SNAP Attributed Amount (Riverside Rule)

 

Overview
SNAP regulations prohibit an increase in SNAP benefits when a household’s benefits under another federal or state means-tested program as defined in 106 CMR 360.030(G) have been decreased or suspended (but not terminated) due to fraud or a failure to comply with a requirement of an Economic Assistance benefit program. This rule is referred to as the Riverside Rule. In these cases, the amount added to the SNAP benefit calculation to reflect the decreased or suspended Economic Assistance benefit is called the SNAP Attributed Amount.

SNAP clients sanctioned for failure to comply with certain Economic Assistance program requirements are subject to the SNAP Attributed Amount. The SNAP Attributed Amount is applied as unearned income to the SNAP benefit calculation and prevents an increase in the SNAP benefits.

When an Economic Assistance sanction is entered, BEACON will automatically calculate and enter the correct SNAP Attributed Amount required to prevent SNAP benefits from increasing due to the Economic Assistance sanction

 

Requirements

The following closing or reduction reasons have an associated Sanction type that triggers the automatic entry of a SNAP Attributed Amount on the Other Income page:

Important

An individual must be certified for SNAP at the time the Economic Assistance sanction is imposed for the SNAP Attributed Amount provision to be applied.

 

The SNAP Attributed Amount is the actual difference between the Economic Assistance benefit amount the household should be receiving and the Economic Assistance benefit amount the household is actually receiving while sanctioned. On any client notice that includes a calculation page, the SNAP Attributed Amount appears as unearned income and is labeled as FS Attributed Amount.

Duration of the SNAP Attributed Amount
When an Economic Assistance sanction is entered, BEACON will automatically calculate and enter the correct SNAP Attributed Amount required to prevent SNAP benefits from increasing due to the Economic Assistance sanction.

The SNAP Attributed Amount is applied for the duration of the Economic Assistance sanction and may not exceed the duration of the imposed sanction.
The SNAP Attributed Amount is automatically removed when the sanction is cured or no longer applies (as when the sanctioned individual is no longer eligible for Economic Assistance) or when the Economic Assistance program household is closed. If staff become aware that a client has become ineligible for the Economic Assistance program during the disqualification period (for example, a sanctioned household member begins receiving SSI) or the client’s Economic Assistance case has closed, the SNAP Attributed Amount must be removed if not done so already. Calculating and issuing a related benefit may also apply.

Other household changes - such as household size, income or shelter expenses - will continue to affect the SNAP benefit amount.

 

 

SNAP Attributed Amount Policy and Procedures

 

 

  Last Update: October 31, 2019