The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is issuing policy clarification on ending good cause for participation in TANF Work and Training activities due to COVID-19 found in the policy memo published 09/29/2021 End of Good Cause for TANF Work and Training Due to COVID-19.
Beginning immediately TANF customers are allowed to claim good cause due to the continuing public health emergency from COVID-19. TANF customers do not need to provide verification when claiming good cause due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Workers should also allow good cause for TANF customers when Work and Training participation requirements cannot be met for a lack of provider slot openings or provider availability. Workers should also allow good cause from participation when Work and Training providers require COVID-19 vaccinations and/or COVID-19 testing and the TANF customer does not want to receive the vaccination or get tested for the virus.
Although good cause is allowed for the above reasons, TANF customers that express an interest in participating in Work and Training activities that lead to employment should be allowed to participate when providers are available.
[signed copy on file]
Grace B. Hou
Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois Department of Human ServicesJB Pritzker, Governor · Dulce Quintero, Secretary
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