Release 88:  Effective January 1, 2018

Temporary Assistance For Domestic Violence Survivors Program (TA-DVS) -
G.  Family Engagement and Domestic Violence


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  1. Engagement requirements
  2. In TA-DVS, there is no requirement to engage in any employment program, including, but not limited to:

    Good Cause Rule
    461-135-0327 — Good Cause

    Specific Requirements; TA-DVS Rule
    461-135-1200 — Specific Requirements; TA-DVS

    Not all those experiencing domestic violence receive TA-DVS. Engagement can be waived for survivors experiencing domestic violence that have not received TA-DVS, or are outside of their TA-DVS eligibility period but are still affected by domestic violence.

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    A family can choose to engage in employment program activities.

  3. Engagement for Domestic Violence Survivors
  4. When engaging DV survivors, we should be creating safety plans to meet the family where they are at and check in with the family regularly.

    Whether someone applies for TA-DVS or discloses that they are affected by domestic violence, we should be checking in weekly for support, resource referral, and plan changes.

    When engaging families, create a plan that draws from their strengths and resources to meet needs and successfully achieve family goals. Meet the family where they are at. If domestic violence is part of the needs for the family, include that as a part of the case plan.

    Example 1: Autumn is on an open TA-DVS and TANF case. Autumn states that at this time she is unable to obtain a job right now due to her need to leave the area. Autumn and her worker agree and create a DV TRACS activity (step) that addresses her current need for relocation.

    Example 2: Devon has an open TA-DVS and TANF case. Devon reports to his worker that he needs to locate a job. He feels that if he has a job than he can support his child away from the abuser. His worker sets Devon up to attend the Job Search (JO) activity.

    Definitions Rule
    461-001-0000 — Definitions

    Benefits; TA-DVS Rule
    461-135-1230 — Benefits; TA-DVS

    Case Planning; JOBS, Pre-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS Rule
    461-190-0151 — Case Planning; JOBS, Pre-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS

  5. JOBS Support Services for DV Step
  6. There is a difference between JOBS support services payments and TA-DVS program benefit payments:

    Jobs Support Services or TA-DVS Program Benefit Example:
    Angie has open TANF and TA-DVS Cases. Below is her JOBS case plan and TA-DVS safety plan and when it is appropriate to issue JOBS support services and when it is appropriate to issue TA-DVS funds.

    TANF JOBS case plan is:

    • JO Step to find employment;
    • DV Step attend support groups.

    TA-DVS DHS 1543 safety plan is:

    • Find employment to stabilize herself ongoing;
    • Attend DV support groups.

    Example 1: Angie requests help with new tires for her car.
    She needs her car for transportation to look for work.

    Reason for Request: Related to her employment goals on her JO step.

    Appropriate JOBS support service payment for new tires.

    Example 2: Angie requests help with new tires for her car.
    Angie needs to drive because she cannot ride the bus. Her abuser rides the bus and he could discover her confidential location. She requests new tires.

    Reason for Request: Related to safety concern, she cannot ride the bus due to safety reasons.

    Appropriate TA-DVS payment from her $1,200.00 grant.

    Example 3: Angie requests help with new tires for her car.
    Angie needs to attend her support group and look for work to stabilize herself ongoing.

    Reason for Request: Her request could be either for her JOBS case plan or for her TA-DVS safety plan.

    The request is part of her DV and JO steps. The request is also a safety concern and part of her TA-DVS safety plan.

    Consider which option is more supportive and effective for Angie.
    Using JOBS support services leaves Angie with more TA-DVS funds for stabilization.

    Case Plan Activities and Standards for Support Service Payments; JOBS, Post TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, TANF Rule
    461-190-0211 —Case Plan Activities and Standards for Support Service Payments; JOBS, Post TANF, Pre-TANF, REF, SFPSS, TA-DVS, TANF

  7. Level of engagement
  8. To determine the level of engagement, have a discussion about the following topics:

    1. How soon after the crisis is it?

    2. Are there issues they are dealing with? (Court appointments, post-traumatic stress, support groups, etc.)

    3. What resources or supports do they have available to them?

    4. Most importantly: Do they think they are ready?

  9. Problem solving and resources
  10. Utilize subject matter experts - many of the challenges survivors face take special knowledge that in general we do not have. Refer survivors to domestic violence service providers, legal aid, Family Support & Connection, housing, mental health providers, victim’s services, A&D services or other specialized services when issues arise.

    Your local domestic violence or sexual assault service provider is the expert on resources for survivors of DV and sexual violence. They can assist with safety plans for home and work. They may also offer referrals for survivors of trauma.

    General Provisions; Employment Programs Rule
    461-130-0305 — General Provisions; Employment Programs

    Participation Classifications: Exempt, Mandatory, and Volunteer Rule
    461-130-0310 — Participation Classifications: Exempt, Mandatory, and Volunteer

    Benefits; TA-DVS Rule
    461-135-1230 — Benefits; TA-DVS

    TA-DVS; Right to Hearing Rule
    461-135-1235 — TA-DVS; Right to Hearing

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