CHAPTER 319b
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES

Table of Contents

Sec. 17a-210. (Formerly Sec. 19a-460). Department and Commissioner of Developmental Services. Duties. Patient transfer, programs and placement. Right to object and hearing.
Sec. 17a-210b. Finding of intellectual disability not precluded by absence of diagnosis in school or medical records.
Sec. 17a-210c. Terms "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services" substituted for former terms. Administrative changes related to renaming of department. Eligibility determinations not affected.
Sec. 17a-210d. Terms "intellectual disability", "persons with intellectual disability" and "individuals with intellectual disability" substituted for former terms.
Sec. 17a-213. Comparison of regions. Report to legislature.
Sec. 17a-215. (Formerly Sec. 19a-462). Department designated lead agency for autism spectrum disorder services.
Sec. 17a-215b. Pilot autism spectrum disorders program. Eligibility. Report.
Sec. 17a-215c. Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services. Services and programs for state residents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Sec. 17a-216. (Formerly Sec. 19a-463). Purchase of wheelchairs, placement equipment and clothing.
Sec. 17a-217. (Formerly Sec. 19a-464). Programs for children and adults with intellectual disability. Funding.
Sec. 17a-217a. Camp Harkness Advisory Committee.
Sec. 17a-218. (Formerly Sec. 19a-464a). Programs of community-based residential facilities, respite care and emergency placement for persons with intellectual disability. Requirement re enrollment in federal programs.
Sec. 17a-218a. Continuing operation of Southbury Training School. Evaluation criteria.
Sec. 17a-220. (Formerly Sec. 19a-464c). Definitions.
Sec. 17a-224. (Formerly Sec. 19a-464g). Administration of program through purchase-of-service contract.
Sec. 17a-226. (Formerly Sec. 19a-466). Employment opportunities and day services for adults with intellectual disability. Funding.
Sec. 17a-227. (Formerly Sec. 19a-467). Licensing and regulation of residential facilities for persons with intellectual disability, Prader-Willi syndrome or autism spectrum disorder.
Sec. 17a-227a. State criminal background checks for applicants for employment.
Sec. 17a-228. (Formerly Sec. 19a-483). Payments for room and board and other services for persons with intellectual disability in residential facilities. Authorization for admission to residential facilities; annual review.
Sec. 17a-231. (Formerly Sec. 19a-467a). Receivership of residential facilities for persons with intellectual disability: Definitions.
Sec. 17a-232. (Formerly Sec. 19a-467b). Application for receivership. Hearing. Emergency order.
Sec. 17a-233. (Formerly Sec. 19a-467c). Imposition of receivership: Grounds; defenses.
Sec. 17a-246. Rates of payment to organizations providing employment opportunities and day services. Regulations.
Sec. 17a-247. (Formerly Sec. 19a-484). Conduct of employee of Department of Developmental Services appointed as guardian or limited guardian of a person with intellectual disability.
Sec. 17a-247a. Registry of former employees of department or other service providers terminated because of substantiated acts of abuse or neglect. Definitions.
Sec. 17a-247b. Establishment and maintenance of registry.
Sec. 17a-248. Birth-to-three program. Definitions.

      Sec. 17a-210. (Formerly Sec. 19a-460). Department and Commissioner of Developmental Services. Duties. Patient transfer, programs and placement. Right to object and hearing. (a) There shall be a Department of Developmental Services. The Department of Developmental Services, with the advice of a Council on Developmental Services, shall be responsible for the planning, development and administration of complete, comprehensive and integrated state-wide services for persons with intellectual disability and persons medically diagnosed as having Prader-Willi syndrome. The Department of Developmental Services shall be under the supervision of a Commissioner of Developmental Services, who shall be appointed by the Governor in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-5 to 4-8, inclusive. The Council on Developmental Services may advise the Governor on the appointment. The commissioner shall be a person who has background, training, education or experience in administering programs for the care, training, education, treatment and custody of persons with intellectual disability. The commissioner shall be responsible, with the advice of the council, for: (1) Planning and developing complete, comprehensive and integrated state-wide services for persons with intellectual disability; (2) the implementation and where appropriate the funding of such services; and (3) the coordination of the efforts of the Department of Developmental Services with those of other state departments and agencies, municipal governments and private agencies concerned with and providing services for persons with intellectual disability. The commissioner shall be responsible for the administration and operation of the state training school, state developmental services regions and all state-operated community-based residential facilities established for the diagnosis, care and training of persons with intellectual disability. The commissioner shall be responsible for establishing standards, providing technical assistance and exercising the requisite supervision of all state-supported residential, day and program support services for persons with intellectual disability and work activity programs operated pursuant to section 17a-226. The commissioner shall stimulate research by public and private agencies, institutions of higher education and hospitals, in the interest of the elimination and amelioration of intellectual disability and care and training of persons with intellectual disability. The commissioner shall conduct or monitor investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect and file reports as requested by state agencies having statutory responsibility for the conduct and oversight of such investigations. In the event of the death of a person with intellectual disability for whom the department has direct or oversight responsibility for medical care, the commissioner shall ensure that a comprehensive and timely review of the events, overall care, quality of life issues and medical care preceding such death is conducted by the department and shall, as requested, provide information and assistance to the Independent Mortality Review Board established by Executive Order No. 25 of Governor John G. Rowland. The commissioner shall report to the board and the board shall review any death: (A) Involving an allegation of abuse or neglect; (B) for which the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner or local medical examiner has accepted jurisdiction; (C) in which an autopsy was performed; (D) which was sudden and unexpected; or (E) in which the commissioner's review raises questions about the appropriateness of care. The department's mortality review process and the Independent Mortality Review Board shall operate in accordance with the peer review provisions established under section 19a-17b for medical review teams and confidentiality of records provisions established under section 19a-25 for the Department of Public Health.

      (b) The commissioner shall be responsible for the development of criteria as to the eligibility of any person with intellectual disability for residential care in any public or state-supported private institution and, after considering the recommendation of a properly designated diagnostic agency, may assign such person to a public or state-supported private institution. The commissioner may transfer such persons from one such institution to another when necessary and desirable for their welfare, provided such person and such person's parent, conservator, guardian or other legal representative receive written notice of their right to object to such transfer at least ten days prior to the proposed transfer of such person from any such institution or facility. Such prior notice shall not be required when transfers are made between residential units within the training school or a state developmental services region or when necessary to avoid a serious and immediate threat to the life or physical or mental health of such person or others residing in such institution or facility. The notice required by this subsection shall notify the recipient of his or her right to object to such transfer, except in the case of an emergency transfer as provided in this subsection, and shall include the name, address and telephone number of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. In the event of an emergency transfer, the notice required by this subsection shall notify the recipient of his or her right to request a hearing in accordance with subsection (c) of this section and shall be given within ten days following the emergency transfer. In the event of an objection to the proposed transfer, the commissioner shall conduct a hearing in accordance with subsection (c) of this section and the transfer shall be stayed pending final disposition of the hearing, provided no such hearing shall be required if the commissioner withdraws such proposed transfer.

      (c) Any person with intellectual disability who is eighteen years of age or older and who resides at any institution or facility operated by the Department of Developmental Services, or the parent, guardian, conservator or other legal representative of any person with intellectual disability who resides at any such institution or facility, may object to any transfer of such person from one institution or facility to another for any reason other than a medical reason or an emergency, or may request such a transfer. In the event of any such objection or request, the commissioner shall conduct a hearing on such proposed transfer, provided no such hearing shall be required if the commissioner withdraws such proposed transfer. In any such transfer hearing, the proponent of a transfer shall have the burden of showing, by clear and convincing evidence, that the proposed transfer is in the best interest of the resident being considered for transfer and that the facility and programs to which transfer is proposed (1) are safe and effectively supervised and monitored, and (2) provide a greater opportunity for personal development than the resident's present setting. Such hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

      (d) Any person with intellectual disability, or the parent, guardian, conservator or other legal representative of such person, may request a hearing for any final determination by the department that denies such person eligibility for programs and services of the department. A request for a hearing shall be made in writing to the commissioner. Such hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

      (e) Any person with intellectual disability, or the parent, guardian, conservator or other legal representative of such person, may request a hearing to contest the priority assignment made by the department for persons seeking residential placement, residential services or residential support. A request for hearing shall be made, in writing, to the commissioner. Such hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

      (f) Any person with intellectual disability or the parent, guardian, conservator or other legal representative of such person, may object to (1) a proposed approval by the department of a program for such person that includes the use of behavior-modifying medications or aversive procedures, or (2) a proposed determination of the department that community placement is inappropriate for such person placed under the direction of the commissioner. The department shall provide written notice of any such proposed approval or determination to the person, or to the parent, guardian, conservator or other legal representative of such person, at least ten days prior to making such approval or determination. In the event of an objection to such proposed approval or determination, the commissioner shall conduct a hearing in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, provided no such hearing shall be required if the commissioner withdraws such proposed approval or determination.

