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  • Linkages Program

  • Mark Twain

  • Calaveras County Demographics 2007 estimate Population of 47,72217.7% increase 4/1/00- 7/1/06 3.7% of Population under 5 years old 18.4% of Population under 18 years old17.1% of Population 65 years old and over50.5% of Population is Female93.2% of Population is Caucasian 0.9% of Population is African- American 1.7% of Population is American Indian & Alaska Native persons

  • Demographics , Contd 6.5% Unemployment Rate 2007 8.6% July 2008 $46,052 Median Household Income 9.3% Persons below poverty 2004 8,958 Children Ages 0-17 907 Referrals Jan 07- Dec.07 11-Children Services Social Workers 5 Emergency Response 6 Continuing (2 not filled)

  • CalWORKS, Welfare to Work1 Welfare to Work Supervisor4 Welfare to Work Workers1 Psychiatric Social Worker1 Part Time Educational Therapist

  • CalWORKs, Eligibility1 Unit Supervisor4 Intake Workers (includes all programs)2.5 Continuing Workers1 Foster Care Worker.5 Sanction/Linkages Worker

  • Prevention of Sanctioned CasesCases at risk of SanctionCases Pending SanctionCases Currently Sanctioned

    Breakdown of Sanctioned Cases

  • Prevention of Sanctioned CasesReduction of time between approval and worker assignment.Maintain client motivation by contacting client between intake and case assignment.Client may voluntarily participate in WTW prior to approval of CalWORKs.Maintain weekly contact with clientTelephoneMeeting client at a community outreach officeMail

  • Cases At Risk Of Sanction Missed appointment with Welfare To Work worker and no contact.Inconsistent follow through with Welfare to Work activities.Attended one appointment, failure to comply with remaining activities.Started employment, failure to sign WTW Plan and provide verifications (wage stubs, attendance logs, report cards)Secured employment, unable to retain employment or meet required work hours.

  • Cases Pending SanctionNo show to scheduled appointment (activity).Job SearchAssessmentNo response to attempted telephone contact by Welfare to Work Worker.No return call or contact from client

  • Cases Pending Sanction, ContdHome visit attemptedNo one is homeRefuses to participateNOA 840 is mailed.All attempts to contact or meet with client have been exhaustedAppointment can be rescheduled only one time with Welfare to Work Worker.

  • Failure to meet Work Participation Rate hours and/or non-participation in assigned activity.Failure to make good progress or to participate in assigned activity.Failure or refusal to provide proof of satisfactory progress in activity. (i.e. School Attendance, WEX attendance, Report Cards) Cases Currently Sanctioned

  • Cases Currently Sanctioned, ContdEmployment terminated without good cause. Continue employment at same level of earnings.Refusal to accept employment.Refusal to sign Welfare to Work Plan.Failure or refusal to comply or agree with WTW Plan.Failure or refusal to comply when second parent is not participating (i.e. in a 2 parent household, 1 parent is medically disabled and the second parent is caring for a child under 12-months)

  • CalWORKS Sanctions/PenaltyFailure to cooperate with Family Support Services. (i.e. No good cause granted)Failure to provide required verification documentation (i.e. school verification, immunization records)

  • Agency Contribution to Sanctioned CasesMissed Opportunities To Assist ClientDuring Renewals or client Drop In, Eligibility Worker, Welfare to Work Worker, and Childrens Services Worker are not always notifying each other.Continued Sanction or Sanction is Imposed

  • Is there any correlation between WTW and CWS?101 families reviewed who were sanctioned or at risk of sanction in 2007.48 families (comparison group) reviewed who were involved with Welfare to Work and were not sanctioned or at risk of sanction. (Point in time is May 2008)

  • Dynamics of Sanctioned Cases, Comparison Group and Child Welfare Services63.4% of families who were sanctioned or at risk of sanction were reported to Child Welfare Services. (n=64)26.6% of these families resulted in an open case with Child Welfare Services. (n=17)75.0% of families reported substance use as a contributing factor. (n=48)32.8% of these families reported Domestic Violence as a contributing factor. (n=21)282 combined reports to Child Welfare Services for these families resulting in 4.4 average reports per family.

  • Dynamics of Comparison Group33.3% of families were referred to CWS. (n=16)18.8% of the families resulted in an open case with Child Welfare Services (n=3)68.8% of families reported substance use as a contributing factor (n=11)31.3% of these families reported Domestic Violence as a contributing factor. (n=5)44 combined reports to Child Welfare Services for these families resulting in 2.8 average reports per family

  • Allegations reported to CWSCounty average data from University of California at Berkeley Center for Social Services Research.

    AllegationSanctionComp.CountyAverageGeneralNeglect84.4%62.5%55.3%Physical Abuse35.9%18.8%14.4%Sexual Abuse25%50%11.4%CaretakerAbsence15.6%0%4.0%Severe Neglect7.8%18.8%0.1%

  • CalWORKS/WTW Dynamics3.6 years is the average length of time current sanction cases are on aid.1.9 years is the average length of time comparison group was on aid.70% of current sanction cases noted Failure/Refusal to make good progress or to participate in program activity as the reason for sanction.

  • What does this mean?According to the data, sanctioned cases are 2xs more likely to have CWS involvement.Higher incidence of violent allegations reported for sanctioned cases.Family receives aid for approximately 18-months longer for sanctioned cases.Individuals with multiple sanctions have unresolved barriers and therefore justifies coordination of services with CWS.

  • Planned Linkages StrategiesSend an easy to understand letter in conjunction with the NOA 840.WTW and Eligibility to make follow-up telephone calls prior to WTW appointment to help client to avoid sanction.Use of Linkages Tracking Tool to communicate clients needs interdepartmentally.Under MDT guidelines, WTW/Linkages Liaison meets with CWS Emergency Response Team to review reports and identify common clients and potential barriers to WTW participation.

  • Planned Linkages Strategies, ContdPartnering with agency and community based organizations under the Differential Response Model to prevent a sanction.Clients with pronounced barriers will be referred to CWS for an evaluation and possible intervention. Bring the service to the client rather than the client to the service. (i.e. Outstation, home visit)

  • Thank You

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