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SNAP ASSESSMENT/EDP

ISSUE DATE: 10/2016

MFIP, DWP, MSA, GA, GRH:
No provisions.


SNAP:

SNAP E&T services may begin as early as the date you approve SNAP eligibility, but no later than the 1st day of the month after the month eligibility is approved. SNAP E&T services must include an employability assessment and Employability Development Plan (EDP). The assessment and EDP must be done in consultation with the client. Development of an EDP is required only once in any 12 consecutive months. The client must sign the EDP and receive a copy of the signed EDP.

The purpose of an employability assessment is to collect and evaluate information to identify a participant’s employment capabilities, barriers, and support service needs. It should be individualized and completed in an interactive face-to-face meeting with the participant. The information collected from this assessment is the basis for the EDP. The employability assessment must be completed within 30 days of the participant being referred to SNAP E&T, and must include:

Information regarding the client's literacy level.

The client's ability to communicate in the English language.

The education and employment history of the client.

The estimated length of time it will take the client to obtain employment.

The client's employment-related skills and abilities, barriers to employment, and the steps necessary to overcome the client's barriers to employment.


The state does not require that a particular form be used for recording the results of the employability assessment. County agencies and Employment Services Providers (ESPs) may develop and utilize their own forms for this purpose, may record relevant information in a standard location in the case notes, or may use the sample assessment form developed by the state.

NOTE:
Literacy testing may be routinely included as part of the assessment, but is not required for all SNAP E&T participants. The ESP should use available information about the participant (for example, how applications and other forms are completed, the participant’s speech, participant disclosure, reports from other sources) to form an opinion of the participant’s literacy and reading capabilities. The participant’s literacy capabilities should be tested if a problem is perceived. The ESP should record each participant’s perceived and tested literacy and reading capability in the case record.

The EDP is a written plan specifying in detail the services to be provided to a SNAP E&T participant, the requirements with which the participant must comply, and the consequences for failure to comply. An EDP must be developed within 30 days of the person being referred to SNAP E&T, and must be based on the employability assessment conducted for the participant. The employability assessment and EDP must be done in consultation with the participant. The participant must sign and receive a copy of the EDP. Participants who refuse to cooperate with development of the plan or to sign the plan are considered non-compliant with SNAP E&T.

There are standard components that must be contained in each EDP. The EDP must identify:

A specific employment objective toward which the participant is working.

The specific services to be provided that will lead to that objective.

The dates, times, and locations of where services will be provided.

The hours of activity required each week.

Requirements for daily activity.

Job search, job acceptance, and job retention requirements.

Information about the consequences of failing to comply with the EDP.

The name and telephone number of an ESP contact person.


The state has not prescribed a specific form or format for the EDP.


The following items must be addressed and provided for in the EDP if they apply to the participant:

Referral to available accredited remedial or skills training programs designed to address barriers to employment. This may include:

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English as a Second Language programs.

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Adult Basic Education or secondary education program.

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Literacy training.

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Job search programs, including job seeking skills training.

Referral to available programs that provide subsidized or unsubsidized employment. This may include:

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs.

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Job Services.

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Local agencies or programs geared to help the client become employable.

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Other activities designed by the county or its Employment Services Provider to prepare the client for permanent employment.


The EDP cannot require a client to participate in SNAP E&T activities more than 20 hours per week, nor place any requirement upon a client that interferes with employment which the county has determined can lead to self-sufficiency.

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