The Employment and Training (E&T) Unit's primary responsibility is to
plan, develop, implement and maintain program policies and procedures
for the TANF Employment and Training Program (NEON) and the SNAP Employment
and Training program (SNAPET).
|The NEON program provides Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
(TANF) recipients a means to acquire employment related education,
vocational skills, work experience and job seeking/retention skills
to allow them to achieve economic independence through employment.
The program assists recipients in overcoming barriers to employment by
providing support services including, child care assistance, transportation
assistance and employment related special needs such as clothing and
tools. TANF recipients with significant barriers to employment such
as drug/alcohol addiction, domestic violence issues and /or mental
health concerns are case managed by the Division's licensed social
Drug/Alcohol treatment, domestic violence shelter/counseling, and
mental health treatment/counseling is available to work-eligible TANF
recipients via contracts with service providers and referrals to
community agencies and organizations. All program services are developed
and provided with the ultimate goal of assisting the family achieve
their highest level of economic self-sufficiency.
The SNAPET program provides an orientation and structured job search
program to assist Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients
become employed. Assistance with transportation and employment related
needs is available.
The Employment and Training Unit also participates in a number of
TANF-related community initiatives such as, reduction of child poverty,
reduction in out-of-wedlock births, teen pregnancy prevention, statutory
rape education/prevention, healthy marriage and faith-based services.