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TO: Al Robinson, Chair

Ways & Means Committee

THROUGH: Robert E. Guenzel

County Administrator

FROM: Trenda Rusher, Director

Employment Training/Community Services Group

DATE: January 20, 1999
SUBJECT: FY 1999 Food Stamp Employment & Training (FSE&T) 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 application to the Michigan Jobs Commission (MJC) for the FY 1999 Food Stamp Employment &Training Program for the period October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999 in the amount of $44,374.

Background:

Through an Inter-agency Agreement with the Family Independence Agency, the Employment Training/Community Services Group through the MJC will administer the FSE&T Program to serve 18 through 49 year old able-bodied adults without dependents who are in jeopardy of losing their food stamp eligibility due to time limits. This is the first year for the FSE&T program.

Discussion:

The Employment Training/Community Services Group plans to serve 25 eligible participants. The following is a description of each of the planned FSE&T program activities that will be available to these participants:

  • Job Search and Job Readiness Assistance – Helps participants become familiar with general workplace expectations and learn behaviors and attitudes necessary to compete successfully in the labor market. These activities may include job clubs, counseling and job seek training and must enhance the employability of the participant. If the food Stamp participant is not employed at the end of 30 days of job search, the participant must be placed in workfare.
  • Workforce – Participants assigned to work in public or private non-profit entities as a condition of Food Stamp eligibility. The main goal of this program is to improve the participant’s employability and enable them to proceed to unsubsidized employment.
  • Unsubsidized Employment – Participant is employed in a position not supported by public funds.
  • Educational Training Programs –may combine a minimum of 65 hours of work and 15 hours of education /training activities per month to meet 80 hour Federal participation requirements of 80 hours per month. Allowable training activities are those that directly enhance the employability of the participant and. These activities may include, but are not limited to, high school or equivalent education programs, remedial education programs to achieve a basic literacy level, English as a second language and JTPA training programs.

Each participant will be assessed to determine current educational skill levels, occupational abilities and employment needs. The MWA will provide and use the REV RAC reading instrument, WRAT 3 math instrument, Work History and Barriers to Employment form, and the IDEAS Occupational Inventory.

The coordination of participant information between the MWA and FIA will involve the following: MJC State Reports and Policy Issuances, FIA’s Central Information System Reports (CIS) and Policy Letters. Regularly scheduled monthly meeting have been established with the MWA and FIA.

The FSE&T program will be coordinated with ongoing Welfare Reform programs (i.e., Welfare to Work, JPTA) and services within the Washtenaw County. All Welfare Reform programs are delivered through a single service provider at the Washtenaw County Michigan Works! Service Center.

The MWA may also provide supportive services as necessary to enable clients to participate in their assigned activity. Supportive services include: transportation assistance, car repairs, car insurance, tools and work-related clothing.

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. There are no administrative funds under this program. Work Skills is the contractor for the FSE&T program.

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 application to the Michigan Jobs Commission (MJC) for the FY 1999 Food Stamp Employment & Training (FSE&T) Program for the period October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999 in the amount of $44,374; 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, through an Interagency Agreement with the Family Independence Agency, the Employment Training/Community Services Group through the MJC will administer the FSE&T Program; and

WHEREAS, the FSE&T Program will serve 18 through 49 year old able-bodied adults without dependents who are in jeopardy of losing their food stamp eligibility due to time limits; and

WHEREAS, this is the first year for the FSE&T program; and

WHEREAS, activities may include, but are not limited to, high school or equivalent education programs, remedial education programs to achieve a basic literacy level, English as a second language and JTPA training programs; 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 FY 1999 Food Stamp Employment & Training (FSE&T) Program application to the Michigan Jobs Commission in the amount of $44,374 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 #2460 - Food Stamp Employment and Training 
Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 1999 
Revenues 
50000  Federal Revenue 
$ 44,374 
Expenditures 
80000  Other Services and Charges 
$ 44,374 

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