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January 26, 2015. Welcome & Introductions Rick Krauss, Consultant, Seattle Jobs Initiative Jason Turner, Food Program Manager, DSHS David Skaar, BFET.

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1 January 26, 2015

2 Welcome & Introductions Rick Krauss, Consultant, Seattle Jobs Initiative Jason Turner, Food Program Manager, DSHS David Skaar, BFET Supervisor, DSHS Shannon Booth, WorkFirst Supervisor, ESD Hussam Al Khalidy, LEP Employment Specialist, ESD Kelly Lindseth, Facilitator, ESD

3 Expectations Interested 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 community Promotes collaboration among BFET providers Diversify the revenue streams to assist BFA recipients Important - Agencies will need to identify matching non- federal funds based on the 50/50 model

5 Services Provided to BFET Participants Employability assessment Case management Job readiness training Basic skills/ESL training (literacy, math, vocational ESL, High School Equivalency preparation) Vocational training Job search assistance, job placement, and post- employment support services

6 Support Services Transportation Safety clothing Housing and utility assistance Child care subsidy Personal hygiene and grooming School supplies Tools and equipment needed to secure employment

7 BFET Pilot DSHS 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 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 strengths Community Colleges equip BFET participants to be a skilled worker CBOs guide BFET participants in entering the workforce

9 Washington’s BFET Program and Operations DSHS’s Role and Responsibilities Requests Federal reimbursement from FNS Ensure the BFET program is in alignment with Federal requirements Confirm BFET eligibility for each participant

10 Washington’s BFET Program and Operations Colleges’ & CBOs’ Role and Responsibilities Provide direct services to BFET Participants. This includes: Employability assessment BFET activity and case management Track costs, maintain records and invoice according to Federal and State regulations

11 Washington’s BFET Program and Operations Lack of CBOs in rural WA Lack of match funding 14 counties only have 1 BFET provider Imbalance of BFET services (no JS or JT or BR services) 14 counties have no BFET providers

12 Pacific 4,409 1 Lewis 17,084 1 Cowlitz 25,440 2 Wahkiakum Yakima 66,033 2 Thurston 39,092 2 Pierce 142, King 230, Walla 9,676 1 Whitman 3,786 0 Asotin 4,655 1 Garfield Stevens 8,601 2 Pend Oreille 2,698 1 Grays Harbor 16,891 1 Jefferson 4,146 0 Clallam 12,434 1 Kittitas 5,159 0 Snohomish 88,905 7 Okanogan 8,740 0 Chelan 11,714 1 Adams 4,737 0 Lincoln 1,198 0 Ferry 1,548 1 Clark 71,683 1 Whatcom 28,720 5 San Juan 1,080 0 Island 7,655 0 Mason 11,776 1 Skamania 1,553 0 Klickitat 3,859 0 Skagit 21,026 3 Grant 19,484 1 Benton 32,515 1 Columbia Spokane 94,108 7 Kitsap 32,871 3 Franklin 17,789 1 Douglas 5,455 0 Basic Food Recipients and BFET Providers by County September 2014 College and CBO present in County Only a college or CBO present in County No BFET provider present in County Legend County BFA Recipients BFET Providers

13 Pacific 1 8 Lewis Cowlitz Wahkiakum 0 Yakima 2 84 Thurston Pierce King 32 3,306 Walla 1 91 Whitman 0 7 Asotin 0 41 Garfield 0 2 Stevens 2 10 Pend Oreille 1 5 Grays Harbor Jefferson 0 14 Clallam Kittitas 0 5 Snohomish Okanogan 0 1 Chelan 1 22 Adams 0 8 Lincoln 0 7 Ferry 1 7 Clark Whatcom San Juan 0 8 Island 0 37 Mason 1 55 Skamania 0 1 Klickitat 0 Skagit Grant 1 75 Benton 1 79 Columbia 0 1 Spokane Kitsap Franklin 1 32 Douglas 0 16 BFET Providers and BFET Participants by County September 2014 College and CBO present in County Only a college or CBO present in County No BFET provider present in County Legend County BFET Providers BFET Participants

14 Pacific 1:551 Lewis 1:97 Cowlitz 1:186 Wahkiakum 0:590 Yakima 1:786 Thurston 1:301 Pierce 1:203 King 1:70 Walla 1:106 Whitman 1:541 Asotin 1:114 Garfield 1:151 Stevens 1:860 Pend Oreille 1:540 Grays Harbor 1:149 Jefferson 1:296 Clallam 1:72 Kittitas 1:1032 Snohomish 1:155 Okanogan 1:8740 Chelan 1:532 Adams 1:592 Lincoln 1:171 Ferry 1:221 Clark 1:211 Whatcom 1:61 San Juan 1:135 Island 1:207 Mason 1:214 Skamania 1:1553 Klickitat 0:3859 Skagit 1:137 Grant 1:260 Benton 1:412 Columbia 1:678 Spokane 1:176 Kitsap 1:94 Franklin 1:556 Douglas 1:341 BFET Participants to BFA Recipients Ratio by County September 2014 Less than 1 BFET Participant to 100 BFA recipients Greater 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 Packet Complete a Letter of Intent using the Capacity Checklist The Letter of Intent is found in the Potential Partner Agency Packet Submit your Letter of Intent to

16 Timeline New 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.

18 Questions & Answers


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