Substitute Senate Bill No. 171
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 171

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-237


AN ACT CONCERNING THE CHILDREN'S TRUST FUND AND AN
OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENTS ADVISORY COUNCIL.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section  17a-50  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) There is  established  a  Children's Trust
Fund the resources  of  which shall be used by the
[Department of Children  and  Families,  with  the
advice of the]  council  established  pursuant  to
subsection (b) of  this  section, to fund programs
aimed at preventing  child  abuse  AND NEGLECT AND
FAMILY RESOURCE PROGRAMS. Said fund is intended to
be  in addition  to  those  resources  that  would
otherwise  be  appropriated   by   the  state  for
programs  aimed  at  preventing  child  abuse  AND
NEGLECT   AND  FAMILY   RESOURCE   PROGRAMS.   The
[Commissioner of Children and Families] CHILDREN'S
TRUST FUND COUNCIL  may  apply  for and accept any
federal funds which are available for a Children's
Trust Fund and  shall administer such funds in the
manner required by  federal  law.  The  fund shall
receive money from  grants and gifts made pursuant
to section 17a-18.  The  [Commissioner of Children
and Families] CHILDREN'S  TRUST FUND COUNCIL shall
adopt   regulations,  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter  54,  to administer the fund
and to set  eligibility  requirements for programs
seeking funding. Youth service bureaus may receive
funds from the Children's Trust Fund.
    (b)  There  shall   be   established,   within
existing  resources,  a   Children's   Trust  Fund
Council  which  shall  be  [an  advisory  council]
within the Department of Children and Families FOR
ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY. The council shall be
composed of [nine]  SIXTEEN  members  as  follows:
[The Commissioner of  Children and Families or his
designee,  five representatives  of  the  business
community  with experience  in  fund-raising,  one
each appointed by the president pro tempore of the
Senate,   the   speaker    of    the    House   of
Representatives and the  minority  leader  of  the
House of Representatives and two members appointed
by the minority  leader  of  the Senate, and three
representatives  who  shall  be  knowledgeable  in
child abuse prevention  and  children's  services,
one each appointed by the president pro tempore of
the  Senate,  the   speaker   of   the   House  of
Representatives and the  minority  leader  of  the
House of Representatives.  At  least  two  of  the
members  shall  be  representatives  of  civic  or
voluntary organizations.] (1) THE COMMISSIONERS OF
THE  DEPARTMENTS OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES,  EDUCATION,
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES  AND PUBLIC HEALTH, OR THEIR
DESIGNEES; (2) A  REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE BUSINESS
COMMUNITY   WITH   EXPERIENCE   IN   FUND-RAISING,
APPOINTED BY THE  PRESIDENT  PRO  TEMPORE  OF  THE
SENATE;  (3)  A  REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE  BUSINESS
COMMUNITY   WITH   EXPERIENCE   IN   FUND-RAISING,
APPOINTED  BY  THE   SPEAKER   OF   THE  HOUSE  OF
REPRESENTATIVES;  (4)  A   REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE
BUSINESS    COMMUNITY    WITH     EXPERIENCE    IN
FUND-RAISING, APPOINTED BY  THE MINORITY LEADER OF
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; (5) A REPRESENTATIVE
OF  THE  BUSINESS  COMMUNITY  WITH  EXPERIENCE  IN
FUND-RAISING, APPOINTED BY  THE MINORITY LEADER OF
THE  SENATE;  (6)   A  PARENT,  APPOINTED  BY  THE
MAJORITY LEADER OF  THE  HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES;
(7) A PARENT,  APPOINTED BY THE MAJORITY LEADER OF
THE  SENATE;  (8)   A  PARENT,  APPOINTED  BY  THE
PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE  OF THE SENATE; (9) A PERSON
WITH   EXPERTISE  IN   CHILD   ABUSE   PREVENTION,
APPOINTED  BY  THE   SPEAKER   OF   THE  HOUSE  OF
REPRESENTATIVES; (10) A  PERSON  WITH EXPERTISE IN
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION,  APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY
LEADER OF THE  HOUSE  OF  REPRESENTATIVES;  (11) A
STAFF MEMBER OF  A CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM,
APPOINTED BY THE  MINORITY  LEADER  OF THE SENATE;
(12) A STAFF  MEMBER  OF  A CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION
PROGRAM, APPOINTED BY  THE  MAJORITY LEADER OF THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; AND (13) A PEDIATRICIAN,
APPOINTED BY THE  MAJORITY  LEADER  OF THE SENATE.
The council shall  solicit  and  accept  funds, on
behalf of the  Children's  Trust  Fund, to be used
for the prevention  of child abuse AND NEGLECT AND
FAMILY   RESOURCE   PROGRAMS    and   shall   make
[recommendations to the  Commissioner  of Children
and  Families  concerning]   grants   to  programs
pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.
    (c) On or  before  July  1,  [1990]  1997, and
annually thereafter, the [Commissioner of Children
and Families] CHILDREN'S  TRUST FUND COUNCIL shall
report   to   the   joint   standing   [committee]
COMMITTEES   of  the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating to human services,
PUBLIC HEALTH AND  EDUCATION concerning the source
and amount of  funds  received  by  the Children's
Trust Fund and the manner in which such funds were
administered and disbursed.
    Sec. 2. (NEW)  (a)  There  is  established  an
Out-of-Home  Placements  Advisory   Council.   The
council shall advise  and  make recommendations to
