An exempt person with a child under age one cannot be required to include a Work and Training Activity in the RSP or to seek or maintain employment. An exempt person with a child under age one may volunteer to participate in a Work & Training Activity.
The applicant or customer is required to cooperate with referral and treatment for substance abuse and/or other self-sufficiency activities that are appropriate for the family situation. Other self-sufficiency activities for families with children under age one may include:
- individual counseling or group sessions to explain the benefits of establishing paternity and obtaining child support for the emotional and financial future of the child;
- health-related education and prevention services provided for both the parent and child by clinicians from Public Health, OASA, Mental Health, and Early Intervention;
- group activities for various purposes, such as helping customers understand the effect of TANF policies (e.g., the 60-month lifetime limit, and Work Pays), providing networking and mutual support opportunities, and inspiring them with personal testimonials from former TANF customers;
- a forum with information about child care, high school/GED education, short-term training, post-secondary education, and transportation resources presented by professionals in these areas;
- other activities that help move the family toward self-sufficiency;
- Family Case Management activities that address access to medical services, child care, transportation, housing, food, mental health or substance abuse problems; and
- voluntary Work and Training activities (e.g., Work Experience, Community Service, education).