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Substitute Senate Bill No. 834

Public Act No. 03-162

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE REVOLVING LOAN FUND.

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

Section 1. Section 17a-674 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) There is established a Substance Abuse Revolving Loan Fund. The fund shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the fund and may contain any other funds as provided in subsection (b) of this section. The fund shall be administered and used by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for loans to private nonprofit agencies for the cost of establishing group homes for four or more persons recovering from substance abuse problems. Payments made on any loans made pursuant to this section shall be deposited in said fund.

(b) Federal block grant funds allocated to the department pursuant to section 4-28b may be deposited in said fund, and the department may accept contributions from any source, public or private, for deposit in said fund.

(c) [No] A loan made pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be in an amount [in excess of four] up to, but not exceeding ten thousand dollars, [or] provided such amount does not exceed the maximum loan amount then in effect under federal law and for a term [of] up to, but not 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 may assess a penalty not to exceed five per cent of 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.

(d) The department may administer said fund directly or through a contract with a private nonprofit agency. The department shall adopt such regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, as may be necessary to administer the program.

Approved June 26, 2003