8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies provisions of the Utah Workforce Services Code.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ defines "approved self-reliance training";
14 ▸ requires that a client receiving certain public assistance complete at least two hours
15 of approved self-reliance training within 90 days of receiving assistance Ĥ→ [
16 condition of receiving assistance beyond 90 days
17 ▸ requires the Department of Workforce Services to seek a waiver, if federal law or
18 regulation Ĥ→ [
20 ▸ describes what entities may offer approved self-reliance training; and
21 ▸ describes the reporting requirements of the department.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 35A-3-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 221
30 35A-3-116, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
33 Section 1. Section 35A-3-102 is amended to read:
34 35A-3-102. Definitions.
35 As used in this chapter:
36 (1) "Adjudicative proceeding" has the same meaning as defined in Section 63G-4-103.
37 (2) "Administrative order" means an order issued by the department that addresses an
38 overpayment of public assistance.
39 (3) "Applicant" means a person who requests assistance under this chapter.
40 (4) "Approved self-reliance training" means an educational class, training session, or
41 counseling session:
42 (a) approved by the department;
43 (b) described in Section 35A-3-116; and
44 (c) provided at no cost to a client.
46 receive support from another person that accrues during the period the recipient receives public
47 assistance, including a right to receive support on behalf of any family member for whom the
48 recipient is applying for or receiving assistance.
50 who received cash assistance on a monthly basis during the previous federal fiscal year.
52 receive under the Family Employment Program under Section 35A-3-302.
54 the child's parent or legal guardian, for a portion of the day that is less than 24 hours in a
55 qualified setting, as defined by rules made by the department in accordance with Title 63G,
56 Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
59 (b) "Civic organization" includes a community service club or organization, a
60 charitable health care or service organization, a fraternal organization, a labor union, a minority
61 or ethnic organization, a commercial or industrial organization, a commerce or business club, a
62 private nonprofit organization, a private nonprofit corporation that provides funding to a
63 community service organization, an organization that advocates or provides for the needs of
64 persons with low incomes, a religious organization, and an organization that fosters strong
65 neighborhoods and communities.
67 state, or the federal government that addresses an overpayment of public assistance.
69 as eligible for cash assistance.
71 administer a program.
73 payment under Section 35A-3-303 to a recipient who is eligible for cash assistance, but does
74 not require extended cash assistance under Part 3, Family Employment Program.
76 (a) basic remedial education;
77 (b) adult education;
78 (c) high school education;
79 (d) education to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma;
80 (e) education to learn English as a second language;
81 (f) applied technology training;
82 (g) employment skills training; or
83 (h) on-the-job training.
85 defined by the educational institution attended by the parent recipient.
87 Part 4, General Assistance.
89 adjudicative proceeding as described in Section 63G-4-201.
91 (a) who is liable to the state under Section 35A-3-603 and applicable federal statutes
92 and regulations; or
93 (b) against whom an administrative or judicial order determining overpayment has
94 been obtained.
96 value provided under a state or federally funded benefit program to a person that is not entitled
97 to receive it or is not entitled to receive it at the level provided.
98 (b) "Overpayment" includes money paid to a provider under this title in connection
99 with public assistance or another publicly funded assistance program to the extent that the
100 provider receives payment:
101 (i) for goods or services not provided; or
102 (ii) in excess of the amount to which the provider is entitled.
104 the department to qualify for cash assistance under Part 3, Family Employment Program.
106 compared to actual performance.
108 a program or activity.
110 analyze performance information, including performance indicators and performance goals.
112 United States Department of Health and Human Services to receive funding from the United
113 States through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant in accordance with
114 42 U.S.C. Sec. 602.
116 received assistance under this chapter.
118 married and has a minor child in the person's care and custody.
120 stabilize employment and reduce the future use of cash assistance provided under Part 3,
121 Family Employment Program.
122 Section 2. Section 35A-3-116 is enacted to read:
123 35A-3-116. Self-reliance training.
124 (1) If the department determines that it is not prohibited under federal law or
125 regulation, a client Ĥ→ who is at least 21 years old, but who is younger than 65 years old,
125a and who is ←Ĥ receiving public assistance under this chapter Ĥ→ , ←Ĥ shall complete at
125b least two
126 hours of approved self-reliance training within 90 days of the first day of receiving public
127 assistance Ĥ→ [
128 (2) If the department determines that federal law or regulation regarding a specific
129 service or benefit under this chapter prohibits requiring a client to complete at least two hours
130 of self-reliance training within 90 days of first receiving public assistance Ĥ→ [
131 continuing to receive the service or benefit
132 (a) seek a waiver from the appropriate federal agency to allow requiring the training;
134 (b) inform the client about the option of completing self-reliance training.
135 (3) The department shall ensure that approved self-reliance training:
136 (a) is designed to help Ĥ→ [
136a and less
137 dependent on government assistance;
138 (b) teaches skills and knowledge that will assist Ĥ→ [
138a becoming self-reliant;
139 (c) is available at sufficient times and places to enable clients to reasonably complete
140 the training; Ĥ→ [
141 (d) is offered at no cost to clients Ĥ→ [
141a (e) includes an option for online training; and
141b (f) is provided and taught in a manner that is sensitive to the specific needs and
141c challenges of clients, including:
141d (i) employment situations and work schedules;
141e (ii) health or disability related employment issues;
141f (iii) family care responsibilities and schedules; and
141g (iv) transportation issues; ←Ĥ
142 (4) Approved self-reliance training may be offered by the department or any of the
143 following if approved by the department:
144 (a) a civic organization as defined in Section 35A-3-102;
144a Ŝ→ (b) a for-profit entity; ←Ŝ
145 Ŝ→ [
146 Ŝ→ [
147 (5) The director may contract with a civic organization to provide approved
148 self-reliance training, if the director follows the procedures for contracting with a civic
149 organization for the provision of social capital as described in Section 35A-3-507.
150 (6) As part of the annual written report described in Section 35A-1-109, the department
152 (a) describe what entities are providing approved self-reliance training;
153 (b) provide the number of clients who have completed at least two hours of approved
154 self-reliance training;
155 (c) describe any services or benefits under this chapter that may not be conditioned on
156 the completion of self-reliance training because of federal law or regulation; and
157 (d) describe the response to any waiver request described in Subsection (2)(a).
157a Ĥ→ (7) A client's completion of the approved self-reliance training described in
157b Subsection (1) is not a condition of the client continuing to receive public assistance. ←Ĥ
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