MFIP and DWP employment services

Employment service providers work with clients in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or diversionary work program.

These pages were created for the needs of the employment service providers. We hope that job counselors find it useful in their day-to-day duties.

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Announcements

Salvation Army Coats for Kids

The Salvation Army's Coats for Kids free coat distribution will start on Thursday, October 30, 10 a.m. until the coats run out. Call the Coats for Kids Hotline at 651-746-3412 for locations or see the distribution flyer.

Native American College Fair

  • Thursday, November 6th, 5-8 p.m.
  • Augsburg Fairview Academy, 2504 Columbus Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • All students and families are welcome to learn about college life, courses, and admission & financial aid requirements
  • Native American College Fair flyer

Hennepin County Job Development Career Fair

Calendar of Job Connect job/career fairs and employer hiring events

  • These events are listing and updated frequently at www.jobconnectmn.com/events.
  • Note: Hennepin County Destination Jobs job fairs are also posted on this web site.

New parenting program

A new program, Parenting for the Future, will begin accepting referrals on October 1. This program is for mothers and fathers who have cognitive challenges and have at least one child under the age of five.

Calendar of DEED-approved job and career hiring events

MFIP forms

Hennepin County forms

State of Minnesota forms

Go to the Department of Human Services' (DHS) eDocs site and search for the form by entering the DHS form number.

  • Brief screening tool for special learning needs, DHS 3504
  • Combined Application form (CAF), DHS 5223  
  • Do You Have a Disability?, DHS 4133  
  • Education and Training in Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), DHS 3366 
  • Employment Services rights and responsibilities, DHS 3172 
  • FSS Pre-Sanction checklist, DHS 6075 
  • Graduate to Independence -- Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Teen Parent Informational Brochure, DHS 2887
  • Household Report form, DHS 2120  
  • Injury Protection Program forms
    • Claim form, DHS 998
    • First Report of Injury, DHS 3995
    • Participant Information and Authorization to Release Information, DHS 3994
    • Participant Injury Status Report, DHS 3997
  • Participant Medical Referral and Medical Care Provider Information Letter, DHS 3996
  • Important Information about the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Family Cap, DHS 498 
  • Job Counselor Diversionary Work Program (DWP)/Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Observation checklist, DHS 3483  
  • LEP Notice: Language Block, DHS 5079
  • MFIP/DWP Self Employment Business Plan, DHS-6200
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) for Minor Caregivers, DHS 3238  
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Special Learning Needs Scoring form, DHS 3504A 
  • Notice of Intent to Sanction, DHS 3175 
  • Notice of Privacy Practices, DHS 3979 
  • Notice of Requirement to Attend Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Overview, DHS 2929
  • Notice of Requirement to Attend School for parents under age 20, DHS 2961 
  • Opting out of the cash portion of Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), DHS 3356 
  • Request for Verification of School Attendance/Progress, DHS 2883
  • Self-Employment Report Form, DHS-3336
  • Self Screen Mental Health/Chemical Dependency, DHS 3482 
  • Self Screen Scoring form, DHS 3482A
  • State Agency Appeals Summary, DHS 0035 
  • Status Update form, DHS-3165
  • Unpaid Work Activities, DHS 4209 
  • Weekly Job Search Activity Log, DHS 5784
  • Work Benefit Program, DHS 5837

MFIP and DWP child care for job counselors

Minnesota Family Investment Program and Diversionary Work Program child care forms are listed below.

Hennepin County forms

State of Minnesota forms

Go to the Department of Human Services' (DHS) e-Docs site and search for the form by entering the DHS form number.

  • Authorization for release of information about residence and shelter expenses, DHS 2852
  • Change report form, DHS 4794
  • Child care addendum, DHS 5223D
  • Child care assistance re-determination, DHS 5274
  • Client statement of good cause, DHS 2338
  • Do you need help paying for child care?, DHS 3551
  • Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program application, DHS 3550
  • Parent acknowledgement when choosing a legal unlicensed provider, DHS 5367
  • Parent request for in-home child care, DHS 6475
  • Referral to support and collections, DHS 3163B
  • Understanding child support: a handbook for parents, DHS 3393

Resources and reference

Additional information

Policies and procedures

Here are some commonly used policies and procedures.

Password resets

To change passwords for Diamond, MEC/2 or Workforce One, please contact the Hennepin County Enterprise service desk at 612-348-6662. The Service Desk handles all password resets. Please be sure to include all of the information listed below:

  • Your name
  • Your agency name
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Your logon ID (EG#, WF#, TE#) 
  • Name of system for which you need the password reset
  • Whether or not you remember your password.  You do not need to tell them the password; some systems allow the password to be reset without changing it.

Providing MFIP & DWP employment services

Resources, referrals, training and special programs

Employment-related programs

Specialty Programs Descriptions (DOC)

Specialty Programs Generic Referral (DOC)

Goodwill/Easter Seals Moving Forward Program

HealthChoices provides medical evaluations of disabilities and mental health issues and recommendations for employment activities and treatment.

Open Access Connections (Formerly Twin Cities Community Voice Mail)

PACE – HIRED's Program for Academic and Career Excellence PACE provides MFIP employment services to young parents ages 18 - 25. Please read the attached flyer for program eligibility guidelines.

