COUNTY ADOPTS PLAN REVISING WELFARE.Byline: Deborah Sullivan Daily News Staff Writer
The Board of Supervisors approved a welfare-to-work plan Tuesday that will remake re·make
tr.v. re·made , re·mak·ing, re·makes
To make again or anew.
1. The act of remaking.
2. Something in remade form, especially a new version of an earlier movie or song. the Public Social Services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales Agency, streamline job assistance for welfare recipients, and establish partnerships with businesses and community groups.
The plan is designed to meet the mandates of the state's new CalWORKs program by January, and is targeted for start-up Start-up
The earliest stage of a new business venture. the first week of next year.
Among its guiding principles will be moving people into jobs as quickly as possible, improving family self-sufficiency, serving employers, providing on-the-job training and ensuring cultural sensitivity, a letter from the board states.
The linchpin linch·pin or lynch·pin
1. A locking pin inserted in the end of a shaft, as in an axle, to prevent a wheel from slipping off.
2. of the plan is the creation of a social services agency, to be called Ventura County CalWORKs, which will incorporate the existing Public Social Services Agency, along with the Workforce Development Division of the Human Resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees. Department and other related agencies.
The county CalWORKS agency will take over the 8,000 welfare cases now handled by the Public Social Services Agency and will administer such services as the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was the name of a federal assistance program in effect from 1935 to 1997, which was administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. , Food Stamps food stamp
A stamp or coupon, issued by the government to persons with low incomes, that can be redeemed for food at stores.
Noun 1. , Medi-Cal, General Relief and work-force development programs.
The new agency also will require a new culture among both clients and employees, said Board of Supervisors Chairman John Flynn, who headed the board's welfare-to-work efforts.
``Instead of telling a client, `Yes, you are qualified for a monthly check,' now we are going to have to say, `No, you have to go to work,' '' Flynn said. ``So it's a big change.''
The plan also calls for using an Oxnard ``one-stop'' pilot program as a model for future efforts.
That program was designed to measure the job success of 150 initial participants against a comparison group in a traditional work placement program, said Craig Ichinose, a senior researcher for the Public Social Services Agency.
The pilot program, Ichinose said, aims to determine whether clients are ready for the workplace, ``and if they're not ready to work, to determine what the barriers are to getting them to work.''
Among those barriers, he said are substance abuse, mental illness, and more commonly, problems with child care or transportation.