Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

Continuing Responsibilities

Revised: 

38.19

CHANGES AFFECTING FOOD STAMP HOUSEHOLDS RECEIVING FAMILIES FIRST

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1240-1-19-.06 

(1)   Anytime a household’s food stamp benefits are altered as a result of changes in Families First benefits or whenever the food stamp certification period is shortened to reflect changes in the household’s circumstances, ACCENT generates appropriate notice.  If the certification period is shortened, the household’s certification shall not end any earlier than the month following the month in which the worker determines that the certification period should be shortened, allowing adequate time for the household to timely reapply as provided in this Section.  If the Families First benefits are terminated but the household is still eligible for food stamp benefits, members of the household shall be advised of food stamp work registration requirements, if applicable, as their Families First work requirement no longer applies.

 

(2)   Whenever a change results in the reduction or termination of the household’s Families First benefit within its food stamp certification period, the worker shall take the following actions:

 

(a)   If a change in household circumstances requires both a reduction or termination in the Families First payment and a reduction or termination in food stamp benefits, the worker will authorize the action on ACCENT, using the correct reason codes for the action(s) taken.  If the household requests a fair hearing within the period provided by the notice of disposition the household’s food stamp benefits shall be continued on the basis authorized immediately prior to sending the notice.  If the fair hearing is requested for both programs’ benefits, the hearing shall be conducted according to procedures in Section 1240-1-30.  However, the household must reapply for food stamp benefits if the food stamp certification period expires before the fair hearing process is completed.  If the household does not appeal, the change shall be made effective in accordance with the procedures specified in Section 1240-1-19.

 

(b)   If the household’s food stamp benefits will be increased as a result of the reduction or termination of Families First benefits, the worker shall authorize the action on ACCENT, using the appropriate reason code(s).  If the household decides to appeal the Families First action and its Families First benefits are continued, the household’s food stamp benefits shall continue at that previous level.  However, the household must reapply for food stamps if the food stamp certification expires before the fair hearing process is completed.

 

(3)   Whenever a change results in the termination of a household’s Families First  benefits within its food stamp certification period, and the worker does not have sufficient information to determine how the Families First  change affects the  household’s food stamp eligibility and benefit level (such as when an absent parent returns to a household, rendering the household categorically ineligible for Families First , and the worker does not have any information on the income or resources of the new household member), the worker shall not terminate the household’s food stamp benefits but shall instead request the necessary information and make a determination of food stamp eligibility and level of benefits based on the current facts.  If the requested information is not provided and the worker’s assistance in obtaining it has been refused, determine food stamp eligibility based on the known facts and take whatever action is appropriate to alter or terminate assistance.

 

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