Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
General Relief Program [22 VAC 40 ‑ 411]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Replace Emergency General Relief Regulation
Action 3908
General Information
Action Summary Due to a budget shortfall, item 332 of the 2011 Appropriation Act eliminated funding for all General Relief (GR) components, with the exception of the unattached children component, and authorized the agency to enact emergency regulations to affect the change. The unattached children component provides assistance in situations in which a child is living with an unrelated adult and is, therefore, ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). According to federal statute, in order to receive TANF, a child must be living with a parent or relative. The components eliminated were: assistance for unemployed employable individuals, assistance for unemployable individuals, institutional care, ongoing medical assistance, interim assistance, food credit authorization assistance, shelter assistance, emergency medical assistance, and clothing assistance.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006 (4) (a)
RIS Project Yes  [003462]
Associated Mandates Repeal General Relief Program Adult Components
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6482 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/02/2013.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Bernadette Anderson 
Address: Division of Benefit Programs
801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7388    FAX: (804)726-7357    TDD: (800)828-1120