the  Governor,  the   General   Assembly  and  the
Commissioner of Children  and Families concerning:
(1)  The  Department  of  Children  and  Families'
placement processes and  policies,  including, but
not limited to, policies regarding foster care and
therapeutic  foster care,  residential  treatment,
group  home  and   transitional  living  services,
emergency  shelter  and  inpatient  mental  health
placements; (2) the placement resources needed for
the  populations and  age  groups  the  department
serves, including a discussion of resources needed
for  populations  that   (A)   have  been  abused,
neglected or are  at-risk,  (B) have mental health
or  substance  abuse   treatment  needs,  (C)  are
delinquent,  (D) are  members  of  a  family  with
service   needs,  (E)   are   committed   to   the
department,  or  (F)   are   receiving   voluntary
services  or  services  through  the  noncommitted
treatment program; (3) the geographic availability
of placement services;  (4)  the  availability  of
culturally  competent  services   and  appropriate
services for children  with  complex medical needs
or  physical or  developmental  disabilities;  (5)
eligibility   and   utilization    standards   for
out-of-home  care  options   and  eligibility  and
utilization standards for  the populations and age
groups the department  serves;  (6)  the impact of
the policies and  processes  of  the department on
the availability of  timely and appropriate access
to  services;  (7)   an   examination  of  quality
assurance measures; (8)  the  amount  of family or
guardian input with  respect  to placement options
and  service providers;  (9)  the  timeliness  and
effectiveness of client  and  family  or  guardian
grievance   procedures;   (10)   the   degree   of
coordination with other  state  and local agencies
and  private organizations  having  responsibility
for  populations  or  age  groups  the  department
serves;  and  (11)   other   issues   relating  to
out-of-home placements, as  the  council  may deem
appropriate.
    (b) The advisory  council shall consist of (1)
the chairpersons and  ranking members of the joint
standing committees of the General Assembly having
cognizance of matters  relating  to human services
and  judiciary  and   the   select   committee  on
children,  or  their   designees;  (2)  the  Child
Advocate, or his  designee;  (3)  a private sector
children's advocate, appointed  by  the  Governor;
(4)  a  nonprofit   provider   of  group  home  or
transitional  living  services   for  adolescents,
appointed  by  the   speaker   of   the  House  of
Representatives;   (5)  a   nonprofit   children's
residential treatment provider,  appointed  by the
president  pro  tempore   of  the  Senate;  (6)  a
licensed    child   placing    agency    providing
therapeutic or professional  foster care services,
appointed by the  majority  leader  of the Senate;
(7)  a  nonprofit   emergency   shelter  provider,
appointed by the  minority  leader  of the Senate;
(8) a provider  of inpatient psychiatric services,
appointed by the  majority  leader of the House of
Representatives; (9) a foster parent, appointed by
the   minority   leader    of    the    House   of
Representatives;  (10)  one  representative  of  a
local  youth  services   agency  or  police  youth
division, appointed by the speaker of the House of
Representatives; (11) one  provider  of behavioral
health services for  children and youth, appointed
by the president  pro  tempore of the Senate; (12)
two parents, parent  advocates,  or  recipients or
former   recipients  of   department   residential
services, one appointed  by the majority leader of
the  Senate and  one  appointed  by  the  majority
leader of the  House  of Representatives; (13) the
Director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy,
or  his  designee;  (14)  four  employees  of  the
Department of Children  and Families, one from the
Residential Placement Team, one from the Office of
Child Welfare Services,  one  from  the  Office of
Juvenile Justice Services, and one from the Office
of  Mental  Health,  Substance  Abuse  and  Health
Services, each of  whom  shall be appointed by the
commissioner; (15) one  employee  of  the judicial
branch having experience  in  matters  relating to
juveniles,   appointed   by    the   chief   court
administrator;  (16) the  Commissioner  of  Mental
Health and Addiction  Services,  or  his designee;
(17)  the  Commissioner   of   Education,  or  his
designee;  and (18)  the  Commissioner  of  Mental
Retardation, or his designee.
    (c) The council shall elect a chairperson from
among its members,  except that the speaker of the
House of Representatives  and  the  president  pro
tempore of the  Senate  shall  jointly  select the
chairperson for the  first meeting of the council.
Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting
of the council, which shall be no later than sixty
days after the effective date of this act.
    (d) The membership  of the council shall serve
without compensation. The  Department  of Children
and  Families  shall   provide,  within  available
resources, clerical support to the council.
    (e) On or before January 1, 1998, and annually
thereafter,   the   council   shall   report   its
activities for the  preceding  year  to  the joint
standing committees of the General Assembly having
cognizance of matters  relating  to human services
and  judiciary  and   the   select   committee  on
children.
    Sec. 3. This  act  shall  take effect from its
passage, except that  section  1 shall take effect
July 1, 1997.

Approved June 24, 1997