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4.3.6 Transition Year (TY)

ISSUE DATE: 10/2017

Transition Year (TY) Child Care is available to families whose MFIP or DWP closes, and who meet other criteria provided below. Transition Year child care is not available to families who have been disqualified from MFIP or DWP due to fraud.

Families must have received MFIP or DWP for at least 3 of the 6 months prior to the closing of their cash assistance. For example, a family whose MFIP was closed effective December 1st would have to have received MFIP or DWP (or a combination of both) for at least 3 months in the period from June through November.

Note: Families who choose to “opt out” of the MFIP cash portion are still considered MFIP participants.

In most TY cases, families were receiving MFIP child care assistance before their cash assistance closed and continue to need child care assistance after cash assistance closing. Move these families from MFIP child care assistance to TY child care assistance. When there is no break in eligibility:

  • · Do not require a new application.
  • · The family’s income must be at or below 67% of State Median Income (SMI) to be eligible for TY.
  • Former MFIP or DWP participants can apply for TY for up to 12 months after their cash assistance closes. In the example provided above, the family would be able to apply for TY through the following November, but their TY eligibility would end November 30th. If a family begins receiving MFIP again, move the family to MFIP child care assistance and consider the following if the MFIP case closes again:

  • · Look at the previous six months. If the family received MFIP or DWP for three of those previous six months, the family qualifies for a new 12 month Transition Year period.
  • · Look at the previous six months. If the family received MFIP or DWP for only one or two of those previous six months, the family is eligible for the remaining months of the original Transition Year period. Treat the month or months on MFIP as a suspension of the TY child care benefit but not a suspension of the Transition Year period.
  • Once families complete their 12 months of TY eligibility, move them to Basic Sliding Fee (BSF) child care if:

  • · They remain eligible.
  • · Your county/tribe has BSF funds available.
  • Income limits

    If the family received MFIP child care and moves to TY with no break in eligibility, the family’s income must be at or below the applicable income exit level. During their 12 month eligibility period, the family’s income must be at or below 85% of SMI. At redetermination, the family’s income must be at or below 67% of SMI.

    If the family did not receive MFIP child care assistance and applies for TY during their Transition Year, the family’s income must be at or below 47% of SMI.

    If the family received MFIP child care and their case closed, determine which income limits apply:

  • · If the family was eligible but did not need care while their case was closed, the family’s income must be at or below 67% of SMI.
  • · If the family was not eligible during the break in eligibility, the family’s income must be at or below 47% of SMI.
  • Consider the following examples:

  • Example 1:
  • MFIP closes 3/1 and family is eligible for continued child care assistance but has no child care needs at this time. MFIP child care is closed. Family applies for TY in July because they now have child care needs. All other eligibility factors remain the same.

    At the time of MFIP closing this family was eligible but had no child care needs. This may have been a family with school age children and there were no child care needs until summer. The TY case could have remained open with suspended status. If the child care worker closed the child care case rather than suspend it, the TY case should be opened and the family is not required to meet the 47% SMI. Although there actually were interrupted services, the family continued to be eligible and has met the 47% SMI entrance level in the first program of service (MFIP). The applicant would not need to meet 47% SMI entrance level.

    Example 2:

    MFIP participant has no authorized activity on 3/1 when MFIP closes and is not TY eligible. The county has Basic Sliding Fee (BSF) waiting list. In July the participant applies for TY because she is employed.

    The applicant would need to meet 47% SMI entrance level when applying for TY in July because of interrupted services when the applicant was not eligible.

    For payment purposes, retroactive eligibility cannot go back further than six months prior to the date the application was received by the agency.

    Transition Year and waiting list requirements

    If your agency does not have BSF funds available at the end of a family’s transition year, move the family to Transition Year Extension (TYE) and add them to your BSF waiting list as Priority Two.

    Transition Year families are placed on the waiting list and should be reported on the waiting list the date their Transition Year period ends. Their effective date for the waiting list is the date they first became eligible to apply for TY.

    If a TY family moves to a new county, the family’s effective date for the waiting list in the original county shall transfer with the family.

    If a TY family is eligible for TY child care but does not need child care for a period of up to 1 year, the family retains their effective date for the waiting list and is added to Priority Two of thewaiting list at the end of their transition year.

    Students

    If at least one parent in the family is under age 21 and pursuing a high school or general equivalency diploma and BSF funds are not available, the family will receive MFIP/DWP child care for student parents if eligibility requirements are met, rather than TY child care. See Chapter 4.3.15 (MFIP/DWP Child Care for Student Parents) and Chapter 4.3.15.6 (MFIP/DWP Child Care for Student Parents – Subprogram changes).

    For information about TY child care for other students, see Chapter 4.3.6.6 (Transition Year students).

    Legal authority

    Minnesota Statutes 119B.011, subd. 20
    Minnesota Statutes 119B.05, subd. 1
    Minnesota Statutes 119B.09
    Minnesota Rules 3400.0060, subd. 7
    Minnesota Rules 3400.0090

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