MFIP Employment Services Training and Provider Resources Information

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MFIP ES Training Course Offerings and Links/Attachments

Catalog of all ES related training opportunities including course descriptions, direct links, and registration instructions.

What's new?

Registration is Open for the 2017 Joint Counselor Training


The two-day training is FREE to attend again this year. Registration space is limited, so sign up today!

5th Annual Joint Counselor Training REGISTER NOW!
Partners for Equity
May 17-18, 2017
Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota

About the Conference: The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) join forces in Partners for Equity, the theme of the 5th Annual Joint Counselor Training. This training will assist us in developing our skills and managing stress, sharing best practices, building relationships and promoting system and policy changes that make a difference. Please join us as we work to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to economic opportunity that gives hope and results in a stronger future for themselves and their families.

NEW THIS YEAR: You are responsible to make and pay for your own hotel reservation. Please find additional information on the event registration page.

Meeting your MFIP Employment Services training needs

A training needs assessment survey is being developed to allow DHS to prioritize and make informed decisions about the resources and training offered to you. Keep your eye out for this opportunity!

In the meantime, we still have the ES Training Request Form, which is available on the MFIP Employment Services Training and Provider Resources Information website, under "Employment Services provider resources."

May MFIP Employment Services training change

The May offering of the 3-day MFIP Employment Services class will be held in Detroit Lakes on May 23rd, 24rd, and 25th. Registration is open in TrainLink, however seats are filling up fast! This class date and time were changed because of the conflict with the Joint Counselor Training this year. Thank you to all who offered up their space for us this May!

2017 JCT Call for Award Nominations deadline extended to April 7th

Each program listed will have one Outstanding Employee Award awarded: Dislocated Worker and Trade Adjustment Assistance; Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)/Diversionary Work Program (DWP); Job Service; Veterans Employment Services; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T); Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Adult Program (WIOA); and, Adult Career Pathways.

Please nominate someone that you think is deserving! To submit a nomination, complete the attached form. You will receive confirmation letting you know your submission has been received. If you need assistance in filling out the form, contact Katie Anderson at 651-259-7298 or The deadline to submit a proposal is 4:30 pm on Friday, April 7, 2017.

April 14th ES Advisory Meeting is canceled

The April 14th ES Advisory Meeting is canceled. We hope to see you in June. Thank you.

MFIP Employment Services Manual April 2017 Updates

MFIP Employment Services Manual Updates for April 2017 are now available.
The link to the ES Manual Home Page is:
The link to the "What’s New in the ESM for 04/2017" is:

Combined Manual April 2017 Updates

Combined Manual Updates for April 2017 are now available.
The link to the CM Home Page is:
The link to the "What’s New in the CM for 04/2017" is:

New Publications to eDocs

DHS-3550-ENG Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program Application
DHS-5223D-ENG Combined Application - Child Care Addendum
DHS-5274-ENG Child Care Assistance Program Redetermination Form

MFIP ES training calendar - April through July, 2017

April 12 ___________ MAXIS Inquiry for ES Workers
April 19 ___________ Employability Measure Part A

May 10 ___________ MAXIS Inquiry for ES Workers
May 23 ___________ MFIP Employment Services Training for New Workers (Detroit Lakes)

June 21___________ Employability Measure Part A

July 18 ___________ MFIP Employment Services Training for New Workers
July 18 ___________ MAXIS Inquiry for ES Workers

Please check TrainLink for times, room locations, etc. for all trainings listed above. Additional trainings may be added to this list, please check back frequently. For any questions, please contact Susan Seidl, Training Coordinator at: or 651-431-4139.

* Register for WF1 trainings through the WF1 system under Resources. Information will be published as soon as possible.

Old news:

Child Care Provider and Parent Outreach Materials
Governor Proclamation for Human Services Worker Day!

Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs DHS-6696

FAQ on colleges that are closing

FSS Non-Compliance for Employment Services Providers

Transit Assistance Program (TAP) offers $1 rides -- Ride for $1 per trip – including transfers – until April 10, 2017!

2016 Joint Counselor Training Materials Now Available

Family Violence Waiver Presentation Material Available

Positive Supports Minnesota launched

Changes to the MFIP Housing Assistance Grant Effective August 1, 2016
New child support law impacts MFIP clients

Handouts and links referenced in ES training:

MFIP ES Referrals, Expectations, Requirements, and Performance Measures
ES Referral Process, Coordination of Services, & Sequence of Services

Bulletin #15-11-02: Work Will Always Pay

Interviewing and Assessments

Intro to Assessments, the EM, and Interviewing

What is Ethical Behavior?

Assessment tools PowerPoint handout

Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act

Assessments Resources

Characteristics of LD in adults

Employment Plans, Activities, and Supports

Employment Plan Process

Activity Types & Corresponding Activity Examples

MFIP Work Activity Daily Supervision, Documentation and Verification Guide

Employment Services MFIP Activity Guide Tip Sheet

ES Activities: CORE, Non-CORE, Allowable, and FLSA

DHS Monthly Training/Education Log

Education Documentation Guidelines

MFIP ES Education and Training Brochure

Bulletin #14-11-02 Policy Changes to Education and Training Activities in MFIP

DHS-5784-ENG MFIP/DWP Employment Services Weekly Job Search Activity Log

Job Readiness, Life Skills and Job Skills Directly Related to Employment Guidance

Writing Effective Employment Plans

Supports and CCAP PP slides

Job Counselor CCAP Worker Roles Grid

Family Stabilization Services

Family Stabilization Services

FSS Pre-Sanction Checklist, DHS-6075

Domestic Violence Information brochure, DHS-3477

Sanctions, Extensions, and Worker Resources

MFIP Sanction Policy and Good Cause

MFIP Notice of Intent to Sanction, DHS-3175

DWP/MFIP Status Update Form, DHS-3165

Extensions and Exit Reasons

Worker Resources for Employment Services Providers Handout

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

Pertinent bulletins:

Bulletin 17-68-06 Changes to Child Care Assistance Program Immunization Requirements
Bulletin 16-11-01 DHS Reissues "Work Will Always Pay...With MFIP"

Bulletin 16-68-14 County Responsibilities for the Transfer of a Child Welfare Case to a Tribal Agency

Bulletin 16-68-13 Transfer of a Child Welfare Case to a Tribe Outside of Minnesota

Bulletin #16-69-04 2016 Uniform Income Determinations and Reporting Requirements for Cash Programs and Child Care Programs

Bulletin #16-69-03 2016 Changes to Agency Error Overpayment Policy for Cash Programs

Bulletin #16-32-08 Calendar Year 2017 Participation Rates

Bulletin #16-68-10 Update of Federal Poverty Guidelines and Suggested Social Services Fee Schedule

Bulletin #16-32-01 Information to Assist Counties and Tribes with Preparation & Submission of Fiscal Reports

Bulletin #16-32-03 Human Service 2016 Allocations

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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