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Substitute House Bill No. 6362

Special Act No. 03-13

AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF HIV AND AIDS PROGRAMS.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) The Commissioner of Public Health shall conduct an evaluation of the current system of HIV and AIDS programs, and shall develop a plan for improvements to such system. The commissioner shall assemble all interested parties for purposes of the evaluation and recommendations, including, but not limited to, (1) the Commissioners of Social Services, Correction and Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or their designees, (2) representatives from a needle exchange program, the Connecticut Positive Action Coalition, the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition, the Harm Reduction Coalition, the Connecticut HIV Prevention Community Planning Group, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, the Ryan White Title I Planning Councils, a federally qualified health center, community-based organizations with a focus on Latinos, African-Americans and youth, and the New Haven Mayor's Task Force on AIDS, and (3) persons living with HIV or AIDS.

(b) The evaluation prepared pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall develop an integrated HIV and AIDS prevention services and care plan to: (1) Examine programs in various state agencies to ensure that (A) there is no duplication of services, (B) the best service delivery system is in place, and (C) the best standard of care is being practiced in all state agency programs; (2) determine how state dollars are allocated to HIV and AIDS programs and services; (3) develop and recommend cost-effective legislation or administrative regulations, or both, for programs, policies or procedures that help people living with HIV and AIDS and help to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS; and (4) review and integrate into the HIV and AIDS prevention service and care plan funding recommendations made by the Ryan White Title I Planning Councils and the Connecticut HIV Prevention Community Planning Group.

(c) On or before January 1, 2005, the Commissioner of Public Health shall submit a report on the evaluation and any recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and human services, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Approved June 3, 2003