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Substitute Senate Bill No. 287

Public Act No. 15-40

AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF ALTERNATIVE FUNDING SOURCES FOR NUTRITIONAL SERVICES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS.

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

Section 1. Section 17a-302a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2015):

(a) The Department on Aging and the Department of Social Services shall hold quarterly meetings with nutrition service stakeholders to (1) develop recommendations to address complexities in the administrative processes of nutrition services programs, (2) establish quality control benchmarks in such programs, and (3) help move toward greater quality, efficiency and transparency in the elderly nutrition program. Stakeholders shall include, but not be limited to, [area] (A) one representative of each of the following: (i) Area agencies on aging, (ii) access agencies, (iii) the Commission on Aging, and (iv) nutrition providers, and (B) one or more representatives of food security programs, [and] contractors, nutrition host [site representatives] sites and consumers.

(b) The departments and stakeholders shall study alternative sources of funding for nutrition services programs. The departments and the nutrition service stakeholders shall, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, submit a summary report on their findings and recommendations concerning any such alternative sources of funding, along with a report on any other recommendations they may have regarding nutrition services programs, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to aging not later than July 1, 2016.

Approved June 5, 2015