Toolkit: New York State Nutrition Improvement Project (NYSNIP)- Automatically Enrolling Eligible SSI Recipients Into SNAP
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) implemented the New York State Nutrition Improvement Project (NYSNIP) late in 2003. NYSNIP’s goal is to automatically enroll all of New York State’s SSI (Supplemental Security Income) live-alone recipients into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
For this population, no separate SNAP application, no interview, and no separate verification are needed; OTDA relies on information provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) through the State Data Exchange in order to generate a SNAP case. NYSNIP participants use their existing Medicaid benefit cards to access their SNAP benefits. Benefit amounts are standardized, and participants can receive SNAP benefits through NYSNIP for as long as 48 months.