CHAPTER 370
MEDICINE AND SURGERY

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Sec. 20-8a. Connecticut Medical Examining Board. Medical hearing panels.
Sec. 20-10c. Renewal of license by person who practices medicine for no fee.
Sec. 20-12a. Physician assistants. Definitions.
Sec. 20-12b. Physician assistant license. Temporary permit. Penalties.
Sec. 20-12c. Physician assistant to have supervising physician. Exception for civil preparedness duty or training.
Sec. 20-13e. Investigation of petition. Examination of physician. Hearing. Enforcement.
Sec. 20-14i. Administration of medication by trained persons.
Sec. 20-14j. Regulations. Advisory task force. Training programs and policies re administration of medication at juvenile detention centers.

      Sec. 20-8a. Connecticut Medical Examining Board. Medical hearing panels. (a) There shall be within the Department of Public Health a Connecticut Medical Examining Board. Said board shall consist of fifteen members appointed by the Governor, subject to the provisions of section 4-9a, in the manner prescribed for department heads in section 4-7, as follows: Five physicians practicing in the state; one physician who shall be a full-time member of the faculty of The University of Connecticut School of Medicine; one physician who shall be a full-time chief of staff in a general-care hospital in the state; one physician who shall be a supervising physician for one or more physician assistants; one physician who shall be a graduate of a medical education program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association; one physician assistant licensed pursuant to section 20-12b and practicing in this state; and five public members. No professional member of said board shall be an elected or appointed officer of a professional society or association relating to such member's profession at the time of appointment to the board or have been such an officer during the year immediately preceding appointment or serve for more than two consecutive terms. Professional members shall be practitioners in good professional standing and residents of this state.

      (b) All vacancies shall be filled by the Governor in the manner prescribed for department heads in section 4-7. Successors and appointments to fill a vacancy shall fulfill the same qualifications as the member succeeded or replaced. In addition to the requirements in sections 4-9a and 19a-8, no person whose spouse, parent, brother, sister, child or spouse of a child is a physician, as defined in section 20-13a, or a physician assistant, as defined in section 20-12a, shall be appointed as a public member.

      (c) The Commissioner of Public Health shall establish a list of twenty-four persons who may serve as members of medical hearing panels established pursuant to subsection (g) of this section. Persons appointed to the list shall serve as members of the medical hearing panels and provide the same services as members of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board. Members from the list serving on such panels shall not be voting members of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board. The list shall consist of twenty-four members appointed by the commissioner, at least eight of whom shall be physicians, as defined in section 20-13a, with at least one of such physicians being a graduate of a medical education program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, at least one of whom shall be a physician assistant licensed pursuant to section 20-12b, and nine of whom shall be members of the public. No professional member of the list shall be an elected or appointed officer of a professional society or association relating to such member's profession at the time of appointment to the list or have been such an officer during the year immediately preceding such appointment to the list. A licensed professional appointed to the list shall be a practitioner in good professional standing and a resident of this state. All vacancies shall be filled by the commissioner. Successors and members appointed to fill a vacancy on the list shall possess the same qualifications as those required of the member succeeded or replaced. No person whose spouse, parent, brother, sister, child or spouse of a child is a physician, as defined in section 20-13a, or a physician assistant, as defined in section 20-12a, shall be appointed to the list as a member of the public. Each person appointed to the list shall serve without compensation at the pleasure of the commissioner. Each medical hearing panel shall consist of three members, one of whom shall be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, one of whom shall be a physician or physician assistant, as appropriate, and one of whom shall be a public member. The physician and public member may be a member of the board or a member from the list established pursuant to this subsection.

      (d) The office of the board shall be in Hartford, in facilities to be provided by the department.

      (e) The board shall adopt and may amend a seal.

