What is ABAWD?
ABAWDS who meet an ABAWD exemption
ABAWDs meeting an ABAWD exemption may participate in the SNAP program without ABAWD imposed time limits. There are several ABAWD exemptions. Determine if the client's situation fits any of the available ABAWD exemptions. The ABAWD case coding varies depending on the exemption. You can find a list of the exemptions here.
ABAWDS who meet work requirements
ABAWDs meeting the ABAWD work requirements may also participate in SNAP program without ABAWD imposed time limits. When a client is meeting the ABAWD work requirements at their initial application, the ABAWD case coding refers to these participants as receiving "W months." This option is available until the individual exhausts all their "K months" and fails to meet the work requirements during the "K months."
ABAWDS who are not meeting work requirements
SNAP benefits received in other states sometimes affect whether Oklahoma can provide a client with three full months of benefits, so you must verify if the client already used their "initial countable ABAWD months" in another state. You can find more information about these rules here.
ABAWDS who used all of their "K months" or "initial countable ABAWD months"
Worker and Client Responsibilities
The DHS Policy covering ABAWD is located at 340:50-5-64.