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Committee Bill No. 246

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 5605

 

*05605SB00246PH_*

Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Introduced by:

 

(PH)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING A STATE-WIDE WAITING LIST FOR RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT FOR PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) As used in this section, "waiting list" means a list maintained by the Commissioner of Developmental Services that includes the names of individuals with intellectual disability who (1) have requested residential supports or services from the Department of Developmental Services, (2) have been determined by the commissioner to be in need of such supports or services, and (3) are unable to receive such supports or services because the demand for such supports or services exceeds the department's ability to provide the supports or services.

(b) The commissioner shall develop and maintain one state-wide comprehensive residential waiting list. Such waiting list shall (1) be organized by geographic region, (2) identify the priority status of an individual for receipt of a support or service, (3) include the type of support or service each individual needs, and (4) include the estimated time period each support or service will likely be needed. The commissioner shall update such list not less than quarterly.

(c) On or before July 1, 2018, the commissioner shall, in consultation with (1) each individual with intellectual disability who is eligible to receive a support or service from the department and who has an individual plan from the department pursuant to section 17a-238a of the general statutes, and (2) the individual's parent, conservator, guardian or other legal representative, develop and complete a long-term five-year and ten-year care plan to meet the individual's needs for such support or service. Such plan shall include an indication of the time period each support or service will likely be needed based on the individual's annual level of need assessment, as defined in section 17a-238a of the general statutes. Such plans shall be updated annually based on any changes in the individual's individual plan.

(d) On or before November 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall complete a state-wide survey of individuals with intellectual disability who are eligible to receive a support or service from the department and have an individual plan from the department pursuant to section 17a-238a of the general statutes. The survey shall be based on the level of needs assessment for each individual and the long-term care plan for each individual developed pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. At the conclusion of the survey, the commissioner shall update the state-wide comprehensive residential waiting list based on the results of such survey.

(e) On or before December 1, 2018, and at least annually thereafter, the commissioner shall review the results of the survey with the regional advisory councils, established pursuant to section 17a-30 of the general statutes, and the Council on Developmental Services, established pursuant to section 17a-270 of the general statutes.

(f) On or before December 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and appropriations on the results of the survey and the status of the state-wide comprehensive residential waiting list. Such report shall also include, but need not be limited to, a description of the trends in supports and services requested from the department and projections for state-wide needs over the following two-year, five-year and ten-year period.

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

Section 1

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To better serve persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities by developing a state-wide comprehensive residential waiting list.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

SEN. OSTEN, 19th Dist.; SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

REP. ORANGE, 48th Dist.; REP. STANESKI, 119th Dist.

REP. GENGA, 10th Dist.; REP. CAMILLO, 151st Dist.

REP. CARNEY, 23rd Dist.; REP. KOKORUDA, 101st Dist.

REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd Dist.; REP. GUERRERA, 29th Dist.

REP. VARGAS, 6th Dist.; SEN. LINARES, 33rd Dist.

REP. BETTS, 78th Dist.; SEN. MINER, 30th Dist.

SEN. FORMICA, 20th Dist.; SEN. CASSANO, 4th Dist.

SEN. MARKLEY, 16th Dist.; SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th Dist.

REP. CURREY, 11th Dist.; REP. RYAN, 139th Dist.

SEN. DOYLE, 9th Dist.; REP. FISHBEIN, 90th Dist.

REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd Dist.; REP. DUFF, 2nd Dist.

REP. DEMICCO, 21st Dist.; REP. CARPINO, 32nd Dist.

S.B. 246