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Family Support Grant (FSG)

Page posted: 11/1/03

Page reviewed: 1/6/17

Page updated: 1/6/17

Legal authority

Minn. Stat. §252.32

Definition

Family Support Grant (FSG): A statewide program that provides cash grants to eligible families with children who have been certified disabled. The program:

  • • Helps families access disability services and supports
  • • Prevents out-of-home placement for children who have disabilities
  • • Promotes family health and social well-being.
  • Eligibility

    The Family Support Grant is available to children:

    1. Under age 21
    2. Who live in their biological or adoptive family home
    3. Whose family has an annual adjusted gross income of $101,751 or less (effective Jan. 1, 2017) except in cases where extreme hardship is demonstrated (see below for more information)
    4. Who have been certified disabled by one of the following:

  • • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • • State Medical Review Team (SMRT)
  • • Lead agency Rule 185 DD/RC case management.
  • Extreme hardship

    The lead agency may approve hardship exceptions to the income limit on a case-by-case basis. The lead agency can consider such factors as:

  • • Family size
  • • Presence of disability in other family members
  • • Substantial existing family debt due to the child’s disability.
  • Multiple children with disabilities

    Families with more than one eligible child may apply for individual grants for each eligible child.

    Mental health

    Children who have mental health diagnoses and who meet above criteria are eligible for FSG.

    Ineligibility

    A child cannot receive FSG at the same time as he or she receive receives home and community-based services (HCBS) under the following programs:

    Covered services

    FSG provides cash grants to eligible families up to $3,113.99 a calendar year. The grants offset higher than average expenses incurred if they are directly related to their child's disabilities.

    Families must use grant money to purchase services and items:

  • • Described in their child's lead agency-approved Individual Service Plan
  • • Not available through other funding sources or other community programs.
  • Place of residence

    A child may not receive FSG if he or she permanently resides outside his or her family home in any of the following settings:

  • • Intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities
  • • Nursing facility
  • • Regional treatment center
  • • Other licensed residential service facilities licensed by DHS or the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
  • Temporary out-of-home placement

    When a child who receives FSG temporarily is placed out of the home, the lead agency should:

  • • Suspend FSGs for a child who enters temporary out-of-home placement for 30 days or less.
  • • Terminate FSGs when a child has been in an out of home placement for 31 days.
  • • Reinstate FSG when an eligible child returns home (if funds are available at the lead agency of residence).
  • Secondary information

    Depending on the child’s needs, a lead agency can decide on a case-by-case basis how to distribute FSG money. Options for the distribution are:

  • • A lump-sum
  • • Monthly payments
  • • Vouchers or direct payments to vendors.
  • Process and procedure

    For specific information on how to administer grants, see CBSM — FSG lead agency process and procedure.

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