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Determining ABAWD Exemptions and Compliance


ABAWD Status
How to determine if an individual is
Exempt, Compliant or Noncompliant
with ABAWD requirements.
What’s an ABAWD?
Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents:
n Individuals 18 through 49 years old, who
  do not care for a dependent child.
n For this policy, a dependent child is under
  age 18 AND a household member.
n Able-Bodied means they are able to work.
Why Does it Matter?

n   ABAWDs are only eligible for 3
    months of SNAP within a 36-month
    period, if not in compliance with work
ABAWD Exemptions

n   ABAWD Exemptions are listed in Vol.
    IIA, MS 2105.
n   Review these 5 ABAWD Exemptions,
    and summarize them in your own
    words on your Notes Pages...
Non-Exempt ABAWDs...
n   Must Comply with “ABAWD Work
    Requirements” to receive more than 3
    months of SNAP in a 36-month period.

                 The FS-500.1 Explains
                 rules and requirements
                 for ABAWDs...
FS-500.1 Fact Sheet

n   Provide FS-500.1 “ABAWD Fact Sheet”
    to each Non-Exempt ABAWD.
n   Annotate the copies given on the PAFS
    -203, and have the client sign.

    Locate and review this
    form, so that you could
    explain it to a client...
    ABAWD Work Requirements

n   Activities and circumstances that meet
    ABAWD Work Requirements, are listed in
    Vol. IIA, MS 2100.
n   Go to that Manual Section, and complete the
    “ABAWD Compliance” section of your Notes
ABAWD Noncompliance

n   ABAWDs who accumulate 3 Noncompliant
    months within a 36-month period are
    ineligible until they Comply or become
    Exempt from ABAWD requirements.
n   Noncompliant months do NOT have to be
ABAWD System Entries

The next few slides highlight those
questions on KAMES which are related
to ABAWD Exemptions, Compliance
and Tracking.
First Member Screen

             n These fields (used
               for WR) are also to
               Exempt ABAWDs
               who are caring for
               children under 18.
             n Answer “Y” to “FS”,
               and enter the
               youngest child’s
               DOB for each adult
               HH member.
Pregnant or Working?

      Here are 2 ABAWD questions:
       – Both of these must be verified.
       – Convert work hours to monthly
         when answering.
         WEP or VES?

n   If an ABAWD is not currently in compliance with work
    requirements, but does intend to comply with ETP, answer “Y”
    to WEP or VES, and indicate “W” as the type.
n   This question is only answered “Y” in active ETP counties.
n   WEP is a placement for the 30-day job search.
Refusal to Comply
n   If the ABAWD is not currently meeting work
    requirements, and states they will NOT comply with
    ETP, answer “N” to that “WEP or VES” question.
n   KAMES will then assign Noncompliant ABAWD
    months for this individual.

Note: Discourage folks from saying “No” to
 ETP at this point. Make every attempt to
 get individuals to comply with ETP!
      Disposition Screen

n   On the member eligibility screen, there will be an
    ABAWD Tracking Code.
n   “PM” is for the Prorated Month benefits.
n   “PM” months are considered Compliant months.
       Noncompliant Months

n   The Tracking Code for Noncompliant months is “BA”.
n   After 3 “BA” months, the individual is ineligible for FB
    during the rest of that 36-month period, unless they
    become exempt or compliant.
Some Other Tracking Codes

n   WV: Waiver county, exempt from ABAWD
n   DC: Cares for a dependent child under 18
n   ER: Exempt from work registration
n   HR: Works 80 hours or more per month
n   PG: Pregnant
n   WP: Participating in WEP
n   BN: Bonus month
That’s the Facts!

Please return to Blackboard, and
complete the “ABAWD Review
Activity” to check your understanding
of ABAWD policy and procedures.

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