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Local Area Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2020
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[Oct. 1, 2019 - Sep. 30, 2020]
All local areas are required to complete relevant sections of this plan and submit the plan by July 26, 2019.

Background

Requirements
Under current provisions, all counties are required to inform SNAP recipients about available Employment and Training (E&T) services. Recipients include those who are working or potentially able to work (both Abled-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs) and other SNAP recipients. For those working, E&T services can enhance skills to advance in the workplace. For those not working, skills building and employment training can increase employability in Minnesota's workforce.

Time-limited ABAWDs
must continue to work or participate in employment and training activities for an average of 20 hours per week, totaling 80 hours per month, in order to maintain their food benefits beyond three counted months. More details on ABAWDs and current Banked Month guidance is available by accessing the document titled Serving ABAWDs on the SNAP E&T website. While time-limited recipients will continue to be a priority group, growth in SNAP E&T is projected to reside with other low-income and low-skilled SNAP recipients.

Some counties and tribes may be eligible for an ABAWD waiver from the time limit and work provisions. Whether or not a county is waived, with the opportunities to leverage the federal 50 percent reimbursement funding stream, along with the 100 percent fund allocation, recipients can benefit from the increasing range of available E&T services. Currently, these include services provided by some counties in-house, by county-contracted providers, state-contracted (DHS) providers and DEED's E&T sub-grantees . Using non-federal dollars and seeking a 50 percent reimbursement could return funds to the local area which can be reinvested into employment and training, and thus grow the SNAP E&T program to serve a larger number of SNAP recipients.
The state encourages all local areas to market E&T to SNAP recipients who are working or potentially able to work, and connect them to a provider of services. The SNAP E&T website contains a statewide map of current service providers whose services can be accessed by SNAP recipients across county borders. The SNAP E&T team is available to provide technical assistance and answer any questions specifically related to how your county can market E&T to recipients and refer them to one of these providers.
Funding
In the past, Minnesota used its 100 percent federal allocation to fund its E&T services. Minnesota continues to expand its SNAP E&T program using a second federal funding stream, referred to as 50 percent reimbursement funds (50/50 funding). This entails funding SNAP E&T activities using non-federal dollars (that are not used as a match for another federal program) to serve eligible SNAP recipients, and seeking a 50 percent reimbursement, which comes back to the provider. Reimbursement funds received are considered non-federal dollars and can be reinvested in E&T. These funds must be received, spent on valid SNAP E&T costs, and invoiced through the regular invoicing process. All third-party providers use the 50/50 funding for their E&T services. Counties can also access this funding in addition to their 100 percent allocation.
Provider(s) of Services
Currently, local areas choose to provide SNAP E&T services either in-house or through a county-contracted E&T provider. Under SNAP E&T expansion, the state (DHS) is contracting with third-party providers to increase the range of E&T activities across the state. Currently, 16 third-party providers have a direct contract with DHS. In addition, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has sub-grantees providing E&T services. These providers bring an array of additional skills development and training programs that respond to labor market needs, and prepare individuals with low incomes to fill jobs that employers are seeking.
Integration with Other Programs
Some of the benefits to co-enrollment in other programs include continuation of services if SNAP ends and access to additional funding sources and other services to help ensure participant success. Co-enrollment in other programs, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), may provide countable activities for a time-limited participant, allowing the participant to earn additional benefit months. When Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) closes, a participant may transition to SNAP E&T. Transitioning to E&T would provide a continuation of supports while completing goals.

In some situations, participants can access services from more than one provider. For example, a third-party provider can work with a college to help the same participant achieve individual employment plan goals. Both providers may work with the participant at the same time, while not providing duplicative services.
It is the providers’ responsibility to coordinate services for co-enrolled participants to prevent duplication of service. Duplication of service means the participant receives the same service or support from multiple providers.

DHS encourages SNAP E&T partners to collaborate and make referrals for other services that are not available through the current provider, exposing the SNAP recipient to a range of services that best align with their needs. For example, when a participant nears the end of their vocational training goals, the organization may refer to another organization to provide job search, if the original organization does not have adequate job search assistance available.
Local Area Plan Cover page
Instructions
Use the keys below to review, save, print and submit your local area plan response. As you work on your response, click the save button to store your responses and follow the instructions to return to where you left off. Note that only the person completing and saving the document will be able to retrieve it. When the plan is ready to be reviewed by your local area authorities, save and print a copy. When the certification is complete and the plan is ready, print a copy for your records (using LANDSCAPE orientation) and click the submit button to send your document to the Department of Human Services, SNAP E&T Team.  
Name of Agency
 
 
Primary Contacts [List up to five]
Complete the table with the name, title, phone number and email address for county agency and Employment Service Provider personnel who should be contacted with questions about the plan.
Name:Title:Phone:Email:
    
    
    
    
    
County E&T Provider Contact(s) for Third-Party Providers (TPPs)
Complete the table with the name, title, phone number and email address for Employment Service Provider personnel who should be contacted by outside providers that may be working with a SNAP E&T participant living in your local service area. The purpose of this is to increase collaboration and ensure pertinent information is exchanged, especially regarding participants with time-limited benefits.
Name:Title:Phone:Email:
    
    
Fiscal Personnel Contact
 
 
 
 
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