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Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) Skills, Employability & Intake Assessment Background Information (Arkansas)
Barriers Identified Substance Abuse Work Experience Domestic Violence Occupational Skills Child Care Transportation Educational Attainment General Health Number and Types of Questions Fifteen 'yes' or 'no,' check list, and open-ended questions
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Intensive Services Assessment (Washington)
Barriers Identified Substance Abuse Pregnancy Transportation Domestic Violence Family Planning Legal Issues Mental Health Child Health/Nutrition Housing Educational History Parent/ChildDevelopment Child Care Employment History General Health Other Agency Involvement
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Pathways/Community Service Screening Guide (P/CSSG) (Montana)
Barriers Identified Substance Abuse Work Experience Legal Issues Learning Disabilities English Proficiency Physical Health Low Educational Attainment Transportation Child Care Number and Types of Questions Fifty 'yes' or 'no' questions Target Population TANF clients statewide
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. What tools are used to identify multiple barriers to work?
Because many clients face multiple barriers to employment, some states have developed tools intended to identify several barriers.
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. What is the difference between allowable and countable activities?
Federal law limits activities that can count toward the participation rate, but leaves states with some flexibility to define these activities. The Congressionally-specified countable work activities that can be used to meet a state's work participation rate are: Unsubsidized employment Job search and job readiness Work experience Vocation
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. How Common are These Barriers?
Yet another reason why TANF agencies who are not already doing so should consider screening and assessing is the prevalence of disabilities and barriers to employment among TANF recipients. A review of several studies with prevalence estimates for substance abuse, learning disabilities, domestic violence, and mental health problems, describe high
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. What Barriers do TANF Recipients Face?
TANF recipients continuing to be involved in the welfare system face a range of disabilities and barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Some of these are barriers with which the TANF system has experience identifying (i.e., lack of transportation or child care, low educational attainment, lack of work experience).
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Integrated Resources for Independence and Self-sufficiency(iris)
The IRIS Program in Minneapolis, MN is a WtW and MFIP funded program designed to assist welfare clients with chemical or mental health problems that inhibit employment and self-sufficiency. IRIS uses a team approach to barrier identification, and offers social supports, individual and group therapy, and vocational services. IRIS services are built
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Appendix A: Selected Tools Used by the Study Sites to Screen for Unobserved Barriers
Question Characteristics Validated ? Topics covered Mothod of Administration Notes About Implementation Kansas TANF AJS/EAP Initial Screening Guide 7 Yes/No questions No
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Intake/Eligibility Determination
Sites vary in the extent to which identification occurs at a client’s initial intake/ eligibility determination appointment. In part, whether a locality uses this step in the client flow to identify barriers depends on whether or not the site has adopted a Work First philosophy and the responsibilities of staff involved. In some sites, such as M
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Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Behavioral Observations
In addition to efforts to elicit disclosure of unobserved barriers by clients, staff universally reported relying on behavioral observations—commonly described as “red flags” or “clues”—to assist in the barrier identification process. For the majority of staff interviewed, these efforts were undertaken informally and were based heavily
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Non-Validated Tools Used by TANF Agencies
The limited use of validated tools does not indicate a general lack of use of tools or instruments to collect information and explore barriers.
The Child Outcomes Synthesis Project synthesized the results from the Project on State-Level Child Outcomes, a series of demonstrations in five States that measured the impacts of welfare reform on the well-being of children. The synthesis first looked at adult outcomes that the programs attempted to change (e.g., employment and earnings) and then
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AGENCY ID TITLE G/O OBJECTIVE PROJECT OFFICER ACF-ACYF 8149
Performance Improvement 2005. Early CARE and Education Partnerships: State Actions and Local Lessons
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