Missouri Department of Social Services Abstract

Publication Date: May 27, 2020

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Missouri Department of Social Services

Missouri Healthcare Industry Training and Education (HITE)

Location: Jefferson City, MO


Six-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2021*

Annual Award Amount: $2,986,482

Type of Organization: State Government

Service Area: Regions of Kansas City, St. Louis, and Central Missouri

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, other low-income individuals, African Americans, Latinos, and other minority populations


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,815

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 275

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 360

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 235

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,634

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 1,388

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 1,225


The Department of Social Services (DSS) administers the TANF program. DSS partnered with the Full Employment Council, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), and Central Region Workforce Investment Boards because they have expertise in working with TANF clients, provide workforce development services to an array of clientele, have connections with training providers, and place clients with employers on a regular basis. The DSS provides assistance to the Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) by connecting them with Missouri’s TANF employment and training program, Missouri Work Assistance (MWA). DSS continues to send HITE program information directly to TA participants in the catchment areas through email. The WDBs work directly with MWA staff to conduct referrals, in person meetings, and dual case management. Participants are prepared for employment in the healthcare industry as a result of the various program components, including but not limited to classroom training, on-the-job training, basic skills education, work readiness activities, and support services.

Occupational training focuses on three career ladders: direct patient care, diagnostic/therapeutic, and administrative/corporate. Specific occupations include: Respiratory Therapist, Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, Nursing Assistant/Certified Medication Technician, Medical Assistant, Home Health Aide, Personal Care Aide, Medical Lab Technician, Surgical Technician/Technologist, Phlebotomist, Pharmacy Technician, Health Technician/Technologist, Clinical Software App/Systems Specialist, Patient Service Representative/Medical Secretary, Dental Assistant, EMT, Paramedic, Medical Records/Health Information Technician/Coder, Medical Equipment Preparer, and Community Health Worker. The project’s supportive services for participants include case management, academic supports, childcare and transportation assistance, tuition assistance/financial support, including work uniforms, college fees, books, and education supplies.

*This second round of grant awards has been extended an additional 12 months, ending September 29, 2021.

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