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90_HB2081eng New Act Creates the Education, Job Training, Placement, Retention, and Re-Employment Act. Provides that the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Prairie State 2000 Authority, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Employment Security, the Secretary of State, and the Department of Rehabilitation Services, or the Department of Human Services as its successor agency, shall each develop a plan to accommodate those who will be affected by the changes in welfare as a result of the implementation of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Each of these entities shall also study the impact of its plan and report to the legislative leaders of the General Assembly and the Governor no later than January 31 each year and make appropriate adjustments to programs each year after evaluation. Effective immediately. LRB9005176SMdv HB2081 Engrossed LRB9005176SMdv 1 AN ACT concerning job training services. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 1. This Act may be cited as the Education, Job 5 Training, Placement, Retention, and Re-Employment Act. 6 Section 5. Legislative findings and purpose. 7 (a) The Illinois Department of Public Aid has developed 8 a Plan for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to 9 replace the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program 10 and to implement the federal Personal Responsibility and Work 11 Opportunity Act of 1996. 12 (b) The new Department of Human Services is the lead 13 agency in implementing the State TANF Plan. Its mission is 14 to "enable Illinois residents to achieve maximum 15 self-sufficiency and independence by providing integrated 16 family-oriented services, partnering with communities, and 17 measuring outcomes". 18 (c) The TANF Plan categorizes welfare recipients into 19 three groups: Not Job Ready, Job Ready, and Working and sets 20 time limits on receiving assistance for recipients of cash 21 assistance ranging from 24 months, under the Targeted Work 22 Initiative for parents (both Job Ready and Not Job 23 Ready) whose youngest child is age 13 or older, up to a 60 24 month lifetime limit for all Illinois families (both Job 25 Ready and Not Job Ready) and their children. Only 10% of the 26 current caseload of 150,000 that is not working is estimated 27 to be Job Ready at this time. 28 (d) The clock on all of these time limits will begin to 29 run as to all recipients of cash assistance in August of 30 1997. 31 (e) The TANF Plan addresses job training and other HB2081 Engrossed -2- LRB9005176SMdv 1 services necessary to move both Job Ready and Not Job Ready 2 welfare recipients into the workforce by planning on asking 3 each area of the State "to develop, coordinate, and target 4 resources needed to serve the population in the area....to 5 develop a local service delivery plan". 6 (f) This Act targets some of Illinois' extensive 7 education, job training, placement, retention and 8 re-employment resources necessary to the accomplishment of 9 the aims of the TANF Plan, in order to assure that adequate 10 resources will be available and in place in communities to 11 implement plans to move families from welfare to work 12 starting in August of 1997. 13 Section 10. Applicability. This Act applies to the 14 following: the Illinois State Board of Education, the 15 Illinois Community College Board, the Department of Commerce 16 and Community Affairs, the Illinois Department of 17 Transportation, the Illinois Department of Labor, the 18 Department of Veterans Affairs, the Prairie State 2000 19 Authority, the Department of Children and Family Services, 20 the Department of Employment Security, the Secretary of 21 State, and the Department of Rehabilitation Services, or the 22 Department of Human Services as its successor agency, each of 23 which is currently in receipt of substantial funding, 24 including State general revenue funds, for adult education, 25 job training, and related services. 26 Section 15. Definitions. 27 "Additional barriers to employment" means, but is not 28 limited to, alcoholism or substance abuse history, a criminal 29 record, current or recent history of being a victim of 30 domestic violence, history of incest or other abuse, partial 31 disability or health or mental health problems, or having 32 been in receipt of cash welfare benefits or unemployed for a HB2081 Engrossed -3- LRB9005176SMdv 1 period in excess of five years. 2 "Affected agency" means each agency of State government 3 to which this Act applies, as set forth in Section 10. 4 "Community-based providers" means not-for-profit 5 organizations with local boards of directors that provide 6 some or all of the job services defined herein. 7 "Education and job training services" means instruction 8 in literacy, English as a Second Language, Adult Basic and 9 Secondary Education, General Educational Development (GED) 10 preparation, job readiness, interviewing and resume 11 preparation, job seeking, soft skills, and vocational skills 12 and apprenticeship training in the classroom and on-the-job. 13 "Job placement services" means identifying jobs in which 14 there are open positions and which correspond with the 15 education, training, and experience of the people enrolled in 16 the affected agency's job training program, coordination of 17 client referrals to identified employers, assistance in 18 making application for open jobs, and follow-up assistance 19 with clients through the application process. 