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SSA Program Policy Handbooks:
Handbook CalWORKs
Handbook CAPI
Handbook CalWORKs Employment Services
Handbook Common-Place
Handbook CalFresh
Handbook Foster Care
Handbook General Assistance
Handbook Medi-Cal
CalFresh Handbook Sections
Policy Interpretations
Information Notices
pdf Table of Contents  
pdf Index
CalFresh Handbook Chapters
1. pdf Thrifty Food Plan and Income Test Limits
2. pdf Charts, Tables, and Miscellaneous
3. pdf Application
4. pdf Authorized Representative
5. pdf Social Security Number Requirements
6. pdf Verification
7. pdf Expedited Service (ES)
8. pdf Notice of Action (NOAs)
9. pdf Household Composition
10. pdf Excluded and Non-household Members
11. pdf Categorically Eligible (CE) Household
12. pdf Homeless Households
13. pdf Adding or Deleting a Person
14. pdf Residence, Citizenship and Immigration Status
15. pdf Resources [63-501]
16. pdf Certification Periods
17. pdf Recertification
18. pdf Income Tests
19. pdf Income Definitions and Exemptions
20. pdf Income Deductions
21. pdf Shelter Deductions
22. pdf Budgeting Concepts
23. pdf Change Reporting Requirements
24. pdf Semi-Annual Reporting Requirements
25. pdf SAR 7 Processing
26. pdf Supplemental Payments/Claims
27. pdf Work Registration
28. pdf Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDS)- Work Requirements
29. pdf Institutional Residents
30. pdf Students
31. pdf California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
32. pdf Emergency Food Stamp Assistance in Disaster
33. pdf Disaster Issuance Procedures
34. pdf Transitional CalFresh Benefits
35. pdf Issuance/EBT
36. pdf Inter County Transfer (ICT)
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Disclaimer: All County Letters (ACLs) issued from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and All County Welfare Director Letters (ACWDLs) issued from the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) provide State policy and direction to counties for categorical aid programs. The County of Santa Clara disseminates the information regarding the Federal, State and County policies via Program Handbooks. A handbook has been developed locally for each categorical aid that's administered by Social Services Agency - Department of Employment and BenefitsServices (DEBS); containing specific guidelines and procedures based on the ACLs and ACWDLs for that particular program. These policies and procedures are updated periodically to reflect State and County policy changes in conjunction with internal memorandums.