CHAPTER 368a

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Table of Contents

Sec. 19a-6. (Formerly Sec. 19-4a). Commissioner to plan and administer programs for control and treatment of lung disease and chronic illness and for medical rehabilitation.

Sec. 19a-6i. School-based health center advisory committee. Members. Duties. Report.

Secs. 19a-6j to 19a-6l. Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus; membership. Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus; duties. Assistance to the Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus from the Department of Public Health.

Sec. 19a-6n. Advisory council on pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute neuropsychiatric syndrome. Report.

Sec. 19a-7j. Vaccines and antibiotic purchase and childhood immunization registry. Health and welfare fee assessment. Appeal. Penalties. Overpayment.

Sec. 19a-7p. Public health fee.

Sec. 19a-12e. Petition re inability of health care professional to practice with reasonable skill or safety. Report re arrest or disciplinary action. Investigation. Disclosure. Procedure.

Sec. 19a-14. (Formerly Sec. 19-4o). *(See end of section for amended version of subsection (c) and effective date.) Powers of department concerning regulated professions.

Sec. 19a-17. (Formerly Sec. 19-4s). Disciplinary action by department, boards and commissions.

Sec. 19a-31a. Microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratories.

Sec. 19a-36. (Formerly Sec. 19-13). *(See end of section for amended version of subsection (a) and effective date.) Public Health Code. Fees. Public pools. Wells: Use, replacement and mitigation.

Secs. 19a-36c to 19a-36e. Display of sign re signs of choking by food service establishments. Sous vide processing by food service establishments. Acidification of sushi rice.

Sec. 19a-36f. Prohibition on use of disposable natural rubber latex gloves at retail food establishments.

Sec. 19a-36g. Food code. Definitions.

Sec. 19a-36h. Adoption by reference of United States Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code. Regulations.

Sec. 19a-36i. Food establishments. Permit or license. Inspections. Food protection managers.

Sec. 19a-36j. Food inspectors. Certification. Inspections.

Sec. 19a-36k. Food-borne illness or outbreak. Investigation.

Sec. 19a-36l. Inspection violations. Appeal process.

Sec. 19a-36m. Authority of directors of health and Commissioner of Agriculture. Application of provisions of food code re certified food managers. Exceptions.

Sec. 19a-36n. Commissioner’s authority to make public announcement re identity of source of food-borne illness or outbreak.

Sec. 19a-36o. Variance from requirements of Public Health Code for sous vide processing and acidification of sushi rice.

Sec. 19a-37. (Formerly Sec. 19-13a). Regulation of water supply wells and springs. Definitions. Information and requirements re testing of private residential wells or wells for semipublic use. Transportation of water in bulk by bulk water hauler.

Sec. 19a-52. (Formerly Sec. 19-20b). Purchase of equipment for children with physical disabilities or cardiac defects.

Sec. 19a-53. (Formerly Sec. 19-21). Birth defects surveillance program. Definitions. Birth defects screenings. Notification. Analyses. Confidentially. Records. Approval of research. Publication of statistical compilations.

Sec. 19a-54. (Formerly Sec. 19-21a). Registration of children with special health care needs.

Sec. 19a-55. (Formerly Sec. 19-21b). Newborn infant health screening. Tests required. Fees. Report to Department of Public Health. Exemptions. Regulations.

Sec. 19a-55a. (Note: This section is repealed, effective July 1, 2018.) Newborn screening account.

Sec. 19a-59. Program to identify infants who are hard of hearing.

Sec. 19a-59c. Administration of federal Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children in the state.

Sec. 19a-80. (Formerly Sec. 19-43e). License required for child care centers and group child care homes. Fees. Comprehensive background checks. Notification of changes in regulations.

Sec. 19a-87b. (Formerly Sec. 17-585(b)–(d)). License required for family child care homes. Approval required to act as assistant or substitute staff member. Comprehensive background checks. Fees. Regulations; waivers.

Sec. 19a-88. (Formerly Sec. 19-45). *(See end of section for amended version of subsection (e)(1) and effective date.) License renewal by certain health care providers. On-line license renewal system.

Sec. 19a-90. (Formerly Sec. 19-47). Blood testing of pregnant women for syphilis and HIV.

Sec. 19a-111i. Report re lead poisoning prevention efforts.

Sec. 19a-112f. Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Advisory Committee. Membership. Duties re establishment and implementation of sexual assault forensic examiners program.

Sec. 19a-124. Syringe services programs.

Sec. 19a-127l. Quality of care program. Quality of Care Advisory Committee.

Sec. 19a-131g. Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee.


Sec. 19a-6. (Formerly Sec. 19-4a). Commissioner to plan and administer programs for control and treatment of lung disease and chronic illness and for medical rehabilitation. (a) The commissioner shall be responsible for planning state-wide programs for the control and treatment of lung diseases; the treatment of persons affected with other chronic illness, and the medical rehabilitation of persons who are chronically ill and persons with disabilities. The commissioner may provide and maintain facilities and personnel for the diagnosis or detection and treatment of such diseases or enter into contracts for the provision of diagnostic and treatment programs for such diseases with persons or organizations capable in the commissioner’s judgment of providing such services.

(b) The commissioner shall be responsible for the administration of the department’s programs as they relate to lung disease, other chronic illness and medical rehabilitation.

(1959, P.A. 148, S. 11, 12; 1972, P.A. 113, S. 3; P.A. 76-139, S. 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 343, 610; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 05-80, S. 2; P.A. 17-202, S. 66.)

History: 1972 act replaced office of tuberculosis control, hospital care and rehabilitation with office of public health and replaced provisions re appointment and qualifications of deputy commissioner of the former office with statement of duties of deputy commissioner for public health; P.A. 76-139 replaced references to tuberculosis with more general phrase “lung disease”, deleted provision specifically applicable to tuberculosis program with general statement of duty to maintain programs for lung diseases and removed provision excluding hospitals for the mentally retarded from consideration as “chronic disease hospitals”; P.A. 77-614 transferred responsibilities of office and deputy commissioner of public health and of council on tuberculosis control, hospital care and rehabilitation to commissioner and replaced commissioner and department of health with commissioner and department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-4a transferred to Sec. 19a-6 in 1983; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 05-80 amended Subsec. (a) to allow, rather than require, commissioner to provide and maintain facilities and personnel and to make a technical change, and amended Subsec. (b) by removing language requiring commissioner to administer and operate chronic disease hospitals and definitions of “chronic illness”, “chronic disease hospital” and “medical rehabilitation”; P.A. 17-202 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “chronically ill, physically disabled and handicapped persons” with “persons who are chronically ill and persons with disabilities”.

Sec. 19a-6i. School-based health center advisory committee. Members. Duties. Report. (a) There is established a school-based health center advisory committee for the purpose of advising the Commissioner of Public Health on matters relating to (1) statutory and regulatory changes to improve health care through access to school-based health centers and expanded school health sites, (2) minimum standards for the provision of services in school-based health centers and expanded school health sites to ensure that high quality health care services are provided in school-based health centers and expanded school health sites, as such terms are defined in section 19a-6r, and (3) other topics of relevance to the school-based health centers and expanded school sites, as requested by the commissioner.

(b) The committee shall be composed of the following members:

(1) One appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be a family advocate or a parent whose child utilizes school-based health center services;

(2) One appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, who shall be a school nurse;

(3) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be a representative of a school-based health center that is sponsored by a community health center;

(4) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, who shall be a representative of a school-based health center that is sponsored by a nonprofit health care agency;

(5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be a representative of a school-based health center that is sponsored by a school or school system;

(6) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall be a representative of a school-based health center that does not receive state funds;

(7) Two appointed by the Governor, one each of whom shall be a representative of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a representative of a school-based health center that is sponsored by a hospital;

(8) One appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health, who shall be a representative of a school-based health center that is sponsored by a local health department;

(9) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner’s designee;

(10) The Commissioner of Social Services, or the commissioner’s designee;

(11) The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, or the commissioner’s designee;

(12) The Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner’s designee;

(13) The executive director of the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, or the executive director’s designee; and

(14) Three school-based health center providers, one of whom shall be the executive director of the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers and two of whom shall be appointed by the board of directors of the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers.

(c) The committee shall meet not less than quarterly. On or before January 1, 2014, and annually thereafter, the committee shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, on its activities to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and education.

(d) Administrative support for the activities of the committee may be provided by the Department of Public Health.

(P.A. 07-185, S. 32; P.A. 11-242, S. 44; P.A. 13-287, S. 1; P.A. 15-59, S. 2; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 16-3, S. 156; P.A. 17-146, S. 29.)

History: P.A. 07-185 effective July 10, 2007; P.A. 11-242 replaced former provisions with Subsecs. (a) to (d) re school-based health center advisory committee, effective July 13, 2011; P.A. 13-287 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “assisting the Commissioner of Public Health in developing recommendations for” with “advising the Commissioner of Public Health on matters relating to”, designating existing provision re statutory and regulatory changes as Subdiv. (1), and adding Subdiv. (2) re minimum standards, amended Subsec. (b) by adding new Subdiv. (1) re appointment by speaker of the House of Representatives, new Subdiv. (2) re appointment by president pro tempore of the Senate, new Subdiv. (3) re appointment by majority leader of the House of Representatives, new Subdiv. (4) re appointment by majority leader of the Senate, new Subdiv. (5) re appointment by minority leader of the House of Representatives, Subdiv. (6) re appointment by minority leader of the Senate, Subdiv. (7) re appointments by Governor, Subdiv. (8) re appointment by Commissioner of Public Health and Subdiv. (13) re executive director of Commission on Children, redesignating existing Subdivs. (1) to (4) and (5) as Subdivs. (9) to (12) and (14), respectively, and amending redesignated Subdiv. (14) to add provision re executive director of Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers and make a technical change, amended Subsec. (c) by substituting “January 1, 2014,” for “January 1, 2012,” and amended Subsec. (d) by substituting “Department of Public Health” for “Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers”; P.A. 15-59 amended Subsec. (a) by adding references to expanded school health sites and definitions in Sec. 19a-6r; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 16-3 amended Subsec. (b)(13) by substituting “Commission on Women, Children and Seniors” for “Commission on Children”, effective July 1, 2016; P.A. 17-146 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Subdiv. (3) re other topics of relevance to school-based health centers and expanded school sites, and made a conforming change, effective June 30, 2017.

Secs. 19a-6j to 19a-6l. Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus; membership. Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus; duties. Assistance to the Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus from the Department of Public Health. Sections 19a-6j to 19a-6l, inclusive, are repealed, effective October 1, 2017.

(P.A. 11-23, S. 1–3; P.A. 12-197, S. 17; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 16-3, S. 157; P.A. 17-146, S. 48.)

Sec. 19a-6n. Advisory council on pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute neuropsychiatric syndrome. Report. Section 19a-6n is repealed, effective October 1, 2017.

(P.A. 13-187, S. 2; 13-208, S. 71; P.A. 14-231, S. 59; P.A. 15-242, S. 25; P.A. 17-146, S. 48.)

Sec. 19a-7j. Vaccines and antibiotic purchase and childhood immunization registry. Health and welfare fee assessment. Appeal. Penalties. Overpayment. (a) Not later than September first, annually, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, shall (1) determine the amount appropriated for the following purposes: (A) To purchase, store and distribute vaccines for routine immunizations included in the schedule for active immunization required by section 19a-7f; (B) to purchase, store and distribute (i) vaccines to prevent hepatitis A and B in persons of all ages, as recommended by the schedule for immunizations published by the National Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, (ii) antibiotics necessary for the treatment of tuberculosis and biologics and antibiotics necessary for the detection and treatment of tuberculosis infections, and (iii) antibiotics to support treatment of patients in communicable disease control clinics, as defined in section 19a-216a; (C) to administer the immunization program described in section 19a-7f; and (D) to provide services needed to collect up-to-date information on childhood immunizations for all children enrolled in Medicaid who reach two years of age during the year preceding the current fiscal year, to incorporate such information into the childhood immunization registry, as defined in section 19a-7h, (2) calculate the difference between the amount expended in the prior fiscal year for the purposes set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection and the amount of the appropriation used for the purpose of the health and welfare fee established in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section in that same year, and (3) inform the Insurance Commissioner of such amounts.

(b) (1) As used in this subsection, (A) “health insurance” means health insurance of the types specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469, and (B) “exempt insurer” means a domestic insurer that administers self-insured health benefit plans and is exempt from third-party administrator licensure under subparagraph (C) of subdivision (11) of section 38a-720 and section 38a-720a.

(2) (A) Each domestic insurer or domestic health care center doing health insurance business in this state shall annually pay to the Insurance Commissioner, for deposit in the Insurance Fund established under section 38a-52a, a health and welfare fee assessed by the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to this section.

(B) Each third-party administrator licensed pursuant to section 38a-720a that provides administrative services for self-insured health benefit plans and each exempt insurer shall, on behalf of the self-insured health benefit plans for which such third-party administrator or exempt insurer provides administrative services, annually pay to the Insurance Commissioner, for deposit in the Insurance Fund established under section 38a-52a, a health and welfare fee assessed by the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to this section.

(3) Not later than September first, annually, each such insurer, health care center, third-party administrator and exempt insurer shall report to the Insurance Commissioner, on a form designated by said commissioner, the number of insured or enrolled lives in this state as of May first immediately preceding for which such insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer is providing health insurance or administering a self-insured health benefit plan that provides coverage of the types specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469. Such number shall not include lives enrolled in Medicare, any medical assistance program administered by the Department of Social Services, workers’ compensation insurance or Medicare Part C plans.

(4) Not later than November first, annually, the Insurance Commissioner shall determine the fee to be assessed for the current fiscal year against each such insurer, health care center, third-party administrator and exempt insurer. Such fee shall be calculated by multiplying the number of lives reported to said commissioner pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection by a factor, determined annually by said commissioner as set forth in this subdivision, to fully fund the amount determined under subsection (a) of this section, adjusted for a health and welfare fee, by subtracting, if the amount appropriated was more than the amount expended or by adding, if the amount expended was more than the amount appropriated, the amount calculated under subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section. The Insurance Commissioner shall determine the factor by dividing the adjusted amount by the total number of lives reported to said commissioner pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection.

(5) (A) Not later than December first, annually, the Insurance Commissioner shall submit a statement to each such insurer, health care center, third-party administrator and exempt insurer that includes the proposed fee, identified on such statement as the “Health and Welfare fee”, for the insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer calculated in accordance with this subsection. Each such insurer, health care center, third-party administrator and exempt insurer shall pay such fee to the Insurance Commissioner not later than February first, annually.

(B) Any such insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer aggrieved by an assessment levied under this subsection may appeal therefrom in the same manner as provided for appeals under section 38a-52.

(6) Any insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer that fails to file the report required under subdivision (3) of this subsection shall pay a late filing fee of one hundred dollars per day for each day from the date such report was due. The Insurance Commissioner may require an insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer subject to this subsection to produce the records in its possession, and may require any other person to produce the records in such person’s possession, that were used to prepare such report, for said commissioner’s or said commissioner’s designee’s examination. If said commissioner determines there is other than a good faith discrepancy between the actual number of insured or enrolled lives that should have been reported under subdivision (3) of this subsection and the number actually reported, such insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer shall pay a civil penalty of not more than fifteen thousand dollars for each report filed for which said commissioner determines there is such a discrepancy.

(7) (A) The Insurance Commissioner shall apply an overpayment of the health and welfare fee by an insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer for any fiscal year as a credit against the health and welfare fee due from such insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer for the succeeding fiscal year, subject to an adjustment under subdivision (4) of this subsection, if: (i) The amount of the overpayment exceeds five thousand dollars; and (ii) on or before June first of the calendar year of the overpayment, the insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer (I) notifies the commissioner of the amount of the overpayment, and (II) provides the commissioner with evidence sufficient to prove the amount of the overpayment.

(B) Not later than ninety days following receipt of notice and supporting evidence under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, the commissioner shall (i) determine whether the insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer made an overpayment, and (ii) notify the insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer of such determination.

(C) Failure of an insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer to notify the commissioner of the amount of an overpayment within the time prescribed in subparagraph (A) of this subdivision constitutes a waiver of any demand of the insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer against the state on account of such overpayment.

(D) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to prohibit or limit the right of an insurer, health care center, third-party administrator or exempt insurer to appeal pursuant to subparagraph (B) of subdivision (5) of this section.

(June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 6; P.A. 11-242, S. 82; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1, S. 213; P.A. 13-234, S. 142; P.A. 14-217, S. 66; P.A. 16-213, S. 8; P.A. 17-198, S. 33.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b) by deleting provision re fee assessed for fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, and deleted former Subsec. (d) re aggregate assessment limits for fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, effective July 1, 2011; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1 redesignated Subsecs. (b) and (c) as Subsec. (b)(2)(A) and (5)(B), amended Subsec. (b)(2)(A) to delete former assessment methodology and delete life insurance companies from health and welfare fee requirement, added Subsec. (b)(1), (2)(B), (3), (4) and (5)(A) re assessment methodology, added Subsec. (b)(6) re late filing fee and civil penalty for other than good faith discrepancy in number of lives reported, and made technical and conforming changes, effective July 1, 2012; P.A. 13-234 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by adding new Subpara. (C) re immunization program described in Sec. 19a-7f and redesignating existing Subpara. (C) as Subpara. (D), effective July 1, 2013; P.A. 14-217 amended Subsec. (a) to add new Subdiv. (2) re calculation of difference in amount expended and amount appropriated for health and welfare fee, redesignate existing Subdiv. (2) as Subdiv. (3) and make a conforming change, and amended Subsec. (b) to substitute Insurance Fund for General Fund in Subdiv. (2)(A) and (B), add provision re adjustment re difference calculated under Subsec. (a)(2) and make a technical change in Subdiv. (4), and add health and welfare fee identification requirement in Subdiv. (5)(A), effective July 1, 2014; P.A. 16-213 amended Subsec. (b)(2)(A) by adding “domestic” in provision re health care center, effective July 1, 2016; P.A. 17-198 added Subsec. (b)(7) re overpayment of health and welfare fee, effective June 30, 2017, and applicable to any health and welfare fee due on or after February 1, 2017.

Sec. 19a-7p. Public health fee. (a) Not later than September first, annually, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, shall (1) determine the amounts appropriated for the syringe services program, AIDS services, breast and cervical cancer detection and treatment, x-ray screening and tuberculosis care, and venereal disease control; and (2) inform the Insurance Commissioner of such amounts.

(b) (1) As used in this section: (A) “Health insurance” means health insurance of the types specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469; and (B) “health care center” has the same meaning as provided in section 38a-175.

(2) Each domestic insurer or domestic health care center doing health insurance business in this state shall annually pay to the Insurance Commissioner, for deposit in the Insurance Fund established under section 38a-52a, a public health fee assessed by the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to this section.

(3) Not later than September first, annually, each such insurer or health care center shall report to the Insurance Commissioner, in the form and manner prescribed by said commissioner, the number of insured or enrolled lives in this state as of May first immediately preceding the date for which such insurer or health care center is providing health insurance that provides coverage of the types specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469. Such number shall not include lives enrolled in Medicare, any medical assistance program administered by the Department of Social Services, workers’ compensation insurance or Medicare Part C plans.

(c) Not later than November first, annually, the Insurance Commissioner shall determine the fee to be assessed for the current fiscal year against each such insurer and health care center. Such fee shall be calculated by multiplying the number of lives reported to said commissioner pursuant to subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of this section by a factor, determined annually by said commissioner as set forth in this subsection, to fully fund the aggregate amount determined under subsection (a) of this section. The Insurance Commissioner shall determine the factor by dividing the aggregate amount by the total number of lives reported to said commissioner pursuant to subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of this section.

(d) Not later than December first, annually, the Insurance Commissioner shall submit a statement to each such insurer and health care center that includes the proposed fee, identified on such statement as the “Public Health fee”, for the insurer or health care center, calculated in accordance with this section. Not later than December twentieth, annually, any insurer or health care center may submit an objection to the Insurance Commissioner concerning the proposed public health fee. The Insurance Commissioner, after making any adjustment that said commissioner deems necessary, shall, not later than January first, annually, submit a final statement to each insurer and health care center that includes the final fee for the insurer or health care center. Each such insurer and health care center shall pay such fee to the Insurance Commissioner not later than February first, annually.

(e) Any such insurer or health care center aggrieved by an assessment levied under this section may appeal therefrom in the same manner as provided for appeals under section 38a-52.

