Eligibility for DSHS Services
Each DSHS program has its own eligibility requirements; this is only a general overview. All programs consider your income. Some programs also consider your resources. Some programs are for those who are disabled, elderly or have minor children.
Below is a table that outlines some of these requirements:
|DSHS Program||Children||Pregnancy||Disability||Eligibility Factors|
|Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)||YES||YES/NO*||NO||Income, Resources|
|Washington Basic Food Program||NO||NO||NO||Income, Resources|
|Working Connections Childcare||YES||NO||NO||Income, Employment|
|Family Medical||YES||NO||NO||Income, Resources|
|Children's Health Insurance Program (low cost health insurance)||YES||NO||NO||Income|
|Aged, Blind and Disabled Medical||NO||NO||YES||Income, Resources|
|Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities||NO||NO||YES||Income|
* Pregnancy is only a requirement for a TANF grant if there are no other dependent children residing in the home.
- A single mother with two children who has no medical coverage for her children through her job. Depending on her income and resources she might qualify for family or children's health insurance program. She might also be eligible for Basic Food and Working Connections Childcare.
- An individual with no children who is temporarily disabled and unable to work might be eligible for General Assistance and Basic Food.
- A pregnant woman living alone might be eligible for pregnancy medical, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Basic Food.
These are example situations.
- Remember, the only way to know for sure if you're eligible is to apply.