Presentation on theme: "Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) January 26, 2015
2 Welcome & Introductions Rick Krauss, Consultant, Seattle Jobs InitiativeJason Turner, Food Program Manager, DSHSDavid Skaar, BFET Supervisor, DSHSShannon Booth, WorkFirst Supervisor, ESDHussam Al Khalidy, LEP Employment Specialist, ESDKelly Lindseth, Facilitator, ESD
3 ExpectationsInterested Agencies will understand BFET on a surface level – and be able to apply for a contract with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).Questions may be directed to any of the panel members and that person will find the answer or communicate with the correct person.
4 BFET Overview and History The BFET program provides employment, education, and training services to federal Basic Food recipients.The goal of the BFET program is to assist Basic Food recipients in obtaining a livable wage leading towards self-sufficiency.The BFET program is a 50/50 reimbursement program.Promotes partnerships among agencies within the communityPromotes collaboration among BFET providersDiversify the revenue streams to assist BFA recipientsImportant - Agencies will need to identify matching non-federal funds based on the 50/50 model
5 Services Provided to BFET Participants Employability assessmentCase managementJob readiness trainingBasic skills/ESL training (literacy, math, vocational ESL, High School Equivalency preparation)Vocational trainingJob search assistance, job placement, and post-employment support services
6 Support Services Transportation Safety clothing Housing and utility assistanceChild care subsidyPersonal hygiene and groomingSchool suppliesTools and equipment needed to secure employment
7 BFET PilotDSHS is looking to expand BFET with a pilot called Resources to Initiate Successful Employment (RISE).The RISE grant application was submitted in late 2014 and expects an answer from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) by late February 2015.The program will expand BFET services to include comprehensive case management and work-based learning in King, Pierce, Yakima and Spokane counties.RISE will focus on helping the harder to serve individuals that are subject to Basic Food work requirements.
8 Washington’s BFET Program and Operations The BFET program is a partnership of DSHS, SBCTC colleges and CBOs leveraging each other’s strengthsCommunity Colleges equip BFET participants to be a skilled workerCBOs guide BFET participants in entering the workforce
9 Washington’s BFET Program and Operations DSHS’s Role and ResponsibilitiesRequests Federal reimbursement from FNSEnsure the BFET program is in alignment with Federal requirementsConfirm BFET eligibility for each participant
10 Washington’s BFET Program and Operations Colleges’ & CBOs’ Role and ResponsibilitiesProvide direct services to BFET Participants. This includes:Employability assessmentBFET activity and case managementTrack costs, maintain records and invoice according to Federal and State regulations
11 Washington’s BFET Program and Operations Lack of CBOs in rural WALack of match funding14 counties only have 1 BFET providerImbalance of BFET services (no JS or JT or BR services)14 counties have no BFET providers
12 Basic Food Recipients and BFET Providers by County September 2014Whatcom28,7205Ferry1,5481Pend Oreille2,6981San Juan1,080Skagit21,0263Okanogan8,740Island7,655Stevens8,6012Clallam12,4341Snohomish88,9057Chelan11,7141Douglas5,455Jefferson4,146Kitsap32,8713King230,64432Spokane94,1087Lincoln1,198GraysHarbor16,8911Mason11,7761Grant19,4841Kittitas5,159Whitman3,786Thurston39,0922Pierce142,64711Adams4,737Pacific4,4091Lewis17,0841Franklin17,7891Garfield301Yakima66,0332Columbia678Cowlitz25,4402Benton32,5151Asotin4,6551Walla Walla9,6761Skamania1,553Wahkiakum590Klickitat3,859Clark71,6831LegendCountyBFA RecipientsBFET ProvidersCollege and CBO present in CountyOnly a college or CBO present in CountyNo BFET provider present in County
13 BFET Providers and BFET Participants by County September 2014Whatcom5467Ferry17Pend Oreille15San Juan8Skagit3153Okanogan1Island37Stevens210Clallam1173Snohomish7573Chelan122Douglas16Jefferson14Kitsap3348King323,306Spokane7535Lincoln7GraysHarbor1113Mason155Grant175Kittitas5Whitman7Thurston2130Pierce11701Adams8Pacific18Lewis1176Franklin132Garfield2Yakima284Columbia1Cowlitz2137Benton179Asotin41Walla Walla191Skamania1WahkiakumKlickitatClark1339LegendCountyBFET ProvidersBFET ParticipantsCollege and CBO present in CountyOnly a college or CBO present in CountyNo BFET provider present in County
14 BFET Participants to BFA Recipients Ratio by County September 2014Whatcom1:61Ferry1:221Pend Oreille1:540San Juan1:135Okanogan1:8740Skagit1:137Island1:207Stevens1:860Snohomish1:155Clallam1:72Chelan1:532Douglas1:341Jefferson1:296Kitsap1:94King1:70Spokane1:176Lincoln1:171Grays Harbor1:149Mason1:214Grant1:260Kittitas1:1032Whitman1:541Thurston1:301Pierce1:203Adams1:592Pacific1:551Franklin1:556Lewis1:97Garfield1:151Yakima1:786Columbia1:678Cowlitz1:186Benton1:412Asotin1:114Skamania1:1553Walla Walla1:106Wahkiakum0:590Klickitat0:3859Clark1:211Less than 1 BFET Participant to 100 BFA recipientsGreater than 1 BFET Participant to 500 BFA recipients
15 How to Apply to be a BFET Contractor Review the Capacity Checklist in the Potential Partner Agency PacketComplete a Letter of Intent using the Capacity ChecklistThe Letter of Intent is found in the Potential Partner Agency PacketSubmit your Letter of Intent to
16 TimelineNew contracts typically start in April and October, but exceptions can be made depending on budget and agency preparation.It usually takes about 2 – 3 months to review a proposal (letter of intent), sign the contract and begin BFET services.Since BFET is a reimbursement program, contracted agencies invoice DSHS monthly or quarterly after providing services to clients; therefore, DSHS typically pays contractors 45 – 120 days post-service .
17 Spokane LEP BFET Program The Office of Refugees and Immigrant Assistance contracts with 13 locations to provide BFET services.Those contractors must first have an LEP Pathways contract.Most services are paid at a 100% rate due to subsidies from Washington State funds.