Substitute Senate Bill No. 426
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 426

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-247


AN ACT CONCERNING  LICENSURE  AND CERTIFICATION OF
ALCOHOL AND DRUG  COUNSELORS, CONTINUING EDUCATION
FOR  SOCIAL  WORKERS   AND   NURSING  HOME  SOCIAL
WORKERS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section 1 of public act 97-186 is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    For  purposes  of  [this act] SUBDIVISION (18)
OF SUBSECTION (c) OF SECTION 19a-14, AS AMENDED BY
THIS  ACT,  AND  SECTIONS  1  TO  9, INCLUSIVE, OF
PUBLIC ACT 97-186, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT:
    (1)  "Commissioner"  means the Commissioner of
Public Health;
    (2)  "Licensed  alcohol  and  drug  counselor"
means a person  [who  meets  the  requirements  of
subsection  (c)  of  section  2  of  this  act  or
subsection (a) of section 4 of this act;
    (3)   "Licensed  associate  alcohol  and  drug
counselor"  means   a   person   who   meets   the
requirements  of  subsection  (d)  of section 2 of
this act or subsection (b) of section  4  of  this
act]  LICENSED  UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 1
TO 9, INCLUSIVE, OF PUBLIC ACT 97-186, AS  AMENDED
BY THIS ACT;
    (3)  "CERTIFIED  ALCOHOL  AND  DRUG COUNSELOR"
MEANS A PERSON CERTIFIED UNDER THE  PROVISIONS  OF
SECTIONS  1 TO 9, INCLUSIVE, OF PUBLIC ACT 97-186,
AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT;
    (4)  "Practice of alcohol and drug counseling"
means the professional application of methods that
assist  an  individual  or  group  to  develop  an
understanding  of  alcohol  and  drug   dependency
problems, define goals, and plan action reflecting
the individual's or  group's  interest,  abilities
and   needs   as  affected  by  alcohol  and  drug
dependency problems;
    (5)  "Private  practice  of  alcohol  and drug
counseling"  means  the  independent  practice  of
alcohol  and  drug  counseling  by  a  licensed OR
CERTIFIED  alcohol  and  drug  counselor  who   is
self-employed  on  a  full-time or part-time basis
and  who  is  responsible  for  that   independent
practice;
    (6)  "Self-help group" means a voluntary group
of persons who offer peer support to each other in
recovering from an addiction; and
    (7)  "Supervision" means the [direct review of
a person for the purpose  of  teaching,  training,
administering,  accountability  or clinical review
by a supervisor in the same  area  of  specialized
practice]   REGULAR  ON-SITE  OBSERVATION  OF  THE
FUNCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES OF AN  ALCOHOL  AND  DRUG
COUNSELOR  IN  THE  PERFORMANCE  OF HIS DUTIES AND
RESPONSIBILITIES  TO  INCLUDE  A  REVIEW  OF   THE
RECORDS,     REPORTS,     TREATMENT    PLANS    OR
RECOMMENDATIONS DEVELOPED BY  A  LICENSED  ALCOHOL
AND  DRUG  COUNSELOR WITH RESPECT TO AN INDIVIDUAL
OR GROUP.
    Sec.  2.  Section  2  of  public act 97-186 is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    (a)  Except  as provided in section 9 of [this
act] PUBLIC ACT 97-186, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, no
person shall engage in the practice of alcohol and
drug counseling  unless  licensed  as  [either]  a
licensed  alcohol  and  drug counselor pursuant to
subsection (c) of  this  section  or  [a  licensed
associate]  CERTIFIED  AS  A CERTIFIED alcohol and
drug counselor pursuant to subsection (d) of  this
section.
    (b)  Except  as provided in section 9 of [this
act] PUBLIC ACT 97-186, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, no
person  shall  engage  in  the private practice of
alcohol and drug counseling [for a fee] unless (1)
licensed  as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor
pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, or (2)
[licensed   as   an   associate]  CERTIFIED  AS  A
CERTIFIED alcohol and drug counselor  pursuant  to
subsection  (d)  of  this  section  and PRACTICING
under the supervision of a  licensed  alcohol  and
drug counselor.