      (f) The Governor shall appoint a chairperson from among the board members. Said board shall meet at least once during each calendar quarter and at such other times as the chairperson deems necessary. Special meetings shall be held on the request of a majority of the board after notice in accordance with the provisions of section 1-225. A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum. Members shall not be compensated for their services. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from office. Minutes of all meetings shall be recorded by the board. No member shall participate in the affairs of the board during the pendency of any disciplinary proceedings by the board against such member. Said board shall (1) hear and decide matters concerning suspension or revocation of licensure, (2) adjudicate complaints against practitioners, and (3) impose sanctions where appropriate.

      (g) The board shall refer all statements of charges filed with the board by the department pursuant to section 20-13e to a medical hearing panel within sixty days of the receipt of charges. The time period may be extended for good cause by the board in a duly recorded vote. The panel shall conduct a hearing in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 and the regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Public Health concerning contested cases, except that the panel shall file a proposed final decision with the board not later than one hundred twenty days after the receipt of the issuance of the notice of hearing by the board. The time period for filing such proposed final decision with the board may be extended for good cause by the board in a duly recorded vote.

      (h) The board shall review the panel's proposed final decision in accordance with the provisions of section 4-179, and adopt, modify or remand said decision for further review or for the taking of additional evidence. The board shall act on the proposed final decision within ninety days of the filing of said decision by the panel. This time period may be extended by the board for good cause in a duly recorded vote.

      (i) Except in a case in which a license has been summarily suspended, pursuant to subsection (c) of section 19a-17 or subsection (c) of section 4-182, all three panel members shall be present to hear any evidence and vote on a proposed final decision. The chairperson of the Medical Examining Board may exempt a member from a meeting of the panel if the chairperson finds that good cause exists for such an exemption. Such an exemption may be granted orally but shall be reduced to writing and included as part of the record of the panel within two business days of the granting of the exemption or the opening of the record and shall state the reason for the exemption. Such exemption shall be granted to a member no more than once during any contested case and shall not be granted for a meeting at which the panel is acting on a proposed final decision on a statement of charges. The board may appoint a member to the panel to replace any member who resigns or otherwise fails to continue to serve on the panel. Such replacement member shall review the record prior to the next hearing.

      (j) A determination of good cause shall not be reviewable and shall not constitute a basis for appeal of the decision of the board pursuant to section 4-183.