      (1959, P.A. 148, S. 22; 1963, P.A. 377, S. 3; P.A. 75-594; 75-638, S. 2, 23; P.A. 76-153, S. 1; P.A. 81-185; P.A. 83-64, S. 1, 4; P.A. 86-41, S. 9, 11; P.A. 87-109, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-28, S. 2, 8; 88-317, S. 80, 107; P.A. 89-144, S. 7; 89-325, S. 21, 26; P.A. 90-164, S. 4; P.A. 91-193; 91-406, S. 22, 29; P.A. 94-124, S. 1; 94-222, S. 2; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, S. 22, 88; P.A. 00-135, S. 1, 21; P.A. 01-140, S. 1; P.A. 03-146, S. 1; P.A. 05-256, S. 9; P.A. 07-73, S. 1, 2(a), (b); P.A. 08-7, S. 1; 08-42, S. 1; P.A. 09-11, S. 2; P.A. 11-16, S. 2.)

      History: 1963 act eliminated deputy commissioner's responsibility for the Mansfield-Southbury social service; P.A. 75-594 added Subsec. (b) re requests for transfers; P.A. 75-638 replaced office of mental retardation in health department with independent department of mental retardation headed by commissioner appointed by the governor; P.A. 76-153 included responsibility for regional centers in commissioner's duties and again replaced office of mental retardation with independent department of mental retardation; Sec. 19-4c transferred to Sec. 19-570 in 1977; P.A. 81-185 added provisions re required notice of intended transfers of persons from one institution to another in Subsec. (a) and amended Subsec. (b) to include conservators or other legal representatives as persons authorized to request hearing; Sec. 19-570 transferred to Sec. 19a-460 in 1983; P.A. 83-64 amended Subsec. (a) to include vocational training and work activity programs under the commissioner's responsibility and supervision; P.A. 86-41 substituted references to mental retardation regions for references to regional centers and made other technical changes in Subsec. (a); P.A. 87-109 substituted "services" for "program" and "persons with mental retardation" for "mentally retarded"; P.A. 88-28 divided Subsec. (a) into two subsections, relettering Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c) and substituted "residential, day and program support services" for "diagnostic facilities, day care centers, habilitation centers, sheltered workshops, boarding homes and other facilities"; P.A. 88-317 amended reference to Secs. 4-177 to 4-184 in Subsec. (b) to include new sections added to Ch. 54, effective July 1, 1989, and applicable to all agency proceedings commencing on or after that date; P.A. 89-144 amended Subsec. (b) by substituting the office of protection and advocacy for persons with disabilities for the office of protection and advocacy for handicapped and developmentally disabled persons; P.A. 89-325 deleted the references to Secs. 19a-477 to 19a-479, inclusive, in Subsec. (a); P.A. 90-164 made technical changes in Subsec. (a) and deleted a provision requiring the council on mental retardation to recommend the appointment of the commissioner and added authority for the council to advise the governor on the appointment; Sec. 19a-460 transferred to Sec. 17a-210 in 1991; P.A. 91-193 added Subsec. (d) authorizing the parent, guardian, conservator or other legal representative of a person, or the person himself, to request a hearing by the department on certain final decisions of the department; P.A. 91-406 substituted "determination" for "decision" in the phrase "final decision" in Subsec. (d); P.A. 94-124 required that commissioner conduct investigations of allegations of abuse and neglect and made technical changes; P.A. 94-222 amended Subsec. (a) to provide for services to persons with Prader-Willi Syndrome; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b) and in (c) added the evidentiary requirements for transfer hearings, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 00-135 amended Subsec. (a) to add provision re power of commissioner to monitor investigations, effective May 26, 2000; P.A. 01-140 amended Subsec. (a) by making technical changes, amended Subsec. (b) by making technical changes and adding provisions re notice of right to object to transfer and withdrawal of proposed transfer, amended Subsec. (c) by making technical changes, deleting provision re request for hearing and adding provisions re objection to or request for transfer and withdrawal of proposed transfer, amended Subsec. (d) by making technical changes and deleting provisions re hearing for use of behavior-modifying medications or aversive procedures and determination of inappropriate community placement, and added new Subsec. (e) re objection to and hearing for proposed approval of use of behavior-modifying medications or aversive procedures and proposed determination of inappropriate community placement; P.A. 03-146 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provisions re duties in the event of death of a person for whom department has direct or oversight responsibility; P.A. 05-256 amended Subsec. (c) to permit person with mental retardation residing at institution or facility who is 18 years of age or older to object to transfer to another institution or facility, made technical changes in Subsec. (d), added new Subsec. (e) to permit person with mental retardation, or parent, guardian, conservator or other legal representative of person, to contest priority assignment made by department re residential placement, services or support, redesignated existing Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (f) and made technical changes therein; P.A. 07-73 amended Subsecs. (a) and (c) by renaming the Department and Commissioner of Mental Retardation as the Department and Commissioner of Developmental Services; P.A. 08-7 amended Subsec. (a) by renaming Council on Mental Retardation as Council on Developmental Services and changing reference from "retardation" to "mental retardation" and amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by renaming state mental retardation regions as state developmental services regions, effective April 29, 2008; P.A. 08-42 amended Subsec. (a) by renaming Council on Mental Retardation as Council on Developmental Disabilities, renaming state mental retardation regions as state developmental services regions, adding provision re commissioner's responsibility for stimulating research and adding provision re operation of department's mortality review process and Independent Mortality Review Board; P.A. 09-11 made technical changes in Subsec. (a); P.A. 11-16 substituted "intellectual disability" for "mental retardation" and, in Subsec. (d), substituted "person with intellectual disability" for "person", effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-210b. Finding of intellectual disability not precluded by absence of diagnosis in school or medical records. The absence of a diagnosis of, or reference to, mental retardation, intellectual disability or developmental disability within an individual's school records or medical records shall not preclude the Department of Developmental Services from making a finding of intellectual disability, as defined in section 1-1g.

      (P.A. 06-92, S. 2; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); P.A. 11-16, S. 3.)

      History: 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; P.A. 11-16 substituted "finding of intellectual disability" for "finding of mental retardation", effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-210c. Terms "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services" substituted for former terms. Administrative changes related to renaming of department. Eligibility determinations not affected. (a) Whenever the term "Department of Mental Retardation" is used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the term "Department of Developmental Services" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 1-101aa, 4-38c, 4-61aa, 4a-12, 4a-16, 4a-82, 5-259, 8-206d, 10-15d, 10-76d, 10-145d, 17a-33, 17a-114, 17a-145, 17a-210, 17a-210a, 17a-210b, 17a-211, 17a-211a, 17a-211b, 17a-212a, 17a-214, 17a-215, 17a-215a, 17a-217, 17a-218, 17a-219b, 17a-219c, 17a-220, 17a-226, 17a-227, 17a-227a, 17a-228, 17a-236, 17a-238, 17a-240, 17a-246, 17a-247, 17a-247a, 17a-247b, 17a-247e, 17a-248, 17a-248g, 17a-270, 17a-273, 17a-274, 17a-276, 17a-277, 17a-281, 17a-475a, 17b-337, 17b-352, 17b-360, 17b-492b, 19-570, 19a-509d, 19a-576, 38a-488a, 38a-514, 45a-654, 45a-656, 45a-674, 45a-676, 45a-677, 45a-681, 46a-11, 46a-11a, 46a-11c, 46a-11d and 46a-11f.

      (b) Whenever the term "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" is used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the term "Commissioner of Developmental Services" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 4-5, 4b-3, 4b-23, 8-3e, 10-76i, 17a-4a, 17a-22a, 17a-210, 17a-212, 17a-212a, 17a-214, 17a-215a, 17a-217a, 17a-218, 17a-218a, 17a-225, 17a-226, 17a-227a, 17a-228, 17a-229, 17a-230, 17a-232, 17a-238, 17a-240, 17a-241, 17a-242, 17a-244, 17a-246, 17a-247a, 17a-248, 17a-270, 17a-272, 17a-273, 17a-274, 17a-276, 17a-277, 17a-281, 17a-282, 17a-582, 17a-584, 17a-586, 17a-587, 17a-588, 17a-592, 17a-593, 17a-594, 17a-596, 17a-599, 17b-28a, 17b-244, 17b-244a, 17b-337, 17b-340, 17b-492b, 19a-24, 19a-411, 19a-580d, 20-14j, 20-571, 45a-670, 45a-674, 45a-676, 45a-677, 45a-681, 45a-682, 45a-692, 46a-11a, 46a-11c, 46a-11f, 54-56d, 54-102g and 54-102h.

      (c) If the term "Department of Mental Retardation" is used or referred to in any public or special act of 2007 or 2008, or in any section of the general statutes that is amended in 2007 or 2008, it shall be deemed to refer to the Department of Developmental Services.

      (d) If the term "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" is used or referred to in any public or special act of 2007 or 2008, or in any section of the general statutes that is amended in 2007 or 2008, it shall be deemed to refer to the Commissioner of Developmental Services.

      (e) Any administrative changes related to the renaming of the Department of Mental Retardation as the Department of Developmental Services, including, but not limited to, changes in business cards, stationery, brochures, web sites and signage shall be done in a manner and in the timeframe prescribed by the Commissioner of Developmental Services.

      (f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to change the criteria by which the Commissioner of Developmental Services makes eligibility determinations for programs and services of the Department of Developmental Services.

