CM Updates

Manual Updates:

 12/28/17 Updated CM 719 for clarification purposes.
 12/15/17 Added the Medical Handbook to CM 907 Medical Deductions and also under the "Trainings" section. 
 11/9/17 Updated CM 2104 Referral to Fraud & Recovery Unit for Potential Overpayment with current mailing procedures.
  •  CM 806:  Added "recreational (motorized)" under Vehicles-Licensed.
  •  CM 807:  Added "(motorized)" to recreational under Vehicles.
  •  Updated Table I:  SNAP Income Allotments and Deductions for FFY 2018 Effective 10/01/17-09/30/18.
  • Added instruction to Appendix 5 updating IRS match procedure to be completed by the SNAP/TANF Program Specialist.
 08/23/17Added note to CM 901 Treatment of Income table for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) & Social Security Disability (SSDS):  If the payee for the benefit is not in the household and not providing the benefit to the individual for which the benefit is intended, the appropriate code should be used in EPICS on UNIN with income of $0 in order for eligibility to be determined based on the net income limit.
7/31/17    CM 402S:  Updated to read:  When living in the same household, the parent, adult relative or court appointed guardian or custodian shall apply on behalf of an unemancipated minor parent. .
6/27/17            CM 1604:  Changed the C&A in the Table to DWS.
 5/23/17     CM 903:  Added link to verify corporations listed as LLC.
 05/11/17 Added "Cash on Hand" to Asset Table in CM 806.
 4/20/17 CM 404(E)(1)(a):  Replace "once an application of approved (date on notice of approval)" to "once an interview is conducted" to align with CM 1501(D) which was revised 01/19/16.
 4/20/17     CM 701(D) Examples 1 & 2 added to explain denying an application versus sanctioning an individual who does not comply with work requirements.
 04/20/17 Correct 907 SNAP Utility Deductions Chart & Examples 3, 7, & 8 to include LIEAP payment that exceeds $20 in the current month or immediately preceding 12 months.
 03/21/17        CM 806:  Updated Excluded Retirement Accounts & Added description of each at Retirement Accounts Excluded From Resources
 03/05/17         CM 806 Asset Table:  Added: Crowdfunded Sites (GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo).  Count the value of the funds available to the household at the time of interview.

CM 907(4)(e)(2):  Added link to TPQY Page 2 Example.
 03/03/17         907(I)(3)(g) Condominium and Home Owner Association fees when they are included in the mortgage payment (those fees billed separately would need to be evaluated on a case by case basis)
 03/01/17     1311(B) Replaced Restore benefits for a period of not more than 24 to 12 months
 03/01/17    Updated 708(M) Notices
 03/01/17  Updated Table II - Column D


Updated 904 Determining Best Estimate to reflect income calculation changes effective 01/20/17.

 Updated 506(A)(4) for changes effective 2/17/17.


POWER Updates CM 404, 501,503, 505, 507, 713-717, 719-720, 722, 1315-1316 and 1318.


Updated CM 907(A) Table I.


Updated Income Limit Tables - FFY 2017 SNAP Income Guidelines to reflect correct mileage rate of $0.535.


Updated CM 1303 to ebtEDGE and removed JPMorgan.  

CM 405(A)(2): Replaced (including the SUA) to (including the appropriate utility allowance: SUA, UOA, TOA).


CM 702 (B)(2) Age 16 or 17,who is

 a.  Not the head of the assistance  unit, or
 b.  Attending school, or
 c.  Enrolled in an employment training program at least half-time.


Notice Section:  Added hint headings to SNAP & POWER Denial & Closure Notices.


Section 905:  Clarifies the EPICS codes used to determine if household qualifies for a shelter supplied or shelter included grant amount.


CM 902  Require verification of closure of assets such as bank accounts, credit union accounts, stocks, bonds, etc. only if they were closed within 30 days from date of application/recertification.  If the client states they were closed more than 30 days before the date of application, verification shall not be requested.


Section 505  A student is not considered physically or mentally fit if they receive VA disability compensation – regardless of disability rating.  


Removed all references to POWER-SASFA. 


Section 405 updated with instructions for new expedite approval notices.


904(B)(2) Base the best estimate for earned income (i.e. wages) upon the verified income history of 30 days and not to exceed 60 days from the date of application when it is representative, and no changes are expected, to anticipate income for the benefit month(s).


POWER Periodic Reviews updates - Section 1601


Participants in WIOA, WIA and E&T programs that contain training meet training requirements to exempt from Work Registration and ABAWD provisions.  702(B)(9)(b)


Clarification: calculating shelter expenses for disabled persons living in group homes paying room and board. Appendix 1.


Clarification of Work Registration exemption for SSI applicants.  Section 702(B)(4)(e).


POWER updates to Glossary and Sections 401, 404, 1502, 1506, and 1507 for changes to be reported within ten (10) calendar days.


Added a new section, 610 Fleeing Felons/Probation or Parole Violators.


1501(D) Once the interview has been conducted, changes to be reported under Simplified Reporting.


Updated sections 506 regarding household composition and 1201 regarding a maximum 12 month certification period.


Added tab in left menu titled Training Materials, this tab has the Policy Clarifications and Trainings/Resources.


Updated Section 708 - ABAWD Requirements


Updated Section 404 M:  Added Foster Care Maintenance Payments are excluded from this requirement. A family will not be  required to pursue Foster Care Maintenance Payments even if they potentially could be eligible.


Added instructions on interpreting and navigating the UIB interface in ESY4. This was added to several sections involving UIB.  (click here for instructions on navigating and interpreting UIB in ESY4)


506(A)(1-5) Policy regarding who to include and not to include in a household has been updated. 


507  Deleted Treatment of Income Assets and Deductions of Excluded Individuals - Situation - Non cooperation with POWER/POWER-SASFA or Triabl TANF.

906  Updated the POWER Earned Income Disregard to $600.00/$1200.00.

100 - 1101   Updated the POWER Earned Income Disregard to $600.00/$1200.00.  Removed the SNAP sanction when a POWER sanction occurred. 


901 Clarification on the sale of plasma or blood. If the frequency and amount can be reasonably anticipated, it should be considered self-employment income.


Added updated Table II - July 1, 2015


1404(A)  Changed to indicate that an EPICS pend notice must be sent when requesting information.  The DFS 101 may also be used; however, if it is used, the DFS 301 must still be sent from EPICS


907(N)(4)(c): Changed wording on Medical Deductions to reflect that they must be prescribed by a licensed practitioner or other qualified health professional.


Updated Table II Column D.


Glossary updated.


405: Added example for process to be followed when expedited interview is missed.


 702(B): Added exemption due to receipt of UIB as it was erroneously left out in this version of the manual.


401(S): Changed wording  to "delay caused by". Added instructions on Denying SNAP Application on 30th Day .


Glossary added.