Profile / Case Study
The Office of Family Assistance’s (OFA) Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy (Policy Academy) was an 18-month intensive technical assistance (TA) initiative in 2015–2016 for seven states and one county interested in modernizing and improving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) practice. During the initiative, sites received dedicated coaches, onsite strategic planning, access to expert consultants, and tailored written resources. Additionally, they participated in several in-person convenings, peer exchanges, and virtual training.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Regions IX and X hosted the Tribal Technical Assistance Meeting on July 25‐27, 2016 at the Isleta Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The meeting brought together Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) stakeholders to discuss innovative strategies and collaborations to promote economic and social well‐being for individuals, families, and tribal communities.
On September 3 - 4, 2014, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), held a meeting titled the “2014 Tribal TANF Case Management Meeting” in Tulalip, Washington. This meeting provided staff from Tribal TANF and workforce development agencies with structured forums and presentations about TANF case management, case plan development, client engagement strategies, and service delivery with the goal of transitioning hard-to-serve clients out of poverty. The presenters were Region X ACF staff and Tribal leaders.
Field Connections / Contact Information
This record includes the contact information for the Washington State Employment Security Department.
The Employment Security Department's phone number is (866) 832-2363.
Field Connections / Contact Information
This record includes the contact information for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and the Washington State TANF Program.
The TANF general information phone number is (877) 501-2233, and the TANF agency phone number is (800) 737-0617.
Webinar / Webcast
On November 21, 2013, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Region X held a webinar, "State TANF Redesign/Human Services Modernization Efforts" that was open to all State TANF Directors and staff, local TANF agencies, and contractors. The webinar featured the following speakers: Babette Roberts, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services; Lorie Young and Catherine Scardino, State of Hawaii Department of Human Services; and Deborah Carroll, District of Columbia Department of Human Services.
Squaxin Island Tribe of Washington State requested wraparound case management and process training provided by the Native American Training Institute (NATI) through the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network (Welfare Peer TA), a technical assistance initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA). The training, Wraparound in Indian Country: The Ways of the People are Who We Are, was provided in a two-part training.
The 2011 Annual Region X Tribal TANF Conference was held in Tulalip, Washington at the Tulalip Resort from September 27-29, 2011. The Conference provided Tribal TANF programs from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington an opportunity to discuss and strategize methods for improving their programs and services to better serve their families and communities.
Acknowledging the needs of Tribal TANF programs in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region X Office convened the Region X Tribal TANF Fiscal and Data Meeting in Seattle, Washington, on April 26-27, 2011. The meeting was a direct response to requests of Tribal TANF Programs regarding further guidance on data management, processing, reporting, and fiscal procedures.
This Welfare Peer Technical Assistance (TA) Network site visit was conducted to support the Quileute Tribe Department of Human Services in developing policies and procedures regarding transporting students on educational site visits. This Welfare Peer TA Network site visit was conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. To support this goal, the Welfare Peer TA Network worked with Ms. Claude Endfield, Chair of the Early Childhood Program at Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook, Arizona.