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Title IV-E

Title IV-E Training Information

What type of eligibility training is available through OCFS?

The NYS OCFS Bureau of Training offers a virtual classroom service called iLinc for State and Local District Staff, Voluntary Agency Staff, Foster Parents and Mandated Reporters.

iLinc, also referred to as LearnLinc (LL), allows instructors and OCFS trainees from across the state to gather in a classroom environment using their desktop computers. Instructors and trainees can speak to each other while viewing common content on their computer screens. All a trainee needs is a networked computer, a headset with microphone, and the iLinc software installed on their machine.

To attend an iLinc course, you will need a headset/microphone and software. If you are unsure of what type of headset/microphone you should get, click here to view an example. Be sure to get a headset/microphone for use with a computer, not with a telephone. Prerequisites: Participants must have completed Introduction to LearnLinc. See a current schedule of iLinc trainings

Current Eligibility iLinc Trainings

LL Title IV-E
This course will familiarize staff with the eligibility rules for Title IV-E and the required documentation. It should help workers improve their ability to apply the correct rules and request/obtain the appropriate documentation when making eligibility determinations and authorizations.

LL Title IV-E Adoption Assistance
This course will familiarize staff with the eligibility rules and the required documentation for Title IV-E Adoption Assistance, the State Adoption Subsidy and Non-recurring Adoption Expenses. It should help workers improve their ability to apply the correct rules and request/obtain the appropriate documentation when making eligibility determinations and authorizations.

LL: TANF-EAF
This course will familiarize staff with the eligibility rules for TANF-EAF and the required documentation. It should help workers improve their ability to apply the correct rules and request/obtain the appropriate documentation when making eligibility determinations and authorizations.

LL: Title XX - Below 200%
This course will familiarize staff with the eligibility rules for Title XX Below 200% of Poverty and the required documentation. It should help workers improve their ability to apply the correct rules and request/obtain the appropriate documentation when making eligibility determinations and authorizations.

LL: Non Reimbursable
An iLinc training course for the Non Reimbursable (NR) report has been developed. The goal of the training is to reduce claiming disallowances and improve the overall fiscal claiming process associated with foster care services provided to children and families across the districts.  The training is for those staff, at the local district level, that is responsible for reviewing the NR report for the purpose of reducing claiming disallowances.  The course objectives include an understanding of the NR report, the relationship between systems, recognizing those entries on the NR report that are inappropriate, correcting inappropriate entries through data base (WMS, CCRS, and CONNECTIONS) edits and reducing claiming disallowances for Title IV-E and Non Title IV-E.

LL: Bridging Services Eligibility and Fiscal Claiming
This course provides a brief description of Child Welfare Programs and the funding streams available with emphasis on accurate eligibility coding in WMS and CCRS and maximizing local claiming. This course is meant to bridge the gap between Child Welfare Eligibility and Fiscal Claiming. The expectation is that staff will leave with a better understanding of how eligibility work processes impact fiscal claiming and how fiscal claiming impacts reimbursement. As part of the training, corresponding schedules (Schedules G and H) will be reviewed.