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Substitute Senate Bill No. 316

Special Act No. 10-5

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A COMMISSION ON NONPROFIT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a Commission on Nonprofit Health and Human Services. The commission shall examine the funding provided to nonprofit providers of health and human services under purchase of service contracts. For purposes of this section, "purchase of service contract" (1) means a contract between a state agency and a private provider organization or a municipality for the purpose of obtaining direct health and human services for agency clients and generally not for administrative or clerical services, material goods, training or consulting services, and (2) does not include a contract with an individual.

(b) The commission shall consist of the following members:

(1) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee;

(2) The Commissioner of Children and Families, or the commissioner's designee;

(3) The Commissioner of Correction, or the commissioner's designee;

(4) The Commissioner of Developmental Services, or the commissioner's designee;

(5) The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, or the commissioner's designee;

(6) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee;

(7) The Commissioner of Social Services, or the commissioner's designee;

(8) The executive director of the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch, or the executive director's designee;

(9) The Senate chairperson of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, or the chairperson's designee;

(10) The House chairperson of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services, or the chairperson's designee;

(11) The Senate chairperson of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to government administration, or the chairperson's designee;

(12) The House chairperson of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, or the chairperson's designee;

(13) Three appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall have knowledge of the state's labor market and one of whom shall have knowledge of Medicaid policy;

(14) Three appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom shall be a representative of the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, one of whom shall be a representative of a nonprofit service provider that is under contract with the Department of Children and Families and one of whom shall be a representative of persons who are recipients of benefits under health and human services programs;

(15) Two persons appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be a representative of the Connecticut Community Providers Association and one of whom shall be a representative of a nonprofit service provider that is under contract with the Department of Social Services;

(16) Two persons appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, one of whom shall be an employee of a private service provider or an authorized representative of employees of private service providers and one of whom shall be a representative of a nonprofit service provider that is under contract with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services;

(17) Two persons appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be a state employee or an authorized representative of state employees and one of whom shall be a representative of a nonprofit service provider that is under contract with the Department of Correction or Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch;

(18) Two persons appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, one of whom shall have knowledge of economics and one of whom shall be a representative of a nonprofit service provider that is under contract with the Department of Public Health; and

(19) Two persons appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be a representative of the Connecticut Nonprofit Human Services Cabinet and one of whom shall be a representative of a nonprofit service provider that is under contract with the Department of Developmental Services.

(c) All appointments to the commission shall be made not later than July 1, 2010. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The Governor and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the commission from among the members of the commission. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the commission, which shall be held not later than September 1, 2010.

(e) The commission shall be located within the Office of Policy and Management for administrative purposes only.

(f) The commission shall analyze the funding provided to nonprofit providers of health and human services under purchase of service contracts. Such analysis shall include, but not be limited to: (1) A comparison of the costs of services provided by a state agency with the costs of services provided by a private provider, including a comparison of wages and benefits for private union employees, private nonunion employees and state employees; (2) the cost increases associated with the provision of services by private providers under health and human services programs from 2000 to 2009, inclusive, including increases in the cost of employees' health insurance, workers' compensation insurance, property casualty insurance and utilities; (3) the projected costs associated with the provision of services by private providers under health and human services programs through December 31, 2014; (4) a projection of cost savings that may be achieved by serving individuals who are recipients of benefits under health and human services programs in their communities rather than in institutions; and (5) sources of revenue for health and human services programs.

(g) (1) Not later than January 1, 2011, the commission shall submit a preliminary report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, on its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies for review and comment. Such preliminary report shall include, but not be limited to, recommendations for budget, policy and statutory changes that can be effectuated to improve funding for nonprofit providers of health and human services under purchase of service contracts.

(2) Not later than April 1, 2011, the commission shall submit a final report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the Governor and to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies. Such final report shall include, but not be limited to, recommendations for budget, policy and statutory changes that can be effectuated to improve funding for nonprofit providers of health and human services under purchase of service contracts. The commission shall terminate on the date that it submits such final report or April 1, 2011, whichever is later.

Approved June 8, 2010