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.
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, 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.
If an intact family applies for CCAP 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. 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 relationship.
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).
If a family applies for CCAP and already has an open MFIP or health care case on MAXIS or Minnesota Eligibility Technology System (METS) the CCAP worker should not require new Child Support forms be completed at application if all the children in the family are on the existing MFIP 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.
If a family applies for CCAP and had a prior CCAP, MFIP or health care case that has closed the family must complete new Child Support forms.
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). If the formsare not completed and returned by the time the redetermination is processed, close the CCAP case with a 15 day notice.
The local Child Support agency is responsible for determining if the family is cooperating with Child Support Do not close an open CCAP case for Child Support noncooperation unless the CCAP worker is notified by Child Support that the client has failed to cooperate, and the family has not begun to cooperate with Child Support by their redetermination. If the family is not cooperating with Child Support at the time their redetermination is processed, deny their redetermination for non-cooperation with Child Support and close their CCAP case.
If a CCAP case is closed due to noncooperation with Child Support at redetermination the family must cooperate before CCAP is reopened. Because updates are interfaced from PRISM to MEC2 only for children who have open Service Authorizations, the CCAP worker will need to contact Child Support to determine that the family is cooperating before changing the “Cooperation Status” in MEC2 to “Yes.”
If the CCAP worker is informed that the parent is not cooperating with Child Support, it is recommended the 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.
Minnesota Statutes 119B.09, subd. 1
Minnesota Statutes 256.741