91. What is a Pathways to Work Plan?

The Pathways to Work plan is a written plan for recipients who are subject to the Work Program or who volunteer for Pathways to Work. 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. ยง 707.110; Appendix E (DTA Online Guide)

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. This is called Pathways to Self-Sufficiency (PSS) assessment. The EDP should reflect the agreement between you and your worker and be signed by both of you.

  • Make sure the Pathways to Work plan does not set an unrealistic timetable or subject you to costs you do not want to pay
  • Ask DTA to change your plan if it is not working out.

Contact your local legal services program, Appendix D, if DTA will not approve your plan for what you want to do, if 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 Part 8.