    (c)   To   be  eligible  for  licensure  as  a
licensed alcohol and drug counselor, an  applicant
shall  (1) have attained a master's degree from an
accredited institution of higher education with  a
minimum  of  eighteen  graduate  semester hours in
counseling or counseling-related subjects,  EXCEPT
THAT   APPLICANTS   HOLDING   CERTIFIED   CLINICAL
SUPERVISOR STATUS BY THE CONNECTICUT CERTIFICATION
BOARD,  INC. AS OF OCTOBER 1, 1998, MAY SUBSTITUTE
SUCH CERTIFICATION IN LIEU OF THE MASTER'S  DEGREE
REQUIREMENT,  and  (2) be [licensed,] CERTIFIED or
have met all  the  requirements  for  [licensure,]
CERTIFICATION  as a [licensed associate] CERTIFIED
alcohol and drug counselor.
    (d)    To    be   eligible   for   [licensure]
CERTIFICATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF  PUBLIC  HEALTH
as  a  [licensed  associate] CERTIFIED alcohol and
drug  counselor,  an  applicant  shall  have   (1)
completed   three   hundred  hours  of  supervised
practical training in alcohol and drug  counseling
that   the   commissioner  deems  acceptable;  (2)
completed three  years  of  supervised  paid  work
experience   or   unpaid   internship   that   the
commissioner  deems   acceptable   that   entailed
working  directly  with  alcohol and drug clients,
except that a master's degree may  be  substituted
for  one  year  of  such experience; (3) completed
three hundred sixty hours of commissioner-approved
education,  at  least  two  hundred forty hours of
which relates to  the  knowledge  and  skill  base
associated  with  the practice of alcohol and drug
counseling; [(4) successfully  completed  an  oral
examination   on   the  applicant's  written  case
presentation;  and  (5)]  AND   (4)   successfully
completed  a  [written examination provided by the
commissioner, which may be a  written  examination
administered  by  a  nationally recognized alcohol
and drug  counseling  certification  organization]
DEPARTMENT PRESCRIBED EXAMINATION.
    (e)     FOR     INDIVIDUALS    APPLYING    FOR
CERTIFICATION AS AN ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELOR  BY
THE  DEPARTMENT  OF PUBLIC HEALTH PRIOR TO OCTOBER
1, 1998, CURRENT CERTIFICATION BY  THE  DEPARTMENT
OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  AND  ADDICTION SERVICES MAY BE
SUBSTITUTED FOR THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS  OF
SUBSECTION (d) OF THIS SECTION.
    Sec.  3.  Section  3  of  public act 97-186 is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    (a)  The commissioner shall grant a license as
a alcohol and drug counselor to any applicant  who
furnishes  satisfactory  evidence  that he has met
the requirements of subsection (c) of section 2 or
section  5  of  [this  act]  PUBLIC ACT 97-186, AS
AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT.  The  commissioner   shall
develop   and   provide   application  forms.  The
application fee shall be [two] ONE  hundred  fifty
dollars.
    (b)   [Renewal   of  a  license  issued  under
subsection  (a)  of  this  section  may  be   made
annually pursuant to section 19a-88 of the general
statutes]  A  LICENSE  AS  AN  ALCOHOL  AND   DRUG
COUNSELOR  SHALL BE RENEWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
PROVISIONS  OF  SECTION  19a-88,  as  amended   by
section  10  of  [this  act] PUBLIC ACT 97-186, AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT,  for  a  fee  of  [two]  ONE
hundred  fifty  dollars. [and upon presentation by
the renewal applicant of evidence satisfactory  to
the  commissioner  of completion of any continuing
education  requirements  established  pursuant  to
section 7 of this act.]
    (c)  The  commissioner  shall grant [a license
as an  associate]  CERTIFICATION  AS  A  CERTIFIED
alcohol  and  drug  counselor to any applicant who
furnishes satisfactory evidence that  he  has  met
the requirements of subsection (d) of section 2 or
section 5 of [this  act]  PUBLIC  ACT  97-186,  AS
AMENDED   BY  THIS  ACT.  The  commissioner  shall
develop  and  provide   application   forms.   The
application  fee  shall be [two] ONE hundred fifty
dollars.
    [(d)   Renewal   of  a  license  issued  under
subsection  (c)  of  this  section  may  be   made
annually pursuant to section 19a-88 of the general
statutes, as amended by section 10  of  this  act,
for  a  fee  of two hundred fifty dollars and upon
presentation by the renewal applicant of  evidence
satisfactory  to the commissioner of completion of
any continuing education requirements  established
pursuant  to section 7 of this act.]
