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Substitute Senate Bill No. 239

Public Act No. 04-169

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS.

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

Section 1. Section 3-38 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Treasurer is directed to hold the fund known as the posthumous fund of Fitch's Home for the Soldiers in trust, to credit the income [therefrom] from such fund to the Department of Veterans' Affairs to be used for the welfare and entertainment of the patients of the Veterans' Home [and Hospital] or any other home established by the state for the care of veterans and to pay from the principal thereof any claim which may be lawfully established against the same.

Sec. 2. Section 20-248 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit any patient of the Veterans' Home [and Hospital] at Rocky Hill from practicing the occupation of a master barber in said home, nor shall the provisions of this chapter be construed to prevent any person holding a registered hairdresser and cosmetician's license under the provisions of chapter 387 from cutting the hair of any person, nor to prevent any person licensed under the provisions of said chapter 387 from carrying on the occupation of hairdresser and cosmetician. Nothing in this chapter nor in chapter 387 shall be construed to prevent a licensed registered hairdresser and cosmetician from working in a barber shop nor a licensed master barber from working in a hairdressing and cosmetology shop.

Sec. 3. Section 27-102l of the general statutes, as amended by section 6 of public act 03-170, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There shall be a Department of Veterans' Affairs. The Veterans' Home [and Hospital] shall be within the department and shall be located in Rocky Hill. The department head shall be the Commissioner of Veterans' Affairs, who shall be appointed by the Governor in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-5 to 4-8, inclusive, as amended, with the powers and duties prescribed therein.

(b) The commissioner [shall] may appoint a [deputy,] unit head to administer a veterans' advocacy and assistance unit for the aid and benefit of veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents and family members. The unit shall have a staff of not less than eight men and women, including six service officers, and clerical personnel. The [department head, the deputy commissioner] unit head and the service officers shall be veterans, as defined in section 27-103, as amended, or veterans who were awarded the armed forces expeditionary medal for service by the armed forces. At least one of the service officers shall be a woman having a demonstrated interest in the concerns of women veterans, who shall be responsible for addressing those concerns. Each service officer shall successfully complete a course in veterans' benefits within one year of commencement of employment and shall be assigned to one of the five congressional districts of the state.

(c) In addition to the powers and duties prescribed under section 4-8, the commissioner shall have the following powers and duties:

(1) To prepare studies and collect information concerning facilities and services available to members of the armed forces, veterans, their spouses or eligible dependents, including facilities and services for veterans who may have been exposed to a Vietnam herbicide during their periods of military service;

(2) To conduct interviews in the nursing homes or hospitals throughout the state to determine the number of veterans admitted and ascertaining which benefits such veterans are currently receiving and are entitled to receive;

(3) To cooperate with service agencies and organizations throughout the state in disseminating and furnishing counsel and assistance of benefit to residents of this state who are or have been members of the armed forces, their spouses or eligible dependents, which will indicate the availability of: (A) Educational training and retraining facilities; (B) health, medical, rehabilitation and housing services and facilities; (C) employment and reemployment services; (D) provisions of federal, state and local laws affording financial rights, privileges and benefits; and (E) other matters of similar nature;

(4) To assist veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents and family members in the preparation, presentation, proof and establishment of such claims, privileges, rights and other benefits accruing to them under federal, state and local laws;

(5) To cooperate with all national, state and local governmental and private agencies securing or offering services or any benefits to veterans, their spouses or dependents;

(6) To develop and prepare a long-range plan and mission statement for the Veterans' Home [and Hospital] and the veterans' advocacy and assistance unit; and

(7) To review all appeals made by veterans, their spouses or eligible dependents or family members and render the final decision thereon regarding the denial of admission to any program or the refusal to render any service or benefit which is administered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the discharge or transfer [therefrom] from any such program or any disciplinary action taken while participating in any such program.

