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What is an Employment Development Plan?

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Produced by Deborah Harris, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2017

The Employment Development Plan (EDP) is a written plan for recipients who are subhec to the Work Program or who volunteer for ESP. The EDP is supposed to list your job goal, the education and training that you need to get to that goal, and the services like child care and transportation that you need. See 106 C.M.R. § 207.110; DTA Transitions, June 2012, p. 4.

DTA is supposed to do an assessment of your skills and interests and the job market and get your agreement before it writes the Employment Development Plan. The EDP should reflect the agreement between you and your worker and be signed by both of you.

  • Make sure the EDP does not set an unrealistic timetable or subject you to costs you do not want to pay.
  • DTA may say it will not approve the activity you want to do if it cannot be completed in the time left on your 24-month time limit clock, but there is no rule that allows DTA to disapprove a plan for this reason.
  • Ask DTA to change your plan if it is not working out.

Consult an advocate if you cannot agree on an EDP, if DTA will not approve your plan for what you want to do, it DTA wants you to do an activity you do not want to do, or if DTA will not change your plan. You can also appeal any of these DTA decisions. See Appeal Rights.

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