are several ITOs operating FDPs in Oklahoma.
Households or any member of a household participating in a FDP are not
eligible to participate in the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the same month.
(1) A household may elect to participate in
the FDP instead of SNAP when the household:
(A) includes at least one adult household
member of any Indian tribe; and
(B) lives within the boundaries of an ITO
location in a rural area or in a town with a population of less than 10,000
(2) A household may switch between the FDP
and SNAP as long as there is no dual participation for any member for the same
(3) To ensure dual participation does not
occur, exchange of client benefit information between ITO and DHS is needed.
(A) The worker is responsible for calling
the appropriate ITO when there are indications an applicant or recipient meets
FDP eligibility criteria, before approving or renewing food benefits.
(i) ITOs in Oklahoma are listed on DHS
Appendix D-4-C, Indian Food Distribution Programs.
(ii) When calling, the worker verifies if
the household currently receives FDP and if the household was certified since
the date of the last inquiry.
(iii) When an FDP case is open, the worker
must verify, by phone call to or written notice from the FDP office, that FDP
benefits are closed before certifying a household for food benefits.
(B) The FDP office contacts the county
office to determine if the household receives food benefits before approving
the household for a FDP. The worker
provides the ITO with information pertinent to participation in, or eligibility
for SNAP food benefits.
(4) When the worker discovers the household
received FDP benefits and SNAP food benefits for the same month or months, the
household is responsible for repaying the overpayment to DHS or the ITO. When the household was receiving FDP benefits
at the time of SNAP certification, it is a SNAP food benefit overpayment.
(5) When a client is disqualified from FDP
or SNAP, he or she is prohibited from receiving benefits from the other program
per Section 273.11(k) of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 § C.F.R. 273.11((k)).