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Identifying Excluded Individuals


Certain individuals residing with a household are excluded from participation in the program either as members of the household or as separate households. These are:


1.           ineligible aliens or individuals with questionable citizenship;


2.           individuals disqualified because of failure to provide or apply for an SSN;


3.           individuals disqualified for intentional program violation;


4.           individuals disqualified for non-compliance with the work requirements, including voluntary quit;


5.           individuals convicted of trafficking in food stamp benefits of $500 or more  (eff. 11/1/96);


6.           individuals who have been convicted of a second violation by a Federal, State or local court of trading coupons for a controlled substance (eff. 11/1/96);


7.           individuals who have a first violation based upon a finding by a Federal, State or local court of trading firearms, ammunition, or explosives for coupons (eff. 11/1/96);


8.           individuals convicted by a court, ADH hearing, ADH waiver, or a disqualification consent agreement of having made a fraudulent statement or representation with respect to identity or residence in order to receive multiple benefits simultaneously (eff. 11/1/96);


9.           individual who is a fleeing felon or a probation/parole violator (eff. 11/1/96);


10.       ineligible able-bodied adults without dependents


11.       individuals convicted under federal or state law of a felony offense which occurred after August 22, 1996 and which involved the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance, unless the individual is complying with or has already complied with all obligations (including any substance abuse treatment requirements) imposed by the criminal court, and


 (i)        is currently participating in a substance abuse treatment program approved by DHS; or


 (ii)       if not actively participating in a substance abuse treatment program approved by DHS, is currently enrolled in such a program, but is on a waiting list for participation, and enters the treatment program at the first opportunity; or


 (iii)      has satisfactorily completed a substance abuse program approved by DHS; or


 (iv)      a treatment provider licensed by the Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, has determined that the individual does not need substance abuse treatment according to TennCare guidelines.


Note: A substance abuse treatment program approved by DHS is defined as one licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health. A listing of such programs may be found on the Department of Health’s website at Click on the facilities listing under Health Care Licensure, and then select Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities.


If the individual received treatment in a state other than Tennessee, this definition extends to a substance abuse treatment program licensed or approved by the appropriate state agency where the individual received treatment. Other treatment programs not covered in this definition may be considered on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Food Stamp Policy Section in the state office.


Note: Exemption from disqualification from program participation does not apply to persons convicted of a Class A drug-related felony (or its equivalent if convicted in another state).


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