(d) The commissioner shall adopt, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, and enforce, such regulations and procedures for the operation, administration and management of the department and all programs and services under the jurisdiction of the department, including, but not limited to, procedures relating to admission and discharge or transfer of veterans in the Veterans' Home, [and Hospital,] a per diem fee schedule for programs, services and benefits provided by the Veterans' Home, [and Hospital,] and the participation of eligible family members in programs or services provided by the home. [and hospital. ]

Sec. 4. Section 27-102n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There shall be a Board of Trustees for the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The board shall be comprised of the commissioner and nine members who by education or experience shall be qualified in health care, business management, social services or law and who shall have a demonstrated interest in the concerns of veterans. [The deputy commissioner of the veterans' advocacy and assistance unit shall be a nonvoting member of the board. ] A majority of the members of the board shall be veterans. Members shall be appointed by the Governor and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Members shall be sworn to the faithful performance of their duties. They shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses in the performance of their duties.

(b) The board shall meet at least quarterly and upon the call of the commissioner. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.

(c) The board shall advise and assist the commissioner in the operation of the Veterans' Home, [and Hospital,] the veterans' advocacy and assistance unit, the administration, expansion or modification of existing programs and services of the department and the development of new programs and services.

(d) The board shall review and approve any regulations prior to adoption by the commissioner concerning: (1) Procedures relating to admission and discharge or transfer of veterans in the home; [and hospital; ] (2) a per diem fee schedule for programs, services and benefits provided therein; and (3) the participation of eligible family members in programs or services provided by the home. [and hospital. ]

(e) The board shall submit an annual report to the Governor on its activities with its recommendations, if any, for improving the delivery of services to veterans and the addition of new programs.

Sec. 5. Subsection (b) of section 27-103 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) As used in this part, "home" means the Veterans' Home [and Hospital] maintained by the state; "hospital" means any incorporated hospital or tuberculosis sanatorium in the state and any state chronic disease hospital, mental hospital or training school for the mentally retarded, "veteran" means any veteran who served in time of war, as defined by subsection (a), and who is a resident of this state, provided, if he was not a resident or resident alien of this state at the time of enlistment or induction into the armed forces, he shall have resided continuously in this state for at least two years; "eligible dependent" means any parent, wife or husband, or child of a veteran who has no adequate means of support; and "eligible family member" means any parent, brother or sister, wife or husband, or child or children under eighteen years of age, of any veteran whose cooperation in the program is integral to the treatment of the veteran.

Sec. 6. Section 27-106 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The commissioner shall adopt and enforce such rules as may be necessary to ensure order, enforce discipline and preserve the health and ensure the comfort of the patients in the Veterans' Home; [and Hospital; ] and shall discipline or dismiss any officer or patient of the home [and hospital] who disobeys or infringes upon such rules. The commissioner shall appoint, subject to the provisions of chapter 67, such officers and employees as are necessary for the administration of the affairs of the home, [and hospital,] shall prescribe the relative rank, if any, of such officers and employees, and shall commission each such officer, who shall wear such uniform, if any, as is prescribed by the commissioner.

(b) The chief fiscal officer shall submit an itemized list of expenditures made from the Institutional General Welfare Fund to the commissioner at intervals not greater than two months. Such list shall include all such expenditures made during the two-month period preceding its submission. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 4-56, the commissioner shall prescribe procedures to limit and specify the uses for which expenditures may be made from the Institutional General Welfare Fund so that only expenditures which, in the opinion of the commissioner and the board of trustees for the department appointed pursuant to section 27-102n, as amended by this act, directly benefit veterans or the Veterans' Home [and Hospital] are permitted.

(c) In addition to the estimate of expenditure requirements required under section 4-77, the commissioner shall submit an accounting of all planned expenditures for the next fiscal year from the Institutional General Welfare Fund to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies at the time such estimate is submitted.

Sec. 7. Section 27-107 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Commissioner of Public Safety shall assign one or more state policemen for duty at the home as may be requested by the commissioner.

