STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Bill No. 8003                                    Page 1


Referred to Committee on NO COMMITTEE
                                            LCO No. 8375
Introduced by REP. RITTER, 2nd DIST.
              SEN. SULLIVAN, 5th DIST.
                             General Assembly
                             June 18 Special Session, A.D., 1997

AN  ACT  CONCERNING  WELFARE  REFORM  AND THE EXPENDITURES OF THE
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

    Be it enacted  by  the Senate and House of Representatives in
General Assembly convened:
    Section  1. Section  17b-112  of  the  general  statutes,  as
amended by section  20  of public act 97-295, is repealed and the
following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    [(a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall seek a waiver
from federal law  to  conduct research and demonstration programs
designed  to  support   self-sufficiency  and  family  unity  for
recipients of aid  to  families with dependent children. Elements
of such program  may  include,  but  shall not be limited to, the
following:  (1)  Removing   any   disincentives   to  parents  or
stepparents living together  or  marrying;  (2) providing greater
flexibility  in  determining   which   family   members   receive
assistance; (3) allowing  a  family  to keep up to three thousand
dollars to pay  for  emergencies  and  work-related expenses; (4)
increasing  the permitted  automobile  equity  value  to  provide
recipients with reliable  transportation  to  seek employment and
commute to work;  (5)  disregarding  the  earnings  of  dependent
children who are  students for the purpose of determining monthly
cash  assistance;  (6)   rewarding   through   private  donations
excellence in school  attendance  and performance; (7) increasing
the amount of  child  support  a recipient may keep from fifty to
one  hundred  dollars   per   month;   (8)   simplifying  complex
eligibility rules and  better  coordinating  the  aid to families
with dependent children  program  and  the  food stamp program to
enable department staff  to  devote more time to self-sufficiency
plans for recipients;  and (9) the establishment of a program for
a limited group  of  voluntary  recipients  providing (A) a lower
basic grant; (B) time-limited participation; (C) disqualification
for   any  participant   who   commits   fraud;   (D)   temporary
disqualification  for  any  participant  who  voluntarily  leaves
employment; (E) guaranteed  child  support payments and increased
child support enforcement for participants who have a court order
for  child  support;   (F)   simplification   of  provisions  for
disregarding earned income;  (G)  removal  of time limitations on
disregarding earned income;  (H)  extension  of  eligibility  for
transitional child care;  (I)  payment  of food stamp benefits in
cash  instead  of   coupons   and   (J)  payment  of  bonuses  to
participants who stay  employed  for  six  months  or longer. The
commissioner  shall implement  such  research  and  demonstration
programs as soon  as  reasonably possible subsequent to receiving
federal approval.
    (b) For purposes  of  this  subsection, "family" means one or
more individuals who  apply  for  or  receive assistance together
under the aid  to  families  with dependent children program. The
commissioner shall seek  waivers  from  federal law to modify the
existing research and  demonstration programs authorized pursuant
to subsection (a)  of  this section for the purpose of creating a
single state-wide research and demonstration program effective no
earlier than January 1, 1996. Such waivers shall include, but not
be limited to, the following provisions:
    (1) To limit  benefits  of a family to a period of twenty-one
months. Families exempt  from such time limited benefits include,
but are not  limited  to:  (A)  A  family  with a needy caretaker
relative who is  incapacitated  or of an advanced age, as defined
by the commissioner,  if  there  is  no other nonexempt caretaker
relative in the  household;  (B)  a family with a needy caretaker
relative who is  needed  in the home because of the incapacity of
another member of  the  household, if there is no other nonexempt
caretaker  relative  in  the  household;  (C)  a  family  with  a
caretaker  relative  who  is  not  legally  responsible  for  the
dependent children in  the household if such relative's needs are
not considered in calculating the amount of the benefit and there
is no other  nonexempt caretaker relative in the household; (D) a
family with a  caretaker relative caring for a child who is under
one year of  age  and  who was born no more than ten months after
the family's enrolment  if  there is no other nonexempt caretaker
relative in the  household;  (E)  a  family  with  a  pregnant or
postpartum caretaker relative  if  a physician has indicated that
such relative is  unable  to work and there is no other nonexempt
caretaker  relative  in  the  household;  (F)  a  family  with  a
caretaker  relative  determined   by   the   commissioner  to  be
unemployable and there  is  no other nonexempt caretaker relative
in  the  household;   and   (G)   minor   parents  attending  and
satisfactorily completing high  school or high school equivalency
programs;
    (2) To enhance the department's ability to provide child care
benefits to current  and  past  recipients of the aid to families
with dependent children  who  are  employed  and  extend Medicaid
eligibility for two years for a family which has lost eligibility
for aid to families with dependent children while employed or who
become  employed  within   six   months   of   having  lost  such
eligibility;
    (3)  To  simplify   and   streamline  eligibility  rules  and
procedures  in  the  aid  to  families  with  dependent  children
program, the JOBS  program,  child  support, child care, Medicaid
and food stamps;
    (4) To enhance  the  commissioner's  ability to collect child
support payments, except such waiver shall not include guaranteed
child support payments;
    (5) To provide that a person subject to time limited benefits
pursuant to subdivision  (1)  of this subsection receive priority
consideration in the  JOBS program established in section 17b-680
in ways which  shall  best  facilitate  such  person becoming and
staying employed;
    (6) To assist families in becoming self-sufficient and reward
achievement in education  by  modifying  treatment  of income and
resources;
    (7) To disregard  earned  income for a family subject to time
limited benefits, pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection,
up to the  federal poverty level and to render a family exceeding
such  level  ineligible   for  aid  to  families  with  dependent
children;
    (8) To provide  that a person arriving in the state, applying
for benefits from  the  aid  to  families with dependent children
program  for the  first  year  of  such  person's  residency,  be
eligible to receive  ninety  per  cent  of  the benefit level for
which he qualifies;
    (9) To allow  a  person  subject  to  time  limited benefits,
pursuant to subdivision  (1)  of this subsection, to petition the
commissioner  for six-month  extensions  of  such  benefits.  The
commissioner may grant such extensions to a person who has made a
good faith effort  to  comply with the requirements of the aid to
families with dependent  children program and despite such effort
is unable to  obtain  or  retain  employment  or  has encountered
circumstances including, but not limited to, domestic violence or
physical harm to  such  person's  children or other circumstances
beyond such person's  control.  Such  person shall be notified by
the department of his right to petition for such extensions. Upon
the granting of  such  petition, such person, in cooperation with
the department, shall  develop (A) an employment development plan
designed  to  result   in   self-sufficiency   and  (B)  a  child
achievement plan, for  such  person's  child,  designed  for such
person to monitor school attendance, enroll in preschool programs
and monitor immunization;
    (10) To limit  the  increase  in  benefits to a family for an
infant born after  the initial ten months of participation in the
aid to families  with  dependent  children  program  to an amount
equal to fifty  per  cent  of  the average incremental difference
between the amounts paid for each family size; and
    (11) To implement  a  disqualification penalty for failure to
cooperate  with  fraud   prevention   efforts  developed  by  the
department including, but  not limited to, a biometric identifier
system or photographic identification.]
    (a) THE DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES  SHALL  ADMINISTER A
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  UNDER WHICH CASH ASSISTANCE
SHALL BE PROVIDED  TO  ELIGIBLE  FAMILIES  IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
TEMPORARY  ASSISTANCE FOR  NEEDY  FAMILIES  PROGRAM,  ESTABLISHED
PURSUANT TO THE  PERSONAL  RESPONSIBILITY  AND  WORK  OPPORTUNITY
RECONCILIATION ACT OF 1996. UNDER THE TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, BENEFITS SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  TO A FAMILY FOR NOT LONGER
THAN TWENTY-ONE MONTHS, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTIONS (b) AND
(c)  OF  THIS  SECTION.  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF  CALCULATING  SAID
TWENTY-ONE-MONTH TIME LIMIT, MONTHS OF ASSISTANCE RECEIVED ON AND
AFTER JANUARY 1,  1996,  PURSUANT TO TIME LIMITS UNDER THE AID TO
FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT  CHILDREN PROGRAM, SHALL BE INCLUDED. FOR
PURPOSES OF THIS  SECTION, "FAMILY" MEANS ONE OR MORE INDIVIDUALS
WHO APPLY FOR  OR RECEIVE ASSISTANCE TOGETHER UNDER THE TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
    (b) THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES SHALL EXEMPT A FAMILY
FROM SUCH TIME-LIMITED  BENEFITS FOR CIRCUMSTANCES INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO:  (1) A FAMILY WITH A NEEDY CARETAKER RELATIVE WHO
IS INCAPACITATED OR  OF  AN  ADVANCED  AGE,  AS  DEFINED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER, IF THERE  IS  NO OTHER NONEXEMPT CARETAKER RELATIVE
IN THE HOUSEHOLD;  (2)  A  FAMILY WITH A NEEDY CARETAKER RELATIVE
WHO IS NEEDED  IN  THE  HOME BECAUSE OF THE INCAPACITY OF ANOTHER
MEMBER OF THE HOUSEHOLD, IF THERE IS NO OTHER NONEXEMPT CARETAKER
RELATIVE IN THE HOUSEHOLD; (3) A FAMILY WITH A CARETAKER RELATIVE
WHO IS NOT  LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEPENDENT CHILDREN IN THE
HOUSEHOLD  IF  SUCH   RELATIVE'S  NEEDS  ARE  NOT  CONSIDERED  IN
CALCULATING THE AMOUNT  OF  THE  BENEFIT  AND  THERE  IS NO OTHER
NONEXEMPT CARETAKER RELATIVE  IN THE HOUSEHOLD; (4) A FAMILY WITH
A CARETAKER RELATIVE  CARING FOR A CHILD WHO IS UNDER ONE YEAR OF
AGE AND WHO  WAS BORN NOT MORE THAN TEN MONTHS AFTER THE FAMILY'S
ENROLMENT IF THERE  IS  NO  OTHER NONEXEMPT CARETAKER RELATIVE IN
THE  HOUSEHOLD; (5)  A  FAMILY  WITH  A  PREGNANT  OR  POSTPARTUM
CARETAKER  RELATIVE  IF  A  PHYSICIAN  HAS  INDICATED  THAT  SUCH
RELATIVE IS UNABLE  TO  WORK  AND  THERE  IS  NO  OTHER NONEXEMPT
CARETAKER  RELATIVE  IN  THE  HOUSEHOLD;  (6)  A  FAMILY  WITH  A
CARETAKER  RELATIVE  DETERMINED   BY   THE   COMMISSIONER  TO  BE
UNEMPLOYABLE AND THERE  IS  NO OTHER NONEXEMPT CARETAKER RELATIVE
IN  THE  HOUSEHOLD;   AND   (7)   MINOR   PARENTS  ATTENDING  AND
SATISFACTORILY COMPLETING HIGH  SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY
PROGRAMS.
    (c) A FAMILY  WHO  IS  SUBJECT  TO  TIME-LIMITED BENEFITS MAY
PETITION  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES  FOR  SIX-MONTH
EXTENSIONS OF SUCH BENEFITS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL GRANT SUCH AN
EXTENSION TO A  FAMILY WHO HAS MADE A GOOD-FAITH EFFORT TO COMPLY
WITH THE REQUIREMENTS  OF THE PROGRAM AND DESPITE SUCH EFFORT HAS
A TOTAL FAMILY  INCOME  AT A LEVEL BELOW THE PAYMENT STANDARD, OR
HAS ENCOUNTERED CIRCUMSTANCES  PREVENTING  EMPLOYMENT  INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED  TO:  (1)  DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE OR PHYSICAL HARM TO
SUCH FAMILY'S CHILDREN;  OR  (2)  OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND SUCH
FAMILY'S CONTROL. EARNED  INCOME  COUNTING  TOWARDS  TOTAL FAMILY
INCOME SHALL HAVE  NINETY  DOLLARS DISREGARDED. SUCH FAMILY SHALL
BE NOTIFIED BY  THE  DEPARTMENT OF THE RIGHT TO PETITION FOR SUCH
EXTENSIONS.
    (d) MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY SHALL BE EXTENDED FOR TWO YEARS TO A
FAMILY WHO BECOMES  INELIGIBLE FOR CASH ASSISTANCE WHILE EMPLOYED
OR A FAMILY  WITH  AN  ADULT  WHO,  WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF BECOMING
INELIGIBLE, BECOMES EMPLOYED.
    (e) UNDER SAID  PROGRAM  (1)  NO FAMILY SHALL BE ELIGIBLE WHO
HAS TOTAL GROSS  EARNINGS  EXCEEDING  THE  FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL,
HOWEVER, IN THE  CALCULATION  OF  THE BENEFIT AMOUNT FOR ELIGIBLE
FAMILIES, EARNED INCOME  SHALL  BE  DISREGARDED UP TO THE FEDERAL
POVERTY LEVEL; (2)  THE INCREASE IN BENEFITS TO A FAMILY IN WHICH
AN INFANT IS  BORN  AFTER THE INITIAL TEN MONTHS OF PARTICIPATION
IN THE PROGRAM  SHALL  BE LIMITED TO AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO FIFTY PER
CENT OF THE  AVERAGE  INCREMENTAL  DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AMOUNTS
PAID PER EACH  FAMILY  SIZE;  AND  (3) A DISQUALIFICATION PENALTY
SHALL BE ESTABLISHED  FOR FAILURE TO COOPERATE WITH THE BIOMETRIC
IDENTIFIER SYSTEM.
    (f) A FAMILY  RECEIVING  ASSISTANCE  UNDER SAID PROGRAM SHALL
COOPERATE WITH CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT, UNDER TITLE IV-D OF THE
SOCIAL SECURITY ACT.  A  FAMILY  SHALL BE INELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS
FOR FAILURE TO COOPERATE WITH CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT.
    (g) A FAMILY LEAVING ASSISTANCE AT THE END OF SAID TWENTY-ONE
MONTH TIME LIMIT,  INCLUDING  A  FAMILY  WITH  INCOME  ABOVE  THE
PAYMENT STANDARD, SHALL  HAVE  AN  INTERVIEW  FOR  THE PURPOSE OF
BEING INFORMED OF  SERVICES  THAT MAY CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE TO
SUCH FAMILY, INCLUDING  EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE
LABOR DEPARTMENT. SAID INTERVIEW SHALL CONTAIN A DETERMINATION OF
BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO  SAID  FAMILY PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
SOCIAL   SERVICES.  SAID   INTERVIEW   SHALL   ALSO   INCLUDE   A
DETERMINATION OF WHETHER  SUCH FAMILY IS ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD STAMPS
OR MEDICAID. INFORMATION  AND  REFERRALS  SHALL BE MADE TO SUCH A
FAMILY FOR SERVICES  AND  BENEFITS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT, RENTAL SUBSIDIES EMERGENCY HOUSING,
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AND ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
    (h) AN APPLICANT  OR RECIPIENT OF TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
WHO IS ADVERSELY  AFFECTED  BY  A DECISION OF THE COMMISSIONER OF
SOCIAL SERVICES MAY  REQUEST  AND  SHALL BE PROVIDED A HEARING IN
ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 17b-60.
    (i) THE COMMISSIONER  MAY  CONTINUE  TO  OPERATE UNDER ALL OR
PORTIONS OF THE FEDERAL WAIVERS GRANTED UNDER SECTION 1115 OF THE
SOCIAL SECURITY ACT  FOR  THE  DEMONSTRATION  ENTITLED "REACH FOR
JOBS FIRST". NOTWITHSTANDING  CONTINUATION  OF  THE PROVISIONS OF
SAID  FEDERAL  WAIVERS,   THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  CONTINUE  THE
EVALUATION  OF  THE   EFFECTIVENESS   OF   THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND  MAY  CONTINUE  TO UTILIZE A CONTROL GROUP
USING DIFFERENT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.
    (j) THE COMMISSIONER  SHALL  REPORT,  ANNUALLY  ON  OR BEFORE
NOVEMBER FIFTEENTH, TO  THE  JOINT  STANDING  COMMITTEES  OF  THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVING  COGNIZANCE  OF MATTERS RELATING TO HUMAN
SERVICES AND APPROPRIATIONS  AND THE BUDGETS OF STATE AGENCIES ON
THE FUNDING REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAMS FUNDED
BY THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES BLOCK GRANT.
    (k)  THE COMMISSIONER  OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES  SHALL  IMPLEMENT
POLICIES  AND PROCEDURES  NECESSARY  FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS
SECTION WHILE IN  THE  PROCESS  OF  ADOPTING  SUCH  POLICIES  AND
PROCEDURES IN REGULATION  FORM,  PROVIDED THE COMMISSIONER PRINTS
NOTICE OF INTENTION  TO  ADOPT THE REGULATIONS IN THE CONNECTICUT
LAW JOURNAL WITHIN  TWENTY DAYS OF IMPLEMENTING SUCH POLICIES AND
PROCEDURES.  FINAL  REGULATIONS   SHALL   BE   SUBMITTED  TO  THE
LEGISLATIVE REGULATION REVIEW  COMMITTEE  NO  LATER THAN NOVEMBER
15, 1997. POLICIES  AND  PROCEDURES  IMPLEMENTED PURSUANT TO THIS
SUBSECTION SHALL BE  VALID  UNTIL  THE TIME FINAL REGULATIONS ARE
EFFECTIVE.
    Sec. 2. (NEW)  (a)  For  purposes of sections 2 and 3 of this
act:
    (1) "Victim of domestic violence" means a person who has been
battered or subjected  to  extreme  cruelty by: (A) Physical acts
that resulted in or were threatened to result in physical injury;
(B) sexual abuse;  (C)  sexual  activity involving a child in the
home; (D) being  forced  to  participate  in nonconsensual sexual
acts or activities;  (E)  threats  of  or attempts at physical or
sexual abuse; (F)  mental abuse; or (G) neglect or deprivation of
medical care; and
    (2)  "Work  activity"   means   subsidized   or  unsubsidized
employment, job training, education, work placement assistance or
community service program.
    (b) For purposes  of  this  section,  allegations of domestic
violence by a  victim  may  be  sufficient  to establish domestic
violence  where  the   Department   of  Social  Services  has  no
independent, reasonable basis  to find the applicant or recipient
not credible. Upon  alleging  domestic  violence  an applicant or
recipient may be  required  to  provide  a  sworn statement or to
submit to the  department any evidence of such violence available
to the applicant  or recipient. Evidence of domestic violence may
include, but is  not limited to: (1) Police, government agency or
court records; (2)  documentation  from  a shelter worker, legal,
medical, clerical or  other  professional from whom the applicant
or recipient has  sought  assistance  in  dealing  with  domestic
violence; or (3) a statement from an individual with knowledge of
the circumstances which  provide  the  basis  for  the  claim  of
domestic violence.
    (c)  The  Commissioner   of   Social  Services  shall  notify
applicants and recipients of temporary family assistance, who are
past or present  victims  of  domestic  violence  or  at  risk of
further domestic violence, of the following:
    (1)  Referrals  available   to   counseling   and  supportive
services,  including,  but  not  limited  to,  shelter  services,
medical services, domestic  abuse  hotlines, legal counseling and
advocacy, mental health care and financial assistance; and
    (2) Procedures to  voluntarily  and  confidentially  identify
eligibility  for referrals  to  such  counseling  and  supportive
services.
    (d)  The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall  implement
policies and procedures  necessary  to notify such applicants and
recipients of the information specified in subsection (c) of this
section while in  the  process  of  adopting  such  policies  and
procedures in regulation  form,  provided the commissioner prints
notice of intention  to  adopt the regulations in the Connecticut
Law Journal within  twenty days of implementing such policies and
procedures.  Final  regulations   shall   be   submitted  to  the
legislative regulation review  committee  no  later than November
15, 1997. Policies  and  procedures  implemented pursuant to this
subsection shall be  valid  until  the time final regulations are
effective.
    (e)  The  Commissioner   of   Social   Services   may   adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  the provisions of chapter 54 of
the general statutes,  to  establish a domestic violence training
program for employees  of  the  Department of Social Services and
any contractors with  said department who work with applicants or
recipients of temporary family assistance.
    (f) For the  purpose  of  establishing said training program,
the commissioner may consult with domestic violence organizations
or experts.
    Sec. 3. (NEW)  (a) An applicant or recipient who is a past or
present  victim of  domestic  violence  or  at  risk  of  further
domestic violence, pursuant  to  subsection  (c)  of section 2 of
this act, shall,  for  good cause: (1) Be excused from failing to
participate in a  work  activity;  or  (2) be exempted from child
support enforcement requirements  pursuant  to  subsection (f) of
section 17b-112 of  the general statutes, as amended by section 1
of this act.  Such an applicant or recipient may, for good cause,
be granted an  extension  of  cash  assistance  beyond twenty-one
months,  provided  the   domestic   violence  experienced  is  of
sufficient magnitude to  reasonably  render the individual unable
to obtain or maintain employment.
    (b) Such standards  and  procedures  for the determination of
good cause shall  include,  but  not be limited to, the following
provisions:
    (1) A finding  of  good cause for failure to participate in a
work activity shall be made if (A) the applicant or recipient has
physical injuries caused  by  abuse  or  psychological effects of
abuse prohibiting such applicant or recipient to work, (B) a work
activity is disrupted  due  to domestic violence, including civil
or criminal legal  proceedings related to such domestic violence,
(C)  the abuser  actively  interferes  with  the  applicant's  or
recipient's work activity,  attendance  at work activity or child
care arrangements, or  (D)  a  work  activity  location  puts the
applicant or recipient at risk of further domestic violence;
    (2) The commissioner shall find good cause whenever mandatory
work activity or  child  support  enforcement  requirements would
result in the  inability  or increased difficulty of an applicant
or recipient to escape or prevent domestic violence;
    (3)  The finding  of  good  cause  shall  not  prohibit  such
applicant or recipient  from  voluntary participation in any work
activity;
    (4) A written,  confidential procedure for the transmittal of
the denial of  a  request  for  a  finding  of  good  cause to an
applicant or recipient; and
    (5) Access to  a  fair  hearing  procedure if an applicant or
recipient is denied a request for a finding of good cause.
    (c) An applicant  or  recipient  may  be  required to seek an
order of protection,  attend  counseling or take other actions to
escape or prevent  domestic violence, unless such an action would
further the risk of continued or renewed violence.
    (d)  The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall  implement
policies and procedures  necessary  for the determination of good
cause for the  purpose  of  this  section while in the process of
adopting  such  policies   and  procedures  in  regulation  form,
provided the commissioner prints notice of intention to adopt the
regulations in the  Connecticut Law Journal within twenty days of
implementing  such policies  and  procedures.  Final  regulations
shall be submitted to the legislative regulation review committee
no  later  than   November  15,  1997.  Policies  and  procedures
implemented pursuant to  this subsection shall be valid until the
time final regulations are effective.
    Sec. 4. Section 12-743 of the general statutes, as amended by
section 7 of  public act 97-286, is repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any taxpayer  filing  a  return  under  this  chapter may
contribute any part  of  a  refund  under this chapter to (1) the
organ transplant account established pursuant to section 17b-288,
(2) the AIDS  research  education account established pursuant to
section  19a-32a,  (3)   the  endangered  species,  natural  area
preserves and watchable  wildlife account established pursuant to
section  22a-27l,  [or]   (4)  the  breast  cancer  research  and
education account established pursuant to section 6 of [this act]
PUBLIC  ACT 97-286,  OR  (5)  THE  SAFETY  NET  SERVICES  ACCOUNT
ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO  SECTION  5 OF THIS ACT, by indicating on
the tax return,  in  a manner provided for by the Commissioner of
Revenue Services pursuant  to subsection (b) of this section, the
amount to be contributed to the account.
    (b) The Commissioner of Revenue Services shall revise the tax
return form to implement the provisions of subsection (a) of this
section which form  shall  include  spaces on the return in which
taxpayers may indicate  their intention to make a contribution in
accordance with this  section.  The  spaces  shall  include three
boxes for each  account with suggested whole dollar amounts, with
the lowest suggested contribution being at least two dollars, and
one  additional  box   for   other   whole  dollar  amounts.  The
commissioner shall include  in  the instructions accompanying the
tax return a  description  of  the  purposes  for which the organ
transplant account, the  AIDS  research  education  account,  the
endangered species, natural area preserves and watchable wildlife
account, [and] the  breast  cancer research and education account
AND THE SAFETY NET ACCOUNT were created.
    (c) A designated  contribution  of  all or part of any refund
shall be irrevocable  upon  the filing of the return and shall be
made in the  full  amount  designated if the refund found due the
taxpayer upon the initial processing of the return, and after any
deductions required by  this chapter, is greater than or equal to
the designated contribution.  If  the  refund  due, as determined
upon initial processing,  and  after  any  deductions required by
this chapter, is  less  than  the  designated  contribution,  the
contribution shall be  made in the full amount of the refund. The
Commissioner of Revenue Services shall subtract the amount of any
contribution of all  or part of any refund from the amount of the
refund initially found  due  the  taxpayer  and shall certify the
difference  to  the   Secretary  of  the  Office  of  Policy  and
Management and the  Treasurer  for  payment  to  the  taxpayer in
accordance with this  chapter. For the purposes of any subsequent
determination  of  the   taxpayer's   net   tax   payment,   such
contribution shall be considered a part of the refund paid to the
taxpayer.
    (d) The Commissioner  of Revenue Services, after notification
of and approval  by  the  Secretary  of  the Office of Policy and
Management, may deduct  and retain from the funds so collected an
amount equal to  the  costs  of  implementing  this  section  and
sections 17b-288, 19a-32a, 22a-27l, [and] section 6 of [this act]
PUBLIC ACT 97-286  AND  SECTION  5  OF THIS ACT but not to exceed
seven and one-half  per  cent  of  the  funds  contributed in any
fiscal year and  in  no  event  shall  exceed  the  total cost of
implementation of said sections.
    Sec. 5. (NEW)  (a) There is established a safety net services
account which shall  be a separate, nonlapsing account within the
General Fund. Any  moneys collected under the contribution system
established under section  12-743  of  the  general  statutes, as
amended by this  act,  shall  be deposited by the Commissioner of
Revenue Services into  the account. This account may also receive
moneys from public  and  private  sources  or  from  the  federal
government. All moneys  deposited in the account shall be used by
the Department of  Social  Services  or  persons  acting  under a
contract with the  department  to fund services provided pursuant
to section 6  of  this  act. Expenditures from the account in any
fiscal year for  the  promotion of the contribution system or the
account shall not  exceed  ten  per  cent of the amount of moneys
raised during the  previous fiscal year, provided such limitation
shall not apply  to  an  expenditure  of  not  more  than fifteen
thousand dollars from  the  account on or before July 1, 1997, to
reimburse expenditures made  on  or  before said date, with prior
written authorization of  the Commissioner of Social Services, by
private organizations to  promote  the  contribution  system  and
safety net account.
    (b)  The  Commissioner   of   Social   Services  shall  adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  the provisions of chapter 54 of
the  general statutes,  to  provide  for  distribution  of  funds
available pursuant to  this  section  and  section  12-743 of the
general statutes, as amended by this act.
    Sec. 6. (NEW)  (a)  The  Department  of Social Services shall
provide  safety net  services  for  certain  families  no  longer
receiving benefits or  who  are  at risk of losing benefits under
the temporary family  assistance  program.  Such families include
those who are  not  eligible for six-month extensions of benefits
due to: (1)  The  receipt  of  two  sanctions from the department
during the first twenty months of the twenty-one-month time limit
of  said  temporary   family   assistance   program  or  (2)  the
determination by the department that such a family has not made a
good-faith effort to seek and maintain employment.
    (b)  Said safety  net  shall  consist  of  services  provided
through the existing  community  service  delivery  network  with
additional  resources  provided   by  the  Department  of  Social
Services. Services shall be provided in-kind or through vendor or
voucher payment. Services  may  include  the following: (1) Food,
shelter,  clothing  and   employment   assistance;  (2)  eviction
prevention;  (3)  intensive   case   management;  (4)  continuous
monitoring for child  abuse  or  neglect; and (5) for families at
risk of losing  benefits  under  the  temporary family assistance
program, individual performance contracts requiring job training,
job  searching,  volunteer   work,   participation  in  parenting
programs or counseling or any other requirements deemed necessary
by the Commissioner of Social Services.
    (c) Families successfully  meeting  the  program requirements
established   by  the   individual   performance   contracts   in
subdivision (5) of  subsection  (b)  of this section prior to the
end of the  twenty-one-month  time  limit  shall be considered to
have made a  good-faith effort to comply with the requirements of
the program for  the  purposes  of  qualifying  for  a  six-month
extension, provided they  have made a good-faith effort to comply
with the individual  performance  contract or have not incurred a
sanction  subsequent to  completing  the  individual  performance
contract.
    (d)  The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall  implement
policies  and procedures  necessary  for  the  purposes  of  this
section while in  the  process  of  adopting  such  policies  and
procedures in regulation  form,  provided the commissioner prints
notice of intention  to  adopt the regulations in the Connecticut
Law Journal within  twenty days of implementing such policies and
procedures.  Final  regulations   shall   be   submitted  to  the
legislative regulation review  committee  no  later than November
15, 1997. Policies  and  procedures  implemented pursuant to this
subsection shall be  valid  until  the time final regulations are
effective.
    Sec. 7. Section 4-71c of the general statutes is repealed and
the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The Secretary of  the  Office  of Policy and Management shall
annually compute the  cost  of an increase in assistance payments
under [sections 17b-19,  17b-22,  17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,
17b-114 to 17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-180  to  17b-183, inclusive,
17b-220  to 17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259  to  17b-287,
inclusive, 17b-340 to  17b-350,  inclusive,  17b-357  to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-689  to 17b-693,
inclusive, 17b-743 to  17b-747,  inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808]
THE GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND FOOD
STAMP PROGRAM based  on  the  percentage increase, if any, in the
most recent calendar year average in the consumer price index for
urban consumers provided  if  the  increase in such index exceeds
five per cent,  the computation shall be based on a five per cent
increase.
    Sec. 8. Section 4a-15 of the general statutes is repealed and
the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The estate administrator  may  act  as guardian, conservator,
administrator or trustee,  or  in  any  other  fiduciary capacity
under the jurisdiction  and  appointment of the probate courts of
this state or  like  courts  of  any other state or of the United
States, or any  instrumentality  of  any  other  state  or of the
United  States  qualified   to   appoint   fiduciaries,  only  in
connection with property  of any minor, incapable, incompetent or
deceased person who  is  or has been receiving financial aid from
the state. In  the case of any person receiving public or medical
assistance [in accordance with the provisions of sections 17b-22,
17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,
17b-114,  17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808]
FROM THE STATE,  the  estate administrator shall apply toward the
cost of care of such person any assets exceeding limits on assets
set by statute  or  regulations  adopted  by  the Commissioner of
Social Services. The  estate  administrator  shall  have the same
rights  and  powers  and  be  subject  to  the  same  duties  and
obligations as are  possessed  by  and  imposed  upon  guardians,
conservators,  administrators and  other  fiduciaries,  and  such
courts or instrumentalities  are authorized to appoint the estate
administrator, trustee or  other  fiduciary  in  connection  with
property of any  such  minor,  incapable, incompetent or deceased
person. The authority  of  the estate administrator to act and of
the court or instrumentality to appoint such estate administrator
shall be limited  to  cases  in  which  the  estate  consists  of
personal property only,  and  the  amount  of  personal  property
involved, or the  annual  income  other than state benefits, does
not  exceed  ten   thousand   dollars   in   value.   The  estate
administrator shall be  excused from giving any bond in any court
proceeding, and shall not be allowed a fee for services.
    Sec. 9. Subsection  (a)  of  section  7-545  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section  4  of  public  act  97-274, is
repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) As used  in this section and section 7-546, as amended by
section 5 of [this act] PUBLIC ACT 97-274:
    (1) "Secretary" means  the  Secretary of the Office of Policy
and Management;
    (2) "Municipality" means any town, consolidated town and city
or consolidated town and borough;
    (3) "Per capita  income" and "population" for each town means
that enumerated in  the  most  recent federal decennial census of
population or that  enumerated  in  the current population report
series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau
of the Census,  whichever is more recent and available on January
first of the  fiscal year three years prior to the fiscal year in
which payment is to be made pursuant to this section;
    (4) "Adjusted equalized  net grand list per capita" means the
most  recent  adjusted   equalized  net  grand  list  per  capita
determined for each town pursuant to section 10-261;
    (5) "Equalized mill rate" means the tax rate derived from the
most recent available  grand  levy  of  a  town  divided  by  the
equalized  net  grand  list  on  which  such  levy  is  based  as
determined by the secretary in accordance with section 10-261a;
    (6) ["Per capita  aid  to  families with dependent children"]
"PER  CAPITA  TEMPORARY   FAMILY  ASSISTANCE"  means  the  number
obtained by adding  together the unduplicated aggregate number of
children eligible to  receive  benefits by town under the [aid to
dependent children program  pursuant  to sections 17b-22, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM in  October  and  May of each fiscal year, and
dividing by two,  such  number  to  be  certified  and  submitted
annually, no later  than  the first day of July of the succeeding
fiscal year, to  the  secretary  by  the  Commissioner  of Social
Services. Such number  shall  be expressed as a percentage of the
population of a town;
    (7) "Unemployment rate"  means  the average unemployment rate
of a town  as reported by the Labor Commissioner on the first day
of July for the latest available twelve-month period;
    (8)  "Eligibility  index"   is  a  measure  of  local  burden
determined by calculating  a  town's disparity in relation to all
municipalities.  Points  shall  be  allocated  for  each  of  the
following factors: (A)  Per capita income, (B) adjusted equalized
net grand list  per  capita,  (C)  equalized  mill  rate, (D) per
capita [aid to families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE,  and (E)  unemployment  rate.  For  each  factor  the
variance shall be the difference between the first percentile and
the one-hundredth percentile  town  factors.  In  calculating the
eligibility index for  unemployment  rate,  per  capita  [aid  to
families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE and
equalized mill rate,  the  factor  for  the first percentile town
shall be subtracted  from  the factor for the town and the result
divided  by the  variance  and  multiplied  by  one  hundred.  In
calculating the eligibility  index  for  per  capita  income  and
adjusted equalized net  grand list per capita, the factor for the
first percentile town shall be subtracted from the factor for the
town  and the  result  shall  be  divided  by  the  variance  and
multiplied by one  hundred.  The  product  of such multiplication
shall then be  subtracted  from one hundred. The index points for
all factors shall  be  totalled  by town resulting in the overall
eligibility index. The  eligibility index listing shall be ranked
for all towns from highest to lowest points according to need;
    (9)  "Public  investment   communities"   are  municipalities
requiring financial assistance  to  offset  their service burdens
with eligibility defined  as  one which is in the top quartile of
the "eligibility index" scale;
    (10) "Grand levy"  means the mill rate of the town multiplied
by the net  taxable grand list of the town and includes the value
of special service  districts if such districts contain fifty per
cent or more  of  the  value of total taxable property within the
town.
    Sec. 10. Subsection  (a)  of  section  8-206b  of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social Services shall administer an
emergency  fuel  assistance   program  on  behalf  of  low-income
families who are  not  beneficiaries of the [aid to families with
dependent   children,   aid    to    families    with   dependent
children-unemployed fathers] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE or the
general  assistance  programs.   The   commissioner  shall  adopt
regulations in accordance  with  the  provisions  of  chapter  54
concerning  the  distribution   of   funds  appropriated  to  the
Department of Social  Services  for such program. The regulations
shall incorporate the  following  provisions: (1) Only households
with incomes no  higher  than one hundred twenty-five per cent of
the federal Community  Services Administration poverty guidelines
for nonfarm recipients shall be eligible for participation in the
program, provided households  with  incomes  no  higher  than one
hundred  seventy-five  per  cent  of  such  guidelines  shall  be
eligible for participation  in the program if any member residing
in such household is sixty-two years of age or over or physically
disabled, as defined  in section 1-1f; and (2) such assistance to
eligible families shall not exceed one hundred dollars per family
during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1979, and shall be subject
to the availability  of  funds  appropriated  for  such purposes.
Participation in the  program  by  households with incomes higher
than one hundred  twenty-five  per cent of such guidelines but no
higher than one  hundred seventy-five per cent of such guidelines
shall not preclude  participation by such households in any other
assistance program.
    Sec. 11. Section  9-23j  of  the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    As used in  sections 9-7b and 9-12, subsection (a) of section
9-17, sections 9-19b,  9-19e,  9-19g,  9-19h,  9-19i, 9-20, 9-21,
9-23a, 9-23g, 9-23h,  9-23k  to  9-23o,  inclusive,  9-26, 9-31a,
9-32, 9-35, 9-35b,  9-35c,  9-40a,  9-42,  9-43,  9-50a, 9-56 and
9-59, "public assistance offices" means offices of state agencies
that  administer  or  provide  services  under  the  food  stamp,
Medicaid, Women, Infants  and Children, and [Aid to Families with
Dependent Children] TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE programs.
    Sec. 12. Subsection  (b)  of  section  10-217a of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (b) Any town  or  regional  school  district  providing  such
services for children  attending  such  private  schools shall be
reimbursed by the  state for a percentage of the amount paid from
local tax revenues for such services as follows:
    (1) The percentage of the amount paid from local tax revenues
for such services  reimbursed to a local board of education shall
be determined by (A) ranking each town in the state in descending
order from one to one hundred sixty-nine according to such town's
adjusted equalized net  grand  list  per  capita,  as  defined in
section  10-261;  (B)   based   upon   such   ranking,   (i)  for
reimbursement paid in  the  fiscal  year  ending June 30, 1990, a
percentage of not less than forty-five nor more than ninety shall
be determined for  each  town  on a continuous scale, except that
for any town  in  which  the number of children under the [aid to
dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program,  as
defined in subdivision [(14)] (17) of section 10-262f, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT, is greater than one per cent of the total population
of the town,  as  defined in subdivision (7) of subsection (a) of
section 10-261, the  percentage shall be not less than eighty and
(ii) for reimbursement  paid  in  the fiscal year ending June 30,
1991, and each  fiscal  year thereafter, a percentage of not less
than ten nor  more  than ninety shall be determined for each town
on a continuous  scale,  except  that  for  any town in which the
number  of  children   under  the  [aid  to  dependent  children]
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   program,   as   defined  in  SAID
subdivision [(14)] (17)  of  section 10-262f, is greater than one
per cent of  the  total  population  of  the  town, as defined in
subdivision (7) of  subsection (a) of section 10-261, and for any
town which has  a  wealth rank greater than thirty when towns are
ranked pursuant to subparagraph [(a)] (A) of this subdivision and
which provides such  services  to  greater than one thousand five
hundred  children  who   are  not  residents  of  the  town,  the
percentage shall be not less than eighty.
    (2) The percentage of the amount paid from local tax revenues
for such services  reimbursed  to  a  regional board of education
shall  be determined  by  its  ranking.  Such  ranking  shall  be
determined by (A) multiplying the total population, as defined in
section 10-261, of  each  town  in  the  district  by such town's
ranking, as determined in subdivision (1) of this subsection, (B)
adding together the  figures determined under SUBPARAGRAPH (A) OF
THIS SUBDIVISION, and  (C)  dividing  the  total  computed  under
SUBPARAGRAPH (B) OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION by the total population of
all towns in  the district. The ranking of each regional board of
education shall be  rounded  to  the next higher whole number and
each such board  shall  receive the same reimbursement percentage
as would a town with the same rank.
    Sec. 13. Section  10-262f of the general statutes, as amended
by section 24  of  public  act 97-290 and section 1 of substitute
senate bill 1041  of  the  January  session,  is repealed and the
following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Whenever  used  in  this  section  and  sections  10-262g  to
10-262j, inclusive, as  amended  by  [this act] SUBSTITUTE SENATE
BILL 1041 OF THE JANUARY SESSION:
    (1) "Adjusted equalized  net  grand list" means the equalized
net grand list  of  a  town  multiplied  by its income adjustment
factor.
    (2) "Base aid  ratio"  means  one minus the ratio of a town's
wealth to the  state  guaranteed wealth level, provided no town's
aid ratio shall be less than zero.
    (3) "Income adjustment  factor" means the average of a town's
per capita income  divided  by  the per capita income of the town
with the highest  per  capita  income  in  the state and a town's
median household income divided by the median household income of
the town with the highest median household income in the state.
    (4)  "Median household  income"  for  each  town  means  that
enumerated  in  the  most  recent  federal  decennial  census  of
population or that  enumerated  in  the current population report
series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau
of the Census,  whichever is more recent and available on January
first of the  fiscal  year  two years prior to the fiscal year in
which payment is to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.
    (5) "Supplemental aid factor" means for each town the average
of its percentage of children eligible under the [aid to families
with dependent children]  TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE program and
its grant mastery percentage.
    (6)  "Percentage of  children  eligible  under  the  [aid  to
families with dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program" means the  town's  number  of children under the [aid to
families with dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program divided by  the number of children age five to seventeen,
inclusive, in the town.
    (7) "Average mastery  percentage"  means for each school year
the  average  of   the  three  most  recent  mastery  percentages
available on December first of the school year.
    (8) "Equalized net  grand  list", for purposes of calculating
the amount of  grant  to which any town is entitled in accordance
with section 10-262h,  as  amended  by  section  2  of [this act]
SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL  1041  OF  THE  JANUARY SESSION, means the
average of the  net grand lists of the town upon which taxes were
levied for the  general  expenses of the town two, three and four
years prior to the fiscal year in which such grant is to be paid,
provided such net  grand  lists  are equalized in accordance with
section 10-261a.
    (9) "Foundation" means  (A)  for  the fiscal year ending June
30, 1990, three  thousand  nine hundred eighteen dollars, (B) for
the fiscal year  ending  June 30, 1991, four thousand one hundred
ninety-two dollars, (C) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992,
four thousand four hundred eighty-six dollars, (D) for the fiscal
years ending June  30,  1993,  June  30, 1994, and June 30, 1995,
four thousand eight  hundred dollars and (E) for the fiscal years
ending June 30,  1996, June 30, 1997, June 30, 1998, and June 30,
1999, five thousand seven hundred eleven dollars.
