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EMPLOYMENT SERVICES/SNAP E&T REQUIRED COMPONENTS

ISSUE DATE: 12/2017

MFIP:
Counties must offer ALL the following services as part of MFIP Employment Services (MFIP-ES):

An overview of MFIP-ES.

An assessment of the participant's ability to obtain and maintain employment which includes a review of the participant's education level, prior employment, transferable work skills, and a review of existing job markets.

In addition, an assessment for participants who:

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Have barriers to employment the job counselor believes will not be overcome through job search.

OR

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Have completed 6 weeks of job search without obtaining suitable employment. See 0028.18.03 (Suitable/Unsuitable Work).

OR

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Are working 20 or more hours per week and the job counselor, the county, or the participant requests an assessment.

OR

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Are already involved in training or education activities at the time of enrollment in MFIP-ES.

OR

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Have worked for 6 consecutive months for an average of more than 20 hours per week.

OR

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Have met Family Stabilization Services (FSS) criteria. For more information on FSS, see Employment Services Manual.

Assistance in developing an Employment Plan for participants who qualify for the Family Violence Waiver. This includes providing clients with the Family Violence Referral (DHS-3323) (PDF), referring them to an appropriate county or community agency. See 0005.12.12.09 (Family Violence Provisions/Referrals), 0028.15 (Employment Plan (EP)).

Help in developing the participant's Employment Plan. See 0028.15 (Employment Plan (EP)).

Intensive job search.

Coordination and/or provision of services a participant needs to fulfill the terms of the Employment Plan, including post-employment follow-up.



DWP:

Within 1 working day of determining that the applicant is eligible for DWP, but before benefits are issued to or on behalf of the family unit, refer all caregivers to Employment Services. The referral to DWP Employment Services must be in writing and must contain the following information:

Notification that, as part of the application process, applicants are required to develop an Employment Plan or the DWP application will be denied.

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The Employment Services Provider’s name and phone number.

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The immediate availability of supportive services, including, but not limited to, child care, transportation, and other work-related aid.

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The rights, responsibilities, and obligations of participants in the program, including, but not limited to, the grounds for good cause, the consequences of refusing or failing to participate fully with program requirements, and the appeal process.

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Employment Plans may not be written for longer than 4 months.



SNAP:

The following services may be provided and funded with the county’s SNAP E&T allotment:

Orientation to the program and mandatory responsibilities. This includes the notices, contacts, and other activities needed to schedule participants newly referred.

Counseling. This includes individual assessment, testing, development of the EDP, vocational counseling, encouragement and support, placement assistance, referrals, and coordination of services. See 0028.03.04 (SNAP E&T Assessment/EDP).

Training and education. SNAP E&T participants may participate in short-term technical or post-secondary education (up to 2 years), provided the Employment Services Providers (ESP) approves the program as part of the participant’s EDP. Training/education may include:

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English As a Second Language (ESL)/English Language Learning (ELL) classes for participants who do not speak English well enough to obtain employment.

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Adult Basic Education (ABE) for participants who need remedial education in order to obtain employment.

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High school education or equivalent programs for participants who have not completed high school.

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Post-secondary education or training of 2 years or less in duration.

On-the-job training (OJT).

Job search, job search training, and job club.

Work experience placements (workfare) for ABAWDs who are subject to the 3 month SNAP eligibility limit. Work experience is unpaid work in a public or private non-profit agency.


When circumstances require intervention in areas outside the expertise of the ESP or require other resources, make referrals to the appropriate county or community agency. Issues which are often likely to require a referral include chemical dependency, mental or emotional health problems, family violence, physical health problems, and legal problems.

For more information about a specific service, see SNAP E&T Manual 5.3 (SNAP E&T Services).


MSA, GA, GRH:

No provisions.

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