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General Assembly


Raised Bill No. 193

February Session, 2012


LCO No. 1256




Referred to Committee on Select Committee on Children


Introduced by:





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

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 17a-101 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(b) The following persons shall be mandated reporters: Any physician or surgeon licensed under the provisions of chapter 370, any resident physician or intern in any hospital in this state, whether or not so licensed, any registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, medical examiner, dentist, dental hygienist, psychologist, a school employee, as defined in section 53a-65, any coach or director of intramural, interscholastic or youth athletics, any coach or director of a private sports organization or team, any administrator, faculty, staff, athletic director, coach or trainer employed by a constituent unit of the state system of higher education or private institution of higher education, social worker, police officer, juvenile or adult probation officer, juvenile or adult parole officer, member of the clergy, pharmacist, physical therapist, optometrist, chiropractor, podiatrist, mental health professional or physician assistant, any person who is a licensed or certified emergency medical services provider, any person who is a licensed or certified alcohol and drug counselor, any person who is a licensed marital and family therapist, any person who is a sexual assault counselor or a battered women's counselor as defined in section 52-146k, any person who is a licensed professional counselor, any person who is a licensed foster parent, any person paid to care for a child in any public or private facility, child day care center, group day care home or family day care home licensed by the state, any employee of the Department of Children and Families, any employee of the Department of Public Health who is responsible for the licensing of child day care centers, group day care homes, family day care homes or youth camps, any youth camp administrator, director or their alternate, the Child Advocate and any employee of the Office of the Child Advocate and any family relations counselor, family relations counselor trainee or family services supervisor employed by the Judicial Department.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2012) (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, each youth camp licensed pursuant to chapter 368r of the general statutes shall require an individual to submit to a state and national criminal history records check prior to the individual: (1) Beginning employment at the camp, (2) volunteering at the camp, or (3) assuming responsibility for transporting any child attending the camp in a motor vehicle. The criminal history records check required under this subsection shall be conducted in accordance with section 29-17a of the general statutes.

(b) A criminal history records check under subsection (a) of this section shall not be required for any individual who has successfully completed a background check for immigration purposes in accordance with federal law not earlier than six months prior to the date such individual (1) begins employment at the camp, (2) begins volunteering at the camp, or (3) assumes responsibility for transporting any child attending the camp in a motor vehicle.

(c) The cost of the state and national criminal history records checks required under subsection (a) of this section shall be paid by the individual.

Sec. 3. Section 19a-422 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

To be eligible for the issuance or renewal of a youth camp license pursuant to this chapter, the camp shall satisfy the following requirements: (1) The location of the camp shall be such as to provide adequate surface drainage and afford facilities for obtaining a good water supply; (2) each dwelling unit, building and structure shall be maintained in good condition, suitable for the use to which it is put, and shall present no health or fire hazard as so certified by the department and the State Fire Marshal or local fire marshal, as indicated by a current fire marshal certificate dated within the past year and available on site when the youth camp is in operation; (3) there shall be an adequate and competent staff, which includes the camp director or assistant director, one of whom shall be on site at all times the camp is in operation, activities specialists, counselors and maintenance personnel, of good character and reputation; (4) prior to assuming responsibility for campers, staff shall be trained, at a minimum, on the camp's policies and procedures pertaining to behavioral management and supervision, emergency health and safety procedures and recognizing, preventing and reporting child abuse and neglect; (5) prior to employing any individual as staff, a criminal history records check shall be conducted for such individual in accordance with section 2 of this act; (6) all hazardous activities, including, but not limited to, archery, aquatics, horseback riding and firearms instruction, shall be supervised by a qualified activities specialist who has adequate experience and training in such specialist's area of specialty; [(6)] (7) the staff of a resident and nonresident camp shall at all times include an adult trained in the administration of first aid as required by the commissioner; and [(7)] (8) records of personal data for each camper shall be kept in any reasonable form the camp director may choose, and shall include (A) the camper's name, age and address, (B) the name, address and telephone number of the parents or guardian, (C) the dates of admission and discharge, and (D) such other information as the commissioner shall require. Any youth camp licensed under this chapter shall operate only as the type of camp authorized by such license. Such camps shall not advertise any service they are not equipped or licensed to offer. The license shall be posted in a conspicuous place at camp headquarters and failure to so post the license shall result in the presumption that the camp is being operated in violation of this chapter.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2012


Sec. 2

October 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 3

October 1, 2012


Statement of Purpose:

To expand the category of persons who are mandated reporters and to require criminal history records check for youth camp staff employees and volunteers.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]