The State of Ohio has an opportunity to contribute to the national conversation on human services reform with the implementation of the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP). CCMEP is an effort to integrate Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to serve low-income Ohioans ages 14-24. By integrating TANF and WIOA services, CCMEP aims to improve participant employment and education outcomes while reducing administrative costs.
CCMEP is mandatory for 14-24 year olds who are:
- Low-income in-school and out-of-school youth registered for WIOA with a barrier to employment.
- Work-eligible Ohio Works First (OWF) participants.
Implemented in all 88 Ohio counties, the basic CCMEP treatment involves: 1) assessment, 2) development of an individual opportunity plan (IOP) with access to 14 statutory services (e.g., employment services, training, education, mental health care), 3) comprehensive case management, and 4) one-year of follow-up after exiting CCMEP. Participant success is dependent on regular participant communication and interaction with case managers and a commitment to their IOP.
Program completion occurs once the participant has obtained employment, enrolled in post-secondary education, enlisted in the military or been awarded social security disability. Expected outcomes include increased employment, training participation, vocational education and higher education, as well as reductions in poverty by addressing food insecurity, housing instability and mental health issues.
Understanding The CCMEP Evaluation
The Implementation Study provides information on year one implementation. It includes a survey of implementation distributed statewide and follow up focus groups with eleven counties to better understand implementation practices.
The Outcomes Study provides information on the education and employment outcomes of year one participants. It uses existing administrative data to understand the experiences of early CCMEP participants in comparison to non-participants.
The Impact Study provides information on the education and employment outcomes of CCMEP participants in year two and three using two randomization designs. The “traditional” design randomizes SNAP, OWF and PRC participants into a treatment group who will receive CCMEP services and a control group who will not receive CCMEP services. The “encouragement” design randomizes sending an encouragement (e.g., text message) to assess the take-up rate of participation of those that receive the encouragement in the treatment group versus those that do not in the control group.
CCMEP Impact Study
The Ohio Education Research Center at The Ohio State University is working with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to evaluate the impact of the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP).
- Do CCMEP participants have higher education and employment outcomes than those who do not participate?
- Are CCMEP eligible youth who recieve an encouragement more likely to participate in CCMEP than those who do not?
To assess the employment, education, and human services impacts of participating in CCMEP services the OERC is requesting county participation in one or BOTH of two randomization designs during Spring 2018.