    (d)  A CERTIFICATE  AS  AN  ALCOHOL  AND  DRUG
COUNSELOR MAY BE  RENEWED  IN  ACCORDANCE WITH THE
PROVISIONS  OF  SECTION   19a-88,  AS  AMENDED  BY
SECTION 10 OF  PUBLIC ACT 97-186, AND THIS ACT FOR
A FEE OF ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS.
    (e)  The  commissioner  may  contract  with  a
qualified private organization for  services  that
include (1) providing verification that applicants
for  licensure  OR  CERTIFICATION  have  met   the
education,    training    and    work   experience
requirements under [this act]  SECTIONS  1  TO  9,
INCLUSIVE,  OF  PUBLIC  ACT  97-186, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT; and (2)  any  other  services  that  the
commissioner may deem necessary.
    Sec.  4.  Section  4  of  public act 97-186 is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    (a)  Any  person  who  has attained a master's
level degree and is certified by the Department of
Mental   Health   and   Addiction  Services  as  a
substance abuse counselor  on  October  1,  [1997]
1998,  shall be deemed a licensed alcohol and drug
counselor.  Any  person  so   deemed   shall   [be
considered  licensed  until  October  1, 1998, and
shall, in order to  remain  licensed,]  renew  his
license  pursuant to section 19a-88 of the general
statutes, as amended by section 10 of  [this  act]
PUBLIC ACT 97-186 AND THIS ACT, for a fee of [two]
ONE hundred fifty dollars. [and upon  presentation
by  the renewal applicant of evidence satisfactory
to  the  commissioner   of   completion   of   any
continuing   education   requirements  established
pursuant to section 7 of this act.]
    (b)   Any   person  who  has  not  attained  a
master's level degree  and  is  certified  by  the
Department   of   Mental   Health  and  [Addition]
ADDICTION Services as a substance abuse  counselor
on  October  1,  [1997]  1998,  shall  be deemed a
[licensed associate] CERTIFIED  alcohol  and  drug
counselor.   Any   person   so  deemed  shall  [be
considered licensed until  October  1,  1998,  and
shall,  in  order  to  remain  licensed, renew his
license]  RENEW  HIS  CERTIFICATION  pursuant   to
section 19a-88 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 10 of [this act] PUBLIC ACT 97-186  AND
THIS  ACT,  for  a  fee of [two] ONE hundred fifty
dollars. [and upon  presentation  by  the  renewal
applicant   of   evidence   satisfactory   to  the
commissioner  of  completion  of  any   continuing
education  requirements  established  pursuant  to
section 7 of this act.]
    (c)  Any  person  who  is not certified by the
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
as  a  substance  abuse  counselor  on [October 1,
1997] JULY 1,  1998,  who  (1)  documents  to  the
department  that  he  has  a minimum of five years
full-time  or  eight  years  part-time  paid  work
experience,  under  supervision, as an alcohol and
drug counselor,  and  (2)  successfully  passes  a
commissioner-approved   [written]  examination  no
later than [October 1, 1998] JULY 1,  1999,  shall
be deemed a [licensed associate] CERTIFIED alcohol
and drug counselor. Any person so deemed shall [be
considered  licensed  until  October  1, 1999, and
shall, in order  to  remain  licensed,  renew  his
license]   RENEW  HIS  CERTIFICATION  pursuant  to
section 19a-88 of the general statutes, as amended
by  section 10 of [this act] PUBLIC ACT 97-186 AND
THIS ACT, for a fee of  [two]  ONE  hundred  fifty
dollars.  [and  upon  presentation  by the renewal
applicant  of   evidence   satisfactory   to   the
commissioner   of  completion  of  any  continuing
education  requirements  established  pursuant  to
section 7 of this act.]
    Sec.  5.  Section  5  of  public act 97-186 is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    The   commissioner   may   [grant  a  license]
LICENSE OR CERTIFY without  examination  [to]  any
applicant  who,  at  the  time  of application, is
licensed or certified by a governmental agency  or
private  organization  located  in  another state,
territory or jurisdiction whose standards, in  the
opinion  of  the  commissioner,  are substantially
similar to, or higher than, those of this state.
