How can a TANF agency ensure that its methods of administration do not discriminate on the basis of disability?
To ensure that its methods of administration are not discriminatory, a TANF agency may develop and implement official written policies related to meeting the needs of people with disabilities, as well as actual practices (i.e., ways of ensuring that TANF agency staff are knowledgeable about policies) to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
~A TANF agency has clearly written policies that describe in detail how to respond when a TANF client needs a reasonable modification.
~A TANF agency implements training for TANF agency employees, contractors, and vendors on working effectively with TANF applicants and beneficiaries with disabilities.
~A TANF agency periodically monitors its policies and procedures in regard to meeting the needs of TANF applicants and beneficiaries with disabilities. Such monitoring determines whether existing screening and assessment tools are adequate, whether the assistance provided is meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities in moving toward self-sufficiency, whether staff is knowledgeable about policies and procedures and how to implement them, and whether sources of and arrangements for assistance are current and viable.