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110 STAT. 3072 PUBLIC LAW 104-235—OCT. 3, 1996 "(8) developing, implementing, or operating— "(A) information and education programs or training programs designed to improve the provision of services to disabled infants with life-threatening conditions for— "(i) professional and paraprofessional personnel concerned with the welfare of disabled infants with life-threatening conditions, including personnel employed in child protective services programs and health-care facilities; and "(ii) the parents of such infants; and "(B) programs to assist in obtaining or coordinating necessary services for families of disabled infants with life-threatening conditions, including— "(i) existing social and health services; " (ii) financial assistance; and "(iii) services necessary to facilitate adoptive placement of any such infants who have been relinquished for adoption; or "(9) developing and enhancing the capacity of community- based programs to integrate shared leadership strategies between parents and professionals to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect at the neighborhood level. " (b) ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. — "(1) STATE PLAN.— "(A) IN GENERAL.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a State shall, at the time of the initial grant application and every 5 years thereafter, prepare and submit to the Secretary a State plan that specifies the areas of the child protective services system described in subsection (a) that the State intends to address with amounts received under the grant. Notification. "(B) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT. —After the submission of the initial grant application under subparagraph (A), the State shall provide notice to the Secretary of any substantive changes to any State law relating to the prevention of child abuse and neglect that may affect the eligibility of the State under this section. " (2) COORDINATION.— ^A State plan submitted under paragraph (1) shall, to the maximum extent practicable, be coordinated with the State plan under part B of title IV of the Social Security Act relating to child welfare services and family preservation and family support services, and shall contain an outline of the activities that the State intends to carry out using amounts received under the grant to achieve the purposes of this title, including— "(A) an assurance in the form of a certification by the chief executive officer of the State that the State has in effect and is enforcing a State law, or has in effect and is operating a Statewide program, relating to child abuse and neglect that includes— "(i) provisions or procedures for the reporting of known and suspected instances of child abuse and neglect; "(ii) procedures for the immediate screening, safety assessment, and prompt investigation of such reports; "(iii) procedures for immediate steps to be taken to ensure and protect the safety of the abused or