      (P.A. 07-73, S. 2; P.A. 11-4, S. 4; 11-16, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 11-4 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by deleting reference to repealed Sec. 17a-215b, effective May 9, 2011; P.A. 11-16 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting reference to repealed Sec. 17a-216, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-210d. Terms "intellectual disability", "persons with intellectual disability" and "individuals with intellectual disability" substituted for former terms. (a)(1) Wherever the words "the mentally retarded" are used in the following general statutes, "persons with intellectual disability" or "individuals with intellectual disability" shall be substituted in lieu thereof; (2) wherever the words "mentally retarded", "mentally retarded person" or "mentally retarded persons" are used in the following general statutes, the words "intellectual disability", "person with intellectual disability" or "persons with intellectual disability" shall be substituted in lieu thereof; and (3) wherever the words "mental retardation" are used in the following general statutes, the words "intellectual disability" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 2c-2b, 4a-60, 4b-31, 8-2g, 8-3e, 9-159s, 10-91f, 17a-593, 17a-594, 17a-596, 45a-598, 45a-669, 45a-672, 45a-676, 45a-677, 45a-678, 45a-679, 45a-680, 45a-681, 45a-682, 45a-683, 46a-51, 46a-60, 46a-64, 46a-64b, 46a-66, 46a-70, 46a-71, 46a-72, 46a-73, 46a-75, 46a-76, 46b-84, 52-146o, 53a-46a, 53a-181i and 54-250.

      (b) The Legislative Commissioners' Office shall, in codifying said sections of the general statutes pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, make such technical, grammatical and punctuation changes as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.

      (P.A. 11-129, S. 20.)

      History: (Revisor's note: In Subsec. (a), a reference to Sec. 46b-76 was changed editorially by the Revisors to Sec. 46a-76 for accuracy).

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      Sec. 17a-213. Comparison of regions. Report to legislature. Section 17a-213 is repealed, effective May 24, 2011.

      (P.A. 90-164, S. 3; P.A. 07-238, S. 2; P.A. 11-16, S. 43.)

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      Sec. 17a-215. (Formerly Sec. 19a-462). Department designated lead agency for autism spectrum disorder services. The Department of Developmental Services shall serve as the lead agency to coordinate, where possible, the functions of the several state agencies which have responsibility for providing services to persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

      (P.A. 79-448; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); P.A. 11-4, S. 1; 11-16, S. 5.)

      History: Sec. 19-570b transferred to Sec. 19a-462 in 1983; Sec. 19a-462 transferred to Sec. 17a-215 in 1991; 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; P.A. 11-4 substituted "persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder" for "autistic persons", effective May 9, 2011; P.A. 11-16 made identical changes as P.A. 11-4, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-215b. Pilot autism spectrum disorders program. Eligibility. Report. Section 17a-215b is repealed, effective May 9, 2011.

      (P.A. 06-188, S. 37; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a), (b); P.A. 08-63, S. 1; P.A. 09-11, S. 3; P.A. 11-4, S. 8.)

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      Sec. 17a-215c. Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services. Services and programs for state residents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. (a) There is established a Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services within the Department of Developmental Services.

      (b) The Department of Developmental Services shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to define the term "autism spectrum disorder", establish eligibility standards and criteria for the receipt of services by any resident of the state diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, regardless of age, and data collection, maintenance and reporting processes. The commissioner may implement policies and procedures necessary to administer the provisions of this section prior to adoption of such regulations, provided the commissioner shall publish notice of intent to adopt such regulations not later than twenty days after implementation of such policies and procedures. Any such policies and procedures shall be valid until such regulations are adopted.

      (c) The Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services may, within available appropriations, research, design and implement the delivery of appropriate and necessary services and programs for all residents of the state with autism spectrum disorder. Such services and programs may include the creation of: (1) Autism-specific early intervention services for any child under the age of three diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder; (2) education, recreation, habilitation, vocational and transition services for individuals age three to twenty-one, inclusive, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder; (3) services for adults over the age of twenty-one diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder; and (4) related autism spectrum disorder services deemed necessary by the Commissioner of Developmental Services.

      (d) The Department of Developmental Services shall serve as the lead state agency for the purpose of the federal Combating Autism Act, P.L. 109-416 and for applying for and receiving funds and performing any related responsibilities concerning autism spectrum disorder which are authorized pursuant to any state or federal law.

      (e) On or before February 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the Department of Developmental Services may make recommendations to the Governor and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health concerning legislation and funding required to provide necessary services to persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

      (f) The Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services shall research and locate possible funding streams for the continued development and implementation of services for persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder but not with intellectual disability. The division shall take all necessary action, in coordination with the Department of Social Services, to secure Medicaid reimbursement for home and community-based individualized support services for adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder but not with intellectual disability. Such action may include applying for a Medicaid waiver pursuant to Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, in order to secure the funding for such services.

      (g) The Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services shall, within available appropriations: (1) Design and implement a training initiative that shall include training to develop a workforce; and (2) develop a curriculum specific to autism spectrum disorder in coordination with the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

      (h) The case records of the Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services maintained by the division for any purpose authorized pursuant to subsections (b) to (g), inclusive, of this section shall be subject to the same confidentiality requirements, under state and federal law, that govern all client records maintained by the Department of Developmental Services.

      (i) The Commissioner of Social Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Developmental Services, may seek approval of an amendment to the state Medicaid plan or a waiver from federal law, whichever is sufficient and most expeditious, to establish and implement a Medicaid-financed home and community-based program to provide community-based services and, if necessary, housing assistance, to adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder but not with intellectual disability.

      (j) On or before January 1, 2008, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Social Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Developmental Services, and in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, on the status of any amendment to the state Medicaid plan or waiver from federal law as described in subsection (i) of this section and on the establishment and implementation of the program authorized pursuant to subsection (i) of this section.

      (k) The independent council established in connection with the autism spectrum disorder pilot program previously operated by the Department of Developmental Services shall continue to advise the Commissioner of Developmental Services on all matters relating to autism.

      (P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a), (b); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4, S. 109-111, 113, 114; P.A. 11-4, S. 2; 11-48, S. 285.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4 effective June 29, 2007; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" and "Department of Mental Retardation" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007; P.A. 11-4 substituted "autism spectrum disorder" for "autism" and related terms, substituted "Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services" for "Division of Autism Spectrum Services", amended Subsec. (b) by adding "diagnosed," amended Subsec. (c) by substituting "Autism-specific early intervention services" for "Autism-Specific Early Intervention Program, (AEI)", by eliminating requirement that child under three be previously placed in birth-to-three program in order to receive services and by making technical changes, amended Subsec. (e) by substituting "may" for "shall" re recommendations to Governor and General Assembly, amended Subsecs. (f) and (i) by substituting "intellectual disability" for "mentally retarded" and "mental retardation", amended Subsec. (g) by eliminating requirement that division develop an education and training initiative eligible for receipt of federal funding and amended Subsec. (k) by removing reference to repealed Sec. 17a-215b and making a corresponding technical change, effective May 9, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, "Department of Higher Education" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Board of Regents for Higher Education" in Subsec. (g), effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-216. (Formerly Sec. 19a-463). Purchase of wheelchairs, placement equipment and clothing. Section 17a-216 is repealed, effective May 24, 2011.

      (P.A. 80-4; P.A. 81-87; P.A. 01-195, S. 124, 181; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); P.A. 11-16, S. 43.)

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      Sec. 17a-217. (Formerly Sec. 19a-464). Programs for children and adults with intellectual disability. Funding. (a) The Department of Developmental Services shall develop day care programs, day camp programs and recreational programs for children and adults with intellectual disability. Any nonprofit organization which establishes or maintains day care programs, day camp programs or recreational programs for children or adults with intellectual disability may apply to the Department of Developmental Services for funds to be used to assist in establishing, maintaining or expanding such programs. For the purposes of this section: (1) A day care program (A) may provide for the care and training of preschool age children to enable them to achieve their maximum social, physical and emotional potential; (B) may provide adolescents and adults with intellectual disability with an activity program which includes training in one or more of the following areas: (i) Self-care, (ii) activities of daily living, (iii) personal and social adjustment, (iv) work habits, and (v) skills, speech and language development; (2) a day camp program may provide children or adults with intellectual disability with a supervised program of outdoor activities which may be conducted during all or part of the months of June, July, August and September; and (3) a recreational program may provide planned and supervised recreational activities for children or adults with intellectual disability, which activities may be of a social, athletic or purely diversionary nature and which programs shall be considered separate and apart from the day camp program described in subdivision (2) of this subsection.

      (b) No grant made under this section to assist in establishing, maintaining or expanding any program set forth in subsection (a) of this section shall exceed the ordinary and recurring annual operating expenses of such program, nor shall any grant be made to pay for all or any part of capital expenditures. The Department of Developmental Services shall: (1) Define minimum requirements to be met by each program in order to be eligible to receive funds as provided for by this section in regard to qualification and number of staff members and program operation, including, but not limited to, physical plant and record keeping; (2) establish procedures to be used in making application for such funds; and (3) adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, governing the granting of funds to assist in the establishment of day care programs, day camp programs and recreational programs for persons with intellectual disability. Upon receipt of proper application, the Department of Developmental Services, within available appropriations, may grant such funds, provided the plans for financing and the standards of operation of such programs shall be approved by the department in accordance with the provisions of this section. For the purpose of developing such programs, the department may accept grants from the federal government, a municipality or any other source.

