340:50-11-20. Scope and application processing
(a) Simplified Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SSNAP). Per Section 273.25 of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, SSNAP rules in this Subchapter apply when ALL food benefit household members are included in: • 1
(1) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance; or
(2) TANF cash assistance and a companion State Supplemental Payment (SSP) case.
(b) When SSNAP procedures do not apply. SSNAP procedures do not apply when:
(1) no household member receives TANF cash assistance;
(2) all household members receive SSP; or
(3) any household member is a disqualified or ineligible food benefit household member, per Oklahoma Administrative Code 340:50-5-10.1.
(c) Household definition. Food benefit household members are determined using Part 1 of Subchapter 5 of this Chapter.
(d) TANF applicants. When the household applies for TANF, the worker determines if the applicant wants to receive or is currently receiving food benefits. • 2
(1) When the household currently receives non-public assistance (non-PA) food benefits, the food benefits remain non-PA until TANF is certified. • 3
(2) When the household does not receive food benefits and applies for TANF and food benefits at the same time, SSNAP rules are not used to determine food benefit eligibility when the:
(A) household qualifies for expedited service and the TANF application will not be certified within seven-calendar days;
(B) TANF application eligibility determination process will take longer than 30-calendar days;
(C) TANF application will not be certified for the application month and food benefits must be issued for the initial month; or
(D) worker denies the TANF application and the food benefit application is pending.
1. (a) Refer to Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 340:50-5-1 for food benefit household composition information.
(b) When the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance is frozen because a household member participates in the Subsidized Employment Program (SEP), per OAC 340:10-2-4(c), the household continues to be eligible for Simplified Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SSNAP) as long as household composition remains the same. The SEP income is not considered. Once the SEP participation period ends and the TANF benefit closes, the household may be eligible for transitional food benefits, per OAC 340:50-11-27.
2. (a) The worker must update the Family Assistance/Client Services (FACS) Case Notes to address food benefits:
(1) at the time of the original Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) application;
(2) at the time of the TANF renewal; and
(3) when food benefits are closed.
(b) If the applicant does not want to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the worker must document the reason in FACS Case Notes.
3. (a) Once the TANF application is certified and all household members receive either TANF or a State Supplemental Payment (SSP), the FACS Eligibility Notebook, SNAP tab must be updated to reflect Simplified Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SSNAP) eligibility by:
(1) changing the SNAP application date to match the SSP or TANF certification date;
(2) changing the SNAP certification date to the first day of the:
(A) next month if prior to or on second deadline; or
(B) month following the next month when it is after second deadline through the last day of the month;
(3) entering a "C" change in the type action taken field; and
(4) entering an "N" in the advanced notice required field if it is between the first and second deadlines.
(b) When the household remains eligible for TANF and SSNAP food benefits at the TANF renewal, the worker updates the SNAP tab to show a "C" change in the type action taken field and the new food benefit application date in the application and certification date fields.