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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 77

For the week ending November 22, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


Technical Assistance and Training

Benefits Total Quality Review Training

OWS staff will conduct four Benefits Total Quality Review training sessions during the year for regional office and state staff. Approximately 25 people are expected to attend the first session, which will be held December 2 through December 6, 2002 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Contact: Darlyne Bryant (202-693-2995; dbryant@doleta.gov)

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


Urban Partnership Initiative

The Health and Human Services Administration announced the selection of 10 major metropolitan areas that will participate in HHS' Urban Partnership Initiative -- a new effort designed to help communities that continue to have relatively high concentrations of welfare recipients.

The communities selected are: Baltimore, Maryland; Miami, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan.; Grand Prairie, Texas (Arlington, Dallas, and Ft. Worth, applying jointly); St. Louis, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Oakland, California and Seattle, Washington.

The Urban Partnerships Initiative consists of two components. The first is a two-day "Academy for Urban Welfare Partnerships" which will convene in Dallas in February 2003. The participating communities will share information about their experiences and learn of promising self-sufficiency strategies. Additionally, individualized plans will be developed to help participants move their welfare reform agenda forward. HHS will provide funding for the academy and the cost of participation for three team members.

The second component is 10 months of in-depth individualized technical assistance designed to help the communities carry out the strategies developed at the academy. The technical assistance can be in the form of HHS-funded consultant or facilitation services designed to build and better manage TANF programs.

Community Collaborations to Prevent Youth Violence and Promote Youth Development

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) has announced the availability of FY 2003 funds for grants for Community Collaborations to Prevent Youth Violence and Promote Youth Development.

Estimated FY 2003 availability: $4 million. The actual amount available for the award may vary depending on unanticipated program requirements and actual SAMHSA appropriations. This program is being announced prior to the annual appropriation for FY 2003 for SAMHSA's programs. Applications are invited based on the assumption that sufficient funds will be appropriated for FY 2003 to permit funding of Community Collaborations to Prevent Youth Violence and Promote Youth.

Eligible applicants: Domestic public and private non-profit entities such as public or private mental health systems, institutions, and agencies; State or local departments of juvenile/criminal justice; mental health courts; juvenile/criminal court systems; district attorney's offices; or public defender's offices; public or private educational systems, institutions, and agencies; tribal governments and tribal organizations; community-based and faith-based organizations, such as community-based advocacy, health, substance abuse, mental health, social service, consumer and family organizations; and service organizations serving ethnic, cultural, or social minority groups; or other public agencies or nonprofit organizations that can perform the requirements of this program.

The application form and the full text of the grant announcement are also available electronically via SAMHSA's World Wide Web.
Contact: http://www.samhsa.gov (click on ``Grant Opportunities'') or SAMHSA's Mental Health Information Center, (800)789-2647 for an application kit.


National Emergency Grants

Kentucky was approved a National Emergency Grant of up to $3.4 million that will aid 680 workers laid off or facing future lay-offs from Mattel, Inc. in Murray, Kentucky. Over $1.9 million will be provided immediately. Contact: George Shepard (202-693-3572; gshepard@doleta.gov)

Continuing Resolution (CR)

A Continuing Resolution was passed and signed by the President. The Continuing Resolution will carry the Federal budget through 1/11/03. The Budget office expects to hear from program offices whose grantees will need additional funds during the CR period. Contact: Erica Cantor (202-693-2757; ecantor@doleta.gov)

Grant Awards

The discretionary unit of Division Of Federal Assistance processed over 40 grant actions that represented modifications to Welfare-to-Work grants, Youth Opportunity grants and H1-B grants. In addition, 14 Notice of Awards were processed for congressionally mandated earmark grants.
Contact: James Stockton (202-693-3301; jstockton@doleta.gov)

Electronic Report Modules/Tools