GOALS• Federal: To increase nutrition.• Program: To provide all the benefits the assistance unit is entitled to and to provide the benefits timely and accurately.• Training: To provide information and tools so the federal and program goals can be met.
The ABAWD provision had previouslybeen suspended as part of the AmericanReinvestment and Recovery Act(ARRA) of 2009.This provision is reinstated as ofOctober 1, 2012.
Why are we training on ABAWDS now?You will need to look at your client’s now asthey are applying and recertifying to see if theyare an ABAWD and to see if you need to applythe provision to them starting October 1st.
Course Outline• Who is an ABAWD?• Why identify ABAWDS?• What are the ABAWD exemptions?• What are the ABAWD work requirements?• How are ABAWDS identified and tracked?• How are ABAWDS notified of their requirements, etc?• What is the maximum length of an ABAWD certification period?
Who is an ABAWD? An ABAWD is a SNAP applicant or recipient who is:• An able-bodied adult between the ages of 18 and 50• without dependent children in the assistance unit
WHY IDENTIFY ABAWDS?Federal Regulations limit SNAP benefits received byABAWDS to:• 3 months in a 36 month period if mandatory and not meeting the work requirements.• 3 consecutive extended months if mandatory, has met the work requirements but is no longer meeting the work requirements.• unlimited months if meeting the work requirements.
DON’T COUNT TOWARD TIME LIMIT:• A prorated month; or• A month when benefits were issued but not received.
WHAT ARE THE ABAWD EXEMPTIONS?• pregnant• caretaker of an incapacitated individual• participant in a drug/alcohol treatment program• student enrolled at least half time• employed at least 20 hours per week• receiving unemployment benefits
WHAT ARE THE ABAWD WORK REQUIREMENTS? To receive unlimited months of SNAP benefits the ABAWD must be:• working 20 or more hours per week, averaged monthly, or• participating in and complying with the requirements of WIA/JTPA or TAA for 20 or more hours per week
How is a client eligible for the 3 consecutive extended months?• Used his/her first three months of benefits, AND• be a mandatory ABAWD, AND• have for a 30 day period worked 80 or more hours, OR participated and cooperated with the requirements of WIA/JTPA of TAA training for 80 hours or more.
The three months of ABAWD benefits a clientcan receive starts as of October 1, 2012. Anyprevious ABAWD months a client had prior toOctober 1, 2012 are to be disregarded and allclients will start with a clean slate.
HOW ARE ABAWDS IDENTIFIED AND TRACKED ON EPICS?• WORW screen• ABTR screen
The WORW screen in EPICS is designed torecord the work registration and ABAWD statusfor each individual in a SNAP assistance unit.
The WORW screen is where you track work registration andABAWD information for SNAP.(i) Under the exempt columns you indicate “Y” or “N” if aclient must work register. If a client must work register youput in the date the DFS301 was received.(ii) Under the ABAWD section of WORW you indicate: a. If a client is an ABAWD (“Y” or “N”), b. If a client is exempt from having that month of benefits count towards the ABAWD limit (“Y” or “N”) and c. Indicate if a countable month is one of the 3 months (F) or one of the extended 3 months (X) or if the month does not count at all.
The ABTR screen in EPICS tracks the typeof benefits when the individual receivedbenefits, benefits received out-of-state andthe 36-month time frame. ABTR also tracksextended months of benefits.
The ABAWD Tracking Screen on EPICS (ABTR) will display the ABAWDinformation for every month a client was an ABAWD, and “IN” in theparticipation field on SEPA and the client’s case was paid a SNAP benefit.The screen can be viewed by entering a non-blank character in theunlabeled column immediately after the ABAWD fields on the WORWscreen.(i) The client’s name and case number is displayed at the top of the screen.(ii) In the second row the ABTR screen indicates the count of Free andExtended months the client has received in the three year period beginningwith the benefit month. This month initially defaults to the benefit monthWORW was displayed for, but the user may change it to see the three yearcount as of any benefit month.(iii) ABTR always displays all paid benefit months which exist in thehistory file for the client. Those benefit months in the three year period aredenoted by a white plus sign (“+”) in front of the benefit month. Theasterisk (“*”) is the sign for an out of state payment.
How ABAWD’s have changed since April 2009• An ABAWD must be given a minimum of a four month certification period.• An ABAWD must be sent an F313 and F314 notice at the beginning of their second ABAWD month.• Depending on if a client responds to the F313 and F314 or how they respond, benefits will end at the end of the 3rd ABAWD month, benefits may be reduced or benefits may be extended.
ABAWD PROCESS Upon verifying that a client is in fact an ABAWD that is not exempt, the following steps need to be taken:• A client must be sent an F109 notifying the client of his/her ABAWD status.
• The WORW and ABTR screens must be updated to correctly track the client’s ABAWD status.• An alert must be set on the PAAL screen to identify that a client must be sent an F313 and F314 notice at the start of the second ABAWD month.• At the start of the second ABAWD month send the F313 and F314.• If a client does not respond or return the F314 form by the 15th of the third ABAWD month the case is to be closed or benefits reduced.
• If the client returns the F314 form it needs to be reviewed to see if client is eligible to continue receiving benefits after the third ABAWD month or if benefits should end.• If a client is not entitled to benefits after the third ABAWD month the appropriate notice needs to be sent (closure or reduction of benefits).
To help with the tracking of ABAWD’s everymonth you will be emailed an ABAWD list.This report is driven by data that is on theWORW screen. You will need to review it tosee if any of your clients appear on the reportand to make sure their case is being workedcorrectly.
The case narrative is essential on ABAWDcases so that it can be determined who is anABAWD and what action(s) have been taken.
Under Simplified Reporting the reportingrequirements specific to an ABAWD are if ahousehold contains an ABAWD who isworking and his/her hours decrease to less than20 hours per week on average this must bereported by the 10th day of the followingmonth.
If we have a client who comes to Wyoming dowe need to check to see if they used ABAWDmonths in another state?YESYou will need to contact the state the client camefrom to verify if they used ABAWD monthsthere or not. 46 states or geographic areasreceived trigger notices to waive the ABAWDprovision.