Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Proposed Bill No. 115

 

January Session, 2013

 

LCO No. 767

   

Referred to Committee on HUMAN SERVICES

 

Introduced by:

 

SEN. DOYLE, 9th Dist.

REP. GUERRERA, 29th Dist.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPROVAL PROCESS FOR RESIDENTIAL NURSING FACILITIES SERVING INMATES AND MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS.

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

That section 18-100i of the general statutes be repealed and chapters 319 and 325 be amended to prohibit the commissioners of Correction and Mental Health and Addiction Services from releasing persons in their care to any private residential nursing facility that has not been the subject of a site approval process. The site approval process shall include (1) input from residents of the community where the facility is proposed to be located, (2) an independent analysis of the impact of such facility on the public safety and quality of life of neighboring residents, (3) regulations prohibiting the release of inmates or patients to such facilities convicted of serious felonies, including, but not limited to, murder and sexual assault, (4) consideration of alternate sites, and (5) approval by the local governing body before such facility opens.

Statement of Purpose:

To prevent the establishment of residential nursing facilities serving inmates and mental health patients without a site approval process requiring local input.