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(FCRC) For a TANF case which contains an adult, an RSP is initially completed at intake through information gathered from the Assessment Forms (Form 4001 through Form 4001E). It is monitored and updated as necessary in Service Coordination.

(TPS) For cases containing a teen parent, TPS completes and maintains the review of the RSP for the teen parent. This includes situations in which the teen parent is a child on a child-only case.

(FCRC) The RSP lists specific goals to address the family's areas of need. Goals are developed to support the client's efforts to reach and maintain maximum independence. Stress the temporary nature of TANF and the client's personal responsibility for achieving maximum independence. In addition, point out the consequences of refusing to cooperate (i.e., cancellation of cash assistance) and failure to cooperate (i.e., sanction).

Completion of the RSP in VCM

The Family Assessment (FA) can be completed through VCM. From any point during completion of the Family Assessment through VCM, service needs for the client and the client's family can be identified and documented. Once the client's service needs are discovered, these needs are used as the basis of designing the RSP (see WAG 02-03-00).

The RSP can be developed on-line through the selection of goals, activities, and steps provided through a list of options. One critical feature of the RSP is the automatic coding of Form 552 for the activities in which the client is participating. The RSP also includes a component for issuing supportive services.

Access the RSP through the Selection of Service Need window. On the first window, identify the person from the unit for whom the RSP is being designed. The Responsibility and Services Plan window then appears. Choose from a menu of Goals (e.g., Employment, Education/Training, etc.). For each goal selected, choose activities that lead to the completion of that goal. For each activity, enter the start date and other pertinent information. Select steps for the completion of each activity.

Once an RSP exists for a client, the plan is retained on the system. You can revise the plan at any time. Windows can be printed at any time.

Manual Completion of the RSP

The RSP is divided into 4 separate forms. Three of the forms deal with specific areas of need. Complete or revise the forms that are applicable. The 4 forms are:

  • TANF Agreement (Form 4003);
  • Employment, Education, and Training (Form 4003A);
  • Family Issues (Form 4003B); and
  • Treatment (Form 4003C).

Each of the last 3 forms contains:

  • A menu of activities the worker and client select to support the client's efforts to achieve maximum independence.
  • An area to document the start date for each step and a finish date that is entered when the step has been completed.
  • A notes section.

When an RSP is Revised

If an RSP is revised, have the client initial and date the part of the RSP that is revised. Give the client a copy of the revised part of the RSP.

When an RSP is revised (i.e., goals or steps are added, deleted, or updated), update Item 80 code 675 CAF. Revise the 4-digit date that appears with the code to reflect the month and year the RSP was revised.

When you revise the 675 CAF code, enter a 1 in the SUP. BY column. If the code is entered or revised centrally, a 2 is centrally entered in the SUP. BY column.