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Amendment

 

January Session, 2015

LCO No. 8735

   
 

*HB0613808735SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

SEN. WITKOS, 8th Dist.

SEN. KISSEL, 7th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 6138

File No. 874

Cal. No. 566

"AN ACT CONCERNING RESIDENCE MOBILITY COUNSELING FOR SUBSIDIZED HOUSING. "

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2015) (a) The Chief Court Administrator shall establish a pilot program to serve the geographical area courts for New Haven, New London and Bridgeport in the judicial districts of New Haven, New London and Bridgeport, in identifying and tracking outcomes for individuals who are homeless, have substance use disorders or have psychiatric disabilities and who are repetitively entering the criminal justice system.

(b) The office of the state's attorney for each such judicial district shall coordinate these efforts with those of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in performance of the assessment under section 17a-486 of the general statutes, defense counsel and the Judicial Court Support Services Division to screen individuals who are homeless, have substance use disorders or have psychiatric disabilities for intensive assistance. The office of the state's attorney shall place special emphasis on recurrent arrestees, and may refer persons participating in the program to diversionary programs, counseling, treatment, housing assistance and reentry programs in an effort to stabilize such persons and prevent future arrests of such persons, provided the office retains the discretion to dispose of any case in accordance with the office's authority, with a focus on alternatives to incarceration and provided further that the court shall maintain jurisdiction over any such case to ensure compliance with any ordered treatment or counseling.

(c) The Chief Court Administrator shall establish policies and procedures to implement the pilot program required by this section and, on or before February 1, 2017, shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, concerning the implementation of the pilot program. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

October 1, 2015

New section