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What is the Work Program?


DTA made a number of changes and suspended a number of rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guide notes in red when a rule was suspended during the pandemic.

Produced by Deborah Harris and Betsy Gwin Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2022

DTA suspended the Work Program rules during the pandemic. DTA Online Guide Transmittal, 2020-49 (June 29, 2020) (TAFDC: Temporary Changes for TAFDC Work Program Required Clients). DTA reinstated the Work Program with procedural changes effective December 2021). Online Guide Transmittal, 2021-94 (Nov. 26, 2021) (TAFDC: Temporary Procedures due to Covid-19 for Initial Engagement Period and Work Program Rules.) 

 Most parents and other caretakers who are subject to the time limit are also subject to the Work Program. See links below

for more details on the Work Program.

Even if you are not exempt from the Work Program, you may have good cause not to participate. See What if you have a good reason for not meeting Work Program rules?

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