D.C. Department of Human Services Economic Security Administration About the Program POWER PROGRAM FACT SHEET The Program on Work, Employment, and Responsibility (POWER) is offered under the auspices of Paving Access Trails for Higher Security (PATHS) - a training and educational program developed for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) customers by the D.C. Department of Human Services/Economic Security Administration (DHS/ESA) in partnership with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)/School of Business and Public Administration. Director George Lhagvadorj 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW Building 42, Room 214 Washington, DC 20008 Phone Fax The POWER Program is designed to serve customers who, due to incapacities, have been exempted by ESA from regular TANF work requirements. The POWER Program provides an array of benefits and services that enable clients to receive assistance in overcoming barriers to getting and keeping future employment or, in some cases, receiving benefits that will lead to a more financially secure future. POWER activities are individualized to meet the needs of clients based on their medical/personal circumstances. POWER participants are not subject to the TANF 60-months lifetime limit, and changing from TANF to POWER will not result in a delay or loss of benefits. However, POWER customers must adhere to the Power Program requirements. POWER Requirements: (202) 274-7106 (202) 274-7107 About the University of the District of Columbia The University of the District of Columbia, the State University, is the only urban land grant institution in the United States. The UDC land grant mission focuses its activities on improving the quality of life for the residents of the District of Columbia. UDC is conveniently located on the red line at the Van Ness Metro station. POWER Services: A client is referred to the UDC PATHS/POWER Program by ESA and must: Report to PATHS/POWER initial Intake, Orientation and assessments Comply with the POWER Individual Living Plan (ILP) that helps remove barriers to future employment and pave the way to future improved financial security Participate in the treatment and service activities agreed upon in the ILP Provide the POWER coordinator with a monthly update on their SSI and ILP status Comply with periodic re-evaluation of their conditions by ESA Medical Review Team A client is eligible to receive benefits and services including but not limited to: Psychological and learning assessments, Individual and group counseling Individual treatment and Employment Planning Detoxification and relapse prevention Individual skills and training assessments Job readiness assessments, Pre-employment training and Educational advising Transportation assistance, childcare vouchers and volunteer opportunities Disability/SSI counseling GED, ESL, DVS and other support referrals After POWER – Participation in POWER may be terminated when: POWER client becomes employed POWER activities are completed and client is work-ready and returns to TANF ESA determines the individual is no longer incapacitated The client fails to cooperate with re-evaluation of the incapacity The client fails to comply with treatment, training plans, and other POWER requirements After participation in POWER TANF benefits continue without loss or delay for eligible clients. The TANF sixtymonth lifetime limit and work participation requirements will apply when the client returns to TANF Revised: Spring 2013 Support services are offered to participants during the program and as they transition from the POWER program.