10-100.A. Background

 

Table of Contents

Section

Topic

10-100.A.1

Regulation

10-100.A.2

Regional Responsibilities

10-100.A.3

Work Experience (WEX)

10-100.A.4

Community Service Remote (CSR)

 

 

10-100.A.1
Regulation

State regulations require that:

 

         Work Experience (WEX) opportunities are provided for Welfare-to-Work (WTW) participants to assist in providing basic job skills, enhancing existing job skills in a position related to the participant's experience or providing a needed community service that will lead to employment.

 

         Community Service Remote (CSR) opportunities are provided for those residing in remote areas which precludes their participation in regular employment and/or other WTW activities. Specifically, exclusive of the time necessary to transport family members to a school or place providing care, CSR is to be made available to participants:

 

o   Who reside more than two hours round trip from employment or other WTW activity sites; or

o   If walking is the only available means of transportation and the round trip is more than two miles.

 

 

 

 

10-100.A.2
Regional Responsibilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Employment Service (ES) Providers in each Region are responsible for developing WEX and CSR Work Sites. The development of Work Sites can be for any program (i.e., CalFresh, General Relief, etc.) and used for any program, in any region (e.g., South Region develops a Work Site in National City, that Work Site can be used by any region). However, Work Sites may designate a certain program.

 

ES Providers are responsible for maintaining their own database of worksites as they develop new sites and deactivate non-participating sites.

 

 

 

10-100.A.3
Work Experience (WEX)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WEX is an unpaid activity performed in a public or private setting. WTW participants are assigned to this activity when it has been determined that they need work experience to become self-sufficient. The purpose of WEX is to assist in providing basic job skills, enhancing job skills in a position related to the participant's experience, or in providing a needed community service that will lead to employment.

 

         Hours assigned must not exceed Simplified CalFresh Program (SCFP) minimum wage calculation.

         The WEX Assignment cannot exceed 12 months as a stand-alone activity. The 12 month limitation does not apply if:

o   The WEX assignment is assigned concurrently with regular employment and/or other approved core/non-core WTW Activities; or

o   At the end of 12 months, the participant, the work site and the Employment Case Manager (ECM) agree that the assignment is moving the participant toward full-time employment and the ECM and the participant agree to extend the activity beyond 12 months. A new or amended WTW Plan may be required along with detailed Case Comments in CalWIN regarding the review and determination.

 

 

 

10-100.A.4
Community Service Remote (CSR)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WTW participants are assigned to CSR when they reside in remote areas and their ability to participate in regular employment and/or other WTW activities is limited. Specifically, exclusive of the time necessary to transport family members to a school or place providing care, CSR is to made available to participants:

 

         Who reside more than two hours round trip from employment or other WTW activity sites; or

         If walking is the only available means of transportation and the round trip is more than two miles.

Mandatory WTW Participants are assigned to CSR when the participant is unable to access employment or other WTW activities because reasonable transportation is not available. The number of hours assigned to the CSR activity is, similar to WEX hours, subject to the SCFP minimum wage calculation of Cash Aid Grant plus CalFresh Allotment for the AU divided by the minimum wage.