      (P.A. 76-276, S. 10, 22; P.A. 77-614, S. 348, 610; P.A. 80-484, S. 10, 176; P.A. 81-471, S. 5, 71; P.A. 90-211, S. 1, 23; P.A. 91-105, S. 1, 4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-12, S. 14, 55; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-71, S. 1; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 98-143, S. 3, 24; P.A. 99-102, S. 4; P.A. 00-205, S. 1; P.A. 05-275, S. 18, 19; P.A. 06-195, S. 33; P.A. 07-119, S. 1; 07-252, S. 22.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 placed board within the department of health services, reduced physician members from 5 to 4 and increased public members from 2 to 3, deleting requirement that public members not be connected with medicine and that one be an attorney in Subsec. (a), updated Subsecs. (b) and (c) to make provisions generally applicable to revised membership rather than to initial appointments, deleted former Subsec. (d) which required 5-member quorum for conducting business, relettering remaining Subsecs. accordingly, and deleted provision in former Subsec. (e) re appointment of executive director and provision of necessary technical and clerical assistance by department, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-484 made all appointments by governor, deleting Subsec. (b) re appointments by State Medical Society and relettering remaining Subsecs. accordingly, added provisions requiring that appointees not be officers of professional society or association currently or within one year preceding appointment and that they be practitioners in good standing and residents and added Subsec. (e) re chairperson, meetings, compensation, duties, etc.; P.A. 81-471 changed "elected official" to "elected or appointed officer" as of July 1, 1981; P.A. 90-211 increased the membership by adding a supervising physician, a physician assistant and a fourth public member; P.A. 91-105 amended Subsec. (a) to require the legislature's approval of medical examining board appointees, amended Subsec. (b) to prohibit relatives of physicians from serving as public members of the board, added a new Subsec. (f) to create a 3-member medical hearing panel from the board's membership to hear charges filed with the department against physicians and to issue proposed final decisions, added new Subsec. (g) to require the medical examining board to review the panel's proposed final decision, added a new Subsec. (h) to provide exemptions for panel members concerning their presence at hearings, added a new Subsec. (i) concerning a determination of good cause and made technical changes; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-12 in Subsec. (e) eliminated expense reimbursement for board members; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-71 added a new Subsec. (c) establishing a list of hearing panel members, relettered the remaining Subsecs., amended Subsec. (g) to allow extension of the time period and allow the public member to be from the board or the list, and amended Subsec. (i) to allow replacement appointments; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 98-143 added quorum provision in Subsec. (f), effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-102 increased from 12 to 15 the examining board membership in Subsec. (a) by adding a physician practicing in this state, an osteopathic physician and a public member, amended Subsec. (c) to require at least one hearing panel physician to be an osteopathic physician and made technical changes in Subsecs. (a), (b), (c) and (f); P.A. 00-205 amended Subsec. (c) by increasing the list number from 16 to 18, adding one licensed physician assistant and one public member; P.A. 05-275 amended Subsec. (c) by increasing the number of persons who may serve as members of medical hearing panels from 18 to 24, requiring "at least" 8, rather than 8, of such persons to be physicians and "at least" one, rather than one, to be a physician assistant, requiring each medical hearing panel to consist of 3 members, one of whom shall be a physician or physician assistant, as appropriate, and one of whom shall be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, and adding provision re public member may be member of board or from list, and amended Subsec. (g) by removing language re composition of medical hearing panels and making technical changes, effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 06-195 amended Subsec. (c) by allowing both physician member and public member of medical hearing panel to be selected from membership of Connecticut Medical Examining Board or from list established by Commissioner of Public Health and making conforming changes, effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 07-119 deleted reference to registration as supervising physician, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 07-252 made a technical change in Subsec. (c).

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      Sec. 20-10c. Renewal of license by person who practices medicine for no fee. Any person who practices medicine for no fee, for at least one hundred hours per year at a public health facility, as defined in section 20-126l, and does not otherwise engage in the practice of medicine, shall be eligible to renew a license, as provided in subsection (b) of section 19a-88, without payment of the professional services fee specified in said subsection (b).

      (P.A. 07-82, S. 3.)

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      Sec. 20-12a. Physician assistants. Definitions. As used in sections 20-12a to 20-12g, inclusive:

      (1) "Accredited physician assistant program" means a physician assistant program accredited, at the time of the applicant's graduation, by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or such successor organization for the accreditation of physician assistant programs as may be approved by the department.

      (2) "Board" means the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, established pursuant to section 20-8a.

      (3) "Department" means the Department of Public Health.

      (4) "National commission" means the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants or a successor organization for the certification or recertification of physician assistants that may be approved by the department.

      (5) "Physician assistant" means an individual who: (A) Functions in a dependent relationship with a physician licensed pursuant to this chapter; and (B) is licensed pursuant to section 20-12b to provide patient services under the supervision, control, responsibility and direction of said physician.

      (6) "Supervising physician" means a physician licensed pursuant to this chapter who assumes responsibility for the supervision of services rendered by a physician assistant.

      (7) (A) "Supervision" in hospital settings means the exercise by the supervising physician of oversight, control and direction of the services of a physician assistant. Supervision includes but is not limited to: (i) Continuous availability of direct communication either in person or by radio, telephone or telecommunications between the physician assistant and the supervising physician; (ii) active and continuing overview of the physician assistant's activities to ensure that the supervising physician's directions are being implemented and to support the physician assistant in the performance of his or her services; (iii) personal review by the supervising physician of the physician assistant's practice at least weekly or more frequently as necessary to ensure quality patient care; (iv) review of the charts and records of the physician assistant on a regular basis as necessary to ensure quality patient care; (v) delineation of a predetermined plan for emergency situations; and (vi) designation of an alternate licensed physician in the absence of the supervising physician.

