C-Stat awards honor improvements in Colorado Works program

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CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha handed out several C-Stat awards on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in a ceremony in the C-Stat conference room. The awards went to CDHS staff who helped raise participation and employment rates among people enrolled in the Colorado Works program.

The Office of Economic Security’s Division of Employment and Benefits provides supervision to counties who deliver Colorado Works, which is Colorado’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Through this program, participants receive access to services that assist in their preparation for and retention of job opportunities. Increased engagement in the program better prepares clients for employment and strengthens their economic and social stability. The two measures of success for this program are the federally-defined Work Participation Rate (WPR) and the percent of eligible participants who enter an employment activity. 

Work Participation Rate: In federal fiscal year 2015, just 17 percent of Colorado Works clients were completing the required amount of work activities. Over the past four years, there have been substantial improvements in WPR. In November 2016, the state began consistently meeting the 23.4 percent state goal and has achieved steady improvements since. As a result, more Coloradans are now accessing the training and support needed to achieved positive employment outcomes.    

Entered Employment: In state fiscal year 2014, just 30 percent of clients entered employment by the end of the year. Over the past five years, there have been steady improvements on the Entered Employment measure. In state fiscal year 2018, the division had their highest performance, with the most substantial gains seen in the final two months of the year.  At the end of the year, the division surpassed the 35 percent goal and achieved 35.7 percent Entered Employment. As a result, more Coloradans are now on the path to economic stability. 

C-Stat award winners: Candace Cardena, Luis Garcia, Nathan Kimbro, Sarah Leopold, Nicklaus Lesley, John McGraw, Beth Nelson, Crickett Phelps, Jessie Sweet, Elena Tooley-Prater, Teri Walch-Sabo, Ki'i Powell, Melissa Wavelet and Katie Griego.