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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

    • b. State Operating Systems and Policies

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include a description of the State operating systems and policies that will support the implementation of the State strategy described in section II Strategic Elements.  This includes—

      • 6. Program Data
        • A. Data Alignment and Integration

          Describe the plans of the lead State agencies with responsibility for the administration of the core programs, along with the State Board, to align and integrate available workforce and education data systems for the core programs, unemployment insurance programs, and education through postsecondary education, and to the extent possible, the Combined State Plan partner programs included in this plan.  The description of the State’s plan for integrating data systems should include the State’s goals for achieving integration and any progress to date. 

III. b. 6. A. ii. Describe the State’s plans to integrate data systems to facilitate streamlined intake and service delivery to track participation across all programs included in this plan

Current Narrative:

This joint system will maximize efficiency simply by streamlining the intake process for individuals who are seeking Career Center services or simply looking for employment online at their leisure.  The new system will provide a common needs assessment, online services, pre-application for individuals who need more individualized services to get employment and/or training.  The pre-app will assist in determining the individual’s eligibility for WIOA Title I programs and after the individual has moved through the services, he/she will be included in all appropriate programs’ performance and reporting.

The State has implemented a new integrated Virtual One-Stop case management system for WIOA Title I and III, Trade Act and Veterans’ Programs.  This new system has streamlined the intake process and has a common needs assessment for all programs.  Individuals who move through the various programs and services will result in common performance and reporting.  The Governor has plans to include SNAP and TANF in the integrated database system so that individuals will receive the most services possible to assist in attaining and retaining employment.  Negotiations for this phase in implementation of the new system will begin during PY20 to be effective no later than PY 2021. Agreements for data sharing of the common elements have been put in place with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (Title IV) and the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education – Adult Education (Title II) so that this information is included in the new AlabamaWorks case management system. Other WIOA partner agencies will also be offered a chance to join this system within the next four years. This new system provides much more robust services to aid the individuals in need and will track all of the outcomes achieved by the individuals while enrolled.