WV DHHR begins drug screening for TANF (WV WORKS) applicants

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CHARLESTON, WV (WV DHHR) - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) says TANF applicants will now have to complete a drug screening questionnaire.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) on Monday announced that drug screening began on Oct. 23, 2017, for applicants of West Virginia’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, also known as "WV WORKS."

The screening requirement is part of a three-year pilot program that was passed by the West Virginia Legislature in 2016, but required approval by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

To be eligible for TANF, applicants must now complete a drug screening questionnaire to determine reasonable suspicion of drug use.

Applicants suspected of illegal drug use will be sent for drug testing and those who test positive for drug use will be referred to a substance abuse treatment and counseling program and a job skills program.

Applicants who test negative for drug use require no further action.

West Virginians enrolled in "WV WORKS" receive financial and supportive services such as training assistance, occupational skills development, job search support and child care assistance.

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