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DWP CONVERSION OR REFERRAL TO MFIP

ISSUE DATE: 05/2017

MFIP, MSA, GA, GRH:
No provisions.


DWP:
CONVERSION/REFERRAL DURING THE 4-MONTH DWP PERIOD


If at any time during the DWP application process or during the 4-month DWP eligibility period, you determine that a participant is unlikely to benefit from DWP, convert or refer the participant to MFIP. For the definition of MFIP, see 0002.41 (Glossary: Medically Necessary...). Participants who meet any of the eligibility criteria for Family Stabilization Services (FSS) are considered UNLIKELY to benefit from DWP. Gather the necessary documentation to support the determination.

The following are the FSS eligibility criteria for determining if a participant is unlikely to benefit from DWP:

The participant is applying for SSI/RSDI (Retirement Survivors Disability Insurance). This includes those who are appealing a denial of an SSI or RSDI application.

A participant who is age 60 or over or a participant who will turn 60 during the proposed 4 DWP months.

A participant is a legal non-citizen who has been in the United States 12 months or less. “12 months” is defined as 12 FULL months after the month of entry.

The participant has a Family Violence Waiver and is complying with an Employment Plan.

The participant has an illness, injury, or incapacity that has been certified by a qualified professional, the condition is expected to continue for more than 30 days and severely limits the person’s ability to obtain or maintain suitable employment.

The participant’s presence in the home is required as a caregiver due to the illness, injury, or incapacity of another member in the assistance unit, a relative in the household, or a foster child in the household when the condition, and the need for a person to provide assistance in the home, has been certified by a qualified professional and is expected to continue for more than 30 days.

The participant has a child or adult in the household who meets disability or medical criteria for home care services, a home and community-based waiver services program, or meets the criteria for severe emotional disturbance or serious and persistent mental illness.

The participant has been diagnosed by a licensed physician, psychological practitioner, or other qualified professional, as developmentally disabled or mentally ill and the condition severely limits the person’s ability to obtain or maintain suitable employment.

The participant has been assessed by a vocational specialist or the county agency to be unemployable.

The participant has an IQ below 80, and has been assessed by a vocational specialist or a county agency to be employable but the condition severely limits the person’s ability to obtain or maintain suitable employment.

The participant was determined by a qualified professional to be learning disabled, and the condition severely limits the person's ability to obtain or maintain suitable employment.

A family unit with a refugee caregiver who arrived in the U. S. within 12 months of applying for family cash assistance or a family unit with an asylee caregiver who is approved for asylee status within 12 months of applying for family cash assistance.

NOTE: “Severely limits the person’s ability to obtain or maintain suitable employment” means that a qualified professional has determined that the person’s condition prevents the person from working 20 or more hours per week.


Also, in a single pregnant woman unit once the child is born the unit is not eligible for DWP unless the parent has already used all the months of the child under 12 months ES exemption. Take a Combined Application Form (CAF) Addendum (DHS-5223C) (PDF) for the newborn and move the case to MFIP. If the determination is made more than 30 days after the DWP application date, have the participant complete a Minnesota Transition Application Form (MTAF) (DHS-5223E) (PDF) as part of the referral process. Terminate DWP allowing for proper notice.

In a 2-parent unit, only 1 parent MUST meet 1 of the “unlikely to benefit from DWP” criteria above before converting or referring the family to MFIP.

Make the transition from DWP to MFIP as smooth as possible for families that leave DWP and begin receiving MFIP assistance. Send appropriate notices when closing DWP and SNAP.

If the transition from DWP to MFIP occurs within 30 days of the initial DWP application date, convert the case without completion of a new CAF. If the transition occurs more than 30 days after the initial DWP application date, have the participant submit a Minnesota Transition Application Form (MTAF) (DHS-5223E) (PDF).

Process the DHS-5223E by the 1st of the month following the month it is received to ensure that there is no gap in benefits due to delayed action by the county. Enter the date of the Minnesota Transition Application Form (MTAF) (DHS-5223E) (PDF) on the STAT/PROG panel in MAXIS as the application date for a new cash program. Only require verification of information necessary to determine MFIP eligibility and the amount of the assistance payment. Do not require additional verification of the information from the DWP application unless the information is inaccurate, questionable, or no longer current.


CONVERSION/REFERRAL AFTER THE 4-MONTH DWP PERIOD ENDS


Because DWP is a short-term program, families must exit the program no later than 3 months after the month in which DWP initial month benefits are issued.

Some DWP participants may not have successfully obtained unsubsidized employment that allows them to support their families without having to apply for benefits under MFIP.

Inform DWP job seekers without earned income or with little earned income about the possibility of receiving cash and food benefits through MFIP. Tell the DWP job seeker about other resources, including MFIP, when the job seeker asks about other help.

When a participant has exhausted 4 months of DWP, he/she may complete, sign, and submit a Minnesota Transition Application Form (MTAF) (DHS-5223E) (PDF), rather than a Combined Application Form (CAF), to apply for MFIP provided the request is made within 30 days of the end of the 4th month of DWP. The application process begins the date a MTAF with a name, address and signature is received. See 0005.10 (Minnesota Transition Application Form (MTAF)), 0005.12.15 (Application Processing Standards) for information on how to process an MTAF.

If the request is not made within 30 days of the end of the 4-month DWP eligibility period, the participant must complete a new Combined Application Form (CAF) (DHS-5223) (PDF).

All applicants must meet the initial income test to be eligible for MFIP. See 0017 (Determining Gross Income), 0018 (Determining Net Income), 0018.18 (Earned Income Disregards), 0022.03.01 (Prospective Budgeting – Program Provisions).

Work with families that leave DWP but do not go onto MFIP to determine which, if any, transition or post-program services and supports would help the family achieve or maintain economic and family stability. For example, SNAP, Child Care and/or Health Care benefits may continue.


CONVERTING A CAREGIVER WHO TURNS 60 YEARS OLD DURING THE 4-MONTH DWP PERIOD


If a caregiver in a 1-parent unit will be turning 60 years old during the proposed 4 DWP months, open MFIP rather than DWP at application.


SNAP:

No provisions. DWP SNAP participants who transition to MFIP will have their stand-alone SNAP benefits closed in order to have the MFIP food portion approved. Close the stand-alone SNAP for the 1st possible month, allowing a 10-day notice. The MFIP food portion must not be issued for a unit member whose needs have already been covered in a SNAP unit. See 0011.21 (Receipt of Other Assistance).

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