      (1959, P.A. 148, S. 33; 1971, P.A. 719, S. 1; P.A. 75-638, S. 12, 23; P.A. 76-340, S. 1; P.A. 79-171, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-11, S. 1, 25; P.A. 01-195, S. 125, 181; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); P.A. 11-16, S. 6.)

      History: 1971 act added provision making retired circuit court judges state referees and replaced references to superior court with "court from which case was referred"; P.A. 75-638 replaced office of mental retardation and department of health with department of mental retardation; P.A. 76-340 changed wording re eligible nonprofit organization in Subsec. (a) slightly; Sec. 19-4d transferred to Sec. 19-571 in 1977; P.A. 79-171 deleted reference to children judged inadmissible to special classes and school-excluded children in Subsec. (a)(1)(A) and allowed department to accept federal, municipal or other grants in Subsec. (b); Sec. 19-571 transferred to Sec. 19a-464 in 1983; Sec. 19a-464 transferred to Sec. 17a-217 in 1991; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-11 amended Subsec. (b) to make funding by the department subject to available appropriations; P.A. 01-195 made technical changes, effective July 11, 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; P.A. 11-16 substituted "intellectual disability" for "mental retardation" and made a technical change, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-217a. Camp Harkness Advisory Committee. (a) There shall be a Camp Harkness Advisory Committee to advise the Commissioner of Developmental Services with respect to issues concerning the health and safety of persons who attend and utilize the facilities at Camp Harkness. The advisory committee shall be composed of twelve members as follows: (1) The director of Camp Harkness, who shall serve ex officio, one member representing the Southeastern Connecticut Association for Developmental Disabilities, one member representing the Southbury Training School, one member representing the Arc of New London County, one consumer representing persons who use the camp on a residential basis and one member representing parents or guardians of persons who use the camp, all of whom shall be appointed by the Governor; (2) one member representing parents or guardians of persons who use the camp, who shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (3) one consumer from the Family Support Council established pursuant to section 17a-219c representing persons who use the camp on a day basis, who shall be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (4) one member representing the board of selectmen of the town of Waterford, who shall be appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member representing a private nonprofit corporation that is: (A) Tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time, and (B) established to promote and support Camp Harkness and its camping programs, who shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (6) one member representing the Connecticut Institute for the Blind and the Oak Hill School, who shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (7) one member representing the United Cerebral Palsy Association, who shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

      (b) The advisory committee shall promote communication regarding camp services and develop recommendations for the commissioner regarding the use of Camp Harkness.

      (P.A. 01-108, S. 1, 2; P.A. 03-94, S. 1; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(b); P.A. 08-7, S. 8; P.A. 10-93, S. 8; P.A. 11-16, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 01-108 effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-94 amended Subsec. (a)(1) to add representative of the Association for Retarded Citizens of New London County to membership; 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; P.A. 08-7 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by changing reference to Southeastern Connecticut Association for the Retarded to Southeastern Connecticut Association for Developmental Disabilities and by making a technical change, effective April 29, 2008; P.A. 10-93 amended Subsec. (a) by substituting "Arc" for "Association for Retarded Citizens" in Subdiv. (1) and by replacing reference to Camp Harkness Booster Club with provision re tax exempt private nonprofit corporation in Subdiv. (5); P.A. 11-16 deleted former Subsec. (c) re annual report to the General Assembly, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-218. (Formerly Sec. 19a-464a). Programs of community-based residential facilities, respite care and emergency placement for persons with intellectual disability. Requirement re enrollment in federal programs. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings: "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Developmental Services; "department" means the Department of Developmental Services; and "emergency placement" means cases in which there has been a request for a residential accommodation for an individual for whom there is an unforeseen emergency in his current living arrangement, or cases in which the department has had no previous knowledge of a need for placement, or cases in which such a placement is needed because of actions of another state agency or department, including, but not limited to, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Children and Families, and any court, or cases prior to any other planned placements, because the health or safety of the individual needing such placement would be adversely affected without such placement.

      (b) The commissioner shall plan, develop and administer a comprehensive program of community-based residential facilities including, but not limited to, transitional facilities, group homes, community companion homes, community living arrangements and supervised apartments.

      (c) The commissioner may provide, within available appropriations, subsidies to persons with intellectual disability who are placed in supervised apartments, condominiums or homes which do not receive housing payments under section 17b-244, in order to assist such persons to meet housing costs.

      (d) The commissioner may provide, within available appropriations, respite care services which may be administered directly by the department, or through contracts for services with providers of such services, or by means of direct subsidy to parents of persons with intellectual disability to enable the parents to purchase such services.

      (e) The commissioner may, within available appropriations and in accordance with individualized plans of care, provide a full range of services to support persons with intellectual disability living with their families, caretakers, independently or in community-based residential facilities licensed pursuant to section 17a-227. Such services may include, but are not limited to, education and training programs, social services, counseling services, medical services, physical or occupational therapy, parent training, recreation and transportation. Such services may be provided by the department or be purchased from persons or private agencies through contracts pursuant to subsection (d) of section 4-70b or purchased directly by the service recipient or his family. The department may provide a direct subsidy to persons with intellectual disability or their families to be used for such purchases of such support services. The recipient of such subsidy shall provide a documented accounting of such subsidy to the department.

      (f) Notwithstanding the provisions of part III of chapter 59, the commissioner may, within available appropriations, enter into a rental or lease agreement for an apartment, home, or similar private residence if it has been determined by the commissioner that an individual is in need of an emergency placement. Such agreements shall not exceed the fair market price for the area in which the leased premises are located and shall not be for more than twelve months. Upon entering such agreements, the commissioner shall notify the State Properties Review Board and shall begin the leasing procedures outlined in part III of chapter 59.

      (g) Any person who is in or is seeking a placement through the Department of Developmental Services or is receiving any support or service that is included within or covered by any federal program being administered and operated by the Department of Social Services and the Department of Developmental Services, and who meets the eligibility criteria for the federal program, shall enroll in such program in order to continue in the existing placement or to remain eligible for a placement or continue to receive such support or service. Any person who is ineligible for such federal program due to excess income or assets may continue in existing placement, or continue to receive existing supports and services through the Department of Developmental Services while spending down available excess income and assets until such person qualifies for enrollment in the applicable federal program. The Commissioner of Developmental Services may make exceptions to the requirements of this provision and provide or continue to provide, within available appropriations, placement, support or services to individuals who are not eligible for enrollment in such federal programs and for whom it is determined there is a legal requirement to serve pursuant to state or federal law or court order.

      (P.A. 83-64, S. 2, 4; P.A. 87-152, S. 3, 4; P.A. 88-28, S. 3, 8; P.A. 89-375, S. 1, 5; P.A. 90-230, S. 29, 101; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; P.A. 94-222, S. 1; P.A. 95-257, S. 11, 58; P.A. 96-186, S. 5, 6; P.A. 05-280, S. 31; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a), (b); P.A. 09-210, S. 7; P.A. 11-16, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 87-152 added provisions designated as Subsecs. (a) and (f) re emergency placement, relettering prior Subsecs. accordingly; P.A. 88-28 added "within available appropriations" in Subsec. (c), (d) and (e) and authorized placements in "condominiums or homes which do not receive payments under section 17-313b" to Subsec. (c); P.A. 89-375 made technical changes in Subsec. (c); P.A. 90-230 corrected internal references in Subsec. (f); Sec. 19a-464a transferred to Sec. 17a-218 in 1991; 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. 94-222 amended Subsec. (e) to add provision to permit direct subsidies to persons with mental retardation or their families and made technical corrections; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Mental Health with Commissioner and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-186 amended Subsec. (b) by adding lowest-bidder requirements, effective May 31, 1996; P.A. 05-280 added new Subsec. (g) re enrollment in federal programs, effective July 1, 2005; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" and "Department of Mental Retardation" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007; P.A. 09-210 amended Subsec. (e) by making a technical change, effective July 8, 2009; P.A. 11-16 amended Subsec. (b) by substituting "community companion homes, community living arrangements" for "community training homes" and by eliminating requirement that commissioner award contracts re community-based residential facilities to lowest responsible and qualified bidder, amended Subsecs. (c) to (e) by substituting "intellectual disability" for "mentally retarded" and "mental retardation" and amended Subsecs. (d) and (f) by making technical changes, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-218a. Continuing operation of Southbury Training School. Evaluation criteria. (a) The Commissioner of Developmental Services shall continue the operation of the Southbury Training School and shall establish criteria to evaluate the current population of the training school in regard to community placement and training school placement. The criteria shall include, at a minimum, consideration of the client's age, physical disabilities, medical fragility, level of intellectual disability, length of residence at the school and availability of an appropriate placement.

      (b) The commissioner shall no longer accept new admissions at the Southbury Training School.

      (P.A. 95-236; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, S. 38, 88; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(b); 07-238, S. 3; P.A. 11-16, S. 9.)

