42 U.S.C. § 602 : US Code - Section 602: Eligible States; State plan

    (a) In general
      As used in this part, the term "eligible State" means, with
    respect to a fiscal year, a State that, during the 27-month period
    ending with the close of the 1st quarter of the fiscal year, has
    submitted to the Secretary a plan that the Secretary has found
    includes the following:
      (1) Outline of family assistance program
        (A) General provisions
          A written document that outlines how the State intends to do
        the following:
            (i) Conduct a program, designed to serve all political
          subdivisions in the State (not necessarily in a uniform
          manner), that provides assistance to needy families with (or
          expecting) children and provides parents with job
          preparation, work, and support services to enable them to
          leave the program and become self-sufficient.
            (ii) Require a parent or caretaker receiving assistance
          under the program to engage in work (as defined by the State)
          once the State determines the parent or caretaker is ready to
          engage in work, or once the parent or caretaker has received
          assistance under the program for 24 months (whether or not
          consecutive), whichever is earlier, consistent with section
          607(e)(2) of this title.
            (iii) Ensure that parents and caretakers receiving
          assistance under the program engage in work activities in
          accordance with section 607 of this title.
            (iv) Take such reasonable steps as the State deems
          necessary to restrict the use and disclosure of information
          about individuals and families receiving assistance under the
          program attributable to funds provided by the Federal
          Government.
            (v) Establish goals and take action to prevent and reduce
          the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, with special
          emphasis on teenage pregnancies, and establish numerical
          goals for reducing the illegitimacy ratio of the State (as
          defined in section 603(a)(2)(C)(iii) (!1) of this title) for
          calendar years 1996 through 2005.

            (vi) Conduct a program, designed to reach State and local
          law enforcement officials, the education system, and relevant
          counseling services, that provides education and training on
          the problem of statutory rape so that teenage pregnancy
          prevention programs may be expanded in scope to include men.
        (B) Special provisions
          (i) The document shall indicate whether the State intends to
        treat families moving into the State from another State
        differently than other families under the program, and if so,
        how the State intends to treat such families under the program.
          (ii) The document shall indicate whether the State intends to
        provide assistance under the program to individuals who are not
        citizens of the United States, and if so, shall include an
        overview of such assistance.
          (iii) The document shall set forth objective criteria for the
        delivery of benefits and the determination of eligibility and
        for fair and equitable treatment, including an explanation of
        how the State will provide opportunities for recipients who
        have been adversely affected to be heard in a State
        administrative or appeal process.
          (iv) Not later than 1 year after August 22, 1996, unless the
        chief executive officer of the State opts out of this provision
        by notifying the Secretary, a State shall, consistent with the
        exception provided in section 607(e)(2) of this title, require
        a parent or caretaker receiving assistance under the program
        who, after receiving such assistance for 2 months is not exempt
        from work requirements and is not engaged in work, as
        determined under section 607(c) of this title, to participate
        in community service employment, with minimum hours per week
        and tasks to be determined by the State.
          (v) The document shall indicate whether the State intends to
        assist individuals to train for, seek, and maintain employment -
         
            (I) providing direct care in a long-term care facility (as
          such terms are defined under section 1397j of this title); or
            (II) in other occupations related to elder care determined
          appropriate by the State for which the State identifies an
          unmet need for service personnel,

        and, if so, shall include an overview of such assistance.
      (2) Certification that the State will operate a child support
        enforcement program
        A certification by the chief executive officer of the State
      that, during the fiscal year, the State will operate a child
      support enforcement program under the State plan approved under
      part D of this subchapter.
      (3) Certification that the State will operate a foster care and
        adoption assistance program
        A certification by the chief executive officer of the State
      that, during the fiscal year, the State will operate a foster
      care and adoption assistance program under the State plan
      approved under part E of this subchapter, and that the State will
      take such actions as are necessary to ensure that children
      receiving assistance under such part are eligible for medical
      assistance under the State plan under subchapter XIX of this
      chapter.
      (4) Certification of the administration of the program
        A certification by the chief executive officer of the State
      specifying which State agency or agencies will administer and
      supervise the program referred to in paragraph (1) for the fiscal
      year, which shall include assurances that local governments and
      private sector organizations - 
          (A) have been consulted regarding the plan and design of
        welfare services in the State so that services are provided in
        a manner appropriate to local populations; and
          (B) have had at least 45 days to submit comments on the plan
        and the design of such services.
      (5) Certification that the State will provide Indians with
        equitable access to assistance
        A certification by the chief executive officer of the State
      that, during the fiscal year, the State will provide each member
      of an Indian tribe, who is domiciled in the State and is not
      eligible for assistance under a tribal family assistance plan
      approved under section 612 of this title, with equitable access
      to assistance under the State program funded under this part
      attributable to funds provided by the Federal Government.
      (6) Certification of standards and procedures to ensure against
        program fraud and abuse
        A certification by the chief executive officer of the State
      that the State has established and is enforcing standards and
      procedures to ensure against program fraud and abuse, including
      standards and procedures concerning nepotism, conflicts of
      interest among individuals responsible for the administration and
      supervision of the State program, kickbacks, and the use of
      political patronage.
      (7) Optional certification of standards and procedures to ensure
        that the State will screen for and identify domestic violence
        (A) In general
          At the option of the State, a certification by the chief
        executive officer of the State that the State has established
        and is enforcing standards and procedures to - 
            (i) screen and identify individuals receiving assistance
          under this part with a history of domestic violence while
          maintaining the confidentiality of such individuals;
            (ii) refer such individuals to counseling and supportive
          services; and
            (iii) waive, pursuant to a determination of good cause,
          other program requirements such as time limits (for so long
          as necessary) for individuals receiving assistance, residency
          requirements, child support cooperation requirements, and
          family cap provisions, in cases where compliance with such
          requirements would make it more difficult for individuals
          receiving assistance under this part to escape domestic
          violence or unfairly penalize such individuals who are or
          have been victimized by such violence, or individuals who are
          at risk of further domestic violence.
        (B) "Domestic violence" defined
          For purposes of this paragraph, the term "domestic violence"
        has the same meaning as the term "battered or subjected to
        extreme cruelty", as defined in section 608(a)(7)(C)(iii) of
        this title.
    (b) Plan amendments
      Within 30 days after a State amends a plan submitted pursuant to
    subsection (a) of this section, the State shall notify the
    Secretary of the amendment.
    (c) Public availability of State plan summary
      The State shall make available to the public a summary of any
    plan or plan amendment submitted by the State under this section.