Florida Senate - 2017 SB 1016 By Senator Passidomo 28-00858A-17 20171016__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to family self-sufficiency; creating 3 s. 414.393, F.S.; requiring the department to 4 implement an asset verification service to verify 5 eligibility for public assistance; amending s. 6 445.004, F.S.; requiring CareerSource Florida, Inc., 7 to include certain data relating to the performance 8 outcomes of local workforce development boards and 9 associated pilot programs in an annual report to the 10 Governor and Legislature; providing legislative 11 findings; providing definitions; requiring 12 CareerSource Florida, Inc., to contract with a vendor 13 to develop a pilot program to increase employment 14 among certain persons receiving temporary cash 15 assistance by a specified date; providing criteria for 16 selecting a vendor; providing criteria for selecting 17 local workforce development boards to conduct the 18 pilot program; requiring CareerSource Florida, Inc., 19 to submit a comprehensive report on the outcome of the 20 pilot program to the Governor and Legislature by a 21 specified date; providing appropriations; providing an 22 effective date. 23 24 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 25 26 Section 1. Section 414.393, Florida Statutes, is created to 27 read: 28 414.393 Applicant asset verification.—The department shall 29 implement an asset verification service for the purpose of 30 determining eligibility for public assistance programs. 31 Section 2. Paragraphs (c) and (d) are added to subsection 32 (7) of section 445.004, Florida Statutes, and subsection (13) is 33 added to that section, to read: 34 445.004 CareerSource Florida, Inc.; creation; purpose; 35 membership; duties and powers.— 36 (7) By December 1 of each year, CareerSource Florida, Inc., 37 shall submit to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the 38 Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Minority 39 Leader, and the House Minority Leader a complete and detailed 40 annual report setting forth: 41 (c) For each local workforce development board, participant 42 statistics and employment outcomes, by program, for individuals 43 subject to mandatory work requirements due to receipt of 44 temporary cash assistance or food assistance under chapter 414, 45 including: 46 1. Individuals served. 47 2. Services received. 48 3. Activities in which individuals participated. 49 4. Types of employment secured. 50 5. Individuals securing employment but remaining in each 51 program. 52 6. Individuals exiting programs due to employment. 53 7. Employment status at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months 54 after exiting the program, for the past 3 years. 55 (d) Interim outcomes of any pilot program implemented by a 56 local workforce development board selected pursuant to 57 subsection (13). 58 (13) The Legislature finds that some mandatory work 59 registrants in the Temporary Cash Assistance Program face 60 significant barriers to employment, which must be addressed with 61 services beyond those offered under a traditional workforce 62 program. To address this problem, CareerSource Florida, Inc., in 63 consultation with the department, shall implement a pilot 64 program to increase unsubsidized employment and earned income 65 among such registrants while reducing their reliance on public 66 assistance. The pilot program may not serve registrants who are 67 assessed as work ready or who do not face significant barriers 68 to employment. 69 (a) For the purposes of this subsection, “significant 70 barriers to employment” means at least one critical barrier or 71 three or more stand-alone barriers. 72 1. “Critical barriers” include substance abuse, mental 73 illness, physical or mental disability, domestic violence, 74 homelessness, and a criminal record affecting employment. 75 2. “Stand-alone barriers” include significant job skill 76 deficiencies; significant soft-skill deficiencies, such as 77 communication, time management, and problem-solving skills; 78 child welfare system involvement; and a negative or nonexistent 79 employment history. 80 (b) CareerSource Florida, Inc., in consultation with the 81 department, shall contract with a vendor by October 31, 2017, to 82 develop the pilot program according to the following guidelines: 83 1. The vendor must have expertise in the design and 84 development of workforce programs. 85 2. The program design shall be based on the best available 86 research and shall include, at a minimum: 87 a. A comprehensive assessment to identify significant 88 barriers to employment, which shall be updated on an ongoing 89 basis. Such an assessment may collect information about the 90 registrant’s educational attainment, level of literacy and 91 numeracy, basic skills, work experience, receipt of public 92 benefits, and other indicators of significant barriers. 93 b. An individual responsibility plan based on the 94 assessment, which includes a comprehensive service strategy to 95 address barriers to employment, whether sequentially or 96 simultaneously. 97 c. Intensive case management, including, but not limited 98 to, ongoing one-on-one guidance, motivation, and support for 99 registrants by assessing their needs and barriers, identifying 100 resources, and advising on career and training opportunities. 101 Intensive case management also includes collaborative work with 102 community partners to provide comprehensive services to 103 registrants which are designed to address their barriers and 104 achieve program goals. 105 3. The program may include other elements to address 106 significant barriers, such as a combination of job search 107 assistance, basic skills training, vocational education, 108 strategies that connect registrants to relevant career 109 opportunities by supporting their efforts to obtain educational 110 certificates or industry certification, and transitional 111 employment subsidies to achieve the desired improvements in 112 employment and earnings. 113 (c) CareerSource Florida, Inc., in consultation with the 114 department, shall select at least three local workforce 115 development boards to conduct the pilot program based on a 116 board’s: 117 1. Commitment to effectively serve the target population; 118 2. Established record of innovation in the delivery of 119 workforce services, preferably to the target population; 120 3. Existing strong community partnerships, including 121 partnerships with nonprofit entities and community colleges, to 122 provide workforce services; and 123 4. Commitment to implement the program for the target 124 population while continuing to serve other Temporary Cash 125 Assistance Program mandatory work registrants. 126 (d) The local workforce development boards selected for the 127 pilot program shall contract with vendors to implement the 128 program. The local workforce development board shall give 129 preference to vendors with a demonstrated commitment to 130 innovation in providing workforce services or in serving 131 populations with significant barriers. 132 (e) CareerSource Florida, Inc., shall submit a report to 133 the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of 134 the House of Representatives by December 15, 2020. The report 135 shall include the program design; participating entities; 136 participant demographics, including, but not limited to, 137 barriers identified; and the case management processes, 138 assessment processes, and services provided to participants, as 139 compared to those available under the local workforce 140 development board’s traditional workforce program. The report 141 shall also include an analysis of the effect of the program on 142 participants’ barriers to employment, employment outcomes, 143 household income, reliance on public assistance, and other 144 measures of household well-being and self-sufficiency. 145 Section 3. For fiscal year 2017-2018, the sum of $3,342,525 146 in recurring funds is appropriated from the Federal Grants Trust 147 Fund to the Department of Children and Families to contract with 148 a vendor to develop an asset verification service for public 149 assistance programs pursuant to s. 414.393, Florida Statutes, as 150 created in this act, and the sum of $300,000 in nonrecurring 151 funds is appropriated from the Federal Grants Trust Fund to the 152 Department of Children and Families to perform the technology 153 modifications necessary to implement the asset verification 154 service. 155 Section 4. For fiscal year 2017-2018, the sum of $500,000 156 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the Federal Grants 157 Trust Fund to the Department of Economic Opportunity for 158 distribution to CareerSource Florida, Inc., to contract for 159 development of a program to serve temporary cash assistance work 160 registrants with significant barriers to employment pursuant to 161 this act, including, but not limited to, providing the initial 162 program design, evaluation design, training curricula 163 development and delivery of training, implementation oversight, 164 development of informational materials for participants, and 165 technical assistance; and for distribution to selected local 166 workforce development boards for startup expenses incurred by 167 vendors implementing the program, including, but not limited to, 168 information technology updates, program coordination, and staff 169 training. Case management and direct services for all temporary 170 cash assistance recipients shall be provided within current 171 resources. 172 Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.