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Assistance Program Descriptions


Ohio Works First (OWF)

The objective of the Ohio Works First Program is to assist people in becoming self sufficient and to take responsibility for the lives and well being of their family.  All families receiving Ohio Works First benefits have work requirements they must meet in order to receive those benefits.  All participants are evaluated to determine their employability. Participants not currently employed are required to take part in approved work activities. Adults with certain disabilities may be required to perform developmental or alternative work activities. 



SNAP is available to families and individuals to help supplement their ability to purchase food and improve their nutrition. Income and resource documentation must be provided to determine the level of food assistance the family or individual is eligible to receive. Benefits are issued electronically via the Ohio Direction Card which is accepted at most grocery stores across the state.  If you would like more information on the SNAP program and the eligibility criteria please click HERE.

Did you know you can now lock your EBT (SNAP) card when it is not in use?

  • This feature is to help Ohioans in securing their SNAP benefits and prevent SNAP benefits from being stolen.
  • You can access this feature through the ConnectEBT mobile app.
  • Cardholders should consider setting their card to a locked status until they are actively making a purchase with the EBT card.
  • Once the purchase is successful, the cardholder can then lock their card using the ConnectEBT mobile app.

If you would like more information on how to protect your benefits please watch the video located here.



Families and individuals must meet income and resource eligibility criteria to qualify for Medicaid Health coverage. For more detailed information about Medicaid, click here: HealthCheck and Healthy Start are Medicaid programs specifically for infants and children and can be used for preventative and diagnostic medical purposes. 


SNAP, Cash and Medicaid Workers are working remotely 

Geauga County Job and Family Services is informing Geauga residents that our SNAP, Cash and Medicaid eligibility workers are now working from home. Our calls may show up as “No Caller ID” or “Call Restricted” or something similar. This means if you get a call from us, it will not display “Geauga County JFS.” We are asking you to answer these calls as our workers may be returning your voice mail message or calling you for your phone interview.