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Issue Alert - 02-05-04

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May 10, 2002

Issue Summary:

Miscellaneous Changes – Program Policy Bulletin 2002-004 – Eff. 5-1-02

Persons Affected:

Interviews for FAP Applicants and when FIP closes; A person disqualified for FAP who receives FIP or SDA; Persons applying for assistance through FIA and who have income from unemployment compensation benefits, Americorp or money from Ricky Ray Hemophilia Act

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-3120, (800)724-7441 Fax: (989) 755-3558E-mail:


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What's Happening?

A. InterviewsFIA Must Offer Exit Interviews to Households Moving Off of FIPAccording to the new policy issued by FIA, they will be offering exit interviews for all Family Independence Program (FIP) recipients at case closure. The purpose of these interviews will be to inform the client of all other federal, state and local resources that is available to the customer. All FIP closure notices have been revised to include information about the exit interviews. See PAM 220FIA Must Offer In-Person Interviews to All Food Stamp Applicants FIA must offer the opportunity for in-person interviews to all applicants, including those for whom the in-person interview is automatically waived (e.g. households that include only senior citizens and/or persons with disabilities). PAM 115B. Changes in the Income Rules Food Assistance (Food Stamp) Program only - If a person who is disqualified from FAP is the grantee for FIP/SDA, then FIA will treat the whole FIP/SDA amount as the income of the disqualified person. FIA has made it clear that if a member of a household is disqualified from receiving Food Stamps, but is the FIP or State Disability Assistance grantee for the household, then that the FIP/SDA income will be counted fully as the income of that person. That income may be prorated, see PEM Item 550, depending on the reason for the disqualification.All Programs - FIA has outlined three changes or clarifications in calculating income for programs it administers. See Program Eligibility Manual 500 These changes are:AmeriCorps – For FIP, SDA, CDC and FAP, FIA must exclude all allowances and benefits from income. For Medicaid and SMP, the living allowance only is counted as part of the wages. The old policy counted the on-the-job training as earned income.Unemployment Compensation – If the unemployment compensation that is reduced because of earnings, then the caseworkers are to use the reduced amount of unemployment benefits as the gross amount. Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Act – Funds disbursed from the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under the Act are excluded from income.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services office handle these type of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan Legal Assistance Network website ( or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738