Families may choose to “opt out” of the cash portion of MFIP to avoid using up their 60 months of lifetime eligibility for MFIP cash benefits. These families still receive the food portion of MFIP and can return to receiving cash benefits if necessary.
Families who receive the food portion of MFIP only are still considered MFIP recipients and continue to be eligible for child care assistance under the MFIP/DWP subprogram.
In a two-parent household when one parent is on MFIP and continues to meet the eligibility requirements for MFIP and the other parent is not included in the MFIP grant, they can still receive MFIP child care if the other parent meets BSF eligibility requirements. Examples of this include when one parent receives SSI or when one parent has been disqualified from MFIP for fraud.
See Chapter 4.6.6 (Authorized activities outside an Employment Plan) and Chapter 4.3.12 (Basic Sliding Fee (BSF)) for further information about BSF program eligibility requirements.
In a one-parent household, do not approve MFIP child care if the parent has been disqualified from MFIP and there is a child only MFIP grant. In a two-parent household, do not approve MFIP child care assistance under the MFIP/DWP subprogram for families when both parents have been disqualified from MFIP due to MFIP fraud.
When all parents in the MFIP household have been fraud disqualified, assess eligibility for the Basic Sliding Fee (BSF) sub-program:
· If BSF funds are not available, the family is subject to the BSF waiting list.
· If funds are available, approve child care assistance for authorized activities if all BSF eligibility requirements are met
If the family includes two parents and only one parent has been disqualified for MFIP fraud, you may still authorize child care assistance under the MFIP/DWP subprogram if:
Minnesota Statutes 119B.05
Minnesota Statutes 119B.011
Minnesota Statutes 256J
Minnesota Rules 3400.0080