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AB-396 CalFresh: educational programs.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 18901.12 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, immediately following Section 18901.11, to read:

18901.12.
 (a) On or before May 31, 2022, the department shall issue a guidance letter to counties, the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges, the Chancellor’s office of the California State University, and the Office of the President of the University of California that does all of the following:
(1) Clarifies the state and federal eligibility requirements for a campus-based program to be a state-approved employment and training program that qualifies for the student exemption for CalFresh eligibility as described in Section 273.5(b)(11)(iv) of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and is consistent with Section 273.7(e)(1) of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(2) Clarifies the application and approval process for a campus-based program to be approved by the department as a state-approved employment and training program, as described in paragraph (1), including, but not limited to, clarifying the supporting documents required for program approval.
(b) (1) A campus-based program at a campus of the California Community Colleges or at a campus of the California State University that meets the eligibility requirements to be a state-approved employment and training program, as established by the department’s guidance letter issued pursuant to subdivision (a), shall submit a certification application for the program to the department on or before September 1, 2022. The application shall state whether the program is available at only one campus or at multiple campuses.
(2) A campus-based program at a campus of the University of California that meets the eligibility requirements to be a state-approved employment and training program, as established by the department’s guidance letter issued pursuant to subdivision (a), is requested to submit a certification application for the program to the department on or before September 1, 2022. The application shall state whether the program is available at only one campus or at multiple campuses.
(c) (1) A campus-based program that meets the eligibility requirements to be a state-approved employment and training program after September 1, 2022, at a campus of the California Community College or the California State University shall submit a certification application to the department on or before six months following the formation of the program.
(2) A campus-based program that meets the eligibility requirements to be a state-approved employment and training program after September 1, 2022, at a campus of the University of California is requested to submit a certification application to the department on or before six months following the formation of the program.
(d) Upon receipt of a certification application from a campus-based program pursuant to subdivision (b) or (c), the department shall approve the campus-based program if it meets the eligibility requirements to be a state-approved employment and training program, as established in the department’s guidance letter issued pursuant to subdivision (a). Upon the department’s approval of a campus-based program at one campus, the department shall automatically approve an equivalent program operated at another campus of the same institution.
(e) On or before September 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, the department shall report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature all of the following information:
(1) The number of state-approved campus-based employment and training programs approved pursuant to subdivision (d), disaggregated by name and campus.
(2) The number of pending applications, disaggregated by name and campus.
(3) The number of applications denied, disaggregated by name and campus, and the reason for the denials.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.