The following is a description of the various employment and training programs that vendors/providers are contracted to provide through the Department of Human Services:
A. Work First Program
Work First Providers administer a "pay after performance" program designed for clients who receive TANF benefits, and are exhibiting difficulty with obtaining employment.
Clients assigned to Work First earn their assistance payment by participating in appropriately assigned activities. The Work and Training Provider is required to assess the client's employability level and assign the client to countable work and training activities. The client will continue to participate in these activities until unsubsidized employment is obtained, or until it is determined that participation is no longer an appropriate activity for the client.
The award for this program is based on the cost of providing intensive services as shown in the approved line item budget. A portion of the award is to be earned as a bonus for achieving 90 - calendar day retention, in unsubsidized jobs, for a specified number of placements.
B. TANF Job Placement With Retention Program
TANF Job Placement with Retention Providers primarily target current TANF clients.
While clients are searching for unsubsidized employment, the Provider is responsible for assuring that they are engaged in work and training activities and hours that are consistent with Federal guidelines. Additionally, the Provider is responsible for developing, constructing and administering programs in a manner that will result in a client compliance level of at least 75%. When determining whether or not a Provider has met the 75% compliance standards, consideration will be given to two factors: 1) clients who meet compliance according to Attendance and Activity Reports submitted by the Provider; and 2) by documentation of immediate and appropriate action initiated by the Provider for clients who fail to comply with assigned activities and hours.
Providers earn administrative payments for unsubsidized placements. In order for a placement to qualify the Provider for administrative payment, the client must earn at least minimum wage, work at least 30 hours per week, or less than 30 hours per week with wages of $10.00 per hour or more, resulting in the cancellation of the TANF case due to income, and meet the retention period of 30, 60, or 90 days. (See Attachment Cover Sheet Addendum for specific qualifications).
C. TANF Special Projects Program
The TANF Special Projects Program targets persons receiving TANF and certain other special needs populations. The types and levels of services to be provided are negotiated individually, when special needs are identified.
D. TANF Support Services Program
The TANF Support Services Program provides supportive services in accordance with the policies and procedures contained in the TANF Program Manual or provides special support services, over and above those itemized and explained in the TANF Program Manual, to target populations, primarily persons receiving TANF. The programs are negotiated individually when special needs are identified.
E. Transitional Jobs Program
Transitional Jobs Programs assist customers who remain unemployed or with limited work experience by combining real work, skill development, and supportive services to transition customers successfully into the labor market. Customers are placed in subsidized employment, for a maximum of 30-40 hours per week, with wages not less than the state or federal minimum wage whichever is higher for a specified length of time. Providers are able to be reimbursed Administrative costs for unsubsidized payments when a specified retention period is met.