The initial certification period for Bay State CAP participants is three years. An SSI redetermination serves as the recertification for Bay State CAP.
If SSA completes a redetermination during the three-year certification period, DTA
considers the recipient recertified for Bay State CAP for another three years:
If an SSI recipient is not receiving any food assistance, or is just receiving SNAP,
the SSI redetermination can serve as the initial application for Bay State CAP.
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 Bay
State CAP. The RCRD segment contains the following food stamp fields:
FSD:MM/YY FS1:X FS2:X FS3:X FS4:X
When an SSI recipient is receiving Bay State CAP, the FS3 field in the RCRD segment
of the SSR will contain a “Y” when the individual's shelter expenses are at or above
$481. The FS3 field will contain an “N” when the individual's shelter costs are less
than $481. (The FS4 field is not used in the Boston Region.)
During the redetermination, determine if the individual is still eligible for Bay
State CAP, ask the recipient if he the recipient still purchases and prepares the
recipient's food separately from other members of the household, and determine shelter
To update the SSR, answer “Y” to the question on the SNAP screen, “RECERTIFICATION
NOTICE RECEIVED WITHIN PAST 30 DAYS.”
If the recipient remains eligible for Bay State CAP:
Answer the remaining questions on the SNAP screen based on the applicant/recipient's
Enter the interview date in the receipt field in the FOOD STAMPS issue on the DW01.
For a non-MSSICS case, annotate the shelter costs in the Remarks section of the SSA-8203.
Code the SSA-450S/SSA-1719B FS Q1 and Q2 fields as described in SI BOS01801.302D.6, and SM 01005.360 or SM 01301.855.
Complete the one-page Bay State CAP statement. Do not fax this statement to DTA.
Provide the applicant with the one-page Bay State CAP statement as this will serve
as the applicant’s receipt.
Give the recipient the “Your Bay State CAP Food Assistance Benefits” brochure.
If the recipient is no longer eligible for Bay State CAP, select “CAP DOES NOT APPLY.”
For a non-MSSICS case, code the SSA-450S/SSA-1719B FS Q1 and Q2 field as: “FS1NY.”
Do not enter A or B in the Q2 field. If the recipient is no longer eligible for Bay
State CAP, but lives in a pure SSI household, follow the instructions in SI BOS01801.302F to establish SNAP eligibility.
REMINDER: The FS3 field will not appear in the RCRD segment of the SSR if an individual is
not eligible or participating in the Bay State CAP program.