    (10) "Number of  children  age  five to seventeen, inclusive"
means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census
of population or  enumerated  in  the  current  population report
series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau
of the Census,  whichever is more recent and available on January
first of the  fiscal  year  two years prior to the fiscal year in
which payment is to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.
    (11)  "Supplemental  aid   ratio"   means   .04   times   the
supplemental  aid  factor  of  a  town  divided  by  the  highest
supplemental aid factor  when  all  towns  are ranked from low to
high, provided any  town  whose  percentage  of children eligible
under the [aid  to  families  with  dependent children] TEMPORARY
FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program  exceeds  twenty-five  shall  have  a
supplemental aid ratio of .04.
    (12) "Grant mastery percentage" means (A) for the school year
ending June 30,  1989, average mastery percentage and (B) for the
school years ending June 30, 1990, through the school year ending
June 30, 1995,  the  average  mastery percentage plus the mastery
improvement bonus, and  (C)  for each school year thereafter, the
average mastery percentage.
    (13) "Mastery count" of a town means for each school year the
grant mastery percentage  of the town multiplied by the number of
resident students.
    (14) "Mastery improvement  bonus"  means for each school year
through the school  year  ending  June 30, 1995, seventy-five per
cent of the  difference  between (A) the grant mastery percentage
for  the  previous  school  year  and  (B)  the  average  mastery
percentage for the school year, but not less than zero.
    (15) "Mastery percentage"  of a town for any examination year
means, using the  mastery test data of record for the examination
year, the number  obtained  by  dividing  (A) the total number of
valid  tests  with  scores  below  the  state-wide  standard  for
remedial assistance as  determined by the Department of Education
in each subject  of  the examinations pursuant to subsections (a)
and (b) of  section 10-14n taken by resident students, by (B) the
total number of such valid tests taken by such students.
    (16) "Mastery test  data  of record" for any examination year
means the data of record on the April thirtieth subsequent to the
administration of the  examinations  pursuant  to subsections (a)
and (b) of  section 10-14n, except that for the examination years
prior to July  1,  1988,  the date of the data of record shall be
April 30, 1988, and provided beginning with the administration of
such examinations during  the 1988-1989 school year, and for each
such administration thereafter,  school  districts may, not later
than  the  March   first   following  the  administration  of  an
examination,  file  a   request  with  the  state  Department  of
Education for an  adjustment  of  the mastery test data from such
examination.
    (17) "Number of  children  under  the  [aid  to families with
dependent children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program" means
the number obtained by adding together the unduplicated aggregate
number of children  five  to  eighteen  years  of age eligible to
receive  benefits under  the  [aid  to  families  with  dependent
children program pursuant to sections 17b-22, 17b-180 to 17b-183,
inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM in October  and  May of each fiscal year, and dividing by
two, such number to be certified and submitted annually, no later
than the first  day of July of the succeeding fiscal year, to the
Commissioner of Education by the Commissioner of Social Services.
    (18) "Per capita  income" for each town means that enumerated
in the most recent federal decennial census of population or that
enumerated in the  current population report series issued by the
United States Department  of  Commerce,  Bureau  of  the  Census,
whichever is more  recent  and  available on January first of the
fiscal year two  years  prior to the fiscal year in which payment
is to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.
    (19) "Regional bonus"  means,  for any town which is a member
of a regional  school  district  and has students who attend such
regional school district,  an amount equal to twenty-five dollars
for each such student enrolled in the regional school district on
October first or  the  full school day immediately preceding such
date for the  school  year  prior to the fiscal year in which the
grant is to  be  paid  multiplied  by  the ratio of the number of
grades, kindergarten to  grade twelve, inclusive, in the regional
school district to thirteen.
    (20) "Regular program  expenditures"  means (A) total current
educational expenditures less  (B)  expenditures  for (i) special
education programs pursuant  to subsection (h) of section 10-76f,
(ii) pupil transportation  eligible for reimbursement pursuant to
section 10-266m, (iii)  land  and  capital building expenditures,
and equipment otherwise  supported  by  a state grant pursuant to
chapter 173, including  debt  service,  provided, with respect to
debt service, the principal amount of any debt incurred to pay an
expense otherwise includable  in regular program expenditures may
be included as  part  of  regular  program expenditures in annual
instalments in accordance  with  a schedule approved by the state
Department of Education  based upon substantially equal principal
payments over the  life  of  the  debt,  (iv) health services for
nonpublic school children,  (v) adult education, (C) expenditures
directly attributable to  (i)  state  grants  received  by  or on
behalf of school  districts  except  grants for the categories of
expenditures listed in subparagraphs (B)(i) to (B)(v), inclusive,
of  this subdivision  and  except  grants  received  pursuant  to
section 10-262i and  section  10-262c  of  the  general statutes,
revision of 1958,  revised  to January 1, 1987, and except grants
received pursuant to chapter 173, (ii) federal grants received by
or on behalf  of  school districts except for adult education and
federal impact aid and (iii) receipts from the operation of child
nutrition  services  and   student   activities   services,   (D)
expenditures of funds  from  private  and  other  sources and (E)
tuition received on  account of nonresident students. The town of
Woodstock may include  as  part  of  the  current expenses of its
public schools for  each  school  year  the  amount  expended for
current expenses in  that  year  by Woodstock Academy from income
from its endowment  funds  upon  receipt  from  said academy of a
certified  statement  of  such  current  expenses.  The  town  of
Winchester may include  as  part  of  the current expenses of its
public school for  each  school  year  the  amount  expended  for
current expenses in  that  year by the Gilbert School from income
from its endowment  funds  upon  receipt  from  said  school of a
certified statement of such current expenses.
    (21) "Regular program  expenditures  per need student" means,
in any year,  the regular program expenditures of a town for such
year divided by the number of total need students in the town for
such school year,  provided  for  towns  which  are  members of a
kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district
and  for  such   regional   school   district,  "regular  program
expenditures per need  student"  means,  in any year, the regular
program expenditures of  such regional school district divided by
the sum of  the  number of total need students in all such member
towns.
    (22) "Resident students"  means  the  number of pupils of the
town enrolled in  public  schools  at  the expense of the town on
October first or  the  full school day immediately preceding such
date, provided the number shall be decreased by the Department of
Education for failure  to  comply  with the provisions of section
10-16 and shall  be  increased  by  one-one-hundred-eightieth for
each  full-time  equivalent   school   day  in  the  school  year
immediately preceding such  date of at least five hours of actual
school work in excess of one hundred eighty days and nine hundred
hours of actual  school  work  and  be increased by the full-time
equivalent number of  such  pupils  attending the summer sessions
immediately preceding such  date  at  the  expense  of  the town;
"enrolled" shall include pupils who are scheduled for vacation on
the above date  and  who  are  expected  to  return  to school as
scheduled. Pupils enrolled  in  an  approved program described in
section  10-266j  shall   be   counted  in  accordance  with  the
provisions of subdivision  (3) of subsection (c) of said section.
Pupils  participating in  the  program  established  pursuant  to
section 3 of  [this  act]  PUBLIC  ACT 97-290 shall be counted in
accordance with the  provisions of subsection (g) of section 3 of
[this act] PUBLIC ACT 97-290.
    (23) "Schools" means nursery schools, kindergarten and grades
one to twelve, inclusive.
    (24) "State guaranteed wealth level" means (A) for the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1990,  1.8335 times the town wealth of the
town with the  median  wealth  as  calculated  using  the data of
record on December  first of the fiscal year prior to the year in
which the grant  is  to  be paid pursuant to section 10-262i, and
(B) for the  fiscal  years ending June 30, 1991, and 1992, 1.6651
times the town  wealth  of  the town with such median wealth, and
(C) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1993, June 30, 1994, and
June 30, 1995,  1.5361 times the town wealth of the town with the
median wealth, and  (D) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996,
and each fiscal  year  thereafter,  1.55 times the town wealth of
the town with the median wealth.
    (25) "Total need students" means the sum of (A) the number of
resident  students  of   the   town  for  the  school  year,  (B)
one-quarter the number  of  children  under  the [aid to families
with dependent children]  TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE program for
the prior fiscal  year,  (C) one-quarter of the mastery count for
the school year  and  (D)  ten per cent of the number of eligible
children, as defined  in  subdivision  (1) of section 10-17e, for
whom the board  of education is not required to provide a program
pursuant to section 10-17f.
    (26) "Town wealth"  means  the  average  of a town's adjusted
equalized net grand  list  divided by its total need students for
the fiscal year  prior  to  the  year in which the grant is to be
paid and its  adjusted  equalized  net  grand list divided by its
population.
    (27) "Population" of a town means that enumerated in the most
recent federal decennial  census of population or that enumerated
in the current  population  report  series  issued  by the United
States Department of  Commerce, Bureau of the Census available on
January first of  the  fiscal  year two years prior to the fiscal
year in which  a  grant  is to be paid, whichever is most recent;
except that any  town  whose  enumerated  population  residing in
state and federal institutions within such town and attributed to
such  town  by   the  census  exceeds  forty  per  cent  of  such
"population"  shall have  its  population  adjusted  as  follows:
Persons  who  are   incarcerated   or  in  custodial  situations,
including,  but not  limited  to  jails,  prisons,  hospitals  or
training schools or persons who reside in dormitory facilities in
schools, colleges, universities or on military bases shall not be
counted in the "population" of a town.
    (28) "Base revenue" for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995,
means the sum  of  the  grant  entitlements  for  the fiscal year
ending June 30,  1995,  of a town pursuant to section 10-262h, as
amended by section 2 of [this act] SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 1041 OF
THE  JANUARY SESSION,  and  subsection  (a)  of  section  10-76g,
including its proportional  share,  based  on  enrolment,  of the
revenue paid pursuant to section 10-76g, to the regional district
of  which the  town  is  a  member,  and  for  each  fiscal  year
thereafter means the  amount  of each town's entitlement pursuant
to section 10-262h  minus  its  density supplement, as determined
pursuant to subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h.
    (29) "Density" means  the population of a town divided by the
square miles of a town.
    (30) "Density aid ratio" means the product of (A) the density
of a town  divided  by  the density of the town in the state with
the highest density and (B) .006273.
    (31) "Mastery goal  improvement  count"  means the product of
(A) the difference  between  the percentage of state-wide mastery
examination  scores, pursuant  to  subsections  (a)  and  (b)  of
section 10-14n, at  or  above the mastery goal level for the most
recently completed school  year and the percentage of such scores
for the prior  school  year  and (B) the resident students of the
town, or zero, whichever is greater.
    Sec. 14. Subsection  (a)  of  section  10-266p of the general
statutes, as amended  by section 6 of substitute senate bill 1041
of  the  January  session,  is  repealed  and  the  following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The State  Board of Education shall administer a priority
school district grant  program to assist certain school districts
to   improve  student   achievement   and   enhance   educational
opportunities. The grant program shall be for school districts in
(1) the eight  towns  in  the  state with the largest population,
based on the  most  recent  federal  decennial  census, (2) towns
which rank for the first fiscal year of each biennium from one to
eleven when all  towns are ranked in descending order from one to
one hundred sixty-nine  based on the number of children under the
[aid  to  families  with  dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program as  defined  in  subdivision  [(14)]  (17)  of
section 10-262f, as amended by section 1 of [this act] SUBSTITUTE
SENATE BILL 1041  OF  THE  JANUARY SESSION AND THIS ACT, plus the
mastery count of  the  town as defined in subdivision (9) of said
section and (3)  towns  which  rank  for the first fiscal year of
each  biennium one  to  eleven  when  all  towns  are  ranked  in
descending order from  one to one hundred sixty-nine based on the
ratio of the  number  of children under the [aid to families with
dependent children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program  as so
defined to the  resident  students  of  such  town  as defined in
subdivision  (19)  of   said   section  plus  the  grant  mastery
percentage of the  town  as  defined  in  subdivision (8) of said
section.  The  State   Board   of  Education  shall  utilize  the
categorical grant program  established  under  this  section  and
sections  10-266q,  as   amended  by  section  7  of  [this  act]
SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL  1041  OF THE JANUARY SESSION, and 10-266r
and  other  educational   resources   of   the   state   to  work
cooperatively with such  school  districts during any school year
to  improve  their  educational  programs  or  to  provide  early
childhood education or  early  reading intervention programs. The
State Board of  Education  shall  allocate one million dollars to
each of the  eight  towns  described  in  subdivision (1) of this
subsection and five hundred thousand dollars to each of the towns
described in subdivisions  (2) and (3) of this subsection, except
the towns described  in  subdivision  (1)  shall  not receive any
additional allocation if  they  are also described in subdivision
(2) or (3).
    Sec. 15. Subsection  (s)  of  section  12-574  of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (s) Any person  or  business organization issued a license to
conduct dog racing  pursuant to subsection (c) of section 12-574c
shall  employ  persons  who,  at  the  time  of  employment,  are
recipients of assistance under [section 17b-19, 17b-22, 17b-63 to
17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-75   to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114  to  17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-180 to
17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,
17b-259 to 17b-287,  inclusive,  17b-340  to  17b-350, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-689 to 17b-693,  inclusive,  17b-743  to  17b-747, inclusive,
17b-807  or  17b-808]   THE  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  STATE
SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  FOOD  STAMPS PROGRAM to fill not less than
twenty per cent  of  the positions created by the conversion of a
jai alai fronton  to  a  dog race track if such persons have been
trained for such employment by public or publicly-funded agencies
in coordination with such licensee.
    Sec. 16. Section  12-635  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The Commissioner of  Revenue  Services  shall  grant a credit
against any tax  due  under  the  provisions of chapter 207, 208,
209, 210, 211 or 212 in an amount not to exceed sixty per cent of
the total cash  amount  invested  during  the taxable year by the
business  firm  in  programs  operated  or  created  pursuant  to
proposals  approved  pursuant   to   section  12-632  for  energy
conservation  projects directed  toward  properties  occupied  by
persons, at least  seventy-five per cent of whom are at an income
level not exceeding  one  hundred  fifty  per cent of the poverty
level for the  year next preceding the year during which such tax
credit is to  be granted, or at properties occupied by charitable
corporations, foundations, trusts or other entities as determined
under regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter; in employment
and training programs  directed  at  youth, at least seventy-five
per cent of whom are at an income level not exceeding one hundred
fifty per cent  of  the poverty level for the year next preceding
the year during  which  such  tax  credit  is  to  be granted; in
employment and training  programs directed at handicapped persons
as determined under regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter;
in employment and  training  programs  for unemployed workers who
are fifty years  of  age  or  older;  in education and employment
training programs for  recipients  in  the  [aid to families with
dependent children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program; or in
child care services.  Any  other  program which serves persons at
least seventy-five per  cent  of  whom are at an income level not
exceeding one hundred fifty per cent of the poverty level for the
year next preceding  the  year during which such tax credit is to
be granted and  which  meets  the standards for eligibility under
this chapter shall be eligible for tax credit under this section.
    Sec. 17. Section  16a-41h of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each electric  and  gas  company,  as  defined in section
16-1, having at  least  seventy-five  thousand  customers,  shall
include in its  monthly bills a request to each customer to add a
one dollar donation  to  the  bill  payment.  Each  company shall
transmit all such  donations  received  each  month  to Operation
Fuel,  Inc., a  state-wide  nonprofit  organization  designed  to
respond to people  within  the  state who are in financial crisis
and  need  emergency   energy   assistance.  Donations  shall  be
distributed to nonprofit  social  services  agencies  and private
fuel banks in accordance with guidelines established by the board
of directors of  Operation  Fuel, Inc., provided such funds shall
be distributed on  a  priority  basis  to  low-income elderly and
working  poor  households  which  are  not  eligible  for  public
assistance [under sections  17b-22,  17b-75 to 17b-77, inclusive,
17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808  or  general  assistance  under
sections 17b-19, 17b-63 to 17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115 to 17b-138,
inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259,
17b-263,  17b-287, 17b-340  to  17b-350,  inclusive,  17b-689  to
17b-693,  inclusive,  and  17b-743  to  17b-747,  inclusive,]  OR
GENERAL ASSISTANCE but  who are faced with a financial crisis and
are unable to make timely payments on winter fuel, electricity or
gas bills.
    (b) If Operation  Fuel,  Inc.  ceases to exist, such electric
and gas companies shall jointly establish a nonprofit, tax-exempt
corporation for the  purpose of holding in trust and distributing
such  customer  donations.   The   board  of  directors  of  such
corporation shall consist of eleven members appointed as follows:
Four by the  companies,  each  of which shall appoint one member;
one by the  president  pro  tempore  of  the  Senate;  one by the
minority leader of the Senate; one by the speaker of the House of
Representatives; one by  the  minority  leader  of  the  House of
Representatives; and three  by  the  Governor.  The  board  shall
distribute  such funds  to  nonprofit  organizations  and  social
service  agencies  which   provide   emergency   energy  or  fuel
assistance.  The  board  shall  target  available  funding  on  a
priority basis to  low-income elderly and working poor households
which are not  eligible  for  public  assistance  [under sections
17b-22,  17b-75  to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79  to  17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808 or general  assistance  under  sections 17b-19, 17b-63 to
17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115  to  17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to
17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,  17b-259,  17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340
to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive, and 17b-743
to 17b-747, inclusive,]  OR  GENERAL ASSISTANCE but who are faced
with a financial crisis and are unable to make timely payments on
winter fuel, electricity or gas bills.
    (c) Not later than the first of September annually, Operation
Fuel, Inc. shall  submit  to the General Assembly a report on the
implementation of this  section. Such report shall include, (1) a
summary of the effectiveness of the program, (2) the total amount
of the donations  received  by  electric  and  gas  companies and
transmitted to Operation  Fuel, Inc. under subsection (b) of this
section, and (3)  an accounting of the distribution of such funds
by Operation Fuel, Inc. indicating the organizations and agencies
receiving funds, the  amounts  received  and  distributed by each
such organization and  agency  and  the number of households each
assisted. On and  after  October  1,  1996,  the  report shall be
submitted to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly
having  cognizance  of  matters  relating  to  energy  and,  upon
request, to any  member of the General Assembly. A summary of the
report shall be  submitted to each member of the General Assembly
if the summary  is  two  pages  or less and a notification of the
report shall be  submitted  to each member if the summary is more
than two pages.  Submission  shall  be  by  mailing  the  report,
summary or notification to the legislative address of each member
of the committee or the General Assembly, as applicable.
    Sec. 18. Subsection  (b)  of  section  16a-44b of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (b) Funds allocated  for  the purposes of sections 16a-44b to
16a-44d, inclusive, shall  be  distributed among the towns in the
following manner: (1)  Ten  per  cent  of  the  amount  shall  be
distributed pro rata  on  the  basis  of  the  ratio of the total
population of each town to the total population of the state. (2)
Fifty per cent  of  the amount shall be divided among those towns
whose adjusted equalized  net  grand  list per capita falls below
that of the  town at the seventy-fifth percentile among all towns
in the state,  as determined by ranking in ascending order of all
towns in the  state  according  to  their  adjusted equalized net
grand list per  capita.  The  distribution  shall be made to each
town pro rata on the basis of the following ratio: The difference
between the adjusted  equalized net grand list per capita for the
town at the  seventy-fifth  percentile  and  that  of  such  town
multiplied by the  population of such town shall be the numerator
of the fraction. For each town whose adjusted equalized net grand
list per capita falls below that of the town at the seventy-fifth
percentile, the resulting  products  of  all  such towns shall be
added together and  the  sum  shall  be  the  denominator  of the
fraction. (3) Twenty  per cent of the amount shall be distributed
pro rata on  the  basis  of  the  ratio  of the average number of
monthly paid maintenance  cases  for  such  town  to  the average
number of monthly paid maintenance cases in the state. (4) Twenty
per cent of the amount shall be distributed pro rata on the basis
of the ratio  of  the  number  of  elderly  persons  in such town
receiving assistance under  section  12-129b  and chapter 204a to
the  number of  elderly  persons  in  the  state  receiving  such
assistance. For the purposes of this section, "adjusted equalized
net grand list  per  capita"  and  "total  population"  shall  be
defined as in section 10-261, and "average number of monthly paid
maintenance cases" means the monthly number of recipients of [aid
to  families  with  dependent  children,  aid  to  families  with
dependent   children-unemployed   fathers]    TEMPORARY    FAMILY
ASSISTANCE, assistance to  the  aged,  the  blind and the totally
disabled, Connecticut assistance  and medical aid program for the
disabled and general  assistance,  averaged  over the most recent
fiscal year for which information is available.
    Sec. 19. Section  17b-2  of  the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The Department of  Social Services is designated as the state
agency for the  administration  of (1) the child care development
block grant pursuant  to  the  Child  Care  and Development Block
Grant Act of  1990; (2) the Connecticut energy assistance program
pursuant to the  Low  Income  Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981;
(3) programs for the elderly pursuant to the Older Americans Act;
(4) the state plan for vocational rehabilitation services for the
fiscal year ending  June  30,  1994;  (5)  the refugee assistance
program pursuant to the Refugee Act of 1980; (6) the legalization
impact  assistance grant  program  pursuant  to  the  Immigration
Reform and Control  Act  of  1986;  (7) the [aid to families with
dependent children program  pursuant  to Title IV-A of the Social
Security Act; (8)  the JOBS program pursuant to Title IV-F of the
Social Security Act; (9)] TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
PROGRAM  PURSUANT  TO   THE   PERSONAL  RESPONSIBILITY  AND  WORK
OPPORTUNITY RECONCILIATION ACT  OF 1996; (8) the Medicaid program
pursuant to Title  XIX of the Social Security Act; [(10)] (9) the
food stamp program pursuant to the Food Stamp Act of 1977; [(11)]
(10) the state  supplement  to  the  Supplemental Security Income
Program pursuant to  the  Social  Security  Act;  [(12)] (11) the
state child support  enforcement  plan  pursuant to Title IV-D of
the  Social Security  Act;  and  [(13)]  (12)  the  state  social
services plan for the implementation of the social services block
grants and community services block grants pursuant to the Social
Security Act. The  Department  of Social Services is designated a
public  housing agency  for  the  purpose  of  administering  the
Section 8 existing  certificate  program  and the housing voucher
program pursuant to the Housing Act of 1937.
    Sec. 20. Section  17b-7a  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of   Social   Services   shall  develop  a
state-wide fraud early  detection  system.  The  purpose  of such
system shall be  to  identify,  investigate  and  determine if an
application for assistance  under  (1)  the [aid to families with
dependent children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE program, (2) the
food stamp program  or (3) the Medicaid program pursuant to Title
XIX of the  Social  Security  Act is fraudulent prior to granting
assistance.  The  commissioner   shall   adopt   regulations,  in
accordance with chapter  54,  for  the  purpose of developing and
implementing said system.
    Sec. 21. Subsection  (b)  of  section  17b-27  of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (b)  The  Commissioner   of   Social   Services  shall  adopt
regulations  in accordance  with  chapter  54  to  implement  the
provisions of this  section.  Such regulations shall include, but
not be limited  to, provisions (1) to assure that affirmations of
paternity by the  mother  and acknowledgments of paternity by the
putative father are  voluntary  and free from coercion and (2) to
establish the contents  of notices which shall be provided to the
mother  and  to   the   putative  father  before  affirmation  or
acknowledgement. The notice  to the mother shall include, but not
be limited to,  notice  that  the  affirmation  of  paternity may
result in rights  of custody and visitation, as well as a duty of
support, in the  person  named  as  the father. The notice to the
putative father shall include, but not be limited to, notice that
he has the  right  to  contest  paternity, including the right to
appointment of counsel,  a  genetic  test to determine paternity,
and trial by  jury,  and  that  acknowledgement of paternity will
make him liable  for the financial support of the child until the
child's eighteenth birthday.  In  no  event  shall  the  mother's
failure to sign  an  affirmation  of paternity in the hospital be
considered  [noncooperation]  FAILURE   TO   COOPERATE  with  the
establishment of support for the purposes of eligibility for [aid
to  families  with   dependent  children]  THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
    Sec. 22. Section  17b-29  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  There  is   established   a   council   to  monitor  the
implementation of the  [federal  waiver  for  the aid to families
with dependent children  program  and  the  operation  of the job
opportunities and basic  skills  program,  as  defined in section
17b-680, by the Department of Social Services. Said council shall
also monitor the implementation of the federal waiver for the aid
to families with  dependent  children program in section 17b-112]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  AND THE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
PROGRAM. The council  shall  be  composed  of  the  chairmen  and
ranking members of  the  joint  standing committee of the General
Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services,
or their designees, THE CHAIRMEN AND RANKING MEMBERS OF THE JOINT
STANDING COMMITTEE OF  THE  GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVING COGNIZANCE OF
MATTERS RELATING TO  LABOR,  OR  THEIR  DESIGNEES, one child care
provider and one  expert  on  child  support  enforcement,  to be
appointed  by the  president  pro  tempore  of  the  Senate;  one
representative  of  advocacy  groups,  to  be  appointed  by  the
majority  leader  of  the  Senate;  two  education  and  training
specialists, one experienced  in job training and one experienced
in basic adult  education,  one  to  be appointed by the minority
leader of the  Senate  and  one  to  be appointed by the minority
leader of the  House of Representatives; one member of the public
who is a current recipient of benefits under the [aid to families
with dependent children]  TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE program, to
be appointed by  speaker of the House of Representatives; and two
members, one experienced  in  higher  education  programs and one
experienced in teenage  pregnancy  issues, to be appointed by the
majority leader of  the  House  of  Representatives.  The council
shall elect a  chairperson  from  among  its members. The council
shall convene its  first  meeting  not  later than [July 1, 1994]
SEPTEMBER 1, 1997.
    (b) Beginning [July  1,  1994] SEPTEMBER 1, 1997, and monthly
thereafter, the Commissioner  of  Social  Services  AND THE LABOR
COMMISSIONER shall update  the  council  on the implementation of
the [federal waiver  for  the  aid  to  families  with  dependent
children program and operation of the job opportunities and basic
skills] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program  AND THE EMPLOYMENT
SERVICES PROGRAM. The council shall submit recommendations to the
department regarding, but  not  limited  to,  the availability of
quality child care  and  the  provision  of  seamless  child care
services, procedures for  informing  parents  and teenagers about
family  planning  and   pregnancy  prevention,  client  education
regarding  their rights  and  responsibilities,  [under  the  new
system and outreach  on  new  procedures  including  fill-the-gap
budgeting, special benefits  and  transitional  child  care,] the
effectiveness of child support enforcement, the effect of reduced
exemptions, time limits  and increased sanctions, [the results of
job training programs  and job placement programs including pilot
programs,  the effectiveness  and  adequacy  of  job  development
efforts, the waiver  evaluation,]  the coordination with Medicaid
managed care and  health  care  reform  measures  and  the fiscal
impact of these program changes.
    (c) On [October  1,  1994]  JANUARY  1,  1998,  and quarterly
thereafter, the council  shall  submit  a  report  to the General
Assembly on the implementation of the [federal waiver for the aid
to families with  dependent children program and the operation of
the job opportunities  and  basic  skills  program  as defined in
section 17b-680] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  AND  THE
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES PROGRAM.
    Sec. 23. Subsection  (c)  of  section  17b-30  of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (c) Said system  shall be utilized for office use only in the
following programs: (1)  General assistance; (2) [aid to families
with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE; and (3) any
other  program  to   be  determined  at  the  discretion  of  the
Commissioner of Social Services.
    Sec. 24. Article II of section 17b-56 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

                           ARTICLE II
    As used in  this  compact, the phrase "welfare service" shall
mean and include:  (1)  Old age assistance; (2) aid to the blind;
(3) [aid to  dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE; (4)
aid  to  the   permanently  and  totally  disabled;  (5)  general
assistance or home  relief,  by  whatever name known, for persons
not eligible under other assistance categories; (6) child welfare
services; (7) care of unwed mothers; (8) welfare medical services
for  those in  need;  provided  that  no  party  state  shall  be
obligated  to  provide  a  welfare  service  which  is  not  made
available generally by its laws.
    Sec. 25. Section  17b-75  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    When used in  [sections  17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77, inclusive,
17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808] REFERENCE TO THE STATE SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM OR FOOD  STAMPS  PROGRAM,  the  following  terms have the
meanings herein assigned:  "Commissioner"  means the Commissioner
of Social Services;  "dependent  child" means a needy child under
the age of  eighteen,  or  under  the  age  of  nineteen  and  in
full-time attendance in  a  secondary school or in the equivalent
level of vocational  or  technical training if, before he attains
age nineteen, he  may  reasonably  be  expected  to  complete the
program of such  secondary school or such training [, as provided
by federal law, who has been deprived of parental support or care
by reason of  the  death,  continued  absence  from  the home, or
physical or mental  incapacity  of  a  parent,] and who is living
with  his  father,  mother,  grandfather,  grandmother,  brother,
sister, stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, stepsister, uncle or
aunt, or any  other  relative  approved  by the commissioner in a
place of residence maintained by one or more of such relatives as
his or their  own  home;  "beneficiary"  means any adult or minor
child receiving assistance under the provisions of [this chapter]
SAID PROGRAMS; "local  officer" means the public official charged
with administration of  public  assistance  in  any town, city or
borough.
    Sec. 26. Section  17b-76  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The Commissioner of  Social  Services shall furnish forms for
the use of  applicants  under [sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM AND FOOD STAMPS PROGRAM, local officials and himself, and
shall establish and  maintain  a  system  of records and accounts
which shall show  the  number of applications and the disposition
of the same, the record of payments made to each recipient of aid
and such other  information  as  may  be necessary for the proper
operation and administration  of  said  sections and as the rules
and regulations of  the  United  States government require if the
United States government makes contributory allotments of federal
funds to the  state  of  Connecticut  for  aid extended under the
provisions of said [sections] PROGRAMS.
    Sec. 27. Section  17b-77  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Application for aid under [sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM  AND  FOOD   STAMPS   PROGRAM,   shall  be  made  to  the
Commissioner of Social  Services.  The  name  and address of each
such applicant shall  be  recorded  with  the  commissioner. Such
application, in the case of [aid to dependent children] TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE, shall be made by the supervising relative, his
authorized representative, or,  in  the case of an individual who
is incapacitated, someone  acting  responsibly  for him and shall
contain the name  and  the exact residence of such applicant, the
name, place and date of birth of each dependent child, the Social
Security number of the supervising relative and of each dependent
child,  and  such   other  information  as  is  required  by  the
commissioner. If such supervising relative or any such child does
not have a  Social Security number, the commissioner shall assist
in obtaining a  Social  Security  number  for  each  such  person
seeking public assistance  and during the time required to obtain
such  Social  Security   numbers  the  supervising  relative  and
children shall not  be  precluded  from  eligibility  under  this
section. By such  application,  the applicant shall assign to the
commissioner the right  of support, present, past and future, due
all persons seeking  assistance and shall assist the commissioner
in pursuing support  obligations  due  from  the  absent  parent.
Notice of such  assignment  shall be conspicuously placed on said
application and shall  be  explained to the applicant at the time
of application. All  information  required  to be provided to the
commissioner as a condition of such eligibility under federal law
shall be so  provided by the applicant, provided, no person shall
be determined to  be  ineligible  if the applicant has good cause
for the refusal  to  provide  information  concerning  the absent
parent or if  the  provision of such information would be against
the best interests  of the dependent child or children, or any of
them.  The  Commissioner   of  Social  Services  shall  adopt  by
regulation, in accordance  with  chapter 54, standards as to good
cause and best  interests of the child. Any person aggrieved by a
decision of the  commissioner  as  to  the  determination of good
cause or the best interests of such child or children may request
a fair hearing  in  accordance  with  the  provisions of sections
17b-60  and  17b-61.   All   statements  made  by  the  applicant
concerning income, resources  and any other matters pertaining to
eligibility shall be  certified  to  by the applicant as true and
correct under penalty  of  false  statement,  and  for  any  such
certified statement which  is  untrue or incorrect such applicant
shall be subject  to  the  penalties provided for false statement
under section 17b-97, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec. 28. Section  17b-78  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  Commissioner   of   Social   Services  shall  adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  the  provisions  of chapter 54,
establishing mandatory standards  for  the  granting  of  general
assistance financial and  medical assistance, including the level
of financial assistance  to  be  provided  BY THE STATE OR at the
expense of the town in such cases, which, EFFECTIVE NO LATER THAN
AUGUST 31, 1997, shall be [a maximum of three hundred dollars per
month for a  single  employable  person  who is not job-ready, as
defined in section 17b-689, and a maximum of] three hundred fifty
dollars  per  month   for   a  single  unemployable  person  upon
determination of his  unemployability,  TWO  HUNDRED  DOLLARS PER
MONTH FOR A  TRANSITIONAL  INDIVIDUAL  WHO IS REQUIRED TO PAY FOR
SHELTER,  AND  ONE   HUNDRED   FIFTY  DOLLARS  PER  MONTH  FOR  A
TRANSITIONAL INDIVIDUAL WHO  IS  NOT REQUIRED TO PAY FOR SHELTER,
subject to the provisions of section 17b-89 and subsection (b) of
section 17b-104, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, including the payment of
medical  bills  for  persons  not  receiving  general  assistance
financial aid who  are  unable  to pay such bills over a two-year
period,  by towns,  including  standards  for  investigation  and
eligibility and extent of need and procedures for record-keeping,
including uniform application  and  billing  forms  to be used by
medical providers as  well  as towns, and other office practices,
and establishing time limits for the determination of eligibility
for financial assistance and for the payment of medical bills for
persons not receiving  general  assistance  financial aid and for
the payment of  all medical assistance bills, all with the intent
of aiding the  towns  and any districts established under section
17b-117 in the  efficient  administration of the laws relating to
granting of general  assistance financial and medical assistance.
Such regulations shall include (1) an earned monthly gross income
disregard of up  to  one hundred fifty dollars, (2) a requirement
that each town  distribute  monthly  financial assistance to each
recipient at the  general  assistance office or through a central
distribution location, except  a  town shall mail such assistance
to a recipient  who  is  incapacitated  or  residing outside such
town,  (3)  a  requirement  for  each  recipient  to  present  an
identification card when  receiving  such  assistance  and  (4) a
prohibition against a town charging a fee for the distribution of
such assistance. The commissioner shall inform the towns and such
districts of the  standards  so  established and shall advise and
assist them in  their  application  thereof. The commissioner may
recommend regional areas  within which he considers it reasonable
for towns to join in the establishment of such districts, and may
advise the towns  therein of such recommendations and his reasons
therefor.
    [(b)  The  Commissioner   of   Social  Services  shall  adopt
regulations, in accordance  with the provisions of chapter 54, to
establish reduced levels  of  financial  assistance provided to a
single employable person  with  no  rental  obligation  or shared
rental obligation. Each level shall not be lower than one hundred
fifty  dollars.  For   purposes   of   this  subsection,  "rental
obligation" means an  amount  paid for any dwelling unit except a
substance abuse treatment facility, a boarding home, an emergency
shelter, transitional housing or other institution.
    (c)] (b) Notwithstanding  the provisions of sections 4-230 to
4-236, inclusive, the Commissioner of Social Services shall adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  the  provisions  of chapter 54,
concerning  the conduct  of  audits  of  all  general  assistance
programs  in  towns.   The  regulations  shall  include  a  clear
statistical methodology for  conducting  such  audits  and  shall
provide that such  audits  be  conducted  in  accordance with the
generally  accepted  auditing   standards   recognized   by   the
Comptroller  General  of  the  United  States  and  the  American
Institute  of Certified  Public  Accountants.  The  audits  shall
include: (1) A  financial  review  of each town's accounts; (2) a
selection and sampling  methodology  for  choosing  cases  to  be
reviewed in each town, and (3) a review of such selected cases to
determine  compliance  with  significant  eligibility,  supported
work, education and training and program regulations.
    [(d)] (c) The department shall analyze the results of general
assistance audits and  fair  hearings to identify areas of client
and agency error  and  areas which involve program implementation
problems.
    [(e)] (d) The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services shall adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  the  provisions  of chapter 54,
concerning  the recovery  of  reimbursements  made  to  towns  or
districts based on  audit  findings  and setting such progressive
sanctions as the  commissioner  deems appropriate for any town or
district which is  found  as  a  result  of an audit not to be in
compliance  with  the  standards  established  pursuant  to  this
section. The regulations  shall  include a provision allowing the
commissioner  to take  action  to  withhold  reimbursement  under
section 17b-134, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT, for any such town or
district and shall  provide  for a grace period before a sanction
is imposed. A  town  or  district  may  appeal  a decision of the
commissioner to withhold  reimbursements  or to impose a sanction
in accordance with  the  provisions  of  sections  4-176e, 4-177,
4-177c, 4-180 and 4-183.
    Sec. 29. Section  17b-79  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    No person shall  be  deemed  ineligible  to  receive an award
under [sections 17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to
17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to  17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,  MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR  FOOD STAMPS PROGRAM
for himself or  for  any person for whose support he is liable by
reason of having  an interest in real property, maintained as his
home, provided the  equity  in such property shall not exceed the
limits established by  the  commissioner.  The  commissioner  may
place a lien  against  any  property  to  secure the claim of the
state for all  amounts which it has paid or may thereafter pay to
him or in his behalf under the provisions of said sections, OR TO
OR ON BEHALF OF ANY PERSON FOR WHOSE SUPPORT HE IS LIABLE, except
for property maintained as a home in aid to families of dependent
children cases, in  which  case  such lien shall secure the state
only  for that  portion  of  the  assistance  grant  awarded  for
amortization of a  mortgage  or  other encumbrance beginning with
the fifth month after the original grant for principal payment on
any such encumbrance  is  made, and each succeeding month of such
grant thereafter. The  claim  of  the  state  shall be secured by
filing a certificate  in the land records of the town or towns in
which any such  real  estate  is  situated,  describing such real
estate. Any such lien may, at any time during which the amount by
it secured remains  unpaid, be foreclosed in an action brought in
a court of  competent  jurisdiction by the commissioner on behalf
of the state.  Any  real  estate to which title has been taken by
foreclosure under this section, or which has been conveyed to the
state  in lieu  of  foreclosure,  may  be  sold,  transferred  or
conveyed for the  state  by the commissioner with the approval of
the Attorney General,  and  the  commissioner may, in the name of
the state, execute  deeds  for  such  purpose. Such lien shall be
released by the  commissioner  upon  payment  of the amount by it
secured, or an  amount  equal  to  the value of the beneficiary's
interest in such  property  if the value of such interest is less
than the amount secured by such lien, at his discretion, and with
the advice and consent of the Attorney General, upon a compromise
of the amount  due  to  the  state.  At  the  discretion  of  the
commissioner the beneficiary, or, in the case of husband and wife
living together, the  survivor  of  them,  so  long  as he or she
lives, or a  dependent  child  or  children,  may be permitted to
occupy such real property.
    Sec. 30. Section  17b-80  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The commissioner, upon receipt of an application for aid,
shall promptly and with due diligence make an investigation, such
investigation  to  be  completed  within  forty-five  days  after
receipt of the  application or within sixty days after receipt of
the  application in  the  case  of  an  application  in  which  a
determination of disability  must  be made. If an application for
an award is  not acted on within forty-five days after the filing
of an application,  or  within  sixty  days  in  the  case  of an
application in which  a determination of disability must be made,
the applicant may  apply  to  the  commissioner  for a hearing in
accordance with sections  17b-60  and  17b-61.  The  commissioner
shall grant aid only if he finds the applicant eligible therefor,
in which case  he  shall  grant aid in such amount, determined in
accordance  with  levels   of   payments   established   by   the
commissioner, as is  needed  in  order to enable the applicant to
support himself, or,  in  the case of [aid to dependent children]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE,  to  enable  the relative to support
such dependent child  or  children  and  himself,  in  health and
decency, including the  costs  of  such  medical care as he deems
necessary and reasonable,  not in excess of the amounts set forth
in the various  fee  schedules promulgated by the Commissioner of
Social Services for  medical,  dental  and  allied  services  and
supplies or the charges made for comparable services and supplies
to the general  public,  whichever  is  less,  and  the  cost  of
necessary hospitalization as is provided in section 17b-239, over
and above hospital  insurance  or  other such benefits, including
workers' compensation and  claims for negligent or wilful injury.
The commissioner, subject  to the provisions of subsection (b) of
this section, shall  in determining need, take into consideration
any available income  and  resources  of  the individual claiming
assistance. The commissioner  shall  make periodic investigations
to determine eligibility and may, at any time, modify, suspend or
discontinue  an  award   previously  made  when  such  action  is
necessary to carry out the provisions of [sections 17b-22, 17b-75
to 17b-77, inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to  17b-362, inclusive,
17b-600 to 17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] THE STATE
SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
OR FOOD STAMPS  PROGRAM.  The  parent or parents of any child for
whom aid is  received  under  the [provisions of sections 17b-22,
17b-180 to 17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] TEMPORARY
FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM   and   any   beneficiary   receiving
assistance under [sections  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,] THE
STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM  shall  be conclusively presumed to have
accepted the provisions  of  sections  17b-93, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, 17b-94, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and 17b-95, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT.
    (b) The commissioner  shall  disregard  [for  six  months per
calendar year,] any earned income of a child who is a [full-time]
student in determining  the  eligibility,  standard  of  need and
amount of assistance of a family in the [AFDC] TFA program.
    (c) No person  shall  be  eligible  for  the state supplement
program  whose assets  as  defined  by  the  commissioner  exceed
sixteen hundred dollars  or,  if  living  with  a  spouse,  whose
combined assets exceed twenty-four hundred dollars.
    [(d) No family shall be eligible for the aid to families with
dependent children program  whose  combined  assets as defined by
the commissioner exceed one thousand dollars.]
