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File No. 89

    February Session, 2018

Senate Bill No. 168

Senate, March 28, 2018

The Committee on Public Health reported through SEN. GERRATANA of the 6th Dist. and SEN. SOMERS of the 18th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES' RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING GROUP HOME LICENSING VISITS.

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

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 17a-227 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(b) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to [insure] ensure the comfort, safety, adequate medical care and treatment of such persons at the residential facilities described in subsection (a) of this section. Such regulations shall include requirements that: (1) All residential facility staff be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a manner and time frame prescribed by the commissioner; (2) records of staffing schedules and actual staff hours worked, by residential facility, be available for inspection by the department upon advance notice; (3) each residential facility develop and implement emergency plans and staff training to address emergencies that may pose a threat to the health and safety of the residents of the facility; (4) department staff verify during quality service reviews and licensing inspections, that (A) staff is adequately trained to respond in an emergency, and (B) a summary of information on each resident is available to emergency medical personnel for use in an emergency; (5) all residential facilities serving persons with Down syndrome fifty years of age or older have at least one staff member trained in Alzheimer's disease and dementia symptoms and care; and (6) [not less than one-half of the quality service reviews, licensing inspections or facility visits conducted by the department after initial licensure are unannounced] for community living arrangements, the commissioner shall determine a minimum number of licensure-related visits that are unannounced.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2018

17a-227(b)

PH

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which clarifies the requirements regarding unannounced visits by the Department of Developmental Services' Quality and Systems Improvement Division staff related to licensure of DDS Community Living Arrangements, or group homes, has no fiscal impact.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

SB 168

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES' RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING GROUP HOME LICENSING VISITS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) commissioner to establish a minimum number of unannounced licensure-related visits for community living arrangements (i.e., group homes), and eliminates the requirement that at least half of a broader range of DDS facility visits be unannounced.

The current requirement applies to DDS quality service reviews, licensing inspections, and other facility visits to community living arrangements and community companion homes.

As with the current requirement, the bill requires the commissioner to adopt regulations setting the minimum number.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

25

Nay

0

(03/09/2018)

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