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Senate Bill No. 86

Public Act No. 02-9

AN ACT AMENDING STATUTES GOVERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES.

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

Section 1. Subsection (f) of section 17a-671 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(f) Each council may solicit and accept for use local, public and private funds from municipalities, foundations and corporations. Such funds shall be expended to close gaps in the service delivery system identified in the annual plan developed by the council, provided such plan is not in conflict with the department's plan adopted pursuant to [section 19a-7] subsection (j) of section 17a-451.

Sec. 2. Subsection (o) of section 17a-451 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(o) The commissioner shall establish uniform policies and procedures for collecting, standardizing, managing and evaluating data related to substance use, abuse and addiction programs administered by state agencies, state-funded community-based programs and the judicial branch, including, but not limited to: (1) The use of prevention, education, treatment and criminal justice services related to substance use, abuse and addiction; (2) client demographic and substance use, abuse and addiction information; and (3) the quality and cost effectiveness of substance use, abuse and addiction services. The commissioner shall, in consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, ensure that the judicial branch, all state agencies and state-funded community-based programs with substance use, abuse and addiction programs or services comply with such policies and procedures. Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes concerning confidentiality, the commissioner, within available appropriations, shall establish and maintain a central repository for such substance use, abuse and addiction program and service data from the judicial branch, state agencies and state-funded community-based programs administering substance use, abuse and addiction programs and services. The central repository shall not disclose any data that reveals the personal identification of any individual. The Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council established pursuant to section 17a-667 shall have access to the central repository for aggregate analysis. The commissioner shall submit [an annual] a biennial report to the General Assembly, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, the Office of Policy and Management and the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council. The report shall include, but need not be limited to, a summary of: (A) Client and patient demographic information; (B) trends and risks factors associated with alcohol and drug use, abuse and dependence; (C) effectiveness of services based on outcome measures; and (D) a state-wide cost analysis.

Sec. 3. Subsection (t) of section 17a-451 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(t) The commissioner may direct clinical staff at Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services facilities or in crisis intervention programs funded by the department who are providing treatment to a patient to request disclosure, to the extent allowed under state and federal law, of the patient's record of previous treatment in order to accomplish the objectives of diagnosis, [or] treatment or referral of the patient. If the clinical staff in possession of the requested record determines that disclosure would assist the accomplishment of the objectives of diagnosis, [or] treatment or referral, the record may be disclosed, to the extent allowed under state and federal law, to the requesting clinical staff without patient consent. Records disclosed shall be limited to records maintained at department facilities or crisis intervention programs funded by the department. The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to administer the provisions of this subsection and to ensure maximum safeguards of patient confidentiality.

Approved April 22, 2002