(f) (1) The Insurance Commissioner shall apply an overpayment of the public health fee by an insurer or health care center for any fiscal year as a credit against the public health fee due from such insurer or health care center for the succeeding fiscal year, subject to an adjustment under subsection (c) of this section, if: (A) The amount of the overpayment exceeds five thousand dollars; and (B) on or before June first of the calendar year of the overpayment, the insurer or health care center (i) notifies the commissioner of the amount of the overpayment, and (ii) provides the commissioner with evidence sufficient to prove the amount of the overpayment.

(2) Not later than ninety days following receipt of notice and supporting evidence under subdivision (1) of this subsection, the commissioner shall (A) determine whether the insurer or health care center made an overpayment, and (B) notify the insurer or health care center of such determination.

(3) Failure of an insurer or health care center to notify the commissioner of the amount of an overpayment within the time prescribed in subdivision (1) of this subsection constitutes a waiver of any demand of the insurer or health care center against the state on account of such overpayment.

(4) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit or limit the right of an insurer or health care center to appeal pursuant to subsection (e) of this section.

(June Sp. Sess. P.A. 15-5, S. 345; P.A. 16-213, S. 9; P.A. 17-6, S. 4; 17-198, S. 32.)

History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 15-5 effective July 1, 2015; P.A. 16-213 amended Subsec. (b)(2) by adding “domestic” in provision re health care center, effective July 1, 2016; P.A. 17-6 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “needle and syringe exchange program” with “syringe services program”, effective July 1, 2017; P.A. 17-198 added Subsec. (f) re overpayment of public health fee, effective June 30, 2017, and applicable to any public health fee due on or after February 1, 2017.

Sec. 19a-12e. Petition re inability of health care professional to practice with reasonable skill or safety. Report re arrest or disciplinary action. Investigation. Disclosure. Procedure. (a) As used in this section:

(1) “Health care professional” means any individual licensed or who holds a permit pursuant to chapter 368v, 370, 372, 373, 375 to 378, inclusive, 379 to 381b, inclusive, 383 to 385, inclusive, 388 or 397a to 399, inclusive;

(2) “Assistance program” means the program established pursuant to section 19a-12a to provide education, prevention, intervention, referral assistance, rehabilitation or support services to health care professionals who have a chemical dependency, emotional or behavioral disorder or physical or mental illness; and

(3) “Hospital” has the same meaning as provided in section 19a-490.

(b) (1) Any health care professional or hospital shall, and any other person may, file a petition when such health care professional, hospital or person has any information that appears to show that a health care professional is, or may be, unable to practice his or her profession with reasonable skill or safety for any of the following reasons: (A) Physical illness or loss of motor skill, including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process; (B) emotional disorder or mental illness; (C) abuse or excessive use of drugs, including alcohol, narcotics or chemicals; (D) illegal, incompetent or negligent conduct in the practice of the profession of the health care professional; (E) possession, use, prescription for use or distribution of controlled substances or legend drugs, except for therapeutic or other medically proper purposes; (F) misrepresentation or concealment of a material fact in the obtaining or reinstatement of a license to practice the profession of the health care professional; or (G) violation of any provision of the chapter of the general statutes under which the health care professional is licensed or any regulation established under such chapter.

(2) A health care professional or hospital shall, and any other person may, file a petition described in this subsection not later than thirty days after obtaining information to support such petition. Each petition shall be filed with the Department of Public Health on forms supplied by the department, shall be signed and sworn and shall set forth in detail the matters complained of.

(c) Any health care professional or hospital that refers a health care professional for intervention to the assistance program shall be deemed to have satisfied the obligations imposed on the health care professional or hospital pursuant to this section with respect to a health care professional’s inability to practice with reasonable skill or safety due to chemical dependency, emotional or behavioral disorder or physical or mental illness.

(d) A health care professional who has been the subject of an arrest arising out of an allegation of the possession, use, prescription for use or distribution of a controlled substance or legend drug or alcohol shall, not less than thirty days after such arrest, notify the Department of Public Health. The health care professional shall be deemed to satisfy this obligation if the health care professional seeks intervention with the assistance program.

(e) A health care professional shall report to the department any disciplinary action similar to an action specified in subsection (a) of section 19a-17 taken against the health care professional by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or a foreign jurisdiction, not later than thirty days after such action. Failure to report in accordance with the provisions of this subsection may constitute a ground for disciplinary action under section 19a-17.

(f) No health care professional, hospital or person filing a petition in accordance with the provisions of this section or providing information to the department or the assistance program shall, without a showing of malice, be liable for damage or injury to the health care professional. The assistance program shall not be liable for damage or injury to the health care professional without a showing of malice.

(g) The department shall investigate each petition filed pursuant to this section in accordance with the provisions of subdivisions (10) and (11) of subsection (a) of section 19a-14, to determine if probable cause exists to issue a statement of charges and to institute proceedings against the health care professional under subsection (j) of this section. Such investigation shall be concluded not later than eighteen months after the date the petition is filed with the department and, unless otherwise specified by this subsection, the record of such investigation shall be deemed a public record, in accordance with section 1-210, at the conclusion of such eighteen-month period. Any such investigation shall be confidential prior to the conclusion of such eighteen-month period and no person shall disclose his or her knowledge of such investigation to a third party unless the health care professional requests that such investigation and disclosure be open, except the department shall provide information to the person who filed the petition as provided in subdivision (12) of subsection (a) of section 19a-14. If the department determines that probable cause exists to issue a statement of charges, the entire record of such proceeding shall be public unless the department determines that the health care professional is an appropriate candidate for participation in the assistance program. If at any time subsequent to the filing of a petition and during the eighteen-month period following the filing of the petition, the department makes a finding of no probable cause, the petition and the entire record of such investigation shall remain confidential, except as provided in subdivision (12) of subsection (a) of section 19a-14, unless the health care professional requests that such petition and record be open.

(h) As part of an investigation of a petition filed pursuant to this section, the department may order the health care professional to submit to a physical or mental examination to be performed by a physician or an advanced practice registered nurse chosen from a list approved by the department. The department may seek the advice of established medical organizations or licensed health professionals in determining the nature and scope of any diagnostic examinations to be used as part of any such physical or mental examination. The chosen physician or advanced practice registered nurse shall make a written statement of his or her findings.

(i) If the health care professional fails to obey a department order to submit to examination or attend a hearing, the department may petition the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford to order such examination or attendance, and said court or any judge assigned to said court shall have jurisdiction to issue such order.

(j) Subject to the provisions of section 4-182, no license shall be restricted, suspended or revoked by the Department of Public Health, and no health care professional’s right to practice shall be limited by the department, until the health care professional has been given notice and opportunity for hearing in accordance with said section.

(June Sp. Sess. P.A. 15-5, S. 480; P.A. 16-39, S. 16; 16-66, S. 3; P.A. 17-178, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 16-39 amended Subsec. (h) by adding references to advanced practice registered nurse; P.A. 16-66 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by replacing “person” with “individual” and adding references to Chs. 368v, 370, 381b, 388 and 397a to 399; P.A. 17-178 amended Subsec. (d) by deleting provision re notice to department when diagnosed with mental illness or behavioral or emotional disorder and making a conforming change.

Sec. 19a-14. (Formerly Sec. 19-4o). *(See end of section for amended version of subsection (c) and effective date.) Powers of department concerning regulated professions. (a) The Department of Public Health shall have the following powers and duties with regard to the boards and commissions listed in subsection (b) of this section which are within the Department of Public Health. The department shall:

(1) Control the allocation, disbursement and budgeting of funds appropriated to the department for the operation of the boards and commissions;

(2) Employ and assign such personnel as the commissioner deems necessary for the performance of the functions of the boards and commissions;

(3) Perform all management functions including purchasing, bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, secretarial, clerical and routine housekeeping functions;

(4) Adopt, with the advice and assistance of the appropriate board or commission, and in accordance with chapter 54, any regulations which are consistent with protecting the public health and safety and which are necessary to implement the purposes of this chapter and chapters 368v, 369 to 375, inclusive, 378 to 381, inclusive, 383 to 388, inclusive, 398 and 399;

(5) Develop and perform all administrative functions necessary to process applications for licenses and certificates;

(6) Determine the eligibility of all applicants for permits, licensure, certification or registration, based upon compliance with the general statutes and administrative regulations. The department may deny the eligibility of an applicant for a permit or for licensure by examination, endorsement, reciprocity or for reinstatement of a license voided pursuant to subsection (f) of section 19a-88, voluntarily surrendered or, by agreement, not renewed or reinstated pursuant to subsection (d) of section 19a-17, or may issue a license pursuant to a consent order containing conditions that must be met by the applicant if the department determines that the applicant:

(A) Has failed to comply with the general statutes and administrative regulations governing the applicant’s profession;

(B) Except any applicant for licensure as a barber under chapter 386 or a hairdresser and cosmetician under chapter 387, has been found guilty or convicted as a result of an act which constitutes a felony under (i) the laws of this state, (ii) federal law or (iii) the laws of another jurisdiction and which, if committed within this state, would have constituted a felony under the laws of this state;

(C) Is subject to a pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint before the duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory, or a foreign jurisdiction;

(D) Has been subject to disciplinary action similar to an action specified in subsection (a) of section 19a-17 by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory, or a foreign jurisdiction;

(E) Has committed an act which, if the applicant were licensed, would not conform to the accepted standards of practice of the profession, including, but not limited to, incompetence, negligence, fraud or deceit; illegal conduct; procuring or attempting to procure a license, certificate or registration by fraud or deceit; or engaging in, aiding or abetting unlicensed practice of a regulated profession, provided the commissioner, or the commissioner’s designee, gives notice and holds a hearing, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, prior to denying an application for a permit or a license based on this subparagraph; or

(F) Has a condition which would interfere with the practice of the applicant’s profession, including, but not limited to, physical illness or loss of skill or deterioration due to the aging process, emotional disorder or mental illness, abuse or excessive use of drugs or alcohol, provided the commissioner, or the commissioner’s designee, gives notice and holds a hearing in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, prior to denying an application for a permit or a license based on this subparagraph;

(7) Administer licensing examinations under the supervision of the appropriate board or commission;

(8) Develop and perform all administrative functions necessary to process complaints against persons licensed by the department;

(9) Consent to the approval or disapproval by the appropriate boards or commissions of schools at which educational requirements shall be met;

(10) Conduct any necessary review, inspection or investigation regarding qualifications of applicants for licenses or certificates, possible violations of statutes or regulations, and disciplinary matters. In connection with any investigation, the Commissioner of Public Health or the commissioner’s authorized agent may administer oaths, issue subpoenas, compel testimony and order the production of books, records and documents. If any person refuses to appear, to testify or to produce any book, record or document when so ordered, a judge of the Superior Court may make such order as may be appropriate to aid in the enforcement of this section;

(11) Conduct any necessary investigation and follow-up in connection with complaints regarding persons subject to regulation or licensing by the department. In connection with any such investigation, the department may restrict, suspend or otherwise limit the license or permit of any person subject to regulation or licensing by the department pursuant to an interim consent order entered during the pendency of such investigation;

(12) With respect to any complaint filed with the department on or after October 1, 2010, alleging incompetence, negligence, fraud or deceit by a person subject to regulation or licensing by any board or commission described in subdivision (1) to (5), inclusive, (7), (8), (12) to (14), inclusive, or (16) of subsection (b) of this section:

(A) Upon request of the person who filed the complaint, provide such person with information on the status of the complaint;

(B) Upon request of the person who filed the complaint, provide such person with an opportunity to review, at the department, records compiled as of the date of the request pursuant to any investigation of the complaint, including, but not limited to, the respondent’s written response to the complaint, except that such person shall not be entitled to copy such records and the department (i) shall not disclose (I) information concerning a health care professional’s referral to, participation in or completion of an assistance program in accordance with sections 19a-12a and 19a-12b, that is confidential pursuant to section 19a-12a, (II) information not related to such person’s specific complaint, including, but not limited to, information concerning patients other than such person, or (III) personnel or medical records and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute an invasion of personal privacy pursuant to section 1-210, except for such records or similar files solely related to such person; (ii) shall not be required to disclose any other information that is otherwise confidential pursuant to federal law or state statute, except for information solely related to such person; and (iii) may require up to ten business days written notice prior to providing such opportunity for review;

(C) Prior to resolving the complaint with a consent order, provide the person who filed the complaint with not less than ten business days to submit a written statement as to whether such person objects to resolving the complaint with a consent order;

(D) If a hearing is held with respect to such complaint after a finding of probable cause, provide the person who filed the complaint with a copy of the notice of hearing issued pursuant to section 4-177, which shall include information concerning the opportunity to present oral or written statements pursuant to subsection (b) of section 4-177c; and

(E) Notify the person who filed the complaint of the final disposition of such complaint not later than seven business days after such final disposition;

(13) Perform any other function necessary to the effective operation of a board or commission and not specifically vested by statute in the board or commission;

(14) Contract with a third party, if the commissioner deems necessary, to administer licensing examinations and perform all attendant administrative functions in connection with such examination; and

(15) With respect to any investigation of a person subject to regulation, licensing or certification by the department and in any disciplinary proceeding regarding such person, except as required by federal law:

(A) Not be denied access to or use of copies of patient medical records on the grounds that privilege or confidentiality applies to such records; and

(B) Not further disclose patient medical records received pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision. Patient records received pursuant to this subdivision shall not be subject to disclosure under section 1-210.

(b) The department shall have the powers and duties indicated in subsection (a) of this section with regard to the following professional boards and commissions:

(1) The Connecticut Medical Examining Board, established under section 20-8a;

(2) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Optometrists, established under subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 20-128a;

(3) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing, established under section 20-88;

(4) The Dental Commission, established under section 20-103a;

(5) The Board of Examiners of Psychologists, established under section 20-186;

(6) The Connecticut Board of Veterinary Medicine, established under section 20-196;

(7) Repealed by P.A. 13-208, S. 79;

(8) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Opticians, established under subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 20-139a;

(9) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Barbers and Hairdressers and Cosmeticians, established under section 20-235a;

(10) The Connecticut Board of Examiners of Embalmers and Funeral Directors established under section 20-208;

(11) Repealed by P.A. 99-102, S. 51;

(12) The State Board of Naturopathic Examiners, established under section 20-35;

(13) The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, established under section 20-25;

(14) The Connecticut Board of Examiners in Podiatry, established under section 20-51;

(15) The Board of Examiners of Electrologists, established under section 20-268; and

(16) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Physical Therapists.

*(c) No board shall exist for the following professions that are licensed or otherwise regulated by the Department of Public Health:

(1) Speech and language pathologist and audiologist;

(2) Hearing instrument specialist;

(3) Nursing home administrator;

(4) Sanitarian;

(5) Subsurface sewage system installer or cleaner;

(6) Marital and family therapist;

(7) Nurse-midwife;

(8) Licensed clinical social worker;

(9) Respiratory care practitioner;

(10) Asbestos contractor, asbestos consultant and asbestos training provider;

(11) Massage therapist;

(12) Registered nurse’s aide;

(13) Radiographer;

(14) Dental hygienist;

(15) Dietitian-Nutritionist;

(16) Asbestos abatement worker;

(17) Asbestos abatement site supervisor;

(18) Licensed or certified alcohol and drug counselor;

(19) Professional counselor;

(20) Acupuncturist;

(21) Occupational therapist and occupational therapist assistant;

(22) Lead abatement contractor, lead consultant contractor, lead consultant, lead abatement supervisor, lead abatement worker, lead training provider, lead inspector, lead inspector risk assessor and lead planner-project designer;

(23) Emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, emergency medical responder and emergency medical services instructor;

(24) Paramedic;

(25) Athletic trainer;

(26) Perfusionist;

(27) Master social worker subject to the provisions of section 20-195v;

(28) Radiologist assistant, subject to the provisions of section 20-74tt;

(29) Homeopathic physician;

(30) Certified water treatment plant operator, certified distribution system operator, certified small water system operator, certified backflow prevention device tester and certified cross connection survey inspector, including certified limited operators, certified conditional operators and certified operators in training;

(31) Tattoo technician; and

(32) Genetic counselor.

The department shall assume all powers and duties normally vested with a board in administering regulatory jurisdiction over such professions. The uniform provisions of this chapter and chapters 368v, 369 to 381a, inclusive, 383 to 388, inclusive, 393a, 395, 398, 399, 400a and 400c, including, but not limited to, standards for entry and renewal; grounds for professional discipline; receiving and processing complaints; and disciplinary sanctions, shall apply, except as otherwise provided by law, to the professions listed in this subsection.

(d) Except as provided in subdivision (15) of subsection (a) of this section and section 20-13e, all records obtained by the department in connection with any investigation of a person or facility over which the department has jurisdiction under this chapter, other than a physician as defined in subdivision (5) of section 20-13a, shall not be subject to disclosure under section 1-210 for a period of one year from the date of the petition or other event initiating such investigation, or until such time as the investigation is terminated pursuant to a withdrawal or other informal disposition or until a hearing is convened pursuant to chapter 54, whichever is earlier. A complaint, as defined in subdivision (6) of section 19a-13, shall be subject to the provisions of section 1-210 from the time that it is served or mailed to the respondent. Records that are otherwise public records shall not be deemed confidential merely because they have been obtained in connection with an investigation under this chapter. Records disclosed to a person who files a complaint pursuant to subdivision (12) of subsection (a) of this section that are otherwise confidential shall not be deemed public records merely because they have been disclosed pursuant to said subdivision (12).

(e) The department shall not issue a license to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint with the professional licensing authority in another jurisdiction.

(f) (1) Upon the issuance of a complaint under this chapter concerning any board or commission listed in subsection (b) of this section, or upon the filing of a petition for a declaratory ruling with, or the initiation of a proceeding for declaratory ruling by, any such board or commission pursuant to section 4-176, such board or commission shall notify the department of such complaint, petition or initiation of a proceeding.

(2) The Commissioner of Public Health or his or her designee may, not later than fifteen calendar days after receipt of the notice described in subdivision (1) of this subsection, notify such board or commission that the decision rendered by such board or commission in such matter shall be a proposed decision and that the commissioner or his or her designee shall render the final determination of the matter. The board or commission in making any such proposed decision shall comply with the requirements set forth in section 4-179. The commissioner or his or her designee may approve, modify or reject the proposed decision or remand the proposed decision for further review or for the taking of additional evidence. Any party to the matter may file written exceptions to the proposed decision not later than thirty days after the proposed decision is issued by the board or commission. The decision of the commissioner or his or her designee shall be the final decision in accordance with section 4-180 and for purposes of reconsideration in accordance with section 4-181a or appeal to the Superior Court pursuant to section 4-183.

(P.A. 80-484, S. 2, 174, 176; P.A. 81-473, S. 11, 43; P.A. 82-156, S. 1, 2; P.A. 83-352, S. 3, 5; 83-441, S. 6, 10; P.A. 85-531, S. 6; 85-585, S. 1; 85-613, S. 36, 154; P.A. 86-123, S. 8; 86-365, S. 1, 5; 86-376, S. 5; P.A. 87-537, S. 1, 13; P.A. 88-362, S. 9; P.A. 93-121, S. 1, 8; 93-249, S. 5; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-149, S. 15; 94-210, S. 1, 30; P.A. 95-116, S. 8; 95-196, S. 1; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-47, S. 1; P.A. 97-186, S. 11; 97-311, S. 7; P.A. 98-166, S. 3, 9; 98-247, S. 10; P.A. 99-102, S. 51; 99-249, S. 2, 10; June Sp. Sess. 99-2, S. 60, 72; P.A. 00-226, S. 8, 20; P.A. 01-109, S. 3; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4, S. 2, 3, 58; P.A. 05-66, S. 2, 3; 05-272, S. 14, 15; 05-280, S. 72, 73; P.A. 06-195, S. 2; P.A. 09-232, S. 25, 89; P.A. 10-38, S. 8; 10-117, S. 19, 20; 10-122, S. 3; P.A. 11-242, S. 3; P.A. 12-143, S. 10; P.A. 13-208, S. 17, 79; 13-234, S. 137; P.A. 15-242, S. 17; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 15-5, S. 366, 493; P.A. 17-60, S. 15; 17-66, S. 7; 17-112, S. 3.)

