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
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...
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
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
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
First Member Screen
n These fields (used
for WR) are also to
who are caring for
children under 18.
n Answer “Y” to “FS”,
and enter the
DOB for each adult
Pregnant or Working?
Here are 2 ABAWD questions:
– Both of these must be verified.
– Convert work hours to monthly
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!
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.
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.