The Benefit System, Welfare to Work

– Welfare drug testing Bill

Whats happening elsewhere…..

Drug testing requirements are being imposed on recipients of public assistance. Through the Bill, officials are required to assess the cost and benefits of drug testing welfare recipients, whilst in another Bill there is likely to be drug screening of participants in the Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW).

Yes this is the US not Blighty!!

A Bill filed, calls on the state’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to review the cost and benefits of drug testing people on the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Another Bill would require local social service departments to screen each participant in the state’s welfare-to-work program to determine if there is probable cause to believe the participants are using illegal drugs. If there is probable cause to suspect drug use, the participant would be subject to a formal substance abuse assessment, which could include drug testing. People who test positive or who refuse to participate in the screening or assessment would be ineligible for TANF payments for a year.

Bills have been introduced in four states — Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oregon
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