Promoting Public Benefits Access Through Web-Based Tools and Outreach: A National Scan of Efforts. Volume II: Detailed Summary Tables of Benefits Access Efforts. MI Bridges/MARS (Michigan Assistance and Referral Service) /Michigan Helping Hand

04/08/2011

Description

MI Bridges, an online multiple benefit application (for SNAP and LIHEAP), leverages concepts from Wisconsin ACCESS, developed by Deloitte.

Residents may use two other screener services in the state to refer them here for applications:

MARS, The Michigan Online Assistance and Referral Service, which screens for TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, and WIC

And

Michigan Helping Hand, which links to information about jobs and training, unemployment benefits, health care, family support and housing. Eligibility “wizards” help citizens determine potential eligibility for programs and links back to MI Bridges to offer an online application.

Key benefit programs

SNAP; TANF; Medicaid; WIC; LIHEAP

Other benefit programs

None known

Key technological components

Online application that can be sent electronically; online screener/benefits calculator

Other key components

Outreach conducted by for-profit or nonprofit partners; application assistance

Target population

General low-income population

Geographic reach

Statewide

State/s (abbreviation)

MI

Locality (cities or counties)

 

Selected sources of information

https://www.mibridges.michigan.gov/access/

Printable online application also available at: http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5529_9306-69226--,00.html

http://www.uwmich.org/Portals/0/docs/Community%20Partners%20Presentation%20Helping%20Hand%20MI%20Bridges%20%5BRead-Only%5D.pdf

MARS: http://www.mfia.state.mi.us/mars/

Michigan Helping Hand: http://www.michigan.gov/helpinghand

http://www.nascio.org/awards/nominations/2010/2010MI4-Helping%20hand%20G2C%20final.pdf

 

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