Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Question Eight: What training issues are related to screening and assessment?

03/01/2001

Regardless of the chosen approach to screening and assessment, caseworkers and other staff can likely benefit from increased awareness about disabilities and unobserved barriers to work. Despite varying progress on establishing policies and procedures, every state we spoke to has considered the issue of training caseworkers or has implemented some form of training. TANF agencies must consider training needs in light of the screening or assessment approach being undertaken, the skills of existing staff, and resources required. States and localities should also consider who needs training, whether to make training mandatory, and what incentives may be available to encourage staff to obtain training.

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