*Note: On and after July 1, 2018, subsection (c) of this section, as amended by section 187 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, is to read as follows:

“(c) No board shall exist for the following professions that are licensed or otherwise regulated by the Department of Public Health:

(1) Speech and language pathologist and audiologist;

(2) Hearing instrument specialist;

(3) Nursing home administrator;

(4) Sanitarian;

(5) Subsurface sewage system installer or cleaner;

(6) Marital and family therapist;

(7) Nurse-midwife;

(8) Licensed clinical social worker;

(9) Respiratory care practitioner;

(10) Asbestos contractor, asbestos consultant and asbestos training provider;

(11) Massage therapist;

(12) Registered nurse’s aide;

(13) Radiographer;

(14) Dental hygienist;

(15) Dietitian-Nutritionist;

(16) Asbestos abatement worker;

(17) Asbestos abatement site supervisor;

(18) Licensed or certified alcohol and drug counselor;

(19) Professional counselor;

(20) Acupuncturist;

(21) Occupational therapist and occupational therapist assistant;

(22) Lead abatement contractor, lead consultant contractor, lead consultant, lead abatement supervisor, lead abatement worker, lead training provider, lead inspector, lead inspector risk assessor and lead planner-project designer;

(23) Emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, emergency medical responder and emergency medical services instructor;

(24) Paramedic;

(25) Athletic trainer;

(26) Perfusionist;

(27) Master social worker subject to the provisions of section 20-195v;

(28) Radiologist assistant, subject to the provisions of section 20-74tt;

(29) Homeopathic physician;

(30) Certified water treatment plant operator, certified distribution system operator, certified small water system operator, certified backflow prevention device tester and certified cross connection survey inspector, including certified limited operators, certified conditional operators and certified operators in training;

(31) Tattoo technician;

(32) Genetic counselor; and

(33) Behavior analyst.

The department shall assume all powers and duties normally vested with a board in administering regulatory jurisdiction over such professions. The uniform provisions of this chapter and chapters 368v, 369 to 381a, inclusive, 383 to 388, inclusive, 393a, 395, 398, 399, 400a and 400c, including, but not limited to, standards for entry and renewal; grounds for professional discipline; receiving and processing complaints; and disciplinary sanctions, shall apply, except as otherwise provided by law, to the professions listed in this subsection.”

(P.A. 80-484, S. 2, 174, 176; P.A. 81-473, S. 11, 43; P.A. 82-156, S. 1, 2; P.A. 83-352, S. 3, 5; 83-441, S. 6, 10; P.A. 85-531, S. 6; 85-585, S. 1; 85-613, S. 36, 154; P.A. 86-123, S. 8; 86-365, S. 1, 5; 86-376, S. 5; P.A. 87-537, S. 1, 13; P.A. 88-362, S. 9; P.A. 93-121, S. 1, 8; 93-249, S. 5; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-149, S. 15; 94-210, S. 1, 30; P.A. 95-116, S. 8; 95-196, S. 1; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-47, S. 1; P.A. 97-186, S. 11; 97-311, S. 7; P.A. 98-166, S. 3, 9; 98-247, S. 10; P.A. 99-102, S. 51; 99-249, S. 2, 10; June Sp. Sess. 99-2, S. 60, 72; P.A. 00-226, S. 8, 20; P.A. 01-109, S. 3; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4, S. 2, 3, 58; P.A. 05-66, S. 2, 3; 05-272, S. 14, 15; 05-280, S. 72, 73; P.A. 06-195, S. 2; P.A. 09-232, S. 25, 89; P.A. 10-38, S. 8; 10-117, S. 19, 20; 10-122, S. 3; P.A. 11-242, S. 3; P.A. 12-143, S. 10; P.A. 13-208, S. 17, 79; 13-234, S. 137; P.A. 15-242, S. 17; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 15-5, S. 366, 493; P.A. 17-60, S. 15; 17-66, S. 7; 17-112, S. 3; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2, S. 187.)

History: P.A. 81-473 deleted a reference to the now abolished board of registration for sanitarians, added a reference to the board of examiners for physical therapists and provided that the department of health services perform the functions of a board with respect to the professions of sanitarian and subsurface sewage system installer or cleaner; P.A. 82-156 added Subdiv. (13) authorizing department of health services to contract with a third party to administer licensing examinations for the boards and commissions under its jurisdiction; Sec. 19-4o transferred to Sec. 19a-14 in 1983; P.A. 83-352 amended Subsec. (c) to include marital and family therapists; P.A. 83-441 amended Subsec. (c) to include nurse-midwives; P.A. 85-531 amended Subsec. (c) to include reference to certified independent social workers; P.A. 85-585 added Subsec. (d) regarding confidentiality of records obtained by the department in connection with an investigation of a person or facility over which the department has jurisdiction; P.A. 85-613 made technical changes, substituting reference to Sec. 2c-2b(a) for reference to Sec. 2c-2(f); P.A. 86-123 amended Subsec. (b)(6) by changing the name of the board from the state board of veterinary registration and examination to the Connecticut board of veterinary medicine; P.A. 86-365 added Subdivs. (A) to (F), inclusive, in Subsec. (a)(6) detailing grounds for denying applicants’ eligibility for permits; P.A. 86-376 added “respiratory care practitioner” in Subsec. (c) as profession which has no board; P.A. 87-537 added asbestos contractor and asbestos consultant in Subsec. (c) as profession which has no board; P.A. 88-362 applied Subsec. (c) to massage therapists; P.A. 93-121 added Subsec. (c)(12) re registered nurse’s aides, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 93-249 amended Subsec. (c) to add new Subdiv. re radiographers; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-149 added Subsec. (c)(14) re dental hygienists; P.A. 94-210 added Subsec. (c)(15) re dietitian-nutritionists, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-116 amended Subsec. (c)(8) to change “certified independent” to “licensed clinical” social worker; P.A. 95-196 added Subsec. (c)(16) and (17) re asbestos abatement workers and supervisors; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-47 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to allow issue of a license pursuant to a consent order; P.A. 97-186 amended Subsec. (c) by adding new Subdiv. re alcohol and drug counselors; P.A. 97-311 amended Subsec. (c) by adding new Subdiv. re professional counselors; P.A. 98-166 amended Subsec. (d) to add reference to the Sec. 20-13e exception and change “the provisions of” to “disclosure under” Sec. 1-19 (now 1-210), effective June 4, 1998; P.A. 98-247 amended Subdiv. (18) to change “associate licensed” to “certified”; P.A. 99-102 repealed Subsec. (b)(11) re Connecticut Osteopathic Examining Board; P.A. 99-249 added Subsec. (c)(20) re acupuncturists, effective June 29, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 added Subsec. (c)(20) to (23), inclusive, re acupuncturists, occupational therapists, lead abatement contractors and nail technicians and by making technical changes, effective June 29, 1999; P.A. 00-226 added Subsec. (c)(24) re athletic trainers, effective the later of October 1, 2000, or the date notice is published by the Commissioner of Public Health in the Connecticut Law Journal indicating that the licensing of athletic trainers and physical therapist assistants is being implemented by the commissioner, i.e. April 11, 2006; P.A. 01-109 amended Subsec. (b)(15) by changing “Hypertrichologists” to “Electrologists”; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4 amended Subsec. (c) by changing hearing aid dealer to hearing instrument specialist in Subdiv. (2), adding occupational therapist assistant in Subdiv. (21), adding lead consultant contractor, lead consultant, lead abatement supervisor, lead abatement worker, inspector and planner-project designer in Subdiv. (22), deleting nail technician and adding emergency medical technician, emergency medical technician-intermediate, medical response technician and emergency medical services instructor in Subdiv. (23) and adding paramedic as Subdiv. (24), effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 05-66 added Subsec. (c)(25) re dialysis patient care technicians; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by replacing “speech pathologist” with “speech and language pathologist”; P.A. 05-280 added Subsec. (c)(26) re perfusionists; P.A. 06-195 deleted Subsec. (c)(26) re dialysis patient care technician and redesignating existing Subdiv. (27) as Subdiv. (26); P.A. 09-232 amended Subsec. (c)(23) by substituting “advanced emergency medical technician” for “emergency medical technician-intermediate” and substituting “emergency medical responder” for “medical response technician”, effective January 1, 2010, and added Subsec. (c)(27) re radiologist assistants, effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 10-38 amended Subsec. (c) to add new Subdiv. (27) re master social workers and redesignate existing Subdiv. (27) as Subdiv. (28); P.A. 10-117 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provisions, codified by the Revisors as Subdiv. (15), re department’s access to and disclosure of patient medical records in connection with an investigation or disciplinary action, amended Subsec. (d) by adding reference to Subsec. (a)(15) and added Subsec. (e) re nonissuance of a license to a person against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint in another jurisdiction; P.A. 10-122 amended Subsec. (a) by making technical changes, by adding new Subdiv. (12) re complainant’s right to access information and records re complaints filed with department on or after October 1, 2010, and by redesignating existing Subdivs. (12) and (13) as Subdivs. (13) and (14) and amended Subsec. (d) by making a technical change and adding provision specifying that confidential records disclosed to complainant pursuant to Subsec. (a)(12) are not deemed public records; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a)(11) by allowing department to restrict, suspend or limit a license or permit pursuant to interim consent order entered during pendency of an investigation, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 12-143 amended Subsec. (a)(4) to replace reference to Sec. 2c-2b(a) with reference to Sec. 2c-2h, effective July 1, 2012; P.A. 13-208 repealed Subsec. (b)(7) and amended Subsec. (c) by adding Subdiv. (29) re homeopathic physician and Subdiv. (30) re water professionals; P.A. 13-234 amended Subsec. (c) by deleting “On and after July 1, 2011, a” in Subdiv. (28) and adding provision, codified by the Revisors as Subdiv. (31), re tattoo technician; P.A. 15-242 amended Subsec. (a)(6) by adding provision re denial of eligibility for voluntary surrender of license or for license that is not renewed or reinstated; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 15-5 added Subsec. (f) re notice to department of a complaint concerning board or commission or a declaratory ruling petition or proceeding, effective June 30, 2015, and amended Subsec. (c) by adding Subdiv. (32) re genetic counselors, effective October 1, 2015; P.A. 17-60 amended Subsec. (a)(4) by deleting reference to Sec. 2c-2h, and making a technical change, effective July 1, 2017; P.A. 17-66 amended Subsec. (c) by adding reference to “asbestos training provider” in Subdiv. (10), adding references to “lead training provider” and “lead inspector risk assessor” in Subdiv. (22), and making technical changes, effective July 1, 2017; P.A. 17-112 amended Subsec. (a)(6)(B) by adding “Except any applicant for licensure as a barber under chapter 386 or a hairdresser and cosmetician under chapter 387”, and making technical changes; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2 amended Subsec. (c) by adding Subdiv. (33) re behavior analyst, effective July 1, 2018.

Sec. 19a-17. (Formerly Sec. 19-4s). Disciplinary action by department, boards and commissions. (a) Each board or commission established under chapters 369 to 376, inclusive, 378 to 381, inclusive, and 383 to 388, inclusive, and the Department of Public Health with respect to professions under its jurisdiction that have no board or commission may take any of the following actions, singly or in combination, based on conduct that occurred prior or subsequent to the issuance of a permit or a license upon finding the existence of good cause:

(1) Revoke a practitioner’s license or permit;

(2) Suspend a practitioner’s license or permit;

(3) Censure a practitioner or permittee;

(4) Issue a letter of reprimand to a practitioner or permittee;

(5) Restrict or otherwise limit practice to those areas prescribed by the board, commission or department;

(6) Place a practitioner or permittee on probationary status and require the practitioner or permittee to:

(A) Report regularly to such board, commission or department upon the matters which are the basis of probation;

(B) Limit practice to those areas prescribed by such board, commission or department;

(C) Continue or renew professional education until a satisfactory degree of skill has been attained in those areas which are the basis for the probation;

(7) Assess a civil penalty of up to twenty-five thousand dollars;

(8) In those cases involving persons or entities licensed or certified pursuant to sections 20-341d, 20-435, 20-436, 20-437, 20-438, 20-475 and 20-476, require that restitution be made to an injured property owner; or

(9) Summarily take any action specified in this subsection against a practitioner’s license or permit upon receipt of proof that such practitioner has been:

(A) Found guilty or convicted as a result of an act which constitutes a felony under (i) the laws of this state, (ii) federal law, or (iii) the laws of another jurisdiction and which, if committed within this state, would have constituted a felony under the laws of this state; or

(B) Subject to disciplinary action similar to that specified in this subsection by a duly authorized professional agency of any state, the federal government, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or a foreign jurisdiction. The applicable board or commission, or the department shall promptly notify the practitioner or permittee that his license or permit has been summarily acted upon pursuant to this subsection and shall institute formal proceedings for revocation within ninety days after such notification.

(b) Such board or commission or the department may withdraw the probation if it finds that the circumstances that required action have been remedied.

(c) Such board or commission or the department where appropriate may summarily suspend a practitioner’s license or permit in advance of a final adjudication or during the appeals process if such board or commission or the department finds that a practitioner or permittee represents a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety if he is allowed to continue to practice.

(d) In addition to the authority provided to the Department of Public Health in subsection (a) of this section, the department may resolve any disciplinary action with respect to a practitioner’s license or permit in any profession by voluntary surrender or agreement not to renew or reinstate.

(e) Such board or commission or the department may reinstate a license that has been suspended or revoked if, after a hearing, such board or commission or the department is satisfied that the practitioner or permittee is able to practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients, customers or the public in general. As a condition of reinstatement, the board or commission or the department may impose disciplinary or corrective measures authorized under this section.

(f) Such board or commission or the department may take disciplinary action against a practitioner’s license or permit as a result of the practitioner having been subject to disciplinary action similar to an action specified in subsection (a) of this section by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, the federal government, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or a foreign jurisdiction. Such board or commission or the department may rely upon the findings and conclusions made by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, the federal government, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or foreign jurisdiction in taking such disciplinary action.

(g) As used in this section, the term “license” shall be deemed to include the following authorizations relative to the practice of any profession listed in subsection (a) of this section: (1) Licensure by the Department of Public Health; (2) certification by the Department of Public Health; and (3) certification by a national certification body.

(h) As used in this chapter, the term “permit” includes any authorization issued by the department to allow the practice, limited or otherwise, of a profession which would otherwise require a license; and the term “permittee” means any person who practices pursuant to a permit.

(P.A. 80-484, S. 137, 176; P.A. 81-473, S. 12, 43; P.A. 82-179; P.A. 83-261; P.A. 86-365, S. 2, 5; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-174, S. 1, 12; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 07-252, S. 5, 39; P.A. 08-137, S. 3; P.A. 11-242, S. 1; P.A. 15-242, S. 16; P.A. 17-10, S. 1; 17-146, S. 7.)

History: P.A. 81-473 added a reference to safety of “customers or the public in general”; P.A. 82-179 allowed boards or commissions under the jurisdiction of the department of health services, and the department of health services with respect to professions under its jurisdiction which have no board or commission, to assess civil penalties of up to $1,000; Sec. 19-4s transferred to Sec. 19a-17 in 1983; P.A. 83-261 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize summary revocation of a practitioner’s license for conviction of a felony or of improper professional practice in another state and added Subsec. (e) to include certain certifications in the definition of a license; P.A. 86-365 provided for disciplinary action “based on conduct which occurred prior or subsequent to the issuance of a permit or a license”, added references to “permits” and “permittees”, and changed wording of Subsec. (a)(7) and added Subsec. (f) defining “permit” and “permittee”; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-174 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to increase civil penalty from $1,000 to $10,000, effective June 6, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 07-252 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), added new Subsec. (d) authorizing department to resolve any disciplinary action with respect to a practitioner’s license or permit by voluntary surrender or agreement not to renew or reinstate, redesignated existing Subsecs. (d), (e) and (f) as Subsecs. (e), (f) and (g), respectively, and made a technical change in redesignated Subsec. (e), effective July 12, 2007, and amended Subsec. (a)(6) to increase maximum civil penalty that boards, commissions and department may assess from $10,000 to $25,000; P.A. 08-137 amended Subsec. (a) by adding new Subdiv. (7) requiring restitution to injured property owners from the specified licensed or certified professionals and by redesignating existing Subdiv. (7) as Subdiv. (8); P.A. 11-242 added new Subsec. (f) re authority to rely upon findings and conclusions of out-of-state disciplinary agencies when taking disciplinary action against practitioner’s license or permit and redesignated existing Subsecs. (f) and (g) as Subsecs. (g) and (h), effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 15-242 amended Subsec. (f) by adding “a federal governmental agency”; P.A. 17-10 amended Subsec. (a) by adding new Subdiv. (5) re restricting or otherwise limiting practice to areas prescribed by board, commission or department, and redesignating existing Subdivs. (5) to (8) as Subdivs. (6) to (9); P.A. 17-146 amended Subsec. (a)(8)(B) to add “the federal government,”, and amended Subsec. (f) to replace “a federal governmental agency” with “the federal government”.

Sec. 19a-31a. Microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratories. (a) For purposes of this section:

(1) “Microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory” means a laboratory that (A) utilizes any living agent capable of causing a human infection or reportable human disease, or (B) is used to secure evidence of the presence or absence of a living agent capable of causing a human infection or reportable human disease, for the purposes of teaching, research or quality control of the infection or disease;

(2) “Biolevel-two microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory” means a microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory that presents a moderate hazard to personnel of exposure to an infection or disease and utilizes agents that are associated with human infection or disease;

(3) “Biolevel-three microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory” means a microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory operated by an institution of higher education, or any other research entity, that (A) handles agents that (i) have a known potential for aerosol transmission, (ii) may cause serious and potentially lethal human infections or diseases, and (iii) are either indigenous or exotic in origin, and (B) is designed and equipped under guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health and the National Centers for Disease Control as a biolevel-three laboratory; and

(4) “Biolevel-three agent” means an agent classified as a biolevel-three agent by the National Institutes of Health and the National Centers for Disease Control.

(b) No biolevel-two microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory or biolevel-three microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory shall operate unless such laboratory has registered with the Department of Public Health and paid the registration fee required under subsection (c) of this section.

(c) The biennial registration fee for a biolevel-two microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory and a biolevel-three microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory shall be four hundred dollars.

(d) Microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratories that are state or federally operated entities shall be exempt from the registration fee requirements set forth in subsection (c) of this section.

(e) If an institution that operates a biolevel-three microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory establishes a biosafety committee pursuant to the National Institutes of Health or the National Centers for Disease Control guidelines, such committee shall (1) forward the minutes of its meetings to the Department of Public Health and (2) meet at least annually with a representative of the Department of Public Health to review safety procedures and discuss health issues relating to the operation of the laboratory.

(f) Each such institution shall report to the Department of Public Health any infection or injury relating to work at the laboratory with biolevel-three agents and any incidents relating to such work which result in a recommendation by the institution that employees or members of the public be tested or monitored for potential health problems because of the possibility of infection or injury or incidents which pose a threat to public health.

(g) Each such institution shall report to the Department of Public Health any sanctions imposed on the laboratory or on the institution for incidents occurring at the laboratory by the National Institutes of Health, the National Centers for Disease Control, the United States Department of Defense or any other government agency.

(P.A. 96-149; P.A. 17-146, S. 20.)

History: P.A. 17-146 amended Subsec. (a) by adding new Subdivs. (1) and (2) defining “microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory” and “biolevel-two microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory”, respectively, redesignated existing Subdiv. (1) as Subdiv. (3) and amended same by replacing “biolevel-three laboratory” with “biolevel-three microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory” and adding provisions re other research entities, redesignated existing Subdiv. (2) re biolevel-three agent as Subdiv. (4), added new Subsec. (b) re laboratory registration with department, added new Subsec. (c) re biennial registration fee, added new Subsec. (d) re exemption from registration fee, redesignated existing Subsecs. (b) to (d) as Subsecs. (e) to (g), and made technical and conforming changes.

Sec. 19a-36. (Formerly Sec. 19-13). *(See end of section for amended version of subsection (a) and effective date.) Public Health Code. Fees. Public pools. Wells: Use, replacement and mitigation. *(a) The Commissioner of Public Health shall establish a Public Health Code and, from time to time, amend the same. The Public Health Code may provide for the preservation and improvement of the public health.

(1) Said code may include regulations pertaining to retail food establishments, including, but not limited to, food service establishments, catering food service establishments and itinerant food vending establishments and the required permitting from local health departments or districts to operate such establishments.

(2) Drainage and toilet systems to be installed in any house or building arranged or designed for human habitation, or field sanitation provided for agricultural workers or migratory farm laborers, shall conform to minimum requirements prescribed in said code.

(3) Said code may include regulations requiring toilets and handwashing facilities in large stores, as defined in such regulations, in shopping centers and in places dispensing food or drink for consumption on the premises, for the use of patrons of such establishments, except that the provisions of such regulations shall not apply to such establishments constructed or altered pursuant to plans and specifications approved or building permits issued prior to October 1, 1977.