      (B) "Supervision" in settings other than hospital settings means the exercise by the supervising physician of oversight, control and direction of the services of a physician assistant. Supervision includes, but is not limited to: (i) Continuous availability of direct communication either in person or by radio, telephone or telecommunications between the physician assistant and the supervising physician; (ii) active and continuing overview of the physician assistant's activities to ensure that the supervising physician's directions are being implemented and to support the physician assistant in the performance of his or her services; (iii) personal review by the supervising physician of the physician assistant's services through a face-to-face meeting with the physician assistant, at least weekly or more frequently as necessary to ensure quality patient care, at a facility or practice location where the physician assistant or supervising physician performs services; (iv) review of the charts and records of the physician assistant on a regular basis as necessary to ensure quality patient care and written documentation by the supervising physician of such review at the facility or practice location where the physician assistant or supervising physician performs services; (v) delineation of a predetermined plan for emergency situations; and (vi) designation of an alternate licensed physician in the absence of the supervising physician.

      (P.A. 80-362, S. 1, 2; P.A. 87-117, S. 2; P.A. 90-211, S. 3, 23; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-74, S. 1, 9; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-271, S. 2, 40; P.A. 99-102, S. 7; P.A. 06-110, S. 1; P.A. 07-119, S. 2, 3.)

      History: P.A. 87-117 substituted the requirement that one passed a certifying examination not later than December 31, 1982, for former Subdiv. (2); P.A. 90-211 deleted the entire section and substituted new definitions; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-74 and 95-271 redefined "accredited physician assistant program" to require accreditation at time of graduation and to allow accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or successor and redefined "supervision" to require that directions be by the "supervising" physician, effective July 1, 1995, and July 6, 1995, respectively; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-271, in addition to changes identical to those in P.A. 95-74, redefined "physician assistant", "supervising physician" and "supervision" to include osteopathic physicians and made technical changes, effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 99-102 deleted obsolete references to osteopathic physicians; P.A. 06-110 amended Subdiv. (7) by designating existing provisions as Subpara. (A), limiting existing definition of "supervision" to hospital settings, redesignating existing Subparas. (A) to (F) as clauses (i) to (vi), respectively, specifying in newly designated Subpara. (A)(vi) that alternate licensed physicians must be registered with department pursuant to Sec. 20-12c and adding Subpara. (B) to define "supervision" in nonhospital settings; P.A. 07-119 amended Subdivs. (6) and (7) by removing references to registration pursuant to Sec. 20-12c, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 20-12b. Physician assistant license. Temporary permit. Penalties. (a) The department may, upon receipt of a fee of one hundred fifty dollars, issue a physician assistant license to an applicant who: (1) Holds a baccalaureate or higher degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; (2) has graduated from an accredited physician assistant program; (3) has passed the certification examination of the national commission; (4) has satisfied the mandatory continuing medical education requirements of the national commission for current certification by such commission and has passed any examination or continued competency assessment the passage of which may be required by the national commission for maintenance of current certification by such commission; and (5) has completed not less than sixty hours of didactic instruction in pharmacology for physician assistant practice approved by the department.

      (b) The department may, upon receipt of a fee of seventy-five dollars, issue a temporary permit to an applicant who (1) is a graduate of an accredited physician assistant program; (2) has completed not less than sixty hours of didactic instruction in pharmacology for physician assistant practice approved by the department; and (3) if applying for such permit on and after September 30, 1991, holds a baccalaureate or higher degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Such temporary permit shall authorize the holder to practice as a physician assistant only in those settings where the supervising physician is physically present on the premises and is immediately available to the physician assistant when needed, but shall not authorize the holder to prescribe or dispense drugs. Such temporary permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed one hundred twenty calendar days after the date of graduation and shall not be renewable. Such permit shall become void and shall not be reissued in the event that the applicant fails to pass a certification examination scheduled by the national commission following the applicant's graduation from an accredited physician assistant program. Violation of the restrictions on practice set forth in this subsection may constitute a basis for denial of licensure as a physician assistant.

