Texas Register, Volume 37, Number 35, Pages 6819-7008, August 31, 2012 Page: 6,896
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(22) [(-5)] Work-based services--Includes those employ-
ment programs defined in Texas Human Resources Code 31.0126.
(23) [(46)] Work eligible individual--Work eligible indi-
viduals are adults or minor heads of household receiving TANF cash
assistance, and nonrecipient parents--with the following exceptions:
(A) Noncitizens who are ineligible to receive cash as-
sistance because of their immigration status;
(B) Parents caring for a disabled family member who
lives in the home (provided the need for such care is supported by med-
ical documentation), on a case-by-case basis; and
(C) Recipients of SSI or SSDI, on a case-by-case basis.
(24) Work experience--Unpaid training in the public or pri-
vate sector designed to improve the employability of Choices partici-
pants who have been unable to find employment.
(25) [(4-7)] Work ready--A Choices eligible is considered
work ready if he or she has the skills that are required by employers in
the local workforce development area. A Board must ensure immediate
access to the labor market to determine whether the Choices eligible
has those necessary skills to obtain employment.
(26) [(48)] Work requirement--For the purposes of 42 USC
[U.S.C.] 607 and 45 CFR [FR.] 261.10, a Choices participant
[eligible] is deemed to be engaged in work by participating in
(A) unsubsidized employment;
(B) subsidized employment;
(C) on-the-job training (OJT); or
(D) educational services for Choices participants who
have not completed secondary school or received a GED credential as
provided in 811.30.
(A all requirements set frth in the family employ-
ment plat as described in this chapter and]
t(B) all TANF core and non-core activities, as set forth
in this chapter.j
811.4. Policies, Memoranda of Understanding, and Procedures.
(a) A Board shall establish policies regarding the following:
(1) A Choices service strategy, as defined in 811.3, that
coordinates various service delivery approaches to:
(A) assist applicants and conditional applicants in gain-
ing employment as an alternative to public assistance;
(B) use [utilize] a work first design as referenced
in 811.3(b)(2) to provide Choices participants access to the labor
(C) assist former recipients with job retention and ca-
reer advancement in order to remain independent of TANF cash assis-
(2) Limits on the amount of funds per Choices participant
and the maximum duration [The amoutm of wages subsidized] for sub-
sidized employment and OJT placements; and
(3) The methods and limitations for provision of work-re-
(b) A Board may establish optional policies that:
(1) require the use of the Eligible Training Provider Certifi-
cation System (ETPS) and Individual Training Account (ITA) systems
as described in Chapter 841 of this title to provide for Choices services
for Choices participants and paid for with TANF funds; and
(2) make post-employment services available to:
(A) former recipients who are denied TANF cash assis-
tance because of earnings; and
(B) sanctioned families and conditional applicants who
obtain employment during their demonstrated cooperation period.
(c) A Board shall ensure that the following Memoranda of Un-
derstanding (MOUs) and collaborative partnerships are developed:
(1) Local-level MOUs with the appropriate agencies to
serve Choices eligibles with disabilities to maximize their potential
for success in employment;
(2) A local-level MOU in cooperation with HHSC for co-
ordinated case management that is consistent with the MOU between
HHSC and the Commission;
(3) A local-level MOU with the Texas Department of State
Health Services for providing mental health and substance abuse ser-
vices to Choices participants; and
(4) A collaborative partnership with housing authorities
and sponsors of local housing programs and services to address the
unmet housing needs of recipients.
(d) A Board shall ensure that procedures are developed:
(1) to ensure that job development services are available to
Choices participants. These services include:
(A) contacting local employers or industry associations
to request that job openings be listed with Workforce Solutions Offices
[Texas Workforee Genters], and other entities in the One-Stop Service
Delivery Network selected by the Board;
(B) identifying the hiring needs of employers;
(C) assisting an employer in creating new positions for
Choices participants based on the job developer's and employer's anal-
ysis of the employer's business needs; or
(D) finding opportunities with an employer for a spe-
cific Choices participant or a group of Choices participants;
(2) to ensure that job placement services are available to
Choices participants. Job placement services shall include:
(A) identifying employers' workforce needs;
(B) identifying Choices participants who have suffi-
cient skills and abilities to be successfully linked with employment;
(C) matching the skills of the Choices participant pool
to the hiring needs of local employers;
(3) to notify applicants and conditional applicants--in con-
junction with HHSC--on the availability of regularly scheduled Work-
force Orientations for Applicants (WOAs) and alternative WOAs;
(4) to notify HHSC of applicants and conditional appli-
cants who contacted a Workforce Solutions Office [Texas Workforce
Center] to request alternative WOAs;
(5) to ensure that services are concentrated on Choices el-
igibles approaching their state or federal time limit, as identified in
811.3(b)(7)(A) and (B). Concentrated services may include targeted
outreach, enhanced analysis of circumstances that may limit a Choices
eligible's ability to participate, and targeted job development; and
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