    Sec. 31. Section  17b-83  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The aid granted  under  [sections  17b-22,  17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM OR THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM shall be in
the form of  money payments and shall be made by the commissioner
within available Department  of  Social  Services appropriations,
directly to the applicant or other person entitled to receive the
same at such  regular  intervals  as  the  Commissioner of Social
Services  determines, provided  the  payments  of  the  costs  of
medical care and  such  other charges in connection with the care
and  maintenance of  a  beneficiary  as  the  commissioner  deems
necessary and reasonable may be made to the applicant or to those
persons furnishing such  services by the commissioner. Ninety per
cent of clean  claims  for  payments  to  persons furnishing such
services shall be  made no later than thirty days from receipt of
the request for  payment  and  ninety-nine per cent shall be made
within ninety days  of  such  receipt.  For  the purposes of this
section "clean claim"  means  a  claim  which  can  be  processed
without  obtaining  additional  substantiation  from  the  person
furnishing such services  or  other  person  entitled  to receive
payment. A claim  submitted  by  any  such  person  who  is under
investigation for fraud  or abuse shall not be considered a clean
claim.
    Sec. 32. Section  17b-84  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Upon the death of any beneficiary, under the state supplement
or the [aid to families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program the  commissioner shall order the payment of a
sum not to exceed one thousand dollars for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1987,  one  thousand  one hundred dollars for the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1988, and one thousand two hundred dollars
for the fiscal  year  ending June 30, 1989, and subsequent fiscal
years, as an  allowance toward the funeral and burial expenses of
such deceased. The  payment for funeral and burial expenses shall
be reduced by  the amount in any revocable or irrevocable funeral
fund, prepaid funeral  contract  or  the  face  value of any life
insurance policy owned  by  the  recipient.  Contributions may be
made by any  person  for  the  cost  of  the  funeral  and burial
expenses of the deceased over and above the sum established under
this section without thereby diminishing the state's obligation.
    Sec. 33. Section  17b-85  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    If  any person  receiving  an  award  for  the  care  of  any
dependent child or children, or any person legally liable for the
support of such  child  or  children,  or  any other person being
supported wholly or  in  part  under  the provisions of [sections
17b-22,  17b-75  to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79  to  17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808]  THE  STATE   SUPPLEMENT   PROGRAM,  MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, STATE ADMINISTERED
GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM   OR  FOOD  STAMPS  PROGRAM  or  any
beneficiary under said sections or any legally liable relative of
such beneficiary, receives  property,  wages, income or resources
of any kind,  such  person  or beneficiary, within ten days after
obtaining knowledge of  or receiving such property, wages, income
or resources, shall notify the commissioner thereof, orally or in
writing, unless good  cause is established for failure to provide
such notice, as determined by the commissioner. No such person or
beneficiary shall sell,  assign,  transfer, encumber or otherwise
dispose of any  property without the consent of the commissioner.
The provisions of  section 17b-137, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, shall
be  applicable  with  respect  to  any  person  applying  for  or
receiving  an award  under  said  sections.  Any  change  in  the
information which has  been furnished on an application form or a
redetermination of eligibility form shall also be reported to the
commissioner, orally or  in  writing,  within  ten  days  of  the
occurrence of such  change,  unless good cause is established for
failure  to  provide   such   notice,   as   determined   by  the
commissioner.
    Sec. 34. Section  17b-86  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Aid  provided  under  [sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM OR FOOD
STAMPS  PROGRAM  shall   be   inalienable  by  assignment,  sale,
attachment, execution or  otherwise,  and shall be subject to the
provisions of any  amending  or repealing act that may be passed,
and no beneficiary or other person shall have any vested right to
any such aid.
    Sec. 35. Section  17b-87  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    No  award  under   [sections   17b-22,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  THE TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM shall continue  after the removal of the beneficiary from
this state; and  no  award  under  [sections  17b-600 to 17b-604,
inclusive,] THE STATE  SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM shall continue for more
than one year  after  removal of the beneficiary from this state,
and occasional absences  for  short periods need not be deemed by
the commissioner to constitute a removal.
    Sec. 36. Section  17b-88  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    If  a beneficiary  of  [public]  assistance  under  [sections
17b-22,  17b-75  to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79  to  17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808]  THE  STATE   SUPPLEMENT   PROGRAM,  MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM,  AID  TO   FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT  CHILDREN  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  FOOD  STAMPS PROGRAM receives any award or
grant over the  amount  to  which  he  is entitled under the laws
governing eligibility, the  Department  of  Social  Services  (1)
shall immediately initiate  recoupment  action  and shall consult
with the Division  of  Criminal  Justice  to determine whether to
refer such overpayment,  with full supporting information, to the
state police, to  a  prosecuting  authority for prosecution or to
the attorney general  for  civil  recovery or (2) shall take such
other action as  conforms  to federal regulations, including, but
not  limited  to,   conducting   administrative  disqualification
hearings for cases  involving  alleged  fraud  in  the food stamp
program,  [or]  the  aid  to  families  with  dependent  children
program, THE TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR THE STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
    Sec. 37. Subsection  (a)  of  section  17b-90  of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) The commissioner  shall  make  regulations  necessary  to
enable him to  carry  out  the  [provisions  of  sections 17b-22,
17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,
17b-114,  17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808]
PROGRAMS THE DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES  IS  DESIGNATED  TO
ADMINISTER PURSUANT TO  SECTION  17b-2,  AS  AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
including any regulations necessary for receiving grants from the
federal government to  this  state  if  the  absence  of any such
regulation  would  result   in   the  loss  of  such  grants  and
regulations governing the custody and use of the records, papers,
files  and communications  concerning  persons  applying  for  or
receiving  assistance  under   said   sections.  When  names  and
addresses of recipients of such assistance are required by law to
be furnished to  or  held  by  any  other government agency, such
agency shall adopt  regulations  to  prevent  the  publication of
lists thereof or  their  use  for purposes not directly connected
with the administration of said [sections] PROGRAMS.
    Sec. 38. Section  17b-91  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The commissioner  shall  exclude, in the determination of
eligibility for the  state  supplement  program  and  the [aid to
families with dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program, burial funds  in  an  amount  not  to exceed the maximum
amount provided in  section  17b-84, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT. Such
funds may be  in the form of prepaid funeral service contracts as
described in section 42-200, irrevocable funeral contracts or the
face value of life insurance policies if the cash surrender value
is excluded, or  any  combination  thereof,  not  to  exceed  the
maximum amount provided in SAID section 17b-84.
    (b) The commissioner  shall  exclude, in the determination of
eligibility for the  state supplement program and for the [aid to
families with dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program, the value  of  a burial plot not to exceed one exclusion
per individual.
    (c) The commissioner  shall  exclude from consideration as an
asset,  in  the   determination  of  eligibility  for  the  state
supplement program and  for  the  [aid to families with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program,  the value of an
irrevocable  funeral contract  except  that  the  value  of  such
contract shall be  considered  towards  the  amount  excluded  in
subsection (a) of this section.
    (d) Nothing in  this  section  shall prevent the commissioner
from  excluding  from   consideration   as   an   asset   in  the
determination of eligibility for the state supplement program, or
the [aid to  families  with  dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE  program  other   personal  or  real  property  as  he
determines is necessary  for the effective administration of such
programs.
    (e) Where federal  LAW  OR  regulations  governing  the state
supplement program, the [aid to families with dependent children]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  program,  or  the medical assistance
program conflict with the provisions of this section, such LAW OR
regulations shall prevail.
    Sec. 39. Section  17b-92  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) A relocation  adjustment payment under Section 114 of the
federal Housing Act  of 1949, as amended, shall not be considered
income,  earnings,  assets   or  rent  in  the  determination  of
eligibility under any  PUBLIC  assistance program [under sections
17b-22,  17b-75  to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79  to  17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808 or any  general assistance program under sections 17b-19,
17b-63  to 17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-115  to  17b-138,  inclusive,
17b-220  to  17b-250,   inclusive,   17b-256,  17b-259,  17b-263,
17b-287,  17b-340 to  17b-350,  inclusive,  17b-689  to  17b-693,
inclusive, and 17b-743  to  17b-747,  inclusive;  provided, if an
income maintenance recipient]  OR  ANY GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
PROVIDED, IF A RECIPIENT OF SUCH ASSISTANCE receives a relocation
adjustment payment in  excess  of  two hundred fifty dollars, the
Commissioner of Social  Services shall not be required to provide
such recipient with  similar  assistance  for  moving expenses or
other expenses directly related to relocation. In those instances
where a [social  services]  recipient  has  received a relocation
adjustment payment in excess of two hundred fifty dollars and has
also been provided with similar assistance for moving expenses or
other expenses directly  related  to relocation, under any PUBLIC
assistance program [under  sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808 or any general assistance
program  under sections  17b-19,  17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-115 to 17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250, inclusive,
17b-256,  17b-259,  17b-263,   17b-287,   17b-340   to   17b-350,
inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive, and 17b-743 to 17b-747,
inclusive,] OR ANY  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  such  recipient
shall be required  to  transfer  or assign to the Commissioner of
Social Services an amount equal to the relocation assistance that
had been received from the Commissioner of Social Services.
    (b)  Any  payment  made  pursuant  to  section  47-88d  to  a
recipient of PUBLIC  assistance [under sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808  or  general assistance
under sections 17b-19,  17b-63  to  17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115 to
17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,
17b-259, 17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689
to 17b-693, inclusive,  and  17b-743  to  17b-747, inclusive,] OR
GENERAL ASSISTANCE shall  not  be  considered  income,  earnings,
assets or rent in the determination of eligibility for any PUBLIC
assistance program [under  sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808 or any general assistance
program  under sections  17b-19,  17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-115 to 17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250, inclusive,
17b-256,  17b-259,  17b-263,   17b-287,   17b-340   to   17b-350,
inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive, and 17b-743 to 17b-747,
inclusive,] OR ANY  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM and shall not be
deducted from the  amount  of  assistance  to which the recipient
would otherwise be entitled.
    Sec. 40. Section  17b-93  of the general statutes, as amended
by substitute house bill 5042 of the January session, is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) If a beneficiary of aid under [sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM,  MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM,  AID  TO  FAMILIES  WITH
DEPENDENT CHILDREN PROGRAM,  TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
OR STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM has or acquires
property of any kind or interest in any property, estate or claim
of any kind,  except  moneys received for the replacement of real
or personal property, the state of Connecticut shall have a claim
subject to subsections  (b)  and (c) of this section, which shall
have priority over  all  other  unsecured  claims  and unrecorded
encumbrances, against such  beneficiary for the full amount paid,
subject to the  provisions  of section 17b-94, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, to him  or  in  his behalf under [sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808] SAID PROGRAMS; and, in
addition thereto, the  parents  of  an  aid to dependent children
beneficiary, A STATE  ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE BENEFICIARY
OR A TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE BENEFICIARY shall be liable to
repay, subject to  the  provisions of SAID section 17b-94, to the
state the full  amount  of  any  such aid paid to or in behalf of
either parent, his  spouse,  and his child or children. The state
of Connecticut shall  have a lien against property of any kind or
interest in any  property,  estate  or  claim  of any kind of the
parents of an  aid to dependent children beneficiary, in addition
and not in substitution of its claim, for amounts owing under any
order for support  of any court or any family support magistrate,
including any arrearage  under  such  order,  provided  household
goods and other  personal property identified in section 52-352b,
real property pursuant to section 17b-79, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
as long as  such  property  is used as a home for the beneficiary
and money received  for  the  replacement  of  real  or  personal
property, shall be exempt from such lien.
    (b) Any person  who  received  cash benefits under the aid to
families with dependent  children  program,  THE TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  THE  STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, when such  person was under eighteen years of age, shall
not be liable to repay the state for such assistance.
    (c) No claim  shall  be  made,  or  lien applied, against any
payment made pursuant  to  chapter 135, any payment made pursuant
to section 47-88d  or  47-287, any court-ordered retroactive rent
abatement, including any  made  pursuant  to  subsection  (e)  of
section  47a-14h,  section  47a-4a,  47a-5,  or  47a-57,  or  any
security deposit refund  pursuant  to  subsection  (d) of section
47a-21  paid to  a  beneficiary  of  assistance  under  [sections
17b-22,  17b-75  to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79  to  17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808]  THE  STATE   SUPPLEMENT   PROGRAM,  MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM,  AID  TO   FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT  CHILDREN  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
    Sec. 41. Section  17b-94  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) In the  case  of causes of action of beneficiaries of aid
under [sections 17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to
17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to  17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,  MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, AID  TO  FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT  CHILDREN
PROGRAM,   TEMPORARY   FAMILY   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   OR   STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  subject to subsections
(b) and (c)  of  section  17b-93, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, or of a
parent of a  beneficiary  of  the  aid to families with dependent
children program, THE  TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR THE
STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, the claim of the
state shall be  a  lien  against  the  proceeds  therefrom in the
amount of the  assistance  paid or fifty per cent of the proceeds
received by such  beneficiary or such parent after payment of all
expenses connected with  the  cause of action, whichever is less,
for repayment under  SAID section 17b-93, and shall have priority
over all other  claims  except  attorney's  fees for said causes,
expenses of suit,  costs  of  hospitalization  connected with the
cause  of  action  by  whomever  paid  over  and  above  hospital
insurance  or other  such  benefits,  and,  for  such  period  of
hospitalization as was  not  paid  for  by the state, physicians'
fees for services  during  any  such period as are connected with
the cause of  action  over  and  above medical insurance or other
such  benefits;  and  such  claim  shall  consist  of  the  total
assistance repayment for  which  claim  may  be  made  under [the
provisions  of sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  SAID  PROGRAMS. The proceeds of
such causes of  action  shall  be  assignable  to  the  state for
payment of the amount due under said section 17b-93, irrespective
of any other  provision of law. Upon presentation to the attorney
for the beneficiary of an assignment of such proceeds executed by
the beneficiary or  his  conservator or guardian, such assignment
shall constitute an  irrevocable direction to the attorney to pay
the Commissioner of  Administrative  Services  in accordance with
its terms, except  if, after settlement of the cause of action or
judgment thereon, the  Commissioner  of  Administrative  Services
does not inform the attorney for the beneficiary of the amount of
lien which is  to  be  paid to the Commissioner of Administrative
Services within forty-five days of receipt of the written request
of  such  attorney   for  such  information,  such  attorney  may
distribute such proceeds  to  such  beneficiary  and shall not be
liable for any loss the state may sustain thereby.
    (b)  In the  case  of  an  inheritance  of  an  estate  by  a
beneficiary of aid  under  [sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM,  MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM,  AID  TO  FAMILIES  WITH
DEPENDENT CHILDREN PROGRAM,  TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
OR STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  subject  to
subsections (b) and  (c)  of  section  17b-93, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, fifty per  cent  of  the assets of the estate payable to the
beneficiary or the  amount  of such assets equal to the amount of
assistance paid, whichever  is  less,  shall be assignable to the
state for payment  of  the  amount due under SAID section 17b-93.
The Court of Probate shall accept any such assignment executed by
the beneficiary and  filed  by the Commissioner of Administrative
Services  with the  court  prior  to  the  distribution  of  such
inheritance, and to  the  extent  of such inheritance not already
distributed, the court  shall  order  distribution  in accordance
therewith.  If  the   Commissioner   of  Administrative  Services
receives any assets of an estate pursuant to any such assignment,
the  commissioner  shall  be  subject  to  the  same  duties  and
liabilities concerning such assigned assets as the beneficiary.
    Sec. 42. Section  17b-95  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Upon the death  of  a parent of a child who has, at any time,
been a beneficiary  under  the  program  of  aid to families with
dependent children, THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR
THE STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, or upon the
death of any person who has at any time been a beneficiary of aid
under [sections 17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to
17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to  17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,  MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, AID  TO  FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT  CHILDREN
PROGRAM,   TEMPORARY   FAMILY   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   OR   STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  except  as provided in
subsection (b) of  section  17b-93,  AS  AMENDED BY THIS ACT, the
state shall have a claim against such parent's or person's estate
for all amounts  paid  on  behalf  of  each such child or for the
support of either  parent  or such child or such person under the
[provisions of sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808] STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, AID  TO  FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT  CHILDREN
PROGRAM,   TEMPORARY   FAMILY   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   OR   STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  for which the state has
not been reimbursed,  to  the  extent  that  the amount which the
surviving spouse, parent  or  dependent  children of the decedent
would otherwise take  from  such  estate  is not needed for their
support. In the  case  of any person dying after October 1, 1959,
the claim for  medical  payments,  even though such payments were
made prior thereto,  shall be restricted to medical disbursements
actually made for  care of such deceased beneficiary. Such claims
shall  have priority  over  all  unsecured  claims  against  such
estate, except (1)  expenses of last sickness not to exceed three
hundred seventy-five dollars,  (2) funeral and burial expenses in
accordance with section  17b-84,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, and (3)
administrative expenses, including  probate  fees  and taxes, and
including fiduciary fees  not exceeding the following commissions
on  the  value  of  the  whole  estates  accounted  for  by  such
fiduciaries:  On  the  first  two  thousand  dollars  or  portion
thereof, five per  cent;  on  the  next eight thousand dollars or
portion thereof, four  per  cent; on the excess over ten thousand
dollars, three per  cent.  Upon  petition  by  any fiduciary, the
Probate  Court,  after   a   hearing   thereon,   may   authorize
compensation in excess  of  the  above schedule for extraordinary
services. Notice of  any such petition and hearing shall be given
to the Commissioner  of  Administrative  Services  in Hartford at
least ten days  in advance of such hearing. The allowable funeral
and burial payment  herein  shall be reduced by the amount of any
prepaid funeral arrangement.  Any  amount  paid  from  the estate
under  this section  to  any  person  which  exceeds  the  limits
provided herein shall be repaid to the estate by such person, and
such amount may  be  recovered in a civil action with interest at
six per cent from the date of demand.
    Sec. 43. Section  17b-97  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any food  stamps  furnished  or  any  sums  paid to or on
behalf of any  person  under  the [provisions of sections 17b-22,
17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,
17b-114,  17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808]
STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM,  MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, TEMPORARY
FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,   AID  TO  FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT
CHILDREN PROGRAM, STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
OR FOOD STAMPS  PROGRAM  as  a  result  of  any  false statement,
misrepresentation or concealment of or failure to disclose assets
by him, or  by  any person legally liable for his support, may be
recovered in an  action  brought by the state against such person
or persons.
    (b) Any person  who,  by  means  of  an  intentionally  false
statement  or misrepresentation  or  by  impersonation  or  other
fraudulent act or device, obtains, or attempts to obtain, or aids
or abets any person to obtain, any monetary award under [sections
17b-22,  17b-75  to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79  to  17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808]  THE  STATE   SUPPLEMENT   PROGRAM,  MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  AID  TO FAMILIES
WITH  DEPENDENT  CHILDREN  PROGRAM,  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  FOOD  STAMPS  PROGRAM  to  which he is not
entitled; and any  person  who,  with  intent to defraud, buys or
aids or abets  in  buying or in any way disposing of the property
of a person  receiving  an award, and any person who, with intent
to defraud, violates the provisions of section 17b-85, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT,  or  any other provision of [sections 17b-22, 17b-75
to 17b-77, inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to  17b-362, inclusive,
17b-600 to 17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808] SAID PROGRAMS
shall be subject  to  the  penalties  for  larceny under sections
53a-122 and 53a-123,  depending  on  the  amount involved. When a
person receiving assistance  is convicted of an offense involving
an overpayment of  public  assistance  under  said  sections, the
Commissioner of Social Services may discontinue his award or take
such other action as conforms to federal regulations.
    (c) Repealed by P.A. 74-140, S. 3.
    (d) Any person  who,  by  means  of  an  intentionally  false
statement  or misrepresentation  or  by  impersonation  or  other
fraudulent act or device, obtains, or attempts to obtain, or aids
or abets any  person to obtain, or who knowingly uses, transfers,
acquires, alters, or  attempts  to  use,  traffic  in,  forge  or
possess, any United States Department of Agriculture food coupon,
food  stamp  coupon   authorization   to   participate  card,  or
Department  of Social  Services  public  assistance  photographic
identification card or  electronically  coded  identification and
debit card, shall  be  subject to the penalties for larceny under
sections 53a-122 and 53a-123, depending on the amount involved.
    (e) Any person having duties in the administration of a state
or federally funded  public  assistance  program who fraudulently
misappropriates, attempts to misappropriate, or aids and abets in
the  misappropriation  of   any   United   States  Department  of
Agriculture  food coupon,  food  stamp  coupon  authorization  to
participate  card,  or   Department  of  Social  Services  public
assistance  photographic identification  card  or  electronically
coded identification and  debit  card,  shall  be  subject to the
penalties  for  larceny   under  sections  53a-122  and  53a-123,
depending  on  the  amount  involved  and  shall  be  subject  to
discipline or discharge by the commissioner.
    (f) Any person having duties in the administration of a state
or federally funded  public  assistance  program who, directly or
indirectly, by himself or by another, solicits, accepts or agrees
to accept from  another,  any  benefit  for,  because  of  or  as
consideration for, taking,  or  promising  to  take, action which
results,  or is  intended  to  result,  in  the  unlawful  award,
transfer or receipt  of  public  assistance  benefits  or  United
States Department of  Agriculture  food  stamp  benefits shall be
subject to the penalty provided for bribe receiving under section
53a-148 and shall  be  subject  to discipline or discharge by the
commissioner.
    Sec. 44. Section  17b-98  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The cost of  aid  furnished under [sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808]  THE  STATE SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND FOOD
STAMPS PROGRAM as  well  as the cost of its administration, shall
be borne entirely  by  the  state  of Connecticut, except to such
extent as such  cost  to  the state may be reduced by grants from
the federal government.
    Sec. 45. Section  17b-99  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any vendor  found  guilty  of vendor fraud under sections
53a-290 to 53a-296,  inclusive, shall be subject to forfeiture or
suspension of any franchise or license held by him from the state
in accordance with  this  subsection, after hearing in the manner
provided for in sections 4-176e to 4-180a, inclusive, and 4-181a.
Any vendor convicted  of  vendor  fraud under sections 53a-290 to
53a-296, inclusive, shall have such license or franchise revoked.
Nothing in this subsection shall preclude any 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
which  have  no  board  or  commission  from  taking  any  action
authorized in section  19a-17. Any vendor who is convicted in any
state or federal court of a crime involving fraud in the Medicare
program or Medicaid  program  or  aid  to families with dependent
children program OR STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
OR TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM or state supplement to the
federal Supplemental Security  Income  Program  or any federal or
state energy assistance  program or general assistance program or
the refugee program  shall  be  terminated  from  such  programs,
effective upon conviction, except that the Commissioner of Social
Services may delay  termination  for a period he deems sufficient
to protect the  health  and well-being of beneficiaries receiving
services from such vendor. A vendor who is ineligible for federal
financial participation shall  be ineligible for participation in
such programs. No  vendor shall be eligible for reimbursement for
any goods provided or services performed by a person convicted of
a crime involving  fraud  in  such programs. The convicted person
may  request  a   hearing   concerning   such  ineligibility  for
reimbursement pursuant to  sections  4-176e to 4-180a, inclusive,
and 4-181a provided  such  request  is  filed in writing with the
Commissioner of Social  Services  within  ten days of the date of
written  notice  by  the  commissioner  to  the  person  of  such
ineligibility.  The  commissioner   shall  give  notice  of  such
ineligibility to such  vendors  by  means  of  publication in the
Connecticut Law Journal  following the expiration of said ten-day
hearing request period,  if  no timely request has been filed, or
following the decision on the hearing. The Commissioner of Social
Services may take  such steps as he considers necessary to inform
the public of the conviction and ineligibility for reimbursement.
No vendor or  person  so terminated or denied reimbursement shall
be  readmitted to  or  be  eligible  for  reimbursement  in  such
programs. Any sums  paid  as  a  result  of  vendor  fraud  under
sections 53a-290 to  53a-296,  inclusive,  may be recovered in an
action brought by the state against such person.
    (b) For the purpose of determining compliance with subsection
(a), all vendors shall notify the commissioner within thirty days
after the date  of  employment or conviction, whichever is later,
of the identity, interest and extent of services performed by any
person convicted of  a  crime  involving  fraud  in  the Medicare
program or Medicaid  program  or  aid  to families with dependent
children program OR STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
OR TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM or state supplement to the
federal Supplemental Security  Income  Program  or any federal or
state energy assistance  program or general assistance program or
the refugee program.  Prior to the commissioner's acceptance of a
provider agreement or  at  any  time  upon written request by the
commissioner, the vendor  shall furnish the commissioner with the
identity of any  person  convicted  of a crime involving fraud in
such programs who  has  an  ownership  or control interest in the
vendor or who  is an agent or managing employee. The commissioner
shall terminate, refuse  to enter into or renew an agreement with
a vendor, except  a  vendor providing room and board and services
pursuant to section  17b-340,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, if such
convicted person has  such interest or is such agent or employee.
In the case  of  a  vendor  providing room and board and services
pursuant to SAID section 17b-340, the commissioner may terminate,
refuse to enter into or renew an agreement after consideration of
any  adverse impact  on  beneficiaries  of  such  termination  or
refusal.
    (c) The Department of Social Services shall distribute to all
vendors who are  providers  in  the  medical assistance program a
copy of the  rules, regulations, standards and laws governing the
program. The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall  adopt  by
regulation in the manner provided for in sections 4-166 to 4-176,
inclusive,  administrative sanctions  against  providers  in  the
Medicare program or  Medicaid  program  or  aid  to families with
dependent  children  program   OR   STATE   ADMINISTERED  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  or
state supplement to  the  federal  Supplemental  Security  Income
Program including suspension from the program, for any violations
of the rules, regulations, standards or law. The commissioner may
adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54
to provide for the withholding of payments currently due in order
to offset money  previously  obtained  as  the result of error or
fraud.  The  department  shall  notify  the  proper  professional
society and licensing agency of any violations of this section.
    Sec. 46. Section  17b-100 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    It shall constitute  a  fraudulent  conveyance as against the
state for any  person to assign, transfer or otherwise dispose of
property for less  than  fair  market  value,  for the purpose of
qualifying for PUBLIC  assistance  [under sections 17b-22, 17b-75
to 17b-77, inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to  17b-362, inclusive,
17b-600 to 17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808]  OR STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  to  a  transferee  either having
knowledge  of  such   purpose,  or  having  knowledge  that  such
conveyance leaves the  transferor  without  sufficient  means  to
support himself on  a  reasonable standard of health and decency.
The Commissioner of Social Services, may institute a civil action
(1) to set  aside  any  such  conveyance  and to recover from the
proceeds of such  property the cost of any assistance provided to
the transferor, or  (2)  to  recover  from  the  proceeds of such
conveyance the cost of any assistance provided to the transferor.
The commissioner may  require  that  any  remaining  proceeds  be
applied to such  transferor's  future support. The commissioner's
total recovery under  this section shall not exceed the amount by
which  the  fair  market  value  of  such  property  exceeds  the
consideration exchanged therefor  by  the  transferee. Such civil
action shall be  brought  in  the superior court for the judicial
district of Hartford-New Britain* or in any other venue otherwise
appropriate. In any such action brought to set aside a conveyance
or  to  recover   the  proceeds  of  a  conveyance,  made  within
twenty-four  months before  the  date  of  such  application  for
assistance directly or  indirectly  to  a  transferee  who  is  a
parent, grandparent, descendant  or spouse of the transferor, the
transferee shall bear  the  burden of proving that the conveyance
was not fraudulent.
    Sec. 47. Section  17b-101 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    In the event that any person applying for or receiving PUBLIC
assistance [under sections  17b-22,  17b-75 to 17b-77, inclusive,
17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  OR  STATE  ADMINISTERED GENERAL
ASSISTANCE has any  right  to rescind, revoke, avoid or otherwise
set  aside any  assignment,  transfer  or  other  disposition  of
property, the state  shall  be  subrogated  to  such  right.  The
Commissioner of Social  Services may bring such civil actions and
pursue such other  remedies  as would have been available to such
recipient to enforce  such  right,  for the purposes described in
section 17b-100, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  whether or not such
disposition  constituted  a   fraudulent  conveyance  within  the
meaning of SAID section 17b-100.
    Sec. 48. Section  17b-104 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall administer [the
program of aid  to  families  with  dependent  children  and] the
program of state  supplementation  to  the  Supplemental Security
Income Program provided  for by the Social Security Act and state
law. He may  delegate  any  of  his  powers  and authority to any
deputy, assistant, investigator  or  supervisor,  who shall have,
within the scope  of the power and authority so delegated, all of
the power and  authority  of the Commissioner of Social Services.
On and after  January 1, 1994, the commissioner shall establish a
standard of need  based  on  the cost of living in this state for
the [aid to  families  with dependent children program] TEMPORARY
FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,   THE   STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and  the  general assistance program. He shall
make a reinvestigation,  at  least  every  twelve  months, of all
cases  receiving  aid   from   the   state,   except   that  such
reinvestigation may be  conducted  every  twenty-four  months for
recipients of assistance  to  the elderly or disabled with stable
circumstances, and he  shall  maintain  all  case  records of the
several  programs  administered   by  the  Department  of  Social
Services  so  that   such   records  show,  at  all  times,  full
information with respect  to  eligibility  of  the  applicant  or
recipient.  In  the   determination  of  need  under  any  public
assistance program, such  income or earnings shall be disregarded
as federal law  requires,  and  such  income  or  earnings may be
disregarded  as  federal  law  permits.  The  commissioner  shall
encourage and promulgate  such  incentive earning programs as are
permitted by federal law and regulations.
    (b)  On  July   1,   1988,   and   annually  thereafter,  the
commissioner shall increase  the  payment  standards over that of
the previous fiscal  year  under  the [program of aid to families
with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, THE
STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and for the general
assistance program by  the  percentage  increase,  if any, in the
most recent calendar year average in the consumer price index for
urban consumers over  the average for the previous calendar year,
provided the annual  increase,  if any, shall not exceed five per
cent except that  the  payment  standards  for  the  fiscal years
ending June 30,  1992,  June  30,  1993,  June 30, 1994, June 30,
1995, June 30, 1996, [and] June 30, 1997, JUNE 30, 1998, AND JUNE
30, 1999, shall not be increased. On January 1, 1994, the payment
standards shall be  equal to the standards of need in effect July
1, 1993.
    (c) On and  after  July  1,  1995,  the payment standards for
families receiving assistance  under  the  [aid  to families with
dependent  children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program,  THE
STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM  and  general
assistance PROGRAM shall  be  equal  to seventy-three per cent of
the AFDC standards of need in effect June 30, 1995.
    [(d)  Effective  July   1,  1995,  for  a  family  living  in
subsidized housing, eight per cent of the standard of need, which
represents the value  of the subsidized housing, shall be counted
as income in  determining  the benefit payment. Effective January
1, 1996, for  families  subject to time limited benefits pursuant
to [subsection (b)  of]  section 17b-112, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
and living in  subsidized  housing,  the benefit payment shall be
reduced by eight per cent of the payment standard.]
    (d) FOR A  FAMILY  LIVING IN SUBSIDIZED HOUSING, INCOME SHALL
BE ATTRIBUTED TO SUCH FAMILY WHICH SHALL BE EIGHT PER CENT OF THE
STANDARD OF NEED  FOR  SUCH  FAMILIES  SUBJECT  TO  FILL  THE GAP
BUDGETING, AND EIGHT  PER  CENT  OF THE PAYMENT STANDARD FOR SUCH
FAMILIES NOT SUBJECT  TO  FILL THE GAP BUDGETING. FOR PURPOSES OF
THIS  SUBSECTION,  "FILL  THE  GAP  BUDGETING"  IS  A  METHOD  OF
CALCULATING  BENEFITS  UNDER   THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM WHEREBY COUNTABLE  INCOME IS SUBTRACTED FROM THE STANDARD
OF NEED AND A PERCENTAGE OF THE DIFFERENCE IS PAID TO THE FAMILY.
    Sec. 49. Section  17b-106 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    On July 1,  1985,  the  Commissioner of Social Services shall
increase the adult  payment standards for the state supplement to
the federal Supplemental  Security  Income  Program  by  four and
three-tenths per cent  over  the  standards  for  the fiscal year
ending June 30,  1985,  provided the commissioner shall apply the
appropriate disregards. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of  any
regulation  to  the   contrary,   effective  July  1,  1994,  the
commissioner  shall  reduce   the   appropriate  unearned  income
disregard for recipients  of  the state supplement to the federal
Supplemental Security Income  Program by seven per cent, provided
if  sufficient  funds   are  available  within  accounts  in  the
Department of Social  Services and are transferred to the old age
assistance account, the  aid  to the blind account and the aid to
the  disabled  account,   the  commissioner  shall  increase  the
unearned income disregard  for recipients of the state supplement
to the federal  Supplemental  Security  Income Program to a level
not to exceed  that  in effect on June 30, 1994. On July 1, 1989,
and annually thereafter,  the  Commissioner  of  Social  Services
shall increase the  adult  payment  standards  over  those of the
previous fiscal year  for  the  state  supplement  to the federal
Supplemental Security Income  Program by the percentage increase,
if any, in  the most recent calendar year average in the consumer
price index for urban consumers over the average for the previous
calendar year, provided  the  annual  increase, if any, shall not
exceed five per cent, except that the adult payment standards for
the fiscal years  ending  June  30, 1993, June 30, 1994, June 30,
1995, June 30, 1996, [and] June 30, 1997, JUNE 30, 1998, AND JUNE
30, 1999, shall  not be increased. Effective October 1, 1991, the
coverage of excess  utility  costs  for  recipients  of the state
supplement to the federal Supplemental Security Income Program is
eliminated.
    Sec. 50. Section  17b-108 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall conduct annual
cross-matches of all  or  a  selected  group  of  the  records of
recipients of PUBLIC  assistance  [under  this chapter or section
17b-19, 17b-22, 17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114  to  17b-138,
inclusive, 17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-220  to 17b-250,
inclusive, 17b-256, 17b-259  to  17b-287,  inclusive,  17b-340 to
17b-350, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-689  to  17b-693,  inclusive,  17b-743 to
17b-747, inclusive, 17b-807  or  17b-808]  AND STATE ADMINISTERED
GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  with   the  records  of  other  agencies  or
financial institutions in  this  state and in bordering states to
determine  whether such  recipients  are  eligible  for  and  are
receiving correct amounts  of  assistance. The selection of which
groups of recipients  and  which  records to cross-match shall be
based on criteria  established  by  the  commissioner.  Financial
institutions shall furnish  such  information as the commissioner
determines  is  necessary   to  conduct  a  feasible  cross-match
pursuant to this  section  and  shall  respond  to  requests  for
information and cross-matching data within forty-five days of the
request by the commissioner.
    (b) Financial institutions  shall  not  discriminate  against
recipients selected for cross-matching pursuant to this section.
    Sec. 51. Section  17b-109 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner of  Social  Services  shall  provide  photo
identification cards to  recipients  in the [aid to families with
dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program  who
receive assistance checks  and  to  heads of households and their
authorized representatives in the food stamp program. [by July 1,
1986.] The commissioner  may  contract  with  public  or  private
organizations for the provision of such cards.
    Sec. 52. Section  17b-111 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    On and after July 1, 1998, the commissioner shall implement a
[state-wide] STATE ADMINISTERED general assistance program and on
or before April  1,  1997,  the commissioner shall implement said
program in the  fourteen  towns in which the regional or district
offices of the Department of Social Services are located, SUBJECT
TO THE RESTRICTIONS  OF  SECTION 17b-118, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
The commissioner may  contract  for  the  implementation  of such
program. A town,  with  a  regional  or  district  office  of the
department and a  general  assistance  office,  may  petition the
commissioner to allow  such town to continue the operation of its
general assistance program.  The  commissioner, in examining such
petition, shall consider  the  cost  effectiveness of such town's
general assistance program.  [A town shall be responsible for the
certification of a  medical  bill  for  a  recipient of the state
general assistance program.]
    Sec. 53. Section  17b-114 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Subject to federal  approval,  as  a condition of receiving a
special need benefit  to  cover the cost of a security deposit, a
recipient of assistance under the [aid to families with dependent
children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program  OR  THE  STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  or the program of state
supplementation to the Supplemental Security Income Program shall
sign  an agreement  with  the  Commissioner  of  Social  Services
stating that the  security deposit and accrued interest, less the
value  of any  damages  suffered  by  the  landlord  due  to  the
recipient's failure to  comply  with  his obligations as a tenant
pursuant to section  47a-21, shall be paid by the landlord to the
Department of Social  Services  when  the  recipient  vacates the
housing for which the deposit is paid. The recipient shall notify
the commissioner of  the  date  such  housing  is vacated. If the
landlord claims the right to withhold all or part of the security
deposit  or  interest,   he  shall  comply  with  the  applicable
provisions of section 47a-21, except any notice required shall be
sent to the tenant and to the Commissioner of Social Services. If
the landlord fails  to  return  the  deposit to the Department of
Social Services or  to  account  to the department for any amount
withheld within the  time limits set forth in section 47a-21, the
department may refer  the  matter  to  the  bureau  of collection
services for payment  to  the  state of the deposit, interest and
such  other damages  as  are  available  to  tenants  under  said
section. Notwithstanding the  provisions  of  subsection  (d)  of
section 47a-21, for  purposes  of taking such action on behalf of
the state, the  department  and the Bureau of Collection Services
are not required  to  give  notice  of  a  forwarding  address. A
recipient of a  special  need  benefit  to  cover  the  cost of a
security deposit who  agrees the deposit shall be returned to the
department pursuant to  this  section  shall  be  eligible  for a
subsequent such special  need  benefit  at any time the recipient
meets the eligibility  criteria  for the special need benefit for
emergency housing set forth in subsection (a) of section 17b-808,
AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec. 54. Section  17b-116 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Each person  who  has  not  estate  sufficient  for  his
support, and has  no  relatives  of  sufficient  ability  who are
obliged  by law  to  support  him,  shall  be  provided  for  and
supported  to  the  extent  required  under  the  [provisions  of
sections 17b-19, 17b-63 to 17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115 to 17b-138,
inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259,
17b-263,  17b-287, 17b-340  to  17b-350,  inclusive,  17b-689  to
17b-693,  inclusive,  and  17b-743  to  17b-747,  inclusive,  and
section 17b-78] GENERAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM at the expense of the
town in which  he  resides,  except as otherwise provided in this
section, or, if  he  has  no  residence,  of the town in which he
becomes in need  of  aid,  subject  to  the provisions of section
17b-118, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  subsection  (a)  of  section
17b-689, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and in accordance with section
17b-220,  AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  except  that  in  making  a
determination of liability  for  support  under  this section the
income of a  stepparent  living  in  the same home as a dependent
child or dependent  children  shall  be  considered  in  the same
manner and to  the same extent as under the [aid to families with
dependent children program pursuant to section 17b-180] TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.  Additionally,  each  person shall be:
(1) Eighteen years  of age or older; (2) a minor found by a court
to be emancipated pursuant to section 46b-150; (3) under eighteen
years of age  and  a  member  of  a  family  eligible for general
assistance;  or  (4)   under   eighteen  years  of  age  and  the
commissioner determines good cause for such person's eligibility.
[Any] PRIOR TO  JULY  1,  1997,  ANY  such  person  who enters an
institution, or a  series  of institutions, shall be provided for
and supported at  the  expense of the town in which he resided at
the time he  entered  such  institution or institutions for sixty
days  following  his   discharge   from   such   institution   or
institutions. If a town is liable for any part of the cost of the
institutionalization of such  person,  the  town  in  which  such
person  resided  at  the  time  he  entered  the  institution  or
institutions shall be liable for such cost. Upon the admission of
any such person  to  a  state-operated  facility,  as  defined in
section  17a-458, those  persons  responsible  for  the  person's
discharge planning shall  contact  the  town in which such person
resided prior to entering such facility and make arrangements for
the support of  such person by that town for sixty days following
his discharge from  such  facility.  As  used  herein,  the  term
"reside"  means  "occupy  an  established  place  of  abode"  and
"institution"  means  a   health  or  mental  health  residential
facility such as  a  hospital or nursing home or any nonpermanent
housing facility such  as a halfway house or shelter for battered
women. When such  person is in need of hospital care, it shall be
similarly provided subject  to the provisions of section 17b-259,
AS AMENDED BY  THIS ACT. A person who is a recipient of financial
aid under section  17b-107  or [section 17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  or  17b-808]  THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, THE  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM OR THE  STATE  SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM or [of] social security
disability or supplemental security income shall be considered to
be provided for  by the state or federal government. On and after
September 4, 1991,  no  such  person shall be eligible to receive
general assistance financial  or  medical  aid.  No town shall be
liable to supplement  a  recipient of financial aid under section
17b-107 or [section  17b-22,  17b-75 to 17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79
to 17b-103, inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to  17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-807  or  17b-808]   UNDER  THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, THE STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR THE
STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM   whose  award  has  been  reduced  or
suspended  or  who   has   been   penalized   with  a  period  of
ineligibility, during such  period of ineligibility. A person who
is a recipient  of  [medical aid under section 17b-107 or section
17b-22,  17b-75  to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79  to  17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807 or
17b-808] MEDICAID shall  be  considered to have his medical needs
provided for by the state and no such person shall be eligible to
receive general assistance medical aid.
    (b) On and  after  April  1,  1984,  no  town shall refuse to
accept  an  application   for   general   assistance  or  general
assistance medical benefits  because a person is deemed not to be
a resident. In such a case, the town shall accept the application
and contact the  Department  of  Social  Services. The department
shall  arrange  to   have  the  application  transferred  to  the
appropriate town of  residence.  If  a dispute arises between two
towns as to  liability for support, the dispute shall be referred
to the Commissioner  of  Social  Services  in accordance with the
provisions of section 17b-134, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    (c) Except as  provided  in  sections  17b-125, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, and  17b-126,  a person whose assets exceed two hundred
fifty dollars shall  not  be  eligible for assistance pursuant to
this section or  section  17b-259,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT. The
Commissioner  of  Social   Services  may  adopt  regulations,  in
accordance with chapter  54,  to implement the provisions of this
subsection.
