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4.3.3.9 MFIP Sanctions

ISSUE DATE: 04/2018

Agencies apply Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) sanctions when participants do not cooperate with financial services orientation, Employment Services or with Child Support enforcement. Sanctioned participants are NOT removed from the MFIP assistance unit but the amount of the MFIP grant is reduced.

Whether the participant continues to be eligible for child care assistance depends on the type of non-cooperation and participation in authorized activities.

See Chapter 4.6.6 (Authorized activities outside an Employment Plan ) for information about authorizing MFIP child care for activities outside of an Employment Plan.

Non-cooperation with child support

During the 12 month eligibility period, if an MFIP sanction is imposed for failure to cooperate with child support, the family can continue receiving child care. If the MFIP case closes due to repeated sanctions, the family can continue receiving child care underTransition Year (TY) if they received MFIP for three of the last six months. For families not receiving MFIP for three of the last six months, assess eligibility for Basic Sliding Fee (BSF). Families do not need to meet TY or BSF minimum activity requirements until their next redetermination.

The family must cooperate with child support at redetermination to continue receiving child care assistance.

Non-cooperation with Employment Services (ES)

Eligibility for MFIP child care continues as long as the caregiver remains eligible for MFIP. Authorization of care depends on a variety of factors.

In general, do not approve an adverse action until the participant has actually been sanctioned. This does not happen until after the Notice of Intent to Sanction phase. Notification that the participant has been sanctioned should come from the job counselor, not the financial worker.

Whether a change in activity participation will impact a family’s case depends on their reporting type. See Chapter 8.3.6 (Reporting types) for more information about determining a family’s reporting type.

12 month reporters

In general, child care hours cannot be reduced during a family’s 12 month eligibility period for families that are 12 Month Reporters.

If sanctioned due to non-compliance with some but not all activities in the Employment Plan:

  • · Do not decrease authorization as long as the client is still participating in some part of their Employment Plan activities or employment outside of an Employment Plan.
  • If sanctioned due to non-compliance with all activities in the Employment Plan:

  • · If participating for any number of hours in activities in the Employment Plan, continue to authorize care at the same level until redetermination.
  • · If participating in employment outside of an Employment Plan, continue to authorize care at the same level until redetermination.
  • · If not participating in employment outside of an Employment Plan, put the client into Extended Eligibility. Care should continue at the same level for up to 3 months or until next redetermination, whichever occurs first. See Chapter 9.15.6 (Extended Eligibility) for more information.
  • Schedule reporters

    Schedule reporters must have their child care hours authorized based on their verified activity schedule.

    If sanctioned due to non-compliance with some but not all activities in the Employment Plan:

  • · Determine if the authorization should be decreased based on the activity schedule for the activities the client is still participating in. If a decrease is needed, decrease hours following a 15 day notice.
  • · Do not end care or put the client into Extended Eligibility if the client is still participating in some part of their Employment Plan activities or employment outside of an Employment Plan.
  • If sanctioned due to non-compliance with all activities in the Employment Plan:

  • · If participating for any number of hours in activites in the Employment Plan, continue to authorize care based on those activities until redetermination. Determine if the authorization should be decreased based on the activity schedule for the activities the client is still participating in.
  • · If participating in employment outside of an Employment Plan, continue to authorize care based on those activities until redetermination. Determine if the authorization should be decreased based on the activity schedule for the activities the client is still participating in.
  • · If not participating in employment outside of an Employment Plan put the client into Extended Eligibility. Care should continue at the same level for up to 3 months or until next redetermination, whichever occurs first. See Chapter 9.15.6 (Extended Eligibility) for more information.
  • MFIP cases closed due to seventh sanction

    If an MFIP case closes due to the seventh sanction occurrence, the family is no longer eligible for MFIP child care. When a family loses eligibility for MFIP child care due to a seventh sanction occurrence, assess a family’s eligibility for TY. If the family received MFIP for three of the last six months, the family is eligible for TY. The family does not need to meet minimum activity requirements. See Chapter 4.6.6 (Authorized activities outside an Employment Plan).

  • · If the family is participating in an eligible TY activity, even if they are not meeting minimum activity requirements, continue the family’s authorization until their next redetermination.
  • · If the family is not participating in an eligible TY activity or activity participation unknown, put the client into Extended Eligibility. Care should continue at the same level for up to three months or until the family’s next redetermination. See Chapter 9.15.6 (Extended Eligibility) for more information.
  • If the family has not received MFIP for three of the last six months, the family is not eligible for TY. Assess eligibility for BSF. See Chapter 4.3.6 (Transition Year (TY)) and Chapter 4.3.12 (Basic Sliding Fee (BSF)).

  • · If the family is participating in an eligible BSF activity, even if they are not meeting minimum activity requirements, continue the family’s authorization until their next redetermination.
  • · If the family is not participating in an eligible BSF activity or activity participation is unknown, put the client into Extended Eligibility. Care should continue at the same level for up to three months or until the family’s next redetermination.
  • Legal authority

    Minnesota Statutes 119B.011 to 119B.24
    Minnesota Statutes 256J

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