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340:61-1-2. Legal base and availability of funds

REVISED 9-15-22

(a) Purpose.  The purpose of this Chapter is to describe the rules governing the Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) Repatriation Program (RP).

(b) Legal basis.  The legal basis of the United States (U.S.) RP was established in 1935 by Section 1113 of Title XI of the Social Security Act (Section 1113 of Title 42 of the United States Code) to provide temporary assistance to U.S. citizens and their dependents who the U.S. Department of State identifies as having returned, or been brought from a foreign country to the U.S. because of destitution, illness, war, threat of war, or a similar crisis, and are without available resources to meet their needs.  The total amount of temporary assistance provided under this Section must not exceed $1,000,000 during any fiscal year except fiscal year 2010.

(c) Program management and funding.  The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) manages this program.  The RP is administered by the state in which the repatriated citizen chooses to relocate, with up to 100 percent reimbursement claimed from federal funds.

(d) Non-emergency repatriation.  Non-emergency repatriation for individuals and their dependents is coordinated by OKDHS per agreement dated October 9, 1980 with the DHHS Social Security Administration Office of Family Assistance. • 1


REVISED 9-15-22

1.  The United States (U.S.) Repatriation Program (RP) contains four different components:

(1) temporary assistance for non-emergency individuals and their dependents administered by Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS);

(2) individual repatriation of mentally ill repatriates administered by OKDHS;

(3) emergency repatriation administered by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODME); and

(4) group repatriation administered by ODME.

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