WAG 21-02-06-a.

The following clients have priority to participate in Work First:

  • the client who faces multiple barriers to employment. These clients may not be ready to go to work. They are clients who:
    • did not succeed in other training programs; and/or
    • need additional job skills; and/or
    • are not able to successfully pursue educational/job skills goals; and/or
    • do not display appropriate behavior controls, decision making, and judgment needed to keep a job; and/or
    • are identified with substance abuse or behavior problems.
  • the client who does not have identified barriers to employment and who appears to be job-ready, but has not cooperated or goes through the motions of cooperation, but never really achieves their goal.

Do not refer employed clients to Work First. Clients may remain in Work First until they find a regular job or another activity is more appropriate to help them reach their employment goal. If the FCRC and the provider agree, the provider may continue to work with an employed client after they are removed from Work First:

  • to increase the hours of employment;
  • to provide retention services; and
  • to make sure total weekly hours meet the weekly participation hours requirement.

Review the Work First assignment at least at each REDE to determine whether it is still appropriate.

Assign only one adult per case to Work First. The client must have a cash benefit greater than zero to be in Work First.