Grant E. Collins II is Senior Vice President for Workforce and Occupational Health at Fedcap and Executive Director of the company’s $61 million Human Resources Administration’s Wellness Comprehensive Assessment Rehabilitation and Employment (WeCARE) program. Under his leadership, this initiative addresses the needs of cash assistance individuals with employment needs, and those with medical or mental health barriers. The largest program of its type in the United States, Fedcap reaches over 64,000 individuals annually.
Prior to joining Fedcap, Mr. Collins served as Senior Vice President for Workforce Services and Chief Strategist for ResCare Inc. Mr. Collins assisted in defining, shaping and communicating the division’s strategic initiatives and driving outcome performance. He also lead the development of the company’s approach to welfare-to-work services worldwide for a program employing 45,000, which held over 200 workforce contracts in 22 states and additional welfare to work programs in five countries, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany.
Before joining ResCare in 2007, Mr. Collins served as the Special Assistant and Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Family Assistance within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In addition to his role as Deputy Director, he administered the nation’s principal welfare program, the $16.5 billion Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program as head of the TANF Bureau.
Mr. Collins’ achievements at HHS earned him numerous awards and recognition. Most notably, in 2003 he received the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for his outstanding work with states on welfare reauthorization. In 2006, his office received the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for their collaborative work on a national employment initiative.
Prior to joining HHS in 2001, Mr. Collins served as a key member of several highly acclaimed welfare reform efforts, including reforms in New York City, the state of Minnesota, and the landmark W-2 program Wisconsin Works. He began his career teaching welfare recipients how to find work, and helping community-based organizations throughout the US to “motivate the unemployed” as an accomplished public speaker and workshop facilitator.
Mr. Collins attended the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. He is a graduate of Bethany College in Kansas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.