MR #23.04 SNAP Applications for Individuals Being Released from IDOC – Expanded to Danville, East Moline, and Hill

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01/11/2023

Summary

  • This manual release introduces the Prison Pre-Release Program that is offered to incarcerated individuals which allows the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications within 10 days of their release date and defines the application date as the date of discharge.
  • A waiver approval from Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) had provided an expansion of the program. Currently, there are 12 participating correctional facilities:
  • Centralia Correctional Center in Clinton County
  • Danville Correctional Center in Vermillion County
  • Decatur Correctional Center in Macon County
  • Graham Correctional Center in Montgomery County
  • Hill Correctional Facility in Knox County
  • Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Chicago Youth Center
  • Illinois River Correctional Center in Fulton County
  • Jacksonville Correctional Center in Morgan County
  • Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center in Henry County
  • Lawrence Correctional Center in Lawrence County
  • Lincoln Correctional Center in Logan County
  • Logan Correctional Center in Logan County
  • Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center in Jackson County
  • Vienna Correctional Center in Johnson County
  • Western Illinois Correctional Center in Brown County
  • Effective 01/03/2023, the program is expanding to Danville Correctional Center in Vermillion County, East Moline in Rock Island County, and Hill Correctional Facility in Knox County.
  • The Prisoner Pre-Release Program only applies to persons incarcerated and due to be released from the approved correctional facilities listed in this manual release.
  • The date the individual is released from the facility will serve as the application date.
  • SNAP applications received can be faxed, mailed in, or can be processed through ABE.
  • Further IES processing guidance can be found in SNAP Applications for Individuals Being Released from Logan Correctional Center - PILOT, published on 08/05/2020
  • This does not apply to individuals being released and added to an existing SNAP household.

Introduction

A waiver approval from Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides an expansion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) program which allows the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to accept SNAP applications submitted by individuals incarcerated in certain correctional facilities within 10 days of their release date, and defines the application date as the date of discharge.

Prisoner Pre-Release Program

An individual that is incarcerated at a Correctional Facility is ineligible to receive SNAP benefits if they are an inmate in a facility operated by the IDOC, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) or a county sheriff including the Cook County Department of Corrections (PM 03-23-01). However with the waiver approval from FNS, select correctional facilities may apply for SNAP benefits within 10 days of their discharge date. This will ensure gainful access to SNAP assistance upon their release date. 

Approved Correctional Facilities

The Prisoner Pre-Release began as a Pilot on 07/01/2020 with Logan County Correctional Center as its first approved correctional facility to participate in the pilot program. FNS has expanded the waiver approval to the following 12 participating correctional facilities:

  • Centralia Correctional Center in Clinton County
  • Danville Correctional Center in Vermillion County
  • Decatur Correctional Center in Macon County
  • Graham Correctional Center in Montgomery County
  • Hill Correctional Facility in Knox County
  • Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Chicago Youth Center
  • Illinois River Correctional Center in Fulton County
  • Jacksonville Correctional Center in Morgan County
  • Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center in Henry County
  • Lawrence Correctional Center in Lawrence County
  • Lincoln Correctional Center in Logan County
  • Logan Correctional Center in Logan County
  • Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center in Jackson County
  • Vienna Correctional Center in Johnson County
  • Western Illinois Correctional Center in Brown County

Effective 01/03/2023, the program is expanding to Danville Correctional Center in Vermillion County, East Moline in Rock Island County, and Hill Correctional Facility in Knox County.

IES Application Process

SNAP applications can be received from the correctional center on the behalf of the individual applying via ABE, mail-in, or faxed within 10 days prior to their discharge date. After the interview is conducted, the worker may begin data collection and run eligibility, however, the case cannot be certified until the individual has discharged. Further processing guidance can be found in SNAP Applications for Individuals Being Released from Logan Correctional Center - PILOT, published on 08/05/2020.

NOTE: This does not apply to individuals being released and added to an existing SNAP household.

Example: Customer A is applying for SNAP benefits from Hill Correctional Center in Knox County. Their discharge date is 01/17/2023. The application was received via fax on 01/10/2023. The interview was conducted on 01/12/2023. After the interview was completed, the worker began data collection, and ran eligibility of the SNAP application. Once the individual is released, the worker will change the application date to 01/17/2023 date of discharge. The worker cannot certify the case until 01/17/2023.

Manual Revisions

[signed copy on file]

Grace B. Hou

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

Forms Referenced