Substitute House Bill No. 5042
          Substitute House Bill No. 5042

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-312


AN ACT CONCERNING  LIABILITY  FOR  ALL CHARGES FOR
SUPPORT OF PERSONS  IN  A STATE INSTITUTION AND AN
ANNUAL SOCIAL HEALTH INDEX.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  (NEW)  (a)  The  Secretary of the
Office of Policy and Management  shall  develop  a
standardized form of notice for the Departments of
Social Services,  Children  and  Families,  Mental
Retardation   and   Mental  Health  and  Addiction
Services for  the  purpose  of  disclosing  to  an
applicant  or recipient of care or support, or the
legally liable relative, as defined in  subsection
(c) of section 4a-12 of the general statutes, of a
person receiving care or support, the  possibility
of  liability for reimbursement of any amount paid
by the state on behalf of the care or  support  of
an  applicant, recipient or child. Said form shall
include  the  following:  (1)   Whether   payments
required  are  full  or  partial payment of moneys
owed to the department; (2) that the applicant  or
recipient  of  care  or  support,  or  the legally
liable relative may be liable for the entire  cost
of  care or support; and (3) that upon request, at
the end of care or support, itemization  of  costs
and  list  of  services provided. Said form may be
included in an application for care or support.
    (b)  The  Departments   of   Social  Services,
Children  and  Families,  Mental  Retardation  and
Mental Health and Addiction Services shall provide
the  form  of   notice   established  pursuant  to
subsection (a) of  this  section to all applicants
or recipients of  care  or  support or the legally
liable relatives, as  defined in subsection (c) of
section 4a-12 of the general statutes, as amended,
of a child  receiving  care  or  support,  if  the
whereabouts of such relatives are known.
    Sec.  2.  Subsection  (a) of section 17b-93 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  If  a  beneficiary  of aid under sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,  17b-264
to   17b-285,   inclusive,   17b-357  to  17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807
and  17b-808  has or acquires property of any kind
or interest in any property, estate  or  claim  of
any   kind,   EXCEPT   MONEYS   RECEIVED  FOR  THE
REPLACEMENT OF  REAL  OR  PERSONAL  PROPERTY,  the
state of Connecticut shall have a claim subject to
subsections (b) and (c)  of  this  section,  which
shall  have  priority  over  all  other  unsecured
claims and unrecorded encumbrances,  against  such
beneficiary  for  the full amount paid, subject to
the provisions of section 17b-94, to him or in his
behalf  under  sections  17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive,  17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive,  17b-357
to   17b-362,   inclusive,   17b-600  to  17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808; and,  in  addition
thereto,  the  parents  of  an  aid  to  dependent
children beneficiary shall  be  liable  to  repay,
subject  to  the  provisions of section 17b-94, to
the state the full amount of any such aid paid  to
or in behalf of either parent, his spouse, and his
child or children. The state of Connecticut  shall
have  a  lien  against  property  of  any  kind or
interest in any property, estate or claim  of  any
kind  of  the  parents  of  an  aid  to  dependent
children  beneficiary,  in  addition  and  not  in
substitution of its claim, for amounts owing under
any order for support of any court or  any  family
support  magistrate, including any arrearage under
such order, provided  household  goods  and  other
personal  property  identified in section 52-352b,
[and] real property pursuant to section 17b-79, as
long  as  such  property is used as a home for the
beneficiary AND MONEY RECEIVED FOR THE REPLACEMENT
OF REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY, shall be exempt from
such lien.
    Sec. 3. Subsection  (b)  of section 17b-223 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) The maximum  rate  to  be  charged for the
support of each patient for the ensuing year shall
be the per  capita  cost.  The commissioner shall,
upon the admission  of  each  patient  to a humane
institution,   and  may,   upon   any   subsequent
readmission   of   such    patient,    cause    an
investigation  to  be   made   of   the  financial
circumstances of each liable person and the estate
of each patient  and, if any such person or estate
is found unable  to pay the per capita cost, shall
bill such liable person or estate from the date of
admission at a  rate which he finds such person or
estate able to  pay, provided the total billing to
all persons responsible  for  the  support  of any
patient,  including  the   patient   or  patient's
estate,  shall  be   based   on   actual  days  of
attendance at the  facility involved and shall not
exceed the per  capita cost. A COMPLETE DISCLOSURE
FOR THE AMOUNT  AND  TERMS OF SUCH MONTHLY BILLING
AND CONTINUING LIABILITY FOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH
SERVICES PROVIDED BY  THE  STATE SHALL BE PROVIDED
TO  SUCH  LIABLE   PERSON   OR  PATIENT  PRIOR  TO
ADMISSION OR IF  THE  IMMEDIATE  NEED OR ADMISSION
PRECLUDES  SUCH  NOTIFICATION,   AT  THE  EARLIEST
POSSIBILITY THEREAFTER.
    Sec. 4. (NEW)  (a)  The Commission on Children
shall develop, within available appropriations, an
annual social health index report for the state of
Connecticut to monitor  the  social  health of its
citizens and assist  the  state  in  analyzing and
publicizing social health issues and in evaluating
the state's progress in addressing these issues.
    (b)  Said  commission   may   accept  for  the
development of said  index,  any  and  all grants,
contributions  or  donations   of  money  and  may
receive, utilize and dispose of the same.

Approved July 8, 1997