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1 Maximizing Your Funds and Build Strong Partnerships to Increase Client Success Presenters Lori Fabritius, EdD Leanna Luka-Conley, LMSW

2 Introduction of Discussion Topics Partnerships and Collaboration Build Successful Partnerships Going Beyond Friendly Collaboration Research

3 Partnerships and Collaboration

4 Rethinking of Partnerships Less money state and federal money Stop chasing funding dollars Builds a stronger community when working together Cant do everything - find your niche Eliminate duplication of services

5 How Can We Create a True Partnership? Look for Strengths (SWOT analysis) Your strengths relative to competitors Look for Weaknesses (SWOT analysis) Your weaknesses relative to competitors What do we each bring to the table? How can you make the partnership work? Dont forget about internal partnerships

6 Care Coordination Engagement Consistency with planning Transitions

7 What we can do for the system? Chautauqua WORKS example Partnership with multiple agencies to enhance the system. Partners involved: BOCES, Jamestown Community College, Private Industry Council, Every Woman Opportunity Center, Rural Ministries, Chautauqua Opportunities Inc., Department of Labor, and Jamestown Management Committee Strengths vs. Challenges

8 Collaboration Takes Work

9 Looking Beyond Collaboration G etting out of your agency silo Trusting your partner organization Let go from doing everything– to doing what you do well Look beyond what is good for you to what is best for the client and system

10 Going Beyond Friendly Collaboration Willingness to look at truly working together Sharing services Establish formal agreements/contracts, MOUs How can we work strategically together?

11 Who Benefits When We Get Out of Working in a Silo? Collaboration= increased client services, e.g., one agency provides case management services other agency provides supportive service ($25 gas cards) When partners truly work together - there is a consistent message to client & public can reduce program costs Example of collaboration – DSS case worker working in tandem with agency case manager & client (Fabritius, 2011)

12 Research of Common Denominators

13 Lack of Education = Negative Outcomes for TANF Clients Many clients lack GED needed for post-secondary education Need for support: living expenses, e.g., food, cash, child care, housing Negative outcomes – poor health, increased criminal activity, low wage jobs Learning disabilities- developmental studies US 10 th among high school graduation in world only 70% graduation Bridgeland, Dilulio, & Morison, (2006)

14 Cost to Vulnerable Members of Society (When we cant Provide Services) Unskilled workforce: local, nationally Unemployment, underemployment, and higher welfare enrollments = financial burden on community/state Inadequate health care usepreventive medical visits, physician refusing Medicaid patients, e.g., unhealthy population group Potential for higher criminal activity engagement Alliance for Excellent Education Fact Sheet. (February, 2009)

15 Background Information W-t-W Clients Vulnerable group- most are single-parents (female) use of public subsidies, e.g., food stamps, Medicaid Illustrated importance of skill development and a post-secondary education human capital- knowledge, financial stability Reduce incidents of criminal activity Need to compete in todays global market Higher education should be accessible & affordable If financial aid is in jeopardy – less students can come Rising costs in tuition – 2 yr degree/certificate

16 Common Demographics of Many TANF Clients Single parent households Limited human capital limiting economic growth and personal development Lack affordability and accessibility to college Face societys stereotypical view Difficulty in reaching TANF requirements: work-activity participation hours Poor coping skills Lack of adequate child care Lack of reliable transportation Lack of a stable support system Identified learning disability

17 Examples of Success

18 Continuing Education Remedial Programs Partnership with public library system Broadband grant Training partners BOCES and Jamestown Community College Remedial computer course work Teleconferencing between library sites Increased remedial FTEs Outcome met needs of rural communities

19 Pathways to Client Success College Prep Remedial Courses- no/low cost to participant Successful Models, e.g., Erie Community College and BOCES GED; JCC Bridge program; Project Search Long-term training vs. short-term Holistic approach seems to work best

20 Highlights – Health Care Students PY RNs: 3 years training, licensure/ $18.87 (33 graduates) OTAs: 2 year, licensure exam/ average rage: $15.28 (7 graduates) LPNs: 13 months, licensure exam/ average wage: $13.35 (53 graduates) X-Ray tech: small number admitted / average wage: $15.40 (1 graduated) Short-term training: PCAs, CNAs, Direct Care Aides. Phlebotomy/ $8.34 (64 graduated from these training programs, employed in positions)

21 Welfare-to-Work Program at a Community College Pathways that move clients (not necessarily in this order) Basic skill development Graduation Job placement Job retentions

22 Highlights In 2009, twenty-four (24) Bridge students graduated with their associates degree from Jamestown Community College, 12 graduated from the BOCES (LPN) licensed practical nurse program with one student graduating from Jamestown Business College. The Bridge program reached its goals for the program funding year: · Enrolling 382 students or 143% of the targeted goal; · Assisting 162 Bridge participants in becoming employed reaching 105% of the targeted goal; · Providing services to help 109 participants to reach their 90- day job retention goal, reaching a targeted goal of 103% job retention rate for the year.

