subchapter 71W – general program administration


section .0100 – general program administration


10A NCAC 71W .0101      DEFINITIONS

The following definitions apply to this Chapter:

(1)           "Adjusted Payment" means a payment to the recipient to correct a county‑responsible underpayment.

(2)           "Appeal" means an oral or written request from a client for a hearing to review the action of a county Department of Social Services when the client is dissatisfied with the decision in his case.

(3)           "Application Process" means a series of actions beginning with a signed application and ending the date a check or denial notice is mailed.

(4)           "Assistance Unit" means the total number of persons whose needs are considered in determining the payment amount.

(5)           "Budget Unit" means all those persons for whom application has been made plus anyone in the home who is liable for the support of a member of the assistance unit or whose income is counted as available to the assistance unit.

(6)           "Client" means member of the assistance unit.  It may be used interchangeably with payee, recipient and applicant.

(7)           "Collateral" means a person or organization that can substantiate or verify information necessary to establish eligibility.

(8)           "Determination" means the process of verifying eligibility factors for persons applying for AFDC.

(9)           "Disregard of Earned Income" means the procedure for exempting certain portions of earned income as a resource when determining the amount of payment.

(10)         "Effective Date" means the date for which the benefit is authorized.

(11)         "Eligibility, Initial" means the state of eligibility at time of application.

(12)         "Essential Person" means a person who gives an essential service to a client, and, if in need, is eligible to be included in the assistance unit.

(13)         "Excluded Income" means money received by a member of the budget unit which is not counted in determining eligibility for assistance.

(14)         "Father, Alleged" means the man who is said without proof to be the father of a child.  This includes a father who has admitted paternity when paternity has not been established in a court of law.

(15)         "Father, Legal" means:

(a)           The man who is married to the mother of child at the time of birth of the child, regardless of whether they are living together.  The legal father is not necessarily the natural father, but is legally responsible for support; or

(b)           A man who has been determined by the court to be the father of the child through a paternity suit or by act of legitimation; or

(c)           A man who has legally adopted the child.

(16)         "Father, Natural" means the biological father of the child.  He may be the alleged or legal father.

(17)         "Full‑Time Student" means a student so designated by the school in which he is enrolled.

(18)         "Minor Mother" means a mother who is under the age of 18 who may be payee for an assistance unit or a recipient included in another assistance unit.

(19)         "Needy Spouse" means the husband or wife of a specified relative (other than a parent) who is eligible to be included in the assistance unit if he applies for assistance and meets the requirements of an essential person.

(20)         "Payee" means the person in whose name the AFDC payment is made.

(21)         "Payment Month" means the month for which the payment is made.

(22)         "Prospective Budgeting" means the best estimate of income in the payment month.

(23)         "Reapplication" means a subsequent application when a case has been terminated or suspended.

(24)         "Recipient" means an eligible person whose needs are included in the assistance payment.

(25)         "Remainder Interest" means property which will be inherited in full at a life estate interest holder's death.

(26)         "Revocable Trust" means funds held in trust which are available for the client's use.

(27)         "Verification" means the confirmation of facts and information used in determining eligibility.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 108A‑25; 143B‑153; 45 C.F.R. 233;

Eff. February 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. June 1, 1990; August 1, 1988; February 1, 1986;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1996;

Recodified from 10 NCAC 49A .0002 Eff. January 1, 1997;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1997.