      (c) No license or temporary permit shall be issued under this section to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint.

      (d) No person shall practice as a physician assistant or represent himself as a physician assistant unless he holds a license or temporary permit pursuant to this section or training permit issued pursuant to section 20-12h.

      (e) Any person, except a licensed physician assistant or a physician licensed to practice medicine under this chapter, who practices or attempts to practice as a physician assistant, or any person who buys, sells or fraudulently obtains any diploma or license to practice as a physician assistant, whether recorded or not, or any person who uses the title "physician assistant" or any word or title to induce the belief that he or she is practicing as a physician assistant, without complying with the provisions of this section, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. For the purposes of this section, each instance of patient contact or consultation that is in violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense. Failure to renew a license in a timely manner shall not constitute a violation for the purposes of this section.

      (P.A. 90-211, S. 4, 23; P.A. 91-112, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-296, S. 1, 10; P.A. 95-74, S. 3, 9; P.A. 04-221, S. 1; P.A. 07-252, S. 41.)

      History: P.A. 91-112 amended Subsec. (b) to extend until March 1, 1992, the deadline for physician assistants licensed pursuant to Subsec. (b) to meet continuing education requirements; P.A. 93-296 added Subsec. (b)(3) re licensure of a person with eighteen-year employment history and amended Subsec. (c)(6) to extend application date from June 30, 1992, to October 1, 1993, effective June 29, 1993 (Revisor's note: In 1995 references to "such commission" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "said commission"); P.A. 95-74 deleted former Subsecs. (b) and (c) containing obsolete provisions on temporary licenses and relettered remaining Subsecs. accordingly, amending relettered Subsec. (d) to include training permits, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 04-221 amended Subsec. (b) by replacing former provision re period of validity of temporary permit with provision limiting duration of temporary permit to 120 days, providing that temporary permit shall not be renewable and making a conforming change; P.A. 07-252 added Subsec. (e) re penalties for unlawfully practicing or attempting to practice as a physician assistant and for fraudulent use of title "physician assistant", effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 20-12c. Physician assistant to have supervising physician. Exception for civil preparedness duty or training. (a) Each physician assistant practicing in this state or participating in a resident physician assistant program shall have a clearly identified supervising physician who maintains the final responsibility for the care of patients and the performance of the physician assistant.

      (b) A physician may function as a supervising physician for as many physician assistants as is medically appropriate under the circumstances, provided (1) the supervision is active and direct, and (2) the physician is supervising not more than six full-time physician assistants concurrently, or the part-time equivalent thereof.

      (c) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the employment of physician assistants in a hospital or other health care facility where such physician assistants function under the direction of a supervising physician.

      (d) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit a licensed physician assistant who is part of the Connecticut Disaster Medical Assistance Team or the Medical Reserve Corps, under the auspices of the Department of Public Health, or the Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue Team, under the auspices of the Department of Public Safety, and is engaged in officially authorized civil preparedness duty or civil preparedness training conducted by such team or corps, from providing patient services under the supervision, control, responsibility and direction of a licensed physician.