23 Accomplishments for PY Health Care students ave. wage RNs 12 $ LPNs 10 $ OTAs 1 $ CNAs 6 $ 8.35 total students 29 $ (average)

24 Evaluation of W-t-W Programs

25 Consequences of Time-Limited Aid London (2004/05) Examination of the total time on welfare while attending college – graduation rates of welfare recipients over a 20-year period Used data from National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) Findings: attending college – more months on aid but earning a degree offsets future need for welfare College degree pays off in long-run for most people

26 Hidden Rules Generational vs. situational poverty Wealth, Middle Class and Poverty Could you survive poverty?

27 COMPLETE THE QUIZ: Put a check by each item you know how to do. ______ 1.I know which churches and sections of town have the best rummage sales. ______ 2.I know which rummage sales have bag sales and when. ______ 3.I know which grocery stores garbage bins can be accessed for thrown-away food. ______ 4.I know how to get someone out of jail. ______ 5.I know how to physically fight and defend myself physically. ______ 6.I know how to get a gun, even if I have a police record. ______ 7.I know how to keep my clothes from being stolen at the Laundromat. ______ 8.I know what problems to look for in a used car. ______ 9.I know how to live without a checking account. ______10.I know how to live without electricity and a phone. ______11.I know how to use a knife as scissors. ______12.I can entertain a group of friends with my personality and my stories. ______13.I know what to do when I dont have money to pay the bills. ______14. I know how to move in half a day. ______15. I know how to get and use food stamps or an electronic card for benefits. ______16. I know where the free medical clinics are. ______17.I am very good at trading and bartering. ______18. I can get by without a car. Could you survive in poverty?

28 Profile of Clients in My Study Single-parent households with young children Generational vs. situational poverty Referred from the Department of Social Services, client self-referral or partner agency Ethnicity: 80% female Caucasian; 11% Latina/o; 8% African American Possessed GED, high school diploma or some college clients to get GED first then go to college

29 Action Research: Focus Groups Group 1: Participants who were attending college Group 2 : Participants who earned their college degree Group 3: Participants who dropped out & left program One hour session. Recorded and later transcribed.

30 Dissertation Questions 1.What are the strengths of the community colleges Welfare-to-Work program, as perceived by the participants? 2.What are the challenges of the Welfare-to-Work program, as perceived by the participants? 3.What do the Welfare-to-Work participants recommend for improving the program? 4.How did the Welfare-to-Work program impact the participants lives, from their perspectives?

31 Findings of Study What are the strengths of the community colleges Welfare-to-Work program, as perceived by the participants? All groups/individuals interviewed stated that the qualities of the staff were exceptional Financial assistance provided Excellent job search assistance Convenience of having program on campus Networking with other organizations

32 Findings What are the challenges of this Welfare-to-Work program, as perceived by the participants? Threat of losing funding (continuous threat) Problems with DSS case workers/TANF regulations Lack of evening hours Need for bilingual case manager

33 Findings What do the Welfare-to-Work participants recommendations for improving the program? Secure stable funding from state DSS case managers working inside the ECC program Establish evening hours for working clients Hire bilingual staff

34 Implications from this Study Welfare reform- does not promote higher education Longer for TANF college students who need remediation Time-limit for PRWORA (TANF) 5 yrs -- stress on individuals in college Single-mothers and their children are most vulnerable College participation/graduation of parent promotes positive impact on children College graduation helped participants obtain jobs Welfare recidivism is lower for those who build their human capital

35 Reciprocating Program Services 1.Train staff on all services available within your system 2.Help clients to build their human capital – think of long-term results 3.Build strong network to partner agencies 4.Assist clients with necessary applications, e.g., FAFSA 5.Link client skills to employers needs 6.Dedicate office for your clients- child care area

36 Thank You! Leanna Luka-Conley, LMSW (716) Lori Fabritius, EdD (716)

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