Substitute Senate Bill No. 837
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 837

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 91-278

AN  ACT CONCERNING MANSFIELD TRAINING  SCHOOL  AND
THE SUPERVISION OF THE CARE AND CONTROL OF CERTAIN
STATE-OWNED BUILDINGS.


    Section  1.  Section  17a-270  of  the general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  There  is established a council on mental
retardation  which  shall  consist  of  [fourteen]
THIRTEEN members appointed as follows: Eight shall
be appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be
a  doctor  of  medicine,  one  of  whom shall be a
person with mental retardation  who  is  receiving
services from the department of mental retardation
and at least two  of  whom  shall  be  parents  or
guardians  of  persons with mental retardation, to
serve for terms of two years each; four  shall  be
appointed  by  members of the general assembly for
two-year terms, one  who  shall  be  a  parent  or
guardian  of  a  person  with  mental retardation,
appointed  by  the  speaker  of  the  house,   one
appointed by the minority leader of the house, one
appointed by the  president  pro  tempore  of  the
senate  and  one who shall be a parent or guardian
of a person with mental retardation, appointed  by
the  minority leader of the senate; [one who shall
be a member  of  the  board  of  trustees  of  the
Mansfield  Training School appointed by said board
for a term of one year,] and one who  shall  be  a
member  of  the board of trustees of the Southbury
Training School, appointed by  said  board  for  a
term  of  one  year. No member may serve more than
six consecutive years. The members of the  council
shall   serve   without  compensation  except  for
necessary expenses incurred  in  performing  their
duties.  The  commissioner  of  mental retardation
shall be an ex-officio member of  the  council  on
mental  retardation  without vote and shall attend
its meetings. No employee of any state  agency  or
institution  engaged  in  the  care or training of
persons with mental retardation shall be  eligible
for  appointment to the council. The council shall
appoint  annually,  from  among  its  members,   a
chairman, vice chairman and secretary. The council
may make rules for the conduct of its affairs. The
council shall meet at least bimonthly and at other
times upon the call of the chair  or  the  written
request of any two members.
    (b)  The  council shall consider and advise on
such matters as its members, the [boards] BOARD of
trustees  of the training [schools] SCHOOL and the
commissioner of mental  retardation  may  request.
The council shall consult with the commissioner of
mental retardation on the  administration  of  the
state  program  for  the  mentally  retarded.  The
council shall recommend to the governor and to the
general  assembly  such legislation as will in its
judgment improve the care and training of mentally
retarded persons.
    Sec.   2.   Section  17a-271  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  board  of  trustees  of  [each]  THE
training school shall consist  of  seven  members,
who  shall  serve  without compensation except for
reimbursement for necessary expenses  incurred  in
performing  their duties. On the expiration of the
term of each member, the governor shall appoint  a
member  for a term of four years. [Each] THE board
of trustees shall establish rules of procedure for
the conduct of its business.
    (b)  The  board  of trustees [of each training
school]  shall  recommend  to  the  council   such
matters  as  it  deems necessary; shall advise the
director of  [each]  THE  institution  on  general
policies     concerning    the    operation    and
administration of the institution;  shall  inspect
such institution annually; shall review the annual
report of the director of the training school  and
in  cooperation with the director prepare annually
a   report   on   the   status,   operation    and
administration   of   the  institution  and  shall
transmit  the  same  to  the  council  on   mental
retardation  for  inclusion  in  a  report  to the
governor.
    Sec.   3.   Section  17a-280  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Mentally  retarded  persons,  not serious
discipline  problems,  may  be  recommitted  by  a
regular   probate   court   commitment   from  any
institution  in  the  state  to   [the   Mansfield
Training School,] The Southbury Training School, a
state  mental  retardation  region  or  any  state
facility provided for the care and training of the
mentally retarded. The court of  probate  situated
in  the  town  wherein  the institution from which
such mentally retarded person is recommitted shall
have jurisdiction.
    (b)  Any  mentally  retarded  resident  of any
such  institution  may  be  transferred  from  the
institution  to  which he is committed or admitted
to  any  of  the  other  institutions   upon   the
agreement of the superintendents or directors.
