The Self-Assessment Index (SAX) is designed, specifically, for welfare-to-work participant screening. The history of welfare-to-work programs influenced the design of the Self-Assessment Index (SAX). The Personal Responsibilities and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) statutes changed the way the federal government provides assistance to welfare-to-work families. TANF was established in 1996. One of TANF's requirements is that welfare recipients are required to engage in gainful employment, from once the assistance is received for twenty-four (24) months. This TANF requirement emphasizes the need for early, welfare recipient screening (assessment or testing) to identify barriers to employment, so that these obstacles can be reduced.

And, that is what the Self-Assessment Index does. The Self-Assessment Index (SAX) identifies barriers to employment and, simultaneously, determines the "severity" of identified barriers so that staff can match problem (barrier) "severity" with treatment "intensity." An important factor in treatment effectiveness is properly matching problem severity and treatment program intensity.

The Self-Assessment Index (SAX) screens welfare recipients' barriers to employment. This is done early in welfare-to-work program involvement (intake), so that any identified employment barriers can be treated, resolved, or worked through. The Self-Assessment Index consists of 103 items and takes 20 minutes to complete. The Self-Assessment Index has five (5) scales (measures).

Truthfulness Scale
Alcohol Scale
Drug Scale
Work Index Scale
Stress Coping Abilities

The Self-Assessment Index (SAX) is designed for welfare-to-work participant screening, to identify barriers to employment that might exist. Early problem (barriers to employment) identification facilitates intervention or treatment referral, which should increase vocational placement success.

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