An individual who meets the criteria listed in this section may choose to receive a lump-sum payment in lieu of ongoing cash assistance payments, provided the individual:
(1) Is employed and is receiving earnings.
(2) Has received cash assistance for at least 6 consecutive months.
(3) Expects to remain employed for at least 6 months.
(4) Chooses to receive a one-time, lump-sum payment in lieu of ongoing monthly payments.
(5) Provides employment and earnings information to the local workforce development board, so that the local workforce development board can ensure that the family’s eligibility for severance benefits can be evaluated.
(6) Signs an agreement not to apply for or accept cash assistance for 6 months after receipt of the one-time payment. In the event of an emergency, such agreement shall provide for an exception to this restriction, provided that the one-time payment shall be deducted from any cash assistance for which the family subsequently is approved. This deduction may be prorated over an 8-month period. The state board shall adopt criteria defining the conditions under which a family may receive cash assistance due to such emergency.
Such individual may choose to accept a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,000 in lieu of receiving ongoing cash assistance. Such payment shall only count toward the time limitation for the month in which the payment is made in lieu of cash assistance. A participant choosing to accept such payment shall be terminated from cash assistance. However, eligibility for Medicaid, food assistance, or child care shall continue, subject to the eligibility requirements of those programs.