Section 385.7 Assessments and employability plans for households without dependent children.

    (a) Assessments.

        (1) To the extent that resources are available, the social services official shall conduct an assessment of employability for applicants and recipients in households without dependent children who are not exempt from assignment to work activities in accordance with the provisions of section 385.2 of this Part.

        (2) Such assessment shall be conducted within a reasonable period of time, but in any case shall be conducted within a year following a recipient's application for safety net assistance.

        (3) Such assessment shall include, but not be limited to, a review of the individual's:

            (i) educational level, including literacy and English language proficiency;

            (ii) basic skills proficiency;

            (iii) supportive service needs;

            (iv) skills and prior work experience;

            (v) training and vocational interests; and

            (vi) family circumstances.

        (4) The social services official shall encourage and may require a recipient who has not attained a basic literacy level and who is not subject to the educational requirements of section 385.9 of this Part to enroll in a basic literacy program, high school equivalency program or other educational program in combination with other work activities. Any such assignment shall be consistent with the employability plan prepared pursuant to subdivision (b) of this section.

        (5) An applicant or recipient may be assigned to work activities in accordance with the provisions of this Part prior to the completion of an assessment.

        (6) Applicants and recipients are required to participate in an assessment as assigned by the social services official.

            (i) An applicant who fails to comply with assessment requirements shall be ineligible for public assistance, provided, however, that the term applicant means the entire applicant household.

            (ii) A recipient who fails to comply with assessment requirements shall be subject to the provisions of sections 385.11 and 385.12 of this Part.

    (b) Employability plan.

        (1) Based upon the assessment required pursuant to this section, an employability plan shall be developed in writing and in consultation with the recipient, which shall set forth:

            (i) the services that will be provided, including supportive services;

            (ii) the work activities to which the individual will be assigned; and

            (iii) the individual's employment goal.

        (2) The plan shall take into account the individual's:

            (i) supportive service needs;

            (ii) available program resources;

            (iii) local employment opportunities; and

            (iv) liability for student loans, grants and scholarship awards if the recipient is assigned to an education program.

        (3) Notwithstanding the requirements of paragraph (2) of this subdivision, in developing an employability plan for an individual the social services official must consider the need of the social services district to meet State work activity participation rates before completing an individual's employability plan.

    (c) The social services official shall use designated trained staff or providers with demonstrated effectiveness in assessment and employability development to prepare the assessments and plans required by this section.

    (d) Social services officials may provide assessments which are more detailed and comprehensive than required by this section.

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