(4) The provisions of such regulations (A) with respect to the requirement of employing a qualified food operator and any reporting requirements relative to such operator, shall not apply to an owner or operator of a soup kitchen who relies exclusively on services provided by volunteers, and (B) shall not prohibit the sale or distribution of food at a noncommercial function such as an educational, religious, political or charitable organization’s bake sale or potluck supper provided the seller or person distributing such food maintains such food under the temperature, pH level and water activity level conditions that will inhibit the rapid and progressive growth of infectious or toxigenic microorganisms. For the purposes of this section, a “noncommercial function” means a function where food is sold or distributed by a person not regularly engaged in the for profit business of selling such food.

(5) The provisions of such regulations with respect to qualified food operators shall require that the contents of the test administered to qualified food operators include elements testing the qualified food operator’s knowledge of food allergies.

(6) Each regulation adopted by the Commissioner of Public Health shall state the date on which it shall take effect, and a copy of the regulation, signed by the Commissioner of Public Health, shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of the State and a copy sent by said commissioner to each director of health, and such regulation shall be published in such manner as the Commissioner of Public Health may determine.

(7) Any person who violates any provision of the Public Health Code shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

(b) The Commissioner of Public Health shall charge the following fees for the following services: (1) Review of each small flow plan for subsurface sewage disposal, two hundred dollars; and (2) review of each large flow plan for subsurface sewage disposal, six hundred twenty-five dollars. The commissioner shall amend the regulations adopted pursuant to this section as necessary to implement the provisions of this subsection.

(c) (1) For purposes of this subsection, “public pool” means an artificial basin constructed of concrete, steel, fiberglass or other impervious material and equipped with a controlled water supply that is intended for recreational bathing, swimming, diving or therapeutic purposes and includes, but is not limited to, any related equipment, structure, area or enclosure intended for the use of any person using or staffing such pool. “Public pool” does not include an artificial basin provided with a controlled water supply that is intended for use at a single-family residence, except when such basin is used for commercial or business purposes at such residence.

(2) The Department of Public Health shall classify public pools into one of the following categories:

(A) Public swimming pool, which is a pool used or intended to be used for recreational bathing, swimming or water recreation activities;

(B) Public wading pool, which is a pool principally used or intended to be used for wading and recreational bathing by small children;

(C) Public spa, which is a pool used for recreational bathing in conjunction with a high-velocity air system, a high-velocity water recirculation system, hot water, cold water, a mineral bath or any combination thereof;

(D) Public diving pool, which is a pool used solely for diving or the instruction and practicing of diving techniques; or

(E) Special purpose public pool, which is a pool used for a specialized purpose, including, but not limited to, a splash pad or spray park where the water is recirculated, water flume, pool used for scuba diving instruction, therapeutic pool, hydrotherapy pool or a pool used in an aquatics program for persons with disabilities. Special purpose public pool does not include a flotation vessel, which shall not be subject to review by the Department of Public Health. For purposes of this subparagraph, “flotation vessel” means a tank devoid of light and sound and containing salt water in which a person floats for purposes including, but not limited to, meditation, relaxation and alternative medicine.

(3) The commissioner shall charge the following fees for the following services: (A) Review of plans for a public pool, seven hundred fifty dollars; (B) review of a resubmitted plan for a public pool, two hundred fifty dollars; (C) initial inspection of a public pool, two hundred dollars; and (D) any subsequent inspection of a public pool, one hundred fifty dollars. The commissioner shall amend the regulations adopted pursuant to this section as necessary to implement the provisions of this subsection.

(4) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, regulations governing the safety of public pools shall not require fences around (A) naturally formed ponds subsequently converted to public pool use, provided the converted ponds (i) retain sloping sides common to natural ponds, and (ii) are on property surrounded by a fence, or (B) a splash pad or spray park.

(d) The local director of health may authorize the use of an existing private well, consistent with all applicable sections of the regulations of Connecticut state agencies, the installation of a replacement well at a single-family residential premises on property whose boundary is located within two hundred feet of an approved community water supply system, measured along a street, alley or easement, where (1) a premises that is not connected to the public water supply may replace a well used for domestic purposes if water quality testing is performed at the time of the installation, and for at least every ten years thereafter, or for such time as requested by the local director of health, that demonstrates that the replacement well meets the water quality standards for private wells established in the Public Health Code, and provided there is no service to the premises by a public water supply, or (2) a premises served by a public water supply may utilize or replace an existing well or install a new well solely for irrigation purposes or other outdoor water uses provided such well is permanently and physically separated from the internal plumbing system of the premises and a reduced pressure device is installed to protect against a cross connection with the public water supply. Upon a determination by the local director of health that an irrigation well creates an unacceptable risk of injury to the health or safety of persons using the water, to the general public, or to any public water supply, the local director of health may issue an order requiring the immediate implementation of mitigation measures, up to and including permanent abandonment of the well, in accordance with the provisions of the Connecticut Well Drilling Code adopted pursuant to section 25-128. In the event a cross connection with the public water system is found, the owner of the system may terminate service to the premises.

(1949 Rev., S. 3800; 1959, P.A. 628, S. 2; 1961, P.A. 140; P.A. 77-282; 77-614, S. 345, 610; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 6, 117; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-44, S. 2; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 97-278; P.A. 98-75, S. 2; P.A. 02-102, S. 2; P.A. 03-252, S. 3; P.A. 05-122, S. 1; P.A. 07-244, S. 2; P.A. 08-184, S. 5; P.A. 09-11, S. 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 165; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 177; P.A. 12-80, S. 66; P.A. 15-148, S. 1; P.A. 16-75, S. 1; P.A. 17-202, S. 67.)

*Note: On and after July 1, 2018, subsection (a) of this section, as amended by section 1 of public act 17-93, is to read as follows:

“(a) The Commissioner of Public Health shall establish a Public Health Code and, from time to time, amend the same. The Public Health Code may provide for the preservation and improvement of the public health.

(1) Drainage and toilet systems to be installed in any house or building arranged or designed for human habitation, or field sanitation provided for agricultural workers or migratory farm laborers, shall conform to minimum requirements prescribed in said code.

(2) Said code may include regulations requiring toilets and handwashing facilities in large stores, as defined in such regulations, in shopping centers and in places dispensing food or drink for consumption on the premises, for the use of patrons of such establishments, except that the provisions of such regulations shall not apply to such establishments constructed or altered pursuant to plans and specifications approved or building permits issued prior to October 1, 1977.

(3) Each regulation adopted by the Commissioner of Public Health shall state the date on which it shall take effect, and a copy of the regulation, signed by the Commissioner of Public Health, shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of the State and a copy sent by said commissioner to each director of health, and such regulation shall be published in such manner as the Commissioner of Public Health may determine.

(4) Any person who violates any provision of the Public Health Code shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.”

(1949 Rev., S. 3800; 1959, P.A. 628, S. 2; 1961, P.A. 140; P.A. 77-282; 77-614, S. 345, 610; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 6, 117; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-44, S. 2; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 97-278; P.A. 98-75, S. 2; P.A. 02-102, S. 2; P.A. 03-252, S. 3; P.A. 05-122, S. 1; P.A. 07-244, S. 2; P.A. 08-184, S. 5; P.A. 09-11, S. 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 165; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 177; P.A. 12-80, S. 66; P.A. 15-148, S. 1; P.A. 16-75, S. 1; P.A. 17-93, S. 1; 17-202, S. 67.)

History: 1959 act added provision re field sanitation; 1961 act substituted public health code for sanitary code; P.A. 77-282 provided that code may include regulations requiring restroom facilities in large stores, shopping centers etc.; P.A. 77-614 replaced public health council with commissioner of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-13 transferred to Sec. 19a-36 in 1983; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6 added new Subsec. (b) to establish fees for public swimming pool plan review and resubmitted plan review, public swimming pool inspection and reinspection and review of small and large flow plan for subsurface sewage disposal; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-44 amended Subsec. (a) to prohibit the regulations from prohibiting the sale of food at noncommercial functions and to define “noncommercial function”; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-278 added Subsec. (c) re naturally formed ponds converted to swimming pool use; P.A. 98-75 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that provisions of regulations with respect to requirement of employing a qualified food operator and any reporting requirements re such operator shall not apply to soup kitchens that rely exclusively on volunteer services; P.A. 02-102 added Subsec. (d) to permit a local director of health to authorize the use of an existing private well or the installation of a replacement well at a single-family residential premises located within 200 feet of an approved community water supply system, subject to certain safeguards; P.A. 03-252 amended Subsec. (a) by allowing code to regulate retail food establishments; P.A. 05-122 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision requiring testing of qualified food operator’s knowledge of food allergies, redesignating existing Subdivs. (1) and (2) as Subparas. (A) and (B), adding new Subdiv. designators and making technical changes; P.A. 07-244 amended Subsec. (d) to subject local health directors’ decisions re use of existing private wells to applicable state regulations, to add provisions re mitigation or abandonment of irrigation wells that create an unacceptable risk of injury to health or safety and to make technical changes; P.A. 08-184 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by providing that code may include “the required permitting from local health departments or districts to operate said establishments”; P.A. 09-11 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(1); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (b) to increase fees; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (a)(4) to expand exemption to include persons distributing food and to provide that distribution or sale of food at a “noncommercial function” is by a person not normally engaged in the business of selling such food for profit, effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 12-80 amended Subsec. (a)(7) to replace penalty of a fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment of not more than 3 months or both with a class C misdemeanor; P.A. 15-148 amended Subsec. (b) to delete “Notwithstanding any regulations to the contrary”, delete former Subdivs. (1) to (4) re public swimming pools, redesignate existing Subdivs. (5) and (6) as Subdivs. (1) and (2) and add provision re commissioner to amend regulations to implement provisions of Subsec., added new Subsec. (c)(1) to (3) re definition and classification of public pools and fees for services, and redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (c)(4) and made technical and conforming changes therein; P.A. 16-75 amended Subsec. (c)(4) by redesignating existing Subparas. (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), designating existing provision re naturally formed ponds converted to public pool use as Subpara. (A) and adding new Subpara. (B) re splash pad or spray park; P.A. 17-93 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting former Subdiv. (1) re regulations pertaining to retail food establishments, redesignating existing Subdivs. (2) and (3) as Subdivs. (1) and (2), deleting former Subdiv. (4) re qualified food operators and sale or distribution of food at noncommercial function, deleting Subdiv. (5) re qualified food operators, and redesignating existing Subdivs. (6) and (7) as Subdivs. (3) and (4), effective July 1, 2018; P.A. 17-202 amended Subsec. (c)(2)(E) by replacing “handicapped persons” with “persons with disabilities”.

Secs. 19a-36c to 19a-36e. Display of sign re signs of choking by food service establishments. Sous vide processing by food service establishments. Acidification of sushi rice. Sections 19a-36c to 19a-36e, inclusive, are repealed, effective October 1, 2017.

(P.A. 05-134, S. 1; P.A. 15-140, S. 1; P.A. 15-220, S. 1; P.A. 17-93, S. 16.)

Sec. 19a-36f. Prohibition on use of disposable natural rubber latex gloves at retail food establishments. (a) No person shall use or require the use of disposable, nonsterile or sterile natural rubber latex gloves at a retail food establishment, including, but not limited to, a food establishment, catering food service establishment or itinerant food vending establishment.

(b) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not less than two hundred fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars.

(P.A. 15-242, S. 31; P.A. 17-93, S. 13.)

History: P.A. 15-242 effective July 1, 2016; P.A. 17-93 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “food service establishment” with “food establishment”.

Sec. 19a-36g. Food code. Definitions. As used in this section and sections 19a-36h to 19a-36o, inclusive:

(1) “Catering food service establishment” means a business that is involved in the (A) sale or distribution of food and drink prepared in bulk in one geographic location for retail service in individual portions in another location, or (B) preparation and service of food in a public or private venue that is not under the ownership or control of the operator of such business;

(2) “Certified food protection manager” means a food employee that has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service;

(3) “Class 1 food establishment” means a food establishment that only offers for retail sale (A) prepackaged food that is not time or temperature controlled for safety, (B) commercially processed food that (i) is time or temperature controlled for safety and heated for hot holding, but (ii) is not permitted to be cooled, or (C) food prepared in the establishment that is not time or temperature controlled for safety;

(4) “Class 2 food establishment” means a retail food establishment that does not serve a population that is highly susceptible to food-borne illnesses and offers a limited menu of food that is prepared, cooked and served immediately, or that prepares and cooks food that is time or temperature controlled for safety and may require hot or cold holding, but that does not involve cooling;

(5) “Class 3 food establishment” means a retail food establishment that (A) does not serve a population that is highly susceptible to food-borne illnesses, and (B) has an extensive menu of foods, many of which are time or temperature controlled for safety and require complex preparation, including, but not limited to, handling of raw ingredients, cooking, cooling and reheating for hot holding;

(6) “Class 4 food establishment” means a retail food establishment that serves a population that is highly susceptible to food-borne illnesses, including, but not limited to, preschool students, hospital patients and nursing home patients or residents, or that conducts specialized food processes, including, but not limited to, smoking, curing or reduced oxygen packaging for the purposes of extending the shelf life of the food;

(7) “Cold holding” means maintained at a temperature of forty-one degrees Fahrenheit or below;

(8) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Public Health or the commissioner’s designee;

(9) “Contact hour” means a minimum of fifty minutes of a training activity;

(10) “Department” means the Department of Public Health;

(11) “Director of health” means the director of a local health department or district health department appointed pursuant to section 19a-200 or 19a-242;

(12) “Food code” means the food code administered under section 19a-36h;

(13) “Food establishment” means an operation that (A) stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends directly to the consumer or otherwise provides food for human consumption, including, but not limited to, a restaurant, catering food service establishment, food service establishment, temporary food service establishment, itinerant food vending establishment, market, conveyance used to transport people, institution or food bank, or (B) relinquishes possession of food to a consumer directly, or indirectly through a delivery service, including, but not limited to, home delivery of grocery orders or restaurant takeout orders or a delivery service that is provided by common carriers. “Food establishment” does not include a vending machine, as defined in section 21a-34, a private residential dwelling in which food is prepared under section 21a-62a or a food manufacturing establishment, as defined in section 21a-151;

(14) “Food inspector” means a director of health, or his or her authorized agent, or a registered sanitarian who has been certified as a food inspector by the commissioner;

(15) “Food inspection training officer” means a certified food inspector who has received training developed or approved by the commissioner and been authorized by the commissioner to train candidates for food inspector certification;

(16) “Food-borne illness” means illness, including, but not limited to, illness due to heavy metal intoxications, staphylococcal food poisoning, botulism, salmonellosis, shigellosis, Clostridium perfringens intoxication and hepatitis A, acquired through the ingestion of a common-source food or water contaminated with a chemical, infectious agent or the toxic products of a chemical or infectious agent;

(17) “Food-borne outbreak” means illness, including, but not limited to, illness due to heavy metal intoxications, staphylococcal food poisoning, botulism, salmonellosis, shigellosis, Clostridium perfringens intoxication and hepatitis A, in two or more individuals, acquired through the ingestion of common-source food or water contaminated with a chemical, infectious agent or the toxic products of a chemical or infectious agent;

(18) “Hot holding” means maintained at a temperature of one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit or above;

(19) “Itinerant food vending establishment” means a vehicle-mounted, self-contained, mobile food establishment;

(20) “Permit” means a written document issued by a director of health that authorizes a person to operate a food establishment;

(21) “Temporary food service establishment” means a food establishment that operates for a period of not more than fourteen consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration;

(22) “Time or temperature controlled for safety” means maintained at a certain temperature or maintained for a certain length of time, or both, to prevent microbial growth and toxin production; and

(23) “Variance” means a written document issued by the commissioner that authorizes a modification or waiver of one or more requirements of the food code.

(P.A. 17-93, S. 2.)

Sec. 19a-36h. Adoption by reference of United States Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code. Regulations. (a) Not later than July 1, 2018, the commissioner shall adopt and administer by reference the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code, as amended from time to time, and any Food Code Supplement published by said administration as the state’s food code for the purpose of regulating food establishments.

(b) The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section and sections 19a-36i to 19a-36m, inclusive.

(P.A. 17-93, S. 3.)

Sec. 19a-36i. Food establishments. Permit or license. Inspections. Food protection managers. (1) No person, firm or corporation shall operate or maintain any food establishment where food or beverages are served or sold to the public in any town, city or borough without obtaining a valid permit or license to operate from the director of health of such town, city or borough, in a form and manner prescribed by the director of health. The director of health shall issue a permit or license to operate a food establishment upon receipt of an application if the food establishment meets the requirements of this section. All food establishments shall comply with the food code.

(2) All food establishments shall be inspected by a certified food inspector in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner. The Commissioner of Public Health may, in consultation with the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, grant a variance for the requirements of the food code if the Commissioner of Public Health determines that such variance would not result in a health hazard or nuisance.

(3) No permit to operate a food establishment shall be issued by a director of health unless the applicant has provided the director of health with proof of registration with the department and a written application for a permit in a form and manner prescribed by the department. Temporary food establishments and certified farmers’ markets, as defined in section 22-6r, shall be exempt from registering with the Department of Public Health.

(4) Each class 2 food establishment, class 3 food establishment and class 4 food establishment shall employ a certified food protection manager. No person shall serve as a certified food protection manager unless such person has satisfactorily passed a test as part of a food protection manager certification program that is evaluated and approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the Conference for Food Protection as conforming to its standards for accreditation of food protection manager certification programs. A certified food inspector shall verify that the food protection manager is certified upon inspection of the food establishment.

(P.A. 17-93, S. 4.)

Sec. 19a-36j. Food inspectors. Certification. Inspections. (a) On and after July 1, 2018, no person shall engage in the practice of a food inspector unless such person has obtained a certification from the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of this section. The commissioner shall develop a training and verification program for food inspector certification that shall be administered by the food inspection training officer at a local health department.

(1) Each person seeking certification as a food inspector shall submit an application to the department on a form prescribed by the commissioner and present to the department satisfactory evidence that such person (A) is sponsored by the director of health in the jurisdiction in which the applicant is employed to conduct food inspections, (B) possesses a bachelor’s degree or three years of experience in a regulatory food protection program, (C) has successfully completed a training and verification program, (D) has successfully completed the field standardization inspection prescribed by the commissioner, and (E) is not involved in the ownership or management of a food establishment located in the applicant’s jurisdiction.

(2) Each director of health sponsoring an applicant for certification as a food inspector shall submit to the commissioner a form documenting the applicant’s qualifications and successful completion of the requirements described in subdivision (1) of this subsection.

(3) Certifications issued under this section shall be subject to renewal once every three years. A food inspector applying for renewal of his or her certification shall demonstrate successful completion of twenty contact hours in food protection training, as approved by the commissioner, and reassessment by the food inspection training officer.

(b) A certified food inspector shall conduct an inspection of a food establishment in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner to determine compliance with the food code. The director of health shall ensure all food establishments are inspected at a frequency determined by their risk classification. Such director of health shall evaluate the food establishment’s risk classification on an annual basis to determine accuracy. More frequent inspections may be conducted to ensure compliance with the food code. Each food establishment classification shall be inspected pursuant to the following schedule:

(1) Class 1 food establishments shall be inspected at intervals not to exceed three hundred sixty days.

(2) Class 2 food establishments shall be inspected at intervals not to exceed one hundred eighty days.

(3) Class 3 food establishments shall be inspected at intervals not to exceed one hundred twenty days.

(4) Class 4 food establishments shall be inspected at intervals not to exceed ninety days.

(5) Temporary food service establishments shall be inspected prior to the issuance of a permit to operate and as often as necessary to ensure compliance with the food code.

(P.A. 17-93, S. 5.)

Sec. 19a-36k. Food-borne illness or outbreak. Investigation. If a director of health has reasonable cause to suspect the possibility of a food-borne illness or food-borne outbreak, such director shall complete an investigation and take action to control the illness or outbreak. Such action may include, but shall not be limited to, securing employee morbidity histories, requiring medical and laboratory examinations of an employee, modification of a menu and any other restriction or action deemed necessary by such director of health to control the illness or outbreak. A person who violates any provision of sections 19a-36h to 19a-36m, inclusive, section 22-6r, or section 22-6s, or who provides false information during an investigation, refuses to cooperate with an investigation or otherwise impedes an investigation that is conducted under this section or section 19a-36i or 19a-36j shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

(P.A. 17-93, S. 6.)

