§ 4-1. Eligibility requirements. Financial aid in meeting basic maintenance requirements for a livelihood compatible
with health and well-being shall be given under this Article to or in behalf of families
with dependent children who meet the eligibility conditions of Sections 4-1.1 through
4-1.12. It shall be the policy of the Illinois Department to provide aid under this Article
to all qualified persons who seek assistance and to conduct outreach efforts to educate
the public about the program. The Department shall provide timely, accurate, and fair service to all applicants
for assistance. Persons who meet the eligibility criteria authorized under this Article shall be
treated equally, provided that nothing in this Article shall be construed to create
an entitlement to a particular grant or service level or to aid in amounts not authorized
under this Code, nor construed to limit the authority of the General Assembly to change
the eligibility requirements or provisions respecting assistance amounts. The General Assembly recognizes that the need for aid will fluctuate with the economic
situation in Illinois and that at times the number of people receiving aid under this
Article will increase.
The Illinois Department shall advise every applicant for and recipient of aid under
this Article of (i) the requirement that all recipients move toward self-sufficiency
and (ii) the value and benefits of employment. As a condition of eligibility for that aid, every person who applies for aid under
this Article on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995 shall prepare
and submit, as part of the application or subsequent redetermination, a personal plan
for achieving employment and self-sufficiency. The plan shall incorporate the individualized assessment and employability plan
set out in subsections (d), (f), and (g) of Section 9A-8. The plan may be amended as the recipient's needs change. The assessment process to develop the plan shall include questions that screen for
domestic violence issues and steps needed to address these issues may be part of the
plan. If the individual indicates that he or she is a victim of domestic violence, he
or she may also be referred to an available domestic violence program. Failure of the client to follow through on the personal plan for employment and
self-sufficiency may be a basis for sanction under Section 4-21.
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