Substitute Senate Bill No. 1069
         Substitute Senate Bill No. 1069

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-94


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section  17a-451b  of the general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) As used in this section:
    (1)  "Consolidation program" means the process
of  consolidating  inpatient  mental  health   and
substance  abuse  services throughout the state at
the Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown; and
    (2)    "Priority   state   hospital   facility
project" or "project" means  each  step,  part  or
aspect  of  the  consolidation  program. "Project"
includes,  but  is  not  limited  to,   repairing,
renovating,   enlarging   or   equipping  existing
buildings, or constructing new buildings,  on  the
grounds of the Connecticut Valley Hospital.
    (b)  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of  the
general  statutes  or   any   special   act,   the
consolidation  program, each project, each closure
and each contract entered into in connection  with
a  project  shall be exempt from the provisions of
sections 4b-57,  4b-58  and  4b-91  and  from  the
requirements   for   approval   of  a  request  or
application provided for  in  subsections  (a)  to
(d),   inclusive,   of   section  19a-638  and  in
subsection (a) of section  19a-639,  provided  (1)
the  project  begins no later than June 30, [1998]
1999; (2) the project is completed no  later  than
June  30, [2000] 2002; (3) the cost of the project
does  not  exceed  [twenty]   THIRTY-SIX   million
dollars; and (4) the Commissioner of Mental Health
and Addiction Services certifies in writing to the
Secretary  of  the Office of Policy and Management
that the project meets the criteria of public  act
95-257  and  upon such certification the Secretary
of the  Office  of  Policy  and  Management  shall
authorize  the  Commissioner  of  Public  Works to
implement such project.
    Sec.  2.  This  act  shall take effect July 1,

Approved June 6, 1997