Providing Mental Health Services to TANF Recipients: Program Design Choices and Implementation Challenges in Four States. Adults Transitioning off TANF


The transition from welfare to work creates a new set of challenges for nearly all families. For adults with a mental health condition, the transition can be even more challenging. To provide parents with extra support if they need it, Tennessee and Utah extend eligibility for mental health services to TANF recipients for a year after their TANF case closes. Because Tennessee and Utah also provide short-term mental health counseling services directly to TANF recipients, it is possible that many of these individuals would not be receiving services from other mental heath providers, making it especially important to continue to deliver services through the TANF program to clients leaving TANF. Providing support to families during the transition to work could help to improve job retention.

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