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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
Chapters
Updates
Policy Interpretations
Information Notices
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pdf Index
CalFresh Handbook Updates
pdf Update 14-05: Adding or Deleting a Person (Chapter 13)
pdf Update 14-04: Erratum to CalFresh Update #2013-6
pdf Update 14-03: New "Reminder Letter" for Incomplete Semi-Annual Reports (SAR 90)
pdf Update 14-02: Verification of Dependent Care Expenses in CalFresh
pdf Update 14-01: CalFresh Categorical Eligibility for Medi-Cal
pdf Update 13-17: Revised SAWS Application Forms
pdf Update 13-16: CalFresh Administrative Error Overissuances
pdf Update 13-16: CalFresh Administrative Error Overissuances
pdf Update 13-15: Intercounty Transfer (ICT)
pdf Update 13-14: Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) Questions and Answers (Q&As)
pdf Update 13-13: Transitional CalFresh Eligibility Exclusions
pdf Update 13-12: Implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 402
pdf Update 13-11: Homeless Youth
pdf Update 13-10: Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Statewide Waiver for FFY 2014
pdf Update 13-09: New and Revised Forms for the Semi-Annual Reporting System
pdf Update 13-08: Clarification to CalFresh Update 2012-17 Modified Categorical Eligibility
pdf Update 13-07: Waiving The Recertification Interview for Non-Assistance Elderly or Disabled Households with No Earnings
pdf Update 13-06: Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) Implementation
pdf Update 13-05: Erratum to CalFresh Update 2011-05 Sponsor Deeming, Indigent Noncitizen Determination & Sponsor Income Verification
pdf Update 13-04: Overview of Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR)
pdf Update 13-03: Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)/Heat and Eat Program for Homeless Households
pdf Update 13-02: The Annual Reporting/Child Only (AR/CO) System Questions and Answers
pdf Update 13-01: Regulation Changes on Expedited Service (ES)
pdf Update 12-17: Clarification of CalFresh Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE)
pdf Update 12-16: Implementation of the Heat and Eat Program for CalFresh (LIHEAP)
pdf Update 12-15: Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Recipients in Suspended Status and Eligibility to CalFresh
pdf Update 12-14: Households with an Elderly/Disabled Member as Change Reporting Households
pdf Update 12-13: Annual Reporting/Child Only (AR/CO) System
pdf Update 12-12: Verification Requirements
pdf Update 12-11: Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)Statewide Waiver for FFY 2013
pdf Update 12-10: Restoration of Eligibility and Benefits for CalFresh
pdf Update 12-09: Subject: Lopez vs. Wagner Settlement Agreement- Intentional Program Violations
pdf Update 12-08: CalFresh Trafficking Violations
pdf Update 12-07: Expedited Services (ES) Policies and Procedures
pdf Update 12-06: CalFresh Application Process for Foster Youth
pdf Update 12-05: Restaurant Meals Program (RMP)
pdf Update 12-04: Sanction Policy Period for Refusal to Cooperate in a Quality Control Review
pdf Update 12-02: Treatment of Refugee Reception and Placement (R&P) Income & Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Payments
pdf Update 12-01: Handbook Revision - Clarification of Non-Citizen Categories
pdf Update 11-15: Discontinuance of the Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System (SFIS) Requirement for the CalFresh Program
pdf Update 11-14: Transitional CalFresh Recertification Process
pdf Update 11-13: Restaurant Meals Program
pdf Update 11-12: Disaster CalFresh Program
pdf Update 11-11: Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)Statewide Waiver for FFY 2012
pdf Update 11-09: CalFresh Applications for Residents of Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Treatment Centers
pdf Update 11-08: CalFresh Regulation Questions and Answers (Q&As)
pdf Update 11-07: Implementation of Inter-County Transfer (ICT) for CalFresh
pdf Update 11-06: Clarification to Student Earnings
pdf Update 11-05: Sponsor Deeming, Indigent Noncitizen Determination & Sponsor Income Verification
pdf Update 11-04: "Food Stamp Work Registration" (SCD 1404) is Obsolete
pdf Update 11-03: Humanitarian Parole Policy for Certain Haitian Orphans
pdf Update 11-02: Expansion of Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE)
pdf Update 11-01: College Students
pdf Update 10-24: Elimination of CalFresh Sanctions for Noncompliance with Substitute Program Work Requirements
pdf Update 10-23: CalFresh Questions and Answers (Q&A)
pdf Update 10-22: Elimination of the Eight-Month Time Limit for Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrants
pdf Update 10-21: Treatment of Child Support Payment
