OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6815 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION AND USE OF THE TERM "INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY".

SUMMARY:

PAs 11-16 and 13-139 substituted the term “intellectual disability” for “mental retardation” in several statutes to reflect changes in federal law and the developmental disabilities community. This bill makes conforming changes by:

1. replacing a reference to “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in a statute defining the term,

2. eliminating an obsolete provision that lists statutory references in which “intellectual disability” has the same meaning as “mental retardation,” and

3. expanding the definition's application to all uses of “intellectual disability” throughout the statutes except as otherwise provided.

Current law defines “intellectual disability” as a significant limitation in intellectual functioning and deficits in adaptive behavior that began before a person turned 18. The bill specifies that the limitation must exist concurrently with the adaptive deficits.

Lastly, the bill corrects an improper reference to federal regulations that define intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

*House Amendment “A” changes the effective date from October 1, 2015 to upon passage

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

27

Nay

0

(03/23/2015)