Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Local Answers to Difficult Questions. Participation in Work-Related Services


In some cases, barriers are not disclosed or otherwise identified early-on, and the client is referred to standard work-related services such as a job search workshop. Commonly, services related to job readiness include the use of assessment tools or the opportunity for clients to disclose barriers. As shown in Figure 2, a client may be referred for additional assessment/diagnosis if a barrier is identified while participating in work-related services. For example, if a client is not referred to the TAP assessor in Owensboro, KY, she would likely be referred to the six-week Project LIFE job readiness workshop. Although only one barrier-related assessment form is completed as part of the workshop, staff reported that barriers are commonly uncovered or disclosed during the workshop. Additionally, many partner agency staff in Owensboro indicated that although a client may be referred to them because of a specific barrier, they may conduct additional assessment for other, co-occurring barriers.

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