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8.1.18 Changes In Subprogram

ISSUE DATE: 04/2018

Students on MFIP/DWP moving to Transition Year

When a student has education approved in their MFIP or DWP Employment Plan prior to moving to Transition Year (TY), child care continues for the education activity until it is included in their county/tribal approved education plan or until redetermination. The education plan approval process may take some time to complete so it is beneficial for the student to begin the approval process prior to the redetermination. If the student does not complete the education plan approval process or the education plan is not approved by the county or tribe, authorization of the education program ends at redetermination.

If a student has a post-baccalaureate education program, which includes education programs beyond a bachelor’s degree such as a Master’s program,approved in their MFIP Employment Plan and then the family moved to Transition Year, child care continues for the post-baccalaureate education program until the family’s next redetermination.

Students on BSF applying for MFIP or DWP

When a student has an approved Basic Sliding Fee (BSF) education plan and then applies for MFIP or DWP, child care continues for the education program until it is included in an Employment Plan. If the education program is not included in the Employment Plan or the student has not developed an Employment Plan by their next redetermination, authorization for the education program ends at redetermination.

Students on BSF moving to Transition Year

Prior to 10/23/17, education was not an authorized activity for Transition Year (TY) or Transition Year Extension (TYE). If a county or tribal agency had BSF funds available, students were able to be served through BSF instead of Transition Year. This included:

  • · Students who had been receiving MFIP child care and their MFIP case closed.
  • · Students who applied for CCAP during the year after their MFIP case closed.
  • If the family is still within the year after their MFIP case closed and the family meet TY requirements, the family can be moved to Transition Year (but it is not required). If more than a year has passed since the family’s MFIP case closed, the family cannot be moved to TY or TYE.

    MFIP/DWP closing and Transition Year

    Families must have received MFIP or DWP for at least three of the six months prior to the closing of their cash assistance case to be eligible for Transition Year.

    If a family does not meet the requirement of having received MFIP or DWP for three of the last six months, they are not eligible for Transition Year. The family can be approved for Basic Sliding Fee if there is funding available and no waiting list. If funds are not available and there is a BSF waiting list, close the case and put the family on the waiting list.

    If a family does meet the three out of six months criteria, eligibility continues when moving from MFIP to TY/BSF.

    If the parent’s activity is employment and/or education, continue the family’s authorization:

  • · If the family is a 12 Month Report, the authorization cannot be reduced.
  • · If the family is a Schedule Report, authorize care based on the verified employment and/or education activity schedule.
  • If the family had an Employment Plan that only included support activities or activity participation is unknown, care continues to be authorized at the same level under Extended Eligibility.

    DWP to MFIP

    For families whose DWP has ended and are transitioning to MFIP, there may be a period of time between the end of DWP and before they develop an MFIP Employment Plan.

    If the family is not participating in employment or their activity participation is unknown, put the client into Extended Eligibility. If the parent’s activity is employment, continue the family’s authorization:

  • · If the family is a 12 Month Report, the authorization cannot be reduced.
  • · If the family is a Schedule Report, authorize care based on the verification employment activity schedule.
  • Legal authority

    Minnesota Statutes 119B.011, subd. 20
    Minnesota Rules 3400.0090

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