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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Description:

SNAP, a program of the US Department of Agriculture, is provided to insure that the nutritional needs of income eligible persons are met.

Eligibility Criteria:

Meet program requirements and income/resource guidelines. Persons may qualify for SNAP if they:

  • Work and receive low wages
  • Have little or no income
  • Are elderly or disabled
  • Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Public Assistance (PA)

Referral Procedure:

File an application with the Department of Social Services.

Client Fees: None

FAQs:

Q. Does the client have to apply for SNAP in person?
A. No. Applications may be filed by mail or another person can be authorized to act as "Authorized Representative."

Q. How long will it take to receive SNAP benefits?
A. It may take up to 30 days from the date the application is filed.

Q. Are there any provisions for emergencies?
A. Yes, an applicant may receive Expedited benefits within 5 calendar days if sh/she is SNAP eligible and:

  • The household has less than $100 in cash and other available resources and has or will have less than $150 in gross income during the application month
  • Income and available resources are less than rent or mortgage, plus heat, utilities, and phone
  • Homeless
  • Migrant or seasonal farm worker

School Intervention Program

Child Preventive Services and the SIP Program provide supportive assessment and referral services to Prevent the placement of a child into foster care ,Return a child currently in foster care to his/her parents sooner than would otherwise be possible and to Prevent the re-placement of a child into foster care

Child Protective Services

Each county in New York State has a Child Protective Services (CPS) Unit, which investigates reports of suspected child abuse and neglect received from the New York State Child Abuse and Maltreatment Register (Hotline) located in Albany.

Child Support Services

The Child Support program provides custodial parents with assistance in obtaining financial support and medical insurance coverage for their children by locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support orders and collecting and distributing support payments.

Foster Care

Foster Care is provided to children under the age of 18 who are in need of an alternate living arrangement.

Home Energy Assistance Program

In an effort to help income eligible individuals cope with higher fuel bills of winter, NYS participates in the Federal funded "Home Energy Assistance Program", commonly known as HEAP.

Indigent Burials

The Commissioner of Social Services is responsible for the burial of any Herkimer County resident that meets the criteria outlined in the Indigent Burial Policy adopted by the Herkimer County Legislature on September 11, 2019.

Managed Care

Herkimer County currently has a mandated Medicaid Managed Care program through three Medicaid Managed Care health plans.

Medicaid

Medical Assistance is help for people who cannot pay for all of their medical care.

Person in Need of Supervision (PINS) Diversion Program

The Family Support PINS Diversion Program began in February 2003 and is the point of entry for PINS Diversion services in Herkimer County. Services provided include a formal assessment, in home counseling, case management, family support, respite and mentoring for at-risk youth.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SNAP, a program of the US Department of Agriculture, is provided to insure that the nutritional needs of income eligible persons are met.

Temporary Assistance

Temporary Assistance is temporary help for needy adults and children. If an applicant is unable to work, can't find a job or his/her job does not pay enough, Temporary Assistance may be able to pay for some household expenses.

Adoption Services

Services range from assessing a child to securing an adoptive home, to assisting parent(s) under appropriate circumstances to surrender a child, to the recruitment and evaluation of prospective adoptive parents.

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services is a service provided to individuals who are 18 years of age or older, Unable to protect his/her own interests due to lack of awareness or incompetence, Incapacitated due to a physical or mental impairment , In danger of being harmed or threatened with harm , Have an unmet need such as failure to receive adequate food, shelter, or clothing, Have no one willing or able to assist responsibility

Alternatives in Long Term Care Program

The Alternatives in Long Term Care Program provides a central access point to long term home care services for all Herkimer County residents with chronic long-term home care needs.

Child Care Assistance (Day Care)

Day care assistance is an income eligible program available to assist working parents. The Day Care Unit keeps a current listing of registered day care homes in Herkimer County, which is available to the general public.

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Employment Assistance

The goal of the Employment Unit is to help applicants and recipients of Temporary Assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to achieve self-sufficiency.

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