Substitute Senate Bill No. 1224

Public Act No. 01-61

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM FOR UNDERSERVED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (a) The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services of the Department of Social Services may receive state and federal funds to administer, within available appropriations, an employment opportunities program to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities who do not meet the eligibility requirements of supported employment programs administered by the Departments of Mental Retardation and Mental Health and Addiction Services. For the purposes of this section, "individuals with the most significant disabilities" means those individuals who (1) have serious employment limitations in a total of three or more functional areas including, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self-care, interpersonal skills, work tolerance or work skills, or (2) will require significant ongoing disability-related services on the job in order to maintain employment.

(b) The employment opportunities program shall provide extended services, as defined in 34 CFR 361.5(b)(19), that are necessary for individuals with the most significant disabilities to maintain supported employment. Such services shall include coaching and other related services that allow participants to obtain and maintain employment and maximize economic self-sufficiency.

(c) The Department of Social Services shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, to implement the provisions of this section.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2001.

Approved May 31, 2001