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TO: Al Robinson, Chair

Ways & Means Committee

THROUGH: Robert E. Guenzel

County Administrator

FROM: Trenda Rusher

Employment Training/Community Services

DATE: January 20, 199
SUBJECT: FY 1999 Work First Plan Modification Application

Board Action Requested:

The Employment Training/Community Services Group is requesting that the Board of Commissioners ratify the signature of the Chair of the Board on the plan modification for the FY 1999 Work First Program for the period October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999 in the amount of $1,606,433.

Background:

The Board approved the original plan on December 9, 1998 with resolution #98-0270. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 was enacted at the federal level in September 1996. In December 1995, the Michigan State Legislature enacted Public Act 223. Under this legislation, the Work First program is designed to provide services to clients in the Family Independence Program (FIP) through funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

The Employment Training/Community Services Group has applied for funds from the Michigan Jobs Commission for the period of October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999 in the amount of $1,206,353 plus a carry-in of $400,080, for a total of $1,606,433 (up from $1,009,303 last year). The program plan is to serve a total of 1200 (up from 1050 last year) eligible participants in Washtenaw County.

Discussion:

Board approval on the Employment Training/Community Services Group’s Work First Program and revised budget will allow the ongoing delivery of JTPA services to eligible TANF recipients referred by the Family Independence Agency (FIA) in Washtenaw County.

The Work First Program provides education and training services to individuals on public assistance programs. These services include Job Search activities, Job Readiness, Job Development and Placement, and On-The-Job Training with the goal of giving participants the skills needed to find employment and remove the need for public assistance.

The Employment Training/Community Services Group, in collaboration with FIA, will conduct orientations within five working days after the receipt of their application for FIP assistance with the primary focus of communicating the requirements to seek and obtain employment in the private sector and to participate in a minimum of 25 - 35 hours of activity including employment training, job search activities, or other activities to meet the FIA contract requirement.

In order to increase the participation, placement and retention rate of two-parent families, a case manager has been designated to work exclusively with this population. In addition, provisions will be made to provide additional services, ie., English interpreters for those two-parent households where barriers to employment exist, mentoring and in-depth employment counseling.

In an effort to address the needs of the Work First population, a variety of programs and activities have been designed to address the needs of participants while operating in an efficient and effective manner. These include, among others, Unsubsidized Employment, Subsidized Private Sector Employment, Subsidized Public Sector Employment, On-the-Job Training (OJT), Job Search and Job Readiness Assistance, Community Service Programs, Vocational Education, Job Skills Training, Education Directly Related to Employment, Post Employment Training, and Secondary Education.

The Employment Training/Community Services Group will develop an Individual Service Strategy for all Work First customers. The ISS will contain the following elements:

 

  • Participants Employment Goal
  • Short and long term goals for accomplishing self support
  • Identification of the components and activities to be provided
  • Identification of planned completion dates and interim outcomes anticipated
  • Supportive Services to be provided
  • Identification of barriers and other needs of participants
The coordination of participant information between the Employment Training/Community Services Group and Family Independence Agency will involve the sharing of the following documents: Michigan Jobs Commission State Reports and Policy Issuances, Family Independence Agency’s Central Information System Reports (CIS) and Policy Letters. Long-term TANF recipients and existing and new Work First program participants who meet the required criteria will be identified and provided services as outlined in the program design section. Regularly scheduled monthly meeting have been established with the MWA, FIA and the Friend of the Court to develop and initiate a referral process. In addition, having a NCP communications agenda item at the regular scheduled MWA/FIA monthly Administration/Coordination meetings will support the coordination process.

The MWA will provide assessment of skills, prior work history, employability and other barriers. An Individual Service Strategy (ISS) will be developed which will include an employment goal, and plan for services, job placement and addressing any specific barriers. Requirements and responsibilities of the individual Non-Custodial Parent participant will be included. Upon completion of the ISS the participant will be placed in the appropriate Work First activity.

Impact on Human Resources:

The requested Board action has no impact on Washtenaw County positions, personnel policies or procedures.

Impact on Budget:

There are no County funds nor match required for this program. Administration for Work First is limited to 12.46 percent ($150,312) of the FY 1999 allocation. Foundation for Behavioral Research is the contractor for the Work First services.

Impact on Indirect Costs:

There are no indirect costs associated with this request.

Impact on Other County Departments or Outside Agencies:

The requested Board action has no impact on other County Departments or outside agencies.

Conformity to County Policies:

This matter has been reviewed by the Washtenaw County Workforce Development Board, the County Administrator’s Office, Corporation Counsel, Finance, Human Resources, and the Ways and Means Committee. The requested Board action is in conformity with County policies.

Attachments/Appendices:

1999 Work First Plan Modification

Revised Budget

A RESOLUTION RATIFYING THE SIGNATURE OF THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD ON THE FISCAL YEAR 1999 WORK FIRST PLAN MODIFICATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,606,433 FOR THE PERIOD OF OCTOBER 1, 1998 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1999; AUTHORIZING THE ADMINISTRATOR TO SIGN THE NOTICE OF GRANT AWARD; AMENDING THE BUDGET AND AUTHORIZING THE ADMINISTRATOR TO SIGN DELEGATE CONTRACTS

 

WASHTENAW COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

February 3, 1999

WHEREAS, the Employment Training/Community Services Group is the administrator and operator of Employment and Training programs in Washtenaw County; and

 

WHEREAS, the Employment Training/Community Services Group is funded by the Job Training and Partnership Act, the Michigan Department of Labor and the Michigan Jobs Commission to provide employment training and placement services; and

 

WHEREAS, the Washtenaw County Workforce Development Board and the Board of Commissioners oversee, recommend and approve employment and training programs throughout Washtenaw County; and

 

WHEREAS, the Michigan Jobs Commission has implemented the Work First Initiative since October 1, 1994, to serve recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); State Family Assistance and Food Stamps; and

 

WHEREAS, the Employment Training/Community Services Group has received notice of Carry-In dollars in the amount of $400,080 from the Michigan Jobs Commission for the period of October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999; and

 

WHEREAS, there are a maximum of $150,312 for administrative costs; and

 

WHEREAS, the Employment Training/Community Services Group is currently operating the Work First Program through which it is anticipated that approximately 1200 eligible participants will be assessed and provided services; and

 

WHEREAS, this matter has been reviewed by the Washtenaw County Workforce Development Board, the County Administrator’s Office, Corporation Counsel, Finance, Human Resources, and the Ways and Means Committee

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners hereby ratifies the signature of the Chair of the Board on the Plan Modification to the Michigan Jobs Commission for the FY 1999 Work First Program in the amount of $1,606,433 for the period of October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999 for the Employment Training/Community Services Group, as on file with the County Clerk.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Commissioners takes the following actions contingent upon receipt of the grant award in conformity with the application:

 

1. Authorizing the Administrator to sign the Notice of Grant Award

2. Amending the budget, as attached hereto and made a part hereof 3. Authorizing the Administrator to sign the delegate contracts upon review of Corporation Counsel to be filed with the County Clerk

Washtenaw County ETCS 
Summary Budget 
Fund #2420 - Work First 
Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 1999 
Revenues 
50000  Federal Revenue 
$ 1,606,433 
Expenditures 
80000  Other Services and Charges 
$ 1,606,433 

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