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General Assembly



February Session, 2018

LCO No. 5049



Offered by:



SEN. SOMERS, 18th Dist.

REP. STEINBERG, 136th Dist.

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

REP. BETTS, 78th Dist.

SEN. LOGAN, 17th Dist.

SEN. KENNEDY, 12th Dist.

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 463

File No. 300

Cal. No. 172


After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (Effective July 1, 2018) (a) The Department of Developmental Services shall establish, within available appropriations, up to three pilot programs that use alternative service models to serve individuals with intellectual disability who are eligible and waiting for residential services from the department. The pilot programs shall establish and evaluate alternative service models in which individuals who are currently receiving residential services may move from their existing residential setting, with the consent of the individual or such individual's legal representative, to a more independent, less restrictive residential setting. Such alternative service models may include, but need not be limited to, shared living arrangements, community companion homes or the use of assistive technology. The department shall work in collaboration with advocacy and nonprofit stakeholder organizations in establishing the pilot program.

(b) The department shall select up to three qualified service providers to participate in the pilot program established under subsection (a) of this section. A service provider that wants to be selected for participation in the pilot program shall submit a proposal to the Department of Developmental Services. Selection of a service provider by the department shall be based on the proposals submitted. Any cost savings generated by a service provider through the pilot program may be retained and used by such service provider to meet the needs of other individuals eligible and waiting for residential services from the department or to improve or enhance the services such service provider provides to individuals with intellectual disability. Any service provider that seeks to retain and use cost savings under this subsection shall submit a plan for retention and use of such savings to the Commissioner of Developmental Services for approval.

(c) Not later than January 1, 2019, and annually thereafter until the conclusion of the pilot program, the Commissioner of Developmental Services 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 regarding (1) the number of individuals served by the pilot program and the alternative service models chosen by such individuals, (2) the number of new individuals served by virtue of the cost savings generated through the pilot program and the residential or other services provided to such individuals, (3) other outcomes of the pilot program, and (4) recommendations of the department, stakeholder organizations and service providers based upon the outcomes of the pilot program. The pilot programs shall terminate on or before July 1, 2021, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly."

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

Sec. 501

July 1, 2018

New section