An introduction to the issue of welfare recipients that are drug abusers

The welfare reform law replaced the existing entitlement to cash welfare with a transitional program of temporary aid that has employment as its primary goal. Among the key provisions of the welfare reform legislation were mandatory time limits on benefits and work requirements for all recipients, including those with substance use disorders. Changes brought about by the welfare reform law have important implications for the organization of substance abuse services and the well-being of disadvantaged children whose parents have substance use disorders. The overall effect of welfare reform could be positive.

An introduction to the issue of welfare recipients that are drug abusers

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Metsch Land Pollack H This brief summarizes the results of recent research examining substance abuse among welfare recipients and addresses the need to balance work requirements for recipients of public aid with the necessity of making substance abuse treatment options available to those who need them.

Although such disorders are not as widespread among TANF recipients as was initially feared, treatment of recipients with these disorders continues to raise challenging issues for policy-makers.

Traditionally, work requirements and treatment needs have been viewed as being in opposition to each other; however, treatment interventions that help clients succeed in job roles are likely important for TANF recipients, and the development of work skills is one goal of many treatment programs.

The need for TANF programs to effectively screen and identify welfare recipients for substance use disorders is pressing and some models to achieve this task are emerging. In addition, states and localities must find ways to strengthen outreach and treatment referral services by identifying substance users who are not enrolled in TANF programs.

Approximately 20 percent of TANF recipients report having used an illicit drug at least once in the past year. Prevalence of self-reported drug use among welfare recipients has remained stable post-welfare reform. Approximately 5 percent of TANF recipients report substance abuse or dependence and 6.

Substance abusers report sharply increased incidences of domestic violence. Substance abuse is associated with increased duration of TANF receipt. Specialized screening and case management appear to be promising tools in identifying and treating substance use disorders.

TANF recipients who satisfied abuse or dependence criteria were more likely to have been in substance abuse treatment compared with non-TANF recipients who satisfied substance abuse or dependence criteria.

The program combines substance abuse treatment, work-related services including work readiness and vocational trainingmental health, parenting services, and case management to integrate services.INTRODUCTION The estimates of the numbers of women on wel fare who experience major depression, post- welfare recipients to self-disclose.

Depression, generalized anxiety disorder, substance abuse, and and treatment outcomes of mental health and substance abuse problems for women on welfare (Rice, ).

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Issue: Women with . Transition Sentence: Through solving the issue of welfare abuse, we can begin to lower the amount of people on welfare and get them back into the work force. III. Understaffing offices, so recipients must wait all day to do their business, can also cut the rolls.

If welfare recipients must spend a lot of time in training programs they believe to be worthless, this too will cut the rolls though recipients like training programs that they think will lead to a good job.

- Title Welfare Fraud: Betting Against the Odds Introduction The issue that I have decided to address is welfare abuse. I propose that due to the government’s lack of foresight, welfare recipients have been cashing EBT benefits at ATM machines in California casino’s.

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h ther the civil rights of the mentally ill and chronic drug abusers include sleeping *in pu spaces, or should these troubled and sometimes desperate. INTRODUCTION: There is an ongoing debate on whether drug testing of welfare recipients is legal in many of the local state governments.

Welfare is suppose to meet the basic needs and drugs are far from the basic human needs.

An introduction to the issue of welfare recipients that are drug abusers
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