WSR 09-16-100



(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed August 4, 2009, 11:11 a.m. , effective September 4, 2009 ]

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: The department is proposing to modify and enhance the comprehensive evaluation to improve timely engagement in WorkFirst activities.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-310-0700.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090, and 74.08A.340.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 09-13-090 on June 16, 2009.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: August 3, 2009.

Don Goldsby, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-24-023, filed 11/29/06, effective 12/30/06)

WAC 388-310-0700   WorkFirst--Comprehensive evaluation.   (1) Why do I receive a comprehensive evaluation?

You participate in a comprehensive evaluation with your case manager and other WorkFirst staff to determine:

(a) Your employment strengths, your educational background, family situation and other factors; and

(b) Which WorkFirst activities you need to become employed.

(2) What is the comprehensive evaluation and when will it be used?

(a) The comprehensive evaluation is a series of questions, answers and evaluations focused on your strengths, job skills, education and other relevant elements. The results of the comprehensive evaluation are used to determine your ability to find and keep a job in your local labor market and what WorkFirst activities will help you prepare for and find work. It includes:

(i) An employability evaluation with your case manager, discussing important issues that can affect your ability to find a job, like educational background, employment history, child care, family violence or substance abuse. Your case manager will also ask you a few questions to find out if you might benefit from engaging in financial literacy activities such as money management training or any other type of credit counseling service. If so, we will tell you how to get this information((;

(ii) A work skills assessment to review your education, employment history, employment strengths and job skills; and

(iii) Educational and other evaluations)).

(b) You and your case manager and/or social worker use the information and recommendations from ((these evaluations)) the comprehensive evaluation to create or modify your individual responsibility plan, adding activities that help you become employable.

(c) After your comprehensive evaluation, you may receive more assessments to find out if you need additional services. For example, you may receive an educational skills assessment and/or evaluation after referral to an education and training activity.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090, 74.08A.340, and 2006 c 107. 06-24-023, 388-310-0700, filed 11/29/06, effective 12/30/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090. 06-08-044, 388-310-0700, filed 3/30/06, effective 6/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050. 00-06-062, 388-310-0700, filed 3/1/00, effective 3/1/00; 99-10-027, 388-310-0700, filed 4/28/99, effective 5/29/99; 97-20-129, 388-310-0700, filed 10/1/97, effective 11/1/97.]

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