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ASSISTANCE TO THE DISABLED

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Sec. 17b-617. Pilot program to provide home care services to disabled persons.
Sec. 17b-666. Employment opportunities program for underserved persons with significant disabilities. Regulations.

PART I
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. ASSISTANCE

      Sec. 17b-617. Pilot program to provide home care services to disabled persons. (a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall, within available appropriations, establish and operate a state-funded pilot program to allow not more than fifty persons with disabilities (1) who are age eighteen to sixty-four, inclusive, (2) who are inappropriately institutionalized or at risk of inappropriate institutionalization, and (3) whose assets, if single, do not exceed the minimum community spouse protected amount pursuant to section 4022.05 of the Department of Social Services uniform policy manual or, if married, the couple's assets do not exceed one hundred fifty per cent of said community spouse protected amount to be eligible to receive the same services that are provided under the state-funded home care program for the elderly, established pursuant to subsection (i) of section 17b-342. At the discretion of the Commissioner of Social Services, such persons may also be eligible to receive services that are necessary to meet needs attributable to disabilities in order to allow such persons to avoid institutionalization.

      (b) Any person participating in the pilot program whose income exceeds two hundred per cent of the federal poverty level shall contribute to the cost of care in accordance with the methodology established for recipients of medical assistance pursuant to sections 5035.20 and 5035.25 of the department's uniform policy manual.

      (c) The annualized cost of services provided to an individual under the pilot program shall not exceed fifty per cent of the weighted average cost of care in nursing homes in the state.

      (d) If the number of persons eligible for the pilot program established pursuant to this section exceeds fifty persons or if the cost of the program exceeds available appropriations, the commissioner shall establish a waiting list designed to serve applicants by order of application date.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-2, S. 29.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-2 effective July 1, 2007.

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PART II
BUREAU OF REHABILITATION SERVICES

      Sec. 17b-666. Employment opportunities program for underserved persons with significant disabilities. Regulations. (a) The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services of the Department of Social Services may receive state and federal funds to administer, within available appropriations, an employment opportunities program to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities who do not meet the eligibility requirements of supported employment programs administered by the Departments of Developmental Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services. For the purposes of this section, "individuals with the most significant disabilities" means those individuals who (1) have serious employment limitations in a total of three or more functional areas including, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self-care, interpersonal skills, work tolerance or work skills, or (2) will require significant ongoing disability-related services on the job in order to maintain employment.

      (b) The employment opportunities program shall provide extended services, as defined in 34 CFR 361.5(b)(19), that are necessary for individuals with the most significant disabilities to maintain supported employment. Such services shall include coaching and other related services that allow participants to obtain and maintain employment and maximize economic self-sufficiency.

      (c) The Department of Social Services shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

      (P.A. 01-61, S. 1, 2; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a).)

      History: P.A. 01-61 effective July 1, 2001; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Department of Mental Retardation" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007.

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