    Sec.  6.  Section  6  of  public act 97-186 is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    No person shall  assume, represent himself as,
or  use  the   title  or  designation  "alcoholism
counselor", "alcohol counselor", "alcohol and drug
counselor",  "alcoholism  and   drug   counselor",
"licensed clinical alcohol  and  drug  counselor",
"licensed alcohol and  drug  counselor", "licensed
associate alcohol and  drug counselor", "certified
alcohol and drug  counselor", "chemical dependency
counselor",  "chemical dependency  supervisor"  or
any of the  abbreviations  for such titles, unless
licensed OR CERTIFIED under section 3 or SECTION 4
of [this act]  PUBLIC  ACT  97-186,  AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, and  unless  the  title  or  designation
corresponds to the license OR CERTIFICATION held.
    Sec.  7.  Section  7  of  public act 97-186 is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    [(a) The commissioner shall:
    (1)  Examine and pass on the qualifications of
all licensure applicants;
    (2)  Establish professional practice standards
for  licensed  alcohol  and  drug  counselors  and
licensed associate alcohol and drug counselors;
    (3)  Establish  standards  for  the continuing
education of licensed alcohol and drug  counselors
and    licensed   associate   alcohol   and   drug
counselors, which shall  not  exceed  forty  hours
every two years;
    (4)   Examine,   evaluate  and  supervise  all
examinations and procedures as to whether  or  not
the  examinations  and  procedures  are as free as
possible from cultural and linguistic bias; and
    (5)  Annually  publish  a  list  of  names and
addresses  of  all  licensed  alcohol   and   drug
counselors and licensed associate alcohol and drug
counselors who are licensed  by  the  commissioner
under this act.]
    [(b)]    The    commissioner    shall    adopt
regulations, in accordance  with chapter 54 of the
general statutes, to implement provisions of [this
act] SECTIONS 1  TO  9,  INCLUSIVE,  OF PUBLIC ACT
97-186, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec.  8.  Section  8  of  public act 97-186 is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    [(a)     The    commissioner    may    conduct
investigations and take  disciplinary  action  for
any of the following reasons: (1) Violation of any
of the provisions of this act or of any regulation
adopted  thereunder  or refusal to comply with any
such  provision  or  regulation;  (2)   fraud   or
material  deception  in  obtaining  a license; (3)
conviction  of  a  felony;   or   (4)   negligent,
incompetent or wrongful conduct in the practice of
alcohol and drug counseling.
    (b)  The  commissioner  may  take  any  of the
following  actions  for  cause  as  set  forth  in
subsection   (a)  of  this  section:  (1)  License
revocation; (2) license suspension;  (3)  issuance
of  a  letter  of reprimand; or (4) placement of a
licensee on probationary status.] THE COMMISSIONER
MAY  SUSPEND,  REVOKE OR REFUSE TO ISSUE A LICENSE
IN  CIRCUMSTANCES  THAT  HAVE  ENDANGERED  OR  ARE
LIKELY  TO  ENDANGER THE HEALTH, WELFARE OR SAFETY
OF THE PUBLIC.
    Sec.  9.  Section  9  of  public act 97-186 is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    (a)  Nothing  in  [this  act] SECTIONS 1 TO 9,
INCLUSIVE, OF PUBLIC ACT 97-186 shall be construed
to  apply  to  the  activities  and  services of a
rabbi,   priest,   minister,   Christian   Science
practitioner   or   clergyman   of  any  religious
denomination or sect, when engaging in  activities
that  are  within  the scope of the performance of
the person's regular  or  specialized  ministerial
duties  and  for which no separate charge is made,
or when these activities are  performed,  with  or
without  charge,  for  or  under  the  auspices or
sponsorship, individually or in  conjunction  with
others,  of  an established and legally cognizable
church, denomination or sect, and when the  person
rendering  services  remains  accountable  to  the
established authority thereof.
    (b)  Nothing  in  [this  act] SECTIONS 1 TO 9,
INCLUSIVE, OF PUBLIC ACT 97-186 shall be construed
to  apply  to  the  activities  and  services of a
person licensed or  certified  in  this  state  to
practice   medicine   and   surgery,   psychology,
[marriage counseling,  social  work]  MARITAL  AND
FAMILY     THERAPY,    clinical    social    work,
chiropractic,   acupuncture,   physical   therapy,
occupational   therapy,   [speech   pathology  and
audiology,]  nursing  or  any   other   profession
licensed  or  certified  by the state, when acting
within the scope of  the  person's  profession  or
occupation  and  doing work of a nature consistent
with a person's training, provided the person does
not hold himself out to the public as possessing a
license OR CERTIFICATION issued pursuant to  [this
act]  SECTIONS  1  TO  9, INCLUSIVE, OF PUBLIC ACT
97-186.
