Oregon Department of Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs

Rule Rule 461-115-0450
Periodic Redeterminations; SNAP

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 the end of the TBA period if the client becomes eligible for transitional benefits (see OAR 461-135-0506 (Transitional Benefit Alternative (TBA) in the SNAP Program)). If eligibility for TBA ends early, the certification period is changed to end on the last day of the month.


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.


The report system changes from CRS to SRS.


A certification period of 24 months may be assigned for a filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370 (Filing Group; SNAP)) in which all adult (see OAR 461-001-0015 (Definitions; SNAP)) members are elderly or have a disability (see OAR 461-001-0015 (Definitions; SNAP)) if the case is placed in SRS and the filing group does not receive any earned income. Any filing group assigned to a 24-month certification period in SRS which starts receiving earned income is to be converted to CRS.


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.


If the client fails to file an application for recertification during a certification period, SNAP benefits for the first month of the following certification period are prorated in accordance with OAR 461-180-0080 (Effective Dates; Initial Month SNAP Benefits).


Once assigned, the certification period may not be shortened.

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Jun. 8, 2021