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Handouts and links referenced in MFIP ES training
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Gathering for Our Children and Returning Adoptees Pow Wow - Nov. 4, 2017

Check out this exciting event. See the attached flyer.

Bulletin 17-68-22 Federal and State Changes to the Child Care Assistance Program - Phase 2

Child Care Assistance Program Phase 2 changes effective Oct. 23, 2017 made as a result of the federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 and the 2017 State Legislative session.

ES Advisory Group Meetings

Upcoming meetings for the ES Advisory Group are: October 13 and December 8 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon. These meetings are held in room 5137 at 444 Lafayette in St. Paul and at various ITV sites across the state. You can also attend by livestreaming. If you are interested in attending these meetings, contact your supervisor. To be added to the email list, contact Susan Seidl at susan.seidl@state.mn.us.

Employment Services Manual October 2017 Updates

Employment Services Manual Updates for October 2017 are now available.
The link to the ESM Home Page is: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/id_016957.
The link to the What’s New in the ESM for 10/2017 is: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/dhs-295993.pdf.

Combined Manual October 2017 Updates

Combined Manual Updates for October 2017 are now available.
The link to the CM Home Page is: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/id_016956.
The link to the What’s New in the CM for 10/2017 is: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/dhs-296064.pdf.

SNAP E&T Manual October 2017 Updates

SNAP E&T Manual Updates are now on the Internet. They are EFFECTIVE 10/01/17, unless otherwise noted. The link to the SNAP E&T Manual Home Page Update is: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/dhs16_139696. What’s New in the SNAP E&T for 10/2017 is: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/dhs-296076.pdf.

State Job Opening: MFIP Employment Services Policy Specialist- 1768# 80443- Job ID# 16847

A position has been posted for an MFIP Employment Services Policy Specialist. This position is part of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Policy and Performance team within the Economic Assistance and Employment Services Division (EAESD). This team is responsible to manage and coordinate the state supervision, implementation, performance, and technical support of all aspects of the MFIP and the Diversionary Work Program (DWP). For more information, go to: https://careers.mn.gov/psp/hcm92apc/MNCAREERS/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1001&JobOpeningId=16847&PostingSeq=1&languageCd=ENG.

Newly published: Bulletin 17-11-02 2018-2019 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Biennial Service Agreement (BSA) Guidelines

This bulletin is to provide information to county and nation/tribal directors on the requirements of the MFIP Biennial Service Agreement and to notify counties and nations/tribes of time frames and responsibilities regarding the preparation and submission of the 2018 – 2019 MFIP BSA.

Updated eDocs Forms

The following documents have been updated in eDocs:
DHS-3550-ENG
 Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program Application
DHS-4839K-ENG
 Notice of Privacy Practices and Rights and Responsibilities for DHS-6696/6696B
DHS-5223D-ENG
 Combined Application - Child Care Addendum
DHS-5274-ENG
 Child Care Assistance Program Redetermination Form
DHS-5367-ENG
 Minnesota Child Care Assistance Programs - Parent Acknowledgment When Choosing a Legal Nonlicensed Provider
DHS-5485-ENG
 Child Care Assistance Program Authorization for Release of Information for In-home Child Care Providers

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Evacuees

Applications from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma evacuees for MFIP, DWP, GA, MSA, GRH, RCA applicants should be processed through established program policy and procedures as indicated in the attached document.

Bulletin 17-11-01 DHS Reissues "Work Will Always Pay...With MFIP"

This updated handout for eligibility workers and job counselors to use with MFIP participants is now available. This bulletin replaces bulletin #16-11-01 which expires September 30, 2017.

Labor Market Information Training Sessions

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is excited to be offering a series of workshops on utilizing our Labor Marketing Information tools. There are a variety of different class offerings, each with a different focus. Choose one or several that are right for you.

State of Minnesota Career Fair set for Oct. 14

The second State of Minnesota enterprise-wide career fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The event will bring together representatives from every state agency to connect Minnesotans with opportunities in state government. Attendees will learn about current job openings, network with state leaders, and attend resume and application workshops. For more information, click on the link above or go to the State of MN Career website.

Other Recent Bulletins

17-68-19 Federal and State Changes to the Child Care Assistance Program - Phase 1
17-53-03 Mental Health Targeted Case Management in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics
17-32-18 Calendar Year 2018 Participation Rates

17-01-01 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Clarifications to Work Registration Process, Exemptions, ABAWDs, SNAP E&T Sanctions, Banked Month Guidance
17-32-16 Instructions for Completing the MFIP-Consolidated Fund Report, Form DHS-2902

Presumptive Medical Disability update

Information about the Presumptive Medical Disability policy was shared at MAXIS Mentors and MAFAS in April 2017. The purpose of this memo is to communicate that DHS is modifying the policy to better align with the original intent of the agreement between DHS and Legal Aid. Effective September 1, 2017 discontinue implementation of the Presumptive Medical Disability policy. For agencies that have issued supplements based on the previous guidance, these supplements will not result in an overpayment. Policy information and directions will be provided at a later date.

CCAP Providers Over 50%

The Department of Human Services has determined that some centers are out of compliance with a law that restricts payments for children of child care center employees. A list has been posted on the Systems Information Resource (SIR) located under MEC² County Action Reports, of the centers statewide that are out of compliance starting August 28, 2017.Child Care case workers should use this list to: determine at which centers they can authorize care for children of center employees; track if centers registered by their agency are currently out of compliance; and check if providers that are newly registered by their agency are out of compliance. Agency staff may direct questions to Allison Tourdot at 651-431-2187 or allison.tourdot@state.mn.us.

Cost of Living Adjustments effective October 2017 for SNAP and MFIP cases

A MAXIS system install will implement the annual Cost of Living Adjustments for SNAP and MFIP. These changes are all EFFECTIVE: 10/17 benefit month. No changes affect the DWP program for this year’s Mass Change. The install reflects the following October changes for the SNAP Program: The Maximum SNAP Allotments have DECREASED for all unit sizes. Maximum Gross (130% & 165%) and Net Income levels have increased for all unit sizes. Standard Deduction amounts have DECREASED for all unit sizes. Maximum Shelter Deduction has increased from $517 to $535. Heat/Air Standard has increased from $532 to $556. Electric Standard increases from $141 to $172. Phone Standard increases from $38 to $41.

The install reflects the following October changes for the MFIP Program: The MFIP Transitional Standard DECREASES for all unit sizes. The MFIP Food Portion DECREASES for all unit sizes. The MFIP Family Wage level DECREASES for all unit sizes. The Deemer Differential Standards DECREASES for all unit sizes. Workers will notice these changes effective 09/01/17 for the benefit month of 10/17 when processing or taking action on SNAP or MFIP cases.

Old news:

2017 Joint Counselor Training Presentations
Safety Training Video
- 6 minutes long
Qualified American Indian Reservation Time Exemption

Child Care Provider and Parent Outreach Materials

FAQ on colleges that are closing

FSS Non-Compliance for Employment Services Providers

2016 Joint Counselor Training Materials Now Available

Employment Services provider resources:

MFIP ES Training Course Offerings and Links/Attachments
2016 Joint Counselor Training Materials
ES Advisory Group Information Sheet

Income Maintenance - training information
ES Training Request Form
General Registration and Training Information

Motivational Interviewing Tips

Self-Employment Income Policy Guide

Helpful links:

CountyLink
Bulletins

Employment Services Manual - MFIP/DWP
County Reports

eDocs
DHS Systems Information Resource (SIR)

TrainLink

Workforce One

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

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