TN 19 (08-17)

SI 01801.010 Screening Individuals for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility or Application Status

This section explains how field office (FO), workload support unit (WSU), and teleservice (TSC) employees should screen Title XVI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants and recipients for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility and application status.

IMPORTANT: FOs and TSCs must provide general information about SNAP to all Title II and Title XVI applicants, beneficiaries, or recipients.

A. Screening SSI applicants and recipients for SNAP eligibility and application status

Ask the required SNAP screening questions during the Title XVI application or redetermination interview.

Do not take a SNAP application if the applicant or recipient:

  • is currently receiving SNAP benefits;

  • filed for SNAP within the past 60 days; or

  • received a recertification notice within the past 30 days (if currently receiving SNAP benefits).

If the applicant or recipient answers “no” to all of the questions and you determine that the applicant or recipient is a member of a pure SSI household, you must give him or her the opportunity to apply or recertify for SNAP benefits, follow the instructions in SI 01801.010A.1. or SI 01801.010A.2. in this subsection.

For the definition of a pure SSI household, see SI 01801.005B.3.

NOTE: If the applicant or recipient has an authorized representative, see SI 01801.005B.4.

References:

  • MS INTRANETSSI 019.002 Potential Eligibility for Other Benefit Leads Selection

  • MS INTRANETSSI 019.019 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • MS MSSICS 022.004 Development Worksheet (DW01)

  • SI 00604.006 Food Stamp-Social Security Administration/Application and Food Stamp (FS-SSA/APP and FS)-Referred Blocks

  • SI 00604.095 Completing Part V of the SSA-8000-BK (Potential Eligibility for Food Stamps/Medical Assistance/ Other Benefits) – General

  • SI 00604.096 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (Formerly Known as Food Stamps): Question 58

  • SI 00605.030 Completing Part 5 Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) of the Application for Supplemental Security Income (SSA-8001-BK)

  • SM 01005.360 FS – Food Stamps

  • SM 01301.855 Food Stamp Data (FS)

1. Member of a pure SSI household wishes to apply or recertify for SNAP benefits

Follow these instructions if a member of a pure SSI household wishes to apply or recertify for SNAP benefits.

  • Advise the applicant or recipient that he or she is not required to go to the local SNAP office to file for benefits and that we will assist him or her in completing a SNAP application or recertification.

  • Ask the required SNAP question, “May I take your SNAP application today?” Then complete the State SNAP application or recertification form.

EXPEDITED SERVICE: To see what conditions qualify as “immediate need,” or if you think the household may be entitled to this emergency process, see SI 01801.150.

2. Member of a pure SSI household does not wish to apply or recertify for SNAP benefits

If a member of a pure SSI household seems reluctant to file for SNAP benefits, follow the instructions in SI 01801.010B.1. If he or she refuses or declines to apply or recertify for SNAP benefits at the FO, refer him or her to the local SNAP office. Document the reason for the refusal on an SSA-5002 (Report of Contact) or on the RPOC screen. For common reasons why an applicant or recipient may refuse or decline to apply at the field office, see SI 01801.010B.2.

3. Applicant or recipient who is not a member of a pure SSI household wishes to apply or recertify for SNAP benefits

Refer the applicant or recipient to the local SNAP office if he or she is not a member of a pure SSI household but wishes to apply or recertify for SNAP benefits. Be sure to give him or her the address and telephone number of the local SNAP office.

B. Member of a pure SSI household reluctant to file for SNAP benefits

You must offer a member of a pure SSI household the opportunity to file for SNAP benefits during the Title XVI application or redetermination interview in the office or over the telephone.

1. When a member of a