DFCS must give sufficient prior notice before food stamp benefits expire

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by: Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 0000000 , Decision Date: July 25, 2023 
Attachment: Click here to download the decision. 

The Court reversed the Department of Family and Children Services’ (DFCS) decision to close a food stamp recipient’s case because there was no evidence that the agency provided sufficient prior notice that the benefits were going to expire. Further, DFCS’ claims that the recipient failed to cooperate with the reapplication process were not supported, because the alleged missing document—a job separation notice— was not explicitly requested in the verification checklist.

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