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Substitute House Bill No. 6226

Public Act No. 03-251

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT JUVENILE TRAINING SCHOOL.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2003) The Department of Children and Families shall ensure that the Connecticut Juvenile Training School:

(1) Completes health, mental health and educational assessments for each child admitted to the school not later than thirty days from the date of such child's admission;

(2) Completes a written individualized treatment plan for each child admitted to the school not later than thirty days from the date of such child's admission;

(3) Complies with the provisions of sections 46a-150 to 46a-154, inclusive, of the general statutes regarding the use of physical restraints, medication and seclusion of children at the school;

(4) Provides training to all staff at the school regarding their mandatory child abuse and neglect reporting obligations under section 17a-101 of the general statutes;

(5) Provides the opportunity for each child at the school to engage in at least one hour of physical exercise per day on weekdays and at least two hours of physical exercise per day on the weekends.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The advisory group for the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17a-6 of the general statutes, and the Connecticut Juvenile Training School public safety committee established pursuant to section 17a-27f of the general statutes, shall provide an on-going review of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School with recommendations for improvement or enhancement. The review shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) The number, age, ethnicity and race of the residents placed at the training school, including the court locations that sentenced them, the number sentenced from each court location and the offense for which the child was sentenced;

(2) The percentage of children in need of substance abuse treatment and the programming interventions provided to assist residents;

(3) A review of the program and policies of the facility;

(4) The educational/literacy programs available to the residents, including the educational level of residents, the number of residents requiring special education and related services, including school attendance requirements, the number of children who are educated in the alternative school and the reasons for such education;

(5) The vocational training programs available to the residents and the actual number of residents enrolled in each training program, including all vocational attendance requirements;

(6) The delinquency recidivism rates of such residents, which will include the number of children discharged to residential placement, the number of children discharged due to expiration of the period of commitment and the number of children returned to the Connecticut Juvenile Training School;

(7) The diagnosis of each child after intake assessment;

(8) The costs associated with the operation of the training school, including staffing costs and average cost per resident; and

(9) Reintegration strategies and plans to transition the children to their home communities.

(b) The Department of Children and Families shall serve as administrative staff of the advisory group referred to in subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Not later than February 4, 2004, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Children and Families shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary and human services and to the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children with respect to the Connecticut Juvenile Training School.

(b) Each report required pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall summarize the information and recommendations specified in section 2 of this act and shall also include such other information that the Department of Children and Families has identified that requires immediate legislative action.

Approved July 9, 2003