Tell all cash applicants and clients about the activity requirement and how they can meet it through activities designed to help them become self-sufficient. Explain the assessment process and the Responsibility and Services Plan (see PM 02-09-00 and PM 19-02-00). For cases with a parent under age 20, explain Teen Parent
Services (see PM 14-12-00). Tell them about the compliance requirements and the penalties for refusing or failing to comply. (The penalties do not apply to RPY cases.)
When a family applying for TANF indicates that they are currently receiving intact family services from DCFS, ask them what activities they are involved in with DCFS. Accept the applicant's statement about what DCFS activities they are participating
in. Develop the RSP for the applicant that allows them to cooperate with DCFS and moves them toward self-sufficiency. Don't schedule the applicant for times or activities which cause conflict with their DCFS obligations.
Example: An applicant may be participating in parenting classes from 9:00 - 12:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through DCFS. Do not schedule any activities for those times. However, the applicant could be
expected to still make job contacts and attend jobs meetings held on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
If an applicant identifies DCFS involvement during intake, the intake caseworker must make a note in the case file for follow-up to occur at service coordination. At service coordination, a referral to DCFS will be made to coordinate plans.