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ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

Participation requirements for Orientation and Employment Services (ES) differ.

For information on participation requirements for Orientation, see 0028.09 (ES Overview/SNAP E&T Orientation).

For information on participation requirements for Employment Services, see the program provisions below. Also see 0028.06.03 (Who Must Participate in Empl. Services/SNAP E&T), 0028.06.10 (Who Is Exempt From SNAP E&T).


All MFIP caregivers receiving assistance MUST engage in Employment Services, including MFIP caregivers who are disqualified effective 10-1-07 or later due to an intentional program violation, unless they meet the exemption criteria as specified in 0028.06.02 (Universal Participation Provisions).


All eligible caregivers are required to participate in Employment Services.

A 1-parent household that includes a child under 12 months (with no other DWP exclusion reason) which has already used 12 months lifetime ES exemption limit must participate in ES services.

A 2-parent household that includes a child under 12 months, with no other DWP exclusion reason, must participate in DWP. However, if the parents have NOT already used the entire 12 months lifetime limit between them while previously on MFIP or DWP, 1-parent is allowed to claim the child under 12 months ES exemption.


Unless exempt, each adult SNAP participant must participate in and cooperate with SNAP E&T each month that person receives SNAP benefits. Non-exempt participants must begin SNAP E&T participation no later than the 1st day of the month after the month SNAP eligibility is approved. The county agency may choose to require that SNAP participants begin participating in SNAP E&T on a mandatory basis as soon as eligibility is approved.

Effective 7-1-03, Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) participants are deferred from SNAP E&T participation.

Each participant’s exemption or deferral status must be redetermined at least annually. See 0028.06.03 (Who Must Participate in Empl. Services/SNAP E&T) for a list of who is required to participate in SNAP E&T.

If the county agency or ESP becomes aware of circumstances that indicate a participant has become exempt or deferred, the county should notify the participant and the ESP, and should update the MAXIS exemption or deferral status.

At the time the county agency notifies the household that it is eligible for SNAP, it must notify all non-exempt participants that they must participate in and comply with the SNAP E&T program each month, and that the participant must attend an orientation. This notice is issued through MAXIS.

The county agency will issue all participant notices dealing with SNAP eligibility, benefit amounts, and benefit reductions or terminations, including those due to SNAP E&T non-compliance. All other SNAP E&T participant notices may be issued by either the county agency or the ESP as provided for in the county agency’s formal agreement with the ESP.

Non-exempt ABAWDs must comply with participation requirements established by the SNAP E&T services provider. Failure to comply will result in sanction. See 0028.20 (Failure to Comply - SNAP E&T).

Some people are required to register for work even though they are exempt from participating in SNAP E&T. See 0028.06.12 (Who Is Exempt From SNAP Work Registration).


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