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Substitute Senate Bill No. 282

Public Act No. 08-8

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE METHADONE AUTHORITY.

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

Section 1. Section 17a-450 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (d) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (d) The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is designated as the lead state agency for substance abuse prevention and treatment in this state, and as such is designated as the state methadone authority. As the designated state methadone authority, the department is authorized by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the United States Department of Health and Human Services to exercise responsibility and authority for the treatment of opiate addiction with an opioid medication, and specifically for: (1) Approval of exceptions to federal opioid treatment protocols in accordance with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, (2) monitoring all opioid treatment programs in the state, and (3) approval of Center for Substance Abuse Treatment certification of all opioid treatment programs in the state. The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to carry out the provisions of this subsection.

Approved April 29, 2008