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General Assembly

File No. 110

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 312

Senate, March 28, 2018

The Committee on Children reported through SEN. MOORE, M. of the 22nd Dist. and SEN. SUZIO of the 13th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING RISK ASSESSMENT PRACTICES AND THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.

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

Section 1. Subdivision (11) of subsection (g) of section 17a-101g of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(11) Not later than July 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the department shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children for inclusion in the annual report card prepared pursuant to section 2-53m on the status of family assessment response. Such report shall include data from the previous calendar year, including, but not limited to: (A) The number of accepted reports of child abuse or neglect, and the percentage of reports assigned to the family assessment response track; (B) the disposition of families assigned a family assessment response; (C) for cases assigned to the family assessment response track, a breakdown by reporter type; (D) the number and percentage of family assessment response cases that changed track to investigations; (E) an analysis of the department's prior or subsequent involvement with a family that has been assigned to family assessment response, if applicable; (F) an analysis of the department's prior or subsequent involvement with a family that has been assigned to a community partner agency; (G) a description of services that are commonly provided to families referred to the community support for families program; (H) a description of the department's staff development and training practices relating to intake; (I) the number and percentage of referred families who were ultimately enrolled in the community support for families program; (J) the number and percentage of families receiving a family assessment response broken down by race and ethnicity; (K) the reason for discharge from the community support for families program, as identified in subdivision (7) of this subsection, broken down by race and ethnicity; [and] (L) a comparison of the needs identified and the needs addressed for families referred to the community support for families program; and (M) an analysis of the efficacy of the department's risk and safety assessment practices, including information concerning the methodology used to determine the reliability of such practices, the utilization of evidence-based practices and tools, and the effectiveness of such assessment practices for identifying children at risk for abuse or neglect.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2018) (a) The Commissioner of Children and Families, in collaboration with the Commissioners of Early Childhood, Developmental Services and Social Services, shall develop investigation, assessment and case-planning procedures that are responsive to the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

(b) Not later than February 1, 2019, the Commissioner of Children and Families shall submit a report describing the procedures developed and any legislative recommendations arising from said collaboration, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

17a-101g(g)(11)

Sec. 2

July 1, 2018

New section

KID

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

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

This bill requires the Department of Children and Families, in collaboration with the Departments of Early Childhood, Developmental Services, and Social Services, to develop procedures that are responsive to the needs of children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and produce an associated report, by 2/1/19. No fiscal impact to these state agencies is anticipated as they have the expertise needed to fulfill the provisions of the bill within the timeframe allotted.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 312

AN ACT CONCERNING RISK ASSESSMENT PRACTICES AND THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the Department of Children and Families (DCF) commissioner, in collaboration with the early childhood, developmental services, and social services commissioners, to develop investigation, assessment, and case-planning procedures that are responsive to the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By February 1, 2019, the bill requires the DCF commissioner to submit to the Children's Committee a report that describes the procedures developed and includes any legislative recommendations resulting from the collaboration.

By law, DCF must annually report certain information to the Children's Committee for inclusion in the children's report card (see BACKGROUND). The bill requires the report to additionally include an analysis of the efficacy of DCF's risk and safety assessment practices, including information about the (1) methodology used to determine the practices' reliability, (2) use of evidence-based practices and tools, and (3) effectiveness of these practices for identifying children at risk of abuse or neglect.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

BACKGROUND

Children's Report Card

By law, the Children's Committee, in collaboration with the offices of Fiscal Analysis and Legislative Research and the Commission on Children, must maintain an annual report card that evaluates the progress of state policies and programs in promoting the result that all Connecticut children grow up in a stable living environment, safe, healthy, and ready to lead successful lives. The report must use data and indicators to measure the progress towards this goal in a variety of areas (e.g., state-wide rates of child abuse and child poverty) (CGS 2-53m).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

12

Nay

0

(03/15/2018)

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