PPL- Change Points Program--Sanction Resolution Program

Refugee Employment Services (RES) lists bilingual and bicultural projects funded by the State of Minnesota Office of Refugee Resettlement to help recent arrivals (in the U.S. for 5 years or fewer.) RES projects help refugees locate job openings, identify child care, fill out job applications, and use public transportation.

Tree Trust Supported Work Program

Tree Trust Unpaid Work Program

Budgeting and finance websites and resources

  • Help Minnesota Save is a clearinghouse of information and resources for direct service staff working to help people become economically secure through financial literacy education and asset building.  This site is targeted to direct service staff to support them in staying current on financial-related information and promoting best practices in financial coaching of their clients.
  • Work Incentives Connections can help determine the effect work will have on someone receiving benefits, including MFIP and SSI.
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Financial Empowerment provides resources to help consumers make informed financial decisions. View  Resources for consumers (PDF). View Resources for community organizations (PDF)

Clothing resources

  • Ready for Success Clothing, accessories and personal care items for job seekers. Referrals must me made via the Ready for Success website. Click here (PDF) for a brochure.

Correctional, crime, and justice information

Education resources

Virtual Career Network – Healthcare. Resources funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and developed by the American Association of Community Colleges. Explore career options, take free on-line classes, locate training and education programs and find job openings.

Employment

Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces is an innovative public-private program that offers business owners the opportunity to hire highly skilled service members during and after they have completed their military service. Over 650,000 job posting on the website from 2,000 employers.

MNPAVE – A partnership between MNDOT and DHS to help MFIP participants get jobs with MNDOT.

Food and nutrition resources

Health, dental, and mental health resources

Interpreter and translator assistance

Lists of resources

Social Security and disability

Chamberlin Edmonds provides advocacy for clients who apply for federal SSI.

Short-term training programs for clients

Construction: MnDOT-DEED 2013 Highway Heavy Construction Training Program. The HHCT program provides construction laborer employment preparation and training opportunities for women and minorities, who are traditionally underrepresented in the highway construction industry. Please refer to the brochure (PDF) for more information. Supporting information includes: Application information (PDF), poster in English (PDF), poster in Spanish (PDF), and Powerpoint presentation (PPT).

Culinary Training:

  • PSP: FREE 13 week culinary training program. Course is offered every three months. For more information, see the flyer (PDF)

Little Earth YouthBuild Program:

  • Paid construction training is available for 18-24 year old members of the Native community. The Little Earth YouthBuild Program, in partnership with Summit OIC, will be providing paid construction training, including learning carpentry skills. Participants will also receive assistance in finding a job after the program ends. Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up.
  • Little Earth YouthBuild Program flyer (PDF)

Machinist: 

Multiple training options:

  • Eastside Neighborhood Services vocational training: Personal & Home Care Aide, forklift operator, Servesafe Food Safely Manager and Leadership Management.  NEW: Spanish Servsafe Food Safety Manager
  • Goodwill Easter Seals Training Programs (PDF)  Skills training programs in banking and finance, medical office, customer service/call center, construction, automotive service technician, and retail.
  • Takoda Institute of Higher Learning (A division of AIOIC) Skills and certification programs in business, health care and computer information. New: Health Information Technology and Health Occupations Careers. Many programs are free or covered by Pell grants.

Social Media Training

Employment counselor training

After a job counselor is hired, there is a standard menu of training for the first 12 months.

Standard training menu

  • A two-day Minnesota Family Investment Program Employment Services seminar provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Training on data entry
  • Training on the Hennepin County child care assistance program
  • A half day introduction to Hennepin County financial services

Special seminars

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): assessments and working with modified employment plans 
  • Data privacy law and regulations
  • Client appeals
  • Child support program 
  • Helping clients to apply to Social Security disability programs
  • Workplace violence procedures
  • Working with health plan managed care
  • Data sharing procedures at the county

In addition, job counselors who prepare employment plans are required to complete the Career Development Facilitator course at Normandale Community College. Click on the documents below for more information.

TrainLink

TrainLink is the DHS partner and provider access point for the DHS learning management system. The TrainLink Web site contains several Learning Centers as well as links to other DHS registration systems where you can find class schedules, online learning modules, and the training registration system. TrainLink keeps track of learner participation, including classes completed and certifications earned

NOTE: The State of Minnesota offers important training, including the two day MFIP Employment Services course, and the half day course on the use of the Self Screen instrument for signs of mental illness. The job counselor must go to the Minnesota Department of Human Services Learning Center to register.

First time you register for a State of Minnesota course

  • Click on “Unique Key Request” and fill in your name and information and e-mail address.
  • Put down Linda DeHaven as the county training coordinator.
  • The State will directly e-mail you a “Unique Key.” Once you have a “Unique Key,” you can look up a class and complete a registration.
  • To look up the class, scroll down to “Learning Centers” and click on “Income Maintenance.” On the next page, look up the class schedules for income maintenance. Select a course and fill in your information, including the “Unique Key.” This will complete the class registration.
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