    (c)  Nothing  in  [this  act] SECTIONS 1 TO 9,
INCLUSIVE, OF PUBLIC ACT 97-186 shall be construed
to  apply  to  the  activities  and  services of a
student intern or  trainee  in  alcohol  and  drug
counseling who is pursuing a course of study in an
accredited  institution  of  higher  education  or
[commissioner-approved]  training course, provided
these activities are performed  under  supervision
and constitute a part of [a commissioner-approved]
AN  ACCREDITED  course  of  study,  AND   PROVIDED
FURTHER  THE  PERSON IS DESIGNATED AS AN INTERN OR
TRAINEE  OR  OTHER  SUCH  TITLE   INDICATING   THE
TRAINING   STATUS  APPROPRIATE  TO  HIS  LEVEL  OF
TRAINING.
    (d) NOTHING IN  THIS ACT SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO
APPLY  TO  ANY   ALCOHOL  AND  DRUG  COUNSELOR  OR
SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR EMPLOYED BY THE STATE.
    [(d)] (e) Nothing  in [this act] SECTIONS 1 TO
9,  INCLUSIVE,  OF  PUBLIC  ACT  97-186  shall  be
construed to apply  to the activities and services
of  paid  alcohol  and  drug  counselors  who  are
working under supervision OR UNCOMPENSATED ALCOHOL
AND DRUG ABUSE  SELF-HELP  GROUPS,  INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AND NARCOTICS
ANONYMOUS.
    [(e)  Nothing  in  this act shall be construed
to prevent a person from engaging in  or  offering
self-help  or other uncompensated alcohol and drug
counseling assistance.]
    Sec. 10. Subsection  (c)  of section 19a-14 of
the general statutes,  as amended by section 11 of
public act 97-186  and  section  7  of  public act
97-311,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c)  No  board  shall  exist for the following
professions  which  are  licensed   or   otherwise
regulated by the Department of Public Health:
    (1) Speech pathologist and audiologist;
    (2) Hearing aid dealer;
    (3) Nursing home administrator;
    (4) Sanitarian;
    (5)  Subsurface  sewage  system  installer  or
cleaner;
    (6) Marital and family therapist;
    (7) Nurse-midwife;
    (8) Licensed clinical social worker;
    (9) Respiratory care practitioner;
    (10)    Asbestos   contractor   and   asbestos
consultant;
    (11) Massage therapist;
    (12) Registered nurse's aide;
    (13) Radiographer;
    (14) Dental hygienist;
    (15) Dietitian-Nutritionist;
    (16) Asbestos abatement worker;
    (17) Asbestos abatement site supervisor;
    (18)    Licensed   or   [associate   licensed]
CERTIFIED alcohol and drug counselor; and
    (19) Professional counselor.
The  department shall assume all powers and duties
normally vested  with  a  board  in  administering
regulatory jurisdiction over said professions. The
uniform provisions of this  chapter  and  chapters
368v,   369   to   381,  inclusive,  383  to  388,
inclusive, 393a, 395, 398, 399 and 400a, including
but   not  limited  to  standards  for  entry  and
renewal;  grounds  for  professional   discipline;
receiving    and    processing   complaints;   and
disciplinary sanctions,  shall  apply,  except  as
otherwise  provided  by  law,  to  the professions
listed in this subsection.
    Sec.  11.  Subsection (e) of section 19a-88 of
the general statutes, as amended by section 10  of
public  act 97-186 and sections 8 and 16 of public
act 97-311,  is  repealed  and  the  following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (e)   Each   person   holding   a  license  or
certificate issued under [this act] SECTIONS 1  TO
9,  INCLUSIVE, OF PUBLIC ACT 97-186, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, sections 3 and 11 of [this  act]  PUBLIC
ACT  97-311,  section  19a-514 and chapters 370 to
373, inclusive, 375, 378 to 381a,  inclusive,  383
to 388, inclusive, 393a, 395, 398, 399 or 400a and
section 20-206n or 20-206o shall, annually, during
the  month of his birth, apply for renewal of such
license or certificate to the Department of Public
Health, giving his name in full, his residence and
business address and such other information as the
department requests. Each person holding a license
or certificate issued pursuant to  section  20-475
or 20-476 shall, annually, during the month of his
birth  apply  for  renewal  of  such  license   or
certificate to the department. Each entity holding
a license issued pursuant to section 20-475 shall,
annually,  during the anniversary month of initial
licensure, apply for renewal of  such  license  or
certificate to the department.
