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When Advance Notice of Adverse Action is Not Required

In most cases, you must provide the household with advance notice when closing or decreasing SNAP benefits.  There are a few instances where you do not need to provide advance notice.

You do not have to give advance notice if:

  • Mass changes are made due to changes in federal or state law.
    • This could include changes in maximum income, cost-of-living increases in social security, or changes in TANF payments.
    • Individual notice does not occur. DHS sends out general mailers about upcoming changes.  This may also be done through media campaigns.
  • Reliable sources indicate that all members of the household are deceased.
  • Reliable sources indicate that all members of the household moved out of the state.
  • A household has previously received additional benefits due to a "restoration of lost benefits," and had been notified in writing of the increase, you will not have to notify the client when the amount ultimately decreases.
  • The benefit amount varies month to month within the period due to changes that were anticipated at the certification (example: a client was just fired at certification and we counted the money they made that month, and counted $0 the next month).
  • A person is disqualified for an intentional program violation; you do not have to notify the household.  If it is a single household, benefits will close.  If multiple people are in the home, the benefits will decrease with the removal of the fraudulent client.
  • A household fails to make an agreed upon repayment of an overpayment.
  • A client is disqualified due to their drug / alcohol rehabilitation center where they live ceasing to be covered.
  • Changes occur due to TANF eligibility issues.
  • A client no longer wishes to receive food benefits or requests a closure or reduction in order to avoid an overpayment.
  • Food benefits are closed on one case in order to add them on to another.
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