Sec. 19a-36l. Inspection violations. Appeal process. The owner or operator of a food establishment aggrieved by an order to correct any inspection violations identified by the food inspector or to hold, destroy or dispose of unsafe food may appeal such order to the director of health not later than forty-eight hours after issuance of such order. The director of health shall review the request for an appeal and, upon conclusion of the review, may vacate, modify or affirm such order. If affirmed by the director of health, the corrective actions specified by the food inspector shall be so ordered by the director of health. An owner or operator of a food service establishment who is aggrieved by the affirmation or modification of an order by the director of health, including, but not limited to, an order to suspend the permit or license to operate the food service establishment, may appeal to the department pursuant to section 19a-229. During such appeal, the order shall remain in effect unless the commissioner orders otherwise.

(P.A. 17-93, S. 7.)

Sec. 19a-36m. Authority of directors of health and Commissioner of Agriculture. Application of provisions of food code re certified food managers. Exceptions. (a) Nothing in this section or sections 19a-36h to 19a-36l, inclusive, shall limit the authority of directors of health under chapter 368e or 368f.

(b) For purposes of this section and sections 19a-36h to 19a-36l, inclusive, the provisions of the general statutes and regulations of Connecticut state agencies pertaining to certified farmers’ markets shall not limit the authority of the Commissioner of Agriculture and the director of health to require a farmer to comply with the requirements of sections 22-6r and 22-6s.

(c) The provisions of the food code that concern the employment of a certified food manager and any reporting requirements relative to such certified food manager (1) shall not apply to (A) an owner or operator of a soup kitchen that relies exclusively on services provided by volunteers, (B) any volunteer who serves meals from a nonprofit organization, including a temporary food service establishment and a special event sponsored by a nonprofit civic organization, including, but not limited to, school sporting events, little league food booths, church suppers and fairs, or (C) any person who serves meals to individuals at a registered congregate meal site funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended from time to time, that were prepared under the supervision of a certified food manager, and (2) shall not prohibit the sale or distribution of food at (A) a bed and breakfast establishment that prepares and offers food to guests, provided the operation is owner-occupied and the total building occupant load is not more than sixteen persons, including the owner and occupants, has no provisions for cooking or warming food in the guest rooms, breakfast is the only meal offered and the consumer of such operation is informed by statements contained in published advertisements, mailed brochures and placards posted in the registration area that the food is prepared in a kitchen that is not regulated and inspected by the local health director, and (B) a noncommercial function, including, but not limited to, an educational, religious, political or charitable organization’s bake sale or potluck supper, provided the seller or person distributing the food maintains the food at the temperature, pH level and water activity level conditions that will inhibit the growth of infectious or toxigenic microorganisms. For the purposes of this subsection, “noncommercial function” means a function where food is sold or distributed by a person not regularly engaged in the business of selling such food for profit.

(P.A. 17-93, S. 8.)

Sec. 19a-36n. Commissioner’s authority to make public announcement re identity of source of food-borne illness or outbreak. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Health may announce to the public, at the commissioner’s sole discretion, the identity of the food establishment that was the source of any food-borne illness or food-borne outbreak that has been verified by the department for the purpose of reducing morbidity and mortality from any cause or condition of such illness or outbreak. The commissioner shall make every effort to limit the disclosure of personally identifiable health data to the minimal amount necessary to accomplish such purpose.

(P.A. 17-93, S. 9.)

Sec. 19a-36o. Variance from requirements of Public Health Code for sous vide processing and acidification of sushi rice. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, from June 30, 2017 until June 30, 2018, a food service establishment may request a variance from the Commissioner of Public Health from the requirements of the Public Health Code, established under section 19a-36, to utilize the process of sous vide and acidification of sushi rice, as defined in section 3-502.11 of the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code, as amended from time to time. The Commissioner of Public Health shall review the request for a variance and provide the food establishment with notification regarding the status of its request not later than thirty days after the commissioner receives such request. The commissioner may grant such variance if he or she determines that such variance would not result in a health hazard or nuisance.

(P.A. 17-93, S. 10.)

History: P.A. 17-93 effective June 30, 2017.

Sec. 19a-37. (Formerly Sec. 19-13a). Regulation of water supply wells and springs. Definitions. Information and requirements re testing of private residential wells or wells for semipublic use. Transportation of water in bulk by bulk water hauler. (a) As used in this section:

(1) “Laboratory or firm” means an environmental laboratory registered by the Department of Public Health pursuant to section 19a-29a;

(2) “Private well” means a water supply well that meets all of the following criteria: (A) Is not a public well; (B) supplies a population of less than twenty-five persons per day; and (C) is owned or controlled through an easement or by the same entity that owns or controls the building or parcel that is served by the water supply;

(3) “Public well” means a water supply well that supplies a public water system;

(4) “Well for semipublic use” means a water supply well that (A) does not meet the definition of a private well or public well, and (B) provides water for drinking and other domestic purposes; and

(5) “Water supply well” means an artificial excavation constructed by any method for the purpose of getting water for drinking or other domestic use.

(b) The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations in the Public Health Code for the preservation of the public health pertaining to (1) protection and location of new water supply wells or springs for residential construction or for public or semipublic use, and (2) inspection for compliance with the provisions of municipal regulations adopted pursuant to section 22a-354p.

(c) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, for the testing of water quality in private residential wells and wells for semipublic use. Any laboratory or firm which conducts a water quality test on a private well serving a residential property or well for semipublic use shall, not later than thirty days after the completion of such test, report the results of such test to (1) the public health authority of the municipality where the property is located, and (2) the Department of Public Health in a format specified by the department, provided such report shall only be required if the party for whom the laboratory or firm conducted such test informs the laboratory or firm identified on the chain of custody documentation submitted with the test samples that the test was conducted in connection with the sale of such property. No regulation may require such a test to be conducted as a consequence or a condition of the sale, exchange, transfer, purchase or rental of the real property on which the private residential well or well for semipublic use is located.

(d) Prior to the sale, exchange, purchase, transfer or rental of real property on which a residential well is located, the owner shall provide the buyer or tenant notice that educational material concerning private well testing is available on the Department of Public Health web site. Failure to provide such notice shall not invalidate any sale, exchange, purchase, transfer or rental of real property. If the seller or landlord provides such notice in writing, the seller or landlord and any real estate licensee shall be deemed to have fully satisfied any duty to notify the buyer or tenant that the subject real property is located in an area for which there are reasonable grounds for testing under subsection (g) or (j) of this section.

(e) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to clarify the criteria under which the commissioner may issue a well permit exception and to describe the terms and conditions that shall be imposed when a well is allowed at a premises (1) that is connected to a public water supply system, or (2) whose boundary is located within two hundred feet of an approved community water supply system, measured along a street, alley or easement. Such regulations shall (A) provide for notification of the permit to the public water supplier, (B) address the quality of the water supplied from the well, the means and extent to which the well shall not be interconnected with the public water supply, the need for a physical separation, and the installation of a reduced pressure device for backflow prevention, the inspection and testing requirements of any such reduced pressure device, and (C) identify the extent and frequency of water quality testing required for the well supply.

(f) No regulation may require that a certificate of occupancy for a dwelling unit on such residential property be withheld or revoked on the basis of a water quality test performed on a private residential well pursuant to this section, unless such test results indicate that any maximum contaminant level applicable to public water supply systems for any contaminant listed in the public health code has been exceeded. No administrative agency, health district or municipal health officer may withhold or cause to be withheld such a certificate of occupancy except as provided in this section.

(g) The local director of health may require a private residential well or well for semipublic use to be tested for arsenic, radium, uranium, radon or gross alpha emitters, when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that such contaminants are present in the groundwater. For purposes of this subsection, “reasonable grounds” means (1) the existence of a geological area known to have naturally occurring arsenic, radium, uranium, radon or gross alpha emitter deposits in the bedrock; or (2) the well is located in an area in which it is known that arsenic, radium, uranium, radon or gross alpha emitters are present in the groundwater.

(h) Except as provided in subsection (i) of this section, the collection of samples for determining the water quality of private residential wells and wells for semipublic use may be made only by (1) employees of a laboratory or firm certified or approved by the Department of Public Health to test drinking water, if such employees have been trained in sample collection techniques, (2) certified water operators, (3) local health departments and state employees trained in sample collection techniques, or (4) individuals with training and experience that the Department of Public Health deems sufficient.

(i) Any owner of a residential construction, including, but not limited to, a homeowner, on which a private residential well is located or any general contractor of a new residential construction on which a private residential well is located may collect samples of well water for submission to a laboratory or firm for the purposes of testing water quality pursuant to this section, provided (1) such laboratory or firm has provided instructions to said owner or general contractor on how to collect such samples, and (2) such owner or general contractor is identified to the subsequent owner on a form to be prescribed by the Department of Public Health. No regulation may prohibit or impede such collection or analysis.

(j) The local director of health may require private residential wells and wells for semipublic use to be tested for pesticides, herbicides or organic chemicals when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that any such contaminants might be present in the groundwater. For purposes of this subsection, “reasonable grounds” means (1) the presence of nitrate-nitrogen in the groundwater at a concentration greater than ten milligrams per liter, or (2) that the private residential well or well for semipublic use is located on land, or in proximity to land, associated with the past or present production, storage, use or disposal of organic chemicals as identified in any public record.

(k) Any water transported in bulk by any means to a premises currently supplied by a private well or well for semipublic use where the water is to be used for purposes of drinking or domestic use shall be provided by a bulk water hauler licensed pursuant to section 20-278h. No bulk water hauler shall deliver water without first notifying the owner of the premises of such delivery. Bulk water hauling to a premises currently supplied by a private well or well for semipublic use shall be permitted only as a temporary measure to alleviate a water supply shortage.

(1959, P.A. 30; P.A. 77-614, S. 475, 610; P.A. 89-305, S. 26, 32; P.A. 92-251; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-85, S. 3; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 97-296, S. 1, 4; P.A. 02-102, S. 4; P.A. 07-244, S. 4; P.A. 08-184, S. 24; P.A. 11-242, S. 72; P.A. 12-197, S. 7; P.A. 16-66, S. 20; P.A. 17-146, S. 15.)

History: P.A. 77-614 replaced public health council with commissioner of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-13a transferred to Sec. 19a-37 in 1983; P.A. 89-305 added provision concerning inspection for compliance with municipal aquifer protection regulations; P.A. 92-251 added Subsec. (b) re testing of private residential wells; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-85 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that a laboratory or firm which conducts a water quality test of a private well shall report the results of such test to the local health authority if the test was conducted within six months, rather than three months, of a sale of the property served by such well and specified that results be reported within 30 days after test made; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-296 amended Subsec. (b) to prohibit regulations from requiring the testing of well water as a consequence or a condition of the sale, exchange, transfer, purchase or rental of real property, and added new Subsecs. (c) to (g) re regulations, effective July 8, 1997; P.A. 02-102 added new Subsec. (c) requiring the adoption of regulations to clarify the criteria under which a well permit exception may be granted and to describe the terms and conditions to be imposed when a well is allowed at a premises that is connected to a public water supply, and relettered existing Subsecs. (c) to (g) as Subsecs. (d) to (h); P.A. 07-244 amended Subsec. (c) by designating as Subdiv. (1) existing provision re wells at premises connected to a public water supply system, adding Subdiv. (2) re wells located within 200 feet of approved community water supply system and redesignating existing Subdivs. (1), (2) and (3) as Subparas. (A), (B) and (C); P.A. 08-184 made a technical change in Subsec. (c); P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b) by designating existing requirement re water quality test report to public health authority as Subdiv. (1), by adding Subdiv. (2) re water quality test report to Department of Public Health and by defining “laboratory or firm”, added new Subsec. (c) re owner to provide buyer or tenant with notice re availability of educational material concerning private well testing, redesignated existing Subsecs. (c) and (d) as Subsecs. (d) and (e), deleted former Subsec. (e) re regulations not requiring testing of private residential wells for herbicides or insecticides, added new Subsec. (f) re local director of health’s authority to require private residential well to be tested for radionuclides, added new Subsec. (g) re persons authorized to collect water samples from private residential wells, redesignated former Subsec. (f) as Subsec. (h) and amended same to designate existing provision re laboratory or firm to provide instruction on collection of well water samples as Subdiv. (1) and add Subdiv. (2) re notice to subsequent owners that general contractor or former owner was responsible for collecting well water samples, deleted former Subsec. (g) re regulations not requiring testing of private residential wells for organic chemicals, deleted former Subsec. (h) re regulation waiver provision applicable to wells not tested between December 30, 1996, and July 8, 1997, added new Subsec (i) re local director of health’s authority to require private residential well to be tested for pesticides, herbicides or organic chemicals, and made technical changes; P.A. 12-197 amended Subsec. (f) by replacing provisions re testing for radionuclides with provisions re testing for arsenic, radium, uranium, radon or gross alpha emitters; P.A. 16-66 amended Subsecs. (b), (f), (g) and (i) by adding references to wells for semipublic use; P.A. 17-146 added new Subsec. (a) re definitions, redesignated existing Subsec. (a) as Subsec. (b), redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c) and amended same to replace provision re report shall not be required if party for whom laboratory or firm conducted test informs laboratory or firm that test was not conducted within 6 months of sale of property with provision re report shall only be required if party for whom laboratory or firm conducted test informs laboratory or firm identified on chain of custody documentation that test was conducted in connection with sale of property, and to delete provision defining laboratory or firm, redesignated existing Subsecs. (c) to (i) as Subsecs. (d) to (j), added Subsec. (k) re water transported in bulk, and made conforming changes.

Sec. 19a-52. (Formerly Sec. 19-20b). Purchase of equipment for children with physical disabilities or cardiac defects. Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, the Department of Public Health or the department’s contractor, in carrying out its powers and duties under section 19a-50, may, within available appropriations, purchase medically necessary and appropriate durable medical equipment and other department approved goods and services. Such goods and services shall be identical to goods and services that are covered under the Connecticut Medicaid and HUSKY Programs administered by the Department of Social Services and the payment for such goods and services shall not exceed the Connecticut Medicaid payment rate for the same goods and services.

(P.A. 78-7, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-197, S. 1; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 17-146, S. 12; 17-202, S. 73.)

History: Sec. 19-20b transferred to Sec. 19a-52 in 1983; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-197 increased maximum for purchase without a purchase order from $3,500 to $6,500 per unit; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 17-146 added “and the department’s contractors” re carrying out powers and duties, and replaced provisions re purchases and bids with provisions re purchase of medically necessary and appropriate durable medical equipment and other goods and services and payment for goods and services; P.A. 17-202 added “or the department’s contractor” re carrying out powers and duties, and replaced provisions re purchases and bids with provisions re purchase of medically necessary and appropriate durable medical equipment and other goods and services and payment for goods and services.

Sec. 19a-53. (Formerly Sec. 19-21). Birth defects surveillance program. Definitions. Birth defects screenings. Notification. Analyses. Confidentially. Records. Approval of research. Publication of statistical compilations. (a) As used in this section:

(1) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner’s designee;

(2) “Department” means the Department of Public Health;

(3) “Licensed health care professional” means a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370, a physician assistant licensed pursuant to chapter 370, an advanced practice registered nurse or a registered nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378 or a nurse midwife licensed pursuant to chapter 377; and

(4) “Newborn screening system” means the department’s tracking system for the screening of newborns pursuant to section 19a-55.

(b) The department may, within available appropriations, establish a birth defects surveillance program. Such program shall monitor the frequency, distribution and types of birth defects occurring in the state.

(c) Each child that is born in the state shall have a birth defects screening completed by a licensed health care professional prior to discharge from the hospital. The administrative officer or other person in charge of each hospital shall enter the results of each birth defects screening into the birth defects registry located in the department’s newborn screening system in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner.

(d) Any licensed health care professional who provides care or treatment to a child that is under the age of one and was born in the state and who observes or acquires knowledge that the child has a birth defect shall, not later than forty-eight hours after observing or acquiring knowledge of such defect, notify the department of such defect in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner. Such notification shall contain information, including, but not limited to, the nature of the birth defect and such other information as may reasonably be required by the department. The department shall post the notification form on the department’s Internet web site and keep each notification made under this section on file for at least six years from the date of its receipt.

(e) The commissioner shall have access to identifying information in the hospital discharge records of newborn infants born in the state upon request. Such identifying information shall be used solely for purposes of the birth defects surveillance program. A hospital, as defined in section 19a-490, shall make available to the department upon request the medical records of a patient diagnosed with a birth defect or other adverse reproductive outcomes for purposes of research and verification of data.

(f) The commissioner shall use the information collected under this section and information available from other sources to conduct routine analyses to determine whether there were any preventable causes of the birth defects about which the department was notified under this section.

(g) All information, including, but not limited to, personally identifiable information collected from a health care professional or hospital under this section shall be confidential. Such personally identifiable information shall be used solely for purposes of the birth defects surveillance program. Access to such information shall be limited to the department and persons with a valid scientific interest and qualification as determined by the commissioner, provided the department and such persons are engaged in demographic, epidemiologic or other similar studies related to health and agree, in writing, to maintain the confidentiality of such information as prescribed in this section and section 19a-25.

(h) The commissioner shall maintain an accurate record of all persons who are given access to the information in the newborn screening system. The record shall include (1) the name, title and organizational affiliation of persons given access to the system, (2) dates of access, and (3) the specific purpose for which the information is used. The record shall be open to public inspection during the department’s normal operating hours.

(i) All research proposed to be conducted using personally identifiable information in the newborn screening system or requiring contact with affected individuals shall be reviewed and approved in advance by the commissioner.

(j) The commissioner may publish statistical compilations relating to birth defects or other adverse reproductive outcomes that do not in any way identify individual cases or individual sources of information.

(1949 Rev., S. 3825; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 99-102, S. 16; P.A. 17-146, S. 13.)

History: P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-21 transferred to Sec. 19a-53 in 1983; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 99-102 deleted obsolete reference to osteopathy and made technical changes; P.A. 17-146 deleted provision re mailing report to department within forty-eight hours of acquiring knowledge child has physical defect, added Subsec. (a) re definitions, added Subsec. (b) re establishment of birth defects surveillance program, added Subsec. (c) re birth defects screenings, added Subsec. (d) re notification to department of child having birth defect by licensed health care professionals, added Subsec. (e) re access to identifying information by the commissioner, added Subsec. (f) re routine analyses of information, added Subsec. (g) re confidentiality of information, added Subsec. (h) re maintenance of record of persons given access to newborn screening system, added Subsec. (i) re review and approval of research, and added Subsec. (j) re publication of statistical compilations.

Sec. 19a-54. (Formerly Sec. 19-21a). Registration of children with special health care needs. Each institution supported in whole or in part by the state shall report to the Department of Public Health, on a form prescribed by said department, the name and address of each child under twenty-one years of age with special health care needs for whom an application is made for admission, whether such child is admitted or rejected.

(1949 Rev., S. 2637; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 17-202, S. 68.)

History: Sec. 17-47 transferred to Sec. 19-21a in 1968; P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-21a transferred to Sec. 19a-54 in 1983; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 17-202 replaced “who is physically handicapped” with “with special health care needs” and made a technical change.

Sec. 19a-55. (Formerly Sec. 19-21b). Newborn infant health screening. Tests required. Fees. Report to Department of Public Health. Exemptions. Regulations. (a) The administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants shall cause to have administered to every such infant in its care an HIV-related test, as defined in section 19a-581, a test for phenylketonuria and other metabolic diseases, hypothyroidism, galactosemia, sickle cell disease, maple syrup urine disease, homocystinuria, biotinidase deficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, severe combined immunodeficiency disease, adrenoleukodystrophy and such other tests for inborn errors of metabolism as shall be prescribed by the Department of Public Health. The tests shall be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate. If the mother has had an HIV-related test pursuant to section 19a-90 or 19a-593, the person responsible for testing under this section may omit an HIV-related test. The Commissioner of Public Health shall (1) administer the newborn screening program, (2) direct persons identified through the screening program to appropriate specialty centers for treatments, consistent with any applicable confidentiality requirements, and (3) set the fees to be charged to institutions to cover all expenses of the comprehensive screening program including testing, tracking and treatment. The fees to be charged pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection shall be set at a minimum of ninety-eight dollars. The Commissioner of Public Health shall publish a list of all the abnormal conditions for which the department screens newborns under the newborn screening program, which shall include screening for amino acid disorders, organic acid disorders and fatty acid oxidation disorders, including, but not limited to, long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl CoA dehydrogenase (L-CHAD) and medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD).

(b) In addition to the testing requirements prescribed in subsection (a) of this section, the administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants shall cause to have administered to (1) every such infant in its care a screening test for (A) cystic fibrosis, and (B) critical congenital heart disease, and (2) any newborn infant who fails a newborn hearing screening, as described in section 19a-59, a screening test for cytomegalovirus, provided such screening test shall be administered within available appropriations on and after January 1, 2016. On and after January 1, 2018, the administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants who performs the testing for critical congenital heart disease shall enter the results of such test into the newborn screening system pursuant to section 19a-53. Such screening tests shall be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate.

