The purpose of this letter is to provide you with updated information on the Family Violence Option (FVO) of the State's Welfare Reform Act and to supplement the initial training for its implementation. The intent of the FVO is to address the safety needs of victims of domestic violence (DV) and their children by identifying domestic violence and providing waivers of specific public assistance requirements. Since its implementation in April 1998, there has been a need for clarification on some issues surrounding implementation and areas of responsibility. This is to clarify where the DV liaison fits into other program areas of responsibility, since the FVO impacts other program areas, such as Child Support, Drug and Alcohol and Child Protective Services.
Additionally, Temporary Assistance staff, in conjunction with Children and Family Services staff and Child Support staff, will be monitoring your domestic violence procedures and reviewing cases and forms for compliance with the FVO. A monitoring instrument is currently being developed and we will contact you prior to the review.