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Substitute Senate Bill No. 319

Public Act No. 02-75

AN ACT CONCERNING ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELORS EMPLOYED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION.

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

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 20-74s of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(b) Except as provided in subsections (s) to [(w)] (x), inclusive, of this section, no person shall engage in the practice of alcohol and drug counseling unless licensed as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor pursuant to subsection (d) of this section or certified as a certified alcohol and drug counselor pursuant to subsection (e) of this section.

Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 20-74s of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(c) Except as provided in subsections (s) to [(w)] (x), inclusive, of this section, no person shall engage in the private practice of alcohol and drug counseling unless (1) licensed as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, or (2) certified as a certified alcohol and drug counselor pursuant to subsection (e) of this section and practicing under the supervision of a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

Sec. 3. Subsection (v) of section 20-74s of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(v) Nothing in this section shall be construed to apply to any alcohol and drug counselor or substance abuse counselor employed by the state, except that this section shall apply to alcohol and drug counselors employed by the Department of Correction pursuant to subsection (x) of this section, as amended by this act.

Sec. 4. Section 20-74s of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (x) as follows (Effective October 1, 2002):

(NEW) (x) The provisions of this section shall apply to employees of the Department of Correction, other than trainees or student interns covered under subsection (u) of section 20-74s, as follows: (1) Any person hired by the Department of Correction on or after October 1, 2002, for a position as a substance abuse counselor or supervisor of substance abuse counselors shall be a licensed or certified alcohol and drug counselor; (2) any person employed by the Department of Correction prior to October 1, 2002, as a substance abuse counselor or supervisor of substance abuse counselors shall become licensed or certified as an alcohol and drug counselor by October 1, 2007; and (3) any person employed by the Department of Correction on or after October 1, 2007, as a substance abuse counselor or supervisor of substance abuse counselors shall be a licensed or certified alcohol and drug counselor.

Approved June 3, 2002