The program provided employment and training services to improve employment outcomes, decrease receipt of public benefits, and improve parenting practices of people receiving welfare in Indiana.
The Indiana Welfare Reform Initiative was one of the demonstration projects made possible by Section 1115 waivers to the rules in effect at the time for the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. These Section 1115 waivers allowed states to test new approaches to advance the objectives of the AFDC program. Participants were required to take part in employment and training activities that emphasized the job search, and they remained eligible for Medicaid and supportive services if their earnings increased over time, up to the federal poverty level. Participants were required to sign an agreement committing to immunize their children; to ensure their children attended school; and, if they were minor parents, to live with a responsible adult. Those who did not participate in work activities for at least 20 hours per week or uphold the commitments from the parenting agreement could be sanctioned and have their welfare grant reduced by $90 a month until they complied. Participants could receive services and welfare benefits for up to 24 months. The program served welfare program participants in Indiana. The program was provided in Indiana.