Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Cash Assistance and JOBS Disqualifications for the 3rd Quarter Fiscal Year 2016

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2016; 4:50pm

DPHSS Release No. 2016-068

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Cash Assistance and JOBS Disqualifications for the 3rd Quarter Fiscal Year 2016

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 2016 (April 2016 to June 2016) relative to the number of clients who were disqualified from participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly known as Food Stamp Program), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF – Cash Assistance) and the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Program (JOBS). 

Of the Fifty-three (53) disqualifications, Seven (7) were disqualified for failing to report employment timely and Six (6) failed to disclose properly that members had moved in or left the island entirely. Forty (40) clients were disqualified for crediting food/nonfood items or exchanging cash with their SNAP EBT card, which is considered trafficking.  Fifty-two (52) were disqualified for 12 months as a first time violation of the SNAP program and one (1) were disqualified for 24 months as a second violation.

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 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.

Individuals mandated to participate under the JOBS Program and fail to comply, shall be disqualified (DQ’d) from receiving TANF Assistance as follows:

3 MONTHS for the 1ST VIOLATION

6 MONTHS for the 2ND VIOLATION

PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION for the 3RD VIOLATION

Should you have any questions on the SNAP and TANF IPVs please contact Mr. Francis L.G. Damian at 735-7344/7379 and on the JOBS DQs, Ms. Christine San Nicolas at 735-7256.

 

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