2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Conference Report)

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TANF for St. Paul's College

Item 385 #1c

Item 385 #1c

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of FY2001 $100,000 FY2002 $100,000 NGF

Page 277, line 32, strike "$70,028,684" and insert "$70,128,684".
Page 277, line 32, strike "$68,993,684" and insert "$69,093,684".
Page 279, after line 35, insert:
"I.1.  Out of this appropriation shall be provided $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the second year from the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant for post-secondary education of TANF recipients  or a TANF-eligible family member.  This program is for individuals who qualify for admission, and the program would increase their self-sufficiency and self-sustainability.  A pilot program shall be developed at St. Paul's College.
2.  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections 2.a. and 2.d. of Item 390, if a local department of social services determines that a VIEW participant is in need of job skills, including post-secondary education, and would benefit, it may, with the participant's consent, exempt the participant from job search requirements and place the participant in a post-secondary education program, targeted to skills required for particular employment opportunities in the locality.  Eligible participants include those with problems related to obtaining and retaining employment, but who meet the necessary post-secondary entrance requirements.  The post-secondary education program shall be for a minimum of 12 credit hours per week.  Prior to placing the VIEW participant in the post-secondary educational program, the local department of social services shall have a memorandum of understanding with one or more employers who agree to hire VIEW participants who successfully complete such programs, if, upon completion of such education program, a VIEW participant is qualified and the employer has an opening.  The VIEW participant may continue in the post-secondary education program for as long as the local department of social services determines the participant is progressing satisfactorily and to the extent participation in such program would not subject the state to a financial penalty for noncompliance with the work requirements under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193), as amended.  Participants shall not be exempt from the Commonwealth's eight hour per week work requirement."

(This amendment provides funds and authorizing language to enable welfare recipients to receive college level training through a pilot program at St. Paul's College.)