Public Health Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6815

Title:

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

Vote Date:

3/23/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/4/2015

File No.:

525

SPONSORS OF BILL:

The Public Health Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill would remove the term “mental retardation” and replace the term with “intellectual disability” within the Department of Developmental Services statute to reflect in terminology in the developmental services community.

Substitute language: Changes to the statutory definition of “intellectual disability” to mean a significant limitation in intellectual functioning that exists concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior that originated during the developmental period before age 18 and other technical changes.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Commissioner Morna A. Murray, Department of Developmental Services (DDS): Passage of this bill would eliminate hurtful and stigmatizing labels from Connecticut Statutes which is long overdue.

The Department would also request that the Public Health Committee allow a change of language in section 1-1g of the Connecticut General Statutes. DDS asks that in line 5 the “and” be deleted and “concurrently with” be substitutes. This change would clarify any unintended consequence of a prior revision of the statute made in Public Act 12-136.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None

Reported by: Lori Littmann

Date: 4/15/15