Subsidized employment in the private sector involves employment by a private, for-profit employer. Subsidized employment in the public sector involves employment by a governmental or other public entity. For both the private and public sector employment:
- Subsidized employment is funded with federal, state or other public funds. The MWA service provider uses this funding to pay the Temporary Assistance (TA) recipient’s wages.
- Wages cannot be less than applicable federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.
- Assignment is limited to six months per enrollment with up to a six-month extension if additional skills need to be learned. This is determined on a case-by-case basis with permission from the Family Support Division (FSD) Central Office Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) staff.
This is a core activity for TA recipients, but can also be used to meet non-core work activity requirements.
TA recipients in this activity are supervised in the same manner as all other individuals employed by the worksite.
Subsidized Employment includes the following activities:
- Paid assessments to determine if recipient is able to obtain a specific employment opportunity including employer-required tests paid by the employer such as:
- a physical
- psychological exam
- Subsidized private and public sector employment
- Supportive services (when the TA recipient is paid for these hours) including:
- mental health and substance abuse treatment
- job search
- training as part of the subsidized employment
- Paid Federal work study
- Paid supported work for individuals with disabilities in an integrated setting. In many instances, the individual is case managed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), a partner agency in Missouri.