20 "Job retention counseling and services" means counseling, 21 career advancement services, direct services, and 22 coordination of services designed to help newly employed 23 workers keep their jobs, through job counselors, job support 24 groups, and job mentors who assist these workers in resolving 25 problems that arise on their jobs as well as with personal or 26 practical problems, such as with transportation or day care, 27 that could affect their ability to keep their jobs. 28 "Job services" means education and training services, job 29 placement services, job retention and counseling services, 30 and re-employment services as defined in this Act. 31 "Re-employment services" means job training and placement 32 services designed to help individuals who have lost their 33 jobs or who are employed to find new jobs quickly. 34 "Soft skills training" means training related to HB2081 Engrossed -4- LRB9005176SMdv 1 punctuality, proper work attire, work habits, appropriate 2 on-the-job problem solving and conflict resolution, and 3 understanding and abiding by employer rules. 4 "Welfare recipients" means persons who are receiving 5 welfare or have received welfare assistance within the 6 previous two years, and non-custodial parents of children 7 receiving welfare assistance who are unemployed or employed 8 at the poverty level or below. 9 Section 20. Duties of affected agencies. 10 (a) Each affected agency shall immediately develop a 11 plan which: 12 (1) identifies separately all budgeted resources 13 currently being used for education and job training 14 services, job placement services, job retention and 15 counseling services, and re-employment services for all 16 populations and for welfare recipients; 17 (2) notwithstanding any other provision of State 18 law, targets job services for welfare recipients; 19 (3) includes programming for welfare recipients 20 with additional barriers to employment; 21 (4) adds, to programs where it is not currently 22 included, job readiness, soft skills, job retention 23 services, and re-employment services to its offering of 24 job services; 25 (5) specifies how it will work with, at the local 26 level, business and industry to correspond its job 27 service programming with their specific local labor 28 demands, in the context of employers' openings and 29 available job titles and the education and skills needed 30 for those job titles; 31 (6) seeks waivers of any federal laws that 32 interfere with the accomplishment of targeting job 33 service resources; and HB2081 Engrossed -5- LRB9005176SMdv 1 (7) shall be implemented by July 1, 1997 and shall, 2 at that time, be submitted to the General Assembly and 3 the Governor and shall be made available to the public. 4 (b) In carrying out their duties under this Act, each 5 affected agency shall make maximum use of experienced 6 community-based providers of job services by contracting with 7 these providers to provide these services to the maximum 8 extent that the capacity of these providers allows. 9 Section 25. Performance-based programming; evaluations. 10 (a) All job services provided by affected agencies shall 11 be subject to performance-based evaluations, whether the 12 services are provided directly by the affected agency or 13 through contracts. 14 (b) Each affected agency shall be responsible for 15 setting minimal outcomes for each program it operates and for 16 collecting and collating outcome data for each of its program 17 sites. Separate minimal outcomes shall be developed for: 18 (1) programs that serve people with a steady past 19 work history; 20 (2) programs that serve people who are welfare 21 recipients; and 22 (3) programs that serve people with additional 23 barriers to employment. 24 (c) Each affected agency shall require each program site 25 within its jurisdiction to submit to it on an annual basis, 26 for each of the three populations described in subsection (b) 27 of this Section, broken down by demographic groups served 28 (which shall include persons on welfare, persons on welfare 29 within the last two years, and persons who are the 30 non-custodial parents described in this Act, and each other 31 discrete demographic population served, whether by mandate or 32 program design), and further broken down by race and gender, 33 the following: HB2081 Engrossed -6- LRB9005176SMdv 1 (1) the number of persons who entered the job 2 training program; 3 (2) the number of persons who completed the job 4 training program; 5 (3) the number who obtained employment within two 6 months of completion and their average and median wages; 7 (4) the number who obtained employment within six 8 months of completion and their average and median wages; 9 (5) the number from paragraphs (3) and (4) who 10 retained their initial jobs after 12 months; and 11 (6) the number from paragraphs (3) and (4) who lost 12 their jobs within the first year, and of those the number 13 who were re-employed, and their average and median number 14 of weeks between jobs, and their average and median wages 15 after re-employment. 16 (d) Each affected agency shall demonstrate the extent to 17 which its job services are being provided by community-based 18 providers. 19 (e) Each affected agency shall provide a summary of the 20 data it has collected from its program sites to the Governor 21 and the 4 leaders of the General Assembly, which shall 22 include a ranking by outcomes of each program site (broken 23 down by those with a work history, those on welfare, and 24 those with additional barriers to employment), no later than 25 January 31 of each year. 26 (f) Each affected agency shall annually evaluate its 27 programs and contracting policies either to improve or cancel 28 the programs and services that are provided by program sites 29 that either do not meet the agency's minimal outcomes or fall 30 within the lower 40% of overall outcomes (separately 31 considering programs and services serving people with a 32 steady work history, on welfare, and with additional barriers 33 to employment). HB2081 Engrossed -7- LRB9005176SMdv 1 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 2 becoming law.
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