Public Health Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-1192

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD DAY CARE SERVICES, YOUTH CAMPS AND THE EMERGENCY DISTRIBUTION OF POTASSIUM IODIDE TABLETS IN CERTAIN FACILITIES.

Vote Date:

3/19/2007

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/26/2007

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Health Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To revise licensing requirements for child day care services and youth camps and to clarify that the provision of potassium iodide tablets by certain licensed entities in emergency situations is mandatory and not permissive.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Ellen Blaschinski, Regulatory Services Branch, Department of Public Health, (DPH),

Section 1, lines 10-12 seeks to expand the definition of a group day care home to include programs that meet the definition of a family day care home but operate in a setting other than a private family home.

Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-77(b)(3) currently exempts recreation operations from child day care licensure. This Statute is vague. Lines 44-49 of the Bill more clearly specify those programs that are significantly different from child day care programs, and were never intended to be licensed as child day care programs and therefore should be exempt from licensure. DPH suggests in line 47 that the wording “operated exclusively for,” be replaced with “that offer exclusively.”

Sections 2 and 4 propose to reduce paperwork for child day care licensure renewals by moving from a two-year renewal cycle to a four-year cycle and seek to eliminate the initial six-month temporary permits that child day care center and group day care home applicants are issued.

Section 3, lines 136-138, will require child day care licensees, whose license has been revoked to wait for at least one year before reapplying for a new license, to allow time for remediation.

Section 5 clarifies that potassium iodide distribution is mandatory on the part of licensed entities. The Department recommends further clarification of the language of this bill to require programs to attempt to obtain written permission but not require participation on the part of the resident, staff member, or parent or guardian of a minor.

Section 6 establishes three years as the minimum age requirement for children participating in a youth camp, and modifies the definition of a youth camp to mean those programs that only operate during school vacations and weekends. Programs that serve infants and toddlers would be required to obtain a child day care license and comply with regulations specific to the needs of children under three years of age such as diaper changing, staff/child ratios, supervision, provisions for napping, etc. Line 267 should be changed to add “… shall comply with C.G.S., Sections 19a-77 through 19a-87e” to assure appropriate licensure.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None

Reported by: Joe Goldman

Date: 03/20/2007