The North Dakota Training, Education, Employment and Management (TEEM) program is the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to families, providing the following cash assistance and supportive services: a computerized assessment that results in a social contract and referrals to needed services; incentives to promote work and work effort; sanctions for non-compliance with the program requirements; increased asset limits allowing families to save while on aid; and a benefit cap that precludes TEEM recipients who get pregnant while on aid from receiving additional cash benefits for that child. The evaluation of TEEM monitored program implementation and examined client caseload trends and client characteristics between 1997 and 1999 to measure outcomes. The monitoring effort identified program improvements needed in providing information to recipients on Earned Income tax Credit, more training for TEEM staff on case manager role, and changes in the client assessment process. The client outcome trend data showed that TEEM families retained substantial public assistance from other sources after finding employment; Native Americans increased as the proportion of TEEM adults cases between 1998-1999 and had higher TEEM recidivism rates; the child-only cases increased proportionately and were living with parents receiving disability payments; and the proportion of case closures due to employment declined over time, possibly due to problems with the closure codes.
AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
FEDERAL CONTACT: Girley Wright, 202-401-5070
PIC ID: 6830
PERFORMER: North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services, Bismarck ND