Welfare Reform: Linking TANF and VR.
Through implementation of welfare reform, a considerable amount of attention has been given to what factors contribute most significantly to long-term Long-term
Three or more years. In the context of accounting, more than 1 year.
1. Of or relating to a gain or loss in the value of a security that has been held over a specific length of time. Compare short-term. welfare dependency. As many of us in the vocational rehabilitation Noun 1. vocational rehabilitation - providing training in a specific trade with the aim of gaining employment
rehabilitation - the restoration of someone to a useful place in society (VR) field have known for years, one factor that appears to have serious implications for those labeled "hardest-to-serve" is the presence of disabilities. As welfare reform advocates move away from labels that seem to indicate a problem or deficiency with the participant and toward a redesign re·de·sign
tr.v. re·de·signed, re·de·sign·ing, re·de·signs
To make a revision in the appearance or function of.
re of program response, a closer look at the connection between a participant's disabilities or those of a family member and that participant's long-term welfare dependency is imperative. The state/ federal VR partnership has, for almost 80 years, addressed the specific barriers to employment facing individuals with disabilities. With a growing acceptance of data that indicate between 30 and 40 percent of welfare recipients have disabilities, states have begun to call on the expertise and infrastructure of state VR agencies to partner in providing services to welfare recipients with disabilities.
Given its long history in providing employment services to individuals with disabilities, VR is, in many respects, a valuable asset to welfare reform efforts on the state and local levels. In fact, many states around the country have begun to build partnerships between the Temporary Assistance to Needy need·y
adj. need·i·er, need·i·est
1. Being in need; impoverished. See Synonyms at poor.
2. Wanting or needing affection, attention, or reassurance, especially to an excessive degree. Families (TANF TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (previously known as AFDC) ) program (which replaces the former 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. , or AFDC AFDC
Aid to Families with Dependent Children
AFDC n abbr (US) (= Aid to Families with Dependent Children) → ayuda a familias con hijos menores
AFDC n abbr , program) and VR. While it may be too early in most areas to gauge the success of these partnerships, indications are that they are proving beneficial to the overall success of welfare reform.
There are many ways in which VR and TANF can partner, but in an effort to provide information about some of the types of partnerships that currently exist, RSA (1) (Rural Service Area) See MSA.
(2) (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) A highly secure cryptography method by RSA Security, Inc., Bedford, MA (www.rsa.com), a division of EMC Corporation since 2006. It uses a two-part key. has compiled abstracts from a few state VR agencies. They were chosen for their representative characteristics and should not be considered an exhaustive list of states with effective models of coordination. I hope that if your state agency conducts an innovative partnership that you will pass this information along to me.
Within some or all of these partnerships, there are several characteristics that stand out:
* Organizational Structure This article has no lead section.
To comply with Wikipedia's lead section guidelines, one should be written. of TANF and VR--In several examples, TANF and VR are located under the same umbrella agency of state government. While this does not necessarily dictate TO DICTATE. To pronounce word for word what is destined to be at the same time written by another. Merlin Rep. mot Suggestion, p. 5 00; Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 410. a close working relationship, it appears to foster cooperation between the two entities.
* TANF and VR Co-Location of Personnel--Where co-location of agency personnel exists, it seems to stem from local conditions, such as involvement in one-stop employment and training centers or similar systems. The co-location appears to make referral of TANF recipients who are likely to be eligible for VR services easier. Also, co-location has meant a better means of addressing the needs of "walk-ins" with disabilities than might otherwise exist.
* Contracts, Cooperative Agreements and Protocols--In some states, the VR agency is unable to serve all eligible individuals with the resources available for the VR program. In those instances, an order of selection for services, serving first those individuals with the most significant disabilities, must be established. Individuals who cannot be selected immediately for services are placed on a waiting list.