      History: June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8 added Subsecs. (b) re limit on new admissions, (c) re additional immediate care beds and (d) re annual report, effective July 1, 1997; 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; P.A. 07-238 amended Subsec. (a) and deleted former Subsec. (d) to remove obsolete reporting requirements; P.A. 11-16 amended Subsec. (a) by substituting "intellectual disability" for "mental retardation" and deleted former Subsec. (c) re certification of additional beds for fiscal years ending June 30, 1998, and June 30, 1999, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-220. (Formerly Sec. 19a-464c). Definitions. As used in this section and sections 17a-221 to 17a-225, inclusive:

      (1) "Borrower" means an organization which has received a loan pursuant to this section and sections 17a-221 to 17a-225, inclusive;

      (2) "Capital loan agreement" means an agreement, in the form of a written contract, between the department and the organization which sets forth the terms and conditions applicable to the awarding of a community residential facility loan;

      (3) "Certification" or "certified" means certification by the Department of Public Health as an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded pursuant to standards set forth in the rules and regulations published in Title 42, Part 442, Subpart G of the Code of Federal Regulations;

      (4) "Community-based" means those programs or facilities which are not located on the grounds of, or operated by, the department;

      (5) "Community residential facility" means a community-based residential facility which houses up to six persons with intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder and which provides food, shelter, personal guidance and, to the extent necessary, continuing health-related services and care for persons requiring assistance to live in the community, provided any such facilities in operation on July 1, 1985, which house more than six persons with intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder shall be eligible for loans for rehabilitation under this section and sections 17a-221 to 17a-225, inclusive. Such facility shall be licensed and may be certified;

      (6) "Community Residential Facility Revolving Loan Fund" means the loan fund established pursuant to section 17a-221;

      (7) "Default" means the failure of the borrower to observe or perform any covenant or condition under the capital loan agreement and includes the failure to meet any of the conditions specified in section 17a-223;

      (8) "Department" means the Department of Developmental Services;

      (9) "Loan" means a community residential facilities loan which shall bear an interest rate to be determined in accordance with subsection (t) of section 3-20, but in no event in excess of six per cent per annum, and is made pursuant to the provisions of this section and sections 17a-221 to 17a-225, inclusive;

      (10) "Licensed" or "licensure" means licensure by the department pursuant to section 17a-227;

      (11) "Organization" means a private nonprofit corporation which is (A) tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, (B) qualified to do business in this state, and (C) applying for a loan under the community residential facility revolving loan program;

      (12) "Rehabilitate" or "rehabilitation" means rehabilitation of a previously existing and operating community residential facility to meet physical plant requirements for licensure, certification or Fire Safety Code compliance or to make energy conservation improvements;

      (13) "Renovate" or "renovation" means renovation of a newly acquired residential facility to meet physical plant requirements for licensure, certification or Fire Safety Code compliance or to make energy conservation improvements;

      (14) "Total property development cost" means the cost of property acquisition, construction, renovation or rehabilitation and related development costs which may be capitalized under generally accepted accounting principles, including furnishings and equipment, provided in no case may the total property development cost of a residential facility financed pursuant to this section and sections 17a-221 to 17a-225, inclusive, exceed the total residential development amount approved by the Department of Social Services in accordance with sections 17a-228 and 17b-244, and the regulations adopted thereunder; and

      (15) "Capital repairs and improvements" means major repairs and improvements to an existing community residential facility to maintain the physical plant and property of such facility, which repairs and improvements are reimbursable under the room and board rates established by the Department of Social Services in accordance with section 17b-244 and may be capitalized in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

      (P.A. 85-472, S. 1, 7; P.A. 87-402, S. 1, 3; 87-416, S. 14, 24; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-181, S. 105, 121; 96-186, S. 1, 6; P.A. 01-195, S. 128, 181; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); P.A. 11-4, S. 3; 11-16, S. 10.)

      History: P.A. 87-402 redefined "total property development cost" to increase the maximum from $225,000 to $350,000; P.A. 87-416 amended definition of "loan" to provide that the interest rates on loans would be determined in accordance with Sec. 3-20(t), but would not be in excess of 6% per annum; Sec. 19a-464c transferred to Sec. 17a-220 in 1991; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Mental Health with Commissioner and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-181 added definition of "capital repairs and improvements", effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 96-186 substituted "the total residential development amount approved by the department" in lieu of a specific dollar amount in Subsec. (n) and added Subsec. (o) defining "capital repairs and improvements", effective May 31, 1996 (Revisor's note: In codifying this section the Revisors editorially merged and harmonized the two newly created Subsecs. "(o)"); P.A. 01-195 made technical changes, effective July 11, 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; P.A. 11-4 amended Subdiv. (5) by substituting "intellectual disability" for "mental retardation" and substituting "autism spectrum disorder" for "autism", effective May 9, 2011; P.A. 11-16 made identical changes as P.A. 11-4, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-224. (Formerly Sec. 19a-464g). Administration of program through purchase-of-service contract. The department may administer the residential facility revolving loan program through a purchase-of-service contract with any state-wide private nonprofit housing development corporation which is organized for the purpose of expanding independent living opportunities for persons with disabilities.

      (P.A. 85-472, S. 5, 7; P.A. 11-16, S. 11.)

      History: Sec. 19a-464g transferred to Sec. 17a-224 in 1991; P.A. 11-16 substituted "persons with disabilities" for "disabled persons", effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-226. (Formerly Sec. 19a-466). Employment opportunities and day services for adults with intellectual disability. Funding. The Commissioner of Developmental Services shall develop, within available appropriations, a program of employment opportunities and day services for adults with intellectual disability. Any nonprofit organization which provides such services may apply to the Department of Developmental Services for funds to be used to assist in establishing, maintaining or expanding its program. No funding to assist in establishing, maintaining or expanding programs of employment opportunities and day services under the provisions of this section shall exceed the ordinary and recurring operating expenses of such employment opportunities and day services. The Commissioner of Developmental Services shall establish the requirements to be met by such organizations in order to be eligible to receive funds as provided by this section and establish procedures to be used in making application for such funds. Upon receipt of proper application, the Department of Developmental Services shall, within available appropriations, provide such funds, provided the organization meets the requirements established by the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of this section. The Department of Developmental Services may receive federal, municipal or private funds available or tendered on a matching or supporting basis for the development, maintenance and promotion of employment opportunities and day services.

      (1959, P.A. 148, S. 35; P.A. 75-638, S. 14, 23; P.A. 76-340, S. 2; P.A. 79-171, S. 3; P.A. 88-28, S. 4, 8; P.A. 89-325, S. 22, 26; P.A. 90-138, S. 1, 2; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a),(b); P.A. 11-16, S. 12.)

      History: P.A. 75-638 replaced deputy commissioner of mental retardation with commissioner of mental retardation and department of health with department of mental retardation; P.A. 76-340 removed provision allowing boards of education to apply for funds; Sec. 19-4f transferred to Sec. 19-573 in 1977; P.A. 79-171 added reference to grants for maintenance and expansion of vocational training centers; Sec. 19-573 transferred to Sec. 19a-466 in 1983; P.A. 88-28 substituted references to "day services for adults with mental retardation" for references to vocational training, added definition of "day services", deleted definition of "vocational training center" and language providing for regulations governing the granting of funds, and added language concerning availability of funding; P.A. 89-325 added term "employment opportunities" and replaced "grant" with "funding"; P.A. 90-138 deleted language prohibiting use of funds for capital expenditures; Sec. 19a-466 transferred to Sec. 17a-226 in 1991; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" and "Department of Mental Retardation" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007; P.A. 11-16 substituted "intellectual disability" for "mental retardation", deleted definition of "employment opportunities and day services" and made technical changes, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-227. (Formerly Sec. 19a-467). Licensing and regulation of residential facilities for persons with intellectual disability, Prader-Willi syndrome or autism spectrum disorder. (a) No person, firm or corporation shall operate within this state a community living arrangement or community companion home which it owns, leases or rents for the lodging, care or treatment of persons with intellectual disability, Prader-Willi syndrome or autism spectrum disorder unless such person, firm or corporation, upon written application, verified by oath, has obtained a license issued by the Department of Developmental Services.

      (b) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to insure the comfort, safety, adequate medical care and treatment of such persons at the residential facilities described in subsection (a) of this section. Such regulations shall include requirements that: (1) All residential facility staff be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a manner and time frame prescribed by the commissioner; (2) records of staffing schedules and actual staff hours worked, by residential facility, be available for inspection by the department upon advance notice; (3) each residential facility develop and implement emergency plans and staff training to address emergencies that may pose a threat to the health and safety of the residents of the facility; (4) department staff verify during quality service reviews and licensing inspections, that (A) staff is adequately trained to respond in an emergency, and (B) a summary of information on each resident is available to emergency medical personnel for use in an emergency; and (5) not less than one-half of the quality service reviews, licensing inspections or facility visits conducted by the department after initial licensure are unannounced.

      (c) After receiving an application and making such investigation as is deemed necessary and after finding the specified requirements to have been fulfilled, the department shall grant a license to such applicant to operate a facility of the character described in such application, which license shall specify the name of the person to have charge and the location of each facility operated under the license. Any person, firm or corporation aggrieved by any requirement of the regulations or by the refusal to grant any license may request an administrative hearing in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. If the licensee of any such facility desires to place in charge thereof a person other than the one specified in the license, application shall be made to the Department of Developmental Services, in the same manner as provided for the original application, for permission to make such change. Such application shall be acted upon not later than ten calendar days from the date of the filing of the application. Each such license shall be renewed annually upon such terms as may be established by regulations and may be revoked by the department upon proof that the facility for which such license was issued is being improperly operated, or for the violation of any of the provisions of this section or of the regulations adopted pursuant to this section, provided the licensee shall first be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard in reference to such proposed revocation. Any person, firm or corporation aggrieved by such revocation may request an administrative hearing in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. Each person, firm or corporation, upon filing an application under the provisions of this section for a license for a community living arrangement, shall pay to the State Treasurer the sum of fifty dollars.

