The purpose of the Minnesota Investment Program (MFIP) is to provide temporary assistance to support families to become economically stable. Eligibility is limited to 60 months in a lifetime, with some exceptions. The MFIP grant includes both a cash and food portion by combining federal or state family cash assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It is the cash portion of the grant which is time-limited. Families receiving MFIP financial benefits are eligible to receive child care assistance through the MFIP/DWP child care assistance subprogram.
Parents on MFIP work with a job counselor to develop an Employment Plan. Parents can receive MFIP/DWP child care assistance to participate in the activities within the Employment Plan. See Chapter 4.6.3 (Authorized activities within an Employment Plan). There are some allowed authorized activities that a parent can receive MFIP/DWP child care assistance for that are outside an Employment Plan. See Chapter 4.6.6 (Authorized activities outside an Employment Plan).
Eligibility for MFIP child care assistance can be affected when:
· Families opt of the cash portion of the MFIP grant
· The family is disqualified from MFIP due to fraud
· A parent receives an extension of MFIP benefits past the 60 month lifetime limit.
See Chapter 18.104.22.168 (MFIP special circumstances) to determine how these special circumstances affect child care assistance eligibility.
Minnesota Statute 119B.05
Minnesota Rule 3400.0080