Year

2014

Agency

Governor

See Improve WorkFirst

House

$2.275m GFS; $17.023m Total

Senate

See Improve WorkFirst

Final

$5.847m Federal

WorkFirst Program Changes include: (1) Implementing a 15 percent incentive payment, beginning April 2015, to WorkFirst households that participate in their Individual Responsibility Plan (IRP) for 20 hours or more a week; (2) Implementing a pilot program, such as a Department of Early Learning (DEL) home visit program or other education program, targeted to WorkFirst households who have infants; (3) Implementing a pilot program, such as a DEL home visit program or other education program, targeted to homeless WorkFirst households that are served through the Rapid Re-housing Program;
(4) Increased funding for workstudy through the community and technical colleges for WorkFirst clients; (5) Modifying the Additional Requirements for Emergent Needs (AREN) program to a maximum of $750 per household in a 12-
month period rather than a lifetime; (6) Modify the sanction policy from a four-month period to a two-month period and implementing a home visits program for clients who do not attend an in-person meeting regarding their IRP prior to termination for non-compliance; (7) Adjusting funding for Diversion Cash Assistance, Tribal Maintenance of Effort (MOE), and WorkFirst contracts; (8) One-time funding to complete Lean process projects, technical assistance visits for ESA Community Service Offices (CSO); and (9) Implementing a WorkFirst Orientation that is required for WorkFirst clients.