Substitute House Bill No. 5299

Public Act No. 00-59

An Act Concerning Certified Nurse Assistant Training Levels, Standards Of Care And Career Advancement.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 20-102ee of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, concerning the regulation of nurse's aides. Such regulations shall require a training program for nurse's aides of not less than one hundred hours. Not less than seventy-five of such hours shall include, but not be limited to, basic nursing skills, personal care skills, care of cognitively impaired residents, recognition of mental health and social service needs, basic restorative services and residents' rights. Not less than twenty-five of such hours shall include, but not be limited to, specialized training in understanding and responding to challenging behaviors related to physical, psychiatric, psychosocial and cognitive disorders.

(b) Notwithstanding any change in training requirements the commissioner may establish, a person enrolled in a program prior to October 1, 2000, may complete such program in accordance with the requirements as they existed at the time of enrolment.

Approved May 16, 2000