IM-25 03/22/99 IM-102 FOOD STAMP WORKSHEET AND INSTRUCTIONS
|IM-102 FOOD STAMP WORKSHEET
FORMS MANUAL REVISION #8: IM-102 and INSTRUCTIONS, PAGES 1-13
|In order to streamline the application
process and to increase payment accuracy in the state of Missouri the IM-102,
Food Stamp Worksheet (A) and IM- 102 FBCA Worksheet are combined and revised.
The revision is designed to eliminate duplication of information and assist
staff in the analysis of data. Staff are encouraged to have the revised
IM-102 form available and begin completing the form during the food stamp
interview. The revised form provides guidance for topics to be discussed
during the interview.
We thank staff from Adair, Boone, Buchanan, Dent, Gasconade, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Ozark, Pike, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Taney, Vernon and Wayne counties who participated in the IM-102 form pilot. Your feedback provided valuable information for completion of this project.
In our effort to reduce duplication of information, we recommended removing the budget columns on the Food Stamp Worksheet. Feedback from staff is that completion of the columns is helpful for accuracy in data entry particularly when interruptions occur. Therefore, the columns are included on the revised worksheet. Completion of the budget columns is optional.
The goal in making use of the columns optional is to support staff's movement toward computer based processing of food stamp applications. All levels of staff are encouraged to support elimination of entries in the budget columns which are subsequently repeated by making the same entry in FBCA.
A new section entitled "Anticipating Income" is added to the form. The purpose of this section is to provide readily available guidance to staff as earned income budgeting decisions are made. Review this information on every application containing earned income.
This guidance, along with the questions outlined in the earned income section on page 3, support staff's analysis of earned income. Staff are not to merely list all available wage information in the columns on page 3. Staff are to evaluate all wage information and determine which wage information provides the best projection of income for the certification period. The goal is to achieve improved payment accuracy in budgeting earned income.
Other changes to the IM-102 Food Stamp Worksheet include:
The form instructions for the IM-102 Food Stamp Worksheet are revised. The IMNL references are included to assist staff in locating policy for a point of eligibility. Use of the letter "F" in the instructions indicates a form entry is required. Use of the letter "C" in the instructions indicates a computer entry is required. If both "C" and "F" appear, completion of both actions is required.
ORDERING A SUPPLY OF THE IM-102 FOOD STAMP WORKSHEET
The revised IM-102 Food Stamp Worksheet is being printed and the supply will be sent to the warehouse. Order the new IM-102 Food Stamp Worksheet from the warehouse using normal procedures. Upon receipt of a supply of the IM-102 Food Stamp Worksheet with a revision date of 03/99, destroy all copies and instructions for the IM-102, Food Stamp Worksheet (A) dated 06/97, the IM-102 FBCA Worksheet dated 12/97, and all pilot versions of the IM-102 and FBCA.
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