B-490, Determining Whether an Individual Who Resides in a Facility  Is Institutionalized

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Revision 18-2; Effective April 1, 2018

SNAP

Individuals residing in institutions that are not approved may be potentially eligible for SNAP only if the individual is not considered institutionalized. Approved institutions are defined in A-116.2, Applications from Residents of a Homeless Shelter; B-440, Drug and Alcohol Treatment (D&A)/Group Living Arrangement (GLA) Facilities; and B-450, Residents in Family Violence Shelters.

Additionally, individuals who reside together and receive residential services from nonprofit organizations or for-profit providers who contract with HHSC to provide residential services may participate in SNAP only if the individual is not considered institutionalized.

Provider staff may:

  • manage an individual's personal funds at the request of the individual; or
  • be the payee on the resident's SSI benefit check.

If the individual requests the provider staff to manage the individual's personal account, the staff must maintain a financial account for the individual and a separate detailed record of all deposits and expenditures for each individual.

Provider staff may not commingle the individual's personal funds with the provider's funds.

For individuals residing in a facility or receiving residential services, staff must determine whether an individual is institutionalized for SNAP eligibility following the steps below:

Step Yes No
  1. Does the individual do their own shopping and meal preparation for more than 50 percent of their meals, or do the facility staff manage the individual's personal account (which can include SNAP benefits) and use those funds to purchase a majority of the individual's meals and prepare them for the individual?
The individual is not considered institutionalized.  The individual is eligible for SNAP if all other SNAP eligibility requirements are met. Go to Step 3. Go to Step 2.
  1. Does the facility :
  • contract with HHSC to furnish a majority of the individual's meals along with other services;
  • provide a majority of the individual's meals from food purchased with money other than the individual's funds; or
  • charge the individual a standard fee for a majority of the individual's meals?
The individual is considered "institutionalized" for purposes of SNAP eligibility since the contractor is providing a majority of meals for the individual. The individual can only qualify if the individual meets the requirements for a resident of a nonprofit GLA in B-442, Residents of Group Living Arrangement (GLA) Facilities. The individual is not considered institutionalized. The individual is eligible for SNAP if all other SNAP eligibility requirements are met. Go to Step 3.
  1. Does the individual purchase and prepare their meals separately from others (including situations in which an attendant purchases food for the individual with the individual's money and prepares the individual's meals separately from other individuals), or does the individual intend to purchase and prepare separately after certification for SNAP?
The individual can apply as a one-person household following regular policy. Individuals who purchase or prepare their food together must be included together on the SNAP application. HHSC determines eligibility for all those purchasing or preparing together following policy in A-210, General Policy. Example: The facility uses each individual's personal funds to purchase groceries and then prepare meals for all individuals together. In this example, those individuals must be included together for SNAP.

 

Verify and document the answers to the questions in the chart. If the individual designates provider staff as the AR and the AR states the attendant purchases meals/food using the individual's funds, the AR must provide a copy of the detailed record of deposits and expenditures for those individuals.

 

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B—491 Documentation Requirements

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

SNAP

For households receiving residential assistance, responses to the questions in B-490, Determining Whether an Individual Who Receives Residential Assistance Is Institutionalized, must be documented.