TANF: TANF Application Processes

When people request TANF cash assistance, the first action should be to take their application and let them know what you need to determine their eligibility for the program. (This is not in reference to those clients whose cases were closed for non-participation and are in sanction mode.)

  1. Determine TANF eligibility by asking the following questions:
    • Does deprivation exist?
    • Are financial criteria met? (Income and Resource limits Child Support assignment)
    • Does the substance abuse screening process indicate the client is not using illegal drugs?
    • Is there a child in the household meeting the required degree of relationship?

    At the point these four factors are known ~ CERTIFY THE TANF CASE! DO NOT DELAY CERTIFICATION PENDING COMPLETION OF EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS.

  2. Determine the best and most appropriate work activity with input from the client/participant and agency partners.  Federal Work Participation Requirements begin the first month of certification; therefore, it is important to get the client into an appropriate activity as soon as possible.

    Points to remember during step two:

    • Assessments should be completed before referring client to ongoing work activities.
    • Client should be placed in a class or training work activity after the assessments are completed and the TW-2 (TANF Work /Personal Responsibility Agreement) is developed.
    • Both the worker and the client are always involved in developing and completing the TANF work plan by signing the TW2, The TW-2 requires signatures for each work activity assignment. (TW-2 pages 5 and 6)
    • Utilize your Career Development Specialist (CDS), if available, to help with placements.
    • Community Partnership (CP) activity is a great activity to use when there is a time delay in getting the client/participant into on-going or longer term work activities.
    • GED classes are for clients who are focusing on getting their GED and should not be used for clients who are only waiting on placement in other activities.
    • Work Experience Program (WEP) is a good activity for those who have an interest in gaining experience in specific career fields.
    • Other activities to consider are:
      • Job Readiness Activities
      • Vocational Training
      • Job Search
      • Subsidized Employment Program

Keep up the good work and anytime you have a question or need help with any TANF issue we will be glad to help, let us know at TANF@okdhs.org.

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