(b) The commissioner, subject to the approval of the State Traffic Commission, may prohibit, limit, restrict or regulate the parking of vehicles, may determine speed limits, may restrict roads or portions thereof to one-way traffic and may designate the location of crosswalks on any portion of any road or highway upon the grounds of the Veterans' Home, [and Hospital,] and may erect and maintain signs designating such prohibitions or restrictions. Security officers or institutional patrolmen appointed to act as state policemen under the provisions of section 29-18 may arrest or issue a summons for violation of such restrictions or prohibitions. Any person who fails to comply with any such prohibition or restriction shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars, and the court or traffic or parking authority having jurisdiction of traffic or parking violations in the town of Rocky Hill shall have jurisdiction over violations of this section.

Sec. 8. Section 27-108 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Any veteran, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103, as amended, may apply for admission to the home; and any such veteran who, from disease, wounds or accident, needs medical or surgical care and treatment or who has become mentally ill and who has no adequate means of support, may be admitted to any hospital and receive necessary food, clothing, care and treatment therein, at the expense of the state, unless other funds or means of payment are available.

(b) Any such veteran desiring care or treatment under the provisions of this chapter shall make application under oath to the Commissioner of Veterans' Affairs; but, if, by reason of his or her physical condition, he or she is unable to make such application, some other veteran may make such application in his or her behalf. Said commissioner, or his or her designee, shall have sole power to determine whether such veteran is entitled to admission to the home or to a hospital, and such veteran, if admitted, may, upon application to the commissioner, receive transportation at the expense of the state from his or her place of residence to the home or such hospital. No veteran so admitted shall be discharged from the home [or hospital] except upon the approval of the commissioner or his or her designee. The commissioner shall have sole power to remove any veteran whose care and treatment is paid for by the state from any hospital to another and shall appoint such agents as are necessary to see that veterans admitted to hospitals are receiving necessary food, clothing, care and treatment.

(c) Such veterans who are able to pay in whole or in part for such program or services, as determined by the applicable fee schedule adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of section 27-102l, as amended, shall receive a monthly bill for such services rendered.

(d) In the event that a bill of a veteran remains unpaid and past due, the chief fiscal officer, with the approval of the commissioner, shall require the veteran to assign his or her right to receive payment of income, from whatever source, to the commissioner until (1) such account is made current, and (2) the veteran demonstrates to the satisfaction of the commissioner a reasonable likelihood of more prudent financial management for the future. Any veteran shall be provided an opportunity for a hearing when an order of assignment is issued.

(e) Payment of amounts determined by the commissioner as provided by subsection (c) of this section shall be deposited in the Institutional General Welfare Fund of the Veterans' Home [and Hospital] established in accordance with sections 4-56 to 4-58, inclusive, and shall be available for expenditure from said fund for the operation of the Veterans' Home [and Hospital] in accordance with procedures prescribed by the commissioner and the Comptroller.

(f) In the event that a veteran dies, still owing money for services rendered, the commissioner, with the aid of the Attorney General's office, may submit a claim against such veteran's estate and any amounts collected shall be deposited in the Institutional General Welfare Fund in accordance with section 4-56.

Sec. 9. Section 27-109 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Any hospital, upon request of the commissioner, shall furnish any veteran, determined by the commissioner to be entitled to admission thereto, necessary food, clothing, care and treatment therein at the expense of the state, unless other funds or means of payment are available, and such veteran shall have preference for admission into such hospital.

Sec. 10. Section 27-110 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) When it appears that any veteran is eligible for treatment in a Veterans' Administration facility, and commitment is necessary for the care and treatment of such veteran, the court of probate of the district in which the veteran is found may, upon receipt of a certificate of eligibility from the Veterans' Administration, and if the veteran is adjudged mentally ill in accordance with law, direct such veteran's commitment to the Veterans' Administration for hospitalization in a Veterans' Administration facility. Thereafter such veteran, upon admission to any such facility, shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the Veterans' Administration and the chief officer of such facility shall be vested with the same powers as are exercised by superintendents of state hospitals for mental illness within this state with reference to the retention, transfer or parole of the veteran so committed. Notice of such pending commitment proceedings shall be furnished the person to be committed and his or her right to appear and defend shall not be denied. Any court of probate may order the discharge of such veteran, upon application and satisfactory proof that such veteran has been restored to reason. The commitment of a veteran to the Veterans' Administration or other agency of the United States government by a court of another state or of the District of Columbia, under a similar provision of law, shall have the same force and effect as if such commitment were made by a court of this state.

