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  208.027.  TANF recipients, screening for illegal use of controlled substances, test to be used — positive test or refusal to be tested, administrative proceeding — reporting requirements — other household members to continue to receive benefits, when — rulemaking authority. — 1.  The department of social services shall develop a program to screen each applicant or recipient who is otherwise eligible for temporary assistance for needy families benefits under this chapter, and then test, using a urine dipstick five panel test, each one who the department has reasonable cause to believe, based on the screening or other information, engages in illegal use of controlled substances.  Any applicant or recipient who is found to have tested positive for the use of a controlled substance, which was not prescribed for such applicant or recipient by a licensed health care provider, or who refuses to submit to a test, shall be declared ineligible for temporary assistance for needy families benefits for a period of three years from the date of the positive test, test refusal, or administrative hearing decision, if requested by the applicant or recipient under subsection 2 of this section, unless such applicant or recipient, after having been referred by the department, enters and successfully completes a substance abuse treatment program and does not test positive for illegal use of a controlled substance in the six-month period beginning on the date of entry into such rehabilitation or treatment program.  The applicant or recipient shall continue to receive benefits while participating in the treatment program.  The department may test the applicant or recipient for illegal drug use at random or set intervals, at the department's discretion, after such period.  If the applicant or recipient tests positive for the use of illegal drugs a second time, then such applicant or recipient shall be declared ineligible for temporary assistance for needy families benefits for a period of three years from the date of the positive test, test refusal, or administrative hearing decision, if requested by the applicant or recipient under subsection 2 of this section.  The department shall refer an applicant or recipient who tested positive for the use of a controlled substance under this section to an appropriate substance abuse treatment program approved by the division of alcohol and drug abuse within the department of mental health.

  2.  An applicant or recipient who is found to have tested positive or who refuses to submit to a test under subsection 1 of this section may request that an administrative hearing be conducted by the department under the provisions of section 208.080, and if requested, such hearing shall be conducted.

  3.  Case workers of applicants or recipients shall be required to report or cause a report to be made to the children's division in accordance with the provisions of sections 210.109 to 210.183 for suspected child abuse as a result of drug abuse in instances where the case worker has knowledge that:

  (1)  An applicant or recipient has tested positive for the illegal use of a controlled substance; or

  (2)  An applicant or recipient has refused to be tested for the illegal use of a controlled substance.

  4.  Other members of a household which includes a person who has been declared ineligible for temporary assistance for needy families assistance shall, if otherwise eligible, continue to receive temporary assistance for needy families benefits as protective or vendor payments to a third-party payee for the benefit of the members of the household.

  5.  The department of social services shall promulgate rules to develop the screening and testing provisions of this section.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2014, shall be invalid and void.

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(L. 2011 H.B. 73 & 47, A.L. 2014 S.B. 680)


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