    (d) On and after September 4, 1991, if an individual sponsors
a person admitted  as  a  resident  of  the  United  States, such
individual's income shall  be  deemed  to  be  available  for the
support of the  person  for  three years from the date the person
enters the United States.
    (e)  [Only  persons]   PERSONS   domiciled  and  residing  in
Connecticut or who  have  no  other residence, and who are United
States  citizens  or   who  have  been  admitted  as  [residents]
QUALIFIED  ALIENS, AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION  431  OF  PUBLIC  LAW
104-193, into the  United  States PRIOR TO AUGUST 22, 1996, shall
be eligible for  support  under the general assistance program. A
QUALIFIED ALIEN ADMITTED  INTO  THE  UNITED  STATES  ON  OR AFTER
AUGUST 22, 1996,  OR  OTHER  LAWFULLY  RESIDING  IMMIGRANT  ALIEN
DETERMINED ELIGIBLE FOR GENERAL ASSISTANCE PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1997,
SHALL REMAIN ELIGIBLE  FOR  SUCH  ASSISTANCE  UNTIL JULY 1, 1999.
QUALIFIED ALIENS OR  OTHER  LAWFULLY  RESIDING  IMMIGRANT  ALIENS
ADMITTED INTO THE  UNITED STATES ON OR AFTER AUGUST 22, 1996, AND
NOT DETERMINED ELIGIBLE  FOR  ASSISTANCE  PRIOR  TO JULY 1, 1997,
SHALL BE ELIGIBLE  FOR  SUCH  ASSISTANCE SUBSEQUENT TO SIX MONTHS
FROM ESTABLISHING RESIDENCY  IN  THIS  STATE  UNTIL JULY 1, 1999.
QUALIFIED ALIENS MUST  PURSUE  CITIZENSHIP  TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT
ALLOWED BY LAW  AS  A  CONDITION  OF  ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM UNLESS  INCAPABLE OF DOING SO DUE TO A MEDICAL
PROBLEM, LANGUAGE BARRIER  OR  OTHER  REASON AS DETERMINED BY THE
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL  SERVICES.  NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS
OF  THIS  SUBSECTION,  ANY  QUALIFIED  ALIEN  OR  OTHER  LAWFULLY
RESIDING IMMIGRANT ALIEN  WHO IS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR
WHO  HAS  MENTAL   RETARDATION  SHALL  BE  ELIGIBLE  FOR  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE.
    (f) No person  who is a substance abuser and refuses or fails
to enter available,  appropriate  treatment shall be eligible for
financial assistance under  the  general assistance program until
such person enters treatment.
    (g) No person  whose  benefits  from the aid to families with
dependent children program,  OR  THE  TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, OR THE  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
have terminated as  a  result  of time-limited benefits [received
pursuant to section  17b-112]  OR  FOR  COMPLIANCE WITH A PROGRAM
REQUIREMENT shall be  eligible for financial assistance under the
general assistance program  OR  THE  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
    (h) A town may provide assistance additional to that required
under the [provisions  of  sections  17b-19,  17b-63  to  17b-65,
inclusive, 17b-115 to  17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to 17b-250,
inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259,   17b-263,   17b-287,  17b-340  to
17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive, and 17b-743 to
17b-747,  inclusive]  GENERAL   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM.   No   such
additional assistance shall  be  considered income in determining
whether a person is eligible for assistance under said [sections]
PROGRAMS. Any such  additional  assistance  shall  be paid by the
town without any  reimbursement  from  the state. Each town which
offers such additional  assistance  shall notify the commissioner
of the assistance to be provided and the eligibility criteria for
such assistance.
    Sec. 55. Section  17b-118 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No assistance  or  care  shall  be  given  under sections
17b-19, 17b-111, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  17b-115 to 17b-133,
inclusive, [17b-259, 17b-263  and  17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive]
AS AMENDED BY  THIS  ACT,  to  an  employable person [who has not
registered with the  nearest local employment agency of the Labor
Department, has refused  to  accept  a  position  for which he is
fitted and which  he  is  able  to  accept,  or  has  refused  to
participate or wilfully  failed  to  report  for  work  in a work
program or training  or  education  program,  pursuant to section
17b-689,] by the  STATE OR THE town liable to support such person
in accordance with  sections  17b-111,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT,
17b-116, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and 17b-134, [. The provisions
of this section shall not apply to any person who cannot register
with such employment  agency  because  of  being  over sixty-five
years of age,  health  or  other  disability as determined by the
commissioner] AS AMENDED  BY THIS ACT. On and after July 1, 1995,
financial assistance granted  under  [sections  17b-19, 17b-63 to
17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115  to  17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to
17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,  17b-259,  17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340
to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive, and 17b-743
to  17b-747, inclusive,  to  an  employable  person  who  is  not
job-ready, as defined  in section 17b-689] THE GENERAL ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM AND STATE-ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE,  TO A PERSON
WHO HAS BEEN  DETERMINED  TO  BE  A  TRANSITIONAL  INDIVIDUAL, AS
DEFINED IN SECTION  17b-689,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, shall be
limited to a twenty-four-month period of eligibility with no more
than ten months  of  assistance  in  the  first  twelve months of
eligibility and no  more  than  six  months  of assistance in the
second  twelve  months  of  eligibility.  [At  the  end  of  such
twenty-four-month period of eligibility, an employable person who
is not job-ready  may  petition  the  commissioner  every  twelve
months for a  six-month  extension  of  such eligibility for good
cause, as determined  by the commissioner. On and after September
1, 1996, no  such  financial  assistance  shall  be granted to an
employable  person  who  is  job-ready,  as  defined  in  section
17b-689, except those  persons  otherwise eligible with dependent
children under eighteen years of age. An employable person who is
job-ready shall be  referred to the grant program administered by
the Labor Department  for  services  provided pursuant to section
17b-689a.  A  person   determined   to  be  unemployable  who  is
subsequently determined to  be employable but not job-ready shall
be eligible for  the  assistance provided to an employable person
who is not  job-ready  under  the general assistance program from
the date he  is  determined  employable.]  Persons with dependent
children under eighteen years of age AND TRANSITIONAL INDIVIDUALS
WHO ARE NOT  CLASSIFIED  AS  SUCH SOLELY DUE TO MENTAL ILLNESS OR
SUBSTANCE ABUSE WHO  ARE  eligible  for assistance under sections
17b-19, 17b-63 to  17b-65, inclusive, 17b-111, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, 17b-115 to  17b-138,  inclusive,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT,
17b-220 to 17b-250,  inclusive,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, 17b-256,
17b-259, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340 to
17b-350, inclusive, [17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive] AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, and  17b-743  to 17b-747, inclusive, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, shall not  be subject to the durational limits on assistance
established pursuant to  this section. The Commissioner of Social
Services  shall  adopt   regulations,   in  accordance  with  the
provisions of chapter  54,  to  implement  the provisions of this
subsection.
    (b) Prior to  or  upon discontinuance of assistance, a person
previously  determined  to   be   [employable]   A   TRANSITIONAL
INDIVIDUAL  may  petition   the   commissioner   to   review  the
determination of his  [employability] STATUS. In such review, the
commissioner shall consider  factors,  including  but not limited
to: (1) Age;  (2)  education; (3) vocational training; (4) mental
and physical health;  and (5) employment history and shall make a
determination  of  such   person's   ability  to  obtain  gainful
employment. The commissioner  shall  notify  the  town  providing
assistance to such  person of his determination. The commissioner
shall adopt regulations,  in  accordance  with  the provisions of
chapter 54, to  establish a standardized procedure of determining
employability. UPON DETERMINATION  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER  THAT  A
TRANSITIONAL INDIVIDUAL IS  NOT UNEMPLOYABLE, THE PERSON SHALL BE
INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE  FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE TOWN OR FROM
THE STATE FOR  ONE  YEAR, UNLESS HE PRODUCES MEDICAL VERIFICATION
OF  A  SUBSTANTIAL   DETERIORATION  IN  HIS  PHYSICAL  OR  MENTAL
CONDITION OR A  NEW  CONDITION OF SUCH SEVERITY AND DURATION THAT
IT PRECLUDES EMPLOYMENT FOR A PERIOD OF AT LEAST SIX MONTHS.
    (c) Notwithstanding any  provision  of  the general statutes,
when [an employable]  A  person  who  is ineligible for financial
assistance due to  HIS  EMPLOYABILITY  STATUS  OR the time limits
imposed under subsection  (a) of this section, is currently in or
enters a residential substance abuse treatment facility, the town
shall pay his room and board while at such facility as an expense
reimbursable  under  the   general   assistance  program  by  the
Department of Social  Services or the Department of Mental Health
and  Addiction Services,  provided  the  person  is  eligible  to
receive medical assistance.  The  town  shall  be responsible for
these costs until  the  date upon which the administration of the
general  assistance  program  is  assumed  by  the  state  or  is
officially delegated to  a  town  by  the  Commissioner of Social
Services, at which  time the Department of Social Services or the
Department of Mental  Health  and Addiction Services shall assume
these costs. Such  assistance  shall  be  paid  directly  to  the
treatment facility at  a  rate  established  by the Department of
Social Services or  negotiated by the Department of Mental Health
and Addiction Services.
    (d) THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL TAKE EFFECT NO LATER
THAN AUGUST 31, 1997.
    Sec. 56. Section 17b-118a of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    A person (1)  at  least  eighteen  years  of  age  and  under
twenty-one years of  age,  (2)  living  with  his family which is
receiving benefits under  the  [aid  to  families  with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE program, and (3) who would
be an eligible  dependent  in  such  program  if under the age of
eighteen shall be  eligible  for general assistance in the amount
of assistance such person would be eligible for under the [aid to
families with dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program.
    Sec. 57. Section  17b-123 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No person  shall  receive  support from any town until he
has made a  written  request  therefor  to  the  selectmen, on an
application form prescribed  and furnished by the Commissioner of
Social Services, which  form  shall  provide  for the applicant's
authorization for disclosure  of information concerning [his] ANY
application HE HAS  MADE  for  assistance under [sections 17b-22,
17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,
17b-114,  17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808]
THE  STATE  SUPPLEMENT   PROGRAM,   MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  FOOD  STAMPS  PROGRAM and for inclusion of
certain  information,  including,   but   not   limited   to  the
applicant's  age,  sex,   place  of  birth,  citizenship,  social
security number, profession,  marital  status  and immediate past
employer and a full disclosure of his financial condition, except
that such written  request,  in  the  case  of a person receiving
hospital or medical care under the provisions of section 17b-259,
AS AMENDED BY  THIS  ACT,  may  also  be  made by a member of the
person's immediate family  or  a  medical  provider in accordance
with said section. The selectmen may require the person to verify
his residence for  the  past  twelve  months.  The  person  shall
certify that all  statements  in  the  application  are  true and
correct and any  person  who  makes  a  false  statement  in such
application form as  to  such  financial  condition or in any way
deceives such selectmen  in  relation thereto shall be subject to
the penalty provided  in  section  17b-127  and  shall  pay  just
damages to the  town if it has sustained loss as a result of such
deceit. A town shall have ten days to review such application and
make an eligibility  determination,  EXCEPT IF A PERSON IS DEEMED
TO HAVE A  NEED  FOR  EMERGENCY FOOD OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE, A
TOWN SHALL REVIEW  SUCH  PERSON'S REQUEST AND MAKE AN ELIGIBILITY
DETERMINATION WITHIN FOUR DAYS OF SUCH REQUEST.
    (b) If a person receiving support from a town under [sections
17b-19,  17b-63  to   17b-65,   inclusive,  17b-115  to  17b-138,
inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259,
17b-263,  17b-287, 17b-340  to  17b-350,  inclusive,  17b-689  to
17b-693,  inclusive, and  17b-743  to  17b-747,  inclusive,]  THE
GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  receives  property,  wages, income or
resources of any  kind,  such  person,  within fifteen days after
obtaining knowledge of  or receiving such property, wages, income
or resources, shall  notify  the public official charged with the
administration of general  assistance  in  the  town  thereof  in
writing. Any change in the information which was furnished on the
application form shall  also  be  reported  to  such official, in
writing, within fifteen days of the occurrence of such change.
    Sec. 58. Section  17b-125 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No resident of a town shall be deemed to be ineligible to
receive relief from  such town by reason of having an interest in
real property, provided  such  real property (1) is maintained as
such resident's primary  home  or  (2)  would  not  be counted in
determining eligibility for  assistance  under  [sections 17b-22,
17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,
17b-114,  17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808]
THE  STATE  SUPPLEMENT   PROGRAM,   MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR FOOD STAMPS PROGRAM, and
provided such resident  shall  deliver  to such town, through its
board of selectmen, an agreement executed and acknowledged in the
form and manner  required for the transfer of an interest in real
property to reimburse  such  town for all amounts so paid to such
resident or expended  by such town on his behalf for maintenance,
care or support,  with  interest at the rate of four per cent per
annum. Such agreement  shall describe by metes and bounds, and by
street number and  lot number, if any, the real property in which
such beneficiary has  an  interest  and  shall be recorded in the
land records of  the town or towns in which such real property is
located, and shall  constitute a lien on such real property which
may, at any  time  during  which  such  amounts remain unpaid, be
foreclosed in an  action  brought  by  such  town  in  a court of
competent jurisdiction, and  such lien shall have precedence over
all subsequently recorded encumbrances, except tax liens or other
municipal liens of  such  towns.  Such  lien shall be released by
such town by  its  board of selectmen upon payment of the amount,
plus interest, by it secured. The board of selectmen of such town
is authorized to  adjust,  remit  or cancel, in whole or in part,
any interest accruing  under  such  lien, provided such procedure
shall be deemed  necessary  and  beneficial  to such town by such
selectmen and shall  be  so  voted at a meeting of such selectmen
and a record  of such vote entered in the minutes of the meetings
of such board.  Such  board  of  selectmen  is also authorized to
release such lien  without payment of the amount secured thereby,
in whole or  in  part,  provided  such  procedure shall be deemed
necessary and beneficial  to the town by such selectmen and shall
be so voted  at  a meeting of such selectmen and a record of such
vote entered in  the  minutes of the meetings of such board. Upon
the sale, after  foreclosure,  of  such  real estate, or any part
thereof, and after  complete  satisfaction  to  such  town of the
amount secured by  such  lien,  plus  interest, together with all
costs and expenses,  any  balance remaining shall be paid over by
such selectmen to  such  resident  or,  if he is deceased, to his
estate. The board  of  selectmen  of  such  town is authorized to
execute, in behalf  of  the  town,  all releases, deeds and other
instruments  necessary  to  carry  out  the  provisions  of  this
section.  Upon written  request  therefor,  the  selectmen  shall
forthwith issue to the applicant a statement of the amount due to
be paid to  cancel  such  lien.  No  such lien shall be valid and
enforceable after the  expiration of forty years from the date it
was recorded.
    (b) Any lien created pursuant to the provisions of subsection
(a) of this  section  after October 1, 1964, shall continue to be
valid and enforceable  notwithstanding  the expiration of fifteen
years from the date it was recorded.
    Sec. 59. Subsection  (b)  of  section  17b-134 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (b) At the  end  of each quarter, one of the selectmen or the
public  official  charged  with  the  administration  of  general
assistance in each  town shall send to the Commissioner of Social
Services,  in  the   form  prescribed  by  said  commissioner,  a
statement of the  cost  to such town of general assistance during
such quarter, which  report  shall be signed and sworn to by such
selectman or public  official.  Such report form shall be uniform
throughout the state  and  shall  include, but not be limited to,
the following information:  (1)  The approved budget of each town
for general assistance,  (2) the number of applications received,
(3)  compilation of  data  required  under  section  17b-123,  AS
AMENDED  BY  THIS   ACT,  (4)  the  extent  to  which  recipients
participated  in work  relief  programs,  if  any,  (5)  [reports
required by section  17b-691,  (6)] the amount of the support and
medical aid furnished,  [(7)]  (6) the amount of the town's share
of the cost  for  inpatient  hospital  and other medical services
paid by the  Department  of  Social  Services pursuant to section
17b-220, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and  [(8)]  (7)  such  other
information  the commissioner  deems  necessary  for  the  proper
administration and oversight  of  the general assistance program.
"Cost", as used  herein, means the actual relief expenditure made
by such town  for  persons therein or sent from such town to such
licensed  institutions,  including  expenses,  except  attorneys'
fees, incurred in  an appeal of a denial of Supplemental Security
Income  Assistance  as  provided  in  section  17b-119,  but  not
including administrative costs,  provided  the  expenditures  for
medical care shall  not  exceed  the  amounts  set  forth  in the
various fee schedules  promulgated  by the Commissioner of Social
Services for medical,  dental and allied services and supplies or
the charges made  for  comparable  services  and  supplies to the
general public, whichever  is  less.  Upon  state  processing and
payment   of   medical   claims   pursuant   to   this   chapter,
pharmaceutical  manufacturers shall  be  liable  for  rebates  on
pharmaceutical products. Rebate  amounts  shall be equal to those
under  the  Medicaid  program.  The  process  for  computing  and
collecting  such rebates  shall  parallel  such  process  in  the
Medicaid program. Failure  or  refusal  of  a manufacturer to pay
rebate amounts billed may result in elimination of coverage under
[sections  17b-19,  17b-63   to  17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-115  to
17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,
17b-259, 17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689
to  17b-693,  inclusive,  and  17b-743  to  17b-747,  inclusive,]
GENERAL ASSISTANCE for  all or some products of the manufacturer.
Any hospital receiving  state aid shall charge a uniform rate for
paupers receiving medical  treatment  or being supported or cared
for in such hospital under the provisions of this section, not in
excess of the  rate  established  under the provisions of section
17b-238  for room,  board,  ordinary  nursing  care  and  routine
medications and not  in excess of the daily average cost rate for
special professional services as established under the provisions
of  subsection (b)  of  section  17b-239.  The  commissioner,  if
satisfied that the  statements  are substantially true and if the
town  has  complied  with  the  reporting  requirements  of  this
section, shall certify  them  to  the  Comptroller, who shall pay
within sixty days  of  receipt  of such certification, subject to
subsequent  audits,  to   the   town   for   general   assistance
expenditures, subject to section 17b-220, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
ninety per cent  for expenditures made prior to July 1, 1992, and
notwithstanding the provisions  of section 2-32a, eighty-five per
cent for expenditures  made on and after July 1, 1992, eighty per
cent for expenditures  made on and after July 1, 1993, ninety per
cent for expenditures  made  on  and after April 1, 1996, and one
hundred per cent  for  expenditures  made  on  and after April 1,
1997. The commissioner  may  reduce  by  twenty-five per cent the
amount otherwise payable  to  the  town  in  accordance with this
section for any  statement  which  is  submitted  more than three
months after the close of the quarter for which the statement was
prepared.  [Reimbursement  for  general  assistance  payments  to
employable recipients shall  be  subject  to  the requirements of
sections 17b-118 and  17b-689.  Such  payment shall be in lieu of
all other payments to the town by way of reimbursement for relief
expenditures.] EFFECTIVE AUGUST  31,  1997,  TOWNS  SHALL  NOT BE
REIMBURSED FOR ASSISTANCE  PAID  TO  EMPLOYABLE  PERSONS.  If not
satisfied, the commissioner  may  reject  such  claim  and  shall
notify the selectmen  or  other  public  official  submitting the
report of his  decision.  Notwithstanding  any other provision of
this section, the state shall charge the town for ten per cent of
the inpatient hospital  expenses paid prior to July 1, 1992, of a
person who is  hospitalized  and  is eligible for or is receiving
general assistance benefits  in  the form of an adjustment to the
quarterly  statement submitted  by  the  town  pursuant  to  this
section. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 2-32a, (A) the
state shall charge the town for fifteen per cent of the inpatient
hospital and other  medical  expenses  paid  on and after July 1,
1992, on behalf of any such person in such form and (B) the state
shall charge the  town  for  twenty  per  cent  of  the inpatient
hospital and other  medical  expenses  paid  on  or after July 1,
1993, ten per  cent  for  such expenses paid on or after April 1,
1996, and the  state  shall  not  charge  for such expenses on or
after April 1,  1997,  on  behalf of any person in such form. Any
town aggrieved by  the  action  of  the  commissioner may, within
thirty days after  receipt  of  such  notice,  request  a hearing
before the commissioner.  The  commissioner  shall fix a time and
place for the  hearing,  which shall be not more than thirty days
after the receipt of such request and notify the town of the time
and place not  later  than  fifteen  days  before the date of the
hearing. The hearing  shall  be  conducted in accordance with the
procedures established under  sections  4-176e, 4-177, 4-177c and
4-180  for  contested  cases.  The  commissioner  or  the  person
authorized by him  to conduct the hearing shall render a decision
within thirty days  after  the  hearing  and  notify  the town by
mailing a copy  of  the  decision  to the selectmen or the public
official charged with  the  administration of general assistance.
If the town  is  aggrieved  by the decision, it may appeal to the
Superior Court in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  section
4-183.
    Sec. 60. Section  17b-135 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of   Social   Services   shall   reimburse
municipalities for general  assistance  granted to applicants for
financial assistance [under  sections  17b-22,  17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and 17b-808] at not more than ninety
per cent of  the  cost  of  such assistance paid prior to July 1,
1992, not more  than  eighty-five  per  cent  of the cost of such
assistance paid on  or  after  July 1, 1992, not more than eighty
per cent of  the cost of such assistance paid on or after July 1,
1993, ninety per  cent of the cost of such assistance paid on and
after April 1, 1996, and one hundred per cent of the cost of such
assistance paid on and after April 1, 1997.
    Sec. 61. Section  17b-137 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any person who  has in his possession or control any property
of any person applying for or presently or formerly receiving aid
or care from  the  state  or who is indebted to such applicant or
recipient or has  knowledge  of  any  insurance, including health
insurance or property  currently or formerly belonging to him, or
information pertaining to  eligibility  for such aid or care, and
any officer who  has  control  of  the  books and accounts of any
corporation which has  possession  or  control  of  any  property
belonging to any  person  applying  for  or receiving such aid or
care  or who  is  indebted  to  him,  or  has  knowledge  of  any
insurance, including health insurance or any person having in his
employ  any  such   person,   shall,  upon  presentation  by  the
Commissioner  of  Social   Services,   or   the  Commissioner  of
Administrative Services, or the Commissioner of Public Safety, or
a support enforcement  officer  of  the  Superior  Court,  or any
person deputized by any of them, of a certificate, signed by him,
stating that such  applicant,  recipient  or employee has applied
for or is  receiving  or has received aid or care from the state,
make full disclosure  to  said commissioner, such officer or such
deputy of any  such  property,  insurance, wages, indebtedness or
information.  At  the  request  of  the  Commissioner  of  Social
Services,  insurance  companies   licensed   to  do  business  in
Connecticut shall be  required, when compatible data elements are
available,  to  conduct   automated   data  matches  to  identify
insurance coverage for  recipients  and the parents of recipients
who are minors.  Upon completion of such matches the commissioner
shall reimburse such  companies  for  the  reasonable  documented
costs of conducting  the matches. Such disclosure may be obtained
in like manner  of  the  property,  wages  or indebtedness of any
person liable for the support of any such applicant or recipient,
including the parents  of  any  child  receiving  aid  [under the
provisions of sections  17a-90  to 17a-124, inclusive, 17a-145 to
17a-155, inclusive, 17a-175  to 17a-185, inclusive and 46b-151 to
46b-151g,  inclusive] THROUGH  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  CHILDREN  AND
FAMILIES, or one  adjudged or acknowledged to be the father of an
illegitimate child. Any company or any officer who has control of
the  books and  accounts  of  any  corporation  shall  make  full
disclosure to the  support  enforcement  officer  of the Superior
Court of any  such property, wages or indebtedness in all support
cases. The Commissioner  of  Social Services, the Commissioner of
Administrative Services, the  Commissioner  of Public Safety or a
support  enforcement  officer   of  said  court,  or  any  person
deputized by any of them, may compel, by subpoena, the attendance
and testimony under oath of any person who refuses to disclose in
accordance with the  provisions of this section, or of any person
liable for the  support  of  any  such applicant or recipient who
refuses to disclose  his  own financial circumstances, and may so
compel the production  of  books  and  papers  pertaining to such
information. The Commissioner of Social Services may subpoena the
financial  records  of   any   financial  institution  concerning
property of any  person  applying  for  or  presently or formerly
receiving aid or  care  from the state or who is indebted to such
applicant or recipient.  The  Commissioner of Social Services may
subpoena such records  of  any  parent  or  parents  of any child
applying for or  presently or formerly receiving assistance under
the  [provisions  of   sections   17b-22,   17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  AID  TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT
CHILDREN PROGRAM, THE  TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR THE
STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. The commissioner,
or a support  enforcement  officer  of  said court, or the person
deputized by him shall set a time and place for such examination,
and any person  summoned who, without reasonable excuse, fails to
appear and testify  or  to produce such books and papers shall be
fined fifty dollars for each such offense.
    Sec. 62. Section  17b-179 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) There is created within the Department of Social Services
the Bureau of  Child  Support  Enforcement.  The  bureau shall be
administered by a  director  and  shall  act  as  the  single and
separate organizational unit  to coordinate, plan and publish the
state child support  enforcement  plan  for the implementation of
Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, as amended, as required by
federal law and  regulations.  The  bureau  shall provide for the
development and implementation  of  all  child  support services,
including  the administration  of  withholding  of  earnings,  in
accordance with the  provisions  of  Title  IV-D  of  the  Social
Security Act, as amended.
    (b) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall, in the manner
provided  in  section   17b-81-82e,   investigate  the  financial
condition of the parent or parents of: (1) Any child applying for
or receiving assistance under the provisions of sections [17b-22,
17b-180 to 17b-183,  inclusive,] 17b-807, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
and 17b-808, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, AND THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE
FOR NEEDY FAMILIES  PROGRAM,  WHICH  MAY BE REFERRED TO AS "TANF"
FOR THE PURPOSES  OF THIS SECTION, and (2) any child seeking IV-D
child support enforcement  services,  and (3) any child committed
to the care  of  the Commissioner of Children and Families who is
receiving  payments  in  the  [aid  to  families  with  dependent
children] foster care  program, and shall determine the financial
liability of such  parent or parents for the child. The Bureau of
Child Support Enforcement  shall  have  authority, upon notice to
the obligor, to  redirect  payments  for  the support of all such
children   to  the   state   of   Connecticut,   provided,   upon
discontinuance   of  public   assistance,   payments   shall   be
distributed to the family.
    (c) The Connecticut  Child  Support  Enforcement Bureau shall
enter into cooperative  agreements  with appropriate officials of
the Judicial Department  and  law enforcement officials to assist
in administering the  child  support  enforcement  plan  and with
respect to other  matters  of common concern in the area of child
support enforcement. Officers  of the Judicial Department and law
enforcement  officials authorized  and  required  to  enter  into
cooperative  agreements  with   the   Connecticut  Child  Support
Enforcement Bureau include, but are not limited to, the officials
of the Superior  Court and the Attorney General. Such cooperative
agreements shall contain  performance  standards  to  address the
mandatory provisions of  both  state and federal laws and federal
regulations concerning child support.
    (d) The Connecticut  Child  Support  Enforcement Bureau shall
have authority to  determine  on  a  periodic  basis  whether any
individuals  who owe  child  support  obligations  are  receiving
unemployment  compensation.  In   IV-D   cases,  the  bureau  may
authorize the collection  of  any  such  obligations  owed  by an
individual  receiving  unemployment   compensation   through   an
agreement with the  individual  or  a  court  order  pursuant  to
section  52-362,  under  which  a  portion  of  the  individual's
unemployment compensation is withheld and forwarded to the Bureau
of  Collection Services.  As  used  in  this  section,  the  term
"unemployment compensation" means  any compensation payable under
chapter 567, including  amounts  payable  by the administrator of
the unemployment compensation  law pursuant to an agreement under
any  federal  law   providing  for  compensation,  assistance  or
allowances with respect to unemployment.
    (e) The Child  Support  Enforcement  Bureau  shall enter into
purchase  of  service  agreements  with  other  state  officials,
departments and agencies  which  do  not  have  judicial  or  law
enforcement  authority,  including   but   not  limited  to,  the
Commissioner   of   Administrative   Services,   to   assist   in
administering  the child  support  enforcement  plan.  The  Child
Support Enforcement Bureau  shall  have  authority  to enter into
such agreements with  the  labor  commissioner  and  to  withhold
unemployment compensation pursuant  to  subsection  (d)  of  this
section and section 31-227.
    (f) The Connecticut  Child  Support  Enforcement Bureau shall
have the sole  responsibility  to  make  referrals to the federal
Parent Locator Service  established  pursuant  to  88  Stat. 2353
(1975), 42 USC  653,  as  amended,  for  the  purpose of locating
deserting parents.
    (g) The Connecticut  Child  Support  Enforcement Bureau shall
have the sole  responsibility  to  make  recommendations  to  the
Governor and the  General Assembly for needed program legislation
to ensure implementation  of  Title  IV-D  of the Social Security
Act, as amended.
    (h) The Connecticut  Child  Support  Enforcement Bureau shall
provide, or arrange  to  provide through one or more of the state
offices, departments and agencies the same services for obtaining
and enforcing child support orders in cases in which children are
not beneficiaries of [the aid to families with dependent children
program] TANF as in cases where children are the beneficiaries of
such aid. Support  services  in [non-AFDC] NON-TANF support cases
will be provided  upon  application  to the Connecticut Bureau of
Child Support Enforcement  by  the  person  seeking  to enforce a
child support obligation and the payment of an application fee by
such person, pursuant to the provisions of subsection (i) of this
section. In addition  to  the  application  fee,  the Connecticut
Child Support Enforcement  Bureau  may  assess costs incurred for
the establishment, enforcement or modification of a support order
in [non-AFDC] NON-TANF cases. Such assessment shall be based on a
fee  schedule  adopted  by  the  Department  of  Social  Services
pursuant to chapter  54.  The  fee  schedule  to  be  charged  in
[non-AFDC] NON-TANF support  cases shall be made available to any
individual upon request.  The  Child  Support  Enforcement Bureau
shall adopt procedures  for  the  notification  of Superior Court
judges  and family  support  magistrates  when  a  fee  has  been
assessed an obligee  for  support  services  and a Superior Court
judge or a  family  support magistrate shall order the obligor to
pay any such  assessment to the Child Support Enforcement Bureau.
In cases where  such  order is not entered, the obligee shall pay
an amount based  on  a  sliding scale not to exceed the obligee's
ability to pay.  The  Department  of  Social Services shall adopt
such sliding scale pursuant to chapter 54.
    (i) In [non-AFDC]  NON-TANF  child  support  cases, the state
shall impose an  application fee in an amount necessary to comply
with federal law  and  regulations under Title IV-D of the Social
Security Act. The  amount  of  such  fee  shall be established by
regulations adopted, in accordance with the provisions of chapter
54, by the  Commissioner  of Social Services and shall not exceed
twenty-five  dollars or  such  higher  or  lower  amount  as  the
Secretary of the  Department  of  Health  and  Human Services may
determine to be  appropriate  for  any  fiscal  year  to  reflect
increases or decreases  in  administrative  costs.  The  court in
which a child  support  obligation  is  sought to be enforced may
order the obligor  to  reimburse such application fee. Recipients
of [aid to  families  with  dependent  children] TANF or Medicaid
assistance whose eligibility  for  aid  is  terminated  shall  be
entitled to continuation  of  child  support enforcement services
without requiring an application or the payment of an application
fee.
    (j) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  is  authorized to
accept for deposit  in the General Fund all allotments of federal
funds, and to  conform  to federal requirements necessary for the
receipt of federal  matching  grants  and  not  prohibited by the
general statutes.
    (k)  Investigators  employed  by  the  Department  of  Social
Services  shall,  pursuant   to   authority   granted   to   such
investigators by the  commissioner,  make service of any summons,
subpoena or citation  in IV-D support cases in the Superior Court
or in the  Family  Support  Magistrate Division. Investigators at
the time of  service  shall  coordinate  with  the  clerk  of the
Superior Court and  the  assistant  clerk  of  the Family Support
Magistrate Division in  setting  a date for appearance before the
court. When serving  process  issued  by such court, the date for
such appearance before  the  court  shall be not less than twelve
days from the date of service.
    (l) The Connecticut  Child  Support  Enforcement Bureau shall
arrange to provide  a single centralized automated system for the
reporting of collections  on  all  accounts  established  for the
collection of all  IV-D  support  orders. Such reporting shall be
made available to  the  Family Support Magistrate Division and to
all state agencies  which  have  a cooperative agreement with the
IV-D agency.
    (m)  The  Commissioner   of   Social   Services  shall  adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  the  provisions  of chapter 54,
which  shall  establish  performance  standards  to  address  the
mandatory provisions of  both  state and federal laws and federal
regulations  concerning  child   support  as  well  as  establish
additional standards that  may  be  deemed  necessary in order to
enhance child support enforcement.
    (n) Each year,  on  or  before January first, the IV-D agency
shall submit to  the  joint  standing  committees  of the General
Assembly having cognizance  of  matters relating to judiciary and
human services a  report  on  the  execution of the child support
enforcement program, including  the  status  of  compliance  with
established performance standards,  during  the  preceding fiscal
year.
    Sec. 63. Section 17b-180a of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Department  of   Social   Services  shall  implement  an
expedited application and  eligibility  determination process for
the [aid to  families  with  dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE  program  to   reduce   general   assistance   program
expenditures for THOSE  APPLICANTS  potentially  eligible [aid to
families with dependent  children  families  and individuals] FOR
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE.
    Sec. 64. Section  17b-183 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The Commissioner of Social Services shall [seek a waiver from
federal law for  the  purpose of allowing] ALLOW a minor who is a
recipient of [aid  to families with dependent children] TEMPORARY
FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  to  retain  assets  for  future  identifiable
education expenses.
    Sec. 65. Section  17b-184 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The Commissioner of  Social Services shall establish a client
advisory board for  the  purpose  of  furthering  the  ability of
recipients of [aid to families with dependent children] TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE to  become  self-sufficient. The advisory board
shall be composed  of  a  recipient  of  [aid  to  families  with
dependent children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE from each region
of the state  to  be  appointed by the commissioner. The advisory
board shall be  initially  convened  by  the  commissioner, ON OR
BEFORE JANUARY 1,  1998,  and shall thereafter meet periodically.
The board shall  report  its  findings and recommendations to the
commissioner twice each year.
    Sec. 66. Section  17b-185 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Upon receipt of an application for benefits under the [aid to
families with dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program, the Commissioner  of  Social  Services shall assist such
applicants in securing  age-appropriate  and timely immunizations
and  health screenings  for  their  children.  A  parent  seeking
assistance  under  such   program   shall   be  referred  to  the
appropriate health agency where such immunizations and screenings
are available.
    Sec. 67. Section  17b-220 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The general assistance  policy  manual  adopted  pursuant  to
section 17b-10 shall  provide  that  upon determination by a town
that a person in need of medical assistance is eligible for or is
receiving  general assistance  benefits,  the  selectman  or  the
public  official  charged  with  the  administration  of  general
assistance in the town shall certify the person's eligibility and
the  accuracy  of  the  contents  of  the  billing  form  to  the
Commissioner of Social  Services,  except  no  bill  for  medical
services  shall  be  certified  for  payment  for  persons  whose
eligibility  for  benefits  under  [sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and 17b-808] THE MEDICAID PROGRAM is
being determined. On  and after July 1, 1992, the Commissioner of
Social Services shall  pay  the medical provider directly for the
cost of treatment  provided  to  such  person on or after June 1,
1992, and shall  charge  the  town  for ten per cent of such cost
paid prior to July 1, 1992, and notwithstanding the provisions of
section 2-32a, shall  charge  the  town  fifteen per cent for the
cost of such  treatment  paid  on  and  after July 1, 1992, shall
charge the town  twenty  per  cent for the cost of such treatment
paid on and  after  July  1,  1993, shall charge the town ten per
cent for the  cost  of  such  treatment  incurred and paid on and
after April 1, 1996, and shall not charge the town for such costs
on and after  April  1, 1997, in the form of an adjustment to the
quarterly statement submitted  by the town pursuant to subsection
(b) of section 17b-134, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT. Payments shall be
made no earlier  than  the first day of the quarter following the
quarter in which  the  bill  was  received  by  the Department of
Social Services. When  a  subsequent  audit  of  the town records
shows  that  the   town's  certification  was  submitted  to  the
commissioner  in  error,  ninety  per  cent  of  the  charge  for
treatment or hospitalization  paid  prior  to  July  1, 1992, and
notwithstanding the provisions  of section 2-32a, eighty-five per
cent of the  charge  for  treatment or hospitalization paid on or
after July 1,  1992,  eighty per cent of the charge for treatment
or hospitalization paid  on or after July 1, 1993, and ninety per
cent of the charge for treatment or medical services incurred and
paid on or  after  April 1, 1996, and one hundred per cent of the
charge for treatment  or medical services incurred and paid on or
after April 1,  1997,  shall  be  shown  on  the town's quarterly
reimbursement request as  an adjustment due to the state pursuant
to section 17b-78, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec. 68. Section  17b-257 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 1  of public act 97-143, is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    On  and after  July  1,  1998,  the  Commissioner  of  Social
Services shall implement  a  state medical assistance program for
persons ineligible for  [medical assistance under section 17b-107
or sections 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, and 17b-357 to 17b-362, inclusive,] MEDICAID and on or
before April 1,  1997,  the  commissioner  shall  implement  said
program in the  towns  in which the fourteen regional or district
offices of the  Department  of  Social  Services are located. The
commissioner shall establish  a  schedule  for  the  transfer  of
recipients of medical  assistance  administered  by  towns  under
[sections  17b-19,  17b-63   to  17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-115  to
17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,
17b-259, 17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689
to 17b-693, inclusive,  and  17b-743  to 17b-747, inclusive,] THE
GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  to  the  state program. To the extent
possible, the administration  of  the  state  medical  assistance
program shall parallel  that  of  the  Medicaid  program as it is
administered to recipients  of  [aid  to  families with dependent
children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE,  including  eligibility
criteria  concerning  income  and  assets.  Payment  for  medical
services shall be  made only for individuals determined eligible.
The rates of  payment  for medical services shall be those of the
Medicaid program. Medical  services  covered  under  the  program
shall  be  those  covered  under  the  Medicaid  program,  except
long-term care and  services  available  pursuant  to  a home and
community-based services waiver  under Section 1915 of the Social
Security Act shall not be covered. On or after April 1, 1997, the
commissioner shall implement  a  managed care program for medical
services provided under  this  program,  except services provided
pursuant to section  17a-453a.  Notwithstanding the provisions of
sections  4a-51  and  4a-57,  the  commissioner  may  enter  into
contracts, including but  not  limited  to,  purchase  of service
agreements to implement the provisions of this section.
    Sec. 69. Section  17b-259 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 2  of public act 97-143, is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each town  shall  provide medically necessary services by
one or more  competent  physicians  for all persons twenty-one to
sixty-four years of  age  who  are  receiving  general assistance
benefits from such  town,  or  eligible  to  be supported by such
town, or unable  to pay for the same over a two-year period, when
such persons are  in  need  thereof,  and each town shall furnish
necessary hospitalization, in accordance with section 17b-220, AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT,  for  all such persons if such persons have
not  made,  within  twenty-four  months  prior  to  the  date  of
application for such  aid,  an  assignment  or  transfer or other
disposition of property  for less than fair market value, for the
purpose of establishing  eligibility  for  benefits or assistance
under [sections 17b-19,  17b-63  to 17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115 to
17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,
17b-259, 17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689
to 17b-693, inclusive,  and  17b-743  to  17b-747, inclusive] THE
GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM.   Any  such  disposition  shall  be
presumed to have  been  made  for  the  purpose  of  establishing
eligibility  for  benefits   or  assistance  unless  such  person
furnishes convincing evidence  to  establish that the transaction
was exclusively for  some other purpose. Ineligibility because of
such disposition shall  continue  only for either (1) twenty-four
months after the  date  of disposition or (2) that period of time
from the date  of disposition over which the fair market value of
such property, less  any  consideration  received in exchange for
its disposition, together  with  all  other income and resources,
would furnish support  on  a  reasonable  standard  of health and
decency, whichever period  is  shorter,  except  that in any case
where the uncompensated  value  of  disposed of resources exceeds
twelve thousand dollars,  the  Commissioner  of  Social  Services
shall  provide  for  a  period  of  ineligibility  based  on  the
uncompensated value which exceeds twenty-four months. The ability
of a person  to  pay  for  medically  necessary  services  over a
two-year period shall  be determined by a town in accordance with
regulations adopted by  the  Department  of  Social  Services  in
accordance with the  provisions of chapter 54, provided income in
excess of the  maximum income levels established pursuant to such
regulations and any assets in excess of two hundred fifty dollars
shall  be  applied  toward  medical  bills  incurred  during  the
two-year period and  assistance  shall  be  granted  only for the
remaining balance of  the  cost  of medically necessary services.