(c) The administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants shall report any case of cytomegalovirus that is confirmed as a result of a screening test administered pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section to the Department of Public Health in a form and manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Health.

(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any infant whose parents object to the test or treatment as being in conflict with their religious tenets and practice. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

(February, 1965, P.A. 108, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 78-193, S. 1, 2, 4; P.A. 92-227, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, S. 26; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 30; P.A. 02-113, S. 1; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 5; P.A. 05-272, S. 43; P.A. 06-196, S. 210; P.A. 09-20, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 167; P.A. 11-48, S. 38; P.A. 12-13, S. 1; P.A. 13-242, S. 1; P.A. 15-10, S. 1; 15-242, S. 49; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 15-5, S. 346, 506; P.A. 16-66, S. 22; P.A. 17-146, S. 14.)

History: P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-193 included tests for hypothyroidism and galactosemia and transferred regulation power from department to commissioner; Sec. 19-21b transferred to Sec. 19a-55 in 1983; P.A. 92-227 amended Subsec. (a) to add sickle cell disease, maple syrup urine disease, homocystinuria and biotinidase deficiency to list of diseases for infant testing and to detail responsibilities of the commissioner in administering the program; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8 added congenital adrenal hyperplasia to the list of diseases tested for; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “infants twenty-eight days or less of age” with “newborn infants”, adding HIV-related test, adding provision that tests be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate and that test may be omitted if done under other statutes, and adding “consistent with any applicable confidentiality requirements” in Subdiv. (2); P.A. 02-113 amended Subsec. (a) to add requirement for testing of “other metabolic diseases”, to add a minimum fee requirement of $28, and to add requirement that on or before January 1, 2003, the regulations shall include testing for amino acid disorders, organic acid disorders and fatty acid oxidation disorders; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 amended Subsec. (a) by changing date for regulations requiring testing for certain disorders from January 1, 2003, to January 1, 2004, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (a) by removing requirement that newborn screening regulations specify abnormal conditions to be tested for and manner of recording and reporting results and, instead, requiring Commissioner of Public Health to publish list of all abnormal conditions for which department screens newborns under newborn screening program, effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 06-196 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 09-20 added new Subsec. (b) requiring that newborn infants be administered screening test for cystic fibrosis and redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (a) to increase fee from $28 to $56; P.A. 11-48 repositioned provision re adoption of regulations from Subsec. (a) to Subsec. (c) and amended Subsec. (b) by requiring screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency disease and by making a technical change; P.A. 12-13 amended Subsec. (b) by designating existing provisions re screening tests for cystic fibrosis and severe combined immunodeficiency disease as Subdivs. (1) and (2) and adding Subdiv. (3) re screening test for critical congenital heart disease; P.A. 13-242 added new Subsec. (c) re test for adrenoleukodystrophy and redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (d); P.A. 15-10 amended Subsec. (b) by designating existing provisions re screening tests to be administered as Subdiv. (1), redesignating existing Subdivs. (1) to (3) as Subparas. (A) to (C) and adding new Subdiv. (2) re screening test for infant who fails a hearing screening, added new Subsec. (d) re reporting cases of cytomegalovirus and redesignated existing Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (e), effective July 1, 2015; P.A. 15-242 amended Subsec. (d) by making a technical change, effective June 30, 2015; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 15-5 amended Subsec. (a) to replace “fifty-six” with “ninety-eight” re minimum fees, effective July 1, 2015, and deleted former Subsec. (c) re development and validation of reliable methodology for screening for adrenoleukodystrophy and added new Subsec. (c) re agreement with New York State Department of Health to screen for adrenoleukodystrophy, effective October 1, 2015; P.A. 16-66 amended Subsec. (a) to add reference to severe combined immunodeficiency disease and adrenoleukodystrophy, amended Subsec. (b)(1) to delete former Subpara. (B) re severe combined immunodeficiency disease and redesignate existing Subpara. (C) re critical congenital heart disease as Subpara. (B), deleted former Subsec. (c) re screening test for adrenoleukodystrophy and redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) and (e) as Subsecs. (c) and (d); P.A. 17-146 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision re entering results of testing for critical congenital heart disease into newborn screening system.

Sec. 19a-55a. (Note: This section is repealed, effective July 1, 2018.) Newborn screening account. There is established a newborn screening account that shall be a separate nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited into the account. Any balance remaining in said account on June 30, 2017, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund and made available for expenditure by the Department of Public Health for the expenses of the testing required under sections 19a-55 and 19a-59 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.

(June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 4; P.A. 06-188, S. 20; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2, S. 678, 728.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 06-188 amended Subsec. (b) by increasing moneys available for expenditure by department for expenses of testing required by Secs. 19a-55 and 19a-59 from $345,000 to $500,000, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2 deleted Subsec. (a) designator, added provision re balance remaining on June 30, 2017, to be credited to resources of General Fund and made available for expenditure by department for testing, deleted provision re carrying balance forward each fiscal year and deleted Subsec. (b) re $500,000 of amount collected to be credited to newborn screening account, effective October 31, 2017, and repealed section, effective July 1, 2018.

Sec. 19a-59. Program to identify infants who are hard of hearing. (a) Each institution, as defined in section 19a-490, that provides childbirth service shall, not later than July 1, 2000, include a universal newborn hearing screening program as part of its standard of care and shall establish a mechanism for compliance review. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any infant whose parents object to hearing screening as being in conflict with their religious tenets and practice.

(b) The Department of Public Health shall establish a plan to implement and operate a program of early identification of infants who are hard of hearing. The purpose of such plan shall be to: (1) Identify infants at high risk of having hearing impairments; (2) notify parents of such infants of the risk; (3) inform parents of resources available to them for further testing and treatment, including rehabilitation services for such infants; and (4) inform parents of financial assistance available through the Department of Public Health, including, but not limited to, parental eligibility criteria, which may result in reduced cost or no cost to parents for testing, evaluation or treatment, including rehabilitation of such infants. The department shall develop such plan in consultation with persons including, but not limited to, pediatricians, otolaryngologists, audiologists, educators and parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

(c) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.

(P.A. 81-205, S. 2, 3; P.A. 82-472, S. 61, 183; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, S. 9, 88; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 36, 72; P.A. 00-27, S. 10, 24; P.A. 17-202, S. 69, 74.)

History: P.A. 82-472 made technical changes; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8 added new Subsecs. (a) and (c) re newborn hearing screening, designating existing Subsecs. (a) and (b) as Subsec. (b); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “1999” with “2000”, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-27 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective May 1, 2000; P.A. 17-202 amended Subsec. (b) to replace “infant hearing impairment” with “infants who are hard of hearing”, and replace reference to deaf and hearing impaired children with reference to children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Sec. 19a-59c. Administration of federal Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children in the state. The Department of Public Health is authorized to administer the federal Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children in the state, in accordance with federal law and regulations. The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, necessary to administer the program.

(P.A. 88-172, S. 5; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 07-252, S. 84; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 16-3, S. 158; P.A. 17-146, S. 21.)

History: P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 07-252 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) establishing a Women, Infants and Children Advisory Council; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 16-3 amended Subsec. (b) by replacing “Commission on Children” with “Commission on Women, Children and Seniors”, effective July 1, 2016; P.A. 17-146 deleted Subsec. (b) re advisory council and deleted Subsec. (a) designator.

Sec. 19a-80. (Formerly Sec. 19-43e). License required for child care centers and group child care homes. Fees. Comprehensive background checks. Notification of changes in regulations. (a) No person, group of persons, association, organization, corporation, institution or agency, public or private, shall maintain a child care center or group child care home without a license issued in accordance with sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and 19a-82 to 19a-87a, inclusive. Applications for such license shall be made to the Commissioner of Early Childhood on forms provided by the commissioner and shall contain the information required by regulations adopted under said sections. The forms shall contain a notice that false statements made therein are punishable in accordance with section 53a-157b.

(b) (1) Upon receipt of an application for a license, the commissioner shall issue such license if, upon inspection and investigation, said commissioner finds that the applicant, the facilities and the program meet the health, educational and social needs of children likely to attend the child care center or group child care home and comply with requirements established by regulations adopted under this section and sections 19a-77 to 19a-79a, inclusive, and sections 19a-82 to 19a-87a, inclusive. The commissioner shall offer an expedited application review process for an application submitted by a municipal agency or department. A currently licensed person or entity, as described in subsection (a) of this section, seeking a change of operator, ownership or location shall file a new license application, except such person or entity may request the commissioner to waive the requirement that a new license application be filed if such person or entity submits such request prior to the change of operator, ownership or location. The commissioner may grant or deny such request. Each license shall be for a term of four years, shall be nontransferable, and may be renewed upon receipt by the commissioner of a renewal application and accompanying licensure fee. The commissioner may suspend or revoke such license after notice and an opportunity for a hearing as provided in section 19a-84 for violation of the regulations adopted under this section and sections 19a-77 to 19a-79a, inclusive, and sections 19a-82 to 19a-87a, inclusive. In the case of an application for renewal of a license that has expired, the commissioner may renew such expired license within thirty days of the date of such expiration upon receipt of a renewal application and accompanying licensure fee.

(2) The commissioner shall collect from the licensee of a child care center a fee of five hundred dollars prior to issuing or renewing a license for a term of four years. The commissioner shall collect from the licensee of a group child care home a fee of two hundred fifty dollars prior to issuing or renewing a license for a term of four years. The commissioner shall require only one license for a child care center operated in two or more buildings, provided the same licensee provides child care services in each building and the buildings are joined together by a contiguous playground that is part of the licensed space.

(3) The commissioner, or the commissioner’s designee, shall make an unannounced visit, inspection or investigation of each licensed child care center and group child care home at least once each year. At least once every two years, the local health director, or the local health director’s designee, shall make an inspection of each licensed child care center and group child care home.

(c) The commissioner, within available appropriations, shall require each prospective employee of a child care center or group child care home in a position requiring the provision of care to a child to submit to comprehensive background checks, including state and national criminal history records checks. The criminal history records checks required pursuant to this subsection shall be conducted in accordance with section 29-17a. The commissioner shall also request a check of the state child abuse registry established pursuant to section 17a-101k. The Department of Social Services may agree to transfer funds appropriated for criminal history records checks to the Office of Early Childhood. The Commissioner of Early Childhood shall notify each licensee of the provisions of this subsection. No such prospective employee shall have unsupervised access to children in the child care center or group child care home until such comprehensive background check is completed and the Commissioner of Early Childhood permits such prospective employee to work in such child care center or group child care home.

(d) The commissioner shall inform each licensee, by way of a plain language summary provided not later than sixty days after the regulation’s effective date, of new or changed regulations adopted under sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, or sections 19a-82 to 19a-87a, inclusive, with which a licensee must comply.

(1967, P.A. 696, S. 2, 3; P.A. 77-157, S. 4, 11; 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 82-256, S. 2; P.A. 85-613, S. 42, 154; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 7, 117; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-360, S. 9, 32; P.A. 97-259, S. 33, 41; P.A. 98-250, S. 14, 39; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 69; P.A. 01-175, S. 15, 32; P.A. 03-243, S. 11; P.A. 05-207, S. 9; P.A. 07-22, S. 1; 07-129, S. 2; P.A. 09-232, S. 104; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 168; P.A. 10-117, S. 30; P.A. 11-97, S. 1; 11-242, S. 16; P.A. 14-39, S. 50; P.A. 15-143, S. 5; 15-227, S. 21, 25; P.A. 16-100, S. 1; 16-163, S. 35; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2, S. 174.)

History: P.A. 77-157 added references to group day care homes; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of health with commissioner of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 82-256 required that application forms contain a notice that false statements are punishable in accordance with Sec. 53a-157 and increased the license fee for day care centers from $25 to $100 and the fee for group day care homes from $25 to $50; Sec. 19-43e transferred to Sec. 19a-80 in 1983; P.A. 85-613 made technical changes; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6 amended Subsec. (b) to raise fee for day care center two-year term license or renewal from $100 to $200, six-month license or renewal from $15 to $50, and for group day care home two-year term license or renewal from $50 to $100 and a six-month license or renewal from $15 to $30; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-360 allowed license revocation or suspension after “an opportunity for” a hearing rather than requiring a hearing and substituted Sec. 19a-82 for Sec. 19a-81, effective July 13, 1995; P.A. 97-259 added Subsec. (c) re criminal records checks and state child abuse registry checks, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-250 added new Subsec. (d) re plain language summary, effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (c) by changing “criminal records check” and “criminal history records check” to “fingerprint criminal records check” and “fingerprint criminal history records check”; P.A. 01-175 amended Subsec. (c) by replacing language re fingerprint criminal records checks as a permissive request with language re mandatory state and national criminal history records checks pursuant to Sec. 29-17a, deleted language re fee and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-243 added “for perpetrator information” in Subsec. (c); P.A. 05-207 amended Subsec. (c) to delete requirement that commissioner check state child abuse registry for perpetrator information; P.A. 07-22 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b) and added provision in Subsec. (b) specifying licensing requirements for child day care centers operated by the same licensee in 2 or more buildings joined together by a contiguous playground, effective May 9, 2007; P.A. 07-129 amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. designators (1) to (3), disallowing issuance of temporary licenses, extending license term from 2 to 4 years on and after October 1, 2008, increasing licensing fee from $200 to $400 on and after October 1, 2008, and making technical changes; P.A. 09-232 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by adding provision requiring commissioner to offer expedited review process for application submitted by municipal agency or department, effective July 8, 2009; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (b)(3) to increase license fees; P.A. 10-117 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by substituting “nontransferable” for “transferable” re licenses, effective June 8, 2010; P.A. 11-97 amended Subsecs. (a), (b) and (d) by substituting “19a-87a” for “19a-87”, amended Subsec. (b)(1) by adding provision re commissioner’s discretion to determine whether change of operator, ownership or location requires filing of a new license application by license holder and by making technical changes, deleted former Subsec. (b)(2) re license fees prior to October 1, 2008, redesignated existing Subsec. (b)(3) as Subsec. (b)(2) and made technical changes in same; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by adding provision re renewal of license upon receipt of renewal application and accompanying license fee and by making technical changes, deleted former Subsec. (b)(2) re license fees prior to October 1, 2008, redesignated existing Subsec. (b)(3) as Subsec. (b)(2) and amended same by replacing “for each license issued or renewed” with “prior to issuing or renewing a license” and making technical changes; P.A. 14-39 replaced references to Commissioner and Department of Public Health with references to Commissioner and Office of Early Childhood and amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. (3) re unannounced visit, inspection or investigation, effective July 1, 2014; P.A. 15-143 amended Subsec. (c) by deleting reference to Sec. 10-16s and replacing “commissioner” with “Commissioner of Early Childhood”, effective June 30, 2015; P.A. 15-227 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by replacing “child day care center” with “child care center” and “group day care home” with “group child care home”, adding provision re renewal of expired license, and making technical changes, effective July 1, 2015; pursuant to P.A. 15-227, “child day care center”, “group day care home” and “child day care services” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “child care center”, “group child care home” and “child care services”, respectively, in Subsecs. (a), (b)(2) and (3), and (c), effective July 1, 2015; P.A. 16-100 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by adding provision re currently licensed person or entity seeking change of operator, ownership or location to file new license application and making a conforming change; P.A. 16-163 amended Subsec. (b)(2) by replacing “day care center” with “child care center”, effective June 9, 2016; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2 amended Subsec. (c) by adding “comprehensive background checks, including” and adding provision re prospective employee not to have unsupervised access to children until comprehensive background check is completed and commissioner permits prospective employee to work, effective October 31, 2017.

Sec. 19a-87b. (Formerly Sec. 17-585(b)–(d)). License required for family child care homes. Approval required to act as assistant or substitute staff member. Comprehensive background checks. Fees. Regulations; waivers. (a) No person, group of persons, association, organization, corporation, institution or agency, public or private, shall maintain a family child care home, as defined in section 19a-77, without a license issued by the Commissioner of Early Childhood. Licensure forms shall be obtained from the Office of Early Childhood. Applications for licensure shall be made to the commissioner on forms provided by the office and shall contain the information required by regulations adopted under this section. The licensure and application forms shall contain a notice that false statements made therein are punishable in accordance with section 53a-157b. Applicants shall state, in writing, that they are in compliance with the regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (f) of this section. Before a family child care home license is granted, the office shall make an inquiry and investigation which shall include a visit and inspection of the premises for which the license is requested. Any inspection conducted by the office shall include an inspection for evident sources of lead poisoning. The office shall provide for a chemical analysis of any paint chips found on such premises. Neither the commissioner nor the commissioner’s designee shall require an annual inspection for homes seeking license renewal or for licensed homes, except that the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee shall make an unannounced visit, inspection or investigation of each licensed family child care home at least once every year. A licensed family child care home shall not be subject to any conditions on the operation of such home by local officials, other than those imposed by the office pursuant to this subsection, if the home complies with all local codes and ordinances applicable to single and multifamily dwellings.

(b) No person shall act as an assistant or substitute staff member to a person or entity maintaining a family child care home, as defined in section 19a-77, without an approval issued by the commissioner. Any person seeking to act as an assistant or substitute staff member in a family child care home shall submit an application for such approval to the office. Applications for approval shall: (1) Be made to the commissioner on forms provided by the office, (2) contain the information required by regulations adopted under this section, and (3) be accompanied by a fee of fifteen dollars. The approval application forms shall contain a notice that false statements made in such form are punishable in accordance with section 53a-157b.

(c) The commissioner, within available appropriations, shall require each initial applicant or prospective employee of a family child care home in a position requiring the provision of care to a child, including an assistant or substitute staff member and each household member who is sixteen years of age or older, to submit to comprehensive background checks, including state and national criminal history records checks. The criminal history records checks required pursuant to this subsection shall be conducted in accordance with section 29-17a. The commissioner shall also request a check of the state child abuse registry established pursuant to section 17a-101k. The commissioner shall notify each licensee of the provisions of this subsection. For purposes of this subsection, “household member” means any person, other than the person who is licensed to conduct, operate or maintain a family child care home, who resides in the family child care home, such as the licensee’s spouse or children, tenants and any other occupant.

(d) An application for initial licensure pursuant to this section shall be accompanied by a fee of forty dollars and such license shall be issued for a term of four years. An application for renewal of a license issued pursuant to this section shall be accompanied by a fee of forty dollars and a certification from the licensee that any child enrolled in the family child care home has received age-appropriate immunizations in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (f) of this section. A license issued pursuant to this section shall be renewed for a term of four years. In the case of an applicant submitting an application for renewal of a license that has expired, and who has ceased operations of a family child care home due to such expired license, the commissioner may renew such expired license within thirty days of the date of such expiration upon receipt of an application for renewal that is accompanied by such fee and such certification.

(e) An application for initial staff approval or renewal of staff approval shall be accompanied by a fee of fifteen dollars. Such approvals shall be issued or renewed for a term of two years.

(f) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to assure that family child care homes, as defined in section 19a-77, shall meet the health, educational and social needs of children utilizing such homes. Such regulations shall ensure that the family child care home is treated as a residence, and not an institutional facility. Such regulations shall specify that each child be protected as age-appropriate by adequate immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hemophilus influenzae type B and any other vaccine required by the schedule of active immunization adopted pursuant to section 19a-7f. Such regulations shall provide appropriate exemptions for children for whom such immunization is medically contraindicated and for children whose parents or guardian objects to such immunization on religious grounds and require that any such objection be accompanied by a statement from such parents or guardian that such immunization would be contrary to the religious beliefs of such child or the parents or guardian of such child, which statement shall be acknowledged, in accordance with the provisions of sections 1-32, 1-34 and 1-35, by (1) a judge of a court of record or a family support magistrate, (2) a clerk or deputy clerk of a court having a seal, (3) a town clerk, (4) a notary public, (5) a justice of the peace, or (6) an attorney admitted to the bar of this state. Such regulations shall also specify conditions under which family child care home providers may administer tests to monitor glucose levels in a child with diagnosed diabetes mellitus, and administer medicinal preparations, including controlled drugs specified in the regulations by the commissioner, to a child receiving child care services at a family child care home pursuant to a written order of a physician licensed to practice medicine in this or another state, an advanced practice registered nurse licensed to prescribe in accordance with section 20-94a or a physician assistant licensed to prescribe in accordance with section 20-12d, and the written authorization of a parent or guardian of such child. Such regulations shall specify appropriate standards for extended care and intermittent short-term overnight care. The commissioner shall inform each licensee, by way of a plain language summary provided not later than sixty days after the regulation’s effective date, of any new or changed regulations adopted under this subsection with which a licensee must comply.