(b) Upon receipt of a certificate of the Veterans' Administration or any other agency of the United States that facilities are available for the care or treatment of any veteran committed to any hospital for mental illness or other institution for the care or treatment of persons similarly afflicted and that such veteran is eligible for care or treatment, the superintendent of such hospital or institution may cause the transfer of such person to the Veterans' Administration or other agency of the United States for care or treatment. Upon effecting any such transfer, the committing court or proper officer thereof shall be notified of such transfer by the transferring agency. No person shall be transferred to the Veterans' Administration or other agency of the United States if he or she is confined pursuant to conviction of any felony or misdemeanor or if he or she has been acquitted of such a charge solely on the ground of insanity, unless prior to transfer the court or other authority originally committing such person enters an order for such transfer after appropriate motion and hearing. Any person transferred as provided in this section shall be deemed to be committed to the Veterans' Administration or other agency of the United States pursuant to the original commitment.

Sec. 11. Section 27-117 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Any person who has in his or her possession or control any property of any person applying for or receiving aid from the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines' Fund or the department, or who is indebted to such applicant or recipient or has knowledge of any property belonging to him or her, and any officer who has control of the books and accounts of any corporation which has possession or control of any property belonging to any person applying for or receiving such aid or is indebted to him or her, shall, upon presentation by the disbursing officer thereof or any person deputized by him or her of a certificate signed by him or her, stating that such applicant or recipient has applied for or is receiving aid from said fund or the department, make full disclosure to such disbursing officer or deputy of any such property or indebtedness. Such disclosure may be obtained in like manner of the property or indebtedness of any person liable for the support of any such applicant or recipient.

Sec. 12. Subsection (b) of section 27-122a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services shall transfer to the Veterans' Home [and Hospital] certain land in the city of Middletown, under the supervision and control of said commissioner, in exchange for the transfer by the Veterans' Home and Hospital Commission to the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services of certain land comprised of pieces and parcels of the land described in subsection (a) of equal acreage, the exact boundaries of the lands to be exchanged to be decided by the Commissioner of Administrative Services, with the advice and assistance of all parties within the six-month period following June 14, 1979.

Sec. 13. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 27-122b of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section: (1) "Armed forces" includes the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard or any women's auxiliary branch thereof, organized pursuant to an Act of Congress; and (2) "veteran" means any person honorably discharged from, or released under honorable conditions from, active service in the armed forces. [after service in time of war and who at the time of entering the armed forces was domiciled in this state or who was domiciled in this state at the time of his death and had been so domiciled for a period of not less than five years since such discharge or release; (3) "service in time of war" means service during the Spanish-American War, April 21, 1898, to August 13, 1898; the Philippine insurrection, August 13, 1898, to July 4, 1902, but as to engagements in the Moro Province, to July 15, 1903; the Boxer Rebellion, June 20, 1900, to May 12, 1901; the Cuban pacification, September 12, 1906, to April 1, 1909; the Nicaraguan campaign, August 28, 1912, to November 2, 1913; the Haitian campaign, July 9, 1915, to December 6, 1915; the punitive expedition into Mexico, March 10, 1916, to April 6, 1917; World War I, April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918, but as to service in Russia, to April 1, 1920; World War II, December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946; and the Korean hostilities, June 27, 1950, to October 27, 1953; and shall include service during the Vietnam era, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103; the invasion of Grenada, October 25, 1983, to December 15, 1983; and the peace-keeping mission in Lebanon, August, 1982, to March, 1984; and shall include service during such periods with the armed forces of any government associated with the United States. ]

(b) (1) Any veteran may, by letter or other communication addressed to the commissioner, or by will, request that upon his or her death his or her body be buried in said veterans' cemetery, or (2) the spouse or other next of kin may apply to the commissioner to have the body of such veteran buried in said veterans' cemetery, and in either case such request shall be granted.

