Half of the clients of the Minnesota Family Investment Program who are approaching the 60-month time limit will be able to have their benefits extended, said Sue Beck, Crow Wing County social services director.
Beck explained to the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday how legislative changes will affect counties.
Beck said recipients on the program that reach the 60-month deadline may get their benefits extended if they are ill or incapacitated or are caring for an ill or incapacitated person; they are hard to employee due to a mental illness, low IQ or have a learning disability; are unemployable; or are working 25 hours with an additional five hours of work activities for a single parent or 45 hours of employment with 10 additional work activity hours for a two-parent home.
In other social service business, the county board:
Heard the out-of-home placement report. The budget is an estimated $303,000 under budget.
Heard the financial status report. The social service cash balance is about $2.25 million or about $83,300 more than last year. Overall, the department has spent 46.5 percent of its budget and received 35.2 percent of budgeted revenues after 50 percent of the year.
Agreed to hire a children's mental health case manager.
Approved a fraud prevention investigation plan agreement.
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