HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 2.1 - Improve the Economic Independence of Low Income Families, Including Those Receiving Welfare

09/29/2000

How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will provide technical assistance to promote the Children playingadoption of best practices and innovative strategies by states in their welfare to work programs. Our strategy will include:

  • developing and disseminating best practices and innovative strategies and facilitating peer-to-peer assistance.

  • helping to develop performance measurement systems.

  • evaluating the impact of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and other work support strategies on families and children.

  • in collaboration with the Department of Education, providing models for integrating work readiness training for welfare clients into adult skills training programs.

  • assisting states, communities, and organizations in coordinating transportation resources and services to improve access to employment and training.

We will continue to promote access to quality childcare services to help low-income working parents maintain their jobs and self-sufficiency. Our priorities are to:

2.1 Implementation Strategies
  • Promoting Best Practices
  • Child Care Services
  • High Performance Bonuses
  • Elimination of Job Barriers
  • Research
  • expand the number of low income families receiving childcare subsidies.

  • encourage states to increase subsidy payment rates and decrease family co-payments.

  • promote collaboration among Head Start, childcare providers, and pre-kindergarten programs to improve service quality and to better meet the full-day needs of low-income working parents, and build the learning skills of their children.

  • conduct research to better understand the effects of variations in childcare subsidies on labor force participation and develop models to establish optimal conditions for childcare subsidies to support low income parents who work.

We will work with states to promote access to work supports, such as Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program.

We will provide high performance bonuses to reward states that achieve significant progress in work outcomes and work support indicators under their Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

We will eliminate barriers to finding and maintaining jobs for welfare and other low income clients. We will focus on

  • identifying barriers to work for welfare recipients who are victims of domestic violence, have developmental and other disabilities, are non-English speaking, reside in economically distressed rural areas, and for others who have serious personal or family problems that interfere with their ability to work.

  • developing strategies to overcome identified barriers, including encouraging states to make policy changes, investments, and operational changes to improve the opportunities for recipients who face barriers.

  • developing best practices to assist people with mental illness to obtain and maintain employment.

  • conducting reviews of state and local welfare agencies and service providers to determine if programs are in compliance with civil rights statutes ensuring equal access.

  • providing training and technical assistance to state and local welfare agencies to help them comply with civil rights statutes in the administration of their programs.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:

ACF
HCFA
HRSA
OCR
OS
SAMHSA

We will identify alternative strategies for use should caseloads begin to increase or significant numbers of families reach lifetime limits without employment.

We will conduct research to study state implementation of welfare reform; the impact of welfare reform on families, children, and special populations; and broader issues concerning families in poverty.