pdf Update 10-20: Restoration of Eligibility and Benefits Waiver
pdf Update 10-19: Change Reporting Households
pdf Update 10-18: Errata to Update 2010-4, Food Stamp Questions & Answers (Q&As)
pdf Update 10-17: Waiver of the Face-to-Face Interview at Intake for Food Stamp Households
pdf Update 10-16: Statewide Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver
pdf Update 10-15: Cal Success Sunset Effective June 30, 2010
pdf Update 10-14: Informing the Homeless of Food Stamp (FS) Availability
pdf Update 10-13: Errata to Food Stamps Update 2009-12, Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE) for the Food Stamp Program (FSP)
pdf Update 10-12: Non-financial Overissuances
pdf Update 10-11: Whereabouts Unknown
pdf Update 10-10: Application Processing Time
pdf Update 10-09: Exclusion From Income and Resources/Payments to Certain Filipino World War II Veterans
pdf Update 10-08: Budgeting Expenses for Quarterly Reporting (QR) Households
pdf Update 10-07: Treatment of $25 Supplemental Unemployment Insurance Benefit
pdf Update 10-06: Combined Administrative and Inadvertent Household Error Overissuances
pdf Update 10-05: Cal Success
pdf Update 10-04: Food Stamp Questions and Answers (Q&As)
pdf Update 10-03: Institutions of Higher Education - 2009/10 School Year
pdf Update 10-02: Institutional Residents General Affidivit - Authorized Representative (SCD 101 AR)
pdf Update 10-01: Change Reporting (CT) Households - Verification Required When There is a Change
pdf Update 09-18: Food Stamp Outreach Applications
pdf Update 09-17: Claim Determination Worksheet (DFA 842)
pdf Update 09-16: Food Stamp Questions and Answers (Q & As)
pdf Update 09-15: Institutional Residents - Drug and Alcohol Facilities
pdf Update 09-14: Chapter 29 Changes - Institutional Residents
pdf Update 09-13: Food Stamp Application Process for Youth Who are "Aging-out" of Foster Care
pdf Update 09-12: Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE) for the Food Stamp Program (FSP)
pdf Update 09-11: Tax Preferred Retirement Accounts
pdf Update 09-10: Waiver of the Face-to-Face Interview at Recertification Questions (Q.) and Answers (A.)
pdf Update 09-09: Addendum, Clarification, Erratum to Update # 09-08
pdf Update 09-08: Expedited Services Triage Process
pdf Update 09-07: American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Stimulus Act of 2009)
pdf Update 09-06: Chapter 29 Changes - Institutional Residents
pdf Update 09-05: Waiver of the Face-to-Face Interview at Recertification
pdf Update 09-04: Recertifications for QR/PB Households
pdf Update 09-03: Parole for Cuban Medical Personnel in Third World Countries
pdf Update 09-02: Chapter 29 Changes - Institutional Residents
pdf Update 09-01: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers #2
pdf Update 08-19: Interview Requirements at Recertification
pdf Update 08-18: Special Immigrant Visas for Iraqi and Afghan Individuals
pdf Update 08-17: Institutions of Higher Education - 2008/09 School Year
pdf Update 08-16: Statewide Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver
pdf Update 08-15: Food Stamps Addendum, Clarification, Erratum to Food Stamp Update #08-12
pdf Update 08-14: 2009 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) COLA and Farm Bill Changes - Revised
pdf Update 08-13: Handbook Revisions
pdf Update 08-12: TFS Policy Change - Revised
pdf Update 08-11: Federal Minimum Wage Increase
pdf Update 08-10: Notice of Missed Interview (NOMI)
pdf Update 08-09: Combat Zone Pay
pdf Update 08-08: San Jose Mercury News Carriers´┐Ż Income
pdf Update 08-07: Self-Employment Clarification
pdf Update 08-06: Food Stamp Work Registration Training Questions and Answers
pdf Update 08-05: Changes to Resource Exclusion Rules
pdf Update 08-04: Final Rule on the Classification for Victims of Serious Crime (U Visa)
pdf Update 08-03: Abled Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver for 2008-2009
pdf Update 08-02: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers #1
pdf Update 08-01: Erratum to Food Stamp Update 2007-19
pdf Update 07-19: Social Security Number Requirements for Victims of Human Trafficking or Other Serious Crimes
pdf Update 07-18: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers #3
pdf Update 07-17: Application Availablility
pdf Update 07-16: Clarification of the $50 Child Support Disregard & 19-year old Earnings Exclusion
pdf Update 07-15: Required Information on the Overissuance Notice
pdf Update 07-14: Overissuance Claims - Revised
pdf Update 07-13: ABAWDs Questions and Answers
pdf Update 07-12: Work Study
pdf Update 07-11: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers #2
pdf Update 07-10: Simplification Options Questions & Answers
pdf Update 07-09: Military Pay
