Effective January 1, 2016, Florida will offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training (E&T) services to all Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) who are required to meet the work requirements. All who are eligible will be referred to the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) E&T program and will be required to participate in the qualifying components as a condition of receiving SNAP/Food Assistance benefits.
The mandatory program will focus on assisting you in meeting work participation requirements.
Components offered effective January 1, 2016 will include Workfare, Work Experience, Self-Initiated Work Experience, Education and Training, and services offered through programs available at the CareerSource Southwest Florida centers.
- Effective January 1, 2016, Florida will begin to offer employment and training qualifying components to all referred ABAWDs.
- The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will send Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, ages 18 – 49, a Notice of Mandatory Participation (NOMP) with instructions on how to engage in the program as a condition of receiving SNAP/Food Assistance benefits.
- If the participant does not respond to the notice (NOMP) within ten days, DEO will send the Department of Children and Families (DCF) a noncompliance record.
- DCF will inform participants, through a Notice of Adverse Action (NOAA), that they have a certain period of time to comply. This notice (NOAA) will contain information on how the ABAWD can comply.
- If the participant fails to engage with the program by a specific date, DCF will impose sanctions for failure to comply with program requirements.
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