WAG 21-02-06-i.

Cook Local Offices

By the 5th of each month, the provider is responsible for reporting the client's Work First Pay-After-Performance hours for the previous month and the payment amount to the Billing Unit of the Bureau of Employability Development Services (BEDS). BEDS enters a mercury transaction for the Work First payment by the 10th of the month.

BEDS issues the client's cash benefit starting the first month the case is in zero grant. The first month (sometimes 2 months) of zero grant is usually the intake month with the provider. The client participates in assessment, orientation, and job-readiness activities during this time. They may also begin their Pay-After-Performance activity.

The client is eligible for payment if they participate and cooperate with the intake/assessment activities. If the client does not cooperate, they do not receive a payment for that month. The benefit calculation based on completed Pay-After-Performance hours starts the next month.

Downstate Local Offices

In downstate local offices, the FCRC issues the client's cash benefit the first month the case is in zero grant. The client is eligible for payment if they complete the assigned Pay-After-Performance hours.