PATH Program Deferrals - 431-3302-21

Description of Agency

The Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope (PATH) Program is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Workforce Development, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), to connect Michigan’s Family Independence (FIP) families with the type of job, education, and training opportunities that will help them achieve self-sufficiency and meet the workforce and skill needs of Michigan businesses. MDHHS refers all FIP recipients and applicants to the PATH Program, unless they are eligible for a deferral. Reasons for deferrals include, but are not limited to, having a disability, caring for a disabled child, age, high school enrollment, full-time employment, and being a caregiver for a child under 2 months old. Approximately 149,000 individuals received FIP payments totaling $196 million between October 1, 2018 and May 31, 2021. On average, there are 29,000 non-unique deferrals each month.

Audit Objectives

  1. To assess the effectiveness of MDHHS’s processes to defer SSI applicants from the PATH Program.
  2. To assess the effectiveness of MDHHS’s processes to defer non-SSI applicants from the PATH Program.


Timing

Estimated Release Date: Late 2021


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