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What is the Employment Services Program (ESP)?

DTA’s Employment Services Program (ESP) covers employment, education, and training services for TAFDC recipients and some former TAFDC recipients. ESP includes community service, job search, education, and training. ESP also provides child care for TAFDC recipients who are working or participating in a DTA-approved education or training program and provides some transportation assistance for TAFDC recipients in approved education or training programs. 106 C.M.R. §§ 207.000, 207.100.

ESP is voluntary unless you are subject to the time limit and the Work Program. DTA regulations provide for sanctions for failure to comply with an Employment Development Plan, 106 C.M.R. § 207.200, but these regulations do not apply to volunteers. See F.O. Memo 2001-09 (Feb. 20, 2001).

Advocacy Reminder

DTA is required by law to provide appropriate services for people with disabilities. Consult an advocate if you need special training, education, or employment services because you have a physical or mental disability, including a learning disability. See Disability Accommodations through Should you ask DTA to screen you for a learning disability?

Produced by Deborah Harris, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated January 2017

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