Senate Bill No. 1026

Public Act No. 01-27

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES FACILITIES BY SELF HELP GROUPS.

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

Subsection (q) of section 17a-451 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(q) (1) The commissioner may make available to municipalities, [or] nonprofit community organizations or self help groups any services, premises and property under the control of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services but shall be under no obligation to continue to make such property available in the event the department permanently vacates a facility. Such services, premises and property may be utilized by such municipalities, [or] nonprofit community organizations or self help groups in any manner not inconsistent with the intended purposes for such services, premises and property. The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services shall submit to the Commissioner of Administrative Services any agreement for provision of services by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to municipalities, [or] nonprofit community organizations or self help groups for approval of such agreement prior to the provision of services pursuant to this [section] subsection.

(2) The municipality, [or] nonprofit community organization or self help group using any premises and property of [said] the department shall be liable for any damage or injury which occurs on [said] the premises and property and shall furnish to the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services proof of financial responsibility to satisfy claims for damages on account of any physical injury or property damage which may be suffered while [said] the municipality, [or] nonprofit community organization or self help group is using [said] the premises and property of [said] the department in such amount as the commissioner determines to be necessary. The state of Connecticut shall not be liable for any damage or injury sustained on [said] the premises and property of the department while [said] the premises and property are being utilized by any municipality, [or] nonprofit community organization or self help group.

(3) The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services shall adopt regulations, [pursuant to sections 4-166 to 4-174, inclusive] in accordance with chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of this subsection. As used in this subsection, "self help group" means a group of volunteers, approved by the commissioner, who offer peer support to each other in recovering from an addiction.

Approved May 25, 2001