Summarizes the lessons learned from the nine planning grant states under the Work Support Strategies (WSS), a multiyear initiative to help selected states test and implement more effective and integrated approaches to delivering key work supports, including health coverage, nutrition benefits, and child care subsidies.

“In 2011, nine states—Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, and Rhode Island—received one-year planning grants under the Work Support Strategies (WSS) initiative to help them improve their systems for connecting low-income families to work support benefits. These planning grants were the first phase of WSS, a multiyear initiative to help selected states test and implement more effective and integrated approaches to delivering key work supports, including health coverage, nutrition benefits, and child care subsidies. The idea behind the project was that more streamlined and modernized processes could help low-income working families get and keep the full package of work support benefits for which they are eligible...This report summarizes the lessons learned from the nine planning grant states, just one year into a four-year project” (p.5). (Abstractor: Author).

Full Publication Title: Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: Planning and Piloting Health and Human Services Integration in Nine States