    (c)  Mentally  ill  persons may be transferred
from any such institution to  any  state  hospital
for   the  mentally  ill  upon  agreement  of  the
superintendents  of  the  respective  institutions
from  and  to  which  it is desired to make such a
transfer. The state hospitals for the mentally ill
may  transfer  any  mentally  retarded person, not
psychotic, to [the Mansfield Training  School  or]
The  Southbury  Training  School,  a  state mental
retardation region or any state facility  provided
for the care and training of the mentally retarded
upon agreement of the superintendents or directors
of  the  respective institutions from and to which
it is desired to make such a transfer.
    (d)  The  cost of any transfer or recommitment
shall be paid by the institution  from  which  the
transfer  is  made.  When a patient or resident of
any  institution  is  transferred,  the  order  of
commitment  shall  be  retained  in  the  original
institution to which the patient or  resident  was
committed and a certified copy of such commitment,
with the agreement of  transfer,  shall  accompany
him to the institution to which he is transferred.
    Sec.   4.   Section  17a-565  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    There  shall  be  an advisory and review board
for the institute,  constituted  as  follows:  The
commissioner,  a  psychiatrist on the staff of the
Institute of Living, two  physicians  licensed  to
practice  in  this  state,  one of whom shall have
broad experience in psychiatry, two  attorneys  of
this  state,  one  of  whom  shall  be  in  active
practice and have at least five years'  experience
in  the  trial of criminal cases, two members with
the rank of professor, one in  sociology  and  the
other  in psychology, from a college or university
situated in this state, and  one  person  actively
engaged  in  business  who  shall  have  at  least
fifteen years' experience in business  management.
Annually,  on  October  first,  the governor shall
appoint a member or members to replace those whose
terms  expire  for  terms  of five years each. The
board shall elect a chairman and a secretary,  who
shall  keep  full  and  accurate  minutes  of  its
meetings and preserve the same.  The  board  shall
meet  at the call of the chairman at least once in
every three months. Members  of  the  board  shall
receive  no  compensation for their duties as such
but shall be reimbursed for their actual  expenses
incurred in the course of their duties. Said board
shall confer with the staff of the  institute  and
give general consultative and advisory services on
problems and matters relating  to  its  work.  The
board   may   also   confer  with  the  warden  or
superintendent  of  the  Connecticut  Correctional
Institution,  Somers,  the  John  R.  Manson Youth
Institution,     Cheshire,     the     Connecticut
Correctional  Institution,  Niantic, the Long Lane
School,  the  Southbury  Training   School,   [the
Mansfield  Training  School]  and  the Connecticut
School for Boys on any  matters  relating  to  the
work of the institute.
    Sec.   5.   Section   17-579  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Uniform   forms   of   commitment   papers  or
mittimus  shall  be  used   by   all   authorities
throughout  the state in the commitment by them of
minors to the commissioner of human resources, the
commissioner  of  children  and  youth services or
humane or  reformatory  institutions.  Such  forms
shall be prepared by the attorney general, printed
at the expense of the state and furnished  by  the
commissioner  of  human resources or his designee.
In such forms there shall be stated the  following
particulars  in  regard  to  the  minor  committed
thereby: Name, age or date of birth as exactly  as
can  be determined, and the town or city and state
in which born;  name,  nationality  and  religious
preference of the parents so far as known. The age
thus ascertained shall be taken as the true age of
such   minor   with   reference  to  the  term  of
commitment. The authority committing any minor  to
the   commissioner   of   human   resources,   the
commissioner of children and youth services [, the
Mansfield   Training   School]  or  The  Southbury
Training School shall forthwith send a  notice  of
such  commitment  to  the  commissioner  of  human
resources or his designee in a  form  approved  by
him.  The  provisions  of  this  section shall not
apply  to  commitment  papers  made  pursuant   to
sections  18-65a or 18-73, which shall be prepared
by the judicial department.
    Sec.   6.   Section   53-164  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any  person  who  aids  or abets any inmate in
escaping from Long Lane  School,  the  Connecticut
School  for Boys [, the Mansfield Training School]
or The Southbury Training School or who  knowingly
harbors  any such inmate, or aids in abducting any
such inmate who has been paroled from  the  person
or  persons  to whose care and service such inmate
has been legally committed,  shall  be  fined  not
more  than  five hundred dollars or imprisoned not
more than  three  months  or  both.  Any  sheriff,
deputy  sheriff,  constable or officer of state or
local police, and any officer or employee  of  any
of  said  institutions, is authorized and directed
to arrest any person who has escaped therefrom and
return him thereto.
