OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sSB-1062

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION REGARDING THE SENTENCING OF A CHILD CONVICTED OF A FELONY OFFENSE.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8534

File Copy No.: 681

Senate Calendar No.: 490


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Mental Health & Addiction Serv., Dept.; Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment (1) expands the list of crimes that render an inmate ineligible for release to community based care, (2) requires that municipalities approve a nursing home before inmates or patients under the care of the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services are released to its care, and (3) requires that any inmates released to community facilities be supervised by Department of Correction employees.

The changes result in a cost to the Department of Correction by limiting the number of inmates eligible for transfer to community based care. The population eligible for transfer is approximately 25 for the underlying statute, which may be reduced by the bill if nursing homes do not get municipal approval. Additionally, the amendment requires that any inmates released to the care of a community based facility be supervised by staff of the Department of Correction. This requirement will increase the cost of any future release to community based facilities related to staffing at those facilities.

Section 2 will result in a cost to DMHAS to the extent that the provisions delay or prevent the placement of certain individuals in such a nursing home. The cost would be associated with the difference in the per diem rate for a DMHAS operated facility (such as Connecticut Valley Hospital) and the per diem rate at the nursing home, as well as the number of applicable individuals.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.