Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependent Children

Revised: 

10.1

EXEMPTIONS

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In some instances the able-bodied adult will be exempt from the ABAWD work requirement. The exemptions for this group of individuals are:

 

(a)  under age 18 or age 50 or above

·        under age 18 (The child does not have to be in school. The month the person turns 18 is not a countable month.); or

·        age 50 or above (The month the person turns 50 is not a countable month.).

 

(b) unfit for employment or work programs

 

·        medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment or

·        unfit based upon the eligibility worker’s observations (can be physically or mentally unfit), a doctor’s statement is not required and it does not have to be for a specific length of time. This should be documented in the running record.

 

(c)  dependent child under 18 in the Food Stamp household

 

All adults in the Food Stamp household are exempt from the ABAWD requirement if there is a child under 18 in household. The child does not have to be related to the adult being exempted.

 

(d) pregnancy; or

 

Note:  Pregnancy in any month temporarily exempts the person from this work requirement.

 

(e)  individual employed 80 hours per month

 

(f)  individual participating in a component through Labor for 80 hours per month or Workfare (hours based on allotment amount), or

 

(g)  otherwise exempt from the Food Stamp work registration requirement (Federal Exemptions):   

     

·        person under 16 or over 59

·        person physically or mentally unfit for employment

·        member subject to & complying with a Families First work requirement

·        responsible for care of a dependent child under 6 or an incapacitated person

·        applied for or receiving unemployment compensation

·        regular participant in a drug addiction or alcoholic treatment program

·        employed (30 hours per week)

·        student enrolled at least half-time in any recognized school, training program, or institution of higher education

 

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