The Texas ELMS software system, formerly known as DCDV (Direct Certification/Direct Verification), is now available to assist our partners in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Texas ELMS is the Texas Eligibility List Management System and it streamlines the process of matching enrollment records with the students in households receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or some types of Medicaid. These students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals based on their household's participation in the programs.
Texas schools are required to complete the matching process and most are already doing great work using the new system. These schools are finding that Texas ELMS improves the accuracy of eligibility certifications and creates additional efficiencies. Partners must also work to certify other groups of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals who cannot be identified in Texas ELMS. Also, schools must not use the eligibility information for any purposes other than school nutrition.
More information concerning the direct certification, direct verification process can be found below.