The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) conducted the 2021 National TANF Directors’ Meeting from September 20- 24, 2021. During this concurrent workshop, representatives for the TANF Data Collaborative (TDC) provided a brief overview and three pilot projects showcased their experiences. California examined wage progression for TANF participants who have left the program from five specific zip codes. Results inform decisions about service needs, service delivery, and equity.
Profile / Case Study
This case study profiles Kentucky’s Targeted Assessment Program (TAP), which provides comprehensive assessment and intensive case management for parents in the state’s child welfare and TANF systems. The program’s goals are to support participants in overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency and family safety with a focus on mental health, substance use, intimate partner violence, and learning disabilities or deficits in 35 counties statewide.
This Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth brief identifies the extensive nature of trauma and how adverse childhood experiences have negative impacts on the employment outcomes of youth and young adults with disabilities. The brief notes how workforce systems can meet young job seekers’ mental health needs by using a trauma-informed care lens, which can reduce barriers to employment among youth with disabilities who have histories of trauma.
Supportive services are one of 14 program elements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth program that enable individuals to participate in WIOA activities.
Policy Announcement / Memoranda
The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-Youth) seeks input on best practices to improve transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. CAPE-Youth, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policies, is launching a national study on “Youth and Adult Systems Collaboration.” Research from this study will cover best practices, challenges, and strategies for improving interagency collaboration and service coordination to improve transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.
Webinar / Webcast
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Youth Solutions project will host a three-day virtual conference from June 9, 2021 to June 11, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET each day to share program and policy proposals that provide innovative, evidence-based strategies to raise employment among youth and young adults who apply for or receive SSI. The proposals are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy has published briefs on the scaling of inclusive apprenticeships. These briefs will guide future national policy on inclusive apprenticeship, workforce development, and employment.
Opportunity populations—such as youth between the ages of 17-24 who are not in school or out of work, formerly incarcerated persons, members of indigenous communities, refugee populations, homeless persons, and people with disabilities—all face various challenges and barriers to upward mobility. This U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation report offers guidance to stakeholders as they work with and help opportunity populations understand new technologies and navigate today’s job market.
Webinar / Webcast
June 2, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the federally funded Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ (OSERS) Rehabilitation Services will host a webinar on June 2, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT and pay tribute to this historical occasion by showcasing “Success Stories” of how the VR program helped change the lives of students and adults with disabilities.
This podcast, as part of the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families project, includes interviews with developers of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model in San Diego County, California on the model’s implementation. IPS intends to help people with serious mental illness access and find employment. The podcast discussion also reflects IPS’ impact in serving individuals with a range of physical disabilities and health conditions other than mental illness.