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4.3.3.21 MFIP/DWP Authorized Activities

ISSUE DATE: 06/2012

Approve child care assistance for MFIP recipients in authorized activities in an Employment Plan (EP), based on the prescribed number of hours. If number of hours is not specified, do not authorize more hours than the activity requires and is needed for the child. Include travel time in the authorized hours. Never authorize more than 120 hours per 2 week period, per child. See Chapter 16.1 (CCAP Authorizations for Clients with an EP).

Treat the following activities outside of an EP as authorized activities:

Job search up to 240 hours per calendar year per participant. There is no minimum amount of hours required for authorization. Job search includes locating and contacting potential employers, preparing for interviews, interviewing, and up to 2 hours travel time per day as needed.

Financial and employment services orientations and assessments.

Appeals and hearings for cash assistance.

Employment at least for an average of 20 hours per week, or 10 hours per week if a full-time student, and earning at least the applicable minimum wage. The full-time student status needs to be verified. See Chapter 9.15 Authorized Hours-Employment.

Education is NOT an authorized activity outside of an EP.

Treat the following activities in an approved EP as authorized activities:

Employment services overviews and assessments.

Social service and pre-employment activities

Appeals and hearings.

Job search as identified in the EP.

Participation in work as identified in the EP.

Participation in training, using actual time in class and study time, as identified in

the Employment Plan.

Authorize child care assistance for any activity included in the EP of an MFIP/DWP participant.

In some cases, MFIP allows for baccalaureate and advanced degrees to be included in an approved employment plan. If post baccalaureate education is included in the approved Employment Plan, child care assistance should be authorized for the post baccalaureate activity according to the approved plan.

Except For: Political activities done for political purposes: when the act is done to influence voting as in a primary or other election. This applies to any paid, unpaid, or subsidized private sector or public sector position.

Except for: Licensed family child care providers and their employees and legal nonlicensed child care providers and their employees are NOT eligible to receive child care subsidies for their own children or children in their family during the hours they are providing child care or being paid to provide child care.

Families may be involved in a combination of activities.

Families receiving Family Stabilization Services (FSS) are eligible for child care according to the same rules and guidelines as other DWP or MFIP recipients. Child care is available for activities included in an FSS plan.

LEGAL AUTHORITY
Minnesota Statutes 119B.011
Minnesota Statutes 256J
Minnesota Rules 3400.0040 and 3400.0080

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