Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-463

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPOINTMENT OF A CONSERVATOR FOR A PERSON WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY.

Vote Date:

3/28/2014

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/17/2014

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Judiciary Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

By allowing a licensed psychologist to introduce evidence regarding an intellectually disabled person the psychologist would be the best person rather than a physician to provide such information about the person's ability to care for his or herself. Currently, the statue provides that for the appointment of an involuntary conservator, one needs a report from a licensed physician. DDS feels the psychologist would have the best vantage to weigh in on the required report.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Department of Developmental Services, Terrence W. Macy, Commissioner of DDS.

“For individuals with intellectual disability, sometimes a psychologist has the best vantage and the most appropriate training to weigh in on the required evidence.” This change would apply only to persons with intellectual disability and therefore would not impact the conservatorship for any other persons.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None Submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Submitted

Reported by: Rich Benham

Date: 4-7-2014