pdf Update 07-08: Sponsored Noncitizen Clarification
pdf Update 07-07: Food Stamps Program Questions & Answers
pdf Update 07-06: Civil Rights Data Collection - Revised
pdf Update 07-05: Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver Expiration
pdf Update 07-04: Drug Felony FRED Referrals
pdf Update 07-03: Non-Citizen Victims of Human Trafficking Domestic Violence and Other Serious Crimes
pdf Update 07-02: Clean-Up and Miscellaneous Changes
pdf Update 07-01: Food Stamp Outreach Applications (Revised 08/03/09)
pdf Update 06-08: Clean-Up and Miscellaneous Change #3
pdf Update 06-07: Clean-Up and Miscellaneous Change #2
pdf Update 06-06: Implementation of Food Stamp Simplification Options
pdf Update 06-05: Clean-Up and Miscellaneous Changes #1
pdf Update 06-04: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers
pdf Update 06-03: Abled Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver
pdf Update 06-02: Denial of Applications for Missed Interviews
pdf Update 06-01: H & R Block Food Stamp Outreach Project
pdf Update 05-03: Food Stamps for Drug Felons Questions & Answers
pdf Update 05-02: Drug Felony Bill
pdf Update 05-01: Voluntary Mid-quarter Report of Income Exceeding Gross Income Test Limit
pdf Update 04-24: Food Stamp Clarifications
pdf Update 04-23: Transitional Food Stamp (TFS) Benefits Questions & Answers #2
pdf Update 04-22: Treatment of the Medicare Prescription Drug Card Program
pdf Update 04-21: Forms/Notices Changes
pdf Update 04-20: Income and Shelter Deduction Changes
pdf Update 04-19: Quarterly Reporting/Prospective Budgeting (QR/PB) Q & A #1
pdf Update 04-18: Income Averaging Policy Change
pdf Update 04-17: Addendum/Clarification/Erratum to Food Stamp Update #04-13
pdf Update 04-16: Transitional Food Stamp (TFS) Benefits Questions & Answers #1
pdf Update 04-15: Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
pdf Update 04-14: Application Withdrawals
pdf Update 04-13: Quarterly Reporting/Prospective Budgeting (QR/PB) Implementation
pdf Update 04-12: New Medi-Cal Informing Notice for Food Stamp Recipients
pdf Update 04-11: Overview - Implementation of the Quarterly Reporting/Prospective Budgeting (QR/PB) System in the Food Stamp Program
pdf Update 04-10: Treatment of Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP) Benefits
pdf Update 04-09: Work Registration Requirement and ABAWD Regulation Changes
pdf Update 04-08: Face-to-Face Interview Requirement Exemption Screening
pdf Update 04-07: Overissuance Forms Revision
pdf Update 04-06: Clarification of Medical Expense Deduction
pdf Update 04-05: Individual Development Accounts
pdf Update 04-04: Qualifying Quarters
pdf Update 04-03: Handbook Clean-up
pdf Update 04-02: Transitional Food Stamp (TFS) Benefits
pdf Update 04-01: Vehicle Resource Exclusion
pdf Update 03-14: Final Rule on Budgeting Income & Reporting Changes
pdf Update 03-13: Intercounty Collection of Overissuances
pdf Update 03-12: Food Stamps Update 2003-12 AmeriCorps Payments
pdf Update 03-11: Institutions of Higher Education - 2003/04 School Year
pdf Update 03-10: Food Stamp Budgeting Clarifications
pdf Update 03-09: Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2004 Food Stamp COLA
pdf Update 03-08: Farm Bill - Noncitizen Changes - Final Phase
pdf Update 03-07: Food Stamp Clarifications
pdf Update 03-06: Clean-up of Chapter 37 (Institutional Residents)
pdf Update 03-05: Treatment of Household Composition During Military Deployment
pdf Update 03-04: Treatment of CalWORKs Special Need Diet Payments
pdf Update 03-03: Farm Bill - 2nd Phase & Miscellaneous Cleanup
pdf Update 03-02: Vehicle Valuation Questions and Answers
pdf Update 03-01: Vendor Payments
pdf Update 02-14: Food Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2002
pdf Update 02-13: Income & Budgeting Changes in the Food Stamp Program
pdf Update 02-12: Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2003 COLA
pdf Update 02-11: Institutions of Higher Education - 2002/03 School Year
pdf Update 02-10: Revision of the Food Stamp Application Forms and Process
pdf Update 02-09: Implementation of Approved PRWORA Regulations
pdf Update 02-08: Treatment of Child Support Arrearages in the Food Stamp Program
pdf Update 02-07: Revision of the "Quarter of Coverage History Report" Process Chart
pdf Update 02-06: Changes to Recipient Claim Establishment & Collection Standards
pdf Update 02-05: Food Stamp Work Requirements & Sanctions: Questions and Answers
pdf Update 02-04: "Child Citizenship Act of 2000" & 2002 Qualifying Quarters Information
pdf Update 02-03: 15% ABAWD Exemption
pdf Update 02-02: Food Stamp Clarifications
pdf Update 02-01: F/S Treatment of Persons Receiving Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program (SSI/SSP) Benefits
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.