Welfare-to-Work (WtW)

Unless exempt, all CalWORKs recipients are required to participate in WtW activities to remain eligible for the CalWORKs program.  WtW activities are designed to assist CalWORKs recipients to obtain and retain employment.  All CalWORKs recipients receive an orientation to the WtW program and complete an appraisal of their educational and employment history.  At the time of orientation, recipients are also screened for learning disabilities and, if applicable, referred for a learning disabilities evaluation.  If it is determined that the recipient does have a learning disability, the recipient will receive WtW services based upon the specific requirements set forth in the learning disabilities evaluation. 

Initially, most CalWORKs recipients receive up to 6 weeks of intensive job search and employment related activities before any additional WtW services are provided.  If employment is not obtained during the initial work search period, additional employment-related WtW services are provided. To determine which services the participant needs, a vocational assessment is completed by a CalWORKs Social Worker. Available services can include vocational training programs, adult education, on-the-job training or unpaid work experience programs.  Other WtW services include domestic abuse counseling and shelter, drug and alcohol treatment, counseling and residential placement, and mental health counseling.  While CalWORKs recipients are participating in WtW activities, they are entitled to receive supportive service payments to cover childcare expenses, transportation costs and work or training related expenses.

While adult recipients of CalWORKs are no longer eligible to receive CalWORKs assistance after the 60-month time frame, dependent children will continue to be aided.  Instead of the family receiving monthly cash assistance, payments are issued directly to landlords and utility companies. Any remaining balance of CalWORKs assistance is issued to the family.