Combined Manual (CM)

Minnesota county financial workers administer public assistance programs. The Combined Manual (CM) gives financial workers a complete, authoritative, concise set of provisions to determine eligibility for the cash and food programs and to issue client benefits on MAXIS.

The CM contains the policies and procedures of the following programs:
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) General Assistance program (GA)
Diversionary Work Program (DWP) Group Residential Housing (GRH)
SNAP Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) Emergency programs



What’s New in the CM for 04/2015.
Please Note: Links DO NOT work in the Monthly Updates PDF.

Current Version of the Entire CM.


Archives page contains previous Manual updates
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Tips for using the CM.


How to read the CM


Additional Resources on the CM Guides and Handouts Page


Some materials in this manual may have been superseded by DHS bulletins or other guidance provided to county and tribal staff. If you would like to receive bulletins electronically, please subscribe to the DHS bulletins mailing list, located on the DHS Bulletin web site.

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