Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA)/Work Pays

Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA)/Work Pays

The TEA Program is a time-limited assistance program to help needy families with children become more responsible for their own support and less dependent on public assistance. In addition to monthly cash assistance, employment-related services are provided to parents, including job-readiness activities, transportation assistance, childcare assistance, and other supportive services so that the parent can engage in work or education and training activities.

The Division of County Operations is responsible for determining the eligibility for cash assistance payments for the Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) and Work Pays Programs. The Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Services is the state agency responsible for administering the program and providing supportive services and case management for TEA and Work Pays recipients.

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TEA Application Form | English
TEA Application Form | Spanish
TEA Change Report
Department of Workforce Services TANF Website

TEA Program Penalties

In the TEA Program, an IPV (Intentional Program Violation) is an intentional action by an individual to establish or maintain an assistance unit’s (AU’s) eligibility, or to increase or prevent a decrease in the AU’s benefits, by providing false or misleading information or withholding information.

  • Any household member who hides information and does not report changes on time or does not tell the truth will lose TANF benefits for six months for the first violation, twelve months for the second violation and permanently for the third violation. The misuse of the cash assistance funds or TEA DEBIT card to withdraw cash or perform transactions at casinos, liquor stores, adult-oriented entertainment facilities “strip clubs”, poker rooms, bail bonds, night clubs/salons/taverns, bingo halls, race tracks, gaming establishments, gun/ammunition stores, cruise ships, psychic readers, smoking shops, tattoo/piercing shops, and spa/massage salons is strictly prohibited and will result in a loss of TEA benefits for six months for the first violation, twelve months for the second violation and permanently for the third violation.
  • If a court of law finds you or any household member hiding information, or you do not report changes on time or do not tell the truth and are convicted, you may not get TEA for 12 months for the first violation and permanently for the second violation.
  • If a court of law finds you or any household member guilty of giving false information about where you live so you can receive benefits in more than one state, you will be barred for 10 years.

DCO Address

PO Box 1437, Slot S301
Little Rock, AR 72203

DCO Phone Number

501-682-8375
855-372-1084 Statewide
TDD: 501-682-8820

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