Substitute House Bill No. 7013

Public Act No. 01-121

AN ACT CONCERNING CRIME PREVENTION AND A STATE PREVENTION COUNCIL.

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

Section 1. (NEW) As used in sections 1 to 4, inclusive, of this act:

(1) "Prevention" means policies and programs that promote healthy, safe and productive lives and reduce the likelihood of crime, violence, substance abuse, illness, academic failure and other socially destructive behaviors.

(2) "Research-based prevention" means those prevention programs as defined in this section that have been rigorously evaluated and are found to be effective or represent best practices.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (a) There is established a State Prevention Council consisting of the following members or their designees: (1) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; (2) the Commissioner of Social Services; (3) the Commissioner of Children and Families; (4) the Commissioner of Public Health; (5) the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services; (6) the Commissioner of Education; (7) the Commissioner of Mental Retardation; and (8) the Chief Court Administrator. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee, shall serve as chair of the council. The council may expand its membership to include other state agency representation as it deems appropriate.

(b) The State Prevention Council's purpose is to (1) establish a prevention framework for the state, (2) recommend a comprehensive state-wide prevention plan, (3) better coordinate existing and future prevention expenditures across state agencies, and (4) increase fiscal accountability.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (a) Not later than July 1, 2002, the State Prevention Council shall identify, within each of the involved state agency budgets, any appropriations for prevention services for the previous fiscal year, and submit a report of its findings to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations.

(b) Not later than December 1, 2002, the State Prevention Council shall recommend to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the General Assembly a comprehensive state-wide prevention plan. Such plan may include (1) recommendations to develop and coordinate interagency prevention services and training; (2) an identification of prevention services in the plan which are research-based programs; and (3) any findings as to the effectiveness of prevention programs using outcome performance measures identified by the State Prevention Council.

Sec. 4. (NEW) For the biennial budget for the fiscal years commencing July 1, 2003, and ending June 30, 2005, the Governor's budget document shall include a prevention report presenting in detail for each fiscal year of such biennium the Governor's recommendation for appropriations for prevention services classified by those budgeted agencies involved in the State Prevention Council and showing, for each applicable budgeted agency and its subdivisions, a list of agency programs that provide prevention services, the actual prevention services expenditures for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, by program, the estimated prevention services expenditures for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2003, and an identification of research-based prevention services programs. The Governor's budget shall also include a summary of all prevention services by each applicable budgeted agency, identifying the total for prevention services included in the budget.

Sec. 5. (NEW) Not later than July 1, 2004, the State Prevention Council shall submit to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations its recommendations concerning the potential expansion, including potential use of benchmarks or termination of the State Prevention Council pursuant to section 2c-12 of the general statutes.

Sec. 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2001.

Approved June 28, 2001