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4.3.12.15 BSF Portability Pool

ISSUE DATE: 02/2014

The Basic Sliding Fee (BSF) portability pool assists families who move from one county in which they were receiving BSF services to another county which has a waiting list.

Families who move are required to notify their new county. If the family was receiving BSF in the previous county, the family must notify the new county of the move within 60 days of the move in order to receive portability pool funding. The original county remains financially responsible for the family’s BSF child care for the unitary residency period of 2 full calendar months. A family who moves on or after the 1st day of a month is considered a participant in the original county for that month. The 2 calendar month period would start on the 1st day of the next month. See chapter 8.12 (Moving Between Counties) for information regarding a second move after the initial move has been reported. If a family does not notify their new county within 60 days of the move, they are not eligible for portability pool funding.

When a family notifies the new county of a move:

1.

Determine if the family continues to meet income and eligibility criteria for BSF. As long as there has not been an interruption in eligibility, apply the 67% State Median Income (SMI) income exit criteria. (If there has been an interruption in eligibility, for example, the family does not report the move for several months, the family is not eligible for portability pool. The agency should treat the family as a new applicant.)

2.

If the family is eligible for portability pool funding, add the family to the waiting list at the highest priority that applies, but no lower than the 3rd priority, effective the date of the move. If the family is not eligible for portability pool funding, but the family would be eligible for BSF if funding were available, the family should be listed in the highest priority that applies, effective the date of contact to the new county. The family is not eligible to be listed in the 3rd priority.

3.

If the family is eligible for portability pool funding, continue BSF child care assistance for the lesser of:

6 months funded through the portability pool (beginning at the end of the 2 full calendar months after the move).

OR

Until the date your county has the funding necessary to provide regular BSF to the family.

Allow students with post-secondary education plans to follow the original education plan during the portability pool time period. When the family is able to use your county’s BSF, apply your county’s criteria for education plans, as identified in the approved county Child Care Plan.

If the new county does not have funds available to continue BSF assistance at the end of the 6-month portability pool period, end child care assistance. If funds become available after the family’s child care assistance has been terminated due to the end of the portability pool period, the family must be treated as a new applicant and must have a household income that meets the income requirements in Chapter 6 (Income Eligibility). When funds become available to serve priority three families, serve the families who have been on the priority three waiting list, the longest first.

If after an initial reported move, the family moves again to a new county while they are receiving portability pool funding and the new county has a BSF waiting list, the family continues to be eligible for portability pool funding through the original end date of their portability pool period or until the date the new county has the funding necessary to provide regular BSF to the family. The family is not eligible for a new 6 month portability pool period.

MFIP/DWP CHILD CARE FOR STUDENT PARENTS

When a family moves from one county where they were receiving BSF to another county that has a waiting list and at least one parent in the family is under age 21 and pursuing a high school or general equivalency diploma, the family must notify the new county within 60 days of the move. The family will receive MFIP/DWP child care for student parents after the unitary residency period if eligibility requirements are met, rather than portability pool funding. 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).

LEGAL AUTHORITY
Minnesota Statutes 119B.03
Minnesota Statutes 119B.05
Minnesota Statutes 119B.09
Minnesota Rules 3400.0060

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