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Please note that the following forms may have new web addresses.
 Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program Application
 Licensed Child Care Center Application
 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) education activity log
 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training Plan
 Human Services Performance Management System Claim for Extenuating Circumstances
 State of Minnesota Workforce Certificate Information
 Performance Management System Performance Improvement Plans

Refugee Recognition Month and Outstanding Refugee Awards Nominations

Governor Dayton’s proclamation making the month of June Refugee Recognition Month. To help celebrate the many wonderful neighbors, colleagues, friends and residents who have come to Minnesota with refugee status or have been granted asylum from fleeing persecution, we are sharing artwork from Washington Technology Secondary student Lou Thao, winner of our refugee poster contest this year and asking for nominations for our Outstanding Refugee awards which will be bestowed in the fall. 

Nominations for the Outstanding Refugee Awards will be taken through midnight on June 25th through the following link: There are three categories of awards:
1) Entrepreneurship Award: Recognizes individuals who have had refugee status, or their children, who are making innovative contributions to their community in business, the arts or education.
2) Civic Leadership Award: Recognizes individuals who have had refugee status, or their children, who are outstanding leaders in their community.
3) Youth Leadership Award: Recognizes youth who have had refugee status, or are the children of refugees, who are young leaders in their community.

Employment Services Manual May 2018 Updates

Employment Services Manual Updates for May 2018 are now on the Internet. They are EFFECTIVE 05-01-18, unless otherwise noted.

The link to the ESM Home Page is:
The link to the What’s New in the ESM for 05/2018 is:
The link to the Current Version of the Employment Services Manual is:

Be sure to read through the entire Updates for a full description of the changes. Send any policy questions to PolicyQuest.

Bulletin 18-68-07 Federal and State Changes to the Child Care Assistance Program - Phase 4

This bulletin addresses Child Care Assistance Program Phase 4 changes effective April 23, 2018 made as a result of the 2017 state legislative session:

A child can use up to two providers that can be paid by CCAP (one primary provider and one secondary provider), and CCAP will limit authorization and payments to a child’s secondary provider.

CCAP will restrict authorizations to 25 children or dependents of employees per child care center.

DHS announces launch of 24/7 suicide prevention, mental health crisis texting service

Minnesotans across the state can now access suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, DHS announced. As of April 1, people who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a trained counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. The service helps people contemplating suicide and facing mental health issues. In Minnesota and across the nation, text message suicide response services have been successful in helping people in need. Texting is the preferred way to communicate for many people — especially youth — and it is important to reach people where they are at when they are contemplating suicide or in crisis.

Crisis Text Line, a non-profit that has offered this service nationally since 2013, will be the state’s sole provider for this service. Crisis Text Line handles 50,000 messages per month — more than 20 million messages since 2013 — from across the U.S., connecting people to local resources in their community. Minnesota has had text suicide prevention services since 2011, but they have only been available in 54 of 87 counties, plus tribal nations. Crisis Text Line will be able to offer suicide prevention and education efforts in all Minnesota counties and Tribal nations, including, for the first time, the Twin Cities metro area.

Learn more in a recent DHS news release or on the DHS public website. Resources such as posters for partners and providers to share information about the Crisis Text Line are also available on the DHS website.

Old news:

Guidance Regarding Verification of Immigration Status
Central Minnesota Legislators Hear How Job Training Programs Changed Lives

DHS Reissues “Work Will Always Pay…With MFIP”
Bulletin #18-68-01 Minnesota’s Best Practice Response to the Co-occurrence of Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence

Social Security Advocacy Directory

Bulletin 17-68-26 Federal and State Changes to the Child Care Assistance Program - Phase 3

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

Bulletin 17-68-23 2017 Social Services Block Grant Annual Report

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

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

Employment Services provider resources:

ES Advisory Group Information Website
MFIP ES Training Course Offerings and Links/Attachments
2016 Joint Counselor Training Materials
Income Maintenance - training information

ES Training Request Form
General Registration and Training Information

Motivational Interviewing Tips

Self-Employment Income Policy Guide

MAXIS/MEC² & MMIS Production Region Calendars: May 2018, June 2018

Helpful links:


Employment Services Manual - MFIP/DWP
County Reports

DHS Systems Information Resource (SIR)


Workforce One

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

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