(A) In accordance with section 4141.11 of the Revised Code, the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) is allocating ten million dollars of state funds to eligible county departments of job and family services (CDJFS) to enhance or develop local TANF subsidized employment programs.
(B) An eligible CDJFS shall utilize this funding to continue current programs or begin new programs that enable low income TANF eligible recipients to gain valuable work experience while earning an income to help meet basic needs.
(1) ODJFS will provide funding only to a CDJFS that expressed its interest in the program no later than October 28, 2009, in accordance with the timeframes and process defined by the ODJFS office of families and children (OFC).
(2) ODJFS OFC will review the PRC (prevention, retention, and contingency) county statement of policies as described in Chapter 5108. of the Revised Code, and notify the ODJFS office of fiscal and monitoring services (OFMS) to issue the allocation.
(C) Initial allocation amounts will be determined by applying the methodology currently utilized to calculate the regular TANF allocation as outlined in rule 5101: 9-6-08 of the Administrative Code. During the state fiscal year (SFY), ODJFS may proportionately reallocate unspent funding to those CDJFS with a need for additional funding.
(D) ODJFS will make TANF SEP funds available to the CDJFS from November 1, 2009 through May 31, 2011. The CDJFS must liquidate all funds by June 30, 2011. Applicable costs must be in compliance with federal and state law and regulations, including TANF requirements, and may include the following:
(1) Payments to employers for wages, fringe benefits and medical benefits;
(2) Payments to third parties to administer the program;
(3) Recruitment and development of employers for the program;
(4) Supervision of the program; and
(5) Other services offered to subsidize employment participants including:
(a) Work related items such as uniforms, tools, licenses or certifications;
(b) Training designed to enhance skills;
(c) Case management activities related to the program; and
(d) Job coaches and mentors.
(E) A participating CDJFS shall charge costs associated with activities and contracts that provide program services to the TANF SEP allocation by performing a post-allocated adjustment in the quarterly information consolidation plus (QuIC+) system up to the amount of its TANF SEP allocation.
(1) The CDJFS shall move allowable expenditures from the regular TANF allocation to the SEP allocation until the SEP allocation is exhausted.
(2) The CDJFS shall report expenditures on the JFS 02827 "Monthly Financial Statement" as described in rule 5101:9-7-29 of the Administrative Code.
(F) The definitions, requirements and responsibilities contained in rule 5101:9-6-50 of the Administrative Code are applicable to this rule.