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  • Work conditions, relationships between welfare workers and clients, and the stigma surrounding substance use influence the success of screening, assessment, and intervention.

    Ethnographic research and in-depth interviews with welfare workers have revealed distinct perceptions among workers towards substance users. In general, welfare workers have a positive attitude to welfare reform policy and believe that these new policy changes have allowed them to stop "enabling" substance abuse and to assist substance abusers in becoming more self-sufficient (Metsch et al., 2003).

    Findings from the California Welfare Client Longitudinal Survey report that the new welfare reform policies did not deter persons with substance abuse problems from applying for TANF nor did they find that TANF workers discriminated against substance abusers in considering them for aid (Schmidt et al., 2006).


 

 

 
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