House Bill No. 5332
               House Bill No. 5332

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-175


AN ACT TO  IMPLEMENT  THE  RECOMMENDATIONS  OF THE
LEGISLATIVE  PROGRAM  REVIEW   AND  INVESTIGATIONS
COMMITTEE REGARDING ELDERLY SERVICES.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section   1.  (NEW)   (a)   There   shall   be
established a long-term  care  planning  committee
for  the  purpose  of  exchanging  information  on
long-term   care   issues,   coordinating   policy
development and establishing a long-term care plan
for elderly persons. Such plan shall integrate the
three  components  of   a  long-term  care  system
including  home  and   community-based   services,
supportive   housing  arrangements   and   nursing
facilities. Such plan  shall include: (1) A vision
and mission statement for a long-term care system;
(2)  the  current   number   of   elderly  persons
receiving   services;   (3)    demographic    data
concerning elderly persons  by  service  type; (4)
the  current aggregate  cost  of  such  system  of
services;  (5)  forecasts  of  future  demand  for
services; (6) the  type  of services available and
the amount of  funds necessary to meet the demand;
(7) projected costs  for  programs associated with
such  system;  (8)   strategies   to  promote  the
Partnership  for  Long-term   Care   Program;  (9)
resources necessary to  accomplish  goals  for the
future; (10) funding  sources  available; and (11)
the  number  and  types  of  providers  needed  to
deliver  services.  The  plan  shall  address  how
changes in one  component  of  such long-term care
system impact other components of such system.
    (b)  The  long-term  care  planning  committee
shall consist of: (1) The chairpersons and ranking
members  of  the   joint   standing   and   select
committees   of  the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating to human services,
public  health,  elderly  services  and  long-term
care; (2) the  Commissioner of Social Services, or
his designee; (3)  one  member  of  the  Office of
Policy and Management  appointed  by the Secretary
of the Office  of  Policy  and Management; (4) one
member  from the  Department  of  Social  Services
appointed by the  Commissioner of Social Services;
(5)  one member  from  the  Department  of  Public
Health appointed by  the  Commissioner  of  Public
Health; (6) one  member  from  the  Department  of
Economic and Community  Development  appointed  by
the  Commissioner  of   Economic   and   Community
Development; and (7) one member from the Office of
Health Care Access  appointed  by the Commissioner
of Health Care Access. The committee shall convene
no later than ninety days after the effective date
of this act.  Any  vacancy  shall be filled by the
appointing  authority. The  chairperson  shall  be
elected from among the members of the committee.
    (c)  Not  later  than  January  1,  1999,  and
biennially thereafter, the long-term care planning
committee,  shall submit  a  long-term  care  plan
pursuant to subsection  (a) of this section to the
joint  standing  and   select  committees  of  the
General  Assembly  having  cognizance  of  matters
relating to human services, public health, elderly
services and long-term  care,  in  accordance with
the provisions of  section  11-4a  of  the general
statutes.
    Sec. 2. This  act  shall  take effect from its
passage.

Approved June 4, 1998