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What's new?

Guidance Regarding Verification of Immigration Status

Counties have asked about submitting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to verify immigration status information of program applicants or participants. Counties may NEVER ask applicants or participants to sign a USCIS FOIA release form to request an applicant’s or participant’s USCIS immigration file. See the attached memo from Kathy Bruen, SNAP/SAVE Manager, and Rachele King, State Refugee Coordinator, Resettlement Programs Office.

Minnesota Autism Resource website now available to support autism community

The Minnesota Autism Resource website is now available for youth and adults with autism as well as parents, teachers, social service and health care professionals and others to get and share information about autism spectrum disorders and related conditions (ASD). A key strategy for the Minnesota Autism Resource website is crowdsourcing content, where individuals and organizations submit content for posting on the website. More information is available in a news release.

Governor Dayton, DEED Announce Additional $519,000 in Grants for Minnesota Child Care Program

Governor Mark Dayton and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced $519,000 in additional funding for the Minnesota Child Care Grant program on Jan. 9. The grant program is designed to increase the supply of quality child care providers in communities statewide. More information and a list of recipients can be found in a DEED news release.

DHS seeking nominations for the Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards, which recognize excellence among human services providers, counties, tribes, advocacy groups and other organizations that work in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to help people meet their basic needs so they can live in dignity and achieve their highest potential. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. For more information and to access the nomination form, visit the DHS Commissioner’s Awards page.

Central Minnesota Legislators Hear How Job Training Programs Changed Lives

“Sometimes people appear in your life ... when you need them the most but don’t realize it. They help you see that life goes on, that you have transferable skills. They were my team, my cheerleaders. Now as a social worker, I know there are resources that can change lives.” This is just one testimonial six central Minnesota legislators and three representatives of US Congress heard last month in Monticello. Isanti-Chisago County Star-2/1/18

Minnesota Job Honor Awards!

Nominations are open now through February 15, 2018.
“Our society celebrates lottery winners, celebrities and professional athletes. We rarely hear inspiring stories of individuals whose lives are transformed through the hard work and perseverance that leads to meaningful employment. By publicly honoring these individuals we inspire others. We promote the programs that offer a helping hand. Perhaps most importantly, we rekindle hope and energize the work ethic by shining a spotlight on successful role models. It’s time for a new kind of hero.” There are two nomination categories:
Employee Category: celebrating individuals who have overcome barriers to employment.
Employer Category: celebrating employers that demonstrate a commitment to hiring candidates with barriers to employment.

MSSA Annual Conference Registration NOW OPEN!

The Minnesota Social Service Association 125th Annual Training Conference and Expo will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis on March 21-23, 2018. Follow these links for more information and to register!

Ain Dah Yung Center Powwow to be held February 10 and 11

Attached is the flyer for the Ain Dah Yung Center powwow which is happening on Saturday, February 10th and Friday, February 11th. The cost is $5 to get into the powwow.  All are welcome to attend.

Bulletin #18-68-01 Minnesota’s Best Practice Response to the Co-occurrence of Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence

This bulletin covers best practice protocols for responding to reports of the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. This bulletin includes Minnesota’s Best Practice Response to the Co-occurrence of Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence guidelines, for local social service agencies and tribes responsible for child protection assessment, investigation and case management. These guidelines were developed in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary work group, who were committed to keeping children safe and enhancing family well-being.

DHS Reissues “Work Will Always Pay…With MFIP”

The “Work Will Always Pay…With MFIP” handouts were last issued in bulletin 17-11-01. This bulletin replaces bulletin 17-11-01. All handouts copied from the prior bulletin should be destroyed. The handouts were previously updated October 1, 2017 based on state law which requires MFIP transitional standards to be adjusted each year in October to reflect the federal SNAP cost-of-living increase. The handouts are being updated due to the state minimum wage increase from $9.50 per hour to $9.65 per hour beginning January 1, 2018. The revised handouts include the earnings disregard which remains at the first $65 of earned income per wage earner plus half the remaining earned income of the assistance unit.

Combined Manual January 2018 Updates

Combined Manual Updates for January 2018 are now available.
The link to the CM Home Page is:
The link to the What’s New in the CM for 01/2018 is:

Old news:

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"

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:

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

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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