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Senate Bill No. 42

Public Act No. 05-71

AN ACT CONCERNING STATE LICENSING FOR CHANGE OF USE OF GROUP HOMES.

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

Section 1. Section 17a-145 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2005):

No person or entity shall care for or board a child without a license obtained from the Commissioner of Children and Families, except: (1) When a child has been placed by a person or entity holding a license from the commissioner; (2) any residential educational institution exempted by the state Board of Education under the provisions of section 17a-152; or (3) facilities providing child day care services, as defined in section 19a-77. The person or entity seeking a child-care facility license shall file with the commissioner an application for a license, in such form as the commissioner furnishes, stating the location where it is proposed to care for such child, the number of children to be cared for, in the case of a corporation, the purpose of the corporation and the names of its chief officers and of the actual person responsible for the child. The Commissioner of Children and Families is authorized to fix the maximum number of children to be boarded and cared for in any such home or institution or by any person or entity licensed by the commissioner. Each person or entity holding a license under the provisions of this section shall file annually, with the commissioner, a report stating the number of children received and removed during the year, the number of deaths and the causes of death, the average cost of support per capita and such other data as [he] the commissioner may prescribe. If the population served at any facility, institution or home operated by any person or entity licensed under this section changes after such license is issued, such person or entity shall file a new license application with the commissioner, and the commissioner shall notify the chief executive officer of the municipality in which the facility is located of such new license application, except that no confidential client information may be disclosed.

Approved May 31, 2005