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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 010 : Reach First

Subchapter 001 : Eligibility and Assistance

(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 1002)
  • § 1002. Purpose

    (a) The purpose of the Reach First program is:

    (1) to stabilize families in crisis, assess the family’s strengths and needs, and orient families to the programs, services, assistance, and participant responsibilities available to improve self-sufficiency, attain economic independence, and ensure the well-being of children;

    (2) to refer families without recent work histories, recognizing individual and unique characteristics, to an appropriate program available to assist the family in obtaining the opportunities and skills necessary for self-sufficiency and economic independence;

    (3) to assist families with recent work histories by providing short-term financial support and support services to stabilize the family while the family transitions back to employment;

    (4) to support parental responsibility and positive parental role models, both custodial and noncustodial;

    (5) to improve the well-being of children by providing short-term supports to their families and referrals to appropriate programs and services;

    (6) to conserve State public financial resources by operating the system of human services in a manner that is efficient and avoids federal fiscal sanctions; and

    (7) to conform to the federal TANF law.

    (b) The critical elements of developing a short-term stabilization, assessment, and orientation program that assists families to maintain or attain self-sufficiency are:

    (1) cooperative and realistic goal-setting, coupled with individualized case management that addresses each individual’s situation and barriers to self-sufficiency;

    (2) a short-term monetary payment and support services of a limited duration to provide for immediate, short-term needs of the family until the family attains employment quickly, or transitions to an appropriate program to assist the family in order to ensure the family’s well-being and success to reaching self-sufficiency; and

    (3) clear and comprehensive information on available options and appropriate services communicated to families in a simple fashion and easy transition to programs, such as Reach Ahead, Reach Up, the Postsecondary Education Program, and any other solely State-funded or separate State-funded programs. (Added 2007, No. 30, § 1, eff. May 17, 2007.)