Pathways to Work Planning Period


Upon TAFDC case approval, a client who is nonexempt and subject to the work rules will receive a 60-day Pathways to Work Planning Period. This date can be found on the Pathways Planning Activities page in the Pathways to Work workflow and will be set by the system. Any client who must meet the work rules will receive a Pathways to Work Planning Period notice upon TAFDC case approval. This includes clients who are temporarily excused with a compliance reason.

As part of the application process, while promoting Pathways to Work opportunities and supports, case managers must inform clients that are subject to work rules that they are being referred to a Full Engagement Worker (FEW), who will contact them following case approval to complete engagement activities as part of the Planning Period.

The Planning Period ensures that all clients subject to the work rules are connected to a FEW early on, provides time to discuss their goals and receive support services to find suitable employment. FEWs and SSSs must ensure engaged clients have been enrolled in an activity with an active Pathways to Work Plan prior to the end of the 60-day Planning Period.

A client in the Planning Period who does not have an active Plan on day 30 will receive a Pathways to Work Warning Notice during an overnight batch reminding them of the expected activities and work rules. Those clients who have a Meets Compliance reason will not receive a Warning Notice as they are temporarily excused from the work rules until the compliance expiration date.

Those who are assigned to a Self Sufficiency Specialist (SSS) will complete these activities with that case manager.

If a grantee or other parent is exempt and becomes nonexempt (for example, the youngest child turns two), that parent will receive a Pathways Planning Period. A client will also receive a new Planning Period at any new application. Case managers must review the BEACON view Clients Becoming Subject to Work Rules to ensure a conversation about Pathways to Work, a client referral to the FEW, and ESP assignment happens prior to a client becoming subject to work rules.



All clients being approved for TAFDC and coded as nonexempt, regardless of compliance reason, must:

  • be referred to a FEW on the Pathways to Work Engagement page

  • have the ESP portion of their case assigned to the FEW that covers their caseload 



The client referral to the FEW will create an Initial Engagement action to prompt the FEW to begin the Pathways Planning activities with that family. FEWs will use Engagement Actions to create follow-up touchpoints during the Planning Period.

Any TAFDC client who is exempt and chooses to engage voluntarily in Pathways to Work must be referred to a FEW to complete Planning activities but will not receive a required Planning Period.


Pathways to Work Engagement Page

Planning Activities Overview

My Engagement Actions

Pathways to Work Planning Period


  Last Update:  August 9, 2023