GN DAL00203.002 Pre-Application Actions - Operating Policy (Texas)

See GN 00203.002

A. Policy

For all initial title II claimants and title XVI applicants/recipients, SSA is to inform them

  • About benefits under the Food Stamp (FS) program, and that

  • FS application forms are available at Social Security offices.

B. Procedures

  1. Include the following in your explanation to both title II claimants and title XVI applicants/recipients:

    • SSA provides information about the FS program;

    • The FS program provides monthly benefits that help low-income households to buy the food they need for good health;

    • FSs is a Federal program that is administered by each State;

    • To qualify for FSs you must be a U. S. citizen or alien admitted for legal residence, and meet certain income and resource limits; and

    • FS application forms are available at Social Security offices.

  2. Title II Claimant

    Ask the title II claimant if he or she wants more information on FS (e.g., pamphlet) and/or an FS application.

    1. If the answer is "no" to both more information and the FS application, the FS issue is closed. Continue with the title II claims interview.

    2. If the answer is "yes" to either the request for more information or to wanting an FS application, inform the title II claimant that the State is responsible for taking FS applications, and provide the applicant with the following:

      1. General information on FS (e.g., pamphlet/fact sheet); and/or

      2. An FS application; and

      3. The address and telephone number of the nearest FS office.

    3. If the title II claimant will also be interviewed for an initial title XVI claim or a redetermination, inform the title II claimant that the title XVI interviewer will also discuss FSs.

  3. Title XVI Applicant/Recipient

    After providing the information discussed in GN DAL00203.002B.1, take the following actions when completing the FS questions on the title XVI application/redetermination forms (See SI 01801.010, SI DAL01801.010):

    1. Ask the first of the two FS questions (i.e., Are you currently receiving food stamps or has a food stamp application been filed for you within the past 60 days on which there has not been a decision?). Depending on the response, follow 3.b. or 3.c. below.

    2. Not Receiving Food Stamps

      • If the FS application is still pending, take no further action. Continue with the title XVI interview.

      • If no FS application has been filed, ask the second FS question (i.e., Do you wish to apply for food stamps?).

        • If "No," provide a FS pamphlet and the address and telephone number of the nearest FS office.

        • If "Yes," follow instructions in SI 01801.010 - SI 01801.400, SI DAL01801.010, SI DAL01801.040. Assist pure SSI household members in completing an FS application if they wish to file for FSs at the SSA office. Provide a FS pamphlet and the address and telephone number of the nearest FS office. Refer applicants/recipients who are not members of a pure SSI household to the FS office. Provide them with a copy of the FS application, FS pamphlet and the address and telephone number of the nearest FS office.

    3. Receiving Food Stamps

      • If the applicant/recipient indicates he or she currently receives FSs and has not received an FS recertification notice within the last 30 days, take no further action. Continue with the title XVI interview.

      • If the applicant/recipient received an FS recertification notice within the last 30 days, ask the second FS question (i.e., Do you wish to apply (reapply) for food stamps?).

If "Yes," assist any member of a pure SSI household in completing an FS application/recertification form, see SI DAL01801.010. Refer anyone who is not a member of a pure SSI household to the local FS office to reapply. Provide the individual with an application form and the address of the nearest FS office. The Texas SNAP food benefit application can be found by clicking on http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/help/1010-eng.pdf (English), and http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/help/1010-span.pd