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The ABAWD Clock

DHS uses a fixed 36 month individual clock to track each household member's compliance with ABAWD Policy.  The clock only begins when a client starts receiving or should have begun receiving "K months."  In other words, the clock does not start if the individual is ABAWD exempt or meeting the ABAWD work requirements. It also means that the clock may also start when the worker later learns the client lost an ABAWD exemption or stopped meeting the work requirements.

Based on these criteria, the clock can start either at certification or when the client later loses an ABAWD exemption or stops meeting the ABAWD work requirements.

  • If the client is not meeting ABAWD work requirements or an ABAWD exemption at certification, then the clock starts on the application date.
  • If the client stops meeting ABAWD work requirements or loses an ABAWD exemption outside of certification, then the clock starts the month the client receives or should have received their first "K month."

Example 1: 

Bernard applies and qualifies for food benefits on 02/16/2016.  He does not meet the ABAWD work requirements or an ABAWD exemption.  When does his ABAWD Clock begin?

His ABAWD clock starts on 2/16/2016 and ends 01/31/2019.  A new ABAWD clock can begin on 02/01/2019 if the client reapplies.   

Example 2:

Wilma applies and qualifies for food benefits on 5/16/2017.  She works 20 hours per week and is a college student.  Since she meets ABAWD work requirements and student policy, she will receive a student exemption.  When does her ABAWD clock begin?

It does not.  Her ABAWD clock does not start until she receives "K month" benefits.

Example 3:

Simone, aged 53, and Randy, aged 46, apply for SNAP benefits on 11/05/2017, and the worker certifies them effective 11/05/2017.  Simone is age exempt, but neither reports any other exemptions or work.  When does their ABAWD Clock begin?

Simone's ABAWD clock does not start due to her age exemption.  Randy's clock begins on 11/05/2017.  

Example 4:

Harold, aged 17, drops out of school and receives SNAP benefits.  The worker certifies his case on 07/30/2017 with an ABAWD age exemption.  His birthday is 09/24/2017.  He does not report the loss of his exemption, and his worker does not notice until Harold submits a review on 12/27/2017.  Harold reports no ABAWD exemptions or activities that meet work requirements.  When does Harold's ABAWD clock start? 

His ABAWD clock begins on 10/01/2017.  The month Harold turns 18 is an exempt month.  The worker must recode 10/2017, 11/2017, and 12/2017 as "K months."  Lacking verification Harold is exempt or meeting the work requirements, the worker cannot continue Harold's benefits. 

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