The Ohio works now (OWN) program provides additional food assistance benefits to supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) assistance groups with minor children and employed parents to help offset the cost of being employed. The OWN food assistance benefit is part of the temporary assistance for needy families program (TANF) and therefore is subject to the requirements of Title IV-A of the "Social Security Act," 110 Stat. 2113 (1996), 42 U.S.C. 601.
(A) Who will receive the OWN food assistance benefit?
(1) Participation in the OWN program is determined automatically on a monthly basis based on data in the statewide automated eligibility system.
(2) For members of a SNAP assistance group to receive the OWN benefit, data in the statewide automated eligibility system must indicate the assistance group:
(a) Includes a minor child as defined in rule 5101:1-1-01 of the Administrative Code and the biological or adoptive parents of the minor child residing in the same household; or a pregnant woman with no other children who is at least in her sixth month of pregnancy; and
(b) At least one parent must be working thirty hours per week, with the exception of a single parent with a child under age six who is required to work twenty hours per week. Two-parent households are required to work a combined fifty-five hours per week with one parent working at least thirty hours per week.
(B) Who will not receive the OWN food assistance benefit?
(1) Any SNAP assistance group that includes a member that is also receiving OWF benefits in the month, including OWF benefits received pending a state hearing pursuant to rule 5101:6-4-01 of the Administrative Code;
(3) Any SNAP assistance group that no longer meets the criteria described in paragraph (A)(2) of this rule.
(C) How are OWN food assistance benefits issued?
(1) OWN food assistance benefits will be issued to eligible assistance groups on their existing SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card.
(2) OWN food assistance benefits shall be used pursuant to rule 5101:4-1-04 of the Administrative Code.
(D) Are OWN benefits subject to OWF and SNAP requirements?
(1) A family in receipt of OWN food assistance benefits is not subject to OWF requirements, including, but not limited to:
(3) The OWN food assistance benefit shall not be considered in the SNAP income eligibility determination and allotment amount.
(E) How are the amount and duration of the OWN benefit determined?
(1) The amount of OWN food assistance benefits to be issued will be determined by the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) and will be the same amount for each eligible SNAP assistance group. The monthly amount of OWN food assistance will be described in an ODJFS cash assistance action change transmittal letter that will be distributed to all county agencies.
(2) No more than one OWN food assistance benefit may be issued to a SNAP assistance group per month.
(3) In order to confine OWN expenditures to appropriated state funds, the director of ODJFS, or his designee, may issue an order at any time suspending the program or reducing the benefit amount. The order will be distributed to all county agencies on the same day and will remain in effect until rescinded.
(F) What is the county agency's responsibility in the case of erroneous payments or fraud?
Cash, check, money order and credit or debit cards are acceptable forms of repayment; however, when a county agency does not have the capability to accept credit or debit cards it does not have to accept this form of repayment.
(2) OWN food assistance benefits shall not be used to repay a claim of erroneous payment or overpayment for any public assistance program.
Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 5101:1-2-50