Sec. 14. Section 27-128 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Governor [is authorized to] may transfer, from time to time, as may be found expedient, funds existing in the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines' Fund and funds of the Veterans' Home [and Hospital] from one of said funds to the other of said funds.

Sec. 15. Section 27-138c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Any person aggrieved by a decision of the administrator rendered under section 27-138b may appeal such decision to a review board composed of the Adjutant General or his or her designate, the Attorney General or his or her designate, and the Commissioner of Veterans' Affairs or his or her designate. All appeals taken pursuant to this section shall be based solely upon the record of the hearing conducted pursuant to section 27-138b. A person aggrieved by a decision of the review board may appeal to the Superior Court pursuant to the provisions of chapter 54.

Sec. 16. Section 27-140 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

All money so paid to and received by the American Legion shall be expended by it in furnishing food, wearing apparel, medical or surgical aid or care or relief to, or in bearing the funeral expenses of, soldiers, sailors or marines who performed service in time of war, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103, as amended, in any branch of the military service of the United States, or who were engaged in any of the wars waged by the United States during said periods in the forces of any government associated with the United States, who have been honorably discharged therefrom or honorably released from active service therein, and who were citizens or resident aliens of the state at the time of entering said armed forces of the United States or of any such government, or to their spouses who are living with them, or to their widows or widowers who were living with them at the time of death, or dependent children under eighteen years of age, who may be in need of the same. All such payments shall be made by the American Legion under authority of its bylaws, which bylaws shall set forth the procedure for proof of eligibility for such aid and shall be approved by the trustee, provided payments made for the care and treatment of any person entitled to the benefits provided for herein, at any hospital receiving aid from the General Assembly unless special care and treatment are required, shall be in accordance with the provisions of section 17b-239, as amended, and provided the sum expended for the care or treatment of such person at any other place than a state-aided hospital shall in no case exceed the actual cost of supporting such person at the Veterans' Home, [and Hospital,] unless special care and treatment are required, when such sum as may be determined by the treasurer of such organization may be paid therefor. The treasurer of such organization shall account to said trustee during the months of January, April, July and October for all moneys disbursed by it during the three months next preceding the first day of either of said months, and such account shall show the amount of and the name and address of each person to whom such aid has been furnished. Upon the completion of the trust provided for in section 27-138, the principal fund so held by said trustee shall revert to the State Treasury.

Sec. 17. Subsection (d) of section 146 of public act 03-6 of the June 30 special session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) Wherever the words "Department of Consumer Protection" are used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the words "Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 1-84, 1-84b, 4-38c, 5-142, 5-238b, 12-450, 12-453, 14-327b, 16-245u, 16a-15, 16a-23m, 16a-23p, 17b-363a, 18-81q, 19a-19, 20-127, 20-196c, 20-289, 20-291, 20-296, 20-299, 20-300, 20-300b, 20-301, 20-304, 20-305, 20-306, 20-306a, 20-306b, 20-307, 20-307a, 20-308, 20-311a, 20-311b, 20-314, 20-316, 20-318, 20-319, 20-320, 20-320a, 20-327a, 20-329e, 20-329x, 20-331, 20-333, 20-334, 20-334a, 20-335, 20-338, 20-340a, 20-340b, 20-341gg, 20-344, 20-349, 20-350, 20-351, 20-353, 20-357m, 20-368, 20-370, 20-372, 20-373, 20-417d, 20-417j, 20-417aa, 20-450, 20-490, 20-490a, 20-502, 20-503, 20-509, 20-510, 20-514, 20-516, 20-517, 20-518, 20-525, 20-528, 20-540, 20-554, 20-571, 20-590, 20-635, 20-651, 20-654, 21-28, 21-64, 21-67a, 21-70, 21-79, 21-83e, 21-84a, 21a-1, 21a-2, 21a-4, 21a-6, 21a-7, 21a-8, 21a-8a, 21a-9, 21a-10, 21a-63, 21a-72, 21a-92a, 21a-150d, 21a-190a, 21a-195a, 21a-223, 21a-227, 21a-231, 21a-240, 21a-249, 21a-252, 21a-260, 21a-335, 22-44, 22-131a, 25-129, 25-130, 29-263, 30-1, 30-4, 30-5, 30-6, 30-6a, 30-7, 30-8, 30-13a, 30-14, 30-14a, 30-15, 30-16, 30-17, 30-17b, 30-18a, 30-20, 30-20a, 30-22, 30-22a, 30-23a, [30-23b,] 30-24, 30-24b, 30-25, 30-25a, 30-30, 30-31, 30-32, 30-33, 30-33a, 30-35, 30-35b, 30-36, 30-37, 30-37f, 30-37i, 30-37j, 30-38, 30-39, 30-42a, 30-43, 30-44, 30-45, 30-46, 30-47, 30-51, 30-52, 30-53, 30-55, 30-55a, 30-57, 30-58, 30-58a, 30-58b, 30-59, 30-60, 30-62, 30-62a, 30-63, 30-64, 30-64a, 30-64b, 30-66, 30-67, 30-68, 30-76, 30-77, 30-78, 30-82, 30-86a, 30-92a, 30-95, 30-106, 30-111, 42-103c, 42-110g, 42-181, 42-190, 42-288a, 43-3, 43-49, 43-50, 52-560 and 52-571d.

