PA 15-54—sHB 6815

Public Health Committee

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 act makes conforming changes by:

1. replacing “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.

Prior law defined “intellectual disability” as a significant limitation in intellectual functioning and deficits in adaptive behavior that began before a person reached age 18. The act specifies that the limitation must exist concurrently with the adaptive deficits.

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

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

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