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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Free summer meals for children

Most programs run from June 9 through August 22.
Summer meals for children flyer (PDF)

Latino Communities United in Service (CLUES) hiring events

Wednesday July 8, 10 a.m. to noon
720 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hiring day flyer (PDF)

Wednesday July 15, 10 a.m. to noon
797 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Hiring day flyer (PDF)

Minnesota’s largest veterans career fair

Wednesday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earl Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Veterans career fair details

Second Chance Career Fair

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Goodwill-Easter Seals of Minnesota
553 Fairview Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55104
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is hosting a career fair specifically for individuals with criminal backgrounds. Job seekers must pre-register.
Pre-register online

Minneapolis Public Safety Career Fair

Saturday, July 25, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)      
2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
This career fair is free and open to the community.
Public safety career fair flyer (PDF)

Diversity Career Fair

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Ramsey County St. Paul WorkForce Center
540 Fairview Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55104-1707
DEED in Partnership with Goodwill Easter Seals-Minnesota is sponsoring a career fair with an emphasis on jobs with a clearly defined career path.
Learn more about the diversity career fair

International Institute of Minnesota offers tuition-free training programs for New Americans

Calendar of DEED-approved job and career hiring events

These events, including weekly job fairs, are listed and updated frequently at Department of Employment and Economic Development.


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

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 2952
  • 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

Providing employment services

Diversionary Work Program (DWP) service providers

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) service providers

Hennepin County integrated case management

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.

Policies and procedures

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

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.

Minneapolis Public Schools Adult Education offers classes in English Language, GED preparation, computer classes, math, science, social studies, FastTRAC, Career Pathways, citizenship classes, Child Development Associate (CDA) and employment skills preparation. Minneapolis Education 2014-2015 program brochure (PDF)


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.

Career and Educational Pathways provide job training and employment services to people with criminal backgrounds who are transitioning from incarceration to the community.

Energy assistance

Community Action of Suburban Hennepin County coordinates the energy assistance program to help pay energy costs, such as a heating bill, between October 1 and May 30 each year. Weatherization services may also be available. Visit Community Action of Suburban Hennepin County.

Food and nutrition resources

Fare For All

Fare For All is a great way to save money on quality, nutritious food. They buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat in bulk, then pre-package the produce and meat into food packages that range in price from $10-$25, which is up to 40% off of grocery store prices. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone. The more people who participate, the better.

Fare For All has 30 locations in the greater Twin Cities metro area where food packages are sold once a month. They accept cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards. For sale dates, locations, packages, pricing, and printable monthly posters, visit

Health, dental, and mental health resources

Homelessness resources

Handbook of the Streets — St. Stephens compiles a resource guide/handbook for poor and homeless people. The handbook includes information about essentials (clothes, food shelves, free meals, etc.), public assistance, health care, education and employment, and special help and advocacy. Handbook of the Streets (PDF)

Report — Homelessness in Minnesota data and services (PDF)

Interpreter and translator assistance

Lists of resources

Parenting resources

Parenting for the Future is a program for mothers and fathers who have cognitive challenges and have at least one child under the age of five.

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)


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.
  • Summit Academy offers 20-week accredited courses in the construction and healthcare fields. Financial aid is available for qualified students. Summit offers assistance with job placement as well. New classes start every 10 weeks. Visit the Summit Academy.
  • 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.

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 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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