OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6155

AN ACT AUTHORIZING DEEMED STATUS LICENSE RENEWALS FOR CERTAIN NONPROFIT COMMUNITY SERVICE PROVIDERS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the departments of children and families (DCF), developmental services (DDS), public health (DPH), and social services (DSS) to adopt regulations in order to grant “deemed status” license or certification renewals to certain contracted private providers that have earned and maintained accreditation from a recognized national accrediting organization. The accreditation requirements must be no less stringent than the state licensing or certification requirements. The deemed status license or certification is valid for two years and cannot be transferred or assigned.

The bill gives the affected providers the option to satisfy their license or certification renewal requirements by submitting proof of accreditation for the same services within the preceding 12-month period by an accrediting organization that the department has accepted and listed in its regulations for this purpose. The bill authorizes these agencies' regulations to set an administrative fee to cover associated processing costs.

Under the bill, a department may waive, for deemed status license or certification renewals, the inspection and investigation that would otherwise be required for standard renewals. This does not limit any department's authority to inspect providers, suspend or revoke a license or certification, or take any other legal action to address complaints or non-compliance under the law.

The bill also makes technical and conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017, and applicable to renewal applications submitted after the adoption of associated regulations.

PROVIDERS ELIGIBLE FOR DEEMED STATUS

The provisions apply to certain types of providers (depicted in Table 1) which may have purchase of service contracts with the state (see BACKGROUND).

Table 1: Providers Eligible for Deemed Status License or Certification Renewals under the Bill

Bill Section

Citation

Type of Private Provider

Licensing Agency

1

CGS 17a-20

Outpatient psychiatric clinics

DCF

2

CGS 17a-145

Childcare facilities

3

CGS 17a-147

Extended day treatment programs

4-5

CGS 17a-149, CGS 17a-150

Child-placing services

7

CGS 17a-227

Community-based residential facilities

DDS

8-9

CGS 19a-491, CGS 19a-493

Behavioral health facilities, alcohol or drug treatment facilities, and outpatient clinics

DPH

10

CGS 19a-493c

Outpatient clinics

11-12

CGS 19a-507b,

CGS 19a-507c

Community residences

13

CGS 19a-507g

Adult day health care facilities

DSS

BACKGROUND

Purchase of Service Contracts

A purchase of service is a contract between a state agency and a private provider organization or municipality for the purpose of obtaining direct health and human services for agency clients (CGS 4-70b).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

17

Nay

0

(03/27/2017)