(g) Upon the declaration by the Governor of a civil preparedness emergency pursuant to section 28-9 or a public health emergency pursuant to section 19a-131a, the commissioner may waive the provisions of any regulation adopted pursuant to this section if the commissioner determines that such waiver would not endanger the life, safety or health of any child. The commissioner shall prescribe the duration of such waiver, provided such waiver shall not extend beyond the duration of the declared emergency. The commissioner shall establish the criteria by which a waiver request shall be made and the conditions for which a waiver will be granted or denied. The provisions of section 19a-84 shall not apply to a denial of a waiver request under this subsection.

(P.A. 94-181, S. 1, 7; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-360, S. 13, 32; P.A. 96-19, S. 1; 96-180, S. 55, 166; P.A. 97-14, S. 2; 97-259, S. 36, 41; P.A. 98-250, S. 15, 39; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 79, 121; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 70; P.A. 00-27, S. 11, 12, 24; P.A. 01-175, S. 16, 32; P.A. 03-243, S. 12; P.A. 05-207, S. 10; P.A. 07-129, S. 4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 169; P.A. 11-242, S. 17; P.A. 13-208, S. 6; P.A. 14-39, S. 56; P.A. 15-174, S. 3; 15-227, S. 8, 25; P.A. 16-131, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2, S. 175.)

History: P.A. 94-181 transferred responsibility for licensing family day care homes from social services department to public health and addiction services department, as a result of which Subsecs. (b) to (d), inclusive, were transferred editorially by the Revisors to Sec. 19a-87a in 1995; P.A. 94-181 also added provision in Subsec. (c) requiring regulations to ensure family day care homes are treated as residences rather than as institutional facilities, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-360 deleted department’s authority to purchase services in Subsec. (a) and amended Subsec. (c) to establish increase in fees after 1995, effective July 13, 1995; P.A. 96-19 expanded written orders by physicians in Subsec. (b) to include advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants; P.A. 96-180 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), substituting reference to Sec. 53a-157b for Sec. 53a-157, effective June 3, 1996; P.A. 97-14 added provision re diabetes monitoring in former Subsec. (b); P.A. 97-259 added new Subsec. (b) re criminal records checks and child abuse registry checks and redesignated for Subsecs. (b) and (c) as Subsecs. (c) and (d), effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-250 amended Subsec. (c) to require plain language summary of regulations, effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective June 24, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (b) by changing “criminal records check” and “criminal history records checks” to “fingerprint criminal records check” and “fingerprint criminal history records checks”; P.A. 00-27 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (d), effective May 1, 2000; P.A. 01-175 amended Subsec. (b) by replacing language re fingerprint criminal records checks as a permissive request with language re mandatory state and national criminal history records checks pursuant to Sec. 29-17a, deleted language re fee and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-243 added “for perpetrator information” in Subsec. (b); P.A. 05-207 amended Subsec. (b) to delete requirement that commissioner request check of state child abuse registry for perpetrator information; P.A. 07-129 amended Subsec. (a) to prohibit commissioner’s designee from requiring annual inspection and to allow commissioner’s designee to make unannounced visits during customary business hours, amended Subsec. (d) to limit $20 fee for initial licensure and license renewals to applications submitted prior to October 1, 2008, and added Subsec. (e) to extend the license term from 2 to 4 years and increase license fee from $20 to $40 for licenses issued on and after October 1, 2008; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (e) to increase license fee from $40 to $80; P.A. 11-242 added new Subsec. (b) re approval to act as assistant or substitute staff member in a family day care home, redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c) and amended same to add provision re assistant or substitute staff member, added new Subsec. (d) re $40 license fee, 4-year license term and child immunization requirements, added new Subsec. (e) re initial and renewal applications for staff approval, redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (f) and deleted former Subsecs. (d) and (e) re license applications submitted prior to October 1, 2008, and licenses issued on and after October 1, 2008; P.A. 13-208 amended Subsec. (b)(3) to increase fee from $15 to $20; P.A. 14-39 replaced references to Commissioner and Department of Public Health with references to Commissioner and Office of Early Childhood and amended Subsec. (a) by replacing provision re unannounced visits to at least 33 1/3 per cent of licensed family day care homes each year with provision re unannounced visit, inspection or investigation of each licensed family day care home at least once every year, effective July 1, 2014; P.A. 15-174 amended Subsec. (f) to add provision re objection on religious grounds to be accompanied by acknowledged statement that immunization would be contrary to religious beliefs, effective July 1, 2015; P.A. 15-227 replaced “family day care home” and “family day care homes” with “family child care home” and “family child care homes”, respectively, amended Subsec. (d) by adding provisions re renewal of expired license, amended Subsec. (f) by replacing “day care services” with “child care services”, and added Subsec. (g) re waiver of regulations during civil preparedness or public health emergency, effective July 1, 2015; P.A. 16-131 amended Subsec. (c) by adding provision re household member who is age 16 or older and adding definition of “household member”, effective June 7, 2016; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2 amended Subsec. (c) by adding “comprehensive background checks, including”, effective October 31, 2017.

Sec. 19a-88. (Formerly Sec. 19-45). *(See end of section for amended version of subsection (e)(1) and effective date.) License renewal by certain health care providers. On-line license renewal system. (a) Each person holding a license to practice dentistry, optometry, midwifery or dental hygiene shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of: (1) The professional services fee for class I, as defined in section 33-182l, plus ten dollars, in the case of a dentist, except as provided in sections 19a-88b and 20-113b; (2) the professional services fee for class H, as defined in section 33-182l, plus five dollars, in the case of an optometrist; (3) twenty dollars in the case of a midwife; and (4) one hundred five dollars in the case of a dental hygienist. Such registration shall be on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests. Each person holding a license to practice dentistry who has retired from the profession may renew such license, but the fee shall be ten per cent of the professional services fee for class I, as defined in section 33-182l, or ninety-five dollars, whichever is greater. Any license provided by the department at a reduced fee pursuant to this subsection shall indicate that the dentist is retired.

(b) Each person holding a license to practice medicine, surgery, podiatry, chiropractic or naturopathy shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of the professional services fee for class I, as defined in section 33-182l, plus five dollars. Each person holding a license to practice medicine or surgery shall pay five dollars in addition to such professional services fee. Such registration shall be on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests.

(c) (1) Each person holding a license to practice as a registered nurse, shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of one hundred ten dollars, on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests. Each person holding a license to practice as a registered nurse who has retired from the profession may renew such license, but the fee shall be ten per cent of the professional services fee for class B, as defined in section 33-182l, plus five dollars. Any license provided by the department at a reduced fee shall indicate that the registered nurse is retired.

(2) Each person holding a license as an advanced practice registered nurse shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of one hundred thirty dollars, on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests. No such license shall be renewed unless the department is satisfied that the person maintains current certification as either a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist or a nurse anesthetist from one of the following national certifying bodies which certify nurses in advanced practice: The American Nurses’ Association, the Nurses’ Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Certification Corporation, the National Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Associates or the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Each person holding a license to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse who has retired from the profession may renew such license, but the fee shall be ten per cent of the professional services fee for class C, as defined in section 33-182l, plus five dollars. Any license provided by the department at a reduced fee shall indicate that the advanced practice registered nurse is retired.

(3) Each person holding a license as a licensed practical nurse shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of seventy dollars, on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests. Each person holding a license to practice as a licensed practical nurse who has retired from the profession may renew such license, but the fee shall be ten per cent of the professional services fee for class A, as defined in section 33-182l, plus five dollars. Any license provided by the department at a reduced fee shall indicate that the licensed practical nurse is retired.

(4) Each person holding a license as a nurse-midwife shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of one hundred thirty dollars, on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests. No such license shall be renewed unless the department is satisfied that the person maintains current certification from the Accreditation Midwifery Certification Board.

(5) (A) Each person holding a license to practice physical therapy shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of the professional services fee for class B, as defined in section 33-182l, plus five dollars, on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests.

(B) Each person holding a physical therapist assistant license shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of the professional services fee for class A, as defined in section 33-182l, plus five dollars, on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests.

(6) Each person holding a license as a physician assistant shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, register with the Department of Public Health, upon payment of a fee of one hundred fifty-five dollars, on blanks to be furnished by the department for such purpose, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests. No such license shall be renewed unless the department is satisfied that the practitioner (A) has met the mandatory continuing medical education requirements of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants or a successor organization for the certification or recertification of physician assistants that may be approved by the department, (B) has passed any examination or continued competency assessment the passage of which may be required by said commission for maintenance of current certification by said commission, and (C) has completed not less than one contact hour of training or education in prescribing controlled substances and pain management in the preceding two-year period.

(d) No provision of this section shall be construed to apply to any person practicing Christian Science.

*(e) (1) Each person holding a license or certificate issued under section 19a-514, 20-65k, 20-74s, 20-195cc or 20-206ll and chapters 370 to 373, inclusive, 375, 378 to 381a, inclusive, 383 to 383c, inclusive, 384, 384a, 384b, 384d, 385, 393a, 395, 399 or 400a and section 20-206n or 20-206o shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, apply for renewal of such license or certificate to the Department of Public Health, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests.

(2) Each person holding a license or certificate issued under section 19a-514, section 20-266o and chapters 384a, 384c, 386, 387, 388 and 398 shall apply for renewal of such license or certificate once every two years, during the month of such person’s birth, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests.

(3) Each person holding a license or certificate issued pursuant to chapter 400c shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, apply for renewal of such license or certificate to the department.

(4) Each entity holding a license issued pursuant to section 20-475 shall, annually, during the anniversary month of initial licensure, apply for renewal of such license or certificate to the department.

(5) Each person holding a license issued pursuant to section 20-162bb shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, apply for renewal of such license to the Department of Public Health, upon payment of a fee of three hundred twenty dollars, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests.

(f) Any person or entity which fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be notified by the department that such person’s or entity’s license or certificate shall become void ninety days after the time for its renewal under this section unless it is so renewed. Any such license shall become void upon the expiration of such ninety-day period.

(g) The Department of Public Health shall administer a secure on-line license renewal system for persons holding a license to practice medicine or surgery under chapter 370, dentistry under chapter 379, nursing under chapter 378 or nurse-midwifery under chapter 377. The department shall require such persons to renew their licenses using the on-line renewal system and to pay professional services fees on-line by means of a credit card or electronic transfer of funds from a bank or credit union account, except in extenuating circumstances, including, but not limited to, circumstances in which a licensee does not have access to a credit card and submits a notarized affidavit affirming that fact, the department may allow the licensee to renew his or her license using a paper form prescribed by the department and pay professional service fees by check or money order.

(1949 Rev., S. 3821; 1953, S. 2041d; 1959, P.A. 616, S. 1; 1961, P.A. 501; 1963, P.A. 143; 1969, P.A. 410, S. 1; June, 1971, P.A. 8, S. 38, 39; 1972, P.A. 223, S. 1, 2; P.A. 76-276, S. 12, 22; P.A. 77-467; 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 80-484, S. 3, 176; P.A. 81-471, S. 3, 71; 81-472, S. 44, 159; 81-473, S. 13, 43; P.A. 88-357, S. 2; P.A. 89-251, S. 69, 203; 89-389, S. 17, 22; P.A. 90-40, S. 3, 4; 90-211, S. 17, 23; P.A. 92-89, S. 19, 20; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-16, S. 46, 89; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-210, S. 2, 30; 94-220, S. 2, 12; P.A. 95-196, S. 14; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 97-186, S. 10; 97-311, S. 8, 16; P.A. 98-247, S. 11; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 17, 121; P.A. 99-102, S. 17; 99-249, S. 4, 10; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 61; P.A. 00-27, S. 14, 24; 00-226, S. 9, 18, 20; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4, S. 4, 5, 58; P.A. 03-124, S. 2; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 18, 19; P.A. 05-213, S. 12; 05-280, S. 74, 75; P.A. 07-82, S. 1; 07-185, S. 11; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1, S. 139; P.A. 08- 184, S. 50; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 170; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-8, S. 20; P.A. 13-234, S. 139; P.A. 15-198, S. 4; 15-244, S. 112; June Sp. Sess. 15-5, S. 474, 475; P.A. 16-66, S. 14; P.A. 17-66, S. 8.)

*Note: On and after July 1, 2018, subsection (e)(1) of this section, as amended by section 192 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, is to read as follows:

“(e) (1) Each person holding a license or certificate issued under section 19a-514, 20-65k, 20-74s, 20-185k, 20-185l, 20-195cc or 20-206ll and chapters 370 to 373, inclusive, 375, 378 to 381a, inclusive, 383 to 383c, inclusive, 384, 384a, 384b, 384d, 385, 393a, 395, 399 or 400a and section 20-206n or 20-206o shall, annually, during the month of such person’s birth, apply for renewal of such license or certificate to the Department of Public Health, giving such person’s name in full, such person’s residence and business address and such other information as the department requests.”

(1949 Rev., S. 3821; 1953, S. 2041d; 1959, P.A. 616, S. 1; 1961, P.A. 501; 1963, P.A. 143; 1969, P.A. 410, S. 1; June, 1971, P.A. 8, S. 38, 39; 1972, P.A. 223, S. 1, 2; P.A. 76-276, S. 12, 22; P.A. 77-467; 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 80-484, S. 3, 176; P.A. 81-471, S. 3, 71; 81-472, S. 44, 159; 81-473, S. 13, 43; P.A. 88-357, S. 2; P.A. 89-251, S. 69, 203; 89-389, S. 17, 22; P.A. 90-40, S. 3, 4; 90-211, S. 17, 23; P.A. 92-89, S. 19, 20; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-16, S. 46, 89; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-210, S. 2, 30; 94-220, S. 2, 12; P.A. 95-196, S. 14; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 97-186, S. 10; 97-311, S. 8, 16; P.A. 98-247, S. 11; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 17, 121; P.A. 99-102, S. 17; 99-249, S. 4, 10; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 61; P.A. 00-27, S. 14, 24; 00-226, S. 9, 18, 20; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4, S. 4, 5, 58; P.A. 03-124, S. 2; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 18, 19; P.A. 05-213, S. 12; 05-280, S. 74, 75; P.A. 07-82, S. 1; 07-185, S. 11; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1, S. 139; P.A. 08- 184, S. 50; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 170; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-8, S. 20; P.A. 13-234, S. 139; P.A. 15-198, S. 4; 15-244, S. 112; June Sp. Sess. 15-5, S. 474, 475; P.A. 16-66, S. 14; P.A. 17-66, S. 8; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2, S. 192.)

History: 1959 act required that persons holding license to practice dentistry or optometry be registered, raised fee to $5, provided for $4 fee for certain persons and that no fee be charged for initial registration within one year from license date; 1961 act rearranged times for payment and amounts of fees, adding Subsecs. (b) and (c), deleted exception from payment for initial registration and provision for reporting unregistered practitioners to department and raised ceiling on fine from $5 to $100; 1963 act added provision re obtaining copy of list by other interested persons in Subsec. (d); 1969 act established different registration procedures for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and physical therapists in Subsec. (c), previously procedure was same for all, i.e. biennial registration in January of even-numbered years; 1971 act increased fees: For dentists from $5 to $150, for optometrists from $5 to $100, for dental hygienists from $4 to $25, for practitioners of medicine, surgery, osteopathy, chiropractic or naturopathy from $10 to $150, for podiatrists from $10 to $100 and for licensed practical or registered nurses and physical therapists from $8 to $10 and deleted provisions in Subsec. (c) re transition period for changed registration dates; 1972 act reduced registration fee for dental hygienists to $5, required annual, rather than biennial, registration in Subsec. (b) reducing fees of podiatrists to $50 and of osteopaths, chiropractors and naturopaths to $75, required annual, rather than biennial, registration of nurses and physical therapists and reduced fees from $10 to $5 for licensed practical nurses and physical therapists; P.A. 76-276 established registration fee for physicians licensed under chapter 370, except homeopathic physicians, at $160; P.A. 77-467 changed registration month in Subsec. (a) from January to April and in Subsec. (c) for physical therapists from January to September, deleted reference to licensed person living outside state in Subsec. (c), imposed $20 fee for registration of nonresidents in Subsec. (b) and in (a) with respect to dentists and optometrists only (previously registration of nonresidents in Subsecs. (a) to (c) had been free), removed specific date for mailing list in Subsec. (d), i.e. June first, requiring that list be mailed annually and replaced $100 maximum fine in Subsec. (f) with late registration fee of $50; P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-484 required registration in month of birth in Subsecs. (a), (b) and (c)(2) as of January 1, 1981, deleted proviso re registration of those retired from active practice in Subsecs. (a), (b) and (c)(1) and (2), deleted provision re fee for nonresidents in Subsecs. (a) and (b), deleted Subsec. (d) re mailing of lists of registered persons in its entirety, relettered Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (d), deleted Subsec. (f) re late registration fee and added new Subsecs. (e) and (f); P.A. 81-471 and 81-473 provided for renewal of licenses and certificates for physical therapists, sanitarians and subsurface sewage system installers and cleaners during the month of the holder’s birth; P.A. 81-472 made technical changes; Sec. 19-45 transferred to Sec. 19a-88 in 1983; P.A. 88-357 removed obsolete provisions in Subsec. (c) and (e); P.A. 89-251 increased the fee for dentists from $150 to $450, increased the fee for optometrists from $100 to $300, increased the fee for midwives from $5 to $6, increased the fee for dental hygienists from $5 to $15, increased the fee for surgeons from $150 to $450, increased the fee for podiatrists from $50 to $150, increased the fee for osteopaths, chiropractors and naturopaths from $75 to $225, increased the fee for physicians licensed under chapter 370, except homeopathic physicians from $160 to $450, increased the fee for registered nurses from $10 to $30, increased the fee for licensed practical nurses from $5 to $15, and increased the fee for physical therapists from $5 to $50; P.A. 89-389 inserted language on advanced practice registered nurses and nurse-midwives, deleting prior provision re midwives, and made technical changes, relettering Subsecs as necessary; P.A. 90-40 added midwifery in Subsec. (a) and imposed $5 registration fee; P.A. 90-211 added Subsec. (c)(6) pertaining to physician assistants; P.A. 92-89 amended Subsec. (a) to require an optometrist license fee of $375 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-16 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the annual license renewal fee for dental hygienists to $50, and amended Subsecs. (a) to (c) to replace specified dollar amounts of license fees with references to professional service fee classes established under Sec. 33-182l; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-210 amended Subsec. (e) to add name, residence and business address and other requested information to renewal application, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 94-220 amended Subsec. (e) by adding provisions re renewal of licenses and certificates issued under Secs. 20-475 and 20-476 and amended Subsec. (f) to apply to entities, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-196 added reference to licenses or certificates issued under chapter 400a; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-186 added reference to licensure or certification under Sec. 20-74s in Subsec. (e); P.A. 97-311 added reference to licensure or certification under Secs. 20-195cc and 20-206ll in Subsec. (e); P.A. 98-247 made a technical change re reference to other statutes; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 amended Subsec. (c)(6) to add department-approved successor certification organizations, effective June 24, 1998; P.A. 99-102 amended Subsec. (b) by deleting obsolete reference to osteopathy and making a technical change; P.A. 99-249 amended Subsec. (c) by adding reduced fee for retired nurses in Subdivs. (1), (2) and (3) and making technical changes, effective January 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (e) by adding reference to Sec. 20-266c and making technical changes; P.A. 00-27 made technical changes, effective May 1, 2000; P.A. 00-226 amended Subsec. (c)(5) by designating existing provisions as Subpara. (A), making a technical change therein, and adding new Subpara. (B) re physical therapist assistant licenses and amended Subsec. (e) by making technical changes and adding reference to Sec. 20-65k, effective the later of October 1, 2000, or the date notice is published by the Commissioner of Public Health in the Connecticut Law Journal indicating that the licensing of athletic trainers and physical therapist assistants is being implemented by the commissioner, i.e. April 11, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4 amended Subsec. (e) by deleting reference to Sec. 20-266c, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-124 amended Subsec. (a) by adding exception to renewal fee for certain dentists as provided in Sec. 20-113b; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 amended Subsec. (e) by adding new Subdiv. (2) providing for biennial licensure for certain persons, and dividing existing provisions into Subdivs. (1), (3) and (4), effective January 1, 2004; P.A. 05-213 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to Sec. 19a-88b; P.A. 05-280 added Subsec. (e)(5) providing for annual licensure of perfusionists; P.A. 07-82 amended Subsec. (a) to allow retired dentists to renew their licenses at a reduced fee; P.A. 07-185 added Subsec. (g) to require department to establish and implement by July 1, 2008, a secure on-line license renewal system for physicians, surgeons, dentists and nurses, effective July 10, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1 amended Subsec. (c) to increase annual license renewal fees for registered nurses to $100, for advanced practice registered nurses and nurse-midwives to $120 and for licensed practical nurses to class C professional services fee, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 08-184 amended Subsec. (g) by providing that on or before January 1, 2009, department shall submit report to public health committee on feasibility and implications of implementation of biennial license renewal system for nursing licenses, effective July 1, 2008; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsecs. (a), (c)(6) and (e)(5) to increase fees; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-8 amended Subsec. (c)(3) by changing fee for licensed practical nurse from professional services fee for class C to $60, effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 13-234 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by increasing registration fee for class I by $5 and making technical changes, amended Subsec. (c) by increasing registration fees by $5 in Subdivs. (1) to (4), amended Subsec. (e) by adding reference to Ch. 384a in Subdiv. (1) and reference to Sec. 20-266o in Subdiv. (2), and amended Subsec. (g) by deleting obsolete date, substituting “administer” for “establish and implement” re on-line license renewal system, applying on-line license renewal system to nurse-midwifery licensees, replacing provision allowing use of on-line license renewal system for license renewals and payment of professional service fees with provision requiring use of same, deleting provision allowing imposition of service fee for on-line payments made by credit card or electronic funds transfer, deleting provision re report, and adding exception to using on-line renewal system, effective June 19, 2013, and applicable to registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2013; P.A. 15-198 amended Subsec. (c)(6) to designate existing provisions re renewal criteria as Subparas. (A) and (B) and add Subpara. (C) re training or education in prescribing controlled substances and pain management; P.A. 15-244 amended Subsecs. (a), (b), (c) and (e) to increase renewal fees by $5, amended Subsec. (a) to designate existing provisions as Subdivs. (1) to (4), and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2015; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 15-5 changed effective date of P.A. 15-244, S. 112, from July 1, 2015, to October 1, 2015, and applicable to the renewal of a license or certificate that expires on or after that date, effective June 30, 2015, and amended Subsec. (b) to reduce additional fee for person holding license to practice medicine or surgery from $10 to $5, and added $5 to professional service fee for class I for renewal of licenses, effective October 1, 2015, and applicable to the renewal of a license that expires on or after that date; P.A. 16-66 amended Subsec. (c)(4) by replacing “American College of Nurse-Midwives” with “Accreditation Midwifery Certification Board”; P.A. 17-66 amended Subsec. (e)(3) by replacing “section 20-475 or 20-476” with “chapter 400c”, effective July 1, 2017; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2 amended Subsec. (e)(1) to add reference to Sec. 20-185k or 20-185l, effective July 1, 2018.

