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Making Wisconsin Works Work. Secretary Roberta Gassman August 29, 2006. Outline of Presentation. Background & basics on W-2 Importance of improved accountability & connections to economic self sufficiency Challenges Improvements to W-2 & new contracts Statewide Milwaukee

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making wisconsin works work

Making Wisconsin Works Work

Secretary Roberta Gassman

August 29, 2006

outline of presentation
Outline of Presentation
  • Background & basics on W-2
  • Importance of improved accountability & connections to economic self sufficiency
  • Challenges
  • Improvements to W-2 & new contracts
    • Statewide
    • Milwaukee
  • Update on W-2 & child welfare recommendations
  • Additional steps ahead
the original purpose of w 2
The Original Purpose of W-2

To assist participants in gaining employment that will enable them to support their families. W-2 accomplishes this through employment focused services, child care, transportation services & other supportive services.

strengthened focus of w 2
Strengthened focus of W-2
  • Prepare individuals for employment
  • Strengthen connections to employment
    • First job is not the last job
  • Strengthened commitment to training (15%-35% in Milwaukee)
  • Improve employment retention
    • Help to succeed at work
  • Cross system career ladders for participants (TANF, WIA, etc.,)
  • Assist vulnerable for SSI/SSDI eligibility
  • Strengthened accountability & oversight
w 2 basics employment ladder placement
W-2 Basics: Employment Ladder Placement

Unsubsidized Employment

Individuals who are employed or ready for regular employment

Trial Jobs

Individuals with basic work skills, ready for employment

Employer is paid $300 per month subsidy

Community Service Jobs

Individuals with limited work skills

Up to 30 hours work activities & 10 hours education activities

$673 payment per month

W-2 Transition

Individuals with serious barriers to regular employment

Up to 28 hours work activities & 12 hours education activities

$628 payment per month

w 2 basics work activities
W-2 Basics: Work Activities
  • Unsubsidized employment
  • Work experience
  • Job search
  • Job readiness activities
w 2 basics time limited services
W-2 Basics: Time Limited Services
  • 60 month lifetime limit in paid W-2 placement
  • 24 month limit to placement in W-2T, CSJ & Trial Job placements
  • Individual extensions to the time limits are based upon unique circumstances of the participant
challenges
Challenges
  • Identify skills needed for today’s jobs
    • Unique opportunity with future labor shortages
    • Broad need for qualified workers for quality jobs
  • Ensure support systems in place to retain employment
    • Quality child care
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Specialized training
    • Work experience
  • Connect to the workforce system after W-2
  • Link to additional strategies for breaking cycle of poverty & underemployment
better connect to the workforce system
Better Connect to the Workforce System
  • Job Center
    • Must be welcoming to all workers & employers
    • Stronger connections to employers & skills needed
  • Regional cooperation, must include:
    • Early education, K-12, WTCS
  • Skills Enhancement, ongoing opportunities
    • Gain additional skills while working
  • Moving Job Service & WDBs to higher road
    • Business service teams & industry liaisons
    • Spending at least 35% on training
    • Identifying higher wage employers
  • Joyce Foundation “Shifting Gears” grant; “RISE” (Regional Industry Skills Education) opportunity submission
2006 09 rfp contract improvements
2006-09 RFP Contract: Improvements
  • Outcomes measured for obtaining & retaining jobs
  • Connection to local employers
  • Short-term skills training added
  • Must work with child welfare & other providers
statewide contract improvements administrative
Statewide Contract Improvements-Administrative
  • Strict limits:
    • Promotional expenses
    • Telecommunications
    • Executive compensation
    • Legal services & retainers
  • Fidelity bonds for all private agencies
  • Increased oversight of governance: boards of directors, bylaws, training, maintenance of records, minutes
  • Use of penalties
statewide improvements programmatic
Statewide Improvements-Programmatic
  • Strengthened & new performance standards
    • Wage at placement (new)
    • Employment within 60 days of skills training (new)
    • Job placement rate
    • Job retention rate, 30, 60 & 180 days
  • Financial incentives
    • 80% allocation upfront
    • Must earn remaining 20% by meeting standards
  • Improved training for W-2 agency staff
    • Labor shortages, LMI, wages, career ladders
    • SSI population & referral needs
milwaukee improvements
Milwaukee Improvements
  • Separating out functions
    • Case Management
      • Addresses support systems of the individual
      • Conducts assessments of barriers & skills
    • Job Development & Placement
      • Connects with employers (specific job developers)
      • Matches clients with appropriate jobs
      • Retention specialists
      • Customized skills training plans for participants
      • Requiring spending on training
    • SSI/SSDI Advocacy
      • Help individuals more quickly access SSI
    • Preferred Provider Network
other milwaukee improvements
Other Milwaukee Improvements
  • Milwaukee Regional Office
    • Retained with reorganized W-2 oversight
  • Ombudsperson
    • Helping participants get services
  • JDPA networking
  • Job Centers-consolidating service points
  • DVR a key partner
other upcoming changes improvements
Other Upcoming Changes & Improvements
  • Federal TANF required work participation rates
    • Require 50% participation rate for all families

(Wisconsin at 67%)

  • Trial jobs
  • Child care
    • Quality Care for Quality Kids (need to ensure sound support systems for working families)
  • Continued linkages to overall workforce development system improvements & career ladders
  • Mystery shopper program
  • Continually strengthened monitoring regarding placements