Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [22 VAC 40 ‑ 601]
Restructure and rename program to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Action 2978
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory action changes all references to the Food Stamp Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and food stamp benefits to SNAP benefits. The U.S. Congress enacted legislation to rename the program and adoption of the name lessens potential confusion. 22 VAC 40-601-50 amends the regulation to address handling pending applications for the Food Stamp Program. Federal regulations allow states an option to either deny applications after 30 days if the local department of social services is unable to process the application, or to hold the application pending for an additional 30-day period. The Department of Social Services (DSS) would like to adopt the provision to deny an application after 30 days instead of holding it pending for an additional 30-day period before disposing of it. This process would require reopening denied applications if an applicant would subsequently supply needed information to determine eligibility and benefit level after the 30th day but before the 60th day following the application date. 22 VAC 40-601-60 amends the regulation to allow an extension of food stamp transitional benefits to state-funded public assistance programs. Transitional benefits are currently limited to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cases. This amendment would allow transitional food stamp benefits when state-funded programs close.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [001977]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
5040 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 07/08/2009.
5218 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/05/2010.
5549 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/01/2011.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Celestine Jackson  / Program Consultant
Address: Division of Benefit Programs
7 North 8th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7376    FAX: (804)726-7356    TDD: (800)828-1120