IM-9 02/06/02 FOOD STAMP EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAM CHANGES
|FOOD STAMP EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAM
MANUAL REVISION #2
|This memorandum addresses the following:
Effective October 1, 2001, the contract with the Division of Workforce Development (DWD) is a joint contract serving both food stamp participants and Temporary Assistance participants. Under the new contract, METP services are provided to food stamp participants in all counties.
Good Cause Determination
DWD will no longer make a good cause determination when a participant who has been called in to participate in Job Search and Job Search Training fails to respond and is non-compliant with work registration requirements. Those participants will receive a letter instructing the head of household to contact the caseworker. A system-generated notice will be sent to the worker at the same time a conciliation letter is sent to the participant. Do not instruct participants to contact DWD to determine good cause.
When a food stamp participant fails to comply with Direct Job Placement (DJP); Missouri Jobs, Employment, and Training (MJET); Adult Basic Education (ABE); Job Search (JS); or Job Search Training (JST), determine whether or not the participant:
Set a priority to re-evaluate the individual's work registration at the end of the good cause period.
If an individual's good cause is expected to last more than 60 days, or the individual meets a work registration exemption or exclusion, enter the appropriate work registration exemption or exclusion code in field 37 of the FSU5.
Send an IM-80 to sanction individuals who:
Note: Impose the sanction even though the individual may be inactive.
Non-Compliance Cure/Referral to Job Search
Use the IM-311 to refer individuals who wish to cure non-compliance with their employment and training requirement by participating in Job Search and/or Job Search Training to DWD. Distribute the IM-311 as follows:
A copy of the IM-311 will be returned by DWD notifying the worker of compliance or non-compliance within 10 days of the date of the referral. Ensure that the IM-311 is addressed to DWD to avoid confusion regarding who the participant must see once they reach the One-Stop.
Missouri Jobs, Employment, and Training (MJET) Program
The contract with the Southeast Missouri Workforce Investment Board is expanded and now serves Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Scott, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, and Washington Counties. The Food Stamp Manual is revised to reflect the addition of counties being served by MJET.
Service Provided to ABAWDs
DFS no longer contracts with DWD to provide Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services to able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). The Food Stamp Manual is updated to reflect this change. Staff should continue to assign work registration code 98 to ABAWDs.