Substitute Senate Bill No. 550
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 550

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-158

AN   ACT   CONCERNING   THE   OPERATION   OF   THE
UNCAS-ON-THAMES  HOSPITAL AND  THE  RELOCATION  OF
FORMER NORWICH HOSPITAL TENANTS.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1. Section  10a-127  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Board of Trustees of The University of
Connecticut  is  authorized   to   establish   and
administer a fund,  to  be  known  as the Hospital
Fund, for the  operation  of  hospital facilities,
clinics and programs,  [except  for] INCLUDING, ON
AND AFTER JULY  1,  1995,  the facilities, clinics
and  programs  of  the  Uncas-on-Thames  Hospital.
Revenues received from and in connection with such
operations,   including   moneys   received   from
federal,  state, municipal  and  private  sources,
shall be deposited  in  the  State Treasury to the
credit of said fund. The resources of the fund are
to be used to pay the direct expenses of operation
and maintenance of  such  facilities  and programs
and to purchase  equipment  or  otherwise  improve
facilities. Such payments  shall  be  made  by the
State Treasurer on  warrants  issued  by the State
Comptroller, upon the order of authorized officers
of the university.  To provide working capital for
the  fund, moneys  may  be  transferred  from  The
University of Connecticut  Health Center Operating
Fund established under  the  provisions of section
10a-105, and not  more  than five hundred thousand
dollars may be  transferred  from the resources of
the General Fund  upon  the  recommendation of the
Governor and the  approval of the Finance Advisory
Committee.
    (b) For the  period beginning on July 1, 1989,
and ending on June 30, 1995, the Board of Trustees
of The University  of Connecticut is authorized to
establish and administer  a  fund,  to be known as
the  Uncas-on-Thames  Hospital   Fund,   for   the
operation   of   the    Uncas-on-Thames   Hospital
facilities,  clinics and  programs.  [Any  balance
remaining in the  fund  on  June  30,  1995, shall
revert to the  General  Fund and shall be credited
to  the  appropriation   for   The  University  of
Connecticut for the  fiscal  year  ending June 30,
1996, for the  operation  of  the  Uncas-on-Thames
Hospital   facilities,   clinics   and   programs.
Revenues received from and in connection with such
operations,   including   moneys   received   from
federal,  state, municipal  and  private  sources,
shall be deposited  in  the  State Treasury to the
credit of said fund. The resources of the fund are
to be used to pay the direct expenses of operation
and maintenance of  such  facilities  and programs
and to purchase  equipment  or  otherwise  improve
facilities. Such payments  shall  be  made  by the
State Treasurer on  warrants  issued  by the State
Comptroller, upon the order of authorized officers
of the university.]  ALL  BALANCE  SHEET ACCOUNTS,
INCLUDING ASSETS, LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCE, OF
THE  UNCAS-ON-THAMES HOSPITAL  FUND  ON  JUNE  30,
1995, SHALL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE HOSPITAL FUND ON
JULY  1,  1995,   FOR   THE   OPERATION   OF   THE
UNCAS-ON-THAMES HOSPITAL FACILITIES,  CLINICS  AND
PROGRAMS. REVENUES RECEIVED  ON  AND AFTER JULY 1,
1995, FROM AND  IN  CONNECTION  WITH  SUCH BALANCE
SHEET  ACCOUNTS, INCLUDING  MONEYS  RECEIVED  FROM
FEDERAL,  STATE, MUNICIPAL  AND  PRIVATE  SOURCES,
SHALL BE DEPOSITED  IN  THE  STATE TREASURY TO THE
CREDIT  OF  THE  HOSPITAL  FUND  FOR  PURPOSES  OF
MAINTAINING  OPERATIONS  AT   THE  UNCAS-ON-THAMES
CAMPUS. THE SUM  OF  FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS
OF THE UNCAS-ON-THAMES HOSPITAL FUND BALANCE SHALL
BE  RESERVED  WITHIN   THE   HOSPITAL   FUND   FOR
RENOVATIONS  IN  CONJUNCTION   WITH  THE  POSSIBLE
REPLACEMENT OF EQUIPMENT  AT  THE  UNCAS-ON-THAMES
PHELPS CLINIC. IF  A SUM OF LESS THAN FOUR HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS IS REQUIRED FOR SUCH RENOVATIONS,
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN  THE  AMOUNT  REQUIRED  FOR
SUCH RENOVATIONS AND FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS
SHALL BE TRANSFERRED  TO  THE GENERAL FUND AT SUCH
TIME AS SUCH RENOVATIONS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, OR A
DETERMINATION HAS BEEN  MADE  THAT  NO RENOVATIONS
ARE NECESSARY.
    (c) For the  period beginning on July 1, 1989,
and ending on  June 30, 1995, any revenue received
by the state  which  is  attributable  to services
provided by Uncas-on-Thames  Hospital on and after
July 1, 1989,  and prior to July 1, 1995, shall be
credited to the Uncas-on-Thames Hospital Fund.
    (d)  The University  of  Connecticut  and  the
Office  of Policy  and  Management  shall  jointly
evaluate  the  operation  of  the  Uncas-on-Thames
Hospital  Fund and  shall  submit  recommendations
concerning the continuation  of  the  fund  to the
joint standing committees  of the General Assembly
having   cognizance   of   matters   relating   to
education, public health  and  appropriations  and
the  budgets of  state  agencies  not  later  than
January 4, 1995.
    Sec. 2. (NEW)  (a)  As  used  in this section,
"priority mental health  facility  project"  means
each  step, part  or  aspect  of  the  process  of
locating the former  Norwich  Hospital  tenants on
the campus of  Uncas-on-Thames  Hospital  or other
alternative sites including,  but  not limited to,
repairing,  renovating,  enlarging   or  equipping
existing buildings or constructing new buildings.
    (b)  Notwithstanding  any   provision  of  the
general statutes or  any  special  act, a priority
mental health facility  project  and each contract
entered into in connection with a project shall be
exempt from the  provisions  of sections 4b-58 and
4b-91, as amended,  and  from the requirements for
approval of a  request or application provided for
in subsections (a)  to  (d), inclusive, of section
19a-154, as amended,  and  in  subsection  (a)  of
section  19a-155  of   the  general  statutes  and
sections  22a-1 to  22a-1(h),  inclusive,  of  the
general statutes, provided: (1) The project begins
no later than  October 1, 1996; (2) the project is
completed no later than July 1, 1998; (3) the cost
of the project  does  not  exceed  twenty  million
dollars; and (4) the Commissioner of Mental Health
and Addiction Services certifies in writing to the
Secretary of the  Office  of Policy and Management
that the project  meets  the  criteria of this act
and upon such  certification  the Secretary of the
Office of Policy  and  Management  authorizes  the
Commissioner of Public  Works  to  implement  such
project.
    Sec. 3. This  act  shall  take effect from its
passage.

Approved May 31, 1996