Sec. 19a-90. (Formerly Sec. 19-47). Blood testing of pregnant women for syphilis and HIV. (a) A health care provider giving prenatal care to a pregnant woman in this state during gestation shall order a blood sample of such woman for each of the following serological tests: (1) Not later than thirty days after the date of the first prenatal examination, a serological test for HIV and syphilis; (2) not later than twenty-eight to thirty-two weeks of gestation, a serological test for syphilis; (3) not later than thirty-two to thirty-six weeks of gestation, a serological test for HIV; and (4) at the time of delivery, a serological test for HIV and syphilis, provided the woman presents to labor and delivery without documentation of the required serological testing prescribed under subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection. No pregnant woman shall be subject to serological testing more than once during each of the time frames outlined in subdivisions (1) to (4), inclusive. A pregnant woman’s consent to the HIV-related test, as defined in section 19a-581, shall be consistent with the consent given for the HIV-related test prescribed under section 19a-582. The laboratory tests required by this section shall be made on request without charge by the Department of Public Health. For purposes of this subsection, “health care provider” means a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370, advanced practice registered nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378, physician assistant licensed pursuant to chapter 370 or nurse midwife licensed pursuant to chapter 377.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any woman who objects to a blood test as being in conflict with her religious tenets and practices.

(1949 Rev., S. 3836; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 79-39; P.A. 90-13, S. 3; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 31; P.A. 17-6, S. 1; 17-146, S. 42.)

History: P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 79-39 simplified language and required blood sample taken during final trimester of pregnancy; Sec. 19-47 transferred to Sec. 19a-90 in 1983; P.A. 90-13 amended Subsec. (a) to specify that the test during the final trimester be done between the twenty-sixth and twenty-eighth week of gestation and added Subsec. (b); P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 added HIV-related test requirement in Subsec. (a); P.A. 17-6 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “each physician” with “a health care provider”, replacing provisions re time and frequency of serological testing with provisions re same, adding a definition of “health care provider” and making technical changes, effective July 1, 2017; P.A. 17-146 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing reference to Ch. 372 with reference to Ch. 377 re definition of health care provider, effective July 1, 2017.

Sec. 19a-111i. Report re lead poisoning prevention efforts. (a) On or before October 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Public Health shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and human services on the status of lead poisoning prevention efforts in the state. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, (1) the number of children screened for lead poisoning during the preceding calendar year, (2) the number of children diagnosed with elevated blood levels during the preceding calendar year, and (3) the amount of testing, remediation, abatement and management of materials containing toxic levels of lead in all premises during the preceding calendar year.

(b) On or before January 1, 2011, the Commissioner of Public Health shall (1) evaluate the lead screening and risk assessment conducted pursuant to sections 19a-110 and 19a-111g, and (2) report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and human services on the effectiveness of such screening and assessment, including a recommendation as to whether such screening and assessment should be continued as specified in said sections 19a-110 and 19a-111g.

(June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-2, S. 58; P.A. 17-146, S. 28.)

History: P.A. 17-146 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “January 1, 2009” with “October 1, 2017”, effective June 30, 2017.

Sec. 19a-112f. Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Advisory Committee. Membership. Duties re establishment and implementation of sexual assault forensic examiners program. (a) There is established a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Advisory Committee consisting of the following: (1) The Chief Court Administrator, or the Chief Court Administrator’s designee; (2) the Chief State’s Attorney, or the Chief State’s Attorney’s designee; (3) the Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner’s designee; (4) a representative from the Division of Scientific Services, appointed by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection; (5) a representative from the Division of State Police appointed by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection; (6) the Victim Advocate, or the Victim Advocate’s designee; (7) the president of the Connecticut Hospital Association, or the president’s designee; (8) the president of the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians, or the president’s designee; (9) one member from Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc., appointed by its board of directors; (10) one member from the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, appointed by the association; (11) one member from the Connecticut Emergency Nurses Association, appointed by the association; and (12) one member from the Connecticut Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, appointed by the association.

(b) The committee shall advise the Office of Victim Services on the establishment and implementation of the sexual assault forensic examiners program pursuant to subdivision (14) of subsection (b) of section 54-203 and section 19a-112g. The committee shall make specific recommendations concerning: (1) The recruitment of registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and physicians to participate in such program; (2) the development of a specialized training course concerning such program for registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and physicians who participate in the program; (3) the development of agreements between the Judicial Branch, the Department of Public Health and acute care hospitals relating to the scope of services offered under the program and hospital standards governing the provision of such services; (4) individual case tracking mechanisms; (5) utilization of medically accepted best practices; and (6) the development of quality assurance measures.

(c) The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Advisory Committee shall terminate on June 30, 2013.

(Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 47; P.A. 11-51, S. 134; P.A. 12-133, S. 30, 46; P.A. 17-99, S. 42.)

History: Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 effective October 6, 2009; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Commissioner of Public Safety” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection” in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 12-133 amended Subsec. (c) to substitute “2013” for “2012”, effective June 15, 2012, and amended Subsec. (b) substituting “subdivision (17)” for “subdivision (18)” of Sec. 54-203(b), effective October 1, 2012; P.A. 17-99 amended Subsec. (b) by replacing “subdivision (17)” with “subdivision (14)” re Sec. 54-203(b).

Sec. 19a-124. Syringe services programs. (a) The Department of Public Health shall establish, within available appropriations, syringe services programs to enhance health outcomes of people who inject drugs in any community impacted by the human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis C. The department shall establish protocols in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. The department may authorize programs, as determined by the commissioner, through local health departments or other local organizations.

(b) The programs shall: (1) Be incorporated into existing human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C outreach and prevention programs in the selected communities; (2) provide access to free and confidential exchanges of syringes; (3) provide for safe disposal or exchange of syringes; (4) provide that first-time applicants to the program receive an initial packet of syringes, educational material and a list of drug counseling services; (5) offer education on the human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C, reduction in harm caused by such viruses, and drug overdose prevention measures and assist program participants in obtaining drug treatment services; (6) provide referrals for substance abuse counseling or treatment; and (7) provide referrals for medical or mental health care.

(c) The department shall require programs to include an annual evaluation component to monitor (1) the number of syringes distributed and collected, (2) program participation rates, (3) the number of participants who are referred to treatment, and (4) the incidence of human immunodeficiency virus from injection drug use to determine if there is a reduction in the result of the syringe services program.

(d) The local health department or community-based organization of each community conducting a syringe services program shall submit a report evaluating the effectiveness of the program to the Department of Public Health.

(P.A. 90-214, S. 3, 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-3, S. 1, 2; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 52, 70; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-16; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 4; P.A. 06-195, S. 4; P.A. 11-242, S. 11; P.A. 16-87, S. 1; P.A. 17-6, S. 2.)

History: May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-3 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize department to establish additional programs, Subsec. (b) to change requirement regarding marking of needles and syringes to apply only to first year of program, Subsec. (c) to require the department to establish evaluation and monitoring requirements and Subsec. (d) to provide for the department to compile information received from the programs; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11 made a technical change in Subsec. (b); P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-16 removed limit of three additional programs and raised number of needles and syringes permitted per exchange from five to ten; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (b)(2) by replacing “ten syringes” with “thirty needles and syringes”, adding Subpara. (B) re first-time applicants and Subpara. (C) re assurance of one packet per person, and made technical changes; P.A. 06-195 amended Subsec. (b)(2)(A) by deleting cap of thirty needles and syringes per exchange, effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a) by eliminating provisions specifying that programs be established in and evaluated by health departments and by requiring that programs be established in 3 cities having highest total number of HIV infections among injection drug users, amended Subsec. (b) by substituting HIV prevention programs for AIDS prevention and outreach projects in Subdiv. (1), by substituting “confidential” for “anonymous” re exchanges of needles and syringes in Subdiv. (2), by deleting former Subdiv. (2)(C) re limitation of receipt of initial packages of needles and syringes, and by deleting former Subdiv. (4) re needles and syringes to be marked and checked for return dates, amended Subsec. (c) by requiring department to establish program monitoring requirements, deleting former Subdiv. (2) re monitoring of behavioral changes, redesignating existing Subdiv. (3) as Subdivs. (2) and (3) and deleting former Subdiv. (4) re monitoring of intravenous drug use, and amended Subsec. (d) by requiring organization conducting the program to submit a report on its effectiveness and by eliminating provision re report to General Assembly; P.A. 16-87 amended Subsec. (a) by adding “within available appropriations” and replacing provision re three cities having highest number of infections with provision re enhancing outcomes of people who inject drugs, amended Subsec. (b) by adding references to hepatitis C, deleting provision re maximum of 30 needles and syringes in initial packet in Subdiv. (2)(B), adding reference to drug overdose prevention in Subdiv. (3), adding Subdiv. (4) re referrals for substance abuse counseling or treatment and adding Subdiv. (5) re referrals for medical or mental health care, amended Subsec. (c) by replacing “establish requirements” with “require programs to include an evaluation component”, replacing provision re return rates with provision re number of syringes distributed and collected in Subdiv. (1), deleting former Subdiv. (3) re number of participants motivated to enter treatment, adding new Subdiv. (3) re number of participants referred to treatment and adding Subdiv. (4) re incidence of human immunodeficiency virus from injection drug use, and made technical and conforming changes; P.A. 17-6 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “needle and syringe exchange programs” with “syringe services programs”, amended Subsec. (b) by replacing “hepatitis C prevention programs” with “hepatitis C outreach and prevention programs in the selected communities” in Subdiv. (1), deleted provision re receipt of equal number of needles and syringes for those returned in Subdiv. (2), adding new Subdiv. (3) re safe disposal or exchange of syringes, redesignating existing Subdiv. (2)(B) re first-time applicants as Subdiv. (4), redesignating existing Subdiv. (3) re education as Subdiv. (5) and amending same by adding “reduction in harm caused by such viruses”, redesignating existing Subdivs. (4) and (5) as Subdivs. (6) and (7), amended Subsec. (c) by adding “annual” re evaluation component, and adding “to determine if there is a reduction in the result of the syringe services program” in Subdiv. (4), and amended Subsec. (d) by adding reference to local health department, and made technical and conforming changes, effective July 1, 2017.

Sec. 19a-127l. Quality of care program. Quality of Care Advisory Committee. (a) There is established a quality of care program within the Department of Public Health. The department shall develop for the purposes of said program (1) a standardized data set to measure the clinical performance of health care facilities, as defined in section 19a-630, and require such data to be collected and reported periodically to the department, including, but not limited to, data for the measurement of comparable patient satisfaction, and (2) methods to provide public accountability for health care delivery systems by such facilities. The department shall develop such set and methods for hospitals during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, and the committee established pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall consider and may recommend to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health the inclusion of other health care facilities in each subsequent year.

(b) In carrying out its responsibilities under subsection (a) of this section, the department shall develop the following for the quality of care program:

(1) Comparable performance measures to be reported;

(2) Selection of patient satisfaction survey measures and instruments;

(3) Methods and format of standardized data collection;

(4) Format for a public quality performance measurement report;

(5) Human resources and quality measurements;

(6) Medical error reduction methods;

(7) Systems for sharing and implementing universally accepted best practices;

(8) Systems for reporting outcome data;

(9) Systems for continuum of care;

(10) Recommendations concerning the use of an ISO 9000 quality auditing program;

(11) Recommendations concerning the types of statutory protection needed prior to collecting any data or information under this section and sections 19a-127m and 19a-127n; and

(12) Any other issues that the department deems appropriate.

(c) (1) There is established a Quality of Care Advisory Committee which shall advise the Department of Public Health on the issues set forth in subdivisions (1) to (12), inclusive, of subsection (b) of this section. The advisory committee may meet at the discretion of the Commissioner of Public Health.

(2) Said committee shall create a standing subcommittee on best practices. The subcommittee shall (A) advise the department on effective methods for sharing with providers the quality improvement information learned from the department’s review of reports and corrective action plans, including quality improvement practices, patient safety issues and preventative strategies, (B) not later than January 1, 2006, review and make recommendations concerning best practices with respect to when breast cancer screening should be conducted using comprehensive ultrasound screening or mammogram examinations, and (C) not later than January 1, 2008, study and make recommendations to the department concerning best practices with respect to communications between a patient’s primary care provider and other providers involved in a patient’s care, including hospitalists and specialists. The department shall, at least quarterly, disseminate information regarding quality improvement practices, patient safety issues and preventative strategies to the subcommittee and hospitals.

(d) The advisory committee shall consist of (1) four members who represent and shall be appointed by the Connecticut Hospital Association, including three members who represent three separate hospitals that are not affiliated of which one such hospital is an academic medical center; (2) one member who represents and shall be appointed by the Connecticut Nursing Association; (3) two members who represent and shall be appointed by the Connecticut Medical Society, including one member who is an active medical care provider; (4) two members who represent and shall be appointed by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, including one member who represents a large business and one member who represents a small business; (5) one member who represents and shall be appointed by the Home Health Care Association; (6) one member who represents and shall be appointed by the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities; (7) one member who represents and shall be appointed by LeadingAge Connecticut, Inc.; (8) two members who represent and shall be appointed by the AFL-CIO; (9) one member who represents consumers of health care services and who shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health; (10) one member who represents a school of public health and who shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health; (11) the Commissioner of Public Health or said commissioner’s designee; (12) the Commissioner of Social Services or said commissioner’s designee; (13) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or said secretary’s designee; (14) two members who represent licensed health plans and shall be appointed by the Connecticut Association of Health Care Plans; (15) one member who represents and shall be appointed by the federally designated state peer review organization; and (16) one member who represents and shall be appointed by the Connecticut Pharmaceutical Association. The chairperson of the advisory committee shall be the Commissioner of Public Health or said commissioner’s designee. The chairperson of the committee, with a vote of the majority of the members present, may appoint ex-officio nonvoting members in specialties not represented among voting members. Vacancies shall be filled by the person who makes the appointment under this subsection.

(e) The chairperson of the advisory committee may designate one or more working groups to address specific issues and shall appoint the members of each working group. Each working group shall report its findings and recommendations to the full advisory committee.

(f) The Commissioner of Public Health shall report on the quality of care program on or before June 30, 2003, and annually thereafter, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and to the Governor. Each report on said program shall include activities of the program during the prior year and a plan of activities for the following year.

(g) On or before April 1, 2004, the Commissioner of Public Health shall prepare a report, available to the public, that compares all licensed hospitals in the state based on the quality performance measures developed under the quality of care program.

(h) (1) The advisory committee shall examine and evaluate (A) possible approaches that would aid in the utilization of an existing data collection system for cardiac outcomes, and (B) the potential for state-wide use of a data collection system for cardiac outcomes, for the purpose of continuing the delivery of quality cardiac care services in the state.

(2) On or before December 1, 2007, the advisory committee shall submit, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, the results of the examination authorized by this subsection, along with any recommendations, to the Governor and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health.

(i) The advisory committee shall establish methods for informing the public regarding access to the department’s consumer and regulatory services.

(j) The Department of Public Health may seek out funding for the purpose of implementing the provisions of this section. Said provisions shall be implemented upon receipt of such funding.

(P.A. 02-125, S. 1; P.A. 04-164, S. 3; P.A. 05-167, S. 1; 05-272, S. 30; P.A. 06-195, S. 41; P.A. 08-184, S. 56; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 32; P.A. 10-122, S. 2; P.A. 12-197, S. 13; P.A. 17-146, S. 17.)

History: P.A. 04-164 amended Subsec. (c) by designating existing provisions as Subdiv. (1) and adding Subdiv. (2) re best practices subcommittee, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 05-167 added new Subsec. (h) requiring advisory committee to examine, evaluate and report re data collection system for cardiac outcomes and redesignated existing Subsec. (h) as Subsec. (i), effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (c)(2) by designating existing provision re subcommittee duties as Subpara. (A) and adding Subpara. (B) requiring subcommittee to review and make recommendations concerning best practices re breast cancer screening; P.A. 06-195 amended Subsec. (c)(2) by adding Subpara. (C) re study and recommendations concerning best practices with respect to communications between the primary care provider and other providers involved in a patient’s care; P.A. 08-184 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by substituting “semiannually” for “quarterly” re committee meeting, effective July 1, 2008; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (d) by deleting former Subdiv. (11) re committee member appointed by Office of Health Care Access and redesignating existing Subdivs. (12) to (17) as Subdivs. (11) to (16), effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 10-122 added new Subsec. (i) re advisory committee’s responsibility for establishing methods for informing public regarding department’s consumer and regulatory services, redesignated existing Subsec. (i) as Subsec. (j) and made a technical change therein, effective July 1, 2010; P.A. 12-197 amended Subsec. (d)(7) by replacing reference to Connecticut Association of Not-For-Profit Providers for the Aging with reference to LeadingAge Connecticut, Inc; P.A. 17-146 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by replacing provision re advisory committee to meet at least semiannually with provision re advisory committee may meet at discretion of commissioner.

Sec. 19a-131g. Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee. The Commissioner of Public Health shall establish a Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee for purposes of advising the Department of Public Health on matters concerning emergency responses to a public health emergency. The advisory committee shall consist of the Commissioner of Public Health, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority and minority leaders of both houses of the General Assembly and the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, public safety and the judiciary, and representatives of town, city, borough and district directors of health, as appointed by the commissioner, and any other organization or persons that the commissioner deems relevant to the issues of public health preparedness. Upon the request of the commissioner, the Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee may meet to review the plan for emergency responses to a public health emergency and other matters as deemed necessary by the commissioner.

(P.A. 03-236, S. 8; P.A. 04-219, S. 25; P.A. 11-51, S. 134; P.A. 17-146, S. 18.)

History: P.A. 03-236 effective July 9, 2003; P.A. 04-219 substituted the Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the director of the Office of Emergency Management, effective January 1, 2005; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection”, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 17-146 added provision re purpose of advisory committee, deleted provisions re advisory committee to develop plan for emergency responses to public health emergency and submit report on status of plan and added provision re committee may meet to review plan and other matters as deemed necessary by commissioner.