Any recipient who becomes ineligible for benefits under [sections
17b-19,  17b-63  to   17b-65,   inclusive,  17b-115  to  17b-138,
inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259,
17b-263,  17b-287, 17b-340  to  17b-350,  inclusive,  17b-689  to
17b-693,  inclusive, and  17b-743  to  17b-747,  inclusive,]  THE
GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  due  to  employment  may  continue to
receive medical assistance  for up to three months. Persons under
twenty-one or over  sixty-four  years  of  age  who are otherwise
eligible under this section and who have applied for Medicaid but
have not yet been determined eligible by the Department of Social
Services, may receive  assistance  under this section. Any person
receiving medical treatment or hospitalization under this section
shall make to  the  selectmen  full  disclosure  of his financial
condition as provided in section 17b-123, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
A completed application for medical assistance under this section
may be filed  by  the person seeking assistance, a member of such
person's immediate family  or  a  medical  provider,  including a
physician or a  hospital,  within  sixty  days of commencement of
treatment or hospitalization.  A town shall be liable for medical
bills only for  those persons whose eligibility can be determined
in accordance with  standards  established  pursuant  to  section
17b-78,  AS  AMENDED   BY  THIS  ACT,  and  those  persons  under
twenty-one or over  sixty-four  years  of  age  who are otherwise
eligible under this section and who have applied for Medicaid but
have not yet been determined eligible by the Department of Social
Services. No applicant  who  may  be  eligible  for a third-party
payment to which  he  is  entitled,  including private insurance,
hospital  or  medical  service  corporation  benefits,  veterans'
benefits, Medicare and  [medical  assistance pursuant to sections
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, and
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,]  MEDICAID  shall be eligible for
general  assistance  medical  aid  until  he  has  completed  the
application process for  such  benefits.  On and after October 1,
1991, a town  shall  not be liable for payment of the applicant's
medical  bills if  the  applicant  fails  to  provide  sufficient
documentation to determine  his  eligibility  for  such benefits.
Failure of a person or a legally liable relative of the person to
cooperate in the general assistance application process shall not
prevent payment to  a  medical  provider for services rendered to
the person if  adequate  information  is  otherwise  available to
determine the person's  eligibility  under  this  section.  On or
after April 1,  1997,  the commissioner shall implement a managed
care program for  medical  services  provided under this program,
except   services  provided   pursuant   to   section   17a-453a.
Notwithstanding the provisions  of  sections 4a-51 and 4a-57, the
commissioner may enter  into contracts, including but not limited
to, purchase of service agreements to implement the provisions of
this section.
    (b) The medical  services  for  which  a town shall be liable
under this section  and  for  which a town shall be reimbursed by
the state shall  be  limited to the following medically necessary
services provided such  services  are  covered under the Medicaid
program:  [pursuant  to   sections   17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808:] (1) Physician services,
(2) hospital services,  on  an  inpatient  basis  subject  to the
provisions of section  17b-220,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and
outpatient care, (3)  community clinic services, (4) prescription
drugs, excluding over-the-counter drugs, (5) glasses, (6) hearing
aids, (7) laboratory  and  x-ray  services,  (8) emergency dental
services,  (9)  emergency   medical   transportation,   and  (10)
examinations  (A)  needed   to   determine   [employability   for
participation in a  work program pursuant to section 17b-689, (B)
required by a  prospective  employer  but  not  paid  for by such
employer,  or  (C)]  UNEMPLOYABILITY,  OR  (B)  requested  by  an
attorney to establish  the  eligibility  of  a  person  receiving
general assistance benefits  for  federal  supplementary security
income benefits pursuant to section 17b-119. In lieu of providing
medical services, in  accordance  with  this  section,  a town or
group of towns  may  submit  a  plan  to the Department of Social
Services for approval  to  provide medical services in some other
manner. The department shall approve the plan only if the persons
served under it  receive  at  least  the  services listed in this
subsection  and the  plan  offers  the  possibility  of  improved
medical care or  cost  savings.  The department shall encourage a
town or group  of  towns  to  contract for the management of such
medically necessary services.
    Sec. 70. Section  17b-261 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 3  of public act 97-288, is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Medical assistance  shall  be  provided for any otherwise
eligible person whose  income,  including  any  available support
from legally liable  relatives  and  the  income of his spouse or
dependent child, is  not  more  than  one hundred forty-three per
cent, pending approval  of  a federal waiver applied for pursuant
to subsection (d)  of this section, of the benefit amount paid to
a person with no income under the [aid to families with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE program in the appropriate
region of residence  and  if  such person is an institutionalized
individual as defined  in  Section 1917(c) of the Social Security
Act, 42 USC  1396p(c), and has not made an assignment or transfer
or other disposition  of property for less than fair market value
for the purpose  of  establishing  eligibility  for  benefits  or
assistance under this  section.  Any  such  disposition  shall be
treated in accordance with Section 1917(c) of the Social Security
Act, 42 USC  1396p(c). Any disposition of property made on behalf
of an applicant  or  recipient  or  his  spouse  by  a  guardian,
conservator, person authorized  to make such disposition pursuant
to a power of attorney or other person so authorized by law shall
be  attributed  to   such   applicant,  recipient  or  spouse.  A
disposition of property  ordered by a court shall be evaluated in
accordance  with  the   standards   applied  to  any  other  such
disposition  for the  purpose  of  determining  eligibility.  The
commissioner shall establish  the  standards  for eligibility for
medical assistance at  one  hundred  forty-three  per cent of the
benefit amount paid to a family unit of equal size with no income
under the [aid  to  families  with  dependent children] TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE program in the appropriate region of residence,
pending federal approval,  except  that  the  medical  assistance
program shall provide  coverage  to  persons  under  the  age  of
nineteen born after  September 30, [1983] 1981, up to one hundred
eighty-five per cent  of  the  federal  poverty  level without an
asset limit. ON  AND  AFTER JULY 1, 1998, SAID MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE  COVERAGE  TO  PERSONS  UNDER  THE  AGE  OF
NINETEEN  BORN  AFTER  JUNE  30,  1981,  OR  IF  POSSIBLE  WITHIN
AVAILABLE APPROPRIATIONS, BORN  AFTER  JUNE 30, 1980, WITH FAMILY
INCOME UP TO  ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY-FIVE  PER  CENT OF THE FEDERAL
POVERTY LEVEL WITHOUT  AN ASSET LIMIT. Such levels shall be based
on  the  regional   differences   in   such  benefit  amount,  if
applicable, unless such  levels based on regional differences are
not in conformance  with federal law. Any income in excess of the
applicable amounts shall  be  applied  as may be required by said
federal law, and  assistance  shall be granted for the balance of
the cost of  authorized medical assistance. All contracts entered
into on and  after  the  effective  date of [this act] PUBLIC ACT
97-288 pursuant to  this  section  shall  include  provisions for
collaboration of managed  care  organizations  with  the  Healthy
Families  Connecticut Program  established  pursuant  to  section
17a-56, as amended  by  section  2 of [this act. The commissioner
may, as permitted  by  federal  law,  extend  by  six  months the
eligibility for assistance  or  benefits  under  this  section to
former recipients of  aid to families with dependent children who
would otherwise become  ineligible  to  receive  such benefits or
assistance due to  the loss of federally applicable disregards on
earnings] PUBLIC ACT  97-288. The Commissioner of Social Services
shall provide applicants  for  assistance  under this section, at
the time of  application,  with a written statement advising them
of the effect  of  an assignment or transfer or other disposition
of property on eligibility for benefits or assistance.
    (b)  For  the  purposes  of  [sections  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, and sections 17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive] THE  MEDICAID  PROGRAM,  the  Commissioner of
Social Services shall  consider  parental income and resources as
available to a  child  under  eighteen years of age who is living
with his parents  and  is  blind  or  disabled  [,  as defined in
sections 17b-22, 17b-75  to 17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808] FOR PURPOSES  OF  THE  MEDICAID PROGRAM, or to any other
child under twenty-one  years  of  age  who  is  living  with his
parents.
    (c) On or  before  January 15, 1994, and annually thereafter,
the Department of  Social  Services  shall submit a report to the
General Assembly in  accordance  with  section  11-4a  which sets
forth the following:  The  number  of children receiving Medicaid
services; the number  of  children receiving medical treatment at
any state or  municipal  health  care  facility;  the  number  of
doctors and dentists participating in state or municipally-funded
programs; and the  percentage  of  children  treated  in  medical
programs  whose  family   income   is   less   than  one  hundred
thirty-three per cent of the federal poverty level and the number
whose family income  is greater than one hundred thirty-three per
cent but not  more  than  one hundred eighty-five per cent of the
federal poverty level.  On  and after October 1, 1996, the report
shall be submitted to the joint standing committee of the General
Assembly having cognizance  of matters relating to human services
and, upon request,  to  any  member  of  the  General Assembly. A
summary of the  report  shall  be submitted to each member of the
General Assembly if  the  summary  is  two  pages  or  less and a
notification of the  report  shall be submitted to each member if
the summary is  more  than  two  pages.  Submission  shall  be by
mailing the report,  summary  or  notification to the legislative
address of each  member of the committee or the General Assembly,
as applicable.
    (d) The Commissioner  of  Social Services shall seek a waiver
from federal law  to  permit  federal financial participation for
Medicaid expenditures for  families  with  incomes of one hundred
forty-three per cent  of  the  [aid  to  families  with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE program payment standard.
    Sec. 71. Section  17b-264 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    All of the  provisions  of sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, AS AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive,
[17b-114, 17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to 17b-362,
inclusive,] AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  AND  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, [17b-807 and  17b-808]  are  extended  to  the medical
assistance program except  such  provisions  as  are inconsistent
with federal law  and  regulations  governing  Title  XIX  of the
Social  Security Amendments  of  1965  and  sections  17b-260  to
17b-262, inclusive, AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and  17b-357  to  17b-362,
inclusive.
    Sec. 72. Section  17b-277 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall provide, in
accordance with federal  law  and regulations, medical assistance
under [sections 17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to
17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to  17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-807 and 17b-808] THE MEDICAID PROGRAM to needy pregnant women
and children up  to one year of age whose families have an income
up to one  hundred  eighty-five  per  cent of the federal poverty
level.
    (b) The commissioner  shall implement presumptive eligibility
for appropriate applicants for [assistance under sections 17b-22,
17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,
17b-114,  17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808]
THE MEDICAID PROGRAM  with  an  emphasis  on pregnant women. Such
presumptive eligibility determinations  shall  be  in  accordance
with applicable federal  law  and  regulations.  The commissioner
shall provide such  presumptive  eligibility  determinations on a
pilot basis, in  one district office, beginning June 1, 1991, and
shall provide them state-wide effective September 1, 1991.
    Sec. 73. Section  17b-282 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    On and after  January  1,  1991,  the  Commissioner of Social
Services  may  provide,   in  accordance  with  federal  law  and
regulations   and  within   available   appropriations,   medical
assistance under [sections  17b-22,  17b-75 to 17b-77, inclusive,
17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  THE  MEDICAID  PROGRAM  to  (1)
children over five  and  under  nine  years of age whose families
have an income  below one hundred per cent of the federal poverty
level and (2)  elderly and disabled persons who would be eligible
to  receive supplemental  security  income  benefits  except  for
income and who  have  incomes  below  one hundred per cent of the
federal poverty level.
    Sec. 74. Section  17b-283 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall  amend  the
state's  model  2176   Medicaid   waiver  to  allow  one  hundred
twenty-five disabled persons to participate under the waiver.
    (b)  The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  may  study  the
feasibility  of and  costs  associated  with  providing  [medical
assistance coverage under  sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808]  MEDICAID COVERAGE for
outpatient substance abuse  treatment  services. The commissioner
shall  report his  findings  and  recommendations  to  the  joint
standing committees of  the General Assembly having cognizance of
matters relating to  human  services  and  appropriations and the
budgets of state agencies by January 1, 1991.
    Sec. 75. Section  17b-284 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services may continue, within
available appropriations, to  provide  [medical  assistance under
sections 17b-22, 17b-75  to 17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808] MEDICAID to  employed  persons who have conditions which
prevent them from  obtaining health insurance under an employer's
group health insurance  plan  and who would otherwise be eligible
for such medical assistance.
    (b) The commissioner  may  pay under the [medical assistance]
MEDICAID program, within available appropriations, the employee's
share  of health  insurance  under  an  employer's  group  health
insurance plan for  employees who would otherwise be eligible for
medical assistance.
    (c) The commissioner  may  pay under the [medical assistance]
MEDICAID program, within  available  appropriations, the premiums
for continued health insurance coverage under an employer's group
health  insurance plan,  pursuant  to  the  federal  Consolidated
Omnibus  Budget Reconciliation  Act  of  1985,  as  amended,  for
chronically ill and  disabled  persons who are no longer employed
and  would  otherwise   be   eligible  for  [medical  assistance]
MEDICAID.
    Sec. 76. Subsection  (a)  of  section  17b-342 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall administer the
Connecticut home-care program for the elderly state-wide in order
to prevent the  institutionalization  of  elderly persons (1) who
are recipients of  medical  assistance,  (2) who are eligible for
such  assistance,  or   (3)   who   meet  the  criteria  for  the
state-funded portion of  the program under subsection (i) of this
section. For purposes  of this section, a long-term care facility
is a facility  which  has  been  federally certified as a skilled
nursing facility or  intermediate care facility. The commissioner
shall make any  revisions  in the state Medicaid plan required by
Title XIX of  the  Social  Security Act prior to implementing the
program. The annualized  cost  of  the  community-based  services
provided to such persons under the program shall not exceed sixty
per cent of  the weighted average cost of care in skilled nursing
facilities and intermediate care facilities. The program shall be
structured so that  the  net  cost  to  the  state  for long-term
facility care in  combination  with  the community-based services
under the program  shall  not exceed the net cost the state would
have  incurred  without   the  program.  The  commissioner  shall
investigate the possibility  of  receiving  federal funds for the
program and shall  apply  for  any  necessary  federal waivers. A
recipient of services  under  the  program,  and  the  estate and
legally liable relatives  of  the recipient, shall be responsible
for reimbursement to  the  state  for  such  services to the same
extent required of  a  recipient  of  assistance  under [sections
17b-22,  17b-75  to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79  to  17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808]  THE  STATE   SUPPLEMENT   PROGRAM,  MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM,  TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR  FOOD  STAMPS
PROGRAM. ONLY A  UNITED  STATES CITIZEN OR A NONCITIZEN WHO MEETS
THE CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS  FOR  ELIGIBILITY UNDER THE MEDICAID
PROGRAM SHALL BE  ELIGIBLE  FOR  HOME-CARE  SERVICES  UNDER  THIS
SECTION, EXCEPT A  QUALIFIED  ALIEN, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 431 OF
PUBLIC LAW 104-193,  ADMITTED  INTO THE UNITED STATES ON OR AFTER
AUGUST 22, 1996,  OR  OTHER  LAWFULLY  RESIDING  IMMIGRANT  ALIEN
DETERMINED ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES UNDER THIS SECTION PRIOR TO JULY
1, 1997, SHALL  REMAIN  ELIGIBLE  FOR SUCH SERVICES UNTIL JULY 1,
1999.  QUALIFIED ALIENS  OR  OTHER  LAWFULLY  RESIDING  IMMIGRANT
ALIENS NOT DETERMINED  ELIGIBLE  PRIOR  TO JULY 1, 1997, SHALL BE
ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES UNDER THIS SECTION SUBSEQUENT TO SIX MONTHS
FROM ESTABLISHING RESIDENCY  UNTIL  JULY 1, 1999. NOTWITHSTANDING
THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  SUBSECTION, ANY QUALIFIED ALIEN OR OTHER
LAWFULLY RESIDING IMMIGRANT  ALIEN  WHO  IS  A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE OR WHO  HAS  MENTAL  RETARDATION  SHALL  BE ELIGIBLE FOR
ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
    Sec. 77. Subsection  (a)  of  section  17b-611 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social Services, after consultation
with the Commissioner  of  Public  Health,  may  contract with an
insurer, within available appropriations, to provide a subsidized
nongroup health insurance  product for disabled persons who would
be eligible to  receive  supplemental  security  income  benefits
except for income  and  who  have  incomes  above the eligibility
limit for [medical  assistance  under  sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808] MEDICAID and under two
hundred per cent of the federal poverty level. The contract shall
include a sliding  fee  schedule based on income for premiums and
shall provide for  the  setting  of  premiums at a level to cover
twenty per cent  of program costs. The contract shall provide for
the use of mechanisms to control costs.
    Sec. 78. Section  17b-689 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    [(a) As hereinafter  provided,  each  town  shall establish a
work program which  shall  include  work,  work  training or work
readiness experience and  may  include substance abuse counseling
for persons dependent  on drugs and alcohol who are participating
in such program. Except as provided in subsection (f), employable
persons otherwise eligible  for  support,  pursuant  to  sections
17b-116 and 17b-134,  from  any town shall be required to perform
such work or  participate  in  such program as may be assigned to
them by the  public  welfare  official  of the town granting such
support or to  participate  in  an  education or training program
under section 31-3d  or  any  other training or education program
approved by the  Labor  Commissioner. The public welfare official
shall assign to  such work as is available in connection with the
affairs of state  or  town  government or to public work programs
established by the  Commissioner  of Social Services, as approved
by the Labor  Commissioner,  including the performance of work in
the operation of  or  in  an  activity  of  a nonprofit agency or
institution, as defined  in  Subsection  (c)(3) of Section 501 of
the United States  Internal  Revenue  Code pursuant to a contract
with a town,  or  to  a  private  employer training program under
section  17b-691,  or   to   education  or  training,  employable
recipients of support  provided  such  official is satisfied that
such persons will  not be used to replace, or to perform any work
ordinarily performed by,  regular  employees of any department or
other unit of  a  town or the state, or to replace, or to perform
any work ordinarily  performed  for a town or the state by, craft
or trade in  private  employment.  Participation in an education,
rehabilitation or training program not part of a work program may
be deemed participation  in  a  work  program  if approved by the
Commissioner of Social  Services.  The number of hours of work to
be required of each such person, except a person participating in
a private employer  training program under section 17b-691, shall
be determined by  the amount of the budget deficit of such person
and his family.  A  person participating in a program pursuant to
section  17b-691 shall  receive  wages  in  accordance  with  the
provisions of that  section.  No  such  person,  except  a person
participating  in  a  private  employer  training  program  under
section 17b-691, shall  be  required  to  work  for more than the
number of hours  necessary  to  earn  such amount or be paid more
than such amount  or  less than the minimum hourly wage, pursuant
to section 31-58, and no such person shall be required to work or
attend training for  more  than eight hours in a day or more than
forty hours in  a  week. In addition, each person in the workfare
program may be required to attend substance abuse counseling. Any
such person shall  be  liable  for  reimbursements  for grants of
support only to  the extent of the excess of such grants over and
above the work performed. Any such person who refuses or wilfully
fails to report  for  work  or  to participate in an education or
training program or  substance  abuse  counseling  to which he is
assigned by the  public  welfare official shall be ineligible for
assistance for ninety  days.  An  employable  general  assistance
recipient  who  (1)   refuses  to  cooperate  with  the  town  in
developing or carrying  out  his employability plan; (2) fails to
accept employment without just cause when offered; or (3) accepts
employment and subsequently quits his job voluntarily and without
sufficient cause or  is  discharged  for  cause  as  set forth in
subdivision (2) of  subsection  (a)  of  section  31-236 shall be
ineligible for assistance  for  ninety  days.  Such  a  period of
ineligibility shall commence on the day immediately following the
actual date of termination.
    (b) Each town  shall  separate  the  persons  it is liable to
support pursuant to  sections 17b-116 and 17b-134 into either the
category of employable  recipient  of  general  assistance or the
category of unemployable  recipient  of  general assistance. Each
town shall maintain  a  list setting forth the name of any person
receiving general assistance benefits and the category into which
such person has been placed.
    (c)] For the  purposes  of  this section and sections 17b-63,
17b-78, 17b-118 [,] AND 17b-134, [and 17b-690] AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, an "employable person" means one (1) who is sixteen years of
age or older  but  less than sixty-five years of age; AND (2) who
has no documented  physical  or mental impairment or who has such
an impairment which  is  expected  to  last  less  than [six] TWO
months, as determined  by  the commissioner, prohibiting him from
working or participating  in  an  education,  training  or  other
work-readiness program. [;  (3)  who is required to register with
the Labor Department, pursuant to section 17b-118; and (4) who is
not in full-time  attendance  in high school. For the purposes of
sections  17b-63,  17b-78,   17b-118,  17b-134  and  17b-690,  an
"employable person who  is  job-ready" means a person who (A) has
been employed at least six months within the last five years, (B)
has a high  school  diploma  or a general equivalency diploma, or
(C)  has  completed   vocational   training.   A  person  who  is
"employable but not  job-ready"  means a person who may otherwise
be job-ready but (i) has a physical impairment as documented by a
physician which is  of  such  severity  as  to  be  a significant
barrier to employment but not of such severity and duration as to
qualify as unemployable; (ii) has a documented mental impairment,
including substance abuse,  which  is of such severity as to be a
significant barrier to  employment  but  not of such severity and
duration as to qualify as unemployable; or (iii) has been subject
to domestic violence  or a catastrophic event the impact of which
prevents the person  from  entering employment for at least sixty
days. No person  shall be determined employable but not job-ready
solely due to  lack  of  transportation,  lack  of proficiency in
English or homelessness,  but  may be determined not job-ready if
lacking  transportation,  lacking   proficiency  in  English  and
homeless.]  For the  purposes  of  this  section  and  [sections]
SECTION  17b-134, [and  17b-690]  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  an
"unemployable person" means one (1) who is under sixteen years of
age or sixty-five  years  of  age or older or fifty-five years of
age or older  with a history of chronic unemployment; (2) who has
a physical or  mental  impairment  which  is  expected to last at
least six months,  as  determined by the commissioner; (3) who is
pending receipt of  supplemental security income, social security
income   or  financial   assistance   through   another   program
administered by the  Department  of  Social  Services; (4) who is
needed to care  for  a  child  under  two  years  of  age  or  an
incapacitated child or  spouse;  or  (5)  who is a full-time high
school student. FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION AND SAID SECTION
17b-134, A "TRANSITIONAL INDIVIDUAL" MEANS (A) A PERSON WHO HAS A
DOCUMENTED  PHYSICAL  OR   MENTAL   IMPAIRMENT   WHICH   PREVENTS
EMPLOYMENT AND IS  EXPECTED TO LAST AT LEAST TWO MONTHS, BUT LESS
THAN SIX MONTHS  AS  DEFINED BY THE COMMISSIONER, AND WHO, UNLESS
CIRCUMSTANCES PRECLUDED PARTICIPATION  IN  THE  LABOR  FORCE,  AS
DETERMINED BY THE  COMMISSIONER,  HAS WORKED IN AT LEAST THREE OF
THE MOST RECENT  FIVE  CALENDAR QUARTERS AND EARNED AT LEAST FIVE
HUNDRED DOLLARS IN  EACH  QUARTER OR WHO RECEIVED OR WAS ELIGIBLE
TO RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT  COMPENSATION  WITHIN  THE  PREVIOUS  SIX
MONTHS; (B) A  PERSON  WHOSE  DETERMINATION OF UNEMPLOYABILITY OR
DISABILITY, AS DEFINED  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER, IS PENDING AND WHO
PROVIDES MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION  OF  A  SEVERE  PHYSICAL OR MENTAL
IMPAIRMENT WHICH IS  EXPECTED TO LAST AT LEAST SIX MONTHS; OR (C)
UNTIL SUCH TIME  AS THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES IMPLEMENTS ITS  BASIC  NEEDS  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM IN THE
REGION IN WHICH  THE PERSON RESIDES, A PERSON WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
OR A SUBSTANCE  ABUSER  IN  A  TREATMENT  PLAN  APPROVED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL  HEALTH  AND ADDICTION SERVICES, OR BY THE
LOCAL WELFARE OFFICIAL.  A person who is a substance abuser shall
be required to  participate  in  treatment, including counseling,
[as part of  his  employability  plan]  and shall be eligible for
assistance while waiting for treatment.
    [(d) Work performed  by  any  person  under a work program in
accordance with the  provisions  of this section shall not affect
the  eligibility  of  such  person  for  compensation  under  the
provisions of chapter 567.
    (e) Upon submission by any town to the Commissioner of Social
Services of a  plan  for implementation of the provisions of this
section in a  manner deemed by said commissioner to be consistent
with the intent of this section, payments for support by the town
to general assistance  recipients participating in a work program
or  training  or   education   program   approved  by  the  Labor
Commissioner shall be  includable  as  a relief expenditure under
the provisions of section 17b-134.
    (f) At least  two-thirds of the employable general assistance
recipients of each  town  shall  become  participants in the work
program or training  or  education program of the town within two
years  of  approval,   pursuant   to   section  17b-690,  by  the
Commissioner of Social  Services  of  the  plan implementing such
program. Each town  shall maintain the two-thirds placement ratio
for  every  month   thereafter.  Calculation  of  the  two-thirds
compliance ratio shall  be  made  in  accordance with regulations
adopted by the Commissioner of Social Services in accordance with
the provisions of chapter 54. A town that is liable to support an
employable recipient of  general  assistance  pursuant to section
17b-116 shall not  be  required  to include such recipient in its
work program or training or education program if the recipient is
not a resident of the town providing support. The Commissioner of
Social Services shall  develop  positions  in  state,  public  or
private nonprofit agencies for the placement of up to twenty-five
per cent of  the employable participants from each town which has
over one hundred  eighty  such  participants. If the commissioner
fails to develop  such  positions  and such town has the required
number of participants minus twenty-five per cent, the town shall
not be denied  reimbursement  for  such twenty-five per cent. The
commissioner  of each  state  agency  shall  cooperate  with  the
Commissioner  of Social  Services  in  the  development  of  such
positions. Notwithstanding any  provision  of  the regulations of
state agencies, the  commissioner  may  exempt  a  town  from the
requirements of this subsection.
    (g) For purposes  of  chapter  568,  each  employable  person
participating under this section in a work program or training or
education program approved  by  the  Labor  Commissioner shall be
considered to be  an  employee  of  the  town  from  which  he is
receiving  support,  and  participation  in  a  work  program  or
training or education  program approved by the Labor Commissioner
shall be considered  to  be such person's employment by such town
at a wage  equal  to the minimum hourly wage, pursuant to section
31-58, or such  higher  amount  as  is provided in the plan for a
work program submitted  under  section 17b-690. To the extent any
such employable person  participating  in  such  work  program or
training  or education  program  receives  workers'  compensation
benefits, payments for  support  and  other  assistance  to  such
person provided under  this  chapter by the town from which he is
receiving support shall be correspondingly reduced.
    (h) Each town  shall  develop  an employability plan for each
employable  general assistance  recipient.  Such  plan  shall  be
designed to require  and  enable  the  recipient  to  improve his
chances of finding employment.]
    Sec. 79. Subsection  (a)  of  section  17b-694 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a)  The  Labor   Commissioner,   in  consultation  with  the
Commissioners  of  Social   Services  and  Mental  Health,  shall
administer a grant  program,  within available appropriations, to
fund employment placement  projects  for  recipients  of  general
assistance, [and recipients  of  stipends  issued pursuant to the
grant program administered  by  the Labor Department, established
in section 17b-689a]  STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE, CASH
ASSISTANCE OR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. A grant may be awarded to (1) a
municipality or group  of  towns  which  form a region based on a
project plan providing education, training or other assistance in
securing employment, [or] (2) a private substance abuse or mental
health services provider  based  on  a project plan incorporating
job  placement in  the  treatment  process  OR  (3)  A  NONPROFIT
ORGANIZATION PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT  SERVICES  WHEN NO MUNICIPALITY
OR GROUP OF  TOWNS  ELECT  TO  APPLY FOR SUCH A GRANT FOR A GIVEN
GEOGRAPHIC  AREA.  A  plan  may  include  cash  incentives  as  a
supplement to wages for recipients who work.
    Sec. 80. Section  17b-698 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The Commissioner of  Social  Services shall collect data from
each job training  and placement service funded by the Department
of Social Services and serving recipients of the [aid to families
with  dependent children  program  and  the  general  assistance]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  program for the purpose of assessing
the success of job placement services in assisting a recipient of
either such program  to  attain  self-sufficiency. Data collected
shall include, but  not  be limited to: (1) The number of clients
served; (2) the  number  of  clients placed in jobs; (3) types of
job training received  by  recipients and if such training led to
employment; (4) cost-effectiveness  of job training; (5) types of
jobs obtained by  recipients;  (6)  salary  and benefits of those
jobs obtained; and (7) length of those jobs obtained.
    Sec. 81. Section  17b-744 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any  order payable  to  the  Commissioner  of  Administrative
Services for support  of  any  beneficiary  of  public assistance
shall, on filing  by  the  state  Commissioner of Social Services
with the court  making such order, or with the assistant clerk of
the Family Support  Magistrate  Division  where  such  order  was
entered, of a  notice of discontinuance of such assistance and on
notice to the  payor  by  registered or certified mail, a copy of
which notice shall  be sent to the Commissioner of Administrative
Services, be payable directly to such beneficiary, beginning with
the  effective  date   of   discontinuance,   except   that   the
Commissioner of Social  Services may elect to continue to collect
such support payments  on behalf of the beneficiaries of [its aid
to  families  with   dependent  children]  THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  for   three   months   after   the  date  of
discontinuance as provided in federal law and regulations.
    Sec. 82. Subsection  (b)  of  section  17b-745 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (b) Any court  or  family  support magistrate, called upon to
enforce  a  support  order,  shall  insure  that  such  order  is
reasonable in light  of the obligor's ability to pay. Any support
order entered pursuant to this section, or any support order from
another jurisdiction subject  to  enforcement  by  the  state  of
Connecticut, may be  modified by motion of the party seeking such
modification,  including  the  support  enforcement  division  in
[AFDC] TANF support cases as defined in subsection (b) of section
46b-231, AS AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, upon a showing of a substantial
change in the  circumstances  of  either  party or upon a showing
that the final  order  for  child  support substantially deviates
from the child support guidelines established pursuant to section
46b-215a, unless there  was a specific finding on the record that
the  application  of  the  guidelines  would  be  inequitable  or
inappropriate, provided the  court  or  family support magistrate
finds that the  obligor  or  the obligee and any other interested
party have received  actual notice of the pendency of such motion
and of the  time  and  place of the hearing on such motion. There
shall be a rebuttable presumption that any deviation of less than
fifteen  per cent  from  the  child  support  guidelines  is  not
substantial and any  deviation  of  fifteen per cent or more from
the guidelines is  substantial.  Modification may be made of such
support order without  regard  to  whether  the  order was issued
before, on or  after  May  9,  1991. In any hearing to modify any
support order from  another  jurisdiction the court or the family
support magistrate shall  conduct  the  proceedings in accordance
with the procedure  set forth in section 46b-197. No such support
orders may be subject to retroactive modification except that the
court or family  support  magistrate  may order modification with
respect to any  period during which there is a pending motion for
a modification of  an  existing  support  order  from the date of
service of notice  of such pending motion upon the opposing party
pursuant to section 52-50.
    Sec. 83. Section  17b-802 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall  establish,
within available appropriations,  and  administer  a  program  of
grants  to  persons  residing  in  emergency  shelters  or  other
emergency  housing  who   are  recipients  of  [assistance  under
sections 17b-19, 17b-22,  17b-63  to 17b-65, inclusive, 17b-75 to
17b-77,  inclusive, 17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114  to
17b-138, inclusive, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-220 to
17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259  to  17b-287,  inclusive,
17b-340 to 17b-350,  inclusive,  17b-357  to  17b-362, inclusive,
17b-600 to 17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-689  to  17b-693, inclusive,
17b-743  to  17b-747,  inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808]  PUBLIC
ASSISTANCE,  STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  OR  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE and to  persons  who  have  a  documented  showing  of
financial need and  are  residing  in emergency shelters or other
emergency housing, for  use by such persons as a security deposit
on a rental  dwelling  unit. Eligible persons may receive a grant
in an amount  not to exceed the equivalent of one month's rent on
such rental unit,  except  that  upon  a  documented  showing  of
financial need, the commissioner may approve a grant in an amount
not to exceed  the  equivalent of two month's rent. No person may
apply for and  receive a grant for use as a security deposit more
than once without  the  express authorization of the Commissioner
of Social Services  except  as provided in subsection (b) of this
section.
    (b) In the  case of any person who qualifies for a grant, the
Commissioner of Social  Services,  or any emergency shelter under
contract with the  Department of Social Services to assist in the
administration  of  the   security  deposit  program  established
pursuant to subsection  (a)  of  this section, may, in accordance
with the landlord's  preference,  either pay the security deposit
directly to the  landlord  or  execute a written agreement to pay
the landlord for  any damages suffered by the landlord due to the
tenant's failure to  comply  with  such  tenant's  obligations as
defined in section  47a-21,  provided  the  amount  of  any  such
payment shall not  exceed  the  amount  of the requested security
deposit. Payment of  a  security deposit directly to the landlord
shall be conditional  upon  the  execution  by  the landlord of a
written agreement providing  that  if  the  tenant  for whom such
payment is made  vacates  the  housing  unit,  any  return of the
security deposit and  of  accrued  interest  to  which the tenant
would be entitled,  shall  be  paid directly to the Department of
Social Services. Such refund shall be made in accordance with the
requirements of section  47a-21,  and, if the landlord claims the
right to withhold  all  or most of the security deposit, he shall
comply with all  of  the  applicable  provisions  of said section
except that any  notices  required  shall  also  be  sent  to the
Department of Social Services. The rights of such a tenant to the
return of a  security deposit shall be subrogated to the state of
Connecticut and if  suit is necessary to collect the deposit, the
defendant shall pay  all  costs  and  shall  be subject to double
damages as provided  in  section  47a-21.  If  a  person  who has
previously  received a  grant  for  a  security  deposit  becomes
eligible for a  subsequent  grant,  the  amount of the subsequent
grant for which  such  person  would otherwise have been eligible
shall be reduced  by  (1)  any amount of the previous grant which
has not been  returned  to  the  department  pursuant  to section
47a-21 or (2)  the amount of any payment made to the landlord for
damages pursuant to  this  subsection.  In  any  fiscal year, the
total amount of  security deposits granted and written agreements
executed for the  payment  of  damages  pursuant  to this section
shall not exceed  the  amount  available for the program for that
fiscal year.
    (c) Any payment  made  pursuant to this section to any person
receiving general assistance  [under  sections  17b-19, 17b-63 to
17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115  to  17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-220  to
17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,  17b-259,  17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340
to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive, and 17b-743
to 17b-747, inclusive,]  OR STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE
shall not be  deducted from the amount of assistance to which the
recipient would otherwise be entitled.
    (d)  The  Commissioner   of   Social   Services  shall  adopt
regulations in accordance  with  the  provisions of chapter 54 to
administer the program  established  pursuant to this section and
to set eligibility criteria for grants under the program.
    Sec. 84. Section  17b-804 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social Services shall establish and
administer a rent  bank  program  of  loans  and grants to ensure
housing for families  whose income does not exceed sixty per cent
of the median income in the state, including those receiving [aid
to families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE,
who are either at risk of becoming homeless or in imminent danger
of eviction or foreclosure.
    (b) To be  eligible  for  assistance  under  this  section, a
family shall (1)  document,  as  appropriate,  loss  of income or
increase in expenses  including,  but  not  limited  to,  loss of
employment, medical disability  or  emergency,  loss  or delay in
receipt  of  other   benefits,   natural  or  man-made  disaster,
substantial and permanent change in household composition and any
other condition which  the  commissioner determines constitutes a
severe hardship and is not likely to recur and (2) participate in
the assessment and  mediation  program  established under section
17b-805.
    (c)  The  commissioner  may  establish  repayment  terms  for
financial assistance under  this  section upon determination that
the recipient can  reasonably be expected to repay all or part of
such  assistance,  except   that   families  receiving  financial
assistance under the  [provisions  of  sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807   and   17b-808]  STATE  SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM,  AID  TO   FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT  CHILDREN  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL
ASSISTANCE shall not  be  required  to repay financial assistance
made under this section.
    (d) No family  shall  receive financial assistance under this
section in excess  of one thousand two hundred dollars during any
eighteen consecutive months.
    (e) The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with
chapter 54 to  determine  eligibility and repayment standards for
any loans and  grants  under  this  section  and to carry out the
purposes of this section.
    Sec. 85. Section  17b-806 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social Services shall establish and
administer a homefinders program, which includes participation by
housing authorities, to  assist  families including recipients of
[aid  to  families  with  dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE who are  homeless or in imminent danger of eviction or
foreclosure. The commissioner shall administer the program within
available appropriations.
    (b) The Commissioner of Social Services may adopt regulations
in accordance with  chapter  54 to carry out the purposes of this
section.
    Sec. 86. Section  17b-807 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    [On and after  July  1, 1992, no] NO state funds appropriated
for a special  needs benefit for emergency housing for recipients
of payments under  the [program of aid to families with dependent
children]   TEMPORARY  FAMILY   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   OR   STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE shall be used to pay the costs of
emergency shelter in  hotels or motels except in cases of natural
or man-made disasters or other catastrophic events.
    Sec. 87. Section  17b-808 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall  provide  a
special needs benefit  for  emergency housing to any recipient of
payments under the  [program  of  aid  to families with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  and the optional
state supplementation program  [under  this  chapter]  who cannot
remain in permanent  housing  because  (1)  a  judgment  has been
entered  against  the  recipient  in  a  summary  process  action
instituted pursuant to  chapter  832, provided the action was not
based on criminal  activity,  or  a  judgment  has  been  entered
against the recipient in a foreclosure action pursuant to chapter
846 and the  time  limited  for  redemption  has  passed; (2) the
recipient  has  left   to   escape   domestic   violence;  (3)  a
catastrophic event, such  as  a  fire  or  flood,  has  made  the
permanent housing uninhabitable or the recipient has been ordered
to vacate the  housing  by a local code enforcement official; (4)
the recipient shares  an  apartment  with a primary tenant who is
being  evicted or  is  engaged  in  criminal  activity;  (5)  the
recipient was illegally  locked out by a landlord and has filed a
police complaint concerning  such  lockout; (6) the recipient has
been living with a tenant who received a preliminary notice under
section 47a-15 or  a  notice  to quit because of termination of a
rental  agreement for  lapse  of  time  or  (7)  the  family  has
relocated because a  child in the family has been found to have a
level of lead  in  the  blood  equal  to  or  greater than twenty
micrograms per deciliter  of  blood  or  any  other abnormal body
burden of lead  and  the local director of health has determined,
after  an  epidemiological   investigation  pursuant  to  section
19a-111,  that  the   source   of  the  lead  poisoning  was  the
residential unit in  which  the family resided. A person shall be
eligible for the  benefit under this section provided application
is made to the commissioner within forty-five days of the loss of
permanent housing by  the  recipient.  On  and after September 4,
1991,  the  benefit  shall  be  limited  to  not  more  than  one
occurrence per calendar  year  and  not  more than sixty days per
occurrence, except that  any  family  receiving the benefit under
this section pursuant  to subdivision (7) with a child undergoing
chelation treatment may  receive  the  benefit  for more than one
occurrence provided the  total  number  of  days  the  benefit is
received by the  family  for  all  occurrences  is  not more than
eighty days in  any calendar year. Any person receiving a benefit
under this section shall agree to reside in any housing which was
constructed, renovated or  rehabilitated  with  state  or federal
financial  assistance. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of  this
section, any family  receiving  the  benefit  under  this section
pursuant to subdivision  (7)  shall  not be required to reside in
any housing in  which the paint contains a toxic level of lead as
defined by the  Commissioner  of  Public  Health  in  regulations
adopted pursuant to section 19a-111. Under the [program of aid to
families with dependent  children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, any person  not  eligible  for  the  benefit  under this
section shall be  referred  to the Department of Social Services'
program for emergency shelter services.
    (b) The Commissioner of Social Services shall provide for the
direct vendor payment  of  the  rent of any recipient of payments
under the [program  of  aid  to families with dependent children]
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  and  the  optional  state
supplementation program [under sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260  to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807  and  17b-808] for whom he has made a
finding of mismanagement  and  who  resides  in housing where the
total rent, or  the recipient's share of the total rent, does not
exceed thirty per  cent  of  the  payment  standard, adjusted for
region  and family  size  under  such  program.  Any  finding  of
mismanagement by the  commissioner  shall  be  in accordance with
federal law and  regulations  concerning  mismanagement of funds,
except that the  commissioner  may  permit  a  recipient for whom
vendor rent payments  would  terminate to request an extension of
vendor rent payments.  Such  voluntary vendor rent payments shall
be discontinued upon  request  of  the  recipient.  If there is a
rental arrearage at  the time vendor rent payments are initiated,
the commissioner may  deduct  from the payment under the [program
of aid to  families  with  dependent  children]  TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and the optional state supplementation program
[under sections 17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to
17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to  17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-807 and 17b-808]  an  amount not to exceed thirty dollars per
month. Such amount  shall  be  used  to  pay  the  back rent due,
provided recoupment by  the department of an overpayment shall be
suspended during payment of arrearages to the landlord.
    (c) Within ten  days  of  receiving  a  notice to quit issued
pursuant to chapter  832,  a  recipient  of  benefits  under  the
[program of aid  to  families  with dependent children] TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  and the optional state supplementation
program [under sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808] shall notify the commissioner of
the receipt of  such  notice. No person shall be denied emergency
housing assistance or  declared  ineligible for any other benefit
because of a failure to notify the commissioner.
    Sec. 88. Section  17b-809 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of   Social  Services  shall  prepare  and
implement a plan  for  informing  landlords  of  the department's
rules  concerning  the   direct   vendor  payment  of  rents  for
recipients of [aid to families with dependent children] TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE and state supplementation and for responding to
landlord  inquiries about  the  availability  of  such  payments,
including the circumstances  under  which  such  payments will be
made and the maximum amounts of such payments.
    Sec. 89. Section  17b-813 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The Commissioner of  Social  Services shall provide emergency
rental  assistance  for  [AFDC-eligible]  families  ELIGIBLE  FOR
ASSISTANCE UNDER THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM living
in hotels and  motels  as  a  component of the program for rental
assistance established under  section 17b-812, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT.
