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Substitute Bill No. 873

    January Session, 2017

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING A TWO-GENERATIONAL INITIATIVE.

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

Section 1. Section 17b-112l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) There is established a two-generational school readiness and workforce development [pilot program] initiative. The [pilot program shall operate through June 30, 2017, and] initiative shall foster family economic self-sufficiency in low-income households by [delivering] promoting systemic change to create conditions across agencies and the private sector to support academic and [job] workforce readiness [support services] and success across two generations in the same household. Households may include, but need not be limited to, mothers, fathers, noncustodial parents and other primary caregivers. The [pilot program shall be located in] initiative shall be implemented in sites that include but are not limited to, New Haven, Greater Hartford, Norwalk, Meriden, [Colchester] Windham, Enfield, Waterbury and Bridgeport. The [pilot] sites participating in the initiative shall work together as a learning community, informed by members of low-income households within the [pilot] sites, peer-to-peer exchange and technical assistance in best practices. For purposes of this section, "Greater Hartford" means Hartford, East Hartford and West Hartford.

(b) The two-generational school readiness and workforce development [pilot program] initiative shall serve as a [blueprint] platform for a state-wide, two-generational school readiness and workforce development model [and] that leverages interagency funds, including, but not limited to, temporary assistance for needy families block grant funds, and services to equip households with the tools and skills they need to overcome obstacles and engage opportunities. The initiative may include opportunities for state-wide learning [, in addition to the pilot sites,] in two-generational system building and policy development. The [pilot program shall] initiative shall align existing state and local support systems around the household, and be funded by state and available private moneys and shall include:

(1) Early learning programs, adult education, child care, housing, job training, transportation, financial literacy and other related support services, including, but not limited to, health and mental health services, offered whenever possible at one location; [, wherever possible;]

(2) Development of a long-term plan to adopt a two-generational model for the [delivery of the services] coordination and alignment of the service delivery described in subdivision (1) of this subsection on a state-wide basis. Such plan shall include, but need not be limited to, (A) the targeted use of [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)] temporary assistance for needy families block grant funds, to the extent permissible under federal law, to support two-generational programming, and (B) state [grant] incentives for private entities that develop such two-generational programming; and

(3) Partnerships between state and national philanthropic organizations, as available, to provide support, technical assistance, guidance and best practices to the [pilot] sites participating in the initiative and interagency working group established pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. [with technical assistance in the phase-in and design of model two-generational programs and practices, an evaluation plan, state-wide replication and implementation of the program; and

(4) A workforce liaison to gauge the needs of employers and households in each community and help coordinate the two-generational program to meet the needs of such employers and households.]

(c) The program shall be overseen by an interagency working group that shall include, but need not be limited to, the Commissioners of Social Services, Early Childhood, Education, Housing, Transportation, Public Health and Correction, and the Labor Commissioner, or each commissioner's designee; [the Labor Commissioner, or the Labor Commissioner's designee;] the Chief Court Administrator, or the Chief Court Administrator's designee; one member of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; one member of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services, appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; one member representing the interests of business or trade organizations, appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; one member with expertise on issues concerning children and families, appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; one member of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation, appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; one member of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; not more than six members of low-income households selected by the agency coordinating services at each [pilot] site participating in the initiative; representatives of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and scholars who are experts in two-generational programs and policies; and other business and academic professionals as needed to achieve goals for two-generational systems planning, evaluations and outcomes. The staff of the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors shall serve as the organizing and administrative staff of the working group.

(d) Coordinators of two-generational programs in each community in the [pilot program and any organization serving as a fiduciary for the program shall] initiative shall submit an annual report [on a quarterly basis] not later than ninety days after the end of the fiscal year to the interagency working group. Such report shall (1) constitute the sole required report to all agencies engaged in the initiative, and (2) include program outcomes and information on the expenditure of any state-provided initiative funds.

(e) Not later than [January 1, 2017] January 15, 2018, and annually thereafter, the interagency working group shall submit a 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 education, housing, human services, public health, transportation and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies that states: (1) The [parent-informed] strategies selected for success; (2) the challenges and opportunities in working with a parent and child concurrently [to promote school and workforce success] in a two-generational service delivery model; (3) the changes in systems, policy, program, budget or communications among agencies and service providers on the local and state levels to achieve the [goals of the program] two-generational outcomes; (4) [child, parent] parent-informed child, parent and [family] household outcomes, [in the areas of school readiness and school success,] as determined by the interagency working group; [in consultation with state and national evaluators; (5) workforce readiness, work success and family support outcomes, as determined by the interagency working group in consultation with state and national evaluators; (6) the cost of the program in both state and private dollars; and (7)] and (5) recommendations [to expand the program to additional communities state wide] on the elimination of barriers to promote two-generational success.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2017

17b-112l

HS

Joint Favorable Subst. -LCO

 

APP

Joint Favorable