For those TANF recipients whose disabilities do not meet VR eligibility criteria or criteria for open categories in a state VR agency's order of selection, formal agreements seem to be one solution to the problem of how to ensure the provision of specialized spe·cial·ize
v. spe·cial·ized, spe·cial·iz·ing, spe·cial·iz·es
1. To pursue a special activity, occupation, or field of study.
2. services. These agreements allow for the formal recognition, by both TANF and VR, of the requirements of their programs, and the contracts, where they exist, allow the use of TANF funds by the VR agency to provide services for which there are insufficient VR funds.
* VR and TANF Requirements--One of the biggest obstacles to VR and TANF cooperation, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. front-line personnel from both entities, is the time limit associated with TANF participation and the lack of any such limits in the VR program. A solution that seems to be working in some states is an agreement on the part of both programs that once an individual is determined eligible for VR services and a vocational plan is written the execution of that plan is considered a fulfillment ful·fill also ful·fil
tr.v. ful·filled, ful·fill·ing, ful·fills also ful·fils
1. To bring into actuality; effect: fulfilled their promises.
2. of an individual's work requirement. The average length of time that a VR client receives services is 2 years. Consequently, most TANF recipients receiving VR services should complete their VR plan prior to losing TANF benefits.
Following are abstracts of how this partnership is constructed and works in several different states.
In Arkansas, the relationship between VR and TANF is contractual (VR is the contractor) and covers the process of referral, evaluation and possible VR services for TANF recipients. Those TANF recipients who, based on a disability or medical condition, have received a deferral deferral - Waiting for quiet on the Ethernet. from the work requirements of Welfare-to-Work and those recipients applying for deferrals based on disability or medical condition will be referred to VR for evaluation and possible services.
The local county TANF case manager is responsible for making referrals to VR. VR and TANF personnel are not presently co-located. VR counselors are responsible for visiting TANF offices on an established itinerant ITINERANT. Travelling or taking a journey. In England there were formerly judges called Justices itinerant, who were sent with commissions into certain counties to try causes. basis. VR and TANF are working to establish an agreed upon Adj. 1. agreed upon - constituted or contracted by stipulation or agreement; "stipulatory obligations"
noncontroversial, uncontroversial - not likely to arouse controversy computer database of information and commonly agreed upon referral, reporting and billing criteria.
The language in the contractual agreement addresses such issues as TANF time limits and VR requirements for informed choice. The language of the contract states that when a customer has been determined eligible for rehabilitation rehabilitation: see physical therapy. services and either refuses to participate or declines to complete a [rehabilitation plan] without sufficient reason, a copy of the case closure documents will be forwarded to TANF Such information will substantiate To establish the existence or truth of a particular fact through the use of competent evidence; to verify.
For example, an Eyewitness might be called by a party to a lawsuit to substantiate that party's testimony. decisions for TANF to impose sanctions Sanctions is the plural of sanction. Depending on context, a sanction can be either a punishment or a permission. The word is a contronym.
Sanctions involving countries:
At this time, the VR agency is under an order of selection that limits the agency's ability to provide services to non-severely disabled clients. The TANF contract will provide additional resources to VR that will allow for services to be provided to a significant number of new clients.
Before the TANF law was passed in this state, Colorado VR and the Denver Department of 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 began to develop a pilot project to help meet the employment needs of TANF recipients. VR and Denver TANF staff agreed that a number of clients on TANF were people with disabilities. Both VR and Denver TANF began discussions to initiate a pilot project to coordinate efforts.
The VR counselor brings expertise about disability-related employment issues and services to the project. The social services caseworker brings expertise about the TANF program and child care services to the project. Through the pilot project, the social services caseworker is educated about the VR program, and the VR counselor is educated about TANF With this information, a TANF caseworker knows which clients to refer to VR. This simplifies collaboration and coordination among the TANF caseworker, the VR counselor and the TANF recipient to ensure progress toward the same goal. This coordination makes sharing information and coordinating employment goals simpler, avoids duplication duplication /du·pli·ca·tion/ (doo-pli-ka´shun)
1. the act or process of doubling, or the state of being doubled.
