Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Question Seven: Who should conduct screening and assessment?

03/01/2001

Based on the interviews conducted with TANF agency officials and subject matter experts, there seems to be a consensus that, generally, the most appropriate role for TANF agencies is to screen for barriers to employment and facilitate referrals to organizations with expertise diagnosing and addressing that barrier. Because TANF agency staff experience levels vary, few believe that TANF agency staff should be primarily responsible for determining that an unobserved barrier exists. For example, experts strongly believe that the diagnosis of a mental health or substance abuse problem should be conducted by a trained clinician or medical professional. However, TANF agency staff can play a pivotal role by screening for such barriers and referring those who screen positive for further assessment and diagnosis.

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