SS Update - July 2017
Key Highlights This Month:
There is a new webpage that explains the impact on Minnesota of federal nutrition programs (SNAP and The Emergency Food Program) authorized by the federal Farm Bill: https://mn.gov/dhs/farm-bill/
SNAP Midwest Partners Training Event August 9-11, 2017 in Green Bay, WI. Hotels are filling up fast! Deadline is July 18, 2017.
SNAP bonus allocations were sent to counties at the end of June. The new deadline for the SNAP plans is August 12, 2017.
A new staff person, Chris Costello, has begun a two-year assignment to redesign and rethink the Combined Manual. He has started his work by visiting local county and tribal offices to observe how worker use the Combined Manual and understand the larger context of the demand on their time and attention in their jobs that influence how they use the manual.
15 employment services and county representatives have been meeting with a DHS team since late spring to rewrite the MFIP Employment Services Manual. The intent of the project is to make it easier for readers to find the information they need, to understand the information they find and to know how to use it.
August as Child Support Awareness Month – activities highlighted during the month of August by DHS will include:
A governor’s proclamation
DHS will be partnering with the counties on a driver’s license outreach initiative to work with noncustodial parents who have their licenses suspended and help them get it back
Drawing attention to the new parentage video CSD recently produced and will be posting to the DHS website and sharing with hospitals
Drawing attention to the Child Support Task Force and its upcoming extended public comment periods for future meetings this fall.
New Parentage Video – CSD will post a new parentage video replacing the “Power of Two” video made several years ago. Hospitals and counties show the video to new, unmarried parents to explain their legal rights and responsibilities before signing the Recognition of Parentage form.
Requested Actions Needed From MACSSA:
The 2017 Position Statement will be brought back to MACSSA to be reapproved for 2018.
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