15-100 D.††† UNABLE TO MAINTAIN EMPLOYMENT OR

††††††††††††††††††† PARTICIPATE EXTENSION

 

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The Unable to Maintain Employment or Participate Extension section includes the following information:

 

Topic

Unable to Maintain Employment or Participate Definition

WTW Participation with Unable to Maintain Extension

Impairment Definition for Unable to Maintain Extension

Required History for Unable to Maintain Extension

Criteria for History of Unable to Maintain Employment

ECM Assessment for Unable to Maintain Extension

Unable to Maintain Extension and Learning Disability

 

Unable to Maintain Employment or Participate Definition
 
 
 
 

An Unable to Maintain extension may be granted when an individual reaches the CalWORKs 48-month time limit and the Human Services Specialist (HSS) determines that the individual has a significant impairment that does not meet the Welfare-to-Work (WTW) exemption or waiver requirements but nevertheless limits an individualís ability to perform the physical and/or mental functions necessary to maintain employment or participate in WTW activities, as based on a current assessment by the Employment Case Manager (ECM).

WTW Participation with Unable to Maintain Extension
 
 
 
 
 
 

During an Unable to Maintain extension an individual is expected to participate in WTW to the extent that their impairment allows.

 

An individual who is fully participating in her/his WTW assignment upon reaching the 48-month time limit is considered capable of work and therefore:

          Ineligible for an extension based upon the criteria in this category, unless

          The individualís required hours of participation or WTW activity have been modified due to a documented impairment or combination of impairments.

Impairment Definition for Unable to Maintain Extension
 
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For the purposes of this extension, an impairment is one or more of the following:

          Mental Disability

         Substance Abuse

         Learning Disability

         Medical Problem

         Domestic Violence/Domestic Abuse

Required History for Unable to Maintain Extension
 
 

To meet the criteria for extension because the individual is unable to maintain employment or participate, the ECM must first document that the individual has a history of participation and full cooperation in the WTW activities that is based on one of two criteria.

Criteria for History of Unable to Maintain Employment
 

The following criteria are used to establish the history of unable to maintain employment:

 

 Criterion One

The recipient has not failed to meet satisfactory participation, attendance, and progress requirements, without good cause, as evidenced by the absence of an instance or instances of noncompliance that resulted in a WTW financial sanction during the time an individual was a mandatory WTW participant.

 

Criterion Two

The recipient has an instance or instances of noncompliance that resulted in a WTW sanction or sanctions; however, the individual has also maintained to the best of his/her ability, a sustained period or periods of WTW participation despite the presence of a significant impairment or combination of impairments as determined by:

    A Mental Health Assessment,

    A Substance Abuse Assessment, or

    A Learning or Medical Problem as determined by a professional whose training qualifies them to determine whether the participant is unable to successfully complete or benefit from a current or proposed activity assignment.

 

A sustained period or periods of WTW participation must consist of six months, or two or more periods of WTW participation within a consecutive 24-month period, including participation in orientation/appraisal, job search, assessment/evaluations, and post-assessment activities, that equal six months or more.

 

A significant impairment is an impairment that does not meet the WTW work exemption or waiver requirements, but nevertheless limits an individualís ability to perform the physical and/or mental functions necessary to maintain employment or participate in WTW activities.

ECM Assessment for Unable to Maintain Extension
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Upon determination by the ECM that the individual has a history of participation and full cooperation in WTW, the ECM shall assess the individualís current ability to maintain employment or participate in WTW activities that shall be based upon, but not limited to one of the following criteria:

          The individual has a documented impairment or combination of impairments that the ECM has determined severely limits the individualís ability to successfully maintain employment or participate in WTW activities for 20 or more hours per week.

          The individual has a documented impairment or combination of impairments, or has been a victim of domestic abuse for whom the county has waived (Good Cause) work requirements that has resulted in a failure or repeated failures to participate or progress in her/his WTW activity.

          The individual has a documented impairment and has maintained her/his participation in WTW activities only through a significant modification of the hours of participation requirement and/or WTW activities as reflected in the current WTW Plan.

          The individual has a documented impairment or combination of impairments and local labor market conditions limit the availability of employers that could reasonably accommodate the individualís physical and/or mental limitations.

 

Unable to Maintain Extension and Learning Disability
 
 
 
 

Individuals who have reached their 48th month of CalWORKs aid and have undergone a Learning Disability (LD) screening that showed positive indicators for LD, but for whom the assessment results are not yet available, may be extended for 30 days to allow time for the results to be available.

 

At the end of the thirty days, the extension may be reviewed for one additional extension of thirty days, provided that the delay in completing the assessment is not due to the individualís failure to follow through.