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Substitute Senate Bill No. 1152

Public Act No. 03-40

AN ACT CONCERNING GYNECOLOGICAL SERVICES FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) The Department of Public Health, in consultation with the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, shall develop recommendations concerning the provision of gynecological services for women with mental and physical disabilities. The recommendations shall include, but need not be limited to: (1) Procedures for gynecological services for women with disabilities, including a description of services and accommodations available, and procedures governing confidentiality and consent; and (2) policies and procedures regarding the use of sedation for gynecological and routine examinations that include provision for informed consent and limit the use of sedation when not medically necessary. The department, in consultation with the office, shall develop a plan for public education regarding such recommendations.

(b) On or before January 1, 2004, the department shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health on the recommendations and education plan developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) The Commissioners of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Mental Retardation shall provide mammographic and pelvic examinations, as needed, according to the standards set by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology, to patients being cared for in state-operated facilities, as defined in subsection (c) of section 17a-458 of the general statutes, or in any institution or facility operated by the Department of Mental Retardation.

Approved May 23, 2003