MISSION: To provide analytical support and advice to the Secretary on policy development and assist the Secretary with the development and coordination of HHS-wide program planning and evaluation activities. ASPE Evaluation Program
Performance Improvement 1995. Appendix C. Review Criteria for Assessing Program Evaluations Used by the Special Panel of Senior Editorial Advisors
Review Criteria for Assessing Program Evaluations Used by the Special Panel of Senior Editorial Advisors OVERALL SIGNIFICANCE The study addresses a significant issue of policy relevance; evaluation findings are likely to be useful. CONCEPTUAL CRITERIA Conceptual foundations
MISSION: To provide public health advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and executive direction to the PHS Agencies through coordination and oversight of their programs.
Performance Improvement 1995. Developing Effective Health Communication Strategies for High-Risk Youth Outside of School
Highlights This study assessed the knowledge and attitudes of high-risk youth who regularly engage in practices such as tobacco use, substance use, unprotected sex, and violence. High-risk youth were found to be fairly knowledgeable about healthy practices, yet they do not incorporate this awareness into practice. Their willingness to
Performance Improvement 1995: Evaluation Activities of the Public Health Service is the first annual report on evaluation activities of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). As a report to Congress, it summarizes the findings of PHS evaluations completed in fiscal year (FY) 1994. In general, the report is intended for three audiences: decisionmake
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. References
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Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Question Nine: What issues related to privacy and confidentiality should be considered?
In considering how to screen or assess for unobserved barriers, TANF agencies and their partners must consider the complex issues around privacy and confidentiality of information obtained through the identification process. A detailed assessment of these issues is beyond the scope of this report, 79 but, because of the importance of the issue, w
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. What Kinds of Training Should States and Localities Consider?
The kind of training needed to screen and assess for barriers to employment depends on the types and methods of screening and assessment and the skills of existing staff. By its nature, a screening tool is generally sufficiently brief and self-explanatory that it requires little or no training to use.
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. What Should Be Considered About Self-disclosure?
Self-disclosure occurs when a TANF client voluntarily reveals a problem to a TANF worker, often in response to a direct question or prompting. All TANF staff rely on self-disclosure as a method of identification to some extent. Although in some ways a natural part of the case management process, self-disclosure may be limited in its ability to ide
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. What Opportunities and Limitations are Presented by the Family Violence Option
The Family Violence Option (FVO) may provide states adopting this option protection from penalties that might otherwise be imposed for not meeting work participation requirements or for failing to comply with federal time limits. The FVO provides states with the flexibility to grant families temporary waivers from work and other program requiremen
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. How do Legislation and TANF Policies Provide Incentives to Screen and Assess?
Title II of the ADA of 1990 "is intended to protect qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in the services, programs, or activities of all State and local governments." 8 The ADA defines "disability" as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activitie
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Introduction
With welfare reform it is now more important than ever to identify and address barriers to employment.
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Additional Issues (questions 8-10)
Pervading the questions of how, when, and by whom screening and assessment should be conducted are questions relating to staff training and privacy and confidentiality. Although these are two important additional questions, these are merely some of the many questions TANF agencies and their partners must answer. What training issues are related
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Partners as Educators
In several sites, partner agencies not only assist with identification and service provisions, but they also fill an educational role. By sharing their expertise, consulting on specific cases, participating in staffings, and conducting more formal training, partner agency staff help educate TANF staff about recognizing and addressing unobserved ba
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Staffing Conclusions
In all sites, TANF case managers play a key role in initially determining that a client may face an unobserved barrier to employment. TANF agencies must consider the extent to which such key TANF staff will be responsible for further assessing barriers and making appropriate referrals. Such decisions need to take into consideration the skills and
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Confidentiality
Sharing information among the variety of staff involved in barrier identification requires that all persons involved give special attention to issues of confidentiality. As noted in Ten Important Questions , developing strategies for identifying unobserved barriers brings to the forefront questions regarding what information can be shared, under
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Challenges to Establishing Trust and Rapport
Many believe that clients may be more comfortable disclosing barriers to staff who do not control their benefits. Workers who are responsible for determining benefit levels or imposing sanctions understood that these responsibilities may make it more difficult to establish a trusting relationship. All staff interviewed acknowledged their respo
Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Staffing Strategies to Identify Barriers to Employment
As TANF agencies and their partners increasingly focus on efforts to identify unobserved barriers to employment, they must consider the roles different staff should play in the barrier identification process. In doing this, they must decide how to best utilize TANF agency staff and staff of partner agencies in this endeavor. In all of the study si
Performance Improvement 2004. Privacy Issues in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment: Information Sharing Between Providers and Managed Care Organizations
Confidentiality is a key element of mental health and substance abuse treatment. In the absence of assured confidentiality, many patients with mental disorders or substance abuse problems might refuse or fail to seek treatment. As the payers of treatment, however, managed care organizations (MCOs) and insurance companies need to know the services
AGENCY ID TITLE G/O OBJECTIVE PROJECT OFFICER ACF-ACYF 8221 Synthesis of Findings: Title IV-E Flexible Funding Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations 7.4 Increase the percentage of children and youth living in a permanent, safe environment Collins, Gail E. ACF-ACYF 8220