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October 8, 1997 

Ohio Works First (OWF) Letter No. 3

TO: County Commissioners

 

County Departments of Human Services
 

 

FROM: Arnold R. Tompkins, Director
 

 

SUBJECT: UP-FRONT APPRAISAL STATE MODEL
 

 

Effective October 1, 1997, all counties are required to conduct up-front appraisals (Ohio Revised Code 5107.41). The Ohio Department of Human Services (ODHS) has prepared the enclosed up-front appraisal state model for use or modification by the counties. In keeping with the principle of giving counties maximum flexibility in designing and implementing programs, counties may also design their own up-front appraisal. Counties should choose one format and use it consistently in order to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all participants.
 

 

The major goal of Ohio Works First (OWF) is to help participants transition from welfare dependency toward personal responsibility, employment and self-sufficiency. Substitute House Bill 408 created some specific requirements for CDHS' in this process. One of the requirements is that the CDHS conduct an "up-front appraisal" of all adult and minor head of household participants in an OWF cash Assistance Group (AG). The up-front appraisal forms the foundation for building the participant's work plan for self-sufficiency and personal responsibility through unsubsidized employment within OWF time limits. It documents and assesses each participant's economic, educational, employment and family history. Minors who are not in school and do not have a high school diploma or GED are included in the population to receive the up-front appraisal.
 

 

The up-front appraisal:
 

 

1) Should be conducted as soon as possible after AG submits application;

 

2) Should include an evaluation of employment, educational, physiological and psychological abilities/liabilities;

 

3) Should be used to develop work assignments;

 

4) May occur as often as the CDHS determines is necessary.

 

Counties are encouraged to submit their Appraisal models to ODHS so that they may be shared with other counties. Further information about the up-front appraisal may be obtained by referencing section 5107.41 of HB 408. Any questions regarding this model or the format for county-designed alternatives can be addressed to:

 

Robert Haas, Self-Sufficiency Coordinator
Ohio Department of Human Services
30 East Broad Street, 31st Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43266-0423

 

phone: (614) 644-6937
fax: (614) 728-2984
 
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Enclosure

 

c: Child Support Enforcement Agencies
Public Children Services Agencies
District Directors