Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. How Can Other Organizations Assist with Screening and Assessment?

03/01/2001

Other organizations - including other public agencies and community-based organizations - have valuable expertise that can help TANF agencies conduct or augment quality screening, assessment, and service delivery. For example, the substance abuse community has invested substantially in developing screening and assessment tools to identify substance abusers. They have worked with this population and are familiar with the issues of denial that make identification difficult. Instead of starting from scratch, there are likely valuable lessons a TANF agency can learn from the state or local substance abuse agency or local treatment facilities. Additionally, the TANF agency may be able to use welfare funds to purchase staff time or treatment services for TANF clients, thereby providing a higher level of access to expertise and services than exist solely within the welfare agency. Similar arguments can be made for the other barriers considered in this report.

 

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