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Engaging Refugees in TANF Work Activities. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance. Department of Social and Health Services. Mission: to improve the safety and health safety and health of individuals, families and communities

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engaging refugees in tanf work activities

Engaging Refugees in TANF Work Activities

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance

department of social and health services
Department of Social and Health Services
  • Mission: to improve the safety and health safety and health of individuals, families and communities
  • Nearly one out of every three Washington residents receive financial, medical, social, health, and rehabilitative services provided through DSHS
the office of refugee immigrant assistance
The Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance
  • The Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) is located in the Economic Services Administration
  • ESA major programs include:
    • TANF (WorkFirst)
    • Medical Assistance
    • Washington Basic Food (Food Stamps)
    • General Assistance
    • Child Support Enforcement
    • Refugee Assistance
tanf program
TANF Program
  • TANF Grants:
    • The four-person grant standard is $661 per month
    • Earnings are prospectively budgeted
    • 50% earned income disregard
  • TANF Caseloads
    • In SFY 2009, the TANF caseload averaged 40,191 adults per month
    • Of these, an average of 3,496 (8.7%) were limited English proficient
the office of refugee immigrant assistance5
The Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance
  • ORIA Services:
    • Employment Services
    • English as a Second Language
    • Refugee Foster Care
    • Naturalization Services
    • Refugee Social Adjustment Services
    • Refugee Health Screening
    • Mental Health Services for Refugees
the lep pathway
The LEP Pathway
  • LEP Pathway Services:
    • Job search assistance
    • English as a second language
    • Job skills training
    • Work Experience
    • Community Service
    • Job retention services
  • A total of 5,685 LEP adults received employment services through the LEP Pathway in SFY 2009
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The LEP Pathway
  • A Comprehensive Evaluation (CE) completed after TANF case opening
  • The CE is a screening tool designed to gather information about the parent’s skills and abilities.
  • The CE covers such topics as:
    • Education
    • Work History
    • Barriers to Employment
    • Transportation
    • Child Care Needs
    • Labor Market Interests
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The LEP Pathway
  • CSO worker refers the parent(s) to a LEP Pathway service provider:
    • CASAS test conducted to assess English proficiency level
    • Parent(s) meet with service provider to develop an Employment Plan
    • The service provider provides employment services in accordance with the Employment Plan
stacking strategies
Stacking Strategies
  • Stacking TANF core and non-core work activities
    • Core Activities:
      • Job Readiness/Job Search Assistance
      • Work Experience
      • Community Service
      • Unsubsidized Employment
      • Subsidized Employment
      • Vocational Education
    • Non-Core Activities:
      • Job skills training directly related to employment, blended with ESL
      • Education directly related to employment, blended with ESL
tanf work activities
TANF Work Activities
  • Job Readiness/Job Search
    • Two-week Job Readiness workshop
    • Assist with job leads and application completion
    • Activities limited to 12-weeks/year
  • Work Experience and Community Service
    • Limitations in developing opportunities due to language capacity
    • Addition of Bilingual Site Supervisors
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TANF Work Activities
  • Vocational Education: The IBEST Program
    • Managed by local community and technical colleges
    • Available to those with higher English language proficiency
  • Subsidized Employment: The Community Jobs Program
    • Managed by the Washington State Department of Commerce
    • TANF funds used to subsidize employment
    • Limitations due to language capacity at worksite
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Engaging Refugees in TANF Work Activities

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance

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