PA 17-20—SB 804

Human Services Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING A SOCIAL WORK IN-HOME SUPPORT PROGRAM

SUMMARY: This act renames the Department of Social Services' (DSS) community-based services program as the “Social Work In-Home Support” program. The program, which is funded through a federal block grant, provides non-medical home care services to adults, ages 18 through 64, who have physical or mental disabilities.

The act makes anyone participating in a Medicaid home- and community-based services program ineligible for the Social Work In-Home Support program unless a particular service is not otherwise available under the Medicaid program. Connecticut currently has 10 home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs.

The act also eliminates a provision that required the DSS commissioner to disqualify from the block grant-funded program people who were receiving the program's services on October 1, 2000 and who were eligible for, and could be enrolled in, the personal care assistance Medicaid waiver program. It makes a conforming change to require that DSS post regulations on its website and on the eRegulations system rather than in the Connecticut Law Journal.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017