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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families(TANF) Strategic Planning

The TANF program supports many efforts in Montana, targeting needy families including cash assistance, work support, and child care help; as well as a variety of community services including support to teen parents, youth development programs, training and work support, family economic security, etc. The strategic planning process will advise the Department of Public Health and Human Services in establishing a 5 year plan addressing the following:

  • Developing an overarching purpose statement for use of TANF funds that expresses the core value and purpose for the use of TANF block grant funds.

  • Proposing a framework that will ensure that projects funded with TANF block grant funds are complementary, integrated, interdependent, and designed to strategically achieve the overarching purpose for the funds.

  • Prioritizing this integrated framework by emphasizing evidence-based practices

  • Recommending strategies to collect outcome data for future evidence-based decision-making.

  • Designing a long-range strategy on the management of "carryover" funds to ensure the proper balance between meeting immediate needs while preserving "rainy day" funds for periods of economic downturn.

  • Providing a public input opportunity to the Department in the prioritization of use of TANF block grant funds

  • Learning from and informing constituent groups, stakeholders, and the legislature of how this integrated and prioritized strategic plan for use of TANF block grant funds will improve efficiencies and effectiveness in the use of those funds, with focus on support and self-sufficiency for needy families.
Committee Members

Toni R
Therese T
Molly H

Senator Mary Caferro
607 North Davis Street
Helena MT 59601-3737
(406) 443-4066

Representative Rob Cook
223 1st Ave Sw
Conrad, Mt 59425-1805
(406) 444-4800

Higher Education:
Sandra Bailey, PhD
Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences
Montana State University
219A Herrick Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540
(406) 994-3244

Public Assistance:
Tanya Watson
Hardin/Lame Deer Field Office
23 West 8th Street
Hardin, MT 59034
(406) 665-8701

Kelsen Young
Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
32 S Ewing St
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 443-7794

Heather O’Loughlin, Montana Budget & Policy Center
910 E Lyndale Ave
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 422-5848

Tribal DPHHS:
Lesa Evers
Director’s Office
111 North Sanders St RM 301
Helena, MT 59620

Resources to Committee:
Bob Runkel, Economic Security Services Branch Manager
111 North Sanders St RM 301
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-9055

Jamie Palagi, Human and Community Services Division
111 No Jackson St, Floor 5
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 444-6676

Stephanie Wilkins, TANF Program
111 No Jackson St, Floor 5
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 444-0641


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