Intensive Case Services (ICS) 3 2008-2009
Appropriation Level: $3,000,000
The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) released 08-LCM-13 on December 1, 2008 to inform districts of the availability of $5.4 M in federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Funds to support the continuation of Intensive Case Services during calendar year 2009. The $5.4 million is comprised of $3 million appropriated in the SFY 2008-09 State Budget and $2.4 million in unspent SFY 2006-07 ICS funds made available upon closeout of the SFY 2006-07 ICS program. OTDA has used an additional $5.9 million in unspent funds comprised of $1 million from the SFY 2006-07 ICS program and $4.9 million from the SFY 2007-08 ICS program to provide supplemental ICS3 allocations to districts. The total combined funding, including the base and supplemental allocations, available to support ICS services provided during calendar year 2009 totals $11.3 million.
Funds are allocated to social services districts (districts) based on each district’s share of family cases receiving public assistance which include an individual who has not complied with work requirements as a percentage of all such cases statewide. Districts may also use up to 20% of their allocation to serve other TANF eligible families who are not fully engaged in countable work activities, including recipients who may be working part time.
Services supported by ICS must meet the definition of non-assistance services (as described in 00-LCM-20). Services supported with these funds may include, but are not limited to:
- home visits or other outreach efforts;
- provision of information to clarify the reason for sanctions and how they affect the family’s grant;
- in-depth assessments, such as an in-home functional needs assessment, to thoroughly investigate a family’s potential barriers to self-sufficiency and how such barriers affect the individual’s ability to engage in work or work preparation activities;
- making referrals and conducting assessments, including vocational assessments for individuals with work limitations and providing appropriate services for the ICS target population;
- efforts to identify appropriate services to help individuals comply with program requirements;
- service navigation and other efforts that support the ability of the individual to participate in work or work preparation activities;
- subsidized job opportunities, including supported work, for previously noncompliant individuals assessed to be ready to enter employment; and,
- other services that support the ability of the individual to participate in work or work preparation activities. These services may include, but are not necessarily limited to: provision of a job coach, job development, mentoring, efforts to increase hours of employment, and expanded evaluations by a medical professional.
Districts are eligible to receive ICS3 funding up to their respective allocation following OTDA approval of the districts ICS3 plan. District allocations were available beginning January 1, 2009, to provide services consistent with the plan approved by OTDA. The deadline for expending ICS3 funds is December 31, 2009 and final claims must be submitted by February 15, 2010.
|Program||Funding||State Fiscal Year||Cycle|
|ICS 3||$3,000,000||2008-09||1/1/09 -12/31/09|
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