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ISSUE DATE: 10/2017

Agencies apply Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) sanctions when participants do not cooperate with 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.

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 through Transition Year (TY) or Basic Sliding Fee (BSF) child care until their redetermination if they meet sub-program requirements.

The family must be cooperating 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. Child care should not be authorized for the non-compliant activities while the participant is in sanction unless the job counselor specifies that the client is working towards curing the sanction and care can continue. The date the sanction is imposed for MFIP is not necessarily the same as the date that the sanction affects the family’s CCAP benefits. See Chapter 16.1 (CCAP authorizations for clients with an EP).

For the first through sixth sanction occurrence, if the job counselor recommends taking an adverse action that may affect CCAP, determine if care can be authorized.

If the participant is sanctioned for an activity in their Employment Plan (EP) but is complying with another part of their EP, authorize child care for the hours of the compliant activity.

You may continue to authorize child care assistance for job search and/or employment, even in cases where the participant is sanctioned for not complying with these activities, when:

  • · The participant is seeking employment (up to 240 hours).
  • AND/OR
  • · The participant is working an average of 20 hours per week, or 10 hours per week if they are a full-time student, receiving at least the applicable minimum wage for all hours worked. The educational activity does not need to be approved in the Employment Plan for the 10 hour requirement to apply.
  • See Chapter (MFIP/DWP authorized activities) for information about authorizing MFIP Child Care for activities outside of an Employment Plan.

    Reauthorize child care for all authorized activities if a participant subsequently complies with their full Employment Plan effective that date of compliance.

    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 does not meet the eligibility requirements for TY, assess eligibility for BSF. See Chapter 4.3.6 (Transition Year (TY)) and Chapter 4.3.12 (Basic Sliding Fee (BSF)).

    Legal authority

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

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