|Community-Based Services Manual|
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Family Support Grant (FSG)
Page posted: 11/01/03
Page reviewed: 1/21/11
Page updated: 12/18/2013
Family Support Grant: Statewide program to help families access disability services and supports, prevent the out-of-home placement of children with disabilities and promote family health and social well-being.
The Family Support Grant is available to children:
*Hardship exceptions to the income ceiling may be determined by the county consideration of such factors as:
Families with more than one child with a certified disability may apply for a grant for each eligible child.
Children receiving home and community-based support services under the following programs are not eligible to receive FSG at the same time:
The FSG Program provides cash grants to eligible families with children who have certified disabilities. These grants offset the higher than average expenses directly related to a child's disability and can be no more than $2,936 per calendar year for each eligible child.
Grants must be used to purchase services and items described in the childs county-approved Individual Service Plan (ISP) and not available through other funding sources or community programs.
Place of Residence
To receive a FSG, the child must live or will live in their biological or adoptive family home. A child may not receive the FSG if they permanently reside in any of the following settings:
Eligible children who would return to their family home if a grant were awarded are able to receive a FSG.
Temporary out-of-home placement
Suspend FSGs for children who enter 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 their county or residence.
FSGs may be:
Counties may choose between the various systems, as they deem appropriate on an individual basis.
Process and Procedure
Process and Procedure: Family Support Grant
Case managers/service coordinators must notify the family of all appropriate service and funding options. This includes Medical Assistance and home and community-based service waivers. Then families may choose the available program that suits the individual needs of the child.
The county social service agency administers the FSG to eligible residents. With the assistance of the case manager, families who choose to apply for a FSG must compile the following information for consideration:
Counties must consider the following criteria when awarding grants and determining waiting list placement:
Approved families who choose the FSG program need to submit and or maintain the following documents:
Counties determine eligibility annually. Renewal requests should include the following documentation:
Participating counties manage FSG funds within the amounts published in the annual DHS financial management divisions Human Service Allocation Bulletin.
County financial divisions report quarterly to the DHS financial management division.
When a child exits the FSG program, grant funds are allocated to other eligible county residents.
At the end of the year, families must return unspent funds to the county and return any funds expended for goods or services not identified in the county approved ISP and FSG budget.
FSG funds follow children when they move to another Minnesota county and become part of the FSG allocation of the new county of residence.
Grant transfer documentation
A two-party form, County of Financial Responsibility Transfer for FSG: DHS-4007 (PDF) serves to confirm agreement and notification of the new county and inform DHS so the FSG funds may follow the person to the new county of residence.
When children leave the FSG program, the county reallocates the available funds to another eligible county resident. Counties must notify families that their participation in the program is ending and of their rights to appeal.