The payee (or applicant for All Kids benefits) for the case must sign the application, except for the following situations:
- For SNAP, any unit member who is age 18 or over can sign. If no one is 18 or over, the payee for the SNAP unit must sign.
- If 2 adults apply for cash, the signature of both adults is required.
- An approved representative who applies for an applicant may sign.
- The legal guardian must sign if the applicant has one. If there's more than one guardian, the "guardian of the person" decides which guardian will sign. When the client has a "limited" or "temporary" guardian, the client should sign the application. The "limited" or "temporary" guardian may sign the application as an interested party acting on the client's behalf.
- A person who resides in a Drug/Alcoholic Treatment Center must have an authorized representative, appointed by the treatment center's administrator, sign an application for SNAP benefits.
- If there's no legal guardian and an applicant is unable to sign the application for physical or mental reasons, death, or age, a responsible person may represent them and sign.
- If the applicant is a child, the child's caretaker must sign unless the child will get aid as a Ribicoff case (94R) and the child is not living with a caretaker. Then the child can sign.
- For clients under age 18 who reside in a DHS - OMH/DDD facility, parents or legal guardians must sign the application. The application can be signed by an interested person if there is no parent or legal guardian. To conclude that there are no parents:
- the parents' identity must be unknown; or
- the parents must have been legally declared incompetent; or
- attempts to locate the parents have been unsuccessful.
Eligibility does not exist if the parents are competent and are unwilling to apply for medical benefits.