FAA6.B Work Requirements : 02 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Career Advancement Network (SNAP CAN)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Career Advancement Network (SNAP CAN)
Information on this page refers to the Nutrition Assistance program
This section describes the function and services the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Career Advancement Network (SNAP CAN) provides to help NA participants gain employment and training.
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The purpose of employment and training services for NA participants is to help participants gain all of the following:
Job skills and employment.
Self-sufficiency to move forward.
Independence and to reduce dependence on public benefits.
In Arizona, the Department of Economic Security (DES), Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS), and Workforce Development Administration (WDA) administer employment and training services through third-party partners called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Career Advancement Network (SNAP CAN).
SNAP CAN is a community-based, federal and state-funded voluntary work program. SNAP CAN participation is available only to NA participants 16 years of age or older.
Participation in the SNAP CAN is not required to receive NA benefits. SNAP CAN providers have the NA participants complete a Participant Acknowledgement that states participating in the SNAP CAN is voluntary.
SNAP CAN provides services meeting the employment and training needs of NA participants, including all the following:
A comprehensive initial assessment that collects information to help develop a plan for success, including all of the following:
Career and education history and goals
Skills – interpersonal, critical thinking, and communication
Abilities and interests
Family obligations
Other job-related issues
An Employment Plan that involves development and execution by the participants and SNAP CAN case managers.
Case Management helps NA participants navigate and identify barriers and challenges to obtaining and retaining employment. SNAP CAN case managers guide, motivate, and support participants by monitoring their needs and progress.
SNAP CAN provides all of the following types of employment and training components:
Supervised job search
Identifying employment opportunities
Applying for employment
Attending job fairs
Job readiness
Career exploration and planning
Job search techniques
Resume preparation
Education
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
English as a Second Language (ESL)
High school equivalency (GED)
Community Service
Work Experience
Job retention
SNAP CAN Screening and Referral
FAA is required to screen each NA participant for a SNAP CAN referral at all of the following:
New NA applications
Renewal NA application
NA change reports
NOTE FAA attempts to contact the participant when a change report is received by mail, fax, or drop off in order to complete the SNAP CAN screening and referral, when a participant becomes a work registrant(g).
FAA screens all NA participants to determine whether a referral to SNAP CAN is appropriate. To determine when a referral to SNAP CAN is appropriate, FAA completes all of the following at the interview or when a change report is received:
Determines which participants are included in the NA benefits calculation.
Explains the assistance and services offered by SNAP CAN.
To determine whether a participant is appropriate to refer to SNAP CAN is based on the participant’s statement to both of the following questions:
Would any of the assistance offered by SNAP CAN help to reduce any barriers you have to participate in the program or gaining employment?
Would any of the services offered by SNAP CAN meet your needs now or in the future?
When a participant in the budgetary unit answers no to either question, they are not appropriate to refer to SNAP CAN. FAA advises the participant that a referral is not made to SNAP CAN and provides the participant with information about the Arizona at Work website. For more information about Arizona at Work, see the [email protected] website.
When a participant in the budgetary unit answers yes to both questions and is age 16 or older, they are appropriate to refer to SNAP CAN.
NOTE When the participant is in one of the following programs they are not referred to SNAP CAN:
CA Jobs
Tribal Native Employment Works (NEW)
Tribal TANF Employment Program
Refugee Resettlement
During the interview, FAA completes all of the following, as appropriate:
Provides the PI or authorized representative with the SNAP CAN contact.
Explains that eligible NA participants can contact any SNAP CAN provider to request employment and training services.
Explains that FAA sends a notice with information about the NA Work Requirements and SNAP CAN contact information when benefits are approved.
FAA informs the participant of all the following at each interview:
DERS and WDA may send the participant outreach material for job fairs and employment resources.
To receive employment and training services, a participant has to contact a SNAP CAN provider.
A participant can find SNAP CAN providers on the DES Website. See Becoming a SNAP CAN Participant for complete information, a list of SNAP CAN providers, locations, and contact information.
NA participants who meet both of the following cannot participate in SNAP CAN:
Disqualified NA participants. (See Disqualified Participants to see who is considered disqualified from benefits and the reasons why.)
NA nonparticipants unless the person is receiving NA in another case.
SNAP CAN Reimbursements
All SNAP CAN participants are entitled to a participant allowance. A reimbursement can be for past or future costs incurred by the participant for expenses necessary to participate in SNAP CAN.
SNAP CAN providers are responsible for authorizing and paying participant allowances based on all of following:
Allowances are for transportation and other expenses.
Allowance amount is paid for each employment and training participation period of four weeks
SNAP CAN providers determine eligibility for the allowance based on the type of services available from the SNAP CAN provider.
NOTE The allowances are not countable as income for NA eligibility.
SNAP CAN Provider Determination
The SNAP CAN provider ensures the SNAP CAN participant meets their employment and training goals. When the provider determines that the participant is enrolled in an Employment and Training component that is no longer suitable for the participant, the provider completes a determination. This process is known as a Provider Determination.
The SNAP CAN provider notifies FAA of the provider determination. The provider sends the completed Provider Determination (FAA-1828A) form to FAA within 10 calendar days(g). The provider uses the FAA-1828A to document all of the following information:
The reason the SNAP CAN participant is not suitable for the component.
The information or documentation that led to the decision or that supports the decision.
The recommended next steps for the participant.
NOTE The SNAP CAN provider may enroll the participant in a more suitable component or service within their organization without notifying FAA.
When a participant reports a change in circumstances or requests FAA to review the Provider Determination form sooner than the next renewal interview, FAA completes all of the following:
Determines whether the participant’s NA Work Requirement Exemption needs to be updated.
Screens the participant to determine whether a referral to SNAP CAN is appropriate.
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last revised 12/27/2022