The initial certification period for PA CAP participants is 36 months. An SSI redetermination
of continuing eligibility serves as the recertification for PA CAP food assistance.
If SSA completes a redetermination of a recipient's SSI eligibility during the 36-month
certification period, the PA Department of Public Welfare considers the recipient
recertified for PA CAP food assistance for another 36 months. If SSA does not conduct
a redetermination within 36 months after initial entitlement for PA CAP or within
36 months from the last recertification date, it is Pennsylvania's responsibility
to contact the individual for the food assistance recertification process.
If an SSI recipient is not receiving food assistance, the SSI redetermination can
serve as the initial application for PA CAP food assistance. Follow the instructions in SI PHI01801.306D.1.a. for answering questions on the BFDS screen.
When conducting a redetermination of SSI eligibility, review the FS coding in the
RCRD segment of the SSR to determine if the individual is currently receiving PA CAP
food assistance. The RCRD segment contains the following food stamp fields:
FSD:MM/YY FS1:X FS2:X FS3:X
The presence of the FS3 field indicates that the SSI recipient is receiving PA CAP
food assistance; if the FS3 field is not present, the SSI recipient is not receiving
PA CAP. For those recipients receiving PA CAP, a 'Y' in the FS3 field indicates that
the individual's shelter expenses are at or above $196; an 'N' in the FS3 field indicates
that the individual's shelter costs are less than $196.
During the redetermination, determine if the individual is still eligible for food
assistance through PA CAP. Ask the recipient if he/she still purchases his/her food
separately from other members of the household, and determine shelter costs.
Always answer “Y” to the question “Recertification notice received within past 30 days” for recipients receiving food assistance through PA CAP. This will update the food stamps “date” on the SSR (which will also update the information on SDX that is sent to PA DPW.)
If the recipient remains eligible for PA CAP food assistance:
Answer 'Y' to the question “May I take your food stamp application today”
SHOW THE CURRENT DATE in “Last Food Stamp Application or Recertification Date”
Answer the question, “Shelter cost at or above State standard” under “COMBINED APPLICATION PROJECT DATA”;
Enter “Y” if the individual's shelter costs are $196 or more a month, or
Enter “N” if the individual's shelter costs are less than $196 a month.
Do not answer the question “Subsidized Housing with Heat Included in Rent.” This information has no relevance to the CAP program in Pennsylvania.
Enter the interview date in the receipt field in the FOOD STAMPS issue on the Development
For a non-MSSICS case, annotate the shelter costs in the Remarks section of the SSA-8203.
Code the 450S/1719B FS Q1 and Q2 fields as described above in SI PHI01801.306D.2 and SM 01005.360 or SM 01301.855.
If the recipient is no longer eligible for PA CAP food assistance, delete the answer
to the “SHELTER COST AT OR ABOVE STATE STANDARD” question on the BFDS screen to terminate PA CAP food stamp eligibility. For a non-MSSICS
case, code the 450S/1719B FS Q1 and Q2 field as described above in SI PHI01801.306D.2. Do not enter anything in the Q2 field. If the recipient is no longer eligible for
PA CAP food assistance, but lives in a pure SSI household, follow the instructions
in SI PHI1801.306C.1 to establish regular food assistance eligibility.
If the SSI recipient does not meet the eligibility criteria for PA CAP food assistance,
but lives in a pure SSI household, you must offer him/her the opportunity to file
for traditional food assistance.