      (P.A. 90-211, S. 5, 23; P.A. 94-210, S. 22, 30; P.A. 95-74, S. 4, 9; 95-271, S. 3, 40; P.A. 96-12, S. 2; P.A. 97-213, S. 12; P.A. 99-102, S. 8; P.A. 05-259, S. 2; P.A. 06-110, S. 2; P.A. 07-119, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 94-210 amended Subsec. (a) to add reference to chapter 371, effective June 9, 1994; P.A. 95-74 and P.A. 95-271 amended Subsec. (a) to add physician assistants in a resident physician program to those needing a supervising physician and to prohibit the department from registering applicants against whom a disciplinary action or unresolved complaint is pending, effective July 1, 1995, and July 6, 1995, respectively; P.A. 95-271 also added references to resident physician assistant programs and to osteopathic physicians, effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 96-12 amended Subsec. (b) to allow part-time equivalent supervision; P.A. 97-213 amended Subsec. (b) re supervision requirements; P.A. 99-102 deleted obsolete references to osteopathy, osteopathic physicians and osteopathic physician assistants and made technical changes; P.A. 05-259 added Subsec. (e) allowing physician assistant to work under the supervision of a physician not registered as a supervising physician while engaged in civil preparedness duty or training if the physician assistant is part of the Connecticut Disaster Medical Assistance Team, Medical Reserve Corps, or Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue Team, effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 06-110 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by deleting requirement that supervising physician be at specific location where the physician assistant is practicing; P.A. 07-119 amended Subsec. (a) by removing provisions re registration of supervising physician, deleted former Subsec. (d) re written notification to department of the termination of physician-physician assistant supervisory relationship, redesignated existing Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (d) and amended same by removing provisions re registration of supervising physician and making conforming changes, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 20-13e. Investigation of petition. Examination of physician. Hearing. Enforcement. (a) The department shall investigate each petition filed pursuant to section 20-13d, in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (10) of subsection (a) of section 19a-14, to determine if probable cause exists to issue a statement of charges and to institute proceedings against the physician under subsection (d) of this section. Such investigation shall be concluded not later than eighteen months from the date the petition is filed with the department and, unless otherwise specified by this subsection, the record of such investigation shall be deemed a public record, in accordance with section 1-210, at the conclusion of such eighteen-month period. Any such investigation shall be confidential and no person shall disclose his knowledge of such investigation to a third party unless the physician requests that such investigation and disclosure be open. If the department determines that probable cause exists to issue a statement of charges, the entire record of such proceeding shall be public unless the department determines that the physician is an appropriate candidate for participation in a rehabilitation program in accordance with the provisions of sections 19a-12a and 19a-12b. The petition and all records of any physician determined to be eligible for participation in a rehabilitation program prior to June 11, 2007, shall remain confidential during the physician's participation and upon successful completion of the rehabilitation program, in accordance with the terms and conditions agreed upon by the physician and the department. If at any time subsequent to the filing of a petition and during the eighteen-month period, the department makes a finding of no probable cause, the petition and the entire record of such investigation shall remain confidential unless the physician requests that such petition and record be open.

      (b) As part of an investigation of a petition filed pursuant to subsection (a) of section 20-13d, the Department of Public Health may order the physician to submit to a physical or mental examination, to be performed by a physician chosen from a list approved by the department. The department may seek the advice of established medical organizations or licensed health professionals in determining the nature and scope of any diagnostic examinations to be used as part of any such physical or mental examination. The examining physician shall make a written statement of his or her findings.

      (c) If the physician fails to obey a department order to submit to examination or attend a hearing, the department may petition the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford to order such examination or attendance, and said court or any judge assigned to said court shall have jurisdiction to issue such order.

      (d) Subject to the provisions of section 4-182, no license shall be restricted, suspended or revoked by the board, and no physician's right to practice shall be limited by the board, until the physician has been given notice and opportunity for hearing in accordance with the regulations established by the commissioner.