2. and allows for special services For Special Services, first published in 1982, was the second novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape and in the United States by when necessary.
VR expanded the concept to five other Colorado counties--three are in the Denver metropolitan area (Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas); the others are El Paso El Paso (ĕl pă`sō), city (1990 pop. 515,342), seat of El Paso co., extreme W Tex., on the Rio Grande opposite Juárez, Mex.; inc. 1873. (includes Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, city (1990 pop. 281,140), seat of El Paso co., central Colo., on Monument and Fountain creeks, at the foot of Pikes Peak; inc. 1886. It is a year-round resort and a booming military, technological, and commercial city. ) and Pueblo Counties. Those TANF agencies contribute 25 percent of the VR counselor's salary and almost all of the diagnostic and training costs for the jointly served clients. As a result of these projects, it is expected that 290 disabled TANF clients will become employed this year, 711 next year and 1,103 during the third year of the project.
Kansas is one of the states in which TANF and VR organizationally reside under the same umbrella agency. There is some co-location of services, particularly on the local level, and statewide there is a strong knowledge of cross-programmatic requirements. Through the one-stop employment and training centers, some VR and TANF offices share intake and assessment functions.
Kansas has addressed the TANF time limit and its conflict with the more flexible nature of VR services. The TANF office counts most activities called for in individuals' VR employment plans as job skills training for the purposes of meeting the TANF work requirement. That cooperation and understanding solve one of the more contentious issues facing these partnerships.
VR and TANF reside under the same umbrella state government entity here, facilitating a strong relationship, but one which is more informal than contracts or other mandates. Referrals are made at the staff level, with some VR offices co-located with TANF. In addition, VR has out-stationed staff in the State Employment Department and other partner offices. TANF and VR can generate computer lists of mutual clients and plans to create a common computer database through the one-stop system.
TANF clients who are mutual VR clients with a VR plan are exempted from the TANF time limits. In addition, Oregon's TANF agency has tapped private nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. contractors (e.g., Goodwill Industries) which have a history of working with individuals with disabilities. This should facilitate effective service provision for those individuals with less severe disabilities who might not be able to receive services under an order of selection and prevent a deluge Deluge (dĕl`yj), in the Bible, the overwhelming flood that covered the earth and destroyed every living thing except the family of Noah and the creatures in his ark. of VR referrals from TANF.
A voluntary relationship between Washington VR and TANF exists; however, because of the way the two programs are structured within the same umbrella agency of state government, coordination is required. A written interdivisional protocol for referral and coordination of services is under development by the two agencies. Both agencies have agreed that referrals to VR will be managed to ensure that the agency is not deluged with TANF referrals.
While some VR and TANF offices are co-located on the local and regional levels, staff believes that this is not necessarily the key element for success. Instead, the quality of the relationships--trust, cooperation and communication--among key players at the local level are most important. A database is under development that would allow VR and TANF to identify common clients.
The draft protocol specifies that referral from TANF to VR will be voluntary, based on the wishes of the client not as a mandate from a case manager. Once VR eligibility is established, it has been agreed by both agencies that elements of informed choice will prevail in development of a plan of service and that a VR employment plan will also serve as an individual's TANF work plan.
As has been demonstrated by the examples above, there are some partnerships between TANF and VR that are already in place and, while it may be a little early to evaluate completely, indications are that they are working. Issues such as TANF's time limits, VR's eligibility requirements and other programmatic pro·gram·mat·ic
1. Of, relating to, or having a program.
2. Following an overall plan or schedule: a step-by-step, programmatic approach to problem solving.
3. limitations have presented challenges to the agencies, but some have found ways to confront them.
There are programs in other states that are working well. In a future column, I hope to report on some of the states that were not included here due to space limitations. Rest assured that I will continue to pass along information on this topic in the coming months.
Fredrick K. Schroeder Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration