WORK FIRST/TANF

         Rev 6-1-09
   If you are not prepared to stay through this entire
    process today, you may choose to leave at this
    time and return by 9:00 a.m.or 1:00 p. m. on a day
    that you are prepared to complete the session. You
    will need to notify the receptionist as you leave. If
    you are unable to attend a session in full because
    of your employment schedule please notify us
    immediately. If you choose not to stay for this
    session but would like to apply for Medicaid
    and/or Food Stamps only please notify us at this
    Work First Mission Statement
North Carolina’s Work First Program is built upon the belief that all
people have a responsibility to their families and community to work
and to provide for their children. The goal of Work First is to assist
families with becoming self sufficient through services offered from
the Employment Security Commission (ESC), Child Support
Enforcement (CSE), Supportive Services and if needed, Work First
Family Assistance (WFFA).
The terms “Work First”
are interchangeable and may be used together or
separately during this presentation. All references
are to the monthly cash money payment. The Work
First Family Assistance payment is only available
to families with dependent children living in their
Family          1        2           3          4          5

Monthly        181      236        272        297        324
(based on
zero income)

 Additional children born subject to family cap requirement will not
 result in an increase of monthly benefits.
      Work First Requirements
   Work First requires you (adults 18 years or older) to
    participate in a minimum of 35 hours weekly in
    employment, training, or unpaid work experience. We
    are here to assist you with getting paid employment.
    You will be assessed as to your immediate needs. If
    your needs can be met through child support or
    immediate employment then Work First Family
    Assistance may not be needed and you may choose not
    to apply. Other services are available to assist those
    that are going to begin work immediately.
Employment Security Commission
   The Employment Security Commission office is located at 414 Ray
    Avenue (just off Rowan Street) in Fayetteville. The phone # is (910)
   First Stop is registration with the Employment Security Commission
    and is a requirement for mandatory adults to receive Work First.
   Complete the First Stop Registration form in the packet of
    information you are given to bring with you to the appointment with
    the application caseworker.
   Failure to register for First Stop, without good cause, will result in a
    denied application for Work First benefits.
   Job Bank-is the ESC data bank that lists employment opportunities.
   If you are a DSS client and potentially eligible to receive
    Unemployment Benefits you must file a claim for benefits. If you
    have questions or concerns, see an ESC representative or your
   Employment Security website: http://www.ncesc.com

     Retention Social Workers
Retention social workers can provide services to
  individuals who are ….

   working

   not currently receiving a Work First check.

         These social workers may be able to assist when a
    crisis or problem occurs on the job or at home that
    could lead to the loss of the job. They are able to
    provide many services for up to 12 months after the
    family’s TANF check stops.
         Please notify us at this time if you fit into this
    category and wish to meet with the Retention Social
    Worker instead of applying for Work First.
  Child Support Enforcement
Child Support Enforcement is a nationwide
program established by Congress in 1975 to
ensure that both parents support their
children to the extent of their ability.
  Child Support Requirements
Individuals receiving TANF/Work First are
automatically referred to the local Child Support
Enforcement office and must cooperate as a
condition of their eligibility to receive Work First
benefits. All child support payments made for
children receiving Work First benefits will
be reassigned to the Dept. of Human Resources
to offset the TANF monies received for the child.
      Child Support Services
 Assistance in locating absent parent(s)
 Paternity establishment for children born
  out of wedlock
 Establishment of legal child support
  obligations (L.S.O.)
 Enforcement of child support obligations
 Collection of child support payments
     Child Support Information
   More information and applications for Child
    Support Services can be obtained by contacting
    the local Child Support Enforcement Office at
    803-J Stamper Road (Eutaw Shopping Center) -
    phone 486-1092 or visiting child support services
    on line at http://www.ncchildsupport.com
   The Customer Service Center Voice Response
    System is available 24 hours per day with the
    exception of Sunday. The phone number is
           Substance/Alcohol Abuse
            Screening Requirement
If you choose to apply for TANF/WFFA cash assistance
you are required to be screened for substance/alcohol
 abuse. A caseworker will conduct this thorough
screening with you personally and complete an
Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT).

The caseworker will also complete the Drug Abuse
Questionnaire (DAST-10) with you. WFFA policy
requires completion of both the AUDIT and the DAST-10
if you receive Work First cash assistance benefits.

Are available to SSI parent(s),
grandparents and other relatives who are
responsible for the care of a child(ren)
living in their home. If you fit into this
category please notify us at this time.
There are 2 clocks that run concurrently
   *    a 24-month state clock
   *    a 60-month federal clock

The 2-year state clock will terminate Work First benefits
after 24 months and you can not receive again for 3 years
unless a special extension is granted.

The 5- year federal clock limits receiving WFFA for
a maximum lifetime benefit of 60 months unless a
hardship hearing results in approval of extended months.
(All months used of the 60 month clock are transferred and
tracked from state to state).

Due to these time limits, you may choose not to apply for WFFA
benefits at this time but instead apply for other supportive services
and programs that are not time limited.
           Other Available Services
                  Social Services website:
There are some options available to help meet your needs
and that will not start the 2 or 5 year time limit clocks.
      Options include:
1)    Food Stamps
2)    Medicaid
3)    Employment related needs
4)    Referrals on budgeting, parenting skills and other needs
5)    Child care services located on the 2nd floor-desk # 21
6)    Other supportive services based on your individual family needs
                   Handouts are available of agency and community resources

If you are interested in these other services and do not wish to apply
for Work First/TANF at this time please notify the receptionist.
        Should you choose to apply for
              Work First/TANF

   We will immediately initiate the Child Support
    referral and your full cooperation is required.
   You will also be required to register with First
    Stop(Employment Security Commission).
   You will be required to sign a Mutual
    Responsibility Agreement.
Mutual Responsibility Agreement
A Mutual Responsibility Agreement is an agreement between you
and the Department of Social Services representative. This will be
your plan for self-sufficiency. This agreement will detail expectations
of activities that you will be performing and note any supportive
services provided. Based on your assessment, your Mutual
Responsibility Agreement may include 35 hours of weekly activity.
You may begin job searching and/or be referred to our Employment
Coordinators or to the Employment Security Commission for job
 leads and referrals.
Mutual Responsibility Agreement -
Core Requirement Examples
   __Register for work with First Stop
   __Provide proof of children’s check ups &
   __Cooperate with Child Support Enforcement
   __Complete a substance abuse screening
   __Insure school-aged children attend school
   __Keep all appointments with DSS workers
   __Report changes in your situation immediately
Participant’s Name:_______________ Case Number:_____________________
    North Carolina’s Work First Program is based on the philosophy that all people have the
    responsibility to their families and community to work and provide for their children. The family
    and Social Services develop this Mutual Responsibility Agreement, Plan of Action. It outlines the
    steps to become self-sufficient. It will be reviewed and may be changed as needed.
Employment Goals:_________________________________________________
Other Goals:_______________________________________________________
# of months remaining on 24-month time clock:_____60 month time clock:_____
Plan of Action: (Describe client and agency responsibility)

Activity/     HRS/                           Expectations
Service       WK

Our signatures indicate that we have jointly developed this Plan of Action and agree to the
responsibilities and conditions outlined. The policy regarding time-limited benefits, sanctions
hearings, and extensions have been explained.
Work First Participant’s Signature:_______Date______Telephone___________
Work First Worker’s Signature: __________Date______Telephone___________
              Pay For Performance
   Effective June 1, 2009 the Cumberland County Work First Program
    began Pay For Performance for all Work First cases that include an
    adult parent and/or step-parent.
   All applicants and recipients are required to comply with their MRA –
    Core Requirements before receiving a Work First check for that
    month. Those who are required to participate in Employment Services
    must also complete the activities on their Mutual Responsibility
    Agreement Plan of Action for the month before receiving a Work First
    check for that month.
   Work First Caseworkers and Employment Social Workers will meet
    with participants to sign the MRA’s and will decide if a check can be
    released each month. Failure to meet the requirements for the check
    will cause your Work First case to transfer to Medicaid. It is very
    important to stay in contact with your workers and
    report any changes or problems immediately.
        Should you choose to apply for
              Work First/TANF

The caseworker processing the application will
need the following information verified:

1)   all sources of income
2)   birth certificates and social security cards
3)   verification of where you live and the names
     of all who are living in the household
4)   other applicable information
 Most adults receiving Work First are required to
    participate in the Employment Program
The 35 hours of weekly participation required
be in one or more of the following areas:
*    employment
*    training
*    unpaid work experience
 Failure to participate may result in denial of the
 Work First/TANF application, non-issuance of
 the monthly TANF check, or termination of the
 Work First case.
           Before leaving this
       Information Session today
If you are still interested in applying for
 Work First Family Assistance…

 –   Complete the personal information form
 –   Turn the information form in to the facilitator
 –   Receive an appointment time to meet with a
     Case Worker
This is your opportunity to reach for the stars!!!
                You can do it!!!

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