and documentation;

  • 3. Be in the U.S. or have Qualified Alien status for less

  • than 8 months;

  • 5. Live in N.C. with the intent to remain;

  • 6. Not be a full-time student in an institution of higher education;

RMA

PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS

State/County Residence

Income

Resources

Alien Status

Needs Assessment

*Retroactive Coverage

*Deductible

NOS.A.V.E.

NO Social Security Number


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RETROACTIVE COVERAGE

RMA may be authorized for 1, 2, or 3 months preceding the month of application, provided all eligibility requirements were met.

DEDUCTIBLE

An amount for medical expenses which must be paid or incurred by the refugee before RMA can be authorized.

Net Income exceeds

200% of Poverty Level.

Compute Deductible for up to 8 months according to MAABD Manual Section 2360.


Refugee assistance program

30 Day Processing

The 30 days begins the day after the date of application

and ends the day the Medicaid card or denial notice

is mailed.

The Date of Application is the day the application, signed by the applicant or representative, is received in the agency.

RMA coverage is for up to 8 full months from the date of arrival in the USA or the established date of eligible status.

Eligibility ends 8 months after the refugee’s date of entry on the last day of that month.

Manually generate a Notice of Benefits to the client and the local affiliate or provider, if appropriate.

You may enter up to an 8 month certification period in EIS when appropriate.


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Food &

Nutrition

Services

EXPEDITED

Refugees are not subject to the sponsored alien

requirements in 225.06, C. Sponsors/Co-sponsors of Refugees are usually churches or other faith-based groups who agree to help acclimate the refugee to life in America. They may help with transportation, housing, utilities, etc., but do not give money directly to the refugee

When the applicant provides documentation of alien status, verify that status using the SAVE Program. Do not delay, deny, reduce, or terminate benefits pending SAVE verification

Match Grant & RCA are not excluded in FNS budgeting.

A refugee who is subject to work requirements imposed by a Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) is exempt from Food Stamp Work Registration – which also provides exemption from ABAWD requirements

This includes refugees who receive RCA, RMA and/or Refugee Social Services through a Refugee Provider Agency

Contact the Economic Services Section for

verification or if you have questions concerning

this exemption

EXEMPT


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QUESTIONS?

Call Gail at 919-527-6302

E-mail

Gail.Anders

E

n@dhhs.nc.gov

http://info.dhhs.state.nc.us/olm/manuals

Choose Division of Social Services.

The Refugee Assistance Manual is

under Economic Assistance.