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Amendment

 

February Session, 2018

LCO No. 5066

   
 

*HB0546005066SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5460

File No. 200

Cal. No. 481

"AN ACT CONCERNING MINIMUM EMPLOYEE WAGES FOR PROVIDERS OF STATE-CONTRACTED HUMAN SERVICES."

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may allocate available funds for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, to increase wages of privately hired employees who provide services to individuals with intellectual disability who are authorized to receive supports and services through the Department of Developmental Services. The secretary may transfer available funds to the behavioral services program and the employment opportunities and day services accounts of the Department of Developmental Services and the community residential services account of the Department of Social Services.

(b) Not later than December 1, 2018, private providers who provide services to such individuals with intellectual disability shall provide documentation to the secretary that such funds shall only be used for (1) not later than January 1, 2019, increasing the minimum wage of such employees to not less than fourteen dollars and seventy-five cents per hour, and (2) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2019, to June 30, 2023, inclusive, providing an annual cost-of-living increase of one per cent to such employees who earn not less than fourteen dollars and seventy-six cents per hour and not more than thirty dollars per hour as of January 1, 2019. Within available appropriations, the secretary shall reimburse the private providers for the cost of employer taxes and other costs associated with the wage increases.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) (a) For purposes of this section, (1) "employee" means any privately employed person who provides state-administered human services, including, but not limited to, any person who receives compensation pursuant to a contractual arrangement with a private human services provider who is not directly employed by such provider, and (2) "state-administered human services" means any of the services administered by the Departments of Correction, Housing, Public Health, Social Services, Children and Families, Rehabilitation Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Office of Early Childhood and the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch that involve direct care of, or services for, eligible persons, including, but not limited to, medical services, mental health and addiction treatment, nutrition and housing assistance and services for children.

(b) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall allocate available funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, to provide a one per cent cost-of-living adjustment to employees who provide state-administered human services. The secretary may reduce rates for any private provider of human services that receives such funds to provide such cost-of-living adjustment to employees but fails to provide such adjustment.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) The sum of twenty-five million four hundred thousand dollars is appropriated to the Office of Policy and Management, from the General Fund, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, for the purposes of implementing the provisions of sections 1 and 2 of this act."

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

Section 1

from passage

New section

Sec. 2

from passage

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Sec. 3

from passage

New section