For Immediate Release
July 12, 2013; 4:55pm
DPHSS Release No. 2013-049
The Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Mr. James W. Gillan, releases the statistics for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 (April 2013 to June 2013) relative to the number of clients who were disqualified from participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly known as Food Stamp Program) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program.
These clients were found to have intentionally violated rules under the SNAP and TANF Programs.
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS DISQUALIFIED
AMOUNT OF RESTITUTION 3rd Quarter
Of the eight (8) disqualifications, two (2) were as a result of failing to report the loss of household members. Five (5) were disqualified for failing to report employment timely. One (1) client was penalized for exchanging benefits for cash. Seven (7) disqualifications were for 12 months for a first violation. One (1) was disqualified permanently as a result of trafficking.
Individuals who were found to have committed Intentional Program Violation (IPV) through Administrative Disqualification Hearing (ADH) shall be ineligible to participate in the program for:
12 MONTHS for the 1ST VIOLATION
24 MONTHS for the 2ND VIOLATION
PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION for the 3RD VIOLATION
PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION for TRAFFICKING over $500.00
Under the Simplified Reporting on SNAP, households are required to report only when the income exceeds 130% of the federal poverty level. This change must be reported by the 10th of the month following the month the change occurred. To comply with TANF Program requirements, any change in employment, household members moving in or out, or change of address requires that the household report to the department within 10 days from the date the change becomes known to the household.
Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. Francis L.G. Damian, Program Coordinator IV, Investigation and Recoupment Office at the Bureau of Management Support at 735-7379/7344.