ACIN I-14-14: Work Incentive Nutritional Supplement (WINS) Food Supplement (3/28/14)

Information and instructions regarding the WINS program and its designated aid codes.  WINS is a food benefit which applies to CalFresh only Non-Assistance households, which are not getting CalWORKs, but who who meet the qualifications for TANF work participation hours through work, and…

ACL 14-26: CalWORKs And CalFresh Programs: Revised ‘Request For Verification’ Form (CW 2200) (3/14/14)

Since it “has come to CDSS’ attention that there are various forms” that the counties are using to request verification of client information, DSS has revised the recommended form previously issued, and mandated the use of the new form.  Counties must…

Public Comment Period on Regulation Packages

Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) in the CalWORKs Program, ORD No. 0513-04 The public comment period for this package closed on September 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Hospice Care, Terminally Ill Persons, ORD No. 0713-07 The public comment…

ACL 14-20: CalFresh Waiver To Waive Interview Scheduling Requirements (2/27/14)

Instructions on the implementation of the latest FNS waiver: the two-year waiver permits “on-demand” telephone interviews at initial application and at recertification.  Counties have the option of implementing this, but if the county opts in, then “on-demand” will be the default process…

ACIN I-15-14: EBT Updates (2/28/14)

CDSS is passing on updated EBT materials about access to surcharge-free locations and anti-trafficking/scam alerts. (And a reminder that CalFresh benefits use can never be subject to a surcharge.)  Plus, there is a cool new pilot that started in February that…

ACIN I-01-14: CalWORKs) and CalFresh: New “Reminder Letter” For Clients Who Submit An Incomplete SAR 7 (1/17/14)

This ACIN transmits a new “reminder letter” for the CalWORKs and CalFresh programs. Client currently get an “X” or “Y” (NA 960) notices if they do not turn in their SAR 7 by the 11th of the month, or the SAR…

ACIN I-01-14: CalWORKs and CalFresh: New “Reminder Letter” For Clients Who Submit An Incomplete Semi-Annual Status Report (1/17/14)

Finally, a “recommended” resolution to the problem of when someone gets a notice of an incomplete or late SAR 7, and turns something in, thinking all’s good…but the submission is incomplete. This Notice transmits a new SAR 90 form, which…

ACL 13-108: Implementation Of Assembly Bill 191 – CalFresh Categorical Eligibility For Medi-Cal ( 12/31/2013)

Ringing out the old year, DSS rolls out a new CalFresh Categorical eligibility group, to help provide food benefits.  AB 191 covers any household that includes a member who receives, or is eligible to receive, Medi-Cal, with a 200& Federal…

ACL 13-107: Changes To The CalFresh Employment And Training Program With The Passage Of Senate Bill 134 (12/30/13)

SB 134 adds to the existing E&T deferrals those work registrants who are veterans that have been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.  In addition to the regular rules (cannot be assigned Mandatory E&T, but can volunteer), Counties are…

ACL 13-104: Implementation Of Assembly Bill (AB) 309 Regarding Homeless Youth In The CalFresh Program (12/20/13)

Implementing the law, and clearing up any confusion about homeless youth’s eligibility for CalFresh.  The counties must accept the application for benefits, screen for whether the youth can be in his/her own CalFresh household, and whether eligible for expedited services….