PA 16-167—sSB 208

Veterans' Affairs Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES AND UPDATES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS STATUTES

SUMMARY: This act makes minor, technical, and conforming changes to the veterans statutes, including changes affecting the names of the Department of Veterans' Affairs and its advocacy and assistance unit, which the act designates as an office.

The act conforms the law to practice by splitting the statutory definition of Veterans Home into the “Veterans Residential Services facility” and the “Healthcare Center. ” Under the act, both the Veterans Residential Services facility and Healthcare Center are identified as department-maintained Rocky Hill facilities. The residential facility provides temporary and other supported residential services for qualifying veterans, and the Healthcare Center is the hospital.

The act also conforms the law to practice by extending certain benefits, such as funeral expenses for indigent veterans, to veterans who have not served in time of war.

By law, the commissioner must provide the department's board of trustees with certain information to monitor the department's performance (e. g. , budget and other financial documents and program data). The act requires him to additionally provide, on a quarterly basis, the (1) Veterans Residential Services facility's bylaws, meeting minutes, and a list of veterans council officers for the previous quarter and (2) Healthcare Center's admission and discharge data.

The act also expands the commissioner's powers and duties to include preparing studies and collecting information on facilities and services available to family members of armed forces members and veterans. The commissioner already may do this for the service members' and veterans' spouses and eligible dependents.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016

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