Sec. 18. Section 38a-502 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

No individual health insurance policy delivered, issued for delivery or renewed in this state on or after October 1, 1988, may exclude coverage for services provided by the Veterans' Home. [and Hospital. ]

Sec. 19. Section 38a-529 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

No group health insurance policy delivered, issued for delivery or renewed in this state on or after October 1, 1988, may exclude coverage for services provided by the Veterans' Home. [and Hospital. ]

Sec. 20. Subsection (a) of section 45a-649 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Upon an application for involuntary representation, the court shall issue a citation to the following enumerated parties to appear before it at a time and place named in the citation, which shall be served on the parties at least seven days before the hearing date, which date shall not be more than thirty days after the receipt of the application by the Court of Probate unless continued for cause shown. Notice of the hearing shall be sent within thirty days after receipt of the application. (1) The court shall direct that personal service be made, by a state marshal, constable or an indifferent person, upon the following: (A) The respondent, except that if the court finds personal service on the respondent would be detrimental to the health or welfare of the respondent, the court may order that such service be made upon counsel for the respondent, if any, and if none, upon the attorney appointed under subsection (b) of this section; (B) the respondent's spouse, if any, if the spouse is not the applicant, except that in cases where the application is for involuntary representation pursuant to section 17b-456, and there is no spouse, the court shall order notice by certified mail to the children of the respondent and if none, the parents of the respondent and if none, the brothers and sisters of the respondent or their representatives, and if none, the next of kin of such respondent. (2) The court shall order such notice as it directs to the following: (A) The applicant; (B) the person in charge of welfare in the town where the respondent is domiciled or resident and if there is no such person, the first selectman or chief executive officer of the town if the respondent is receiving assistance from the town; (C) the Commissioner of Social Services, if the respondent is in a state-operated institution or receiving aid, care or assistance from the state; (D) the [Administrator of Veterans] Commissioner of Veterans' Affairs if the respondent is receiving veterans' benefits or the [Veterans] Veterans' Home, [and Hospital,] or both, if the respondent is receiving aid or care from such [hospital] home, or both; (E) the Commissioner of Administrative Services, if the respondent is receiving aid or care from the state; (F) the children of the respondent and if none, the parents of the respondent and if none, the brothers and sisters of the respondent or their representatives; (G) the person in charge of the hospital, nursing home or some other institution, if the respondent is in a hospital, nursing home or some other institution. (3) The court, in its discretion, may order such notice as it directs to other persons having an interest in the respondent and to such persons the respondent requests be notified.

Sec. 21. (Effective from passage) Sections 27-140ff to 27-140hh, inclusive, and section 30-23b of the general statutes are repealed.

Approved June 1, 2004