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EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

MFIP, DWP, and SNAP provide Employment Services to program participants. MFIP has an exemption from Employment Services requirements for certain participants. SNAP has exemptions from Employment Services requirements for certain participants. For those who are not exempt or do not meet an exception criteria, participation in Employment Services is mandatory. See 0028.06.02 (Universal Participation Provisions), 0028.06.03 (Who Must Participate in Empl. Services/SNAP E&T), 0028.06.10 (Who Is Exempt From SNAP E&T).

MFIP and DWP participants are served by the MFIP Employment Services (MFIP-ES) program. For more specific information regarding this program, refer to the MFIP Employment Services Manual.

SNAP participants are served by the SNAP E&T program. For more specific information regarding this program, refer to the SNAP E&T Program Manual. SNAP E&T provides services to Non-PA SNAP participant whose participation is mandatory (able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 50 without dependents).

Some SNAP participants are required to register for work. The client registers all assistance unit members who are required to be work registered by signing the Combined Application Form (DHS-5223) (PDF) or the Combined Application - Addendum (DHS-5223C) (PDF). See 0028.06.12 (Who Is Exempt From SNAP Work Registration).

Sanction or disqualify people if they do not cooperate with Employment Services requirements. See 0028.20 (Failure to Comply - SNAP E&T), 0028.30 (Sanctions for Failure to Comply - Cash), 0028.30.09 (Refusing or Terminating Employment).

Some programs require counties to orient clients to available Employment Services. See 0005.12.12.06 (Orientation to Financial Services), 0028.09 (ES Overview/SNAP E&T Orientation), 0028.09.03 (Content of ES Overview/SNAP E&T Orientation), 0028.09.06 (Exemptions From ES Overview/SNAP E&T Orientation).

Each county must provide an Employment Services component or contract with Employment Services Providers (ESPs) for such services. The county agency may choose to use the same or different providers for each Employment Services activity. SNAP E&T services must be provided through a Workforce Development Center unless such services are not available through a local Workforce Development Center.

The ESP and the county agency must develop procedures to ensure that clients comply with Employment Services requirements. The county agency must refer clients to the ESP, exempt clients when applicable, sanction clients when they do not comply with the requirements, and oversee the ESPs. For more information, see:

0028.03

County Agency Empl. Serv. Responsibilities.

0028.03.01

County Agency SNAP E&T Responsibilities.

0028.06

Participation Requirements.

0028.06.03

Who Must Participate in Empl. Services/SNAP E&T.

0028.06.10

Who Is Exempt From SNAP E&T.

0028.18

Good Cause for Non-Compliance--MFIP/DWP.


Employment Services programs may pay for some client Employment Services related expenses. See 0028.16 (Support Services).

For more information about Employment Services provisions, refer to the specific program headings and provisions in this chapter.


MFIP:

The mission of MFIP-ES is to help participants make the transition from poverty to self-sufficiency through paid employment.

Use the time criteria in 0028.06 (Participation Requirements) to refer caregivers who do not meet an exemption criteria to MFIP-ES. See 0028.06.02 (Universal Participation Provisions), 0028.06.03 (Who Must Participate in Empl. Services/SNAP E&T). Also see 0028.12 (Education Requirements).


DWP:

The goal of DWP is to provide short-term, necessary services and supports to families which will lead to unsubsidized employment, increase economic stability, and reduce the risk of those families needing longer term assistance under MFIP. Before issuing DWP benefits to a family unit, the caregiver or caregivers must, in conjunction with a job counselor, develop and sign an Employment Plan.


SNAP:

People between the age of 18 and 50, without dependents, receiving SNAP must register for and participate in SNAP E&T program activities unless they are exempt or deferred. See 0028.06.02 (Universal Participation Provisions), 0028.06.03 (Who Must Participate in Empl. Services/SNAP E&T), 0028.06.10 (Who Is Exempt From SNAP E&T), 0028.12 (Education Requirements).


MSA, GRH:

MSA and GRH have no Employment Services requirements. However, clients who are SSI recipients must comply with Social Security vocational rehabilitation requirements and may voluntarily develop a Plan to Achieve Self-Support. See 0018.06.06 (Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)).


GA:

GA has no Employment Services requirements.

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