DSS: Welfare Reform

Welfare Reform

Jobs First - 
Connecticut's Welfare Reform Program

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On January 1, 1996 the state of Connecticut began a transformation of its welfare program from a system of dependency to one of personal responsibility and self-support. The Jobs First program revolves around the employment and potential employment of the client. The emphasis has been placed on encouraging able-bodied individuals to actively seek, obtain, and retain employment.

These reforms are designed to break the cycle of poverty and promote work and responsibility. The program is structured to provide strict consequences for failure to pursue employment but also considerable reward for finding and keeping a job.

Individuals who cannot get jobs on their own will receive services helping them to find a job. People unable to find work with that assistance may qualify for additional services, including further education and training.

Transformation to this new system has not only meant changes for the recipients but also for workers in the field offices. Eligibility processes have been simplified, and service delivery altered to free staff to focus on helping clients become less dependent on assistance.

Individuals are expected to take personal responsibility for their own economic futures. The underlying philosophy is that employment, whether full time or part time, high skilled or low, offers clients the dignity that no welfare check can.

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