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Food Stamp Employment and Training. Operating a Volunteer Program Spring Training 2011. Objectives. The basics of operating a volunteer program Who can we serve? What cases will be created in the One-Stop Service Tracking (OSST) system via the interface?

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food stamp employment and training

Food Stamp Employment and Training

Operating a Volunteer Program

Spring Training 2011

objectives
Objectives
  • The basics of operating a volunteer program
    • Who can we serve?
    • What cases will be created in the One-Stop Service Tracking (OSST) system via the interface?
    • What participants will be mailed an Outreach Letter?
    • What if the food stamp recipient has a case in OSST but is not mailed a letter?
    • What if a food stamp recipient wants to volunteer but does not have a case in the OSST system?
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Objectives
  • The basics of operating a volunteer program
    • What activities can our program participants be engaged in?
    • How many hours does a participant have to complete each month to get transportation assistance?
    • What if the FSET participant does not show to an appointment, an activity, etc.?
    • Can a participant receive a Food Stamp Reimbursement (FSR)?
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • Who can we serve?
    • An individual who is receiving food stamps that is not already engaged in the Welfare Transition (WT) program
  • Eligibility
    • The OSST system will create cases based on data from the FLORIDA to OSST interface
    • Regional staff can
      • Review a food stamp recipient’s eligibility in the DCF’s data entry system, the FLORIDA system
      • Enroll the food stamp recipient in the volunteer program
      • Create a case or reopen the case in the OSST system
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • What food stamp records generate cases in OSST?
    • If the food stamp recipient is a “work registrant”, a case will be built in OSST
    • If the food stamp recipient is an Unemployment Compensation recipient, a case will be built in OSST
      • The cases will have an engagement to-do created
      • FSET program staff will not need to confirm the engagement to-dos
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • Who will be mailed an Outreach Letter?
      • Only on cases where the participant is 16 through 39
        • This is based only on limited funding
        • If additional funds can be secured to expand outreach, we will outreach to additional participants
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • Who will be mailed an Outreach Letter?
    • If the letter is mailed, a FSET Participation Notice Activity (599) will be added to the case on the Skill Development screen
      • Actual Start Date
      • Anticipated End Date
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • What happens if an Outreach Letter is not mailed?
    • The engagement to-do will be confirmed
    • A 593 “Authorization for On-line Activity” is entered
      • Actual Start Date
      • Anticipated End Date
      • Authorizing the participant to sign in to OSST, complete the orientation process, answer the assessment questions, select an activity, get his/her next steps
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • What happens if a case is not created in OSST?
    • Some food stamp recipients will be introduced to the program via other workforce programs and outreach methods
      • An individual is looking for work in the career center, and staff learns that (s)he is getting food stamps
      • The individual needs “intensive” engagement in activities, as well as transportation assistance
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • What happens if a case is not created in OSST?
    • You must determine if the individual is eligible
      • Receiving food stamps
    • You must determine if a case is in the OSST system
    • You must record all engagement in the OSST system
    • You must ensure the participant is getting food stamps the entire time (s)he is engaged in the program
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • What activities can volunteers participate in?
    • Job search
    • Job search training
    • Vocational training
    • Education
    • Workforce Investment Act (WIA)/Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program activities
    • Work experience
    • Self-initiated work experience
    • Employment Retention Services (ERS)
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • What if the volunteer does not attend an activity, an appointment, etc.?
    • Do not start the conciliation process
    • Do not request a sanction
    • Reach out to the volunteer
      • Try to call the volunteer
      • Find out why (s)he did not attend the appointment or activity
      • Does the volunteer need services or additional assistance?
      • Mail a new appointment to see if the volunteer can be re-engaged
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • There will be many people that may not respond to the Outreach Letter. Will we have to close all of those cases?
    • No
    • If the participant does not complete the on-line process within 90 days of the Actual Start Date, the case will close automatically
    • If the participant does not attend a local orientation session (and the 599, 593, 594 closed by staff), the case will close automatically after 90 days of the Actual Start Date
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • What if the participant does not turn in his/her hours of participation? Will we have to close those cases?
    • No
    • If the Job Participation Rate (JPR) screen is not updated with hours greater than zero for more than 180 days, the case will be closed in OSST
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • The system’s case is closed. The individual comes in later and wants to start volunteering. What are my next steps?
    • Check the FLORIDA system
      • Is the individual getting food stamps?
        • IQEL
      • Document that (s)he is getting food stamps and keep the documentation in the case file
      • Reopen the case in OSST
      • Start recording engagement
      • Each month, staff must verify the individual is still getting food stamps to continue offering services
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • Who can get a FSR (transportation assistance)?
    • An FSET volunteer
      • Who is engaged in the FSET program
      • Who has an activity (component) in the system
      • Who has provided documentation of participation in the activity
      • Who has documented costs associated with participating in activities
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • What documentation is needed to prove that (s)he spent money to attend activities (transportation)?
    • Receipts for gas
    • Receipts for buying a bus pass
    • Self-attestation
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Engaging Volunteers - FSET
  • Case notes
    • Notes describe each step that you take to engage the program participant
    • Please document
      • Eligibility
      • Enrollment
      • Engagement
      • Hours completed
      • Etc.
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If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact

the Food Stamp and Employment Training Team

through the Department of Economic Opportunity’s Call Center at

1-866-352-2345

An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via Florida Relay Service at 711.