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HF 1238

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/14/2019 03:17pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying child care assistance program provisions;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 119B.011, subdivision 20, by adding
a subdivision; 119B.025, subdivision 1; 119B.03, subdivision 9; 119B.095, by
adding a subdivision.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.011, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 13b. new text end

new text begin Homeless. new text end

new text begin "Homeless" means a self-declared housing status as defined in
the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and United States Code, title 42, section
11302, paragraph (a).
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 12, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.011, subdivision 20, is amended to read:


Subd. 20.

Transition year families.

"Transition year families" means families who have
received MFIP assistance, or who were eligible to receive MFIP assistance after choosing
to discontinue receipt of the cash portion of MFIP assistance under section 256J.31,
subdivision 12
, or families who have received DWP assistance under section 256J.95 for
at least deleted text beginthreedeleted text endnew text begin onenew text end of the last six months before losing eligibility for MFIP or DWP.
Notwithstanding Minnesota Rules, parts 3400.0040, subpart 10, and 3400.0090, subpart 2,
transition year child care may be used to support employment, approved education or training
programs, or job search that meets the requirements of section 119B.10. Transition year
child care is not available to families who have been disqualified from MFIP or DWP due
to fraud.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective October 8, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.025, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Applications.

(a) new text beginExcept as provided in paragraph (c), clause (4), new text endthe
county shall verify the following at all initial child care applications using the universal
application:

(1) identity of adults;

(2) presence of the minor child in the home, if questionable;

(3) relationship of minor child to the parent, stepparent, legal guardian, eligible relative
caretaker, or the spouses of any of the foregoing;

(4) age;

(5) immigration status, if related to eligibility;

(6) Social Security number, if given;

(7) counted income;

(8) spousal support and child support payments made to persons outside the household;

(9) residence; and

(10) inconsistent information, if related to eligibility.

(b) The county must mail a notice of approval or denial of assistance to the applicant
within 30 calendar days after receiving the application. The county may extend the response
time by 15 calendar days if the applicant is informed of the extension.

new text begin (c) For an applicant who declares that the applicant is homeless and who meets the
definition of homeless in section 119B.011, subdivision 13b, the county must:
new text end

new text begin (1) if information is needed to determine eligibility, send a request for information to
the applicant within five working days after receiving the application;
new text end

new text begin (2) if the applicant is eligible, send a notice of approval of assistance within five working
days after receiving the application;
new text end

new text begin (3) if the applicant is ineligible, send a notice of denial of assistance within 30 days after
receiving the application. The county may extend the response time by 15 calendar days if
the applicant is informed of the extension;
new text end

new text begin (4) not require verifications required by paragraph (a) before issuing the notice of approval
or denial; and
new text end

new text begin (5) follow limits set by the commissioner for how frequently expedited application
processing may be used for an applicant under this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin (d) An applicant who declares that the applicant is homeless must submit proof of
eligibility within three months of the date the application was received. If proof of eligibility
is not submitted within three months, eligibility ends. A 15-day adverse action notice is
required to end eligibility.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 12, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.03, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Portability pool.

(a) The commissioner shall establish a pool of up to five
percent of the annual appropriation for the basic sliding fee program to provide continuous
child care assistance for eligible families who move between Minnesota counties. At the
end of each allocation period, any unspent funds in the portability pool must be used for
assistance under the basic sliding fee program. If expenditures from the portability pool
exceed the amount of money available, the reallocation pool must be reduced to cover these
shortages.

(b) deleted text beginTo be eligible for portable basic sliding fee assistance,deleted text end A family that has moved from
a county in which it was receiving basic sliding fee assistance to a county with a waiting
list for the basic sliding fee program must:

(1) meet the income and eligibility guidelines for the basic sliding fee program; and

(2) notify the deleted text beginnew county of residence within 60 days of moving and submit information
to the new county of residence to verify eligibility for the basic sliding fee program
deleted text endnew text begin family's
previous county of residence of the family's move to a new county of residence
new text end.

(c) The receiving county must:

(1) accept administrative responsibility for applicants for portable basic sliding fee
assistance at the end of the two months of assistance under the Unitary Residency Act;

(2) continue new text beginportability pool new text endbasic sliding fee assistance deleted text beginfor the lesser of six months ordeleted text end
until the family is able to receive assistance under the county's regular basic sliding program;
and

(3) notify the commissioner through the quarterly reporting process of any family that
meets the criteria of the portable basic sliding fee assistance pool.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective October 8, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.095, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Assistance for persons who are homeless. new text end

new text begin An applicant who is homeless and
eligible for child care assistance under this chapter is eligible for 60 hours of child care
assistance per service period for three months from the date the county receives the
application. Additional hours may be authorized as needed based on the applicant's
participation in employment, education, or MFIP or DWP employment plans. To continue
receiving child care assistance after the initial three months, the applicant must verify that
the applicant meets eligibility and activity requirements for child care assistance under this
chapter.
new text end