256.7365 Special projects to address dependence on AFDC.
Subdivision 1. Establishment and purpose. The commissioner shall establish a grant program for projects to serve AFDC caretakers who have received AFDC for at least 36 months, AFDC caretakers with substantial barriers to employment, or individuals at risk of long-term dependency on AFDC. The projects shall assist individuals to escape or avoid long-term dependency on AFDC.
Subd. 2. Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following terms have the meanings given them.
(a) "Substantial barriers to employment" means disabilities, chemical dependency, having children with disabilities, lack of a high school degree, lack of a marketable occupational skill, three or more children, or lack of regular work experience in the previous five years.
(b) "Case management" means case management as defined in section 256.736, subdivision 11.
Subd. 3. Application. Counties, employment and training service providers, cities, local and state agencies, federally recognized Indian reservations, educational institutions, job training agencies, community-based organizations, displaced homemaker programs, supported work programs, and other nonprofit agencies may apply for grants under this section.
Subd. 4. Selection. A committee consisting of the commissioner of human services, the commissioner of economic security, and the chancellor of the Minnesota state colleges and universities, or their designees, shall review the project proposals and select projects to receive grants under this section. The first set of projects must be selected by March 1, 1988. At least two projects must be selected that are operated by or in cooperation with tribes or organizations representing ethnic minorities, except that the committee may reject any project proposal that does not meet the design requirements established in subdivision 5.
Subd. 5. Project design. Projects selected under this section must:
(1) use existing resources whenever possible;
(2) serve one of the three groups listed in subdivision 1;
(3) meet financial and administrative standards established by the commissioner;
(4) participate in reporting and evaluation requirements as specified by the commissioner; and
(5) provide matching funds, including in-kind matches, but not including income maintenance grants, medical assistance, food stamps, or state job training funds. Preference shall be given to projects which include multiagency participation or coordination.
Subd. 6. Allowable expenditures. (a) Projects may use money received under this section for education, employment, social services, child care, transportation, support services, rehabilitation services, relocation assistance, job development, work experience, on-the-job training, case management, medical services, and other appropriate services.
(b) Projects may use up to 15 percent of the money received under this section for administrative expenses. Administrative expenses do not include expenses for activities in paragraph (a).
(c) The commissioner may establish limits on the use of money for particular purposes or services.
Subd. 7. Demonstration and evaluation. For the biennium ending June 30, 1989, projects are demonstration projects to test the effectiveness of differing approaches to serving populations with acute needs. The commissioner of human services shall submit to the governor and the legislature a progress report by February 1, 1989, and shall submit subsequent program evaluation reports as part of the biennial plan.
Subd. 8. Repealed, 1990 c 568 art 4 s 85
Subd. 9. Carryover authority. Money appropriated in one fiscal year may be carried forward into the next year to ensure continuity of services and funding for follow-up services.