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Substitute House Bill No. 5366

Special Act No. 04-5

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PLAN OF COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES FOR ADOLESCENT FEMALES INVOLVED IN THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM.

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

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2004) (a) The Commissioner of Children and Families, in consultation with the Court Support Services Division, the Commissioner of Social Services, the Child Advocate and providers of community based services, shall establish a plan for the development of a continuum of community based services for female juvenile status offenders and delinquents. Such services shall be designed to prevent the incarceration of such status offenders and delinquents. The plan shall include, but not be limited to, intervention and substance abuse programs, monitoring and treatment plans and mental health treatment.

(b) The Commissioner of Children and Families shall submit the plan required by subsection (a) of this section, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and human services and to the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children not later than January 1, 2005.

Approved May 10, 2004