FNS continues to expand a waiver approval of the IDOC Pilot Program for individuals to gain access to SNAP benefits upon their release date. Currently, the program has 8 correctional facilities participating in the Pilot Program:
Effective 07/11/2022, the waiver approval expands to Jacksonville Correctional Center in Morgan County.
Effective 07/11/2022, individuals incarcerated in Jacksonville Correctional Center in Morgan County may now apply for SNAP benefits within 10 days prior to their discharge date. The waiver allows an individual with a pending release date to gain approval and have access to SNAP benefits and food resources upon their release. SNAP Applications for Individuals Being Released from Logan Correctional Center - PILOT, published 08/05/2020, introducing the Prisoner Pre-Release Pilot Program and System Changes to Accommodate Applications Received Prior to an Individual's Release from Certain Department of Correction or State Mental Health Facilities - Phase 1, published on 10/20/2021, provide further guidance on Phase 1 changes in IES and how to accommodate SNAP applications prior to discharge.
FCRC staff should continue to follow IES application processing procedures when an application for SNAP benefits is received from one of these approved facilities.
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Grace B. Hou
Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois Department of Human ServicesJB Pritzker, Governor · Dulce Quintero, Secretary
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