OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5328

AN ACT CONCERNING ADVISORY AND PLANNING COUNCILS FOR STATE DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES REGIONS, A CHANGE IN TERMINOLOGY AND THE AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER ADVISORY COUNCIL.

SUMMARY:

This bill makes several changes to the Council on Developmental Services, the Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council, and the advisory and planning councils for state developmental services regions.

The bill increases, from 13 to 15, the members of the Council on Developmental Services, and from eight to 10 the number of members appointed by the governor. One of the additional members must be a person with autism spectrum disorder who is receiving, or has received, services from the Department of Developmental Services' Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services. It expands those eligible to serve certain positions on the council to include other relatives, not just parents or guardians, of individuals with an intellectual disability. The bill also changes how often the council must meet from every other month to six times per year.

The bill increases, from 23 to 25, the members of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council. One of the additional members, appointed by the governor, must be an advocate for persons with autism spectrum disorder. The other must be a physician who treats or diagnoses persons with autism spectrum disorder. The bill does not specify who appoints the physician member.

The bill allows a member of an advisory and planning council to serve beyond the current limit of two consecutive three-year terms if waiting for the appointment of a successor.

This bill also updates terminology.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2014

BACKGROUND

Advisory and Planning Councils

The developmental services commissioner must appoint an advisory and planning council for each developmental services region. The council must consult and advise the regional director on the needs of persons with intellectual disability in the region, the annual plan and regional budget, and other matters deemed appropriate.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

26

Nay

0

(03/21/2014)