AN ACT TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FELONY OFFENSES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP).
Amends GS 108A-25.2 to distinguish eligibility under the Work First Program and food and nutrition services program for individuals convicted of drug offenses. Expands food and nutrition services program eligibility to include individuals convicted of any controlled substance felony offenses. Eliminates the current six month waiting periods and required treatment for individuals convicted of Class H or I controlled substance felony offenses to be eligible to participate in the food and nutrition services program. Instead, allows for immediate participation if the individual has been released from custody or is satisfactorily serving a probation sentence and the individual is enrolled in a substance abuse treatment program, with services beginning upon proof of enrollment in a substance abuse treatment program. Also requires the individual to show proof of completion to maintain benefits, with failure to show proof of completion resulting in suspension or discontinuation of the benefits until proof of successful completion can be provided, consistent with federal law. Applies to felony offenses committed on or after January 1, 2022.
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