Providing Mental Health Services to TANF Recipients: Program Design Choices and Implementation Challenges in Four States. Other Locations


Mental health services are also provided at locations other than the welfare office or contracted service provider agency. In Florida, outreach workers co-located in community health clinics and local Head Start offices identify families that may benefit from mental health services. In St. George, Utah, where private office space is limited in the local employment center, mental health counselors provide services in a DWS administrative office three blocks from the local employment center welfare office. Services are typically provided at these other locations when it is not possible to co-locate mental health counselors in the welfare office.

One advantage to this approach is that it allows mental health staff to network with staff at other agencies. It also helps to identify clients who are at risk for welfare involvement who may otherwise be overlooked. For the social worker in the St. George welfare office, the advantage to being co-located at the administrative office is that she has access to private office space. The drawback to providing mental health services in other locations is that it may make it more difficult to link the employment case manager's clients to mental health services staff.

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