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(a)Each county, either acting singly or with a group of counties, shall enter into an annual performance contract with the state department that shall identify the county’s or group of counties’ duties and responsibilities in implementing the works program. The performance contract must include but need not be limited to:
(I)Requirements and provisions that address the county’s or group of counties’ duty to administer and implement the works program using fair and objective criteria;
(II)Provisions that prohibit the county or group of counties from reducing the basic cash assistance grant administered pursuant to section 26-2-709 and monitored by the state department pursuant to section 26-2-711 and provisions that prohibit the county or group of counties from restricting eligibility or the provision of services or imposing sanctions in a manner inconsistent with the provisions of this part 7 or the provisions in the state plan submitted to the secretary of the federal department of health and human services pursuant to section 26-2-712;
(III)Work participation rates for the county or group of counties that shall ensure that the state will be able to meet or exceed its work participation rates under the federal law.
(b)A county or group of counties may be sanctioned for not meeting any obligation under such performance contract. Such sanctions must be identified in the performance contract and may include a reduction in a future county block grant allocation.
(2)The performance contract shall set forth the circumstances under which the state department may elect that it or its agent assume the county’s or group of counties’ administration and implementation of the works program.
(3)If the state department and the county or group of counties are unable to reach agreement on the contract, either party may request the state board to consider the matter, and the state board shall schedule the matter for hearing within thirty days after receipt of the request. The state board shall issue a decision on the matter which shall be considered binding on all parties. If necessary to assure services are available within the county or group of counties, the state department may enter into a temporary agreement with the county or group of counties or with another public or private agent until the matter is resolved by the state board.
Section 26-2-715 — Performance contracts,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-26.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).