SCDSSSouth Carolina Department of Social Services
SCDSSSuffolk County Department of Social Services (New York)
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The SCDSS survey of closed welfare cases is widely considered to be the most comprehensive in the country, assessing the status of welfare "leavers" since the inception of Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).
Donald Klos, of the Public Services Research Laboratory and consultant to the SCDSS, that has been refined on an ongoing basis.
(Statistics reported here that cover the entire 12-month period were calculated based on weights applied to each of the four time strata.) SCDSS has successfully found and interviewed an average of 77% of the clients in our samples over the four quarters, without using financial incentives that have been offered in other states.
SCDSS embarked on a program to increase client understanding of available benefits and developed informational videos that are now shown to all FI clients.
On a practical level, SCDSS has safeguards for children in place in its casework practices.