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Family Support Grant (FSG)

Page posted: 11/01/03

Page reviewed: 1/21/11

Page updated: 12/18/2013

Legal Authority

Minn. Stat. §252.32

Definition

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.

Eligibility

The Family Support Grant is available to children:

  • • Certified disabled by county based DD Screening or State Medical Review Team
  • • Under the age of 21 years
  • • Who live or will live in their biological or adoptive family home
  • • Whose family has annual adjusted gross income of $98,564 or less (effective Jan. 1, 2014) except in cases where extreme hardship is demonstrated*
  • *Hardship exceptions to the income ceiling may be determined by the county consideration of such factors as:

  • • Family size
  • • Presence of disability in other family members and
  • • Substantial existing family debt due to the child’s disability
  • 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:

    Covered Services

    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 child’s 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:

  • • Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  • • Nursing facility
  • • Regional treatment center
  • • Other licensed residential service facilities licensed by DHS or the Minnesota Department of Health
  • 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.

    Secondary Information

    FSGs may be:

  • • Awarded on a one time or an ongoing basis
  • • Distributed in a lump sum or in monthly payments depending on the child’s needs
  • • Issued to families as cash, voucher or direct payments to vendors
  • Counties may choose between the various systems, as they deem appropriate on an individual basis.

    Process and Procedure

    Access
    Application

    Approval and Waiting List Considerations

    Renewal of Grant Awards
    Billing
    Transferring Grant Awards Between Counties

    Termination of Grant Awards

    Process and Procedure: Family Support Grant

    Access

    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.

    Application

    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:

  • • Completed FSG form
  • • FSG Budget of Subsidized Expenses
  • • FSG Budget Worksheet
  • • FSG Income Eligibility Form
  • • Other information that may help the county determine the family’s need for a grant
  • • Summary of the family situation
  • • Verification that the child has been certified disabled
  • Approval and Waiting List Considerations

    Counties must consider the following criteria when awarding grants and determining waiting list placement:

  • • Degree of need in the home environment for additional support
  • • Extent and areas of the functional limitations of the child with a disability
  • • Potential effectiveness of grant to maintain and support the child in the family environment
  • Approval documentation

    Approved families who choose the FSG program need to submit and or maintain the following documents:

  • • FSG Informed Consent Statement for Parents and
  • • Upon request of the case manager/service coordinator, the Annual Expenditure Documentation for FSG
  • Renewal of Grant Awards

    Counties determine eligibility annually. Renewal requests should include the following documentation:

  • • Budget of Subsidized Expenses
  • • Completed FSG Annual Expenditure Documentation Form
  • • Copy of a current certification of disability
  • • FSG Budget Worksheet
  • • Income Eligibility Form to verify continuing income eligibility
  • • Statement of ability to maintain the child in the family home and any changes in the need for a grant
  • Billing

    Participating counties manage FSG funds within the amounts published in the annual DHS financial management division’s 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.

    Transferring Grant Awards Between Counties

    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.

    Termination of Grant Awards

    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.

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