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4.9.3 Child Support Enforcement Referral (CSE) Process

ISSUE DATE: 02/2018

CCAP applicants and participants must cooperate with Child Support for all children in the CCAP family with an absent parent. If a family does not cooperate at application and redetermination they are not eligible for CCAP unless the parent has claimed good cause.

MEC2 automatically sends some referrals to the Child Support agency through an interface with PRISM. Referrals are interfaced from MEC2 to PRISM only for children who have open Service Authorizations.

Child Support forms

The family must complete the Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement DHS-2338 (PDF) and, if the family is not claiming good cause, the Referral to Support and Collections DHS-3163B (PDF) for all children in the family with an absent parent. The physical Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement (DHS-2338) and Referral to Support and Collections (DHS-3163B) forms must be sent to Child Support. Keep a copy of the physical Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement (DHS-2338) and Referral to Support and Collections (DHS-3163B) forms for the family’s CCAP file. If the forms are not completed at application and the family is not already cooperating with child support for all children in the family with an absent parent, deny the application.

The Child Support filing fee charged to a NPA (non-public assistance) custodial parent is waived as Child Support cooperation is a CCAP requirement.

Families receiving other public assistance benefits

If a family applies or has a redetermination for CCAP and already has an open MFIP/DWP or health care case on MAXIS or Minnesota Eligibility Technology System (METS) the CCAP worker should not require new Child Support forms be completed if all the children in the family are on the existing MFIP/DWP or health care case.

If additional children were added to the household since the forms were completed for the other public assistance program, Child Support forms must be completed for the new children to meet cooperation requirements at application or redetermination.

If a family applies or has a redetermination for CCAP and had a prior CCAP, MFIP/DWP or health care case that has closed the family must complete new Child Support forms.

Recognition of parentage

If a family applies for CCAP and both presumed parents are living in the home but paternity is not established, refer the family to the county/tribal Child Support office. The Child Support agency will work with the family to establish paternity. For these families, the requirement to cooperate with child support enforcement at application and redetermination can be met by cooperating with the Child Support agency to establish paternity.

The family may sign and file a Recognition of Parentage (ROP) to establish paternity. After an ROP is filed, the family will receive a birth certificate with the father’s name. The birth certificate can be used as the father’s verification of parentage. A signed and notarized ROP can be used to confirm initial child support cooperation and verification of parentage.

If the family does not provide verification of parentage, send the family the Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement (DHS-2338) and the Referral to Support and Collections (DHS-3163B). While paternity is being established, the parent is included in the CCAP household size.

Changes in family composition

If a child with an absent parent is added to the CCAP family or a parent is removed from the CCAP family, send the family the Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement (DHS-2338) and, the Referral to Support and Collections (DHS-3163B). The “Cooperation Status” field is integrated with MAXIS. During the 12 month eligibility period, the CCAP worker should not change the field to “No” unless they are informed by the child support worker that the client is not cooperating. If the forms are not returned, code the “Forms Received” in MEC2 as “No”. Create an alert 45 days before the family’s redetermination is due to check on the family’s child support cooperation status.

Documentation of Child Support cooperation

The local Child Support agency is responsible for determining if the family is cooperating with Child Support. If the CCAP worker is informed that the parent is not cooperating with Child Support, it is recommended the CCAP worker include some form of documentation of the non-cooperation in the CCAP case file. It is also recommended the CCAP worker include some form of documentation in the CCAP case file if they are later informed the parent is cooperating. Documentation could include copies of the alerts, copies of a notice or an email received from Child Support, or any other form of documentation.

If the family is in their 12 month eligibility period and the CCAP worker is informed the parent is not coopering, create an alert 45 days before the family’s redetermination is due to check on the family’s child support cooperation status.

Legal authority

Minnesota Statutes 119B.09, subd. 1
Minnesota Statutes 256.741

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