Dept. of Transitional Assistance

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The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) helps low-income individuals and families meet their basic needs. Administration funds operations and support services within both the central office and twenty transitional assistance offices around the state. Most job functions, apart from caseworkers, are funded through this line. Senior administration, program and project managers, lawyers, policy evaluation, IT, trainers, budget and finance, and all other support personnel are funded here.

DTA administers both federal and state-funded programs designed to increase quality of life. Programs include: TAFDC and the Employment Services Program, SNAP, the Emergency Food Assistance Program (food banks), Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children, as well as services aimed at teens and individuals suffering from domestic violence. The three main goals as stated by DTA are to: increase the personal and economic well-being of clients while providing the necessary benefits, reduce homelessness, and improve customer service.

The central office oversees all DTA functions, but the twenty-two transitional assistance offices are responsible for managing and monitoring the delivery of services to individual and family clients. Area offices provide case management, information, and referral services to clients. DTA is organized into four functional areas: 1) Field Operations, which oversee local offices and the eligibility unit, and is responsible for the delivery of services to recipients; 2) Change Management, which provides strategic planning of all change based initiatives; 3) Administration and Finance, which aims to operate effectively and efficiently and has recently consolidated within the ANF division; 4) Research, Planning, and Evaluation, which analyzing data, ensuring reports are on track, and looking to the future.

Updated February 2017

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