      (d) The Department of Developmental Services may contract, within available appropriations, with any qualified provider for the operation of a community-based residential facility, provided the qualified provider is licensed by the department to operate such facilities. The department shall include in all contracts with such licensed qualified providers, provisions requiring the department to (1) conduct periodic reviews of contract performance, and (2) take progressive enforcement actions if the department finds poor performance or noncompliance with the contract, as follows: (A) The licensed qualified provider may be placed on a strict schedule of monitoring and oversight by the department; (B) the licensed qualified provider may be placed on a partial-year contract; and (C) payments due under the contract may be reduced by specific amounts on a monthly basis until the licensed qualified provider complies with the contract. If compliance cannot be achieved, the department shall terminate the contract.

      (e) The department may contract with any person, firm or corporation to provide residential support services for persons with intellectual disability, Prader-Willi syndrome or autism spectrum disorder who reside in settings which are not licensed by the department. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to ensure the safety, adequate supervision and support of persons receiving such residential support services.

      (f) Any person, firm or corporation who operates any facility contrary to the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than six months or both. Any person, firm or corporation who operates any facility contrary to the regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (b) of this section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars.

      (1969, P.A. 740, S. 1; P.A. 75-638, S. 15, 23; P.A. 77-603, S. 59, 125; P.A. 78-280, S. 2, 127; P.A. 80-110; P.A. 81-118; P.A. 82-7; P.A. 87-112, S. 1, 2; P.A. 89-375, S. 2, 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-11, S. 10, 25; P.A. 03-146, S. 2; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); P.A. 11-16, S. 13.)

      History: P.A. 75-638 replaced office of mental retardation in health department with independent department of mental retardation; Sec. 19-4g transferred to Sec. 19-574 in 1977; P.A. 77-603 replaced previous appeal provisions with statement that appeals be made in accordance with Sec. 4-183 and added reference to judicial districts; P.A. 78-280 deleted reference to counties; P.A. 80-110 inserted new Subsec. (c) re contracts with nonprofit organizations and redesignated former Subsec. (c) as (d); P.A. 81-118 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to extend the licensing authority of the department of mental retardation to residential facilities for autistic persons, to exempt from the licensing fee requirement residential facilities for less than five persons and to delete specific expiration date of December thirty-first, referring instead to annual renewal as provided by regulation; P.A. 82-7 amended Subsec. (c) to require that community-based residential facilities for the mentally retarded operated by nonprofit organizations be licensed by the department of mental retardation, where previously Subsec. required that "programs" be "supervised" by mental retardation department; Sec. 19-574 transferred to Sec. 19a-467 in 1983; P.A. 87-112 amended Subsec. (c) to remove restriction limiting contracting authority to contracts with nonprofit organizations only; P.A. 89-375 made technical changes and inserted new Subsec. (d) re contracts for provision of residential support services, relettered existing Subsec. (d) as (e) and amended (e) by adding language re the fine for violation of regulations; Sec. 19a-467 transferred to Sec. 17a-227 in 1991; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-11 amended Subsec. (c) to make department's ability to contract subject to available appropriations; P.A. 03-146 amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdivs. (1) to (5) re requirements to be included in regulations, redesignated existing provisions of Subsec. (b) re license as new Subsec. (c), redesignated existing Subsecs. (c) to (e) as Subsecs. (d) to (f), and amended Subsec. (d) by making a technical change and adding requirements for enforcing contract provisions with providers, effective July 1, 2004; 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; P.A. 11-16 amended Subsec. (a) by substituting "operate" for "conduct or maintain", substituting "community living arrangement or community companion home" for "residential facility" and substituting "persons with intellectual disability, Prader-Willi syndrome or autism spectrum disorder" for "persons with mental retardation or autistic persons", amended Subsec. (b) by adding provisions re quality service reviews and facility visits, amended Subsec. (c) by substituting provisions re aggrieved persons may request administrative hearing in accordance with chapter 54 for provisions re appeal in accordance with Sec. 4-183 and by substituting "community living arrangement" for "facility providing residential services for five or more persons", amended Subsec. (d) by substituting "qualified provider" for "organization" and by eliminating "notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, subject to the provisions of this subsection", amended Subsec. (e) by substituting "persons with intellectual disability, Prader-Willi syndrome or autism spectrum disorder" for "persons with mental retardation", amended Subsec. (f) by substituting "operates" for "conducts", and made technical changes, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-227a. State criminal background checks for applicants for employment. (a) The Commissioner of Developmental Services shall require each applicant for employment in a Department of Developmental Services program that provides direct services to persons with intellectual disability to submit to a check of such applicant's state criminal background.

      (b) The commissioner may require private sector service providers under contract with or licensed by the department to provide residential, day or support services to persons with intellectual disability, to require each applicant for employment who will have direct and ongoing contact with persons and families receiving such services to submit to a check of such applicant's state criminal background. If the department requires such providers to have such applicants submit to such checks, the administrative costs associated with such checks shall be considered an allowable cost on the annual cost report.

      (c) If such checks are conducted, no applicant shall be hired by the department or a private sector service provider until the results of such checks are available.

      (P.A. 03-203, S. 1; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a), (b); P.A. 11-16, S. 14.)

      History: Pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" and "Department of Mental Retardation" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007; P.A. 11-16 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by substituting "intellectual disability" for "mental retardation", effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-228. (Formerly Sec. 19a-483). Payments for room and board and other services for persons with intellectual disability in residential facilities. Authorization for admission to residential facilities; annual review. (a) If a person with intellectual disability residing in a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability licensed pursuant to section 17a-227, but not certified to participate in the Title XIX Medicaid program as an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded, qualifies for the program of state supplementation to the Supplemental Security Income Program, the Commissioner of Social Services shall pay, under such qualifying program, on behalf of such person the rate established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17b-244 for room and board, after a reasonable deduction, as determined by the commissioner, to reflect such person's income. The Department of Developmental Services shall pay the rate established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17b-244 for services other than room and board provided on behalf of any person whose admission to the facility has been authorized by the Department of Developmental Services.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, persons residing in residential facilities for persons with intellectual disability licensed pursuant to section 17a-227 and receiving state payment for the cost of such services on October 1, 1983, shall be deemed to have been authorized for admission by the Department of Developmental Services. In addition, any person who is admitted to a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability after October 1, 1983, and not later than December 31, 1983, which facility is licensed pursuant to said section after October 1, 1983, and who is receiving state payment for the cost of such services, shall be deemed to have been authorized for admission by the Department of Developmental Services if (1) not later than July 15, 1983, the applicant for licensure owns or has an interest in the facility or land upon which the facility shall be located, or concludes a closing transaction on any mortgage loan secured by mortgage on such facility or land, (2) such facility is licensed not later than December 31, 1983, and (3) the applicant for licensure presents evidence to the Commissioner of Developmental Services that commitments had been made by such applicant not later than July 15, 1983, for the placement of individuals in such facility.

      (c) The Department of Social Services shall continue to make payments on behalf of persons residing, on or before October 1, 1983, in residential facilities licensed pursuant to section 17a-227 on or before October 1, 1983, but not certified as intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded, and on behalf of persons authorized for admission into such facilities by the Department of Developmental Services after October 1, 1983, who are otherwise eligible for assistance under sections 17b-600 to 17b-604, inclusive. Such payment shall be on the same basis and at the same rate which is in effect on October 1, 1983, and shall continue to pay such rate until the next succeeding annual rate is determined as provided in section 17b-244 and in this section.

      (d) Each individual authorized for admission pursuant to subsections (a) or (b) of this section into a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability licensed pursuant to section 17a-227 shall be reviewed annually by the Department of Developmental Services. Upon completion of the annual review, the Department of Developmental Services may (1) renew the authorization of the individual for continued state-assisted care in the residential facility, (2) refuse to renew the authorization of the individual for continued state-assisted care in the residential facility but authorize admission into alternate facilities, or (3) refuse to renew the authorization of the individual for continued state-assisted care in the facility and refuse to authorize continued state-assisted care in alternate facilities. If the Department of Developmental Services refuses to renew the authorization of the individual for continued state-assisted care in the residential facility and either authorizes admission into alternative facilities or refuses to authorize the individual for state-assisted care in any such alternative facility, the Department of Developmental Services shall continue to pay the rate established pursuant to section 17b-244 for such time as may be administratively necessary for the Department of Developmental Services to arrange for an appropriate transfer.

      (e) Whenever the Department of Developmental Services refuses to renew the authorization of a person for continued state-assisted care in a licensed residential facility for persons with intellectual disability pursuant to subsection (d) of this section and either authorizes the individual for admission into alternate facilities or refuses to authorize the individual for continued state-assisted care in any alternative facility, the Department of Developmental Services shall give thirty days' notice of its determination to the previously authorized individual and to such individual's parent, conservator, guardian or other legal representative. Such notice shall also notify each such individual or his legal representative of the individual's right to contest the determination by submitting a request for a hearing in writing to the Commissioner of Developmental Services not later than fifteen days after the date of receiving the notice required by this subsection. Such hearing, if requested, shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-176e to 4-184, inclusive. State-assisted care shall continue in the present facility pending final disposition of any such hearing.

