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Letter to DOL Requesting Waivers

Ohio has embarked on an anti-poverty reform that has set the stage for state and local innovation. WIOA introduced new priorities for serving low-income individuals with barriers to employment, with a focus on out-of-school youth and individuals receiving public assistance. This focus increased the overlap of targeted populations – specifically, low-income youth – generating an opportunity to align services across the workforce and human services systems. Ohio launched the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP) to more effectively take advantage of this opportunity. As we approach the first anniversary of this new program, Ohio has identified several waiver opportunities to increase spending flexibility for local entities to use braided funding strategies to serve youth most effectively.

Ohio is requesting the following waivers from WIOA:
• Allow both WIOA and TANF dollars to count toward the requirement to spend 20 percent of funds on work experience activities.
• Allow both WIOA and TANF dollars to count toward the requirement to spend 75 percent of funds on out-of-school youth and calculate the requirement on a statewide basis.
• Allow the use of individual training accounts for in-school youth ages 18 to 21.

Ohio is pursuing these waivers to ensure that CCMEP’s new approach to addressing the challenges facing low-income, chronically unemployed teens and young adults moves forward in spite of federal regulations that limit state flexibility to do what’s best for these at-risk youth.


05/11/2017