House Bill No. 6640

Public Act No. 01-19

AN ACT EXPANDING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE CHILDREN'S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 17a-4a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) The Children's Behavioral Health Advisory Committee shall be composed of the following members: (1) The Commissioner of Children and Families or the commissioner's designee; (2) the Commissioner of Social Services or the commissioner's designee; (3) the Executive Director of the Children's Health Council or said director's designee; (4) the Chief Court Administrator or said administrator's designee; (5) the Commissioner of Education or the commissioner's designee; (6) the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services or the commissioner's designee; (7) the Commissioner of Mental Retardation or the commissioner's designee; (8) the executive director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities or said director's designee; (9) two members appointed by the Governor, one member who shall be a parent of a child who receives behavioral health services and the other a provider of behavioral health services; [(9)] (10) one member each shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the Senate, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the House of Representatives, all of whom shall be knowledgeable on issues relative to children in need of behavioral health services and family supports; and [(10)] (11) sixteen members appointed by the chairperson of the State Advisory Council on Children and Families. The membership of the advisory committee shall fairly and adequately represent parents of children who have a serious emotional disturbance. At least fifty per cent of the members of the advisory committee shall be persons who are parents or relatives of a child who has or had a serious emotional disturbance or persons who had a serious emotional disturbance as a child.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 15, 2001