Ask the required SNAP screening questions during the Title XVI application or redetermination interview.
In most cases, you must offer SSI applicants and recipients who are members of a pure SSI household the opportunity to apply or recertify for SNAP benefits, following instructions in SI 01801.010A.1. and SI 01801.010A.2.
Do not take a SNAP application if the applicant or recipient:
is currently receiving SNAP benefits and has not received a recertification notice within the past 30 days; or
filed for SNAP within the past 60 days.
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.
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)
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.