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Substitute Bill No. 559

    February Session, 2008

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AN ACT CONCERNING A PILOT PROGRAM FOR SMALL HOUSE NURSING HOMES.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2008) (a) As used in this section "small house nursing home" means an alternative nursing home facility that is designed and modeled as a private home, houses no more than ten individuals, includes private rooms and bathrooms, provides for an increased role for support staff in the care of residents, incorporates a philosophy of individualized care and is licensed as a nursing home under chapter 368v of the general statutes.

(b) The Commissioner of Social Services shall establish a pilot program to provide up to ten grants in the amount of ____ dollars each to support the development of small house nursing homes in the state in order to improve the quality of life for nursing home residents and to support a goal of providing nursing home care in a more home-like and less institution-like setting.

(c) Not later than October 1, 2008, the commissioner shall establish criteria for the awarding of grants in accordance with this section and develop guidelines relating to the design specifications and requirements of small house nursing homes for purposes of the pilot program. The commissioner shall make such criteria and guidelines available to applicants along with an application and instructions for applying for such grants. Any entity that provides long-term care services may apply for a grant. The commissioner shall require applicants to provide: (1) A description of the proposed project; (2) information concerning the financial and technical capacity of the applicant to undertake the proposed project; (3) a project budget; and (4) any additional information the commissioner deems necessary.

(d) Grantees shall be selected by the commissioner, in consultation with the Long-Term Care Planning Committee established pursuant to section 17b-337 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes. Priority for such grants shall be given to proposals to convert an existing nursing home facility to a small house nursing home and proposals that include the use of fuel cells or other energy technologies that promote energy efficiency in such home. In determining the award of a grant, the commissioner shall consider the proposed project's location in relation to other nursing home facilities within the area to be served, the need for services at nursing home facilities in general and the need for the proposed project in particular within the area to be served and any other factors the commissioner deems relevant. The commissioner shall require, as a condition of receipt of an award, that a small house nursing home seek certification to participate in the Title XVIII and Title XIX programs.

(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 17b-352 to 17b-354, inclusive, of the general statutes or the 2008 supplement to the general statutes, a small house nursing home developed under this section need not comply with the provisions of said sections 17b-352 to 17b-354, inclusive.

Sec. 2. (Effective July 1, 2008) (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate ____ dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Social Services for the purpose of providing grants-in-aid for the development of ten small house nursing homes in the state.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2008

New section

Sec. 2

July 1, 2008

New section

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