    Sec. 90. Subsection  (a)  of  section  19a-7c  of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Public Health, in consultation with
the Department of Social Services, may contract, within available
appropriations, to provide a subsidized nongroup health insurance
product for pregnant  women  who  are  not  eligible for [medical
assistance under sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to 17b-77, inclusive,
17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  MEDICAID and have incomes under
two hundred fifty  per  cent  of  the  federal poverty level. The
Commissioner  of  Public   Health,   in   consultation  with  the
Department of Social  Services,  may  contract,  within available
appropriations, to provide a subsidized nongroup health insurance
product for children  under  eighteen  years  of  age who are not
eligible for such  medical  assistance  and  whose  families have
incomes under two  hundred per cent of the federal poverty level.
For any children  enrolled  as of December 31, 1994, in a program
established by this  section,  the  commissioner  shall  contract
within available appropriations to extend the program to children
up to and including age seventeen who were enrolled on that date.
The products shall  be  available  to  such  pregnant  women  and
children (1) for  whom  employer-based insurance is not available
or (2) who have employer-based insurance (A) to cover the cost of
the premiums, copayments  and  deductibles  of the employer-based
plan provided the  cost  of  the employer-based plan is less than
the nongroup product and (B) to provide coverage for benefits not
covered by the  employer-based  plan  which are covered under the
subsidized nongroup product.  The Department of Public Health may
make such products  available  to  limited  populations, as pilot
programs, initially to  test  the  impact  of  program design and
administration. The Department of Social Services shall assist in
the administration of the programs. The contract may include, but
not be limited to, provisions for coinsurance and copayment and a
sliding scale based  on income for premiums and shall provide for
the use of mechanisms to control costs.
    Sec. 91. Subsection  (a)  of  section  19a-59b of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Public  Health  shall  establish  a
maternal and child  health protection program. He shall contract,
for  purposes  of   the   program,   annually,  within  available
appropriations,  with  local  providers  of  health  services  to
provide  outpatient  maternal   health  services  and  labor  and
delivery  services to  needy  pregnant  women  and  child  health
services to children under six years of age. Eligibility shall be
limited to families  who have an income equal to or less than one
hundred eighty-five per  cent  of the poverty level, according to
the federal Office  of  Management  and Budget poverty guidelines
for nonfarm families,  lack private, third party health insurance
to cover such  services.  Such  local  providers  shall determine
eligibility for services  under  the program. The contracts shall
include criteria for making such determination in accordance with
this section. Outpatient  services  provided  under  the  program
shall  include at  least  the  outpatient  services  provided  to
[medical assistance recipients  under  sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808] MEDICAID RECIPIENTS. The
commissioner  shall  conduct  an  outreach  program  designed  to
educate the public  with  regard  to the program and to encourage
providers to participate  in  the  program.  The commissioner, in
consultation with the Commissioner of Social Services, shall seek
any federal matching funds available for the program.
    Sec. 92. Section  19a-507 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Notwithstanding the  provisions  of  chapter  368z,  New
Horizons, Inc., a  nonprofit,  nonsectarian  organization,  or  a
subsidiary organization controlled  by  New  Horizons,  Inc.,  is
authorized  to  construct   and  operate  an  independent  living
facility for severely  physically disabled adults, in the town of
Farmington,  provided  such  facility  shall  be  constructed  in
accordance with applicable building codes. The Farmington Housing
Authority, or any  issuer  acting  on  behalf  of said authority,
subject to the  provisions  of this section, may issue tax-exempt
revenue bonds on  a  competitive  or  negotiated  basis  for  the
purpose  of  providing   construction   and   permanent  mortgage
financing for the  facility in accordance with Section 103 of the
Internal Revenue Code. Prior to the issuance of such bonds, plans
for the construction  of  the  facility shall be submitted to and
approved by the  Office  of  Health Care Access. The office shall
approve or disapprove  such  plans  within thirty days of receipt
thereof. If the  plans  are  disapproved they may be resubmitted.
Failure of the  office to act on the plans within such thirty-day
period  shall  be   deemed  approval  thereof.  The  payments  to
residents of the  facility  who are eligible for assistance under
[sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808] THE STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM  for  room  and board and
necessary services, shall  be determined annually to be effective
July first of  each  year. Such payments shall be determined on a
basis of a reasonable payment for necessary services, which basis
shall take into  account as a factor the costs of providing those
services  and  such  other  factors  as  the  commissioner  deems
reasonable, including anticipated  fluctuations  in  the  cost of
providing  services.  Such   payments   shall  be  calculated  in
accordance with the manner in which rates are calculated pursuant
to section 17b-340,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, and the cost related
reimbursement  system  pursuant   to  said  section  except  that
efficiency incentives shall  not  be  granted.  The  commissioner
shall, upon submission  of  a request, allow actual debt service,
comprised of principal  and interest, in excess of property costs
allowed pursuant to  section  17-313b-5  of  the  regulations  of
Connecticut state agencies,  provided such debt service terms and
amounts are reasonable  in  relation  to  the useful life and the
base value of the property. The cost basis for such payment shall
be subject to  audit,  and  a  recomputation of the rate shall be
made based upon  such  audit.  The  rate in effect June 30, 1991,
shall remain in  effect through June 30, 1992, except that if the
rate would have  been  decreased effective July 1, 1991, it shall
be decreased. The  facility  shall report on a fiscal year ending
on the thirtieth  day  of  September  on  forms  provided  by the
commissioner.  The required  report  shall  be  received  by  the
commissioner no later  than  December  thirty-first of each year.
The  Department  of   Social   Services   may  use  its  existing
utilization  review procedures  to  monitor  utilization  of  the
facility. If the  facility  is  aggrieved  by any decision of the
commissioner, the facility  may,  within  ten days, after written
notice thereof from  the  commissioner, obtain by written request
to the commissioner,  a  hearing on all items of aggrievement. If
the facility is  aggrieved  by  the  decision of the commissioner
after such hearing, the facility may appeal to the Superior Court
in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183.
    (b) The Commissioner  of Social Services may provide for work
incentive programs for residents of the facility.
    Sec. 93. Subdivision  (7)  of  section 19a-618 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (7) "Payer" means  any  person,  legal  entity,  governmental
body, eligible organization  covered  by the provisions of 42 USC
Section  1395mm(b),  or   medical  [assistance  program  provided
pursuant to sections 17b-19, 17b-63 to 17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115
to 17b-138, inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,
17b-259, 17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689
to 17b-693, inclusive,  and 17b-743 to 17b-747, inclusive, except
for Medicare provided  pursuant  to  sections  17b-22,  17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180
to 17b-183, inclusive,  17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808,] COVERAGE PROVIDED UNDER
THE GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  THE  STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR   MEDICAID  PROGRAM  or  any  combination
thereof, which is  or may become legally responsible, in whole or
in part, for  the payment of services rendered to or on behalf of
a  patient  by   a   hospital,  other  health  care  facility  or
institution, or individual  health  care provider. Payer includes
any third-party payer.
    Sec. 94. Subsection  (a)  of  section  19a-646 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) As used in this section:
    (1) "Office" means the Office of Health Care Access;
    (2) "Fiscal year"  means the hospital fiscal year as used for
purposes of this chapter;
    (3)  "Hospital"  means  any  short-term  acute  care  general
hospital licensed by  the  Department  of  Public  Health  in the
state;
    (4) "Payer" means any person, legal entity, governmental body
or eligible organization  covered  by  the  provisions  of 42 USC
Section  1395mm(b),  or   any  combination  thereof,  except  for
Medicare and [medical  assistance  provided  pursuant to sections
17b-19, 17b-22, 17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114  to  17b-138,
inclusive, 17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-220  to 17b-250,
inclusive, 17b-256, 17b-259  to  17b-287,  inclusive,  17b-340 to
17b-350, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-689  to  17b-693,  inclusive,  17b-743 to
17b-747, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808] MEDICAID which is or may
become legally responsible,  in  whole or in part for the payment
of services rendered  to or on behalf of a patient by a hospital.
Payer also includes  any  legal  entity whose membership includes
one or more payers and any third-party payer; and
    (5) "Prompt payment"  means  payment  made  for services to a
hospital by mail  or  other means on or before the tenth business
day after receipt of the bill by the payer.
    Sec. 95. Subdivision  (7)  of  section 19a-659 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (7) "Medical assistance"  means  medical  assistance provided
[pursuant  to  sections   17b-19,   17b-22,   17b-63  to  17b-65,
inclusive,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114 to  17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-220 to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259 to
17b-287, inclusive, 17b-340  to  17b-350,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-689 to
17b-693, inclusive, 17b-743  to  17b-747,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808]  UNDER  THE   GENERAL   ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  THE  STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR THE MEDICAID PROGRAM.
    Sec. 96. Section  19a-673 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) As used in this section:
    (1) "Cost of providing services" means a hospital's published
charges  at  the   time  of  billing  of  an  uninsured  patient,
multiplied by the hospital's most recent relationship of costs to
charges as taken  from  the  hospital's  most  recently available
audited financial statements.
    (2)  "Hospital"  means   an   institution   licensed  by  the
Department of Public Health as a short-term general hospital.
    (3) "Poverty income  guidelines"  means  the  poverty  income
guidelines  issued  from  time  to  time  by  the  United  States
Department of Health and Human Services.
    (4) "Uninsured patient"  means  any person whose income is at
or below two  hundred  per  cent of the poverty income guidelines
who (A) has  applied  and been denied eligibility for any medical
or health care  coverage  provided  [pursuant to sections 17b-19,
17b-22, 17b-63 to 17b-65, inclusive, 17b-75 to 17b-77, inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114  to  17b-138,  inclusive,
17b-180 to 17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250, inclusive,
17b-256,  17b-259 to  17b-287,  inclusive,  17b-340  to  17b-350,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-689 to  17b-693,  inclusive,  17b-743  to 17b-747,
inclusive,  17b-807 or  17b-808]  UNDER  THE  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM OR THE  MEDICAID PROGRAM due to failure to satisfy income
or other eligibility  requirements,  and  (B) is not eligible for
coverage for hospital  services  under  the  Medicare  or CHAMPUS
programs, or under  any  Medicaid  or health insurance program of
any other nation,  state, territory or commonwealth, or under any
other governmental or  privately  sponsored  health  or  accident
insurance or benefit  program  including,  but  not  limited  to,
workers'  compensation  and   awards,  settlements  or  judgments
arising from claims, suits or proceedings involving motor vehicle
accidents or alleged negligence.
    (b) No hospital  that has provided health care services to an
uninsured patient may  collect  from  the  uninsured patient more
than the cost of providing services.
    Sec. 97. Section  31-254  of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Each employer, whether  or  not  otherwise  subject  to  this
chapter, shall keep  accurate records of employment as defined in
subsection (a) of  section 31-222, containing such information as
the  administrator  may  by  regulation  prescribe  in  order  to
effectuate the purposes  of  this  chapter. Such records shall be
open  to, and  available  for,  inspection  and  copying  by  the
administrator or his authorized representatives at any reasonable
time and as  often  as  may  be  necessary. The administrator may
require from any  employer,  whether  or not otherwise subject to
this chapter, any  sworn  or  unsworn  reports  with  respect  to
persons employed by  him  which  are  necessary for the effective
administration of this  chapter.  Information thus obtained shall
not be published  or  be open to public inspection, other than to
public employees in  the  performance  of their public duties, in
any manner revealing  the  employee's or the employer's identity,
but any claimant  at  a  hearing  before  a commissioner shall be
supplied  with  information  from  such  records  to  the  extent
necessary for the  proper presentation of his claim. Any employee
of the administrator,  or any other public employee, who violates
any provision of  this  section  shall be fined not more than two
hundred dollars or  imprisoned  not  more than six months or both
and shall be dismissed from the service. Reports or records which
have been required  by the administrator and which have been used
in computing benefit  rights of claimants or in the determination
of the amounts  and  rates of contributions shall be preserved by
the administrator for  a  period  of  at  least four years. Those
records or reports  required  by the administrator which have not
been used for  the  purpose of computing benefit rights or in the
determination of the  amounts  or rates of contributions shall be
preserved by the  administrator  for  at  least  two and one-half
years. Such records  or  reports  may, after preservation for the
minimum period required  by  this  section,  be  destroyed by the
administrator in his  discretion,  notwithstanding the provisions
of  section  11-8a.   Notwithstanding   any   of  the  disclosure
provisions of this  chapter, the administrator shall provide upon
request of the  public  agency  administering the [AFDC] TANF and
child  support  programs,   any  information  in  his  possession
relating to individuals: (1) Who are receiving, have received, or
have  applied for  unemployment  insurance;  (2)  the  amount  of
benefits being received;  (3)  the  current  home address of such
individuals, and (4)  whether  any offer of work has been refused
and, if so,  a  description of the job and the terms, conditions,
and rate of  pay  therefor. Notwithstanding any of the disclosure
provisions of this chapter, the administrator shall provide, upon
request of the  Connecticut Student Loan Foundation, its officers
or employees, any  information  in his possession relating to the
current  residence  address   or   place  of  employment  of  any
individual who has  been  determined  by  the Connecticut Student
Loan  Foundation  to   be   in   default  on  his  student  loan.
Reimbursement for the  cost  of furnishing this information shall
be made by  the agency requesting the data in a manner prescribed
by the administrator of this chapter.
    Sec. 98. Subsection  (c)  of  section  32-70  of  the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (c) (1) On  or before September 30, 1993, the Commissioner of
Economic and Community  Development shall approve the designation
of ten areas  as  enterprise  zones,  not more than four of which
shall be in  municipalities with a population greater than eighty
thousand  and  not   more   than   six   of  which  shall  be  in
municipalities with a  population  of  less than eighty thousand.
(2) (A) On  or  after  October  1,  1993,  the commissioner shall
approve the designation  of  two  areas as enterprise zones. Each
such area shall  be  in  a municipality with a population of less
than eighty thousand,  in  which  there  are  one or more base or
plant  closures.  Such   municipalities  shall  be  in  different
counties. If the commissioner approves the designation of an area
of a municipality  as  an  enterprise  zone  because  of  a plant
closure in the  municipality  and  there  is a closure of another
plant  in any  other  municipality  in  the  state  by  the  same
business, the commissioner  shall  also designate an area in such
other municipality as  an enterprise zone. If any such designated
area includes a  portion of a census tract in which any such base
or plant is  located, the census tracts in such area shall not be
required  to  meet  the  eligibility  criteria  set  forth  under
subsection (a) of  this  section for enterprise zone designation.
If any such  area  is  located elsewhere in the municipality, the
census tracts in  such area shall meet such eligibility criteria.
As used in  this subparagraph, (i) "base" means any United States
or state of  Connecticut  military  base  or  facility located in
whole or in  part  within  the  state;  (ii)  "plant"  means  any
manufacturing or economic base business, as defined in subsection
(k) of section 32-222; and (iii) "closure" means any reduction or
transfer in military  personnel  or civilian employment at one or
more bases or  plants  in  a municipality, which occurred between
July 1, 1989,  and July 1, 1993, or is scheduled to occur between
July 1, 1993, and July 1, 1996, and exceeds two thousand persons.
Such  employment  figures   shall   be  certified  by  the  Labor
Department. (B) On  or  after  October  1, 1993, the commissioner
shall approve the  designation of three other areas as enterprise
zones, one of  which shall be in a municipality with a population
greater than eighty  thousand  and  two  of  which  shall  be  in
municipalities with a  population  of  less than eighty thousand.
The census tracts  in  such  areas  shall  meet  the  eligibility
criteria set forth  under  subsection  (a)  of  this  section for
enterprise zone designation.  The  commissioner shall approve the
designation of enterprise zones under this subparagraph for those
municipalities  which  he  determines  to  have  experienced  the
largest increases in  poverty from October 1, 1989, to October 1,
1993, inclusive, based  on a weighted average of the unemployment
rate, caseload under the [aid to families with dependent children
administered pursuant to  sections  17b-22,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM and per capita income of less than ninety per cent of the
state average between 1985 and 1989. In making his determination,
the  commissioner  may   also  consider  the  vacancy  rates  for
commercial and industrial  facilities  in  a  municipality  and a
municipality's program for  the  implementation  of  an effective
enterprise  zone  program.   To   the   extent  appropriate,  the
commissioner shall use  the Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI)
system in making  the  calculations  for  such determination. (C)
Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section,
municipalities that were  not distressed municipalities under the
provisions of subsection  (b)  of  section  32-9p  on February 1,
1986, shall be  eligible  to  designate areas as enterprise zones
under subparagraph (A)  or  (B)  of  this  subdivision.  (3)  The
commissioner shall not  approve  the designation of more than one
enterprise zone in any municipality. The commissioner shall adopt
regulations  in  accordance   with  chapter  54  concerning  such
additional qualifications for  an  area  to  become an enterprise
zone as he  deems  necessary.  The  commissioner  may  remove the
designation of any  area he has approved as an enterprise zone if
such area no longer meets the criteria for designation as such an
area set forth in this section or in regulations adopted pursuant
to this section,  provided  no  such designation shall be removed
less than ten  years  from  the original date of approval of such
zone. The commissioner  may  designate  any additional area as an
enterprise zone if that area is designated as an enterprise zone,
empowerment zone or  enterprise community pursuant to any federal
legislation.
    Sec. 99. Subsection  (c)  of  section  32-290  of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (c) The grantee  shall  undertake  the  following  tasks: (1)
Recruit participants for  the  entrepreneurial program, who shall
primarily be clients  of  the  [aid  to  families  with dependent
children]   TEMPORARY  FAMILY   ASSISTANCE   program,   displaced
homemakers  and  dislocated   workers,  (2)  provide  orientation
concerning the program  to  such  participants,  (3)  assist  the
participants in assessing  their  entrepreneurial  strengths  and
weaknesses, and (4) provide the participants with (A) training in
business  planning,  financial   management  and  marketing,  (B)
support  groups,  individual   business  counseling  and  ongoing
support and (C) access to start-up capital.
    Sec. 100. Subsection  (a)  of  section 36a-304 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) Each bank,  Connecticut  credit  union and federal credit
union shall cash, at its main office or any of its branch offices
within this state,  any  check  drawn by the state of Connecticut
and payable within this state to a recipient of public assistance
[under sections 17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to
17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to  17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-807 and 17b-808]  OR STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE or
the refugee program,  if  the  check  is  negotiated to the bank,
Connecticut credit union  or federal credit union by the original
payee  of  the  check,  and  if  the  payee  produces  reasonable
identification as provided for in regulations adopted pursuant to
section 36a-305. No  bank,  Connecticut  credit  union or federal
credit union shall  charge  such  recipient  a  fee for cashing a
check pursuant to  this  section.  Nothing  in this section shall
preclude a bank, Connecticut credit union or federal credit union
from requesting a  fee  from the state of Connecticut for cashing
such checks. The  provisions  of this subsection shall apply to a
Connecticut credit union  or  federal  credit  union  only if the
original payee negotiating  the  check is a member of such credit
union.
    Sec. 101. Subsection  (b)  of  section 38a-472 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (b) Whenever there  is  in existence a contract by an insurer
for payment to,  or  on  behalf  of, an applicant or recipient of
medical  assistance under  [section  17b-19,  17b-22,  17b-63  to
17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-75   to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114  to  17b-138,  inclusive,  17b-180 to
17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-220  to  17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256,
17b-259 to 17b-287,  inclusive,  17b-340  to  17b-350, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-689 to 17b-693,  inclusive,  17b-743  to  17b-747, inclusive,
17b-807 or 17b-808]  THE  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, THE STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR THE MEDICAID PROGRAM
under said contract on account of bills incurred by the applicant
or recipient for medical services, including, but not limited to,
physician services, nursing  services,  pharmaceutical  services,
surgical care and  hospital  care, the assignment of the benefits
of the contract  by  such  applicant  or recipient or his legally
liable relative pursuant  to  section 17b-265 shall, upon receipt
of notice from  the  assignee,  be  authority  for payment by the
insurer directly to  the  assignee.  If notice is provided by the
assignee to the  insurer  in  accordance  with  the provisions of
section 17b-265, the  insurer shall be liable to the assignee for
any amount payable to the assignee under the contract.
    Sec. 102. Section 45a-486 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The provisions  of  this  section shall apply to an inter
vivos trust (1)  established  or  funded  on  or after October 1,
1992; (2) established  or  funded  within the same period of time
prior to application  for  public  [or  medical  assistance under
sections 17b-22, 17b-75  to 17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357 to
17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600  to  17b-604,  inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808]  ASSISTANCE OR  MEDICAID  as  is  specified  in  Section
1917(c) of the Social Security Act or in a waiver approved by the
Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning the disposal of
assets for less  than  fair  market  value;  and (3) in which the
settlor or the settlor's spouse is a beneficiary.
    (b)  Upon  the   application  of  the  Department  of  Social
Services, the Superior Court shall terminate an inter vivos trust
established by a person or the person's spouse when the person or
the person's spouse  becomes  an  applicant  for  or recipient of
public [or medical  assistance  in accordance with the provisions
of  sections 17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to  17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to  17b-604, inclusive,
17b-807 and 17b-808]  ASSISTANCE  OR MEDICAID. The Superior Court
shall order that the principal and any undistributed income shall
be distributed to  the  settlor  of the trust. This section shall
not apply if  the settlor, the settlor's spouse, a conservator or
other  legal representative  of  the  settlor  or  the  settlor's
spouse, or any  other  person having a beneficial interest in the
trust, establishes by  clear and convincing evidence that not one
of the principal  purposes of the trust was the current or future
qualification of the settlor or the settlor's spouse for benefits
under Title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 USC 1396 et seq.).
    (c) On or  after  October  1,  1992,  the  provisions of this
section  shall not  apply  to  charitable  remainder  trusts,  as
defined in Section  664(d)  of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986,
or any corresponding  internal revenue code of the United States,
as  from time  to  time  amended,  nor  to  transfers  which  are
deductible  pursuant  to   Section  170(f)(2)(B),  2055(e)(2)  or
2522(c)(2) of said code, nor to any trust in which the settlor or
the settlor's spouse  has  not  retained any interest, other than
reversionary interest of five per cent or less.
    Sec. 103. Subsection  (d)  of  section 45a-655 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (d) In the  case  of  any person receiving public [or medical
assistance in accordance  with the provisions of sections 17b-22,
17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,
17b-114,  17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285,  inclusive,  17b-357  to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604,  inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808]
ASSISTANCE, STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  OR MEDICAID,
the conservator of the estate shall apply toward the cost of care
of such person  any  assets  exceeding  limits  on  assets set by
statute or regulations  adopted  by  the  Commissioner  of Social
Services. Notwithstanding the  provisions  of subsections (a) and
(b) of this  section,  in the case of an institutionalized person
who has applied  for  or is receiving such medical assistance, no
conservator  shall  apply   and   no   court  shall  approve  the
application of (1)  the  net income of the ward to the support of
the ward's spouse  in  an  amount that exceeds the monthly income
allowed a community  spouse  as  determined  by the Department of
Social Services pursuant  to  42 USC 1396r-5(d)(2)-(4) or (2) any
portion of the  property  of the ward to the support, maintenance
and medical treatment  of  the  ward's  spouse  in an amount that
exceeds  the  amount   determined  allowable  by  the  department
pursuant to 42  USC  1396r-5(f)(1)  and  (2), notwithstanding the
provisions  of  42  USC  1396r-5(f)(2)(A)(iv),  unless  (A)  such
limitations on income  or  property  would  result in significant
financial duress or  (B)  an amount exceeding such limitations is
necessary to generate income.
    Sec. 104. Subsection  (g)  of  section  46b-84 of the general
statutes, as amended by substitute senate bill 417 of the January
session, is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (g) Whenever an obligor is before the court in proceedings to
establish, modify or  enforce  a support order, and such order is
not secured by  a  wage  garnishment,  the  court may require the
obligor to execute  a  bond  or post other security sufficient to
perform such order  for  support,  provided  the court finds that
such a bond  is available for purchase within the financial means
of the obligor.  Upon failure of such obligor to comply with such
support order, the  court  may  order  the  bond  or the security
forfeited and the  proceeds  thereof  paid to the state in [AFDC]
TANF cases or to the obligee in [non-AFDC] NON-TANF cases.
    Sec. 105. Subsection  (c)  of  section  46b-86 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (c) When one  of  the  parties, or a child of the parties, is
receiving or has  received  aid  or care from the state under its
[AFDC program as  provided  in  Title IV-A of the Social Security
Act] AID TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN PROGRAM OR TEMPORARY
ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY  FAMILIES  PROGRAM  or under its foster care
program as provided  in Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, or
where  one  of   the   parties  has  applied  for  child  support
enforcement services under  Title IV-D of the Social Security Act
as provided in  section  17b-179,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, such
motion  to  modify   shall  be  filed  with  the  Family  Support
Magistrate  Division  for   determination   in   accordance  with
subsection (m) of section 46b-231, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec. 106. Section 46b-130 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The parents of  a minor child for whom care or support of any
kind has been  provided  under  the  provisions  of this chapter,
shall be liable  to  reimburse the state for such care or support
to the same  extent,  and  under the same terms and conditions as
are the parents  of recipients of public assistance. [, under the
provisions  of sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79  to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114,  17b-180  to  17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262,  inclusive,  17b-264  to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600  to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808.]  Upon  receipt  of  foster care
maintenance payments under  Title IV-E of the Social Security Act
by a minor child, the right of support, present, past, and future
from a parent  of  such child shall, by this section, be assigned
to the Commissioner  of  Children  and  Families. Referral by the
commissioner  shall  promptly   be  made  to  the  child  support
enforcement unit of the Department of Social Services for pursuit
of support for said minor child in accordance with the provisions
of section 17b-179,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT.  Any  child  who
reimburses the state  under  the  provisions of subsection (f) of
section 46b-129 for  any care or support he received shall have a
right of action to recover such payments from his parents.
    Sec. 107. Section 46b-215 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Superior  Court  or a family support magistrate shall
have authority to  make and enforce orders for payment of support
against any person  who  neglects or refuses to furnish necessary
support to his  or  her  spouse  or  a  child  under  the  age of
eighteen,  according to  his  or  her  ability  to  furnish  such
support,  notwithstanding  the   provisions  of  section  46b-37.
Proceedings to obtain  such  orders of support shall be commenced
by the service  on  the  liable  person  or persons of a verified
petition with summons  and  order,  in  a  form prescribed by the
Office of the  Chief Court Administrator, of the husband or wife,
child or any  relative  or  the  conservator, guardian or support
enforcement officer, town  or  state,  or  any  selectmen  or the
public  official  charged   with  the  administration  of  public
assistance of the  town,  or  in  [AFDC]  TANF  support cases, as
defined in subsection  (b) of section 46b-231, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, the Commissioner  of Social Services. The verified petition,
summons and order  shall  be  filed  in  the judicial district in
which the petitioner  or  respondent resides or does business, or
if filed in  the  Family  Support  Magistrate  Division,  in  the
judicial district in  which  the petitioner or respondent resides
or does business.  For purposes of this section, the term "child"
shall  include  one   born   out  of  wedlock  whose  father  has
acknowledged in writing  his  paternity of such child or has been
adjudged the father  by  a  court of competent jurisdiction, or a
child who was  born  before  marriage  whose  parents  afterwards
intermarry. Said court  or  family  support magistrate shall also
have  authority to  make  and  enforce  orders  directed  to  the
conservator  or guardian  of  any  person,  or  payee  of  social
security or other  benefits  to which such person is entitled, to
the extent of  the  income  or  estate  held by such fiduciary or
payee  in  any  such  capacity.  Said  court  or  family  support
magistrate shall also  have  authority  to  determine,  order and
enforce payment of  any  sums  due  under  a written agreement to
support against the  person  liable  for  such support under such
agreement. Said court  or  family  support  magistrate shall also
have authority to  determine,  order  and  enforce payment of any
support due because  of  neglect  or  refusal  to furnish support
prior to the action. In the determination of support due based on
neglect or refusal  to  furnish  support prior to the action, the
support due for  periods  of  time  prior  to the action shall be
based  upon the  obligor's  ability  to  pay  during  such  prior
periods. The state shall disclose to the court any information in
its possession concerning  current  and past ability to pay. With
respect to such  orders entered into on or after October 1, 1991,
if no information  is  available  to  the  court  concerning past
ability to pay,  the  court  may  determine  the  support due for
periods of time  prior to the action as if past ability to pay is
equal to current  ability to pay if known or, if not known, based
upon assistance rendered  to the child. Any finding as to support
due for periods of time prior to the action which is made without
information concerning past  ability  to  pay  shall  be  entered
subject to adjustment  when such information becomes available to
the court. Such  adjustment  may be made upon motion of any party
within four months  from the date upon which the obligor receives
notification of (1) the amount of such finding of support due for
periods of time prior to the action and (2) the right within four
months of receipt  of such notification to present evidence as to
his past ability to pay support for such periods of time prior to
the action. The  judge or family support magistrate shall cause a
summons, signed by  him,  by  the  clerk  of said court or Family
Support Magistrate Division, or by a commissioner of the Superior
Court to be  issued  requiring  such  liable person or persons to
appear in court  or before a family support magistrate, at a time
and place as  determined  by  the  clerk but not more than ninety
days after the  issuance of the summons. Service may be made by a
sheriff, any proper  officer  or any investigator employed by the
Department  of  Social   Services   or  by  the  Commissioner  of
Administrative  Services.  The   sheriff,   proper   officer   or
investigator shall make  due  return  of process to the court not
less than twenty-one  days  before the date assigned for hearing.
Upon proof of  the  service  of the summons to appear in court or
before a family  support  magistrate  at the time and place named
for hearing upon  such  petition, the failure of the defendant or
defendants to appear  shall  not  prohibit  the  court  or family
support magistrate from  going  forward  with the hearing. If the
summons and order  is  signed  by  a commissioner of the Superior
Court, upon proof of service of the summons to appear in court or
before a family  support  magistrate  and upon the failure of the
defendant to appear  at the time and place named for hearing upon
the petition, request  may be made by the petitioner to the court
or family support  magistrate for an order that a capias mittimus
be issued. In the case of a person supported wholly or in part by
a town, the  welfare  authority  of  the  town  shall  notify the
responsible relatives of  such person of the amount of assistance
given, the beginning  date  thereof  and  the  amount  of support
expected from each of them, if any, and if any such relative does
not contribute in  such  expected  amount, the superior court for
the judicial district  in  which such town is located or a family
support magistrate sitting in the judicial district in which such
town  is  located   may  order  such  relative  or  relatives  to
contribute to such  support,  from the time of the beginning date
of expense shown  on the notice, such sum as said court or family
support magistrate deems  reasonably  within each such relative's
ability to support  such person. The court, or any judge thereof,
or family support  magistrate  when  said court or family support
magistrate  is  not   sitting,   may  require  the  defendant  or
defendants to become bound, with sufficient surety, to the state,
town or person  bringing the complaint, to abide such judgment as
may be rendered  on  such  complaint. Failure of the defendant or
defendants to obey  any  order made hereunder, may be punished as
contempt of court  and  the  costs  of  commitment  of any person
imprisoned therefor shall  be  paid  by  the state as in criminal
cases. Except as otherwise provided, upon proof of the service of
the summons to  appear  in  court  or  before  a  family  support
magistrate at the  time  and  place  named for a hearing upon the
failure of the  defendant  or defendants to obey such court order
or order of  the  family  support magistrate, the court or family
support magistrate may  order  a  capias  mittimus be issued, and
directed to some  proper  officer  to  arrest  such  defendant or
defendants and bring  him  or  them before the Superior Court for
the contempt hearing.  When any person is found in contempt under
this section, the court or family support magistrate may award to
the petitioner a  reasonable  attorney's  fee and the fees of the
officer serving the  contempt  citation,  such sums to be paid by
the person found  in  contempt. In addition to or in lieu of such
contempt proceedings the court or family support magistrate, upon
a finding that  any  person  has  failed  to  obey any order made
hereunder, may suspend  any  professional,  occupational or motor
vehicle operator's license as provided in subsections (b) to (e),
inclusive, of section  46b-220, provided such failure was without
good cause, may  issue  a  wage  withholding  order  against such
amount of any  debt  accruing  by  reason of personal services as
provided by sections 52-362, 52-362b and 52-362c, and may further
order executions against any real, personal, or other property of
such person which  cannot  be  categorized  solely as either, for
payment of accrued  and  unpaid  amounts due under such order. No
entry fee, judgment  fee  or any other court fee shall be charged
by the court  or the family support magistrate to either party in
proceedings under this  section. Any written agreement to support
which is filed  with  the  court or the Family Support Magistrate
Division shall have  the  effect  of  an  order of the court or a
family support magistrate.
    (b) The Attorney  General of the state of Connecticut and the
attorney representing a  town,  shall  become  a  party  for  the
interest of the  state  of  Connecticut  and  such  town,  in any
proceedings  for  support   which  concerns  any  person  who  is
receiving or has  received  public  assistance  or  care from the
state or any  town. The Attorney General shall represent the IV-D
agency in [non-AFDC]  NON-TANF  IV-D  support  cases  if the IV-D
agency determines that  such  representation is required pursuant
to guidelines issued by the Commissioner of Social Services.
    (c) The court  or  a family support magistrate may direct all
orders of support  to  be  made  through  the Support Enforcement
Division and shall  direct payments made under such orders to the
Commissioner of Administrative  Services, with authority residing
in  the  Support  Enforcement  Division  to  enforce  all  orders
directed for its supervision.
    (d) No order  for  support  made  by  the  court  or a family
support magistrate shall  be  stayed  by an appeal but such order
shall continue in  effect  until  a determination is made thereon
upon such appeal;  if  however  as  a  result  of  such appeal or
further hearing, the  amount of such order is reduced or vacated,
such defendant shall be credited or reimbursed accordingly.
    (e) Any court  or  family  support magistrate, called upon to
enforce  a  support  order,  shall  insure  that  such  order  is
reasonable in light  of the obligor's ability to pay. Any support
order entered pursuant to this section, or any support order from
another jurisdiction subject  to  enforcement  by  the  state  of
Connecticut, may be  modified by motion of the party seeking such
modification upon a  showing  of  a  substantial  change  in  the
circumstances of either party or upon a showing that such support
order substantially deviates  from  the  child support guidelines
established pursuant to  section  46b-215a,  unless  there  was a
specific finding on  the  record  that  the  application  of  the
guidelines would be  inequitable  or  inappropriate, provided the
court or family  support magistrate finds that the obligor or the
obligee and any  other  interested  party  have  received  actual
notice of the  pendency  of such motion and of the time and place
of the hearing  on  such  motion.  There  shall  be  a rebuttable
presumption that any deviation of less than fifteen per cent from
the child support guidelines is not substantial and any deviation
of fifteen per  cent  or more from the guidelines is substantial.
Modification may be  made of such support order without regard to
whether the order  was issued before, on or after May 9, 1991. No
such support orders  may  be subject to retroactive modification,
except that the  court  or  family  support  magistrate may order
modification with respect  to  any period during which there is a
pending motion for  a  modification  of an existing support order
from the date  of  service  of  the notice of such pending motion
upon the opposing party pursuant to section 52-50. In any hearing
to modify any  support  order from another jurisdiction the court
or the family support magistrate shall conduct the proceedings in
accordance with the procedure set forth in section 46b-197.
    Sec. 108. Section 46b-231 of the general statutes, as amended
by public act  97-252  and  section  7  of  public act 97-294, is
repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) This section  shall  be  known  and  may  be cited as the
"Family Support Magistrate's Act".
    (b) For the purposes of this section:
    (1)  ["AFDC cases"]  "TANF  CASES"  are  cases  in  which  an
individual is receiving  benefits under [Title IV-A of the Social
Security Act] THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES
PROGRAM;
    (2)  "Chief  Family  Support  Magistrate"  means  the  family
support magistrate designated by the Chief Court Administrator as
provided in subsection  (f)  of  this  section  to  determine and
enforce child support orders under this section and designated to
administer proceedings to enforce such orders;
    (3) "Child support  enforcement  services" means the services
provided for the  establishment and enforcement of support by the
department pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act;
    (4) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Social Services,
a designee or authorized representative;
    (5) "Connecticut Child  Support  Enforcement  Bureau" means a
division within the  Department  of  Social  Services established
pursuant to section 17b-179, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT;
    (6) "Department" means  the  Department of Social Services or
any bureau, division  or  agency  of  the  Department  of  Social
Services;
    (7) "Family Support  Magistrate Division" means a division of
the Superior Court  created  by  this  section for the purpose of
establishing and enforcing  child  and  spousal  support  in IV-D
cases utilizing quasi-judicial proceedings;
    (8) "Family support  magistrate" means a person, appointed as
provided in subsection  (f)  of  this  section  to  establish and
enforce child and spousal support orders;
    (9) "Foster care  cases"  are  cases  in  which  children are
receiving foster care  under  Title  IV-E  of the Social Security
Act;
    (10) "Law" includes both common and statute law;
    (11) "Obligee" means  any person to whom a duty of support is
owed;
    (12) "Obligor" means any person owing a duty of support;
    (13)  "IV-D agency"  means  the  agency  created  by  section
17b-179, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT, the Child Support Enforcement
Bureau of the  Department  of  Social Services, to administer the
child support program  mandated  by  Title  IV-D  of  the  Social
Security Act;
    (14) "IV-D support  cases"  are actions for child and spousal
support under Title  IV-D  of the Social Security Act and include
cases in which  support rights have been assigned to the state in
[AFDC] TANF cases  and  in  foster care cases or cases in which a
person has applied,  prior  to  October  1,  1993, to the Support
Enforcement Division of  the  Superior  Court,  or applied, on or
after October 1,  1993, to the Department of Social Services, for
child-support enforcement services.
    (c) The remedies  herein  provided are in addition to and not
in substitution for any other remedy.
    (d) There is  created  the Family Support Magistrate Division
of  the  Superior   Court   for  the  purpose  of  the  impartial
administration of child and spousal support.
    (e) Repealed by P.A. 91-190, S. 8, 9.
    (f) The Family Support Magistrate Division shall include nine
family support magistrates who shall be appointed by the Governor
to serve in  that  capacity  for  a term of three years. A family
support magistrate may be reappointed upon completion of his term
of office by  the  Governor.  To  be  eligible for appointment, a
family support magistrate  must  have  engaged in the practice of
law  for five  years  prior  to  his  appointment  and  shall  be
experienced in the field of family law. He shall devote full time
to his duties as a family support magistrate and shall not engage
in the private  practice  of law. A family support magistrate may
be removed from office by the Governor for cause.
    (g) A Chief  Family Support Magistrate shall be designated by
the Chief Court  Administrator  of  the Superior Court from among
the nine family  support  magistrates  appointed  by the Governor
pursuant to subsection  (f)  of this section. Under the direction
of  the Chief  Court  Administrator,  the  Chief  Family  Support
Magistrate shall supervise the Family Support Magistrate Division
and submit an  annual report to the Chief Court Administrator and
perform such other duties as provided in this section.
    (h) (1) On  and  after  January  1,  1993,  the  Chief Family
Support Magistrate shall receive a salary of seventy-two thousand
seven  hundred  ninety-one  dollars,  and  other  family  support
magistrates  shall  receive   an  annual  salary  of  sixty-eight
thousand two hundred seventy-one dollars.
    (2) On and  after  July  1,  1995,  the  Chief Family Support
Magistrate shall receive  a  salary of seventy-four thousand nine
hundred   seventy-five  dollars,   and   other   family   support
magistrates shall receive  an  annual  salary of seventy thousand
three hundred nineteen dollars.
    (3) On and  after  July  1,  1996,  the  Chief Family Support
Magistrate shall receive  a  salary of seventy-seven thousand two
hundred twenty-four dollars, and other family support magistrates
shall receive an  annual  salary  of  seventy-two  thousand  four
hundred twenty-nine dollars.
    (4) On and  after  October  1, 1997, the Chief Family Support
Magistrate shall receive a salary of seventy-eight thousand seven
hundred sixty-nine dollars,  and other family support magistrates
shall receive an  annual  salary  of seventy-three thousand eight
hundred seventy-eight dollars.
    (5) On and  after  October  1, 1998, the Chief Family Support
Magistrate  shall receive  a  salary  of  eighty  thousand  three
hundred forty-five dollars,  and other family support magistrates
shall receive an  annual  salary  of  seventy-five thousand three
hundred fifty-six dollars.
    (i) (1) Family  support  magistrates  shall be included under
the provisions of  chapters  65  and  66 regarding retirement and
disability of state employees. Each such individual shall receive
full retirement credit for each year or portion thereof for which
retirement benefits are  paid  while  serving as a family support
magistrate.
    (2) Any family  support  magistrate  may elect to be included
within the provisions  of sections 51-49, 51-49a, 51-49b, 51-49c,
51-49d, 51-49h, 51-50a  and  51-50b, or to continue to be subject
to the provisions  of  subdivision  (1)  of  this subsection. Any
family support magistrate  who  has  so  elected  may revoke such
election and elect  to  be included in the provisions of chapters
65 and 66 regarding retirement and disability of state employees.
Thereupon  any payments  transferred  from  the  state  employees
retirement fund to  the  judges,  family  support magistrates and
compensation commissioners retirement  fund  shall be transferred
from the judges,  family  support  magistrates  and  compensation
commissioners retirement fund  to  the state employees retirement
fund.
    (j) The Chief  Court  Administrator shall designate assistant
clerks for the  Family  Support  Magistrate  Division to serve in
judicial districts created  pursuant  to  section 51-344 and such
other assistant clerks  and  other  employees as may be necessary
for the operation  of the Family Support Magistrate Division. The
assistant clerk designated  to  serve  in a judicial district for
the Family Support  Magistrate Division shall promptly notify the
obligee and the  obligor  or  the  attorney  for  the  obligee or
obligor  of  any  support  order  entered  by  a  family  support
magistrate assigned to  such judicial district. Such notice shall
set forth in  full  the terms of the support order entered by the
family support magistrate.  The  administrative  judge  for  each
judicial district may also assign clerks or administrative clerks
for  the judicial  district  to  serve  as  assistant  clerks  or
administrative clerks in  his  judicial  district  for the Family
Support Magistrate Division.
