EMPLOYMENT FOR TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE CLIENTS
As a result of Federal and State welfare reform legislation, TANF
(Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)
Net (those without minor dependant child(ren) in the
are required to actively search for work, show proof
of their job search efforts, accept a job when it is
offered, or participate in work activity assignment.
The NCDSS offers a variety of assistance programs to
help customers achieve self-sufficiency.
The Nassau County Department of Social Services Employment
Unit Job Placement is a division agency whereby public
assistance recipients are helped to obtain employment. This
will provide job counseling and placement services to
individuals receiving temporary assistance. It
also provides a direct service to local employers by
providing client pre-assessments, screening of potential
employees, and cost savings for which a business could
be eligible. To learn more about their service,
please call 516-227-7461.
In addition the NCDSS has contractual
agreements with three agencies to assist our
find full-time employment. Employment services include
pre-employment services such as skills assessment, resume
preparation, interview techniques, employer/employee
expectations, coping skills, conflict resolution, and
job placement. Post-employment retention services are
designed to ensure that employment is maintained even
when problems and/or crises arise.
The Welfare Reform Act of
1997 mandates that TANF and Safety
Net applicants and recipients be screened for the presence
of an alcohol or substance abuse problem. Identifying
and assessing clients with substance abuse and mental
health problems are the first steps in dealing with these
potential barriers to employment. Staff training on substance
abuse, the use of appropriate screening instruments,
and co-location of substance professionals offer possible
solutions to overcoming these obstacles.
Case Managers also play a pivotal role in the job placement
and job retention of their customers. Their responsibilities
include following up and assisting customers in the planning
and coordination of pre- and post-employment support
services to ensure job retention and eventual welfare
Other programs and services offered
to assist customers in the transition from
Public Assistance to employment include:
Health Plus Health Insurance
- Welfare reform will not succeed unless workers can
get to jobs and to supportive service. Using guidelines
recently issued by the Federal Transit Administration,
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and
the U.S. Department of Labor on the use of
TANF funds and Welfare-to-Work funds for transportation
needs, the NCDSS is studying new approaches to addressing
transportation needs utilizing alternative methods.
- Transitional Day
- Transitional Medical
Income Tax Credit - (EITC) provides support for families
that are making the transition from welfare to work.
Workers who qualify for the EITC and file a federal
tax return can receive a refund of some or all of their
federal income tax. Because it is refundable, eligible
families receive the full amount of the credit even
if that amount is greater than the amount of taxes
owed. Qualifying families with no tax liability receive
the entire credit as a refund.
Community involvement, including community based and
collaborative efforts can be a core strategy in designing
and implementing effective welfare reform programs. By
educating the local communities, using the local organizations,
and by building an ongoing dialogue with community based
organizations and other service providers, we can get
them involved in local implementation of welfare reform.
The goals of our community outreach are to:
NCDSS's relationship with other agencies that share
the community about our customers and the work the
and foster a supportive work environment within the
As welfare and workforce systems become work-centered,
employer involvement in welfare-to-work efforts is increasingly
important. A critical component is to develop job opportunities
for customers in both the public and private sectors.
Utilizing Job Developers, the department works with businesses
in the county to identify how using NCDSS customers and
services can benefit them in a positive way. Businesses
are encouraged to view us as a "first source" for recruiting
employees. Among the benefits to businesses and employers
charge for the department's services
services to ensure high quality performance and job
response to job orders
and New York State tax incentives
Work Experience is a program designed to provide job
readiness skills to individuals receiving temporary assistance
to enable them to move into private and public sector
Child Care is provided not only to those on temporary
assistance but also those working families who meet income
guidelines for subsidies. Various kinds of child
care are available throughout Nassau County.
In conjunction with Long Island Bus, funding is provided
for working TANF
who are in need of transportation assistance to and from
We are developing programs in the areas of mentoring,
on-site training, job readiness and job skills training,
and motivational classes.
Prior to being referred to an activity, TANF
recipients go through a series of assessments and employability
planning with employment workers.
Single individuals who receive Public
are eligible for services through Workforce