Public Health Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5328

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING ADVISORY AND PLANNING COUNCILS FOR STATE DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES REGIONS AND A CHANGE IN TERMINOLOGY.

Vote Date:

3/21/2014

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/5/2014

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Health Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill makes several changes to the advisory and planning councils for state developmental services regions and to the Council of Development Services and to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council.

It would allow members of an advisory and planning council to serve beyond the two term limit until a successor is appointed.

The bill increases from thirteen to fifteen the members of The Council of Developmental Services. The bill also expands those eligible to serve in certain positions on the council to include other relatives, not just parents or guardians, of an individual with intellectual disability. It changes the required meetings from bimonthly to six times per year.

This bill adds two members to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council.

The bill also makes technical changes to terminology.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Terrence W. Macy, Commissioner, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS): This bill updates the statutes of various councils that the department has under its auspices. The changes being requested are as follows:

Section 1: allows members of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) to continue to serve past their term limit until a successor is found. This change would allow the RACs continued functioning and is in keeping with term limit provisions of other councils under DDS's purview.

Section 2: seeks to increase the membership on the Council on Developmental Services from 13 to 14. The additional member should be one who has received services from the Division of Autism Spectrum Services. This section would also open up appointments to relatives of persons with an intellectual disability, not just parents of those individuals. It requires the Council to meet at least six times a year to allow members flexibility.

Section 3: technical change to term “ Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally retarded” to “ Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities” in order to conform to federal terminology. This was overlooked in last year's Public Act 13-139. This section could be eliminated altogether if HB 5052 were to become law.

Lastly, DDS would like to add two new appointments to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council established in Public Act 13-20. One appointment would be a physician with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder and the other appointment would be for an additional advocate for persons with autism spectrum disorder. These additional members would bring the membership of the Advisory Council to twenty-five.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None

Reported by: Lori Littmann

Date: 3/24/2014