    (k) The Chief  Court  Administrator  shall  arrange  for  the
recording of all hearings before the family support magistrate by
contract or otherwise.
    (l) The judges  of  the  Superior  Court shall adopt rules of
procedure in accordance  with the provisions of section 51-14 for
the handling of  IV-D support cases by magistrates. Such rules of
procedure shall conform  when applicable to rules adopted for the
Superior Court.
    (m)  The Chief  Family  Support  Magistrate  and  the  family
support magistrates shall  have  the powers and duties enumerated
in this subsection.
    (1) A family  support  magistrate  in  IV-D support cases may
compel the attendance of witnesses or the obligor under a summons
issued pursuant to  sections  17b-745,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT,
46b-172 and 46b-215,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, or under a subpoena
issued pursuant to  section  52-143, or a citation for failure to
obey an order  of  a  family support magistrate or a judge of the
Superior Court. If a person is served with a summons, subpoena or
citation issued by the family support magistrate or the assistant
clerk of the  Family  Support  Magistrate  Division  and fails to
appear, a family  support  magistrate may issue a capias mittimus
directed to some  proper  officer  to  arrest  the obligor or the
witness  and  bring  him  before  a  family  support  magistrate.
Whenever such a  capias  mittimus  is ordered, the family support
magistrate  shall  establish  a  recognizance  to  the  state  of
Connecticut in the form of a bond of such character and amount as
to assure the  appearance  of  the  obligor  at  the next regular
session of the Family Support Magistrate Division in the judicial
district in which  the  matter  is  pending. If the obligor posts
such a bond,  and  thereafter  fails  to appear before the family
support magistrate at the time and place he is ordered to appear,
the family support  magistrate  may order the bond forfeited, and
the proceeds thereof  paid  to  the state in [AFDC] TANF cases or
the obligee in [non-AFDC] NON-TANF cases.
    (2)  Family support  magistrates  shall  hear  and  determine
matters involving child and spousal support in IV-D support cases
including petitions for  support  brought  pursuant  to  sections
17b-81, 17b-179, AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, 17b-745, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, and  46b-215,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT; applications for
show cause orders  in  IV-D  support  cases  brought  pursuant to
subsection (b) of  section  46b-172,  and  actions for interstate
enforcement of child  and  spousal support under sections 46b-180
to 46b-211, inclusive,  and  shall hear and determine all motions
for modifications of  child  and spousal support in such cases. A
family support magistrate  shall not modify an order for periodic
payment on an  arrearage due the state for state assistance which
has been discontinued  to  increase  such  payments,  unless  the
family support magistrate  first  determines  that  the state has
made a reasonable effort to notify the current recipient of child
support, at the  most  current  address  available  to  the  IV-D
agency, of the  pendency  of the motion to increase such periodic
arrearage payments and  of  the  time and place of the hearing on
such motion. If  such  recipient  appears,  either  personally or
through a representative,  at  such  hearing,  the family support
magistrate shall determine  whether the order in effect for child
support  is reasonable  in  relation  to  the  current  financial
circumstances  of  the  parties,  prior  to  modifying  an  order
increasing such periodic arrearage payments.
    (3) Family support  magistrates  shall  review and approve or
modify all agreements  for  support  in  IV-D support cases filed
with the Family  Support  Magistrate  Division in accordance with
sections 17b-179, AS  AMENDED BY THIS ACT, 17b-745, AS AMENDED BY
THIS  ACT,  46b-172,   46b-215,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and
subsection (c) of section 53-304.
    (4) Motions for  modification  of  existing child and spousal
support orders entered  by  the  Superior  Court  in IV-D support
cases, including motions  to  modify  existing  child and spousal
support orders entered  in  actions  brought  pursuant to chapter
815j, shall be  brought in the Family Support Magistrate Division
and decided by  a family support magistrate, except that an order
to modify existing  child  and  spousal support orders entered in
actions brought pursuant  to chapter 815j shall be subject to the
approval of a  judge of the Superior Court and may be modified by
such judge. Family  support magistrates, in deciding if a spousal
or  child-support order  should  be  modified,  shall  make  such
determination  based upon  the  criteria  set  forth  in  section
46b-84, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT, and section 46b-215b. A person
who is aggrieved  by  a  decision  of a family support magistrate
modifying a superior  court  order  is  entitled  to  appeal such
decision in accordance  with  the provisions of subsection (n) of
this section.
    (5) Proceedings to  establish paternity in IV-D support cases
shall be filed  in the family support magistrate division for the
judicial district where  the  mother  or putative father resides.
The matter shall  be  heard  and determined by the family support
magistrate in accordance  with  the  provisions  of chapter 815y,
except that if  a  party  to  the  action  demands trial by jury,
pursuant to section  46b-164,  the  matter  shall be referred for
trial to the  superior  court for the judicial district where the
case was filed.
    (6) Acknowledgments of  paternity  and agreements for support
obtained in [AFDC]  TANF  cases,  or cases in which the mother of
the child has  applied for IV-D services, shall be filed with the
assistant clerk of the family support magistrate division for the
judicial district where  the  mother of the child or the putative
father resides, pursuant  to  section  46b-172,  and shall become
effective as an  order  upon  filing with the clerk. Such support
agreements shall be reviewed by the family support magistrate who
shall  approve  or  disapprove  the  agreement.  If  the  support
agreement filed with the clerk is disapproved by a family support
magistrate, such disapproval shall have a retroactive effect.
    (7) Family support magistrates shall enforce orders for child
and spousal support entered by such family support magistrate and
by the Superior  Court in IV-D support cases by citing an obligor
for contempt. Family  support magistrates may require the obligor
to furnish recognizance  to  the state of Connecticut in the form
of a cash deposit or bond of such character and in such amount as
the Family Support  Magistrate  Division  deems  proper to assure
appearance at the  next  regular  session  of  the Family Support
Magistrate Division in  the judicial district in which the matter
is pending. Upon  failure  of  the obligor to post such bond, the
family support magistrate  may  refer  the obligor to a community
correctional  center until  he  has  complied  with  such  order,
provided that the  obligor  shall  be  heard  at the next regular
session of the Family Support Magistrate Division in the court to
which he was summoned. If no regular session is held within seven
days of such referral, the family support magistrate shall either
cause a special session of the Family Support Magistrate Division
to be convened, or the obligor shall be heard by a Superior Court
judge in the  judicial  district.  If the obligor fails to appear
before the family  support magistrate at the time and place he is
ordered to appear,  the  family  support magistrate may order the
bond, if any,  forfeited,  and  the  proceeds thereof paid to the
state in [AFDC]  TANF cases or the obligee in [non-AFDC] NON-TANF
cases, as the  family  support  magistrate may determine, and the
family support magistrate  may  issue  a  capias mittimus for the
arrest of the  obligor,  ordering him to appear before the family
support magistrate. A  family  support  magistrate  may determine
whether or not  an  obligor  is  in  contempt of the order of the
superior court or  of  a  family  support magistrate and may make
such  orders  as  are  provided  by  law  to  enforce  a  support
obligation,  except  that   if   the  family  support  magistrate
determines that incarceration of an obligor for failure to obey a
support order may  be  indicated,  the  family support magistrate
shall inform the  obligor  of  his  right to be represented by an
attorney and his right to a court-appointed attorney to represent
him if he  is  indigent. If the obligor claims he is indigent and
desires  an  attorney   to  represent  him,  the  family  support
magistrate shall conduct a hearing to determine if the obligor is
indigent; and if  he  so  finds,  he  will appoint an attorney to
represent him.
    (8) Agreements between  parties  as to custody and visitation
of minor children  in  IV-D  support  cases may be filed with the
assistant clerk of  the  Family Support Magistrate Division. Such
agreements shall be  reviewed by a family support magistrate, who
shall approve the agreement unless he finds such agreement is not
in the best interests of the child. Agreements between parties as
to custody and visitation in IV-D support cases shall be enforced
in the same  manner  as  agreements  for  support  are  enforced,
pursuant to subdivision (7) of this subsection.
    (9) Whenever an obligor is before a family support magistrate
in proceedings to establish, modify or enforce a support order in
a IV-D support  case  and  such  order  is  not secured by a wage
garnishment or withholding  order, the magistrate may require the
obligor to execute  a  bond  or post other security sufficient to
perform such order  for  support,  provided  the magistrate finds
that such a  bond  is available for purchase within the financial
means of the obligor. Upon failure of such obligor to comply with
such support order,  the  family support magistrate may order the
bond or the  security  forfeited and the proceeds thereof paid to
the state in  [AFDC]  TANF  cases or to the obligee in [non-AFDC]
NON-TANF cases.
    (10) In any  proceeding  in  the  Family  Support  Magistrate
Division, if the  family support magistrate finds that a party is
indigent and unable  to pay a fee or fees payable to the court or
to pay the  cost  of  service  of  process,  the  family  support
magistrate shall waive  such  fee or fees and the cost of service
of process shall be paid by the state.
    (11) A family  support  magistrate  may dismiss any action or
proceeding which the  family  support  magistrate  may  hear  and
determine.
    (n) (1) A  person  who  is aggrieved by a final decision of a
family support magistrate  is  entitled to judicial review by way
of appeal under this section.
    (2) Proceedings for such appeal shall be instituted by filing
a petition and  payment  of  a  fifty-five  dollar  filing fee in
superior court for the judicial district in which the decision of
the  family  support  magistrate  was  rendered  not  later  than
fourteen  days  after  filing  of  the  final  decision  with  an
assistant  clerk  assigned   to  the  Family  Support  Magistrate
Division or, if a rehearing is requested, not later than fourteen
days after filing  of  the  notice  of the decision thereon. Such
petitions shall be  accompanied by a certification that copies of
the petition have  been served upon the IV-D agency as defined in
subsection (b) of this section and all parties of record. Service
upon the IV-D  agency may be made by the appellant mailing a copy
of the petition  by  certified mail to the office of the Attorney
General in Hartford.
    (3) Within fourteen days after the filing of the petition, or
within such further  time  as  may  be  allowed by the court, the
Family  Support  Magistrate   Division   shall  transmit  to  the
reviewing court the  original  or  a certified copy of the entire
record of the  proceeding  appealed from, which shall include the
decision of the  family support magistrate. The court may require
or permit subsequent corrections or additions to the record.
    (4)  The  aggrieved  party  shall  file  with  his  appeal  a
statement that no  transcript  is  required  for  the  purpose of
determining the issues  raised  on  appeal or a statement that he
has ordered a  transcript. A transcript may be filed by any party
to an appeal  and  shall  be  filed  within  thirty days from the
filing of said  appeal unless the time for filing such transcript
is extended by  order of the Superior Court or the family support
magistrate. Costs of  preparing  the  transcript shall be paid by
the party ordering the preparation of the transcript.
    (5) If, before  the date set for hearing, application is made
to the Superior  Court  for leave to present additional evidence,
and it is  shown  to  the  satisfaction  of  the  court  that the
additional evidence is  material and that there were good reasons
for failure to  present  it  in  the proceeding before the family
support magistrate, the  Superior  Court  may  permit  additional
evidence be taken  before  it  upon  conditions determined by the
court.
    (6) The appeal  shall  be  conducted  by  the  Superior Court
without a jury  and  shall  be  confined  to  the record and such
additional evidence as  the  Superior  Court  has permitted to be
introduced. The Superior  Court,  upon  request,  shall hear oral
argument and receive written briefs.
    (7) The Superior  Court may affirm the decision of the family
support magistrate or  remand  the  case for further proceedings.
The  Superior  Court  may  reverse  or  modify  the  decision  if
substantial rights of  the appellant have been prejudiced because
the  decision  of  the  family  support  magistrate  is:  (A)  In
violation  of constitutional  or  statutory  provisions;  (B)  in
excess  of  the   statutory   authority  of  the  family  support
magistrate; (C) made  upon  unlawful  procedure;  (D) affected by
other  error of  law;  (E)  clearly  erroneous  in  view  of  the
reliable,  probative,  and  substantial  evidence  on  the  whole
record; or (F)  arbitrary or capricious or characterized by abuse
of discretion or clearly unwarranted exercise of discretion.
    (8) Any order  entered  by  the  court  pursuant to an appeal
under this subsection  may  be  retroactive  to  the  date of the
original order entered by the family support magistrate.
    (9) Upon all  such  appeals  which  are  denied, costs may be
taxed in favor  of  the prevailing party at the discretion of the
Superior Court, but no costs shall be taxed against the state.
    (10) In any case in which any party claims that he cannot pay
the costs of an appeal or defending an appeal under this section,
he shall, within the time permitted for filing the appeal, or the
time  permitted for  filing  of  a  transcript  of  testimony  if
preparation of such  transcript  is required, file with the clerk
of the superior  court  to  which  the  appeal  is to be taken an
application  for waiver  of  payment  of  such  fees,  costs  and
necessary  expenses.  The  application  shall  conform  to  rules
adopted pursuant to  section  51-14.  After  such  hearing as the
Superior Court determines  is necessary, the Superior Court shall
enter its judgment  on  the  application,  which  judgment  shall
contain a statement  of  the  facts the Superior Court has found,
with its conclusions  thereon.  The filing of the application for
the waiver shall toll the time limits for the filing of an appeal
until such time as a judgment on such application is entered.
    (o) Upon final determination of any appeal from a decision of
a family support magistrate by the Superior Court, there shall be
no right to  further  review  except  to the Appellate Court. The
procedure on such  appeal to the Appellate Court shall, except as
otherwise provided herein,  be  in accordance with the procedures
provided by rule  or  law for the appeal of judgments rendered by
the Superior Court  unless  modified by rule of the judges of the
Appellate Court. There shall be no right to further review except
to the Supreme  Court  pursuant  to  the  provisions  of  section
51-197f.
    (p) The filing  of  an  appeal  from  a  decision of a family
support magistrate does  not  affect  the  order  of support of a
family support magistrate,  but it shall continue in effect until
the appeal is  decided,  and  thereafter,  unless  denied,  until
changed by further  order  of  a family support magistrate or the
Superior Court.
    (q) When an  order  for  child  or  spousal  support has been
entered against an  obligor  by  the  Superior Court in an action
originating in the Superior Court, such order shall supersede any
previous order for  child or spousal support against such obligor
entered by a  family  support magistrate and shall also supersede
any previous agreement  for  support executed by such obligor and
filed with the Family Support Magistrate Division.
    (r) Orders for support entered by a family support magistrate
shall have the  same  force  and effect as orders of the Superior
Court,  except  where  otherwise  provided  in  sections  17b-81,
17b-93, AS AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, 17b-179, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
17b-743 to 17b-746, inclusive, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, subsection
(a) of section  46b-55,  sections  46b-59a, 46b-86, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, and  46b-172,  this  chapter, subsection (b) of section
51-348,  section  52-362,  subsection  (a)  of  section  52-362d,
subsection (a) of  section  52-362e,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, and
subsection (c) of  section 53-304, and shall be considered orders
of  the Superior  Court  for  the  purpose  of  establishing  and
enforcing support orders  of  the  family  support magistrate, as
provided in sections  17b-81,  17b-93,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT,
17b-179, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, 17b-745, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
52-362, 52-362d, 52-362e,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and 53-304,
except as otherwise  provided  in  this  section.  All orders for
support issued by family support magistrates in any matter before
a magistrate shall  contain  an  order for withholding to enforce
such orders as set forth in said section 52-362.
    (s) Support enforcement  officers  of the Support Enforcement
Division of the Superior Court shall:
    (1) Supervise the  payment  of  any  child or spousal support
order made by  a  family  support magistrate. Supervision of such
orders is defined  as the utilization of all procedures available
by law to  collect  child  or spousal support, including issuance
and implementation of  wage  withholdings  ordered  by  a  family
support magistrate pursuant  to section 52-362, and if necessary,
bringing  an  application   for  contempt  to  a  family  support
magistrate and, in  connection  with such application, issuing an
order requiring the  obligor  to  appear  before a family support
magistrate to show  cause  why  he should not be held in contempt
for failure to  pay an order for child or spousal support entered
by the Superior Court or a family support magistrate;
    (2) In [non-AFDC] NON-TANF cases, have the authority to bring
petitions for support  orders  pursuant  to  section  46b-215, AS
AMENDED  BY THIS  ACT,  file  agreements  for  support  with  the
assistant clerk of  the  Family  Support Magistrate Division, and
bring applications for  show  cause  orders  pursuant  to section
46b-172,  and in  IV-D  cases,  enforce  foreign  support  orders
registered with the  Family  Support Magistrate Division pursuant
to section 46b-198b,  and  file  agreements  for support with the
assistant clerk of the Family Support Magistrate Division;
    (3) In connection  with any order or agreement entered by, or
filed with, the  Family Support Magistrate Division, or any order
entered by the  Superior Court in a IV-D support case upon order,
investigate the financial  situation  of  the  parties and report
findings to the  family  support  magistrate  regarding:  (A) Any
pending motion to  modify  such  order  or  agreement  or (B) any
request  or  application   for  modification  of  such  order  or
agreement made by an obligee;
    (4) In [non-AFDC]  NON-TANF  IV-D cases, review child support
orders at the request of either parent subject to a support order
or at the  request of the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement and
initiate an action  before  a family support magistrate to modify
such support order  if it is determined upon such review that the
order substantially deviates  from  the  child support guidelines
established pursuant to section 46b-215a or 46b-215b. There shall
be a rebuttable  presumption  that  any  deviation  of  less than
fifteen  per cent  from  the  child  support  guidelines  is  not
substantial and any  deviation  of  fifteen per cent or more from
the guidelines is  substantial.  Modification may be made of such
support order without  regard  to  whether  the  order was issued
before, on or after May 9, 1991. In determining whether to modify
a child support  order based on a substantial deviation from such
child support guidelines,  consideration  shall  be  given to the
division of real  and  personal  property between the parties set
forth in any  final  decree  entered pursuant to chapter 815j and
the  benefits accruing  to  the  child  as  the  result  of  such
division. No order for periodic payment of support may be subject
to  retroactive modification,  except  that  the  family  support
magistrate may order  modification  with  respect  to  any period
during which there  is  a  pending  motion  for modification of a
support order from  the date of service of notice of such pending
motion to the opposing party pursuant to section 52-50.
    (5) In [AFDC]  TANF  IV-D  cases, review child support orders
and initiate an  action  before  a  family  support magistrate to
modify such support  order  if  it is determined upon such review
that (A) there  is  substantial  change  in  the circumstances of
either party, or  (B)  the  order substantially deviates from the
child support guidelines established pursuant to section 46b-215a
or 46b-215b. There  shall  be  a  rebuttable presumption that any
deviation of less  than  fifteen  per cent from the child support
guidelines is not  substantial  and  any deviation of fifteen per
cent or more from the guidelines is substantial. Modification may
be made of such support order without regard to whether the order
was issued before,  on  or  after  May  9,  1991.  In determining
whether to modify  a  child  support order based on a substantial
deviation from such child support guidelines, consideration shall
be given to  the  division  of real and personal property between
the parties set  forth  in  any  final decree entered pursuant to
chapter 815j and the benefits accruing to the child as the result
of such division. No order for periodic payment of support may be
subject  to retroactive  modification,  except  that  the  family
support magistrate may  order  modification  with  respect to any
period during which there is a pending motion for modification of
a support order  from  the  date  of  service  of  notice of such
pending motion to the opposing party pursuant to section 52-50.
    (t) The Attorney General shall:
    (1) Represent the  interest  of  the state in all actions for
child or spousal  support  in  all  cases  in  which the state is
furnishing or has  furnished aid or care to one of the parties to
the action or a child of one of the parties;
    (2) Represent the  petitioner  in proceedings for enforcement
of  interstate support  enforcement  under  sections  46b-180  to
46b-211, inclusive, unless  the  petitioner  is represented by an
attorney retained by the petitioner;
    (3)  Represent  the   IV-D   agency   in   providing  support
enforcement services in  [non-AFDC]  NON-TANF  IV-D support cases
pursuant  to sections  17b-179,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and
46b-215, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    (u) The Department  of  Social Services may in IV-D cases (1)
bring petitions for  support  orders pursuant to section 46b-215,
AS AMENDED BY  THIS ACT, (2) obtain acknowledgments of paternity,
(3) bring applications  for show cause orders pursuant to section
46b-172, and (4)  file  agreements for support with the assistant
clerk of the Family Support Magistrate Division.
    Sec. 109. Section 52-251d of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  In  any  civil  action  to  establish  paternity  or  to
establish, modify or  enforce child support orders in [AFDC] TANF
cases pursuant to  sections  17b-748,  46b-86, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, 46b-171, 46b-160,  46b-172,  46b-180, 46b-215, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, and  46b-231,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, the court may
allow the state,  when  it  is the prevailing party, a reasonable
attorney's fee.
    (b) The provisions  of  subsection  (a) of this section shall
not be deemed:  (1)  To  create a new cause of action against any
individual  or (2)  to  confer  any  new  jurisdiction  upon  the
Superior Court in any action against any individual.
    Sec. 110. Section 52-362e of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Subject to the provisions of section 52-362h, whenever an
order of the  Superior  Court  or a family support magistrate for
support of a  minor  child  or children is issued, and, in [AFDC]
TFA cases as  defined  in  subdivision  (1)  of subsection (b) of
section 46b-231, AS  AMENDED BY THIS ACT, the person against whom
such order was  issued owes past-due support of one hundred fifty
dollars or more,  or in [non-AFDC] NON-TANF IV-D support cases as
defined in subsection  (b)  of  SAID  section 46b-231, the person
against whom such  order was issued owes past due support of five
hundred dollars or  more,  the state shall submit to the Internal
Revenue Service through  the  federal  Office  of  Child  Support
Enforcement the name  of  such person and request the withholding
from refunds of  federal  income  taxes owed to such person of an
amount  equal to  the  past-due  support,  and  payment  of  such
withheld amount to  the  state  for distribution to the state for
reimbursement of public  assistance  in  [AFDC] TANF cases and in
[non-AFDC] NON-TANF IV-D  support  cases  for distribution to the
guardian or custodial  parent  of  such  minor child or children,
after first deducting from the amount payable to such guardian or
custodial parent a  collection fee determined by the Secretary of
the Treasury to  be  sufficient to reimburse the Internal Revenue
Service for the cost of the offset procedure.
    (b) Subject to  the  provisions  of  subsection  (c)  of this
section, whenever an  order  of  the  Superior  Court or a family
support magistrate for  support  of  a minor child or children is
issued, and, in  [AFDC]  TANF cases, the person against whom such
support order is  issued  owes  past-due  support  of one hundred
fifty dollars or  more,  or  in  [non-AFDC] NON-TANF IV-D support
cases the person  against whom such order is issued owes past-due
support of five hundred dollars or more, the Department of Social
Services  shall submit  to  the  Commissioner  of  Administrative
Services the name of such person and request the withholding from
refunds of state  income  taxes  owed to such person of an amount
equal to the  past-due  support,  and  payment  of  such withheld
amount by the  Commissioner  of Revenue Services to the state for
distribution to the  state for reimbursement of public assistance
in [AFDC] TANF  cases  and  in  [non-AFDC]  NON-TANF IV-D support
cases for distribution  to  the  guardian  or custodial parent of
such minor child  or  children. Whenever an order of the Superior
Court or family  support magistrate is issued against a parent to
cover the cost  of  health  insurance for a child who is eligible
for Medicaid and  such  parent  has received payment from a third
party for the  costs  of  services  provided  under  such  health
coverage for such  child  but  such  parent  has  not  used  such
payments to reimburse, as appropriate, either the other parent or
guardian or the  provider  of  such services, the Commissioner of
Social   Services   shall   submit   to   the   Commissioner   of
Administrative Services the  name  of such person and request the
withholding from refunds  of  state  income  taxes  owed  to such
person of an  amount  necessary  to  reimburse  the Department of
Social Services for  such  costs  under the Medicaid program, and
payment of such  amount  shall be withheld by the Commissioner of
Revenue Services and  distributed  to  the  Department  of Social
Services for reimbursement.  However,  any  claims for current or
past due child  support  shall take priority over any such claims
for the costs of such services.
    (c)  The  Commissioner   of   Social   Services  shall  adopt
regulations,  in  accordance   with  chapter  54,  setting  forth
procedures in compliance  with  federal law and regulations under
Title IV-D of  the  Social  Security  Act  providing for adequate
notice of (1)  the  right  to a review by the Support Enforcement
Division  of  the   Superior   Court,   (2)   the   right  to  an
administrative hearing before  a  hearing  officer, (3) a list of
available defenses including  the  defense  described  in section
52-362h and (4)  procedures for an administrative hearing for any
person who is  alleged  to owe an arrearage and is subject to the
provisions of this section.
    Sec. 111. Subsection  (b)  of  section  54-210 of the general
statutes, as amended  by  section  5  of  public  act  97-257, is
repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) Payment of compensation under this chapter may be made to
a person who  is a recipient of [income assistance under sections
17b-19, 17b-22, 17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive,  17b-114  to  17b-138,
inclusive, 17b-180 to  17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-220  to 17b-250,
inclusive, 17b-256, 17b-259  to  17b-287,  inclusive,  17b-340 to
17b-350, inclusive, 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive, 17b-689  to  17b-693,  inclusive,  17b-746 to
17b-750, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808] PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, STATE
ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE   OR   GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  for
necessary and reasonable  expenses  related to injuries resulting
from a crime  and  not  provided  for  by  the  income assistance
program in which such person is a participant. Unless required by
federal law, no  such  payment  shall  be considered an asset for
purposes of eligibility for such assistance.
    Sec. 112. Section 17b-266 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 2  of public act 97-240, is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner of Social Services may, when he finds it
to be in  the  public  interest,  fund part or all of the cost of
benefits to any  recipient  under  sections  17b-260  to 17b-262,
inclusive, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive,
AS AMENDED BY  THIS  ACT,  and  17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive,
through  the  purchase   of   insurance   from  any  organization
authorized to do a health insurance business in this state.
    (b)  The  Commissioner   of   Social   Services  may  require
recipients of Medicaid  or  other  public  assistance  to receive
medical care on  a  prepayment or per capita basis, in accordance
with  federal  law   and   regulations,  if  such  prepayment  is
anticipated to result  in  lower  medical assistance costs to the
state.  The  commissioner   may  enter  into  contracts  for  the
provision of comprehensive  health  care  on  a prepayment or per
capita basis in accordance with federal law and regulations, with
the following: (1) A health care center subject to the provisions
of  chapter  698a;   (2)   a  consortium  of  federally-qualified
community health centers  and  other community-based providers of
health services which  are  funded  by  the state; [or] (3) other
consortia of providers  of  health  care services established for
the purposes of  this  subsection;  OR  (4) AN INTEGRATED SERVICE
NETWORK PROVIDING CARE  MANAGEMENT  AND COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE
ON A PREPAYMENT  OR  PER  CAPITA  BASIS  TO  ELDERLY AND DISABLED
RECIPIENTS OF MEDICAID WHO MAY ALSO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICARE.
    (c)  Providers  of  comprehensive  health  care  services  as
described in subdivisions  (2),  [and]  (3) AND (4) of subsection
(b) of this  section  shall  not  be subject to the provisions of
chapter 698a OR,  IN  THE  CASE OF AN INTEGRATED SERVICE NETWORK,
SECTIONS 17b-239 TO  17b-245,  INCLUSIVE,  17b-281,  17b-340,  AS
AMENDED BY THIS ACT, OR 17b-342 TO 17b-344, INCLUSIVE, AS AMENDED
BY  THIS ACT.  Any  such  provider  shall  be  certified  by  the
Commissioner  of Social  Services  in  accordance  with  criteria
established by the  commissioner,  including, but not limited to,
minimum reserve fund requirements.
    (d) The commissioner  shall  pay  all capitation claims which
would otherwise be  reimbursed  to  the health plans described in
subsection (b) of  this section in June, 1997, no later than July
31, 1997.
    (e) Providers of comprehensive health care under this section
shall report to  the Commissioner of Social Services all spending
by service category, as defined by the commissioner and set forth
in any contract under subsection (b) of this section.
    Sec. 113. (NEW) (a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall
submit an application  for  a  federal  waiver for the purpose of
conducting an 1115 research and demonstration waiver program: (1)
To provide comprehensive health care and care management services
for elderly and  disabled  Medicaid  recipients  who  may also be
eligible  for Medicare;  and  (2)  to  simplify  eligibility  for
Medicaid. The program  shall  be  designed  to  reduce  costs and
increase efficiency in  the operation of the Medicaid program and
to improve the  coordination  of  health  care  benefits with the
Medicare program. Under  said program, the Commissioner of Social
Services, in consultation  with  the  Insurance Commissioner, may
enter into contracts  with  integrated  service  networks for the
provision  of  comprehensive   long-term  health  care  and  care
management for participating  Medicaid recipients on a prepayment
or per capita  basis. Integrated service networks shall emphasize
the utilization of  primary and community-based services to avoid
utilization of institutional  care.  Eligible Medicaid recipients
shall have a choice of enrolling in an integrated service network
or  receiving Medicaid  covered  services  in  a  fee-for-service
program, and no  copays  or  a  lower  level of optional Medicaid
state plan services  than currently covered under fee-for-service
Medicaid, shall be  used  to  induce individuals to transfer into
the networks. Said  program,  established pursuant to the waiver,
may  include,  but  not  be  limited  to:  The  retention  of  an
independent  enrolment broker;  quality  and  access  performance
specifications for integrated  service  networks;  a  competitive
bidding process for  integrated  service  networks  and enrolment
brokers  seeking  contracts;  a  recipient  lock-in  policy;  and
eligibility criteria concerning assets. Said program, established
pursuant to the waiver, shall: (1) Ensure continuity of care; (2)
establish notice rights,  and  prompt  review  and appeal rights,
whenever services are  denied, reduced, suspended, or terminated;
(3) provide for the conducting of quality monitoring of plans and
the publication of  regular report cards comparing plans; (4) set
standards for access  to  health  care;  (5) prohibit involuntary
terminations of enrollees  from  a plan because of their frequent
use of services,  their  high  risk  for needing services, or any
other reason not  directly  related to furthering their health or
safety; (6) the commissioner shall solicit public response on the
waiver application through  a series of public hearings held at a
central location in  each  of  the  department's regions. For the
purpose of obtaining  responses  from  nursing facility residents
who may be unable to attend these hearing, the commissioner shall
also solicit responses  from the resident councils in a sample of
the nursing facilities  in  each region; and (7) provide coverage
of assymptomatic HIV  individuals for drug therapies connected to
the treatment of  their  condition  to  the  extent  permitted by
federal law. The  commissioner,  upon  approval  of  said waiver,
shall adopt regulations,  in  accordance  with  chapter 54 of the
general statutes, to implement the eligibility provisions of this
section.
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall submit said
application for a federal waiver to the joint standing committees
of the General  Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to
human services, public  health and appropriations and the budgets
of state agencies  prior to the submission of such application to
the federal government.  Within  fifteen days of their receipt of
such application, the  joint  standing  committees may advise the
commissioner of their  approval, nonapproval or modifications, if
any, of his application.
    (c) Prior to submission of said application for a waiver from
federal law to  the General Assembly under subsection (b) of this
section, the Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall  publish a
notice that the commissioner intends to seek such a waiver in the
Connecticut Law Journal,  along  with a summary of the provisions
of the waiver application and the manner in which individuals may
submit comments. The  commissioner  shall  allow fifteen days for
written comments on the waiver application prior to submission of
the application for  a  waiver  to  the  General  Assembly  under
subsection (a) of  this  section  and  shall  include all written
comments with the  waiver  application  in  the submission to the
General Assembly.
    Sec. 114. Subsection  (a)  of  section 17b-28a of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) There is  established  a  Waiver  Application Development
Council that shall  be  composed  of  the  following members: The
chairpersons and ranking  members of the JOINT STANDING committee
OF THE GENERAL  ASSEMBLY having cognizance of matters relating to
appropriations, or their  designees; the chairpersons and ranking
members of the  JOINT  STANDING committee OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
having cognizance of matters relating to human services, or their
designees; THE CHAIRPERSONS  AND  RANKING  MEMBERS  OF  THE JOINT
STANDING COMMITTEE OF  THE  GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVING COGNIZANCE OF
MATTERS  RELATING TO  PUBLIC  HEALTH,  OR  THEIR  DESIGNEES;  THE
CHAIRPERSONS AND RANKING  MEMBERS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE
OF THE GENERAL  ASSEMBLY HAVING COGNIZANCE OF MATTERS RELATING TO
AGING, OR THEIR  DESIGNEES;  THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES,
OR HIS DESIGNEE;  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  PUBLIC  HEALTH,  OR  HIS
DESIGNEE;  THE  COMMISSIONER   OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  AND  ADDICTION
SERVICES,  OR  HIS   DESIGNEE;   THE   COMMISSIONER   OF   MENTAL
RETARDATION, OR HIS  DESIGNEE;  THE  SECRETARY  OF  THE OFFICE OF
POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, OR HIS DESIGNEE; THE STATE COMPTROLLER, OR
HIS DESIGNEE; A REPRESENTATIVE OF ADVOCACY FOR MENTAL RETARDATION
TO BE APPOINTED  BY  THE  PRESIDENT  PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE; A
REPRESENTATIVE OF ADVOCACY FOR THE ELDERLY TO BE APPOINTED BY THE
MAJORITY LEADER OF  THE  SENATE;  A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NURSING
HOME INDUSTRY TO  BE  APPOINTED  BY  THE  MINORITY  LEADER OF THE
SENATE;  A REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE  HOME  HEALTH  CARE  INDUSTRY,
INDEPENDENT OF THE  NURSING HOME INDUSTRY, TO BE APPOINTED BY THE
SPEAKER OF THE  HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSION  TO  BE APPOINTED BY THE MAJORITY LEADER
OF  THE  HOUSE   OF  REPRESENTATIVES;  A  REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROFESSION TO BE APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER
OF THE HOUSE  OF  REPRESENTATIVES;  A  HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TO BE
APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE; TWO ELDERLY
CONSUMERS  OF  MEDICAID   SERVICES  WHO  ARE  ALSO  ELIGIBLE  FOR
MEDICARE,  TO BE  APPOINTED  BY  THE  SPEAKER  OF  THE  HOUSE  OF
REPRESENTATIVES; A REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE MANAGED CARE INDUSTRY,
TO BE APPOINTED  BY  THE  PRESIDENT  PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE; A
SOCIAL SERVICES CARE  PROVIDER,  TO  BE APPOINTED BY THE MAJORITY
LEADER OF THE  HOUSE  OF  REPRESENTATIVES;  A FAMILY SUPPORT CARE
PROVIDER, TO BE  APPOINTED  BY THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE;
TWO PERSONS WITH  DISABILITIES  WHO  ARE  CONSUMERS  OF  MEDICAID
SERVICES, ONE TO BE APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE
SENATE AND ONE  TO  BE  APPOINTED  BY  THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES;  A REPRESENTATIVE OF LEGAL ADVOCACY FOR
MEDICAID CLIENTS, TO  BE  APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE
SENATE; and six  members  of  the  General  Assembly,  one member
appointed by the  president pro tempore of the Senate; one member
appointed by the  majority  leader  of  the  Senate;  one  member
appointed by the  minority  leader  of  the  Senate;  one  member
appointed by the  speaker  of  the  House of Representatives; one
member  appointed  by   the  majority  leader  of  the  House  of
Representatives; and one  member appointed by the minority leader
of the House of Representatives. The council shall be responsible
for advising the  Department  of  Social Services, which shall be
the lead agency  in  the  development  of a Medicaid Research and
Demonstration Waiver under  Section  1115  of the Social Security
Act for application  to  the Office of State Health Reform of the
United States Department  of  Health and Human Services by May 1,
1996. The council  shall  advise  the  department with respect to
specific provisions within  the waiver application, including but
not limited to,  the identification of populations to be included
in a managed  care program, a timetable for inclusion of distinct
populations, expansion of  access  to care, quality assurance and
grievance procedures for  consumers  and  providers.  The council
shall also advise the department with respect to the goals of the
waiver, including but not limited to, the expansion of access and
coverage, making state  health spending more efficient and to the
reduction of uncompensated care.
    Sec. 115. Section 19a-535 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) For the  purposes  of  this section: (1) "Facility" means
the entity certified  as  a  nursing  facility under the Medicaid
program or the  entity  certified  as  a skilled nursing facility
under the Medicare  program or with respect to facilities that do
not participate in  the  Medicaid or Medicare programs, a chronic
and  convalescent nursing  home  or  a  rest  home  with  nursing
supervision as defined in section 19a-521; (2) "Medicare distinct
part" means an  entity  certified  as  a skilled nursing facility
under the Medicare  program  within  a  facility;  (3) "transfer"
means the transfer  of  a  resident from a facility to a separate
facility, including a transfer into or out of a Medicare distinct
part, but does  not  include  the transfer of a resident from one
bed to another  bed  within  the  same  facility; (4) "discharge"
means the discharge  of  a  resident  from  a facility to another
institution or a noninstitutional setting.
    (b) A facility shall not transfer or discharge a patient from
the facility except  to  meet  the  welfare  of the patient which
cannot be met  in  the  facility, or unless the patient no longer
needs the services of the facility due to improved health, or the
health or safety of individuals in the facility is endangered, or
in  the case  of  a  self-pay  patient,  for  his  nonpayment  or
arrearage of more than fifteen days of the per diem facility room
rate, or the  facility  ceases to operate. In each case the basis
for transfer or  discharge  shall  be documented in the patient's
medical record by  a  physician.  In each case where the welfare,
health or safety  of  the  patient is concerned the documentation
shall be by  the patient's physician. A facility which is part of
a continuing care  facility  which  guarantees  life care for its
residents, as defined  in  subsection (b) of section 17b-354, may
transfer or discharge  (1)  a  resident  self-pay patient who has
intentionally transferred assets  in  a sum which will render the
patient unable to  pay  the  costs of facility care in accordance
with the contract  between the resident and the facility or (2) a
nonresident self-pay patient  who  has  intentionally transferred
assets in a  sum  which will render the patient unable to pay the
costs of a  total  of  forty-two months of facility care from the
date of initial admission to the facility.
    (c) Before effecting  a  transfer  or  discharge of a patient
from the facility,  the  facility  shall  notify, in writing, the
patient and his  guardian  or conservator, if any, or his legally
liable relative or  other  responsible  party  if  known [and the
Commissioner of Social  Services]  of  the  proposed  transfer or
discharge, the reasons therefor, its effective date, the location
to which the  patient  is  to  be  transferred or discharged, THE
RIGHT TO APPEAL  THE  PROPOSED  TRANSFER  OR  DISCHARGE  AND  THE
PROCEDURES FOR INITIATING  SUCH  AN  APPEAL  AS DETERMINED BY THE
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL  SERVICES,  THE DATE BY WHICH AN APPEAL MUST
BE INITIATED IN ORDER TO STAY THE PROPOSED TRANSFER OR DISCHARGE,
WHICH DATE SHALL  BE TEN DAYS FROM THE RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE FROM
THE FACILITY, THAT  THE  PATIENT  MAY  REPRESENT  HIMSELF  OR  BE
REPRESENTED BY LEGAL  COUNSEL,  A  RELATIVE,  A  FRIEND  OR OTHER
SPOKESMAN,  and  information   as   to   bed  hold  and  hospital
readmission  policy  when  appropriate.  The  notice  shall  ALSO
include the name,  mailing  address  and  telephone number of the
state nursing home  ombudsman. If the patient is, or the facility
alleges a patient  is,  mentally ill or developmentally disabled,
the notice shall  include the name, mailing address and telephone
number of the  Office  of Protection and Advocacy. [The notice to
the commissioner shall  include  the  name  and  address  of  the
patient's guardian or  conservator, if any, or his legally liable
relative or other  responsible  party if known.] The notice shall
be given at  least  thirty days and no more than sixty days prior
to the patient's  transfer  or discharge, except where the health
or safety of  individuals in the facility are endangered or where
the  patient's health  improves  sufficiently  to  allow  a  more
immediate transfer or  discharge,  or where immediate transfer or
discharge is necessitated  by  urgent  medical  needs  or where a
patient has not resided in the facility for thirty days, in which
cases notice shall  be  given as many days before the transfer or
discharge as practicable.  [The  notice shall also include notice
of the right  of the patient to appeal a transfer or discharge by
the facility pursuant to subsection (h) of this section.]
    (d) No patient  shall  be  transferred or discharged from any
facility as a  result  of a change in his status from self-pay or
Medicare to Medicaid  provided  the  facility  offers services to
both categories of  patients.  Any  such patient who wishes to be
transferred to another  facility  which  has agreed to accept him
may do so upon giving at least fifteen days written notice to the
administrator of the  facility from which he is to be transferred
and a copy  thereof  to the appropriate advocate of such patient.
The  patients'  advocate   may  help  the  patient  complete  all
administrative procedures relating to a transfer. As used in this
section "self-pay" patient  means  a patient who is not receiving
state or municipal assistance to pay for the cost of care.
    (e) Except (1)  in  an emergency, (2) IN THE CASE OF TRANSFER
TO A HOSPITAL,  OR  (3)  IN THE CASE OF TRANSFER INTO OR OUT OF A
MEDICARE DISTINCT PART  WITHIN  THE  SAME INSTITUTION, no patient
shall be transferred  or  discharged  from  a  facility  unless a
discharge plan has  been  developed  by the personal physician of
the patient or  the  medical  director  in  conjunction  with the
nursing director, social worker or other health care provider. To
minimize the disruptive  effects  of the transfer or discharge on
the patient the  person responsible for developing the plan shall
consider  the  feasibility   of   placement  near  the  patient's
relatives, the acceptability  of the placement to the patient and
his guardian or  conservator,  if  any,  or  his  legally  liable
relative or other  responsible  party,  if  known,  and any other
relevant factors which  affect  the  patient's  adjustment to the
move. The plan  shall contain a written evaluation of the effects
of the transfer  or  discharge  on the patient and a statement of
the action taken  to  minimize such effects. In addition the plan
shall outline the  care  and  kinds of services which the patient
shall receive upon  transfer  or  discharge. Not less than thirty
days prior to  an involuntary transfer or discharge a copy of the
discharge  plan shall  be  provided  to  the  patient's  personal
physician if the  discharge  plan  was  prepared  by  the medical
director, to the patient and his guardian or conservator, if any,
or his legally  liable  relative  or  other responsible party, if
known. [, and to the Department of Social Services if the patient
receives payments under  Title XIX of the federal Social Security
Act, as amended.]
