256D.54 Application for other benefits.
Subdivision 1. Potential eligibility. An applicant or recipient who is otherwise eligible for supplemental aid and who is potentially eligible for maintenance benefits from any other source shall (1) apply for those benefits within 30 days of the county's determination of potential eligibility for those benefits; and (2) execute an interim assistance authorization agreement on a form as directed by the commissioner.
Subd. 2. Recovery of supplemental aid under an interim assistance agreement. If a recipient is eligible for benefits from other sources, and receives a payment from another source for a period during which supplemental aid was also issued, the recipient shall reimburse the county agency for the interim assistance paid. Reimbursement shall not exceed the amount of supplemental aid paid during the time period to which the other maintenance benefits apply. Reimbursement shall not exceed the state standard that applies to that time period. Reimbursement may be sought directly from the other source of maintenance income but remains the primary obligation of the recipient when an interim assistance agreement has been executed.
Subd. 3. Interim assistance advocacy incentive program. From the amount recovered under an interim assistance agreement, county agencies may retain 25 percent plus actual reasonable fees, costs, and disbursements of appeals, litigation, and advocacy assistance given to the recipient for the recipient's claim for supplemental security income. The money kept under this section is from the state share of the recovery. The commissioner or the county agency may contract with qualified persons to provide the special assistance. The methods by which a county agency identifies, refers, and assists recipients who may be eligible for benefits under federal programs for the aged, blind, or disabled are those methods used by the general assistance interim assistance advocacy incentive program.