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4.3.3.15 DWP Overview

ISSUE DATE: 09/2008

DWP is the Diversionary Work Program. It is a 4-month intensive program that focuses on immediate employment. All adults are considered job-seekers, and must develop an Employment Plan (EP) with a job counselor before any benefits are issued. DWP child care assistance is funded through MFIP child care assistance.

Because of the short duration of the program, and its intent to move people to employment as soon as possible, it is crucial to provide child care assistance as quickly as possible. To assist in this, financial workers obtain a child care application from DWP applicants during the intake interview if child care is needed. To make this process as easy and speedy for the applicant as possible, the Department of Human Services (DHS) developed a CAF – Child Care Addendum (PDF) (DHS-5223D).

Apply the same child care eligibility requirements for DWP that you apply to MFIP child care assistance. See Chapter 4.3.3.3 (MFIP Overview).

Authorize child care for activities that are in the approved DWP Employment Plan (EP).

Encourage DWP participants to remain in DWP for at least 3 of the 4 allowable months, as it will affect their eligibility for the Transition Year (TY) and Transition Year Extension (TYE) child care assistance sub-programs. See Chapter 4.3.6 (Transition Year (TY)) and Chapter 4.3.9 (Transition Year Extension (TYE)).

LEGAL AUTHORITY
Minnesota Statutes 256J.95
Minnesota Statutes 119B.011 to 119B.24

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