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256J.62 Allocation of county employment and training services block grant.

Subdivision 1. Allocation. Money appropriated for MFIP-S employment and training services must be allocated to counties as specified in this section.

Subd. 2. Guaranteed floor. Money shall be allocated to counties in an amount equal to the county's guaranteed floor. The county's guaranteed allocation floor shall be calculated as follows:

(1) for fiscal 1998, the guaranteed allocation floor shall be calculated by multiplying the county's STRIDE allocation received for state fiscal year 1997 by 90 percent;

(2) for each subsequent fiscal year, the guaranteed allocation floor shall be calculated by multiplying the county's MFIP-S employment and training services allocation received the previous state fiscal year by 90 percent; and

(3) if the amount of funds available for allocation is less than the amount allocated to all counties for the previous fiscal year, each county's previous year allocation shall be reduced in proportion to the reduction in statewide funding for the purpose of establishing the guaranteed floor.

Subd. 3. Allocation of balance of funds. If there remain funds to allocate after establishing each county's guaranteed floor under the provisions in subdivision 2, the balance of funds shall be allocated as follows:

(1) for state fiscal year 1998, the remaining funds shall be allocated based on the county's average number of AFDC and family general assistance cases as compared to the statewide total number of cases. The average number of cases shall be based on counts of AFDC and family general assistance cases as of March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 of calendar year 1996;

(2) for state fiscal year 1999, the remaining funds shall be allocated based on the county's average number of AFDC, family general assistance, MFIP-R, MFIP, and MFIP-S cases as compared to the statewide total number of cases. The average number of cases shall be based on counts of AFDC, family general assistance, MFIP-R, MFIP, and MFIP-S cases as of March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 of calendar year 1997; and

(3) for all subsequent state fiscal years, the remaining funds shall be allocated based on the county's average number of MFIP-S cases as compared to the statewide total number of cases. The average number of cases must be based on counts of MFIP-S cases as of March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 of the previous calendar year.

Subd. 4. Administrative activities limit. No more than 15 percent of the money allocated under this section may be used for administrative activities.

Subd. 5. STRIDE allocation. Funds allocated for STRIDE services for state fiscal year 1998 are allocated to county agencies based on the provisions of statute in effect on June 30, 1997. At the time that the AFDC program is replaced by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program under title I of Public Law Number 104-193 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, any unexpended balance of a county's STRIDE allocation for that fiscal year remains available to the county for operation of MFIP-S employment and training services and for the operation of the STRIDE program for the MFIP and MFIP-R field trial counties for the balance of the fiscal year. These STRIDE funds shall be included in the calculation of the next year's MFIP-S employment and training allocation under the provisions of subdivision 2.

Subd. 6. Bilingual employment and training services to refugees. Funds appropriated to cover the costs of bilingual employment and training services to refugees shall be allocated to county agencies as follows:

(1) for state fiscal year 1998, the allocation shall be based on the county's proportion of the total statewide number of AFDC refugee cases in the previous fiscal year. Counties with less than one percent of the statewide number of AFDC, MFIP-R, or MFIP refugee cases shall not receive an allocation of bilingual employment and training services funds; and

(2) for each subsequent fiscal year, the allocation shall be based on the county's proportion of the total statewide number of MFIP-S refugee cases in the previous fiscal year. Counties with less than one percent of the statewide number of MFIP-S refugee cases shall not receive an allocation of bilingual employment and training services funds.

Subd. 7. Work literacy language programs. Funds appropriated to cover the costs of work literacy language programs to non-English-speaking recipients shall be allocated to county agencies as follows:

(1) for state fiscal year 1998, the allocation shall be based on the county's proportion of the total statewide number of AFDC or MFIP cases in the previous fiscal year where the lack of English is a barrier to employment. Counties with less than two percent of the statewide number of AFDC or MFIP cases where the lack of English is a barrier to employment shall not receive an allocation of the work literacy language program funds; and

(2) for each subsequent fiscal year, the allocation shall be based on the county's proportion of the total statewide number of MFIP-S cases in the previous fiscal year where the lack of English is a barrier to employment. Counties with less than two percent of the statewide number of MFIP-S cases where the lack of English is a barrier to employment shall not receive an allocation of the work literacy language program funds.

Subd. 8. Reallocation. The commissioner of human services shall review county agency expenditures of MFIP-S employment and training services funds at the end of the third quarter of the first year of the biennium and each quarter after that and may reallocate unencumbered or unexpended money appropriated under this section to those county agencies that can demonstrate a need for additional money.

Subd. 9. Continuation of certain services. At the request of the caregiver, the county may continue to provide case management, counseling or other support services to a participant following the participant's achievement of the employment goal, for up to six months following termination of the participant's eligibility for MFIP-S.

A county may expend funds for a specific employment and training service for the duration of that service to a participant if the funds are obligated or expended prior to the participant losing MFIP-S eligibility.

HIST: 1997 c 85 art 1 s 50