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General Assistance - Article VIII
Recovery of Expenses
Recipients. ~The municipality may recover the full amount of assistance granted to a person from either the recipient or from any person liable for the recipient, or his or her executors or administrators in a civil action.  However, prior to recovering assistance granted, the municipality shall “offset” the value of any workfare performed by a GA recipient, at a rate not less than minimum wage.  

Prior to taking a recipient to court to recover the amount of assistance, the municipality will seek voluntary repayment from the recipient by notifying him/her in writing and discussing it with the recipient. The municipality shall not attempt to recover such costs if, as a result of the repayment, the person would again become eligible for general assistance (22 M.R.S.A. § 4318).

Recipients Anticipating Workers’ Compensation Benefits. The municipality shall claim a lien for the value of all general assistance payments made to a recipient on any lump sum payment made to that recipient under the Workers’ Compensation Act or similar law of any other state (22 M.R.S.A. § 4318, 39-A M.R.S.A. § 106). After issuing any general assistance on behalf of a recipient who has applied for or is receiving Workers’ Compensation, the municipality shall file a notice of the municipal lien with the general assistance recipient and the Office of Secretary of State, Uniform Commercial Code division.

The notice of lien shall be filed on a UCC-1 form which must be signed by the recipient of general assistance who has applied for or is receiving Workers’ Compensation. Any general assistance applicant who has applied for or who is receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits and who refuses to sign a properly prepared UCC-1 form will be found ineligible to receive general assistance until he or she provides the required signature. The municipality shall also send a photocopy of that filing to the recipient’s Worker’s Compensation attorney, if known, the applicant’s employer or the employer’s insurance company, and, at the administrator’s discretion, to the Workers’ Compensation Board. The lien shall be enforced at the time any lump sum Workers’ Compensation benefit is issued.

Recipients of SSI. All applicants who receive general assistance while receipt of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) assistance is pending or suspended, and which therefore may be retroactively issued to the applicant at a later date, will be required to sign a statement on an Interim Assistance Agreement form distributed by the DHHS that authorizes the Social Security Administration to direct a portion of any retroactive SSI payment to the municipality and/or the state in repayment for the general assistance granted. Any general assistance applicant who has applied for or who may be applying for SSI, or who may be required to apply for SSI pursuant to 22 M.R.S.A. § 4317, and who refuses to sign the Interim Agreement SSI authorization form will be found ineligible to receive general assistance until he or she provides the required signature (22 M.R.S.A. § 4318).

Relatives. The spouse of an applicant, and the parents of any applicant under the age of 25, are liable for the support of the applicant (22 M.R.S.A. § 4319). In addition, grandchildren, children, siblings, parents and grandparents are liable for the burial costs of each other. The municipality considers these relatives to be available resources and liable for the support of their relatives in proportion to their respective ability. The municipality may complain to any court of competent jurisdiction to recover any expenses made on the behalf of a recipient if the relatives fail to fulfill their responsibility (22 M.R.S.A. § 4319).