W. Virginia Implements Drug Screening for Welfare Program

CHARLESTON, WV - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the implementation of drug screening for applicants of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

WValways.com reported the change Monday, but said it took effect on October 23.

The screening requirement is part of a three-year pilot program passed by the West Virginia Legislature in 2016.  It required approval by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

To be eligible for TANF, applicants must now complete a drug screening questionnaire to determine reasonable suspicion of drug use.  Applicants suspected of illegal drug use will be sent for drug testing and those who test positive for drug use will be referred to a substance abuse treatment and counseling program and a job skills program.

Applicants who test negative for drug use require no further action.

(Information from wvalways.com


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