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Regional meeting focuses on welfare reform legislation

October 03, 2006

Maryland's Department of Human Resources held a regional town hall meeting Sept. 25 at Hagerstown Community College.

To garner public feedback on the second phase of welfare reform, Kevin McGuire, executive director of the Family Investment Administration, discussed the extension of welfare reform federal legislation known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as provided by the Deficit Reduction Act of February 2006.

As a result of the initial welfare reform legislation enacted in 1995, caseloads in many states have declined by 40 percent or more.

The new Deficit Reduction Act provides for an extension of this legislation with some modifications, including:

· A new definition for the work participation rate

· Require caseload comparisons to 2005 rather than 1995

· Specify that the Administration for Children and Families will define work activities and implement a monitoring program

The Washington County Department of Social Services hosted the event with 30 community partners in attendance.

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