Whenever a client applies, is reevaluated or recertified for benefits, or notifies the Department of a change in circumstances, s/he must provide the necessary proof to determine eligibility. These proofs are called verifications. Verifications are the use of documentary evidence, collateral contacts, external databases, or self-declaration to establish the accuracy of client statements. You must assist clients by determining which verifications are required, and what documentation is acceptable to determine eligibility. Verification should not be limited to any one type of document.
You must consider any reasonable documentary evidence provided by the household, and should be only concerned with whether the verification proves the clients statement. The client, who is primarily responsible for providing verifications, must verify both financial and nonfinancial eligibility at application. At recertification and reevaluation, it is often only financial eligibility that needs to be re-verified unless a change in living situation or circumstances has taken place.
Verifications Policy and Procedures (EAEDC)
Verifications Policy and Procedures (SNAP)
Verifications Policy and Procedures (TAFDC)
Last Update: December 8, 2017