February Session, 2016
LCO No. 4118
SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.
"AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDREN'S SAFETY. "
After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:
"Sec. 501. Section 17a-6b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2016):
(a) [The] On and after October 1, 2016, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School board established pursuant to subsection (b) of this section shall constitute a successor organization to the advisory group for the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17a-6. [,] The board shall provide an [on-going] ongoing review of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School and the Pueblo Unit for girls with recommendations for improvement or enhancement of such facilities and shall have access to the facilities and all Department of Children and Families records relating to such facilities and shall be empowered to make recommendations to the department regarding improvements to such facilities. The board's review shall include, but not be limited to:
(1) The number, age, ethnicity and race of the residents placed at the [training school] facilities, including the court locations that sentenced them, the number sentenced from each court location and the offenses for which they were sentenced;
(2) The percentage of residents in need of substance abuse treatment and the programming interventions provided to assist residents;
(3) A review of the program and policies of the [facility] facilities;
(4) The educational and literacy programs available to the residents, including the educational level of residents, the number of residents requiring special education and related services, including school attendance requirements, the number of residents who are educated in the alternative school and the reasons for such education;
(5) The vocational training programs available to the residents and the actual number of residents enrolled in each training program, including all vocational attendance requirements;
(6) The delinquency recidivism rates of such residents, which shall include the number of children discharged to residential placement, the number of children discharged due to expiration of the period of commitment and the number of children returned to the [Connecticut Juvenile Training School] facilities;
(7) The diagnosis of each resident after intake assessment;
(8) The costs associated with the operation of the [training school] facilities, including staffing costs and average cost per resident;
(9) Reintegration strategies and plans to transition the residents to their home communities; and
(10) A review of safety and security issues that affect the host [municipality] municipalities.
(b) There is created a Connecticut Juvenile Training School board. The board shall consist of the following members:
(1) Two appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives;
(2) Two appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate;
(3) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives;
(4) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;
(5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;
(6) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and
(7) Two appointed by the Governor.
(c) All appointments to the board shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.
[(b)] (d) The Department of Children and Families shall serve as administrative staff of the [advisory group] board referred to in subsection (a) of this section.
[(c)] (e) Not later than February 4,  2017, and annually thereafter, the [Commissioner of Children and Families] board shall hold a public hearing and report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary, human services and children with respect to the Connecticut Juvenile Training School and the Pueblo Unit for girls.
[(d)] (f) Each report required pursuant to subsection [(c)] (e) of this section shall summarize the information and recommendations specified in subsection (a) of this section and shall also include such other information that the [Department of Children and Families] board has identified as requiring immediate legislative action. "
This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:
October 1, 2016