    Sec.  7.  Section 4b-1 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) The commissioner of public works shall (1)
be responsible for the administrative functions of
construction   and   planning   of   all   capital
improvements undertaken  by  the state, except (A)
highway and bridge construction, the  construction
and planning of  capital  improvements  related to
mass transit,  marine and aviation transportation,
(B)  the  Connecticut  Marketing  Authority,   (C)
planning  and construction of capital improvements
to the state capitol  building  or the legislative
office  building  and  related facilities  by  the
joint committee on legislative  management and (D)
construction and planning of capital  improvements
related  to  the   judicial   department  if  such
construction  and  planning  do not  constitute  a
project within the  meaning  of  subsection (e) of
section   4b-55,   including  the  preparation  of
preliminary plans,  estimates of cost, development
of  designs,  working  plans  and  specifications,
award of contracts and supervision and inspection;
(2) select design professional firms in accordance
with the provisions  of  sections  4b-56 to 4b-59,
inclusive,  to assist in the development of  plans
and  specifications   when  in  his  judgment such
assistance  is  desirable;  (3)  render  technical
advice and service  to  all  state agencies in the
preparation and correlation of plans for necessary
improvement  of   their   physical   plants;   (4)
cooperate   with   those   charged   with   fiscal
programming   and   budget   formulation   in  the
development  of  a capital program  and a  capital
budget for the state;  (5)  be responsible for the
purchase,   lease and acquisition of property  and
space to house state  agencies and, subject to the
provisions  of section 4b-21, the sale or exchange
of any land or interest  in  land belonging to the
state;    (6)  maintain  a  complete  and  current
inventory of all  state-owned  or  leased property
and  premises,  including space-utilization  data,
and  (7)  supervise   the   care  and  control  of
buildings and grounds owned or leased by the state
in Hartford, except  the  building  and grounds of
the  state  capitol  and  the  legislative  office
building and parking garage and related structures
and facilities and grounds, as provided in section
2-71h,  and  the  Connecticut  Marketing Authority
and  property under the supervision of the  office
of the chief court  administrator  under the terms
of  section  4b-11.   For  the  purposes  of  this
section,  the term  "judicial department" does not
include  the  courts of probate, the  division  of
criminal justice and the  public defender services
commission,  except where they share facilities in
state-maintained courts. Subject to the provisions
of  chapter 67, said commissioner may appoint such
employees as are  necessary  for  carrying out the
duties  prescribed  to said  commissioner  by  the
general statutes.
    (b) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THE
GENERAL    STATUTES   TO   THE   CONTRARY,     THE
COMMISSIONER MAY SUPERVISE THE CARE AND CONTROL OF
(1)  ANY STATE-OWNED OFFICE BUILDING,  AND RELATED
BUILDINGS  AND   GROUNDS,   OUTSIDE  THE  CITY  OF
HARTFORD, USED BY TWO OR MORE STATE DEPARTMENTS OR
AGENCIES,  EXCEPT  THE  JUDICIAL  DEPARTMENT,   AS
DISTRICT  OFFICES,   AND (2) ANY  OTHER  MULTI-USE
STATE-OWNED PROPERTY,  ON A TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT
BASIS,  IF THE COMMISSIONER, THE SECRETARY OF  THE
OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT  AND THE EXECUTIVE
HEAD  OF THE DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY SUPERVISING  THE
CARE AND  CONTROL  OF  SUCH  PROPERTY  AGREE,   IN
WRITING, TO SUCH SUPERVISION.
    Sec.  8.  In the event that supervision of the
care and control of  Mansfield  Training School is
transferred  to the commissioner of  public  works
pursuant to subsection  (b) of section 4b-1 of the
general statutes,  as amended by section 7 of this
act,  or that  such  supervision  is  subsequently
transferred  to  the  executive  head  of  another
department   or   agency,    any   unallocated  or
unallotted  balance  credited  to  any  bond  fund
account created for  funds  authorized pursuant to
the following special acts shall be transferred to
the  department  of  public  works  or  such other
department  or  agency,   as  the  case  may   be:
Subdivision (2) of  subsection (g) of section 2 of
special   act   86-54  and  subdivision   (3)   of
subsection (i) of section 2 of special act 89-52.
    Sec.  9.  This act  shall  take effect July 1,
1991,  except  that sections 1 to  6,   inclusive,
shall take effect October 1, 1991.