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Issue Alert - 07-04-06

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Date:

Apr 01, 2007

Program Area:

Child Development Care (CDC)

Issue Summary:

DHS will now recoup client error overissuances going back 72 months prior to the DHS discovery date

Persons Affected:

CDC applicants who are not referred to Work First and need child care for education and training

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice 320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-3120, (800)724-7441 Fax: (989) 755-3558 E-mail: info@ccj-mi.org
Michigan Poverty Law Program 611 Church Street, Suite 4A Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000 (734) 998-6100 (734) 998-9125 Fax


Background

Child Development Care (CDC) can only be approved for specific purposes or “needs” as defined by DHS policy.  Those need reasons include: 1) employment, 2) Michigan Works! approved activity, 3) Family Preservation Activities, and 4) High School Completion. 

 

Parents who apply for CDC for educational purposes besides High School Completion are required to have their educational activity or training approved by the Michigan Works Agency, a Refugee Services Contractor, or Tribal Employment Preparation program in order to qualify for CDC. 

 

For more information on CDC policy, See DHS Program Eligibility Manual (PEM) 703.  DHS’s PPBs and Manuals are available online at www.mfia.state.mi.us/olmweb/ex/html or by using the “Quick Link” at www.mplp.org.

What's Happening?

DHS Caseworkers can now approve CDC for employment preparation and/or training activities or a post-secondary educational program but only for FIP recipients who are not participating in Work First.  For a list of parents who are not required to participate in Work First See the April 2007 Issue Alert regarding Welfare Reform. 

You can find the issue alerts posted at www.mplp.org

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should tell parents who are receiving FIP but not participating in Work First because they are deferred or because of another approved reason and who want to participate in a employment preparation and/or training activity, or a post-secondary education that they may qualify for CDC for those activities.

What Should Clients Do?

Clients who are receiving FIP but not participating in Work First because they are deferred or because of another approved reason and who want to participate in a employment preparation and/or training activity, or a post-secondary education that they may qualify for CDC for those activities.  You will have to submit verification that they are enrolled in these activities before they qualify.  Clients who are denied CDC because the “need” reason is not appropriate should seek legal assistance.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate various sources of legal and related services, including the free legal aid office that serves your county, at MichiganLegalAid.org. You can also look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.