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Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 011 : REACH UP


(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 1106)
  • § 1106. Required services to participating families

    (a) The Commissioner shall provide participating families case management services, periodic reassessment of service needs and the family development plan, and referral to any agencies or programs that provide the services needed by participating families to improve the family's prospects for job placement and job retention, including the following:

    (1) Appropriate child care, available at times that will enable employment or participation in services indicated by the participating family's family development plan. As used in this subdivision, "appropriate child care" shall not include:

    (A) child care that the Department classifies as legally exempt child care, and that a parent or caretaker determines to be unacceptable; and

    (B) child care that the Department classifies as either a registered family child care home or a licensed child care facility, and that a parent or caretaker determines to be unacceptable when such determination is confirmed by the Department.

    (2) Transportation which will enable employment or participation in services indicated by the participating family's family development plan.

    (3) Career counseling, education, and training, job search assistance, and postsecondary education consistent with the purposes of this chapter.

    (4) Vocational rehabilitation.

    (5) Medical assistance.

    (6) Homelessness prevention and housing assistance. For homeless families, housing search is a "job-readiness assistance activity" as long as consistent with the Department's rules.

    (7) Family planning education and counseling.

    (8) Assistance with obtaining documentation of an apparent or claimed physical, emotional, or mental condition that reasonably can be presumed to limit or eliminate the individual's capacity to engage in employment or other work activity.

    (9) Services for teen parents through the teen parent education program established in cooperation with the Agency of Education.

    (10) Any other services identified in the family development plan and determined by the Commissioner to be necessary and appropriate to achieve the purposes of this chapter.

    (b) The Commissioner shall provide specialized case management services to families no later than four months after a family's financial assistance grant has been reduced as a result of a sanction under section 1116 of this title. The specialized case management shall be provided through a performance-based contract in order to intervene in the family's situation with the goal of compliance with an appropriate family development plan or work requirements as required under sections 1112 and 1113 of this title. The contract may be performed by another department within the Agency or by a community-based organization. If, after two months, a family fails to participate in specialized case management, case management shall resume through Reach Up. (Added 1999, No. 147 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. July 1, 2001; amended 2007, No. 30, § 6, eff. May 17, 2007; 2009, No. 146 (Adj. Sess.), § C12; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 291, eff. Feb. 14, 2014; 2015, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § E.323.3.)