      (P.A. 76-276, S. 5, 22; P.A. 77-614, S. 356, 610; P.A. 80-483, S. 160, 186; P.A. 81-471, S. 8, 71; P.A. 84-148, S. 2, 4; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 91-105, S. 2, 4; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-220, S. 4-6; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 05-288, S. 80; P.A. 07-103, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 deleted Subsecs. (a) and (b) re procedure for investigation of complaints after board's staff report or county society report and Subsecs. (d) and (e) re hearings, rights of physicians during hearings, etc., designated former Subsec. (c) as (a), substituting department of health services for board and deleting clause re consideration of examining physician's statement as part of investigation and staff report, designated former Subsec. (f) as (b), similarly substituting department for board, and added new Subsec. (c) prohibiting restriction, suspension or revocation of certificate, etc. unless notice and opportunity for hearing has been given, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-483 replaced Hartford county with judicial district of Hartford-New Britain in Subsec. (b); P.A. 81-471 changed "certificate of registration" to "license" in Subsec. (c) as of July 1, 1981; P.A. 84-148 inserted new Subsecs. (a) and (b) concerning investigations of petitions and appropriate rehabilitation programs for physicians, relettered former Subsec. (a) and authorized the department to seek medical advice re examinations of a physician and relettered former Subsecs. (b) and (c); P.A. 88-230 replaced "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" with "judicial district of Hartford", effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 91-105 amended Subsec. (b) to require the department to make determination concerning any threat presented by a physician to the health and safety of patients; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 07-103 amended Subsec. (a) to add provisions re physician participation in professional assistance program established under Sec. 19a-12a and the confidentiality of such participation and to make conforming and technical changes, deleted former Subsec. (b) re rehabilitation program and redesignated existing Subsecs. (c) to (e) as Subsecs. (b) to (d), effective June 11, 2007.

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      Sec. 20-14i. Administration of medication by trained persons. Any provisions to the contrary notwithstanding, chapter 378 shall not prohibit the administration of medication to persons attending day programs, residing in residential facilities or receiving individual and family support, under the jurisdiction of the Departments of Children and Families, Correction, Developmental Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services, or being detained in juvenile detention centers or residing in residential facilities dually licensed by the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Public Health, when such medication is administered by trained persons, pursuant to the written order of a physician licensed under this chapter, a dentist licensed under chapter 379, an advanced practice registered nurse licensed to prescribe in accordance with section 20-94a or a physician assistant licensed to prescribe in accordance with section 20-12d, authorized to prescribe such medication. The provisions of this section shall not apply to institutions, facilities or programs licensed pursuant to chapter 368v.

      (P.A. 87-433, S. 2, 4; P.A. 90-70, S. 2, 4; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; P.A. 96-19, S. 2; P.A. 04-257, S. 103; P.A. 05-150, S. 2; 05-246, S. 14; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a).)

      History: P.A. 90-70 added phrase "or being detained in juvenile detention centers"; P.A. 93-91 substituted commissioner and department of children and families for commissioner and department of children and youth services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 96-19 expanded written orders by physicians to include written orders by advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants; P.A. 04-257 made a technical change, effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 05-150 added reference to persons receiving individual and family support; P.A. 05-246 added exception for persons residing in residential facilities dually licensed by the Departments of Children and Families and Public Health; 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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      Sec. 20-14j. Regulations. Advisory task force. Training programs and policies re administration of medication at juvenile detention centers. (a) The commissioners of the departments which license the residential facilities, day programs or individual and family support services in which the administration of medication in accordance with section 20-14i is appropriate shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of sections 20-14h and 20-14i. If licensing is not required, the regulations shall be adopted by the commissioners of the departments having authority over the persons served in such facilities or programs, or receiving individual and family support. Such regulations shall be adopted by each affected department in consultation with an advisory task force which shall include the Commissioner of Public Health, the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Commissioner of Developmental Services, the Commissioner of Correction and the Commissioner of Children and Families, or their designees. The task force shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health by November 1, 1988.

      (b) The Chief Court Administrator shall (1) establish ongoing training programs for personnel who are to administer medications to detainees in juvenile detention centers, and (2) adopt policies to carry out the provisions of sections 20-14h and 20-14i concerning the administration of medication to detainees in juvenile detention centers.

      (P.A. 87-433, S. 3, 4; P.A. 90-70, S. 3, 4; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 11, 12, 21, 58; P.A. 05-150, S. 3; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(b).)

      History: P.A. 90-70 added Subsec. (b) re establishment of training programs and adoption of policies by the chief court administrator for administration of medication at juvenile detention centers; P.A. 93-91 substituted commissioner and department of children and families for commissioner and department of children and youth services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health and replaced Commissioner and Department of Mental Health with Commissioner and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 05-150 amended Subsec. (a) to include references to individual and family support; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007.

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