The bridge to independence program is available, on a voluntary basis, to a young adult:
(1) Who has attained at least nineteen years of age;
(2) Who was adjudicated to be a juvenile described in subdivision (3)(a) of section 43-247 or the equivalent under tribal law and (a) upon attaining nineteen years of age, was in an out-of-home placement or had been discharged to independent living or (b) with respect to whom a kinship guardianship assistance agreement was in effect pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 673 if the young adult had attained sixteen years of age before the agreement became effective or with respect to whom a state-funded guardianship assistance agreement was in effect if the young adult had attained sixteen years of age before the agreement became effective; and
(3) Who is:
(a) Completing secondary education or an educational program leading to an equivalent credential;
(b) Enrolled in an institution which provides postsecondary or vocational education;
(c) Employed for at least eighty hours per month;
(d) Participating in a program or activity designed to promote employment or remove barriers to employment; or
(e) Incapable of doing any of the activities described in subdivisions (3)(a) through (d) of this section due to a medical condition, which incapacity is supported by regularly updated information in the case plan of the young adult.
The changes made to subdivision (2)(b) of this section by Laws 2015, LB243, become operative on July 1, 2015.