      (f) Whenever the Department of Social Services is notified that a facility receiving payments from the Department of Developmental Services under the provisions of this section has been certified as an intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation, as defined in 42 CFR 440.50, the Commissioner of Social Services shall notify the Governor and the Governor, with the approval of the Finance Advisory Committee, may transfer from the appropriation for the Department of Developmental Services to the Department of Social Services, sufficient funds to cover the cost of all services previously paid by the Department of Developmental Services that are reimbursable, at the rate established for services provided by such certified facilities. Subsequent budget requests from both departments shall reflect such transfer of responsibility.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-39, S. 4; P.A. 84-546, S. 57, 173; P.A. 86-24, S. 1; P.A. 88-156, S. 22; 88-317, S. 82, 107; P.A. 89-375, S. 3, 5; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a),(b); P.A. 11-16, S. 15.)

      History: P.A. 84-546 made technical changes in Subsecs. (b) and (c); P.A. 86-24 substituted "alternate facilities" for "facilities offering different level of care" in Subsecs. (d) and (e); P.A. 88-156 made technical changes and replaced aid to the disabled, aid to the blind or aid to the elderly programs with program of state supplementation to the supplemental security income program; P.A. 88-317 amended reference to Secs. 4-177 to 4-184 in Subsec. (e) to include new sections added to Ch. 54, effective July 1, 1989, and applicable to all agency proceedings commencing on or after that date; P.A. 89-375 added Subsec. (f) re transfer of funds from mental retardation department appropriation to income maintenance department; Sec. 19a-483 transferred to Sec. 17a-228 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of income maintenance, effective July 1, 1993; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" and "Department of Mental Retardation" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007; P.A. 11-16 amended Subsecs. (a), (b), (d) and (e) by substituting "intellectual disability" for "mentally retarded" and "mental retardation" and by making technical changes, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-231. (Formerly Sec. 19a-467a). Receivership of residential facilities for persons with intellectual disability: Definitions. As used in this section and sections 17a-232 to 17a-237, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires:

      (1) "Residential facility for persons with intellectual disability" means a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability that is licensed, or required to be licensed, pursuant to section 17a-227, including staffing and other program resources associated with such facility;

      (2) "Emergency" means a situation, physical condition or one or more practices, methods or operations which present imminent danger of death or serious physical or mental harm to residents of a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability;

      (3) "Transfer trauma" means the medical and psychological reactions to physical transfer that increase the risk of death, or grave illness, or both, in persons with intellectual disability;

      (4) "Substantial violation" means a violation of regulations adopted pursuant to section 17a-227 which presents a reasonable likelihood of serious physical or mental harm to residents of a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability; and

      (5) "Habitual violation" means a violation of regulations adopted pursuant to section 17a-227 which, due to its repetition, presents a reasonable likelihood of serious physical or mental harm to residents of a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-39, S. 7; P.A. 01-18; 01-195, S. 129, 181; P.A. 11-16, S. 16.)

      History: Sec. 19a-467a transferred to Sec. 17a-231 in 1991; P.A. 01-18 redesignated Subdivs. (a) to (e) as Subdivs. (1) to (5), amended definition of "residential facility for mentally retarded persons" to include associated staffing and other program resources and made technical changes; P.A. 01-195 made technical changes, effective July 11, 2001; P.A. 11-16 substituted "persons with intellectual disability" for "mentally retarded persons" and "persons with mental retardation", effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-232. (Formerly Sec. 19a-467b). Application for receivership. Hearing. Emergency order. (a) An application to appoint a receiver for a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability may be filed in the Superior Court by the Commissioner of Developmental Services or the director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. A resident of the facility or the resident's legally liable relative, conservator, or guardian may file a written complaint with the Commissioner of Developmental Services specifying conditions at the facility which warrant an application to appoint a receiver. If the Commissioner of Developmental Services fails to resolve the complaint within forty-five days of its receipt or, in the case of a facility which intends to close, within seven days of its receipt, the person who filed the complaint may file an application in the Superior Court for the appointment of a receiver for the facility. The court shall immediately notify the Attorney General of the application. The court shall hold a hearing not later than ten days after the date the application is filed. Notice of the hearing shall be given to the owner of the facility or the owner's agent for service of process not less than five days prior to the hearing. The notice shall be posted by the court in a conspicuous place inside the facility for not less than three days prior to the hearing.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section the court may appoint a receiver upon an ex parte motion when affidavits, testimony or any other evidence presented indicates that there is a reasonable likelihood an emergency exists in the facility which must be remedied immediately to insure the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the facility. Notice of the application and order shall be served on the owner or his agent for service of process and shall be posted in a conspicuous place inside the facility not later than twenty-four hours after issuance of the order. A hearing on the application shall be held not later than five days after the issuance of the order unless the owner consents to a later date.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-39, S. 8; P.A. 89-144, S. 8; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(b); P.A. 11-16, S. 17.)

      History: P.A. 89-144 amended Subsec. (a) by substituting the office of protection and advocacy for persons with disabilities for the office of protection and advocacy for handicapped and developmentally disabled persons; Sec. 19a-467b transferred to Sec. 17a-232 in 1991; 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; P.A. 11-16 amended Subsec. (a) by substituting "persons with intellectual disability" for "mentally retarded persons", effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-233. (Formerly Sec. 19a-467c). Imposition of receivership: Grounds; defenses. (a) The court may grant an application for the appointment of a receiver for a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability upon a finding of any of the following: (1) The facility is operating without a license issued pursuant to section 17a-227; (2) the facility intends to close and adequate arrangements for relocation of its residents have not been made not less than thirty days prior to the date of the intended closing; (3) there exists in the facility a condition in substantial violation of regulations established pursuant to section 17a-227; (4) there exists in the facility a practice of habitual violation of regulations established pursuant to section 17a-227.

      (b) It shall be a sufficient defense to a receivership application if any owner of a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability establishes that: (1) He did not have knowledge or could not reasonably have known that any conditions in violation of section 17a-227 existed, or (2) he did not have a reasonable time in which to correct such violations, or (3) the violations listed in the application do not, in fact, exist, or (4) in the event the grounds upon which the petition is based are those set forth in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section, the facility does not intend to close.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-39, S. 9; P.A. 11-16, S. 18.)

      History: Sec. 19a-467c transferred to Sec. 17a-233 in 1991; P.A. 11-16 substituted "persons with intellectual disability" for "mentally retarded persons" and made technical changes, effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-246. Rates of payment to organizations providing employment opportunities and day services. Regulations. (a) The amount of payments to be paid by the state to any organization which provides employment opportunities and day services for persons referred by any state agency shall be determined annually by the Commissioners of Developmental Services, Social Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services and any other state agency which purchases employment opportunities and day services using a uniform payment system. Nothing contained herein shall authorize a payment by the state in excess of the charges for comparable services to the general public.

      (b) The Commissioner of Developmental Services, in consultation with the Commissioners of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Social Services and any other agency which pays for employment opportunities and day services, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.

      (P.A. 89-325, S. 20, 26; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 95-257, S. 11, 58; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a), (b); P.A. 11-16, S. 19.)

      History: P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of human resources, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Mental Health with Commissioner and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective July 1, 1995; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" and "Department of Mental Retardation" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007; P.A. 11-16 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting definition of "employment opportunities and day services", deleted former Subsec. (b) re department's authority to pro rate reductions in funding to certain agencies for fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, and redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (b), effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-247. (Formerly Sec. 19a-484). Conduct of employee of Department of Developmental Services appointed as guardian or limited guardian of a person with intellectual disability. (a) Any employee of the Department of Developmental Services appointed as a guardian or limited guardian pursuant to subsection (f) of section 45a-676 shall exercise judgment, independent of the department, for the benefit and best interests of the ward.

      (b) The Department of Developmental Services shall not take or threaten to take any action against any employee of the department in retaliation for such employee's conduct as a guardian or limited guardian of a person with intellectual disability.

      (P.A. 83-420, S. 5; P.A. 01-195, S. 133, 181; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); P.A. 11-16, S. 20.)

      History: Sec. 19a-484 transferred to Sec. 17a-247 in 1991; P.A. 01-195 made technical changes, effective July 11, 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; P.A. 11-16 amended Subsec. (b) by substituting "person with intellectual disability" for "mentally retarded person", effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-247a. Registry of former employees of department or other service providers terminated because of substantiated acts of abuse or neglect. Definitions. As used in sections 17a-247b to 17a-247e, inclusive:

      (1) "Abuse" means the wilful infliction by an employee of physical pain or injury or the wilful deprivation of services necessary to the physical and mental health and safety of a department client.

      (2) "Authorized agency" means any agency authorized in accordance with the general statutes to conduct abuse and neglect investigations and responsible for issuing or carrying out protective services for persons with intellectual disability.

      (3) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Developmental Services.

      (4) "Department" means the Department of Developmental Services.

      (5) "Department client" means a person who is eligible for, and receives services or funding from, the department.

