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    Subdivision 1. Implementation of Minnesota family investment program (MFIP).
Except for section 256J.95, this chapter and chapter 256K may be cited as the Minnesota family
investment program (MFIP). MFIP is the statewide implementation of components of the
Minnesota family investment plan (MFIP) authorized and formerly codified in section 256.031
and Minnesota family investment plan-Ramsey County (MFIP-R) formerly codified in section
    Subd. 2. Implementation of temporary assistance for needy families (TANF). The
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law 104-193,
eliminates the entitlement program of aid to families with dependent children (AFDC) and
replaces it with block grants to states for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF). TANF
provides cash assistance for a limited time to families with children and to pregnant women.
Minnesota's TANF assistance will be provided through a statewide expansion of MFIP. The
modifications specified in this chapter are necessary to comply with the new federal law and to
improve MFIP. Eligible applicants and recipients of AFDC, family general assistance, and food
stamps will be converted to the MFIP program. Effective January 1, 1998, any new application
received for family cash assistance will be processed under the rules of this chapter. Case
maintenance conversion for existing AFDC and FGA cases to MFIP-S as described in this chapter
will begin January 1, 1998, and continue through March 31, 1998.
    Subd. 3. Relationship to other statutes and rules. MFIP-S replaces eligibility for families
with children and pregnant women under the general assistance program, governed by sections
256D.01 to 256D.21 and Minnesota Rules, parts 9500.1200 to 9500.1270.
    Subd. 4. Changes to waivers. The commissioner of human services may negotiate and obtain
changes in the federal waivers and terms and conditions contained in MFIP, MFIP-R, and MFIP-S.
The commissioner may also terminate federal waivers by directing so in the applicable state plan.
    Subd. 5. Compliance system. The commissioner shall administer a compliance system
for the state's temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) program, the food stamp or
food support program, general assistance, medical assistance, general assistance medical care,
emergency general assistance, Minnesota supplemental aid, preadmission screening, child support
program, and alternative care grants under the powers and authorities named in section 256.01,
subdivision 2
. The purpose of the compliance system is to permit the commissioner to supervise
the administration of public assistance programs and to enforce timely and accurate distribution of
benefits, completeness of service and efficient and effective program management and operations,
to increase uniformity and consistency in the administration and delivery of public assistance
programs throughout the state, and to reduce the possibility of sanction and fiscal disallowances
for noncompliance with federal regulations and state statutes.
    Subd. 6. Legislative approval to move programs or activities. The commissioner shall not
move programs or activities funded with MFIP or TANF maintenance of effort funds to other
funding sources without legislative approval.
History: 1997 c 85 art 1 s 1; 1999 c 159 s 77; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 10 s 66; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 1 s
8,106; 2004 c 288 art 4 s 28; 2007 c 147 art 2 s 22

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