The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 provides that state agencies be given maximum flexibility in designing Employment & Training (E&T) programs for individuals receiving food assistance.
The State of Michigan operates a voluntary FAE&T program, which is jointly administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the WDA.
Even though the E&T program is voluntary, there is an individual work requirement, and Food Assistance Program (FAP) benefits are time-limited for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs.) An ABAWD is between the ages of 18 and 49 years old (beginning the first calendar month after the 18th birthday through the last calendar month before the 50th birthday). Also, the ABAWD will not have a minor (under the age of 18) on their FAP case.
Time Limited Food Assistance (TLFA) allows a non-deferred ABAWD to receive FAP benefits for three months in a 36-month period without meeting the work requirement. The three months are referred to as “countable months.” An individual who has received three countable months can regain FAP eligibility (within the 36-month period) by complying with the work requirement or meeting a deferral criterion. The first 36-month period began January 1, 2017, and ends December 31, 2019. The MDHHS is responsible for determining if an individual receives a countable month and has the authority to grant good cause and remove
a countable month.