      (6) "Employee" means any individual employed (A) by the department, or (B) by an agency, organization or individual that is licensed or funded by the department.

      (7) "Employer" means (A) the department, or (B) an agency, organization or individual that is licensed or funded by the department.

      (8) "Neglect" means the failure by an employee, through action or inaction, to provide a department client with the services necessary to maintain such client's physical and mental health and safety.

      (9) "Protective services" has the same meaning as provided in section 46a-11a.

      (10) "Registry" means a centralized data base containing information regarding substantiated abuse or neglect.

      (11) "Substantiated abuse or neglect" means a determination by an authorized agency, following an investigation conducted or monitored by such agency, that (A) abuse or neglect of a department client has occurred, or (B) there has been a criminal conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse or neglect.

      (June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 156, 165; P.A. 98-133, S. 1; P.A. 00-37, S. 1, 5; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a), (b); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 10-1, S. 65; P.A. 11-16, S. 21.)

      History: June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-133 amended Subdiv. (5) by replacing person "with mental retardation" with person who is eligible for and receives services, amended Subdiv. (5) and Subdiv. (6) by deleting reference to those who provide or hire others to provide services to the department and amended Subdiv. (11) by replacing "final decision" with determination by an authorized agency following an investigation; P.A. 00-37 made technical changes in Subdivs. (8) and (9), effective May 1, 2000; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" and "Department of Mental Retardation" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 10-1 deleted reference to Sec. 2c-2b(a)(31); P.A. 11-16 amended Subdiv. (2) by substituting "persons with intellectual disability" for "persons with mental retardation", effective May 24, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-247b. Establishment and maintenance of registry. (a) The Department of Developmental Services shall establish and maintain a registry of individuals who have been terminated or separated from employment as a result of substantiated abuse or neglect. The department shall, for the purposes of maintaining the registry, be capable of responding to inquiries in accordance with subsection (c) of this section as to whether an individual has been terminated or separated from employment as a result of substantiated abuse or neglect. Such capability may include response by telephone voice mail or other automated response for initial inquiries.

      (b) The registry shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) The names, addresses and Social Security numbers of those individuals terminated or separated from employment as a result of substantiated abuse or neglect; (2) the date of termination or separation; (3) the type of abuse or neglect; and (4) the name of any employer or authorized agency requesting information from the registry, the reason for the request and the date of the request.

      (c) The department shall make information in the registry available only to: (1) Authorized agencies, for the purpose of protective service determinations; (2) employers who employ individuals to provide services to a department client; (3) the Departments of Children and Families and Mental Health and Addiction Services, for the purpose of determining whether an applicant for employment appears on the registry; or (4) charitable organizations which recruit volunteers to support programs for persons with intellectual disability, upon application to and approval by the commissioner, for purposes of conducting background checks on such volunteers.

      (d) The department shall limit responses to requests for identifying information from the registry established under this section to (1) identification of the individual terminated or separated from employment for substantiated abuse or neglect, and (2) the type of abuse or neglect so substantiated.

      (e) Not later than five business days following receipt of written notification by an authorized agency of the substantiation of abuse or neglect by an employee who has been terminated or separated from employment for such abuse or neglect, an employer shall submit to the department the name of such employee and such other information as the department may request. Upon receipt of notification of such termination or separation, the department shall conduct a hearing in accordance with sections 4-177 to 4-181a, inclusive, governing contested cases. The department shall not place an individual's name on the registry until the department has completed the hearing and the hearing has resulted in a decision to place the individual's name on the registry.

      (f) The department shall remove an employee's name from the registry if an arbitration or a legal proceeding results in a finding that the employee was unfairly terminated from employment.

      (g) No employer shall be liable in any civil action for damages brought by an employee or an applicant for employment whose name appears on the registry established by this section arising out of the conduct of the employer in (1) making any report in good faith pursuant to subsection (e) of this section, (2) testifying under oath in any administrative or judicial proceeding arising from such report, (3) refusing to hire or to retain any individual whose name appears on the registry established under this section, or (4) taking any other action to conform to the requirements of this section. The immunity provided in this subsection shall not apply to gross negligence or to wilful or wanton misconduct.

      (June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 157, 165; P.A. 98-133, S. 2; P.A. 00-37, S. 2, 5; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); 07-238, S. 4; P.A. 11-26, S. 1.)

      History: June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-133 amended Subsec. (c) by changing employers "seeking to employ a person" to employers "who employ individuals", amended Subsec. (e) requiring employers to submit names five business days following "receipt of written notification by an authorized agency of the substantiation of abuse or neglect by an employee who has been terminated or separated from employment for such abuse or neglect" rather than following "an employee's termination or separation from employment for abuse or neglect", deleted requirement that the department make a determination of substantiated abuse or neglect before placing a name on the registry and replaced it with a requirement of a hearing in accordance with sections 4-177 to 4-181a and a decision before placing a name on the registry, added new Subsec. (f) re removal of name from registry and relettered remaining section accordingly; P.A. 00-37 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re responding to inquiries in accordance with Subsec. (c), by providing that response capability may include response by telephone voice mail or other automated response, and by deleting mandatory automated response requirement, and amended Subsec. (c) by deleting provision re limited information available through an automated response to an initial inquiry, effective May 1, 2000; 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; P.A. 07-238 added Subsec. (c)(3) to make registry information available to Departments of Children and Families and Mental Health and Addiction Services for the purpose of determining whether applicant for employment appears on the registry; P.A. 11-26 added Subsec. (c)(4) making registry information available to charitable organizations which recruit volunteers to support programs for persons with intellectual disability, for purposes of conducting background checks on such volunteers, effective June 3, 2011.

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      Sec. 17a-248. Birth-to-three program. Definitions. As used in this section and sections 17a-248b to 17a-248g, inclusive, 38a-490a and 38a-516a, unless the context otherwise requires:

      (1) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Developmental Services.

      (2) "Council" means the State Interagency Birth-to-Three Coordinating Council established pursuant to section 17a-248b.

      (3) "Early intervention services" means early intervention services, as defined in 34 CFR Part 303.12, as from time to time amended.

      (4) "Eligible children" means children from birth to thirty-six months of age, who are not eligible for special education and related services pursuant to sections 10-76a to 10-76h, inclusive, and who need early intervention services because such children are:

      (A) Experiencing a significant developmental delay as measured by standardized diagnostic instruments and procedures, including informed clinical opinion, in one or more of the following areas: (i) Cognitive development; (ii) physical development, including vision or hearing; (iii) communication development; (iv) social or emotional development; or (v) adaptive skills; or

      (B) Diagnosed as having a physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.

      (5) "Evaluation" means a multidisciplinary professional, objective assessment conducted by appropriately qualified personnel in order to determine a child's eligibility for early intervention services.

      (6) "Individualized family service plan" means a written plan for providing early intervention services to an eligible child and the child's family.

      (7) "Lead agency" means the Department of Developmental Services, the public agency responsible for the administration of the birth-to-three system in collaboration with the participating agencies.

      (8) "Parent" means (A) a biological, adoptive or foster parent of a child; (B) a guardian, except for the Commissioner of Children and Families; (C) an individual acting in the place of a biological or adoptive parent, including, but not limited to, a grandparent, stepparent, or other relative with whom the child lives; (D) an individual who is legally responsible for the child's welfare; or (E) an individual appointed to be a surrogate parent.

      (9) "Participating agencies" includes, but is not limited to, the Departments of Education, Social Services, Public Health, Children and Families and Developmental Services, the Insurance Department, the Bureau of Rehabilitative Services and the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.

      (10) "Qualified personnel" means persons who meet the standards specified in 34 CFR Part 303.12(e), as from time to time amended, and who are licensed physicians or psychologists or persons holding a state-approved or recognized license, certificate or registration in one or more of the following fields: (A) Special education, including teaching of the blind and the deaf; (B) speech and language pathology and audiology; (C) occupational therapy; (D) physical therapy; (E) social work; (F) nursing; (G) dietary or nutritional counseling; and (H) other fields designated by the commissioner that meet requirements that apply to the area in which the person is providing early intervention services, provided there is no conflict with existing professional licensing, certification and registration requirements.

      (11) "Service coordinator" means a person carrying out service coordination, as defined in 34 CFR Part 303.22, as from time to time amended.

      (12) "Primary care provider" means physicians and advanced practice registered nurses, licensed by the Department of Public Health, who are responsible for performing or directly supervising the primary care services for children enrolled in the birth-to-three program.

      (P.A. 96-185, S. 1, 16; P.A. 00-27, S. 1, 24; P.A. 04-54, S. 1; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a), (b); P.A. 10-93, S. 1; P.A. 11-44, S. 28.)

      History: P.A. 96-185 effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 00-27 made technical changes, effective May 1, 2000; P.A. 04-54 added Subdiv. (13) defining "primary care provider", effective May 4, 2004; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Commissioner of Mental Retardation" and "Department of Mental Retardation" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Developmental Services" and "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007; P.A. 10-93 redefined "parent" in Subdiv. (8), deleted definition of "region" in former Subdiv. (11) and redesignated existing Subdivs. (12) and (13) as Subdivs. (11) and (12); P.A. 11-44 replaced "Board of Education and Services for the Blind" and "Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired" with "Bureau of Rehabilitative Services", effective July 1, 2011.

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