Substitute Senate Bill No. 1027

Public Act No. 01-90

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE REVOLVING LOAN FUND AND A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY REGISTRY.

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

Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 17a-674 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) No loan made pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be in an amount in excess of four thousand dollars or for a term of more than two years. Each such loan shall be repaid in monthly installments and shall bear interest at a rate to be determined by the department, but not to exceed six per cent per year. The department [shall] may assess a penalty [of] not to exceed five per cent of [the amount of any monthly payment for any such payment which remains unpaid fifteen days after the due date of such payment and may assess such interest on such late payments as specified in a loan agreement] any amounts that are delinquent or past due for more than six months. Amounts received in repayment of a loan made under this section shall be applied first to the current monthly installment due, then to any interest due, then to the principal of the oldest outstanding loan. Such loan terms, interest requirements and penalty provisions shall be included in each loan agreement and in any contract for the administration of the program made pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. Each loan agreement shall specify that the recipient shall use such loan in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services of the federal government pursuant to the requirements of Public Law 100-690 for such loans.

Sec. 2. (NEW) The Department of Public Health shall establish a registry of data on traumatic brain injury patients. Each hospital, as defined in section 19a-490 of the general statutes, shall make available to the registry such data concerning each traumatic brain injury patient admitted to such hospital as the Commissioner of Public Health shall require by regulations adopted in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes. The data contained in such registry may be used by the department and authorized researchers as specified in such regulations, provided no personally identifiable information concerning any such traumatic brain injury patient may be disclosed by the registry without the written consent of such patient or a person authorized by law to consent on behalf of such patient. The data contained in the registry shall not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200 of the general statutes. The commissioner may enter into a contract with a nonprofit association in this state concerned with the prevention and treatment of brain injuries to provide for the implementation and administration of the registry established pursuant to this section.

Approved June 6, 2001