General Assistance Program

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Benefit Level
While a local welfare director may not be required to pay more than the statewide benefit level, payments and benefits at a level lower than the statewide standard are unacceptable. Decision: 1 N.J.A.R. 448
Discretion
While under the General Assistance Program, payments for hospitalization are within the discretion of most local welfare directors, the exercise of that discretion must be in keeping with the general purpose of that statute establishing the program and may not be used to deny an individual the medical care to which he is entitled. Decision: 1 N.J.A.R. 448
Emergency Assistance
Applicant did not meet eligibility requirements for emergency assistance. Despite State commitment to aid the homeless, the Division of Economic Assistance is also responsibl e for maintaining eligibility standards. Decision: 13 N.J.A.R. 121
Hospital Payments
While under the General Assistance Program, payments for hospitalization are within the discretion of most local welfare directors, the exercise of that discretion must be in keeping with the general purpose of the statute establishing the program and may not be used to deny an individual the medical care to which he is entitled. Decision: 1 N.J.A.R. 448
Voucher System
While a local welfare agency may use a voucher system to provide benefits, these benefits may not be at a level lower than the established statewide standard. Decision: 1 N.J.A.R. 448
Work Requirements
Failure of an individual to comply with work requirements when he is aware of them justifies a termination of assistance. Decision: 5 N.J.A.R. 493