When all members of an SNAP household are at least 65 years old or are SSI recipients and reside in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, or Washington counties, they receive their SNAP benefits through the SNAP "cash-out" (FSCO) program. Clients receiving FSCO must meet the same eligibility criteria as other SNAP participants. See 461-165-0082.
To receive their benefits using FSCO, each person in the filing group must be one of the following:
These FSCO benefits are cash benefits and, as such, may be used to purchase food and nonfood items and for cash withdrawals. Clients eligible for FSCO, cannot choose to receive SNAP coupons. When a client's status changes from FSCO to SNAP, the case manager must explain how this change will affect their benefits.
The FSCO benefits may be issued in one of three ways:
FSMIS has been modified to support the FSCO project. The computer program will use the case coding to determine if the client is age 65 or older and/or receiving SSI. The branch cost center is used to determine if the client lives in the FSCO area. There is no need to change the codes on FSMIS.
The two-character REL ATP code will be the same whether benefits are issued as EBT (cash) FSCO or EBT SNAP. The two-character Rel ATP code will start with a "D" if the case is direct deposit or "E" for EBT or Check.
To issue using EBT. Code the case the same as all other SNAP cases. The client must have an active EBT case and an EBT card. Normal ongoing issuances show up on FSUP page 3 with an "EG". See Computer Guide, Chapter X for a full explanation of EBT transactions.
To issue using Direct Deposit.The client must have an EBT case. The EBT case must have an "A"-active or "S"-sent/submitted code in the status field on EBCAS. When there is an active EBT case and an active enrollment record, the direct deposit enrollment flag (DD) on FSUP page 1 will be "Y". For normal monthly issuances, the Rel ATP code on FSUP page 3 will be DG.
The client must complete the Direct Deposit — A Safer, Easier Way to Put your Benefits in Your Account form (AFS 7262). Send the completed form to the CMU unit. The DD enrollment record is created (submission code 1) and a prenote is sent overnight to the bank. The enrollment record becomes active the next day.
Monthly issuances. During monthly processing, the system will check each SNAP cash-out case. If there is not a direct deposit account, the benefits will be sent to EBT.
Coding Initial/Exceptional Issuances. To issue initial benefits or any exceptional benefits (supplements, retroactive, etc.) through direct deposit, use "D" in the left-hand digit of the Rel-ATP. The client must have a direct deposit enrollment in active status (DD code is "Y") for you to use the "D" Rel-Code. See the Computer Guide, Section IV.C.82 for more information on Rel-ATP codes.
Direct Deposit Rejected. If the direct deposit could not be made, a notice is sent to DHS Accounting, which forwards the information to CMU. CMU will contact the local office. The local office must determine the appropriate action. If the client has an EBT card, they may use it to access their benefits. If the client cannot use EBT to access their benefits, the local office can cancel the EBT benefit and issue a revolving fund or special pay check. Use pay reason code 81-SNAP Cash-Out Replacement.
To issue using a Check. To issue using a check, the client's EBT case status must be changed to "T" on the EBCAS screen. Normal ongoing issuances show up on FSUP page 3 with a "CG". To issue initial benefits or any exceptional benefits (supplements, retroactive, etc.) by check, use "C" in the left-hand digit of the Rel-ATP. The client must have a "T" EBT case status for you to use the "C" Rel-Code.