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General Assembly


Raised Bill No. 168

February Session, 2018


LCO No. 850



Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH


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 Subsection (b) of section 17a-227 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):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


Statement of Purpose:

To implement the recommendations of the Department of Developmental Services regarding group home licensing visits.

[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.]