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MFIP HARDSHIP EXTENSIONS - REMOVING 1 PARENT

ISSUE DATE: 01/2015

MFIP:
When 1 or both parents in a 2-parent family reach the 60-month limit, the unit has the option to remove a caregiver who DOES NOT meet the criteria for an extension from the grant and continue MFIP for the remainder of the unit. In that case, treat the assistance unit as a 1-parent unit. See 0020.09 (MFIP/DWP Assistance Standards). Also see 0011.33 (MFIP Hardship Extensions), 0028.30.04.03 (Post 60-Month Sanctions: 2-Parent Provisions).

The option to remove 1 parent must occur as part of a discussion and decision-making process between the county, the Employment Services Provider, and the participants. The county MUST NOT automatically remove a parent.

A parent who is removed from the grant for non-compliance is eligible 1 additional time. A subsequent removal of this parent from the grant for non-compliance will result in permanent disqualification of that parent from MFIP. Only 1 parent may be removed at a time. Removals are counted PER CAREGIVER for purposes of determining permanent disqualification of that caregiver from the MFIP unit.

Before removing a non-compliant participant under this policy, you must review the participant’s case to determine if the Employment Plan is still appropriate and must make a good faith effort to meet with the participant face-to-face. If the participant does not comply, you must send the participant a notice of adverse action.


REMOVING (DISQUALIFYING) 1 PARENT FROM THE GRANT WHEN BOTH PARENTS REACH MONTH 60 AT THE SAME TIME


When BOTH parents reach month 60 at the same time and are being evaluated for an extension, 1 parent may be removed from the grant and MFIP continued for the remainder of the unit if 1 of the parents DOES NOT meet the requirements for an extension. Either caregiver may request to remove (disqualify) that parent from the unit effective month 61. If both parents fail to meet the criteria for an extension, DO NOT extend the MFIP case. If extended as employed, the remaining parent must meet the 30/25 hour Employment Services requirement. Deeming provisions apply. Only 1 parent may be removed from the MFIP unit under this provision.


REMOVING (DISQUALIFYING) A CAREGIVER WHEN 1 PARENT REACHES MONTH 60 BEFORE THE OTHER


There are 3 instances when 1 parent in a 2-parent unit can be removed from the grant when 1 parent reaches month 60 before the other.

EFFECTIVE MONTH 61: If the parent who has reached month 60 does NOT meet the criteria for an extension, either parent may ask to remove (disqualify) the non-compliant parent from the unit. Deeming provisions apply. In this scenario, pre 60-month sanction policies apply to the remaining parent.

EFFECTIVE MONTH 61: If the parent who has reached month 60 is requesting an extension and is in compliance with MFIP requirements, but the parent who has NOT reached month 60 is NOT in compliance, the non-compliant parent, at either caregiver’s request, can be removed (disqualified) effective month 61. This parent may reapply and be removed 1 additional time before he/she is permanently disqualified from MFIP. Pre 60-month sanction policies apply unless the remaining parent is extended under the employed extension criteria.

AFTER MONTH 61: Once extended, if either caregiver is out of compliance with Employment Services requirements, regardless of who has reached month 60 first, either caregiver may request removal of the non-compliant caregiver. Pre 60-month notice requirements apply. Pre 60-month sanction policies apply unless the remaining parent is extended under the employed extension criteria.


The removed caregiver may be added back to the grant 1 additional time before being permanently disqualified from MFIP.


DWP, SNAP, MSA, GA, GRH:

No provisions.

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