Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Rights and Responsibilities

Revised:

31.23

TITLE VI PROHIBITION ON DISCRIMINATORY CONDUCT IN FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

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DHS may not discriminate against people on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in how we administer our programs or activities.

 

DHS may not indirectly discriminate on these bases through contractors or by means of any other arrangement. The Department is responsible for ensuring that our contractors administer their programs in a nondiscriminatory manner. Public entities and private contractors that contract with the state to administer welfare programs are subject to the nondiscrimination statutes because they act as agents of DHS in carrying out the program or activity, not because they are recipients of federal assistance.

 

DHS may not exclude or deny welfare benefits to persons based on their race, color, national origin, disability, or age, or on the basis of sex in educational programs.

 

Examples:

 

        DHS caseworkers may not reject an applicant for benefits because he/she is or appears to be an African-American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Alaskan native, or a member of another racial or ethnic group. If an applicant declares that he/she is a U.S. citizen, no further verification is required unless there is reason to question the statement.

 

        Caseworkers may not reject an application based on the assumption that a person with a foreign-sounding last name is not a citizen and therefore is not eligible.

 

        Neither DHS caseworkers nor the employees of a Families First contractor may deny benefits to persons who are not fluent in English because they assume persons who are, or appear to be, from other countries and are not English proficient are not eligible for such benefits.

 

DHS may not impose different standards or procedures to determine who may receive benefits on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age, or on the basis of sex in educational programs.

 

Examples:

 

        A Families First caseworker may not accept a self-declaration of qualified immigration status requiring verification from applicants who appear to be of African origin, yet require all immigrants from Spanish speaking nations to submit INS documentation because of an assumption that these applicants are illegal aliens.

 

        Families First personnel may not report suspected illegal aliens to the INS on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Independent evidence supporting illegal alien status is necessary.

 

        An employee of a contractor hired by the state may not delay a review of referrals from older individuals until after she evaluates referrals from younger persons.

 

DHS may not provide different benefits to persons on the basis of their race, color, national origin, disability, age, or on the basis of sex in educational programs.

 

Examples:

 

        Do not reject applicants for job training programs because they are or appear to be Hispanic.

 

        Do not assume that a single mother with four children will be unable to complete a rigorous training course because of her family responsibilities.

 

        A DHS office located in an area consisting of Hispanic immigrants with limited English proficiency must provide written materials or other communication services in both English and Spanish that describe all of the benefits and services offered to applicants and participants.

 

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