New Employees of Nevada (NEON)
NEON is Nevada's employment and training program whose purpose is to reduce or eliminate dependency on public assistance by
providing employment services, education, training and support services to TANF NEON recipients.
NEON participation is mandatory for most cases with a
work-eligible individual in the home. Single parents with a child
a year of age may be exempt up to 3 months per child, for a maximum
of 12 months in a life time. A parent who is required in
the home to provide care for an ill or incapacitated family member
may qualify for an exemption. Exempt parents have the option
to voluntarily participate in the program.
NEON participants must develop a Personal
Responsibility Plan (PRP) with their case manager. The plan will
outline the work
activities that will be required of the participant to maintain
eligibility for the program and move toward self-sufficiency,
as well as the support services the Division will provide to assist
the participant in attaining this goal. Examples of
activities include Job Readiness Workshops, Job Search, vocational
education, community work experience and employment.
Support services available to NEON participants
include: child care, transportation, work-related clothing and other
items necessary for training or employment. These may include
tools, uniforms, shoes, work permits, heath cards, ID, physicals,
etc. Participants may also receive family counseling, family
planning counseling, health referrals, job placement referrals,
Mandatory participants who do not cooperate with the development of
their Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP), or who fail
to comply with the terms of their PRP are subject to termination of
benefits and a sanction sit-out period of three consecutive months.
Personal Responsibility Plan
The "Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP)", is a contract between the
Division and the TANF-NEON and Child-Only households outlining
a jointly-developed plan to:
- assist the TANF-NEON household to achieve their highest level of self sufficiency;
- to meet the specialized needs of Child-Only households.
The plan is signed within 60 days of TANF approval
and includes a date, not more than 24 months later, when it expires.