Ending Sanctions for the SNAP Employment & Training Program (SNAP E&T)

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09/30/19

Policy Memo

Summary

  • Effective 10/01/19, sanction policy has ended for SNAP recipients who were required to comply with the activity requirements of the SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T). 
  • IES system changes are effective 09/27/19 to prevent FCRC staff from accessing the functionality to impose a SNAP E&T sanction.
  • Individuals who are currently in sanction status for noncompliance with a SNAP E&T activity requirement must serve out the remainder of their sanction period. When the sanction ends, a customer who is subject to SNAP time-limited benefits in DuPage County must still meet the Work Requirement to qualify for SNAP. All other customers residing in an E&T county must contact the FCRC and request to be added back to the SNAP household for benefits or must file a new application, if the case is canceled (PM 03-15-09-b).
  • A manual release will be provided with more information on this policy change in the near future.
  • A client notice will be mailed to SNAP households impacted by this change.
  • Sanction policy has not changed for individuals (work registrants) who are required to comply with the Work Provision requirements in PM 03-15-01, formerly known as work registration. Failure to comply with one of the Work Provision requirements without good cause results in a sanction.
  • A TANF/SNAP customer is still sanctioned for SNAP, if the individual fails to comply with a TANF work and training requirement, unless they are responsible for the care of a child under age 6 (PM 03-13-04-c, PM 03-15-00).

SNAP E&T Sanctions End

Effective 10/01/19, sanction policy has ended for SNAP recipients who were required to comply with the activity requirements of the SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T). Individuals who are currently in sanction status for noncompliance with a SNAP E&T activity requirement must serve out the remainder of their sanction period.

When the sanction ends:

  • A customer who is subject to SNAP time-limited benefits in DuPage County must still meet the Work Requirement to qualify for SNAP.
  • All other customers residing in an E&T county must contact the FCRC and request to be added back to the SNAP household for benefits or must file a new application, if their case is canceled (PM 03-15-09-b).

Client Notice/Manual Release

  • A client notice will be mailed to SNAP households impacted by this change.
  • A manual release will be provided with more information on this policy change in the near future. 

IES System Changes

IES system changes are effective 09/27/19 to prevent FCRC staff from accessing the functionality to impose a SNAP E&T sanction.

Work Provision Sanctions

Sanction policy has not changed for SNAP customers (work registrants) who are required to comply with the Work Provision requirements in PM 03-15-01, formerly known as work registration. Failure to comply with one of the Work Provision requirements without good cause results in a sanction.

TANF/SNAP Sanctions

A TANF/SNAP customer is still sanctioned for SNAP, if the individual fails to comply with a TANF work and training requirement, unless they are responsible for the care of a child under age 6. See (PM 03-13-04-c and PM 03-15-00).

[signed copy on file]

Grace B. Hou

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

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