Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

Destitute Households

Revised: 

28.16

CERTIFICATION PERIODS

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1240-1-5-.08

(1)   Normal Certification Periods

 

Assign normal certification periods to households that are certified on an expedited basis and who have provided all necessary verification required in Section 1240-1-16 prior to certification.

 

(2)   Applications After the 15th of a Month

 

Assign at least a two-month certification period to eligible households who apply after the 15th of the month.

 

(3) Optional Certification Periods – Postponed Verification

 

(a)   Assign the HH a certification period using the following options:

 

1.   Certify the household only for the month of application, unless the application was filed after the 15th of the month;

 

2.   When the HH apples after the 15th of the month, certify the household for at least two months (month of application and the following month);

 

3.   Assign a normal certification period when the household’s circumstances would otherwise warrant it. Do not issue benefits for the second month until all postponed verification is provided.

 

(b) When verification is postponed, provide the household with a notice indicating the following:

 

1.   What verification is needed and that no further benefits will be issued until the postponed verification is provided;

 

2.   That in cases where the household has been assigned a certification period longer than one month, the household has thirty (30) days from the application date to provide the postponed verification; and

 

3.   That if the verification results in a change in the household’s eligibility or benefit amount, the change will be made without advance notice of adverse action.

 

4.   Special Instruction for Migrant Households:

 

When assigning a certification period longer than one month, migrant households eligible for expedited service and applying after the 15th of a month will be notified in writing that:

 

(i)   they must provide postponed verification from sources within the state before a second month’s benefits are issued;

 

(ii)  they must provide all verification from out-of-state sources before being issued benefits for the third month; and

 

(iii)if the verification results in a change in the household’s eligibility or benefit amount, the change will be made without advance notice of adverse action.

 

(c)  Do not issue benefits for the second month until all postponed verification is provided. Once the verification is provided, issue the second month’s benefits either:

 

1.   within five (5) working days from receipt of the verification; or

 

2.   the first working day of the second month, whichever is later.

 

(d) There is no limit to the number of times a household may be certified under the expedited procedures, so long as, prior to each expedited certification, the household either:

 

1.   completes the verification requirements that were postponed at the last expedited certification; or

 

2.   was certified under normal processing standards since the last expedited certification.

 

Example:  A household was certified under the expedited procedures in February. The household again requests expedited services in March. It must provides February’s verification or be certified under normal standards. If the household did not request expedited service until September, it could be eligible for expedited if it:

 

1.      provides February’s postponed verification or

 

2.      has been certified under the normal certification procedures in the interim. If neither of these circumstances occurred, the household is not entitled to expedited services.

 

(4)   Ineligible for Expedited Service

 

Process applications according to normal standards for households requesting, but not entitled to, expedited service.

 

 

Glossary of Terms

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