Evaluating the Challenges to Self-Sufficiency Faced by TANF Clients in Alaska (2011)

David Driscoll, PhD, MPH, MA

Bruce Dotterrer, MS 

 

This study, funded by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), will assess the characteristics of clients in the Alaska Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The primary goal is to determine if health challenges are interfering with a family’s ability to achieve self-sufficiency, and then to provide those individuals with the necessary assistance and programs needed to work through those challenges. The study will combine and analyze data collected through in-depth interviews with TANF case managers and a survey of TANF clients. The results of the analysis will inform the development of a health screening process for potential TANF clients. DHHS will then develop and implement individualized plans so the clients can receive the supportive or health care services they need to move towards self-sufficiency. ICHS will also prepare a final report of the study and send it to DHHS.