    Sec.   12.  (a)  Sections  20-74o  to  20-74r,
inclusive, of the general statutes are repealed.
    (b)   In  codifying  the  provisions  of  this
section,  the  Legislative   Commissioners   shall
delete  the  reference to the sections repealed by
subsection (a) of this  section  that  appears  in
section 17a-450a of the general statutes.
    Sec.  13.  Section   20-195q  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   No   persons,   except   those  licensed
pursuant to this chapter, shall (1) use the  title
"licensed  clinical social worker" or any initials
associated with  such  titles,  or  (2)  advertise
services  under  the  description  of  a  licensed
clinical  social  worker  as  defined  in  section
20-195m.
    (b)  Nothing  in  this section shall prohibit:
(1) A student enrolled in a doctoral  or  master's
degree program accredited by the Council on Social
Work Education from performing  such  work  as  is
incidental  to  his course of study, provided such
person is designated  by  a  title  which  clearly
indicates  his  status  as a student; (2) a person
holding a  doctoral  or  master's  degree  from  a
program  accredited  by the Council on Social Work
Education  from  gaining  social  work  experience
under   professional  supervision,  provided  such
activities  are  necessary  to  satisfy  the  work
experience  required  by  section 20-195n and such
person is  designated  as  "social  work  intern",
"social  work  trainee"  or  other  title  clearly
indicating the status appropriate to his level  of
training;  (3)  a  person licensed or certified in
this state in a field other than  clinical  social
work  from  practicing  within  the  scope of such
license  or  certification;  [or]  (4)  a   person
enrolled  in  an educational program or fulfilling
other state requirements leading to  licensure  or
certification  in  a  field other than social work
from engaging in work in such other field; OR  (5)
A  PERSON  WHO IS EMPLOYED OR RETAINED AS A SOCIAL
WORK  DESIGNEE,  SOCIAL  WORKER,  OR  SOCIAL  WORK
CONSULTANT BY A NURSING HOME OR REST HOME LICENSED
UNDER  SECTION   19a-490   AND   WHO   MEETS   THE
QUALIFICATIONS PRESCRIBED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN ITS
REGULATIONS FROM PERFORMING THE DUTIES REQUIRED OF
THEM  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS
GOVERNING THOSE DUTIES.
    Sec.  14.  Section   20-195o  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section 10 of public act
97-213,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Application  for  licensure  shall  be on
forms   prescribed   and    furnished    by    the
commissioner.   Each   applicant   shall   furnish
evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that  he
has  met  the requirements of section 20-195n. The
application  fee  shall  be  two   hundred   fifty
dollars.
    (b)  Notwithstanding the provisions of section
20-195n concerning examinations, the  commissioner
may  issue a license without examination, prior to
January 1, 1998, to any applicant who offers proof
to  the  satisfaction  of the commissioner that he
met the requirements of subdivisions (1)  and  (2)
of  section  20-195n  and  was  an employee of the
federal  government  with  not  less  than   three
thousand hours postmaster's social work experience
prior to October 1, 1986.
    (c)  Each  person  licensed  pursuant  to this
chapter [shall annually] MAY apply for renewal  of
such  licensure  in accordance with the provisions
of subsection (e) of section 19a-88. A fee of  one
hundred fifty dollars shall accompany each renewal
application. EACH  SUCH  APPLICANT  SHALL  FURNISH
EVIDENCE   SATISFACTORY  TO  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
HAVING PARTICIPATED IN CONTINUING  EDUCATION.  THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS IN ACCORDANCE
WITH CHAPTER 54 TO (1) DEFINE  BASIC  REQUIREMENTS
FOR  CONTINUING  EDUCATION PROGRAMS, (2) DELINEATE
QUALIFYING PROGRAMS, (3)  ESTABLISH  A  SYSTEM  OF
CONTROL  AND REPORTING, AND (4) PROVIDE FOR WAIVER
OF THE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT  FOR  GOOD
CAUSE.

Approved June 8, 1998