In the SNAP program, the Department selects the certification period (see OAR 461-001-0000 (Definitions for Chapter 461)) and the redetermination date based on the client’s circumstances and according to the following considerations:
The length of the certification period depends on how far in advance the circumstances affecting the group’s eligibility can be predicted but may not exceed 12 months except as outlined in sections (2) and (4) of this rule.
The certification period may be extended beyond 12 months in each of the following situations:
To include the month after the client finishes working under a TANF JOBS Plus Agreement. If the agreement ends early, the certification period is changed to end on the original recertification date or on the last day of the month following the month in which the JOBS Plus agreement ends, whichever is later.
A certification period of less than 12 months may be extended before the certification period ends, not to exceed 12 months, in each of the following situations:
A one- or two-month certification period for expedited services when pending information is received, and eligibility and benefit level is determined based on the new information.
An application or a change report form is received and eligibility is reviewed.
For each benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750 (Benefit Group)) in which all members are included in a cash or medical program, eligibility for SNAP and the other program benefits is determined at the same time when practicable.
A client remains eligible for and continues to receive SNAP benefits on the normal issuance cycle if the application for recertification is filed with the Department and all required verification has been received by the Department:
Not later than the 15th day of the month in which the certification expires; or
In the case of a benefit group whose certification period is shorter than two months, not later than the 15th day after the Department provides notice that the certification period will expire.
A client who files an application for recertification is eligible for a SNAP allotment without proration only if the filing date (see OAR 461-115-0040 (Filing Date; REF, SNAP, TANF)) is before the prior certification period expires and:
The required interview is completed, and the Department receives the required verification, within 30 days after the client files the application for recertification; or
The interview or verification required by this rule would have occurred timely but for a delay caused by the Department.
The Department must deny the application for recertification in the event a client files a timely application for recertification but either fails to appear for a scheduled interview or fails to timely submit required verification.