Individuals regularly participating in a drug and alcohol treatment program on a residential basis may use Food Stamp benefits to purchase food prepared for them, and for their children who reside with them at the facility, during the course of the treatment program.
For residents of a drug and alcohol treatment center (DATC) to receive Food Stamp benefits, the facility must be:
NOTE: State licensure is not required. The Department of Mental Health must determine that the DATC meets the above criteria.
Refer to the Department of Mental Health’s Directory of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs to help determine if a center meets the Food Stamp Program standards.
If a DATC cannot be found in the provider directory, advise the DATC to contact the Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Provider Certification, to make a determination as to whether or not the facility is operating to further the purpose of part B of Title XIX to provide treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts and/or alcoholics. The facility may also be advised to contact the FNS office serving their county if they want to apply to be authorized as a retailer.
If the DATC does not meet one of the criteria above, reject the application using action WIRJ with reason ineligible living arrangement (ILA). Refer to the Worker Initiated Rejection user guide for instructions.
When clearing the address of the DATC, use living arrangement code DA. This living arrangement code allows multiple supercases at the same address and tells FAMIS to split the issuance into 2 allotments. Enter the DATC address as the supercase/residential address. If the individual has a mailing address, other than the center's address, enter the mailing address on the Person Detail (FM0l) screen for the individual.
An individual residing in a DATC program may be receiving Food Stamp benefits when entering the program or may be determined eligible while participating in the program. Determine whether the individual and his/her children reside at the DATC.
The authorized representative for application purposes must be:
The eligibility specialist must:
NOTE: Residents of drug and alcohol treatment centers that apply for Food Stamps after the 15th day of the month and are eligible for expedited benefits will receive the month of application and the next month's benefits in one allotment.
When the resident leaves the center, the center:
When the resident leaves the center prior to the 16th day of the allotment month, the resident is entitled to the second half of the monthly benefit allotment.
DATC residents and the DATC administrator or designated staff member acting as the authorized representative must report changes according to Food Stamp reporting requirements.
In addition, the DATC must provide the local FSD office, on a monthly basis, with a list of currently participating residents. The list must be certified by signature of the administrator or other responsible DATC official attesting to its accuracy.
The DATC is responsible for any over-issuances caused by misrepresentation or fraud committed in the certification of center residents and assumes total liability for Food Stamp benefits/EBT cards held by request of resident EU.
The FSD must conduct yearly on-site reviews of the drug and alcohol treatment centers (DATC). During the visits, the FSD must advise the center of its responsibilities to:
The DATC must be made aware they are liable for any overpayments made to residents while living at their facility as well as any intentional program violations committed by the authorized representative.
Discuss with the DATC their procedures for ensuring Food Stamp participants receive their EBT card when residents leave.
Copies of the DATC monthly listings and the annual review forms must be maintained in the FSD office for three years.
The center may be penalized or disqualified if it is determined administratively or judicially that food stamp benefits were misappropriated or used for purchases that did not contribute to a certified EU's meals. FNS must approve penalties and/or disqualification. FSD promptly notifies FNS when it has reason to believe the center is misusing food stamp benefits.
Approval to participate in the addict or alcoholic provisions is automatically withdrawn once funding under Part B of Title XIX is discontinued.
When the individual does not reside at the treatment center, but participates in a drug addiction or alcoholic treatment and rehabilitation program, complete a full investigation as for any other application except exempt the individual from work registration.