Presentation on theme: "MI Bridges Consumer Protection Updated 6/15/12 State of Michigan Department of Human Services & Michigan Benefits Access Initiative (MBAI) &"— Presentation transcript:
MI Bridges Consumer Protection Updated 6/15/12 State of Michigan Department of Human Services & Michigan Benefits Access Initiative (MBAI) &
Consumer Protection Objectives: After viewing this module you will be able to: Identify the need reasons for background checks on volunteers who are assisting potential clients with MI Bridges. Define your roll as a volunteer to the potential client. Define and describe types of Intentional Program Violations (IPV’s) to a potential client. Empower the potential client with fraud prevention tips.
Client Confidentiality & Protection All staff volunteering to assist applicants using MI Bridges should undergo a background check through their employer. Depending on the population served, background checks may include: Michigan State Police Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) State and National Sex-Offender Registries Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry Past criminal history may disqualify an individual from certain outreach activities
You are NOT: A Department of Human Services case worker – You are a staff or volunteer of an agency. An authorized agent for the individual applying for benefits – DHS will require written & signed proof of any relationship to serve in a representative capacity. An expert on DHS application policy – Policy questions should be asked of DHS case managers. Responsible for the applicants approval or denial of benefits - All information submitted into MI Bridges is processed by DHS exclusively. What the Applicant Needs to Know 6
Intentional Program Violations (IPV): Deliberately giving false information or a false statement to MDHS, assisting another in receiving assistance benefits when that person is not eligible or eligible for a lesser amount, and/or failing to report household changes, income, etc. Some types of IPV include: Failing to inform DHS timely of changes including income, assets, residence or household members. Trading or selling Food Assistance Benefits or Bridge cards. Using FAP benefits or Bridge cards that don’t belong to you. Possible sanctions/penalties for IPV include: Disqualified for 12 months for the first offense Disqualified for 24 months for the second offense Lifetime disqualification for the third offense You also may be prosecuted for welfare fraud.
Empower Applicant to Prevent Fraud Everyone has the right to complete the application themselves All applicants have rights and responsibilities as a DHS benefit applicant All applicants have rights to privacy and confidentially Applicant should never pay someone to complete a DHS benefit application Scanned documentation should be deleted from benefit site computers
Empower Applicant to prevent Fraud (continued) Keep user name and password private. Regularly check the status of application through “Check My Benefits” in MI Bridges Make sure to respond promptly to all inquiries for documentation or interviews Contact DHS case worker directly, if you have any specific questions about the process
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