SNAP regulations provide that certain qualified noncitizens may be eligible for SNAP based on disability as long as the disability meets RSDI or SSI standards, regardless of date of entry into the U.S. Noncitizen clients who receive any of the following Disability benefits are automatically eligible for SNAP. These include:
Recipient RSDI Disabled Recipient/Certified
SSI Disabled Recipient/Certified
Aid to Blind Recipient/Certified
Disabled Child Deceased Veteran/Certified
Disabled Spouse Deceased Veteran/Certified
Totally Disabled Veteran/Certified
Retirement Disabled Recipient
DTA must provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities allowing all clients to meet Department requirements and to utilize Department services. See ADA and Reasonable Accommodations. Also see Recognizing an ADA Accommodation Request; Responding to Clients Requesting Assistance Due to a Disability; and ADA and Assisting Clients.
SDX Noncitizen Indicator Codes
The Noncitizen indicator Codes on the SDX Basic Screen, in PACES FMCS, is a one letter or number code which represents the individuals citizen/noncitizen status as determined by the Social Security Administration, if an SSA application has been made, and is another source to assist you in the determination of an applicant’s eligibility.
Noncitizens who do Not Receive Disability Benefits but Meet Disability Standards
Disabled Elderly Noncitizens (65 and over)
The SNAP Disability Verification for Elderly Noncitizens (SNAP-DVEN) form provides noncitizen EAEDC applicants or clients who are 65 or over and who have been in the U.S. less than five years the opportunity to apply for SNAP benefits based on disability. The form establishes that the client has a disability for SNAP purposes:
if a licensed medical practitioner provides the diagnoses and an explanation required in Section II
answers Yes to each of questions 1, 2 and 3, and
signs the form
This form simplifies the disability determination process for EAEDC elderly noncitizens not receiving SSI because of the five-year bar, but who are likely to be determined disabled at an RSDI/SSI level in light of:
This form (SNAP-DVEN) can only be used to establish disability, for SNAP eligibility purposes, for noncitizen EAEDC applicants or clients who are 65 or over and who have been in the U.S. less than five years. It cannot be used to establish disability for any other DTA program, including EAEDC. The eligibility reason for EAEDC remains elderly for these clients.
When taking an EAEDC application for a noncitizen who is 65 or over and who has been in the U.S. less than five years, you must explore the possibility that the applicant has a disability that, once verified, may qualify the applicant for SNAP benefits. You must ask the client if they have a disability and, if so you must:
complete the food stamp portion of the BEACON application with the EAEDC application
provide the applicant with a SNAP Disability Verification for Elderly Noncitizens (SNAP-DVEN) form and explain how to have the form completed and how to return the form along with any other necessary verifications within required time frames, and
process the case following established procedures for completing an EAEDC and SNAP application
Noncitizen Meets Disability Standard
If the applicant/client returns the SNAP Disability Verification for Elderly Noncitizens (SNAP-DVEN) form within the required timeframe, and a licensed medical practitioner has certified that the client is disabled and meets the RSDI or SSI standards you must:
enter the Disability page of BEACON answer the Disabled prompt with Yes and enter SSI Disabled recipient /certified in the Determination Source prompt. At the Other Person Responsible and Review Required prompt enter No
on the disability determination page, enter No at the reviews required prompt
obtain other verifications as needed and approve the SNAP case within standard time frames, if eligible, and
ensure the client has an EBT card
Claiming certain expenses such as shelter, utility costs and medical expenses is optional. Although these expenses, if verified, may increase the amount of SNAP benefits, if they are not verified the SNAP case can be approved without them. Always remember to explore possible medical deductions with elderly and/or disabled clients
Noncitizen does not Meet Disability Standard
If the medical practitioner has checked No to any question in Section II of the form, you must:
select Ineligible Noncitizen in the Reason Category prompt drop-down list on the AU tab of the AU Composition results page to deny the SNAP application
if the applicant does not return the Disability Verification form within the required time frame, deny the SNAP application for failure to provide verifications
Special Procedures for EAEDC Non-Elderly Disabled Noncitizens (Under 65)
BEACON has been programmed to select certain noncitizens who are:
not receiving SNAP benefits but who are receiving EAEDC
are under the five year waiting period for SNAP eligibility, and
have been certified by DES as meeting the RSDI or SSI disability standard
BEACON will then automatically generate a cover letter for each client describing potential eligibility for SNAP benefits and encouraging the client to complete, sign and return the enclosed special SNAP application to the TAO. A weekly informational report entitled Disabled EAEDC Noncitizens Potentially Eligible for Food Stamps can be found in Reports Analysis & Protected Information Dashboards (RAPID) in the Matches Detail folder. Please see RAPID Reports for instructions on using RAPID
BEACON will also create the following message in the BEACON Narrative tab: “Disabled EAEDC noncitizen potentially eligible for FS notice sent.” The notice itself will be displayed in the Client Communications Tab.
Once a signed RFA is received, you must process the case in accordance with current procedures as outlined in Field Operations Memo 2006-30.
Since these clients are eligible for a waiver of the face-to-face interview based on disability, they are to be interviewed via telephone, unless they request a face-to-face interview. You must screen each application and provide expedited SNAP benefits, if eligible, following current procedures.
Case Manager Responsibilities
During the interview, you must:
use available information in the cash case record and information obtained during the application interview to complete the BEACON application
obtain verifications as needed and approve the SNAP case within standard timeframes, if eligible. (Remember that claiming some expenses such as shelter and utility costs is optional, although these expenses may increase the amount of SNAP benefits, if verified. Also, remember to assist clients in obtaining verifications, if help is needed), and
ensure the client has an EBT card
You must screen each application and provide expedited SNAP benefits, if eligible, following current procedures.
You must continue to process EAEDC applications as usual in accordance with current procedures for these noncitizens. Each week, automated mailings will occur to potentially eligible noncitizens receiving EAEDC but not receiving SNAP Benefits whose disability has been RSDI/SSI certified by DES. You must process any signed, returned RFAs.
Noncitizen does not Meet Disability Standard
BEACON has been automated to close SNAP benefits for certain noncitizen EAEDC clients who are under the five-year waiting period for SNAP eligibility and whose returned medical report is coded by DES as not disabled or disabled but not RSDI or SSI certified. The closing reason will be: Ineligible noncitizen. The following message will be created in the BEACON Narrative tab: “FS client and/or AU closed because PRO disposition indicates noncitizen client is no longer disabled. Client has a U.S. Entry Date within the last 60 months.”
If the SNAP case closes, you must explore other potential noncitizen eligibility factors (such as Verifying 40 Quarters) to ensure that the client receives SNAP benefits if eligible on a basis other than disability.
Entering Disability Data
Entering Citizenship Data
Entering INS Designation
Entering Legal Permanent Resident Data
Entering Sponsor Deeming Data Noncitizen Data
Entering Sponsor Deeming Data
Disabled Noncitizen Policy and Procedures