    (f)  No  patient   shall   be  involuntarily  transferred  or
discharged from a  facility  if  such  transfer  or  discharge is
medically contraindicated.
    (g) The facility  shall  be  responsible  for  assisting  the
patient in finding appropriate placement.
    (h) (1) [The Commissioner of Social Services or his designee,
within five business  days  of  receipt  of  a notice of proposed
transfer or discharge pursuant to subsection (c) of this section,
shall provide the  patient  and  his  guardian or conservator, if
any, or his  legally  liable relative or other responsible party,
if known, with  a written notice informing such patient, guardian
or conservator, legally  liable  relative  or  other  responsible
party (A) of  the action the facility intends to take; (B) of the
right to appeal  the  proposed  transfer or discharge pursuant to
this section and  the  procedures  for initiating such an appeal;
(C) of the  date by which an appeal must be initiated in order to
stay a proposed  transfer  or  discharge  which date shall be ten
days from receipt  of  the  notice  from  the commissioner or his
designee; and (D)  that  the  patient may represent himself or be
represented by legal  counsel,  a  relative,  a  friend  or other
spokesman. A copy  of  the  notice shall be sent to the facility.
Notice shall be  deemed to have been received within five days of
the date it  was  mailed,  unless  the  patient  or his guardian,
conservator, legally liable  relative  or other responsible party
proves otherwise by a preponderance of the evidence.
    (2)] Except as  provided  in  subdivision  [(5)]  (4) of this
subsection, upon receipt of [any such] A request FOR A HEARING TO
APPEAL ANY PROPOSED  TRANSFER  OR  DISCHARGE, the Commissioner of
Social Services or his designee shall hold a hearing to determine
whether the transfer or discharge is being effected in accordance
with this section.  [Such a] A hearing shall be convened not less
than ten, but  not more than thirty days from the receipt of such
request and a  written  decision  made by the commissioner or his
designee within sixty  days  of the termination of the hearing or
within ninety days  of the date of the hearing request, whichever
occurs sooner. The  hearing shall be conducted in accordance with
chapter  54.  In   each  case  the  facility  shall  prove  by  a
preponderance of the  evidence  that  it  has  complied  with the
provisions of this section.
    [(3)] (2) The  patient,  his  guardian,  conservator, legally
liable  relative  or   other  responsible  party  shall  have  an
opportunity to examine,  during  regular  business hours at least
three business days prior to a hearing conducted pursuant to this
section, the contents  of  the  patient's  file maintained by the
facility  and all  documents  and  records  to  be  used  by  the
commissioner or his  designee or the facility at the hearing. The
facility shall have  an  opportunity  to  examine  during regular
business hours at  least  three  business  days  prior  to such a
hearing, all documents  and  records to be used by the patient at
the hearing.
    [(4)] (3) If  a  hearing  conducted  pursuant to this section
involves medical issues,  the  commissioner  or  his designee may
order an independent  medical  assessment  of  the patient at the
expense of the  Department of Social Services which shall be made
part of the hearing record.
    [(5)] (4) In  an  emergency  the  notice required pursuant to
subsection (c) of  this  section  [and  subdivision  (1)  of this
subsection] shall be  provided  as  soon  as practicable. For the
purposes of this  section  "emergency"  means  that  a failure to
effect an immediate  transfer  or  discharge  would  endanger the
health, safety or  welfare  of  the  patient or other patients. A
patient who is transferred or discharged on an emergency basis or
a patient who receives notice of such a transfer or discharge may
contest the action  by requesting a hearing in writing within ten
days of receipt  of  notice [from the commissioner] or within ten
days of the  transfer or discharge, whichever is later. A hearing
shall be held in accordance with the requirements [of subdivision
(2)] of this  subsection within seven business days of receipt of
the request.
    [(6)] (5) Except  in  the  case  of  a  transfer or discharge
effected pursuant to  subdivision  [(5)]  (4) of this subsection,
(A) an involuntary  transfer or discharge shall be stayed pending
a decision by  the  commissioner  or his designee, and (B) if the
commissioner or his designee determines the transfer or discharge
is being effected  in  accordance with this section, the facility
may not transfer  or  discharge the patient prior to fifteen days
from the receipt  of the decision by the patient and his guardian
or conservator, if  any,  or his legally liable relative or other
responsible party if known.
    [(7)] (6) A  copy  of  a  decision of the commissioner or his
designee shall be  sent  to  the  facility. The decision shall be
deemed to have  been received within five days of the date it was
mailed, unless the  patient or his guardian, conservator, legally
liable relative or  other responsible party proves otherwise by a
preponderance of the  evidence. The Superior Court shall consider
an appeal from  a  decision  of the Department of Social Services
pursuant to this section as a privileged case in order to dispose
of the case with the least possible delay.
    Sec. 116. Section 17b-812 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social Services shall implement and
administer a program of rental assistance for low-income families
living in privately-owned  rental  housing.  [and elderly persons
who reside in state-assisted rental housing for the elderly.] For
the purposes of  this  section,  a low-income family is one whose
income does not exceed fifty per cent of the median family income
for the area  of  the  state  in  which  such  family  lives,  as
determined by the commissioner.
    (b) Housing eligible  for  participation in the program shall
comply with applicable  state and local health, housing, building
and safety codes.
    (c) In addition  to  an  element  in  which rental assistance
certificates are made  available to qualified tenants, to be used
in eligible housing  which  such  tenants are able to locate, the
program may include  a  housing  support  element in which rental
assistance for tenants is linked to participation by the property
owner  in other  municipal,  state  or  federal  housing  repair,
rehabilitation or financing  programs. The commissioner shall use
rental assistance under  this  section  so  as  to  encourage the
preservation  of  existing  housing  and  the  revitalization  of
neighborhoods or the creation of additional rental housing.
    (d) The commissioner  shall administer the program under this
section to promote  housing  choice  for  certificate holders and
encourage racial and economic integration. The commissioner shall
establish maximum rent  levels  for each municipality in a manner
that promotes the  use  of the program in all municipalities. Any
certificate issued pursuant  to  this  section  may  be  used for
housing in any  municipality in the state. The commissioner shall
inform certificate holders  that a certificate may be used in any
municipality and, to  the  extent  practicable,  the commissioner
shall  assist certificate  holders  in  finding  housing  in  the
municipality of their choice.
    (e) Nothing in  this section shall give any person a right to
continued receipt of  rental  assistance  at  any  time  that the
program is not funded.
    (f) The commissioner  shall  adopt  regulations in accordance
with the provisions  of  chapter  54 to carry out the purposes of
this section. The  regulations  shall  establish  maximum  income
eligibility guidelines for  such  rental  assistance and criteria
for determining the  amount  of  rental assistance which shall be
provided to eligible  families.  [and  elderly persons, provided,
effective November 1,  1995, the amount of assistance for elderly
persons who are  certificate  holders  shall  be  the  difference
between thirty per  cent  of  their adjusted gross income, less a
utility allowance, and the base rent.]
    Sec.  117.  (NEW)   (a)  On  and  after  July  1,  1997,  the
Commissioner  of  Economic   and   Community   Development  shall
implement and administer  a  program  of  rental  assistance  for
elderly persons who  reside  in state-assisted rental housing for
the elderly.
    (b) Housing eligible for use in the program shall comply with
applicable state and  local  health, housing, building and safety
codes.
    (c)  In  addition  to  rental  assistance  certificates  made
available to qualified  tenants,  to  be used in eligible housing
which such tenants  are  able  to locate, the program may include
housing support in  which rental assistance for tenants is linked
to participation by  the property owner in other municipal, state
or federal housing  repair, rehabilitation or financing programs.
The commissioner shall  use  rental assistance under this section
to  encourage  the  preservation  of  existing  housing  and  the
revitalization of neighborhoods  or  the  creation  of additional
rental housing.
    (d) The commissioner  shall administer the program under this
section to promote  housing  choice  for  certificate holders and
encourage  diversity  of   residents.   The   commissioner  shall
establish maximum rent  levels  for each municipality in a manner
that promotes the  use  of the program in all municipalities. Any
certificate issued pursuant  to  this  section  may  be  used for
housing in any  municipality in the state. The commissioner shall
inform certificate holders  that a certificate may be used in any
municipality and, to  the  extent  practicable,  the commissioner
shall  assist certificate  holders  in  finding  housing  in  the
municipality of their choice.
    (e) Nothing in  this section shall give any person a right to
continued receipt of  rental  assistance  at  any  time  that the
program is not funded.
    (f)  Whenever  an   individual   who   qualifies  for  rental
assistance  pursuant  to   this  section  moves  into  congregate
housing, as defined  in  section  8-119e of the general statutes,
the Commissioner of  Economic  and  Community  Development  shall
calculate the rental  assistance  for  such individual to include
the entire period  of  his  occupancy  in  the congregate housing
facility,  regardless of  the  rental-assistance  status  of  any
former congregate housing occupant.
    (g) The commissioner  shall  adopt  regulations in accordance
with the provisions  of  chapter  54  of  the general statutes to
carry out the  purposes  of  this  section. The regulations shall
establish maximum income  eligibility  guidelines for such rental
assistance and criteria  for  determining  the  amount  of rental
assistance which shall  be provided to elderly persons, provided,
effective July 1,  1997,  the  amount  of  assistance for elderly
persons who are  certificate  holders  shall  be  the  difference
between thirty per  cent  of  their adjusted gross income, less a
utility  allowance, and  the  base  rent.  The  commissioner  may
administer the program under this section pursuant to regulations
adopted pursuant to  section  17b-812 of the general statutes, as
amended by this act, which are in effect on July 1, 1997.
    Sec.  118.  Section  19a-122b  of  the  general  statutes  is
repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Notwithstanding the provisions  of chapters 368v and 368z, an
organization licensed as  a hospice pursuant to the Public Health
Code or certified  as a hospice pursuant to 42 USC Section 1395x,
shall be authorized,  until October 1, [1997] 2000, to operate on
a pilot basis  a  residence  for  terminally ill persons, for the
purpose of providing  hospice  home  care arrangements including,
but not limited  to,  hospice home care services and supplemental
services. Such arrangements  shall  be provided to those patients
who would otherwise  receive  such  care from family members. The
residence shall provide  a  homelike atmosphere for such patients
for  a time  period  deemed  appropriate  for  home  health  care
services under like  circumstances.  Any hospice which operates a
residence  pursuant to  the  provisions  of  this  section  shall
cooperate with the  Commissioner  of  Public  Health  to  develop
standards for the licensure and operation of such homes.
    Sec. 119. (NEW)  The  Labor  Commissioner  shall  establish a
computerized interagency information  and  case management system
within the Labor  Department  for  the  purpose  of administering
contracts for employment  services  for  recipients  of temporary
family assistance. Such  information  shall  include,  but not be
limited  to,  all   statistical   and   relevant   data  for  the
administration of such  contracts.  The  Labor Department and the
Department of Social Services shall continually revise and update
said system with  data concerning such recipients for the purpose
of (1) assisting  in  the  implementation  and  operation  of the
temporary family assistance  program and (2) meeting federal work
participation requirements of  the Temporary Assistance For Needy
Families program.
    Sec. 120. (NEW)  The  Department  of  Social  Services  shall
administer an Employment  Services  Program  for  the  purpose of
providing employment services to recipients of benefits under the
Temporary Assistance For Needy Families Program pursuant to Title
IV-A of the  Social  Security Act. Said program shall include the
provision  of employment  services  to  recipients  of  Temporary
Family Assistance that  will  enable  them to become employed and
independent  of  cash  assistance  within  twenty-one  months  of
receipt of Temporary  Family Assistance. The Department of Social
Services  shall  not   enter   into   or  renew  any  contractual
obligations  for the  Employment  Services  Program  without  the
approval of the  Labor  Department.  The  Commissioner  of Social
Services shall implement  policies  and  procedures  necessary to
carry out the  purposes  of  this section while in the process of
adopting  such  policies   and  procedures  in  regulation  form,
provided notice is  published  in  the  Connecticut  Law  Journal
within  twenty  days  of  implementation  of  such  policies  and
procedures.  Final  regulations   shall   be   submitted  to  the
legislative regulation review  committee  no  later than November
15, 1997. Policies  and  procedures  implemented pursuant to this
section shall be  valid  until  the  time  final  regulations are
effective.
    Sec.  121. (NEW)  (a)  Effective  July  1,  1997,  the  Labor
Department shall transfer  to  the  Department of Social Services
the sum of  five  million  dollars.  The Labor Department and the
Department of Social  Services  shall  enter into a memorandum of
understanding, to be  effective not later than September 1, 1997,
for the purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of the delivery of
employment services to  recipients  of  Temporary  Assistance For
Needy Families. The  memorandum  of  understanding shall include,
but not be  limited  to, providing for (1) the identification and
reduction  of  duplicative  services;  (2)  the  coordination  of
contracts  for  employment  services;  (3)  the  maximization  of
federal funds through  the JOB Training Partnership Act which may
include seeking any necessary federal waiver; (4) the integration
of services to  provide a one-stop process for recipients seeking
services;  and  (5)  the  transfer  of  funds  for  administering
contracts and contracting  for employment services for recipients
of Temporary Assistance  For  Needy  Families.  The memorandum of
understanding shall provide  that  effective  July  1,  1998, the
Department  of  Social  Services  shall  transfer  to  the  Labor
Department funds for  the purposes of administering contracts and
contracting for employment  services  for recipients of Temporary
Assistance For Needy  Families. Effective July 1, 1998, the Labor
Department   shall   be    responsible   for   the   negotiation,
establishment, modification, extension, suspension or termination
of  any  such   contract   for  employment  services.  The  Labor
Department may provide  administration  and  services directly or
through the Connecticut  Employment  and  Training  Commission or
Regional Workforce Development Boards.
    (b)  The  Labor  Department  and  the  Department  of  Social
Services shall establish a six month pilot program in each of two
regions commencing July  1,  1997,  for  the purpose of providing
employment retention services.
    (c)  The  Labor  Department  and  the  Department  of  Social
Services shall report  on  the  implementation of sections 119 to
121, inclusive, of  this  act and subsections (a) and (b) of this
section, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly
having  cognizance  of   matters  relating  to  labor  and  human
services, the Office  of  Policy  and Management, the Connecticut
Employment  and Training  commission  and  the  advisory  council
established pursuant to  section  122  of  this  act on or before
February 15, 1998.
    Sec. 122. (a)  There  is  established  an advisory council to
oversee the Employment  Services  Program established pursuant to
section 120 of  this  act. Said council shall be comprised of the
following members: (1)  The  chairmen  and ranking members of the
joint  standing  committees   of   the  General  Assembly  having
cognizance of matters  relating  to  human  services,  labor, and
appropriations  and  the  budgets  of  state  agencies;  (2)  the
Commissioner of Social  Services,  or his designee; (3) the Labor
Commissioner, or his designee; (4) the Secretary of the Office of
Policy and Management,  or  his  designee;  (5)  one member to be
appointed by the  president  pro  tempore  of the Senate; (6) one
member to be  appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (7)
one member to  be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;
(8) one member  to  be  appointed  by the speaker of the House of
Representatives; (9) one  member  to be appointed by the majority
leader of the House of Representatives; and (10) one member to be
appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.
The Secretary of  the  Office  of  Policy  and Management, or his
designee, shall serve as chairman of said advisory council.
    (b) Said council  shall  be  responsible  for  overseeing and
advising  the Labor  Department  and  the  Department  of  Social
Services on the  Employment  Services  Program. The council shall
advise said departments on specific provisions including, but not
limited  to:  (1)  The  continuation  of  existing  job  training
contracts  with  the  Department  of  Social  Services;  (2)  the
implementation and utilization of the interagency information and
case management system,  established  pursuant  to section 120 of
this act; (3)  the transfer of the administration of contracts of
employment services to  recipients of temporary family assistance
from the Department of Social Services to the Department of Labor
for job training  services;  (4)  the  maximization  of available
educational   resources   from    community-technical   colleges,
vocational-technical high schools,  adult  education programs and
community   providers;  (5)   the   examination   and   potential
development of a  self-sufficiency standard for the recipients of
temporary family assistance that includes, but is not limited to,
a calculation of  the required amount of income an employed adult
requires to accommodate  his  family's needs; (6) the development
of public-private partnerships  with  employers  seeking  skilled
employees who shall  provide  training to such employees; (7) the
establishment of job search and job readiness skills training for
the transition to work; (8) individual job readiness assessments;
(9) examination of  possible  education  plan opportunities; (10)
the implementation of  job  placement  and  development programs;
(11) the creation  of  job  search  support  groups; and (12) the
development of job support services.
    (c)  The  Labor  Department  and  the  Department  of  Social
Services  shall present  their  progress  on  the  memorandum  of
understanding entered into pursuant to section 121 of this act to
said advisory council on or before October 15, 1997.
    (d)  Said  advisory  council  shall  submit  reports  on  the
Employment Services Program  to  the joint standing committees of
the General Assembly  having  cognizance  of  matters relating to
human services, labor,  and  appropriations  and  the  budgets of
state agencies. Said  council  shall  submit reports on or before
February  1, 1998,  and  January  1,  1999.  Said  council  shall
terminate on the  date it submits its second report or January 1,
1999, whichever is earlier.
    (e) On or  after  October  1,  1999,  the  Program Review and
Investigations  Committee shall  conduct  an  evaluation  of  the
implementation of sections 119 to 122, inclusive, of this act.
    Sec. 123. (NEW)  A  person  convicted  of  any  offense under
federal or state  law,  on or after August 22, 1996, which (1) is
classified as a  felony and (2) has as an element the possession,
use or distribution  of  a  controlled  substance,  as defined in
Subsection (6) of  21  USC  802,  shall  be eligible for benefits
pursuant to the  Temporary  Assistance For Needy Families Program
or the food stamp program pursuant to the Food Stamp Act of 1977,
if such person  has  completed  a  sentence imposed by a court. A
person shall also be eligible for said benefits if such person is
satisfactorily serving a  sentence of a period of probation or is
in the process  of completing or has completed a sentence imposed
by the court  of  mandatory  participation  in  a substance abuse
treatment program.
    Sec. 124. Subsection  (b)  of  section  17b-90 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (b) No person  shall,  except for purposes directly connected
with the administration  of  programs of the Department of Social
Services  and  in   accordance   with   the  regulations  of  the
commissioner, solicit, disclose,  receive  or  make  use  of,  or
authorize, knowingly permit,  participate  in or acquiesce in the
use of, any  list of the names of, or any information concerning,
persons applying for  or receiving assistance from the Department
of  Social  Services   or  persons  participating  in  a  program
administered by said  department,  directly or indirectly derived
from the records, papers, files or communications of the state or
its subdivisions or  agencies,  or  acquired in the course of the
performance of official duties. [; provided the state Department]
HOWEVER, THE COMMISSIONER  of  Social Services shall disclose (1)
TO ANY AUTHORIZED  REPRESENTATIVE  OF THE LABOR COMMISSIONER SUCH
INFORMATION  DIRECTLY  RELATED   TO   UNEMPLOYMENT  COMPENSATION,
ADMINISTERED PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 567 OR INFORMATION NECESSARY FOR
IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTIONS 119 TO 122, INCLUSIVE, OF THIS ACT, TO
ANY  AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION  SERVICES  ANY INFORMATION NECESSARY FOR THE
IMPLEMENTATION  AND  OPERATION  OF  THE  BASIC  NEEDS  SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM, to any  authorized representative of the Commissioner of
Administrative Services, or  the  Commissioner  of  Public Safety
such information as  the  state  Commissioner  of Social Services
determines  is  directly   related   to  and  necessary  for  the
Department of Administrative Services or the Department of Public
Safety for purposes  of  performing their functions of collecting
social services recoveries  and  overpayments  or  amounts due as
support in social  services  cases, investigating social services
fraud or locating absent parents of public assistance recipients;
or (2) to  any  authorized  representative of the Commissioner of
Children and Families  [the  address  and  telephone number of a]
NECESSARY  INFORMATION  CONCERNING  (A)  THE  EVALUATION  OF  THE
TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAM OR (B) A child or
the immediate family  of  a  child  receiving  services  from the
Department of Social Services if the Commissioner of Children and
Families has determined  that  imminent  danger  to  such child's
health, safety or  welfare  exists.  [;  and provided no] NO such
representative shall disclose  any  information obtained [thereby
except to carry  out  such  purpose]  PURSUANT  TO  THIS SECTION,
EXCEPT AS SPECIFIED IN THIS SECTION.
    Sec. 125. (NEW)  The  Department  of  Social  Services  shall
disclose  the  current   address  of  a  recipient  of  Temporary
Assistance For Needy  Families  and  the  current address, social
security number and  photograph,  if available, of a recipient of
food stamp program benefits, as required by federal law, upon the
request of a  federal,  state or local law enforcement officer if
the following conditions are met:
    (1) Such officer  provides  said  department with the name of
the recipient;
    (2)  (A) Such  officer  notifies  said  department  that  the
recipient  is  fleeing   to  avoid  prosecution,  or  custody  or
confinement after conviction,  under  the  laws of the place from
which the individual  flees, for a crime, or an attempt to commit
a crime, which  is a felony or high misdemeanor under the laws of
the  place from  which  the  individual  flees,  or  violating  a
condition of probation  or  parole imposed under federal or state
law, or (B)  the  recipient  has  information  necessary for such
officer to conduct official duties; and
    (3) The location  or  apprehension of the recipient is within
official duties of such officer.
    Sec. 126. (NEW)  The  Commissioner of Social Services, within
available appropriations, shall  include  an  adult family living
classification in the  rated  housing  category  under  the state
supplement to the  federal  Supplemental Security Income Program.
The commissioner shall also adopt regulations, in accordance with
chapter  54 of  the  general  statutes,  defining  "adult  family
living" for the purpose of creating such classification.
    Sec. 127. Subsection  (h)  of  section 17b-340 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (h) For the  fiscal  year  ending June 30, 1993, any home for
the aged with  an  operating cost component of its rate in excess
of one hundred  thirty  per  cent of the median of operating cost
components of rates  in effect January 1, 1992, shall not receive
an operating cost  component increase. For the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1993,  any  home  for  the  aged  with an operating cost
component of its  rate  that  is less than one hundred thirty per
cent of the  median  of  operating  cost  components  of rates in
effect January 1,  1992,  shall  have  an allowance for real wage
growth equal to sixty-five per cent of the increase determined in
accordance  with subsection  (q)  of  section  17-311-52  of  the
regulations  of  Connecticut   state   agencies,   provided  such
operating cost component  shall not exceed one hundred thirty per
cent of the median of operating cost components in effect January
1, 1992. Beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993, for
the purpose of  determining  allowable  fair rent, a home for the
aged  with  allowable   fair  rent  less  than  the  twenty-fifth
percentile  of  the  state-wide  allowable  fair  rent  shall  be
reimbursed  as  having   allowable   fair   rent   equal  to  the
twenty-fifth percentile of  the  state-wide  allowable fair rent.
Beginning with the  fiscal  year ending June 30, 1997, a home for
the aged with allowable fair rent less than three dollars and ten
cents per day  shall  be reimbursed as having allowable fair rent
equal to three  dollars and ten cents per day. Property additions
placed in service during the cost year ending September 30, 1996,
or any succeeding  cost  year shall receive a fair rent allowance
for such additions  as an addition to three dollars and ten cents
per day if  the fair rent for the facility for property placed in
service prior to  September  30,  1995,  is less than or equal to
three dollars and  ten  cents per day. For the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1996,  and any succeeding fiscal year, the allowance for
real wage growth, as determined in accordance with subsection (q)
of section 17-311-52  of  the  regulations  of  Connecticut state
agencies shall not  be  applied.  For the fiscal year ending June
30,  1996,  and   any   succeeding  fiscal  year,  the  inflation
adjustment made in  accordance  with  subsection  (p)  of section
17-311-52 of the  regulations of Connecticut state agencies shall
not be applied  to real property costs. Beginning with the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1997,  minimum  allowable patient days for
rate  computation  purposes   for   a  home  for  the  aged  with
twenty-five  beds or  less  shall  be  eighty-five  per  cent  of
licensed capacity. Beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30,
1998, for the  purposes of determining the allowable salary of an
administrator of a  home for the aged with sixty beds or less the
department shall revise  the  allowable  base  salary  to  thirty
thousand dollars to be annually inflated thereafter in accordance
with section 17-311-52  of  the  regulations of Connecticut state
agencies  AND  THE   INFLATION   ADJUSTMENT  FOR  RATES  MADE  IN
ACCORDANCE  WITH SUBSECTION  (p)  OF  SECTION  17-311-52  OF  THE
REGULATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES SHALL BE INCREASED BY ONE PER CENT.
BEGINNING WITH THE  FISCAL  YEAR  ENDING  JUNE  30, 1999, FOR THE
PURPOSE OF DETERMINING  THE  ALLOWABLE  SALARY OF A RELATED PARTY
THE DEPARTMENT SHALL  REVISE  THE  MAXIMUM SALARY TO TWENTY SEVEN
THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED  FIFTY SIX DOLLARS TO BE ANNUALLY INFLATED
THEREAFTER  IN  ACCORDANCE   WITH   SECTION   17-311-52   OF  THE
REGULATIONS OF CONNECTICUT STATE AGENCIES.
    Sec. 128. Section 17b-492 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Eligibility for  participation  in  the  program shall be
limited to any  resident  (1)  who  is sixty-five years of age or
older or who  is disabled, (2) whose annual income, if unmarried,
is less than  thirteen  thousand  eight hundred dollars, or whose
annual income, if  married, when combined with that of his spouse
is less than sixteen thousand six hundred dollars, (3) who is not
insured under a  policy  which  provides full or partial coverage
for prescription drugs  once  a deductible amount is met, and (4)
on  and  after   September   15,   1991,   who   pays  an  annual
twenty-five-dollar registration fee  to  the Department of Social
Services.  On [July  1,  1988]  JANUARY  1,  1998,  and  annually
thereafter, the commissioner  [may]  SHALL,  by  the  adoption of
regulations in accordance  with  chapter  54, increase the income
limits  established under  this  subsection  over  those  of  the
previous fiscal year  to  reflect the annual inflation adjustment
in Social Security  income, if any. Each such adjustment shall be
determined to the nearest one hundred dollars.
    (b) Payment for  a  prescription  under  the program shall be
made  only if  no  other  plan  of  insurance  or  assistance  is
available to an eligible person for such prescription at the time
of dispensing. The  pharmacy  shall  make  reasonable  efforts to
ascertain the existence of other insurance or assistance.
    Sec. 129. Subsection  (c)  of  section 19a-533 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (c) Upon the receipt of a complaint concerning a violation of
this section, THE  DEPARTMENT  OF SOCIAL SERVICES OR the regional
ombudsman shall conduct  an  investigation  into  such complaint.
[and shall report  his  findings  to  the  Department  of  Social
Services.]
    Sec. 130. Section 17b-408 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Upon receipt of  a report or complaint as provided in section
17b-407, the ombudsmen  shall determine immediately whether there
are reasonable grounds  for an investigation. If it is determined
that reasonable grounds  do  not  exist for an investigation, the
complainant or the  person making the report shall be notified of
this determination within  five working days after the receipt of
such complaint or  report.  If such reasonable grounds are found,
the  appropriate  regional  ombudsman  in  conjunction  with  the
patients' advocates, shall  investigate  such report or complaint
within ten working  days thereafter. The regional ombudsman shall
complete his investigation  and  make  a  report of his findings,
within fifteen working days after the receipt of the complaint or
report, a copy  of which shall be sent to the State Ombudsman. IF
THE INVESTIGATION INDICATES THAT THERE IS A POSSIBLE VIOLATION OF
SECTION 19a-533, AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, 19a-535, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, OR 19a-537, THE REGIONAL OMBUDSMAN MAY REFER THE REPORT
OR COMPLAINT TOGETHER  WITH  A REPORT OF ANY INVESTIGATION HE HAS
UNDERTAKEN TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES OR THE DEPARTMENT
OF PUBLIC HEALTH  FOR ACTION AS APPROPRIATE. If the investigation
indicates that there is a possible violation of the provisions of
the Public Health  Code  with  respect to licensing requirements,
the regional ombudsman [shall] MAY refer the report or complaint,
together with a  report of his investigation, to the Commissioner
of Public Health for appropriate action. [under the provisions of
sections 19a-523 to  19a-529,  inclusive, and 19a-531 to 19a-540,
inclusive.]  If  no  violation  of  the  Public  Health  Code  is
indicated, the regional  ombudsman  shall take whatever action he
deems necessary, and  shall  notify the complainant or the person
making the report,  of  the  action  taken within fifteen working
days after receipt of the complaint or report.
    Sec. 131. Section 17b-362 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Each nursing home  which participates in the Medicaid program
may request of  the  dispensing pharmacist that a prescription be
dispensed in an  amount equal to a five-day supply whenever (1) a
drug product is  prescribed  for the first time for a patient who
is a Medicaid  recipient  or  (2)  a  refill of a prescription is
necessary for such a patient and the patient's discharge from the
home is imminent,  EXCEPT  THAT  A PRESCRIPTION FOR A MAINTENANCE
DRUG, AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES, SHALL
BE DISPENSED IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO NO LESS THAN A TEN-DAY SUPPLY.
    Sec. 132. Subsection  (e)  of  section 17b-491 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (e) All prescription  drugs  of a pharmaceutical manufacturer
that participates in  the  program  pursuant to subsection (d) of
this section shall [be immediately available and the cost of such
drugs shall be  reimbursed and not subject to any restrictions or
prior authorization requirements]  BE SUBJECT TO PROSPECTIVE DRUG
UTILIZATION REVIEW, BUT NOT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION. Any prescription
drug of a  manufacturer  that does not participate in the program
shall not be  reimbursable,  unless the department determines the
prescription drug is essential to program participants.
    Sec. 133. Section 17b-363 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of   Social   Services   may  establish  a
[one-year] TWO-YEAR demonstration  program, to be administered in
accordance with federal law, for the purpose of exploring methods
of   [reducing   destruction   of]   RETURNING   AND   DISPENSING
prescription drugs WHICH  HAVE  BEEN  DISPENSED  TO  PATIENTS  in
long-term care facilities  [.  Under  such]  AND  NOT  USED. SUCH
program, [facilities may  submit individual or joint proposals to
the  commissioner, on  or  before  August  1,  1995,  to  provide
pharmaceutical services in a manner which reduces the destruction
of drugs, which]  may  include  an exception to subsection (h) of
section 21a-70, to allow a long-term care facility, which employs
a pharmacist less  than  thirty-five  hours per week, to purchase
drugs from a  wholesaler or manufacturer or the implementation of
a formulary. [No  proposal shall involve the return to a licensed
pharmacy of drugs  which  have  previously  been  dispensed.  The
commissioner may approve  the  proposals of up to ten facilities,
provided no proposal shall be approved which would increase state
expenditures. Proposals which  are  approved shall be implemented
January 1, 1996.]  The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
report  the  results  of  such  program  to  the  joint  standing
committees of the  General  Assembly having cognizance of matters
relating to human  services and [public health] APPROPRIATIONS on
or before February 15, [1997] 2000.
    Sec. 134. The Commissioner of Social Services shall establish
a pharmacy review  panel to serve as advisors in the operation of
pharmacy  benefit programs  administered  by  the  Department  of
Social Services, including  the implementation of any cost saving
initiatives undertaken pursuant to section 17b-362 of the general
statutes, as amended  by  section 131 of this act, and subsection
(e) of section  17b-491  of  the  general statutes, as amended by
section 132 of  this  act.  The  panel  shall be appointed by the
commissioner to a  three-year  term  and shall be composed of two
representatives of independent pharmacies, two representatives of
chain   pharmacies,   two   representatives   of   pharmaceutical
manufacturers, one physician  specializing in family practice and
one physician specializing  in  internal  medicine or geriatrics.
The panel shall  meet at least quarterly with the commissioner or
his designee.
    Sec. 135. Section 17b-359 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) For purposes  of  this  section, the terms "mentally ill"
and  ["active treatment"]  "SPECIALIZED  SERVICES"  shall  be  as
defined in Subsections  (e)(7)(G)(i) and (iii) of Section 1919 of
the Social Security Act and federal regulations.
    (b) No nursing  facility shall admit any person, irrespective
of source of  payment,  who  has  not  undergone  a  preadmission
screening process by  which  the  Department of Mental Health and
Addiction Services determines, based upon an independent physical
and mental evaluation  performed  by or under the auspices of the
Department of Social Services, whether the person is mentally ill
and, if so,  whether  such  person requires the level of services
provided by a  nursing  facility  and, if such person is mentally
ill and does  require  such level of services, whether the person
requires [active treatment] SPECIALIZED SERVICES. A person who is
determined to be mentally ill and not to require nursing facility
level services shall  not  be  admitted to a nursing facility. In
order to implement  the  preadmission review requirements of this
section and to  identify  applicants  for  admission  who  may be
mentally ill and  subject  to  the  requirements of this section,
nursing facilities may  not  admit  any  person,  irrespective of
source of payment,  unless an identification screen developed, or
in the case of out-of-state residents approved, by the Department
of Social Services  has  been  completed  and filed in accordance
with federal law.
    (c) No payment  from  any  source shall be due to any nursing
facility that admits  a resident in violation of the preadmission
screening requirements of this section.
    (d) [By April  1,  1990, and annually thereafter, in the case
of each resident  of  a nursing facility who is mentally ill, the
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services shall annually
review and determine, based on an independent physical and mental
evaluation performed by  or  under the auspices of the Department
of Social Services,  whether  or not the resident, because of the
resident's physical and  mental  condition, requires the level of
services provided by  a  nursing  facility,  or  requires  active
treatment for mental  illness.  In  order to implement the annual
review requirements of  this section and to identify residents of
nursing facilities who  may  be  mentally  ill and subject to the
requirements of this  section,  nursing  facilities  shall ensure
that the identification  screen  developed,  or  in  the  case of
out-of-state residents approved,  by  the  Department  of  Social
Services has been  completed and filed in accordance with federal
law.] A NURSING  FACILITY  SHALL  NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES WHEN A RESIDENT WHO IS MENTALLY ILL
UNDERGOES A CHANGE  IN  CONDITION  OR WHEN A RESIDENT WHO HAS NOT
PREVIOUSLY BEEN DIAGNOSED  AS  MENTALLY ILL UNDERGOES A CHANGE IN
CONDITION  WHICH MAY  REQUIRE  SPECIALIZED  SERVICES.  UPON  SUCH
NOTIFICATIONS, THE DEPARTMENT  OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  AND  ADDICTION
SERVICES,  UNDER  THE   AUSPICES  OF  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL
SERVICES, SHALL PERFORM  AN  EVALUATION  TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE
RESIDENT REQUIRES THE  LEVEL  OF  SERVICES  PROVIDED BY A NURSING
FACILITY OR REQUIRES SPECIALIZED SERVICES FOR MENTAL ILLNESS.
    (e) In the  case of a mentally ill resident who is determined
under  subsection (d)  not  to  require  the  level  of  services
provided by a  nursing facility but to require [active treatment]
SPECIALIZED SERVICES for  mental illness and who has continuously
resided in a  nursing  facility for at least thirty months before
the date of  the  determination, the resident may elect to remain
in the facility  or to receive services covered by Medicaid in an
alternative appropriate institutional or noninstitutional setting
in accordance with  the alternative disposition plan submitted by
the Department of  Social Services to the Secretary of the United
States Department of  Health  and  Human Services, and consistent
with the Department  of  Mental  Health  and  Addiction  Services
requirements for the  provision of [active treatment] SPECIALIZED
SERVICES.
    (f) In the  case of a mentally ill resident who is determined
under  subsection (d)  not  to  require  the  level  of  services
provided by a  nursing facility but to require [active treatment]
SPECIALIZED  SERVICES  for   mental   illness  and  who  has  not
continuously resided in  a  nursing  facility for at least thirty
months before the date of the determination, the nursing facility
in  consultation  with   the  Department  of  Mental  Health  and
Addiction  Services  shall  arrange  for  the  safe  and  orderly
discharge of the  resident  from  the facility. If the department
determines that the  provision  of [active treatment] SPECIALIZED
SERVICES  requires  an   alternate   residential  placement,  the
discharge  and  transfer   of  the  resident  shall  be  made  in
accordance with the alternative disposition plan submitted by the
Department of Social  Services  and  approved by the Secretary of
the United States Department of Health and Human Services, except
if an alternate  residential  placement  is  not  available,  the
resident shall not be transferred.
    (g) In the  case  of  a  resident  who  is  determined  under
subsection (d) not to require the level of services provided by a
nursing  facility  and   not   to   require   [active  treatment]
SPECIALIZED SERVICES, the  nursing facility shall arrange for the
safe and orderly discharge of the resident from the facility.
    (h) Any person  seeking  admittance  to a nursing facility or
any resident of a nursing facility who is adversely affected by a
determination of the  Department  of  Mental Health and Addiction
Services under this  section may appeal such determination to the
Department of Social  Services within fifteen days of the receipt
of the notice  of  a  determination  by  the Department of Mental
Health and Addiction  Services.  If  an  appeal  is  taken to the
Department of Social Services the determination of the Department
of Mental Health  and  Addiction Services shall be stayed pending
determination by the Department of Social Services.
    Sec. 136. Section 17b-360 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  For  purposes   of   this  section,  the  terms  "mental
retardation", "a condition  related  to  mental  retardation" and
["active treatment"] "SPECIALIZED  SERVICES"  shall be as defined
in  Subsection  (e)(7)(G)(ii)  of  Section  1919  of  the  Social
Security Act and federal regulations.
    (b)  No  nursing   facility   may   admit  any  new  resident
irrespective of source  of payment, who has mental retardation or
has  a  condition   related  to  mental  retardation  unless  the
Department  of  Mental   Retardation   has  determined  prior  to
admission  based  upon   an   independent   physical  and  mental
evaluation performed by  or  under the auspices of the Department
of Social Services  that  because  of  the  physical  and  mental
condition of the individual, the individual requires the level of
services  provided by  a  nursing  facility.  If  the  individual
requires  such  level  of  services,  the  Department  of  Mental
Retardation shall also  determine whether the individual requires
[active treatment] SPECIALIZED  SERVICES  for  such condition. An
individual  who  is   determined  by  the  Department  of  Mental
Retardation to have  mental  retardation  or  to  have  a related
condition and is determined not to require nursing facility level
of services shall not be admitted to a nursing facility. In order
to  implement  the   preadmission  review  requirements  of  this
section, and to  identify  applicants  for admission who may have
mental  retardation  or   have   conditions   related  to  mental
retardation and subject  to  the  requirements  of  this section,
nursing facilities may  not  admit any individual irrespective of
source of payment,  unless an identification screen developed, or
in the case of out-of-state residents approved, by the Department
of Social Services has been completed for the applicant and filed
in accordance with federal law.
    (c) No payment  from  any  source  shall  be due to a nursing
facility that admits  a resident in violation of the preadmission
screening requirements of this section.
    (d) [By April  1,  1990, and annually thereafter, in the case
of each resident of a nursing facility, irrespective of source of
payment, who has  mental  retardation  or  who  has  a  condition
related  to  mental   retardation,   the   Department  of  Mental
Retardation shall annually  review  and  determine,  based  on an
independent physical and  mental evaluation performed by or under
the auspices of the Department of Social Services, whether or not
the resident, because  of  the  resident's  physical  and  mental
condition, requires the  level  of services provided by a nursing
facility  and  whether   or  not  the  resident  requires  active
treatment for mental  retardation  or  the  related condition. In
order to implement the annual review requirements of this section
and to identify  residents  of  nursing  facilities  who may have
mental  retardation  or   have   conditions   related  to  mental
retardation and subject  to  the  requirements  of  this section,
nursing facilities shall  ensure  that  the identification screen
developed, or in  the case of out-of-state residents approved, by
the Department of Social Services has been completed and filed in
accordance with federal law.] A NURSING FACILITY SHALL NOTIFY THE
DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL  RETARDATION  WHEN A RESIDENT WHO HAS MENTAL
RETARDATION UNDERGOES A  CHANGE  IN  CONDITION OR WHEN A RESIDENT
WHO  HAS  NOT   PREVIOUSLY   BEEN   DIAGNOSED  AS  HAVING  MENTAL
RETARDATION UNDERGOES A  CHANGE  IN  CONDITION  WHICH MAY REQUIRE
SPECIALIZED SERVICES. UPON  SUCH  NOTIFICATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF
MENTAL RETARDATION, UNDER  THE  AUSPICES  OF  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF
SOCIAL SERVICES, SHALL PERFORM AN EVALUATION TO DETERMINE WHETHER
THE RESIDENT REQUIRES THE LEVEL OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY A NURSING
FACILITY OR REQUIRES SPECIALIZED SERVICES FOR MENTAL RETARDATION.
    (e) In the  case  of  a  resident  who  is  determined  under
subsection (d) not to require the level of services provided by a
nursing facility but  to  require  [active treatment] SPECIALIZED
SERVICES for mental  retardation or a condition related to mental
retardation and who has continually resided in a nursing facility
for at least  thirty months before the date of the determination,
the resident may  elect  to  remain in the facility or to receive
services  covered  by  Medicaid  in  an  alternative  appropriate
institutional or noninstitutional  setting in accordance with the
terms  of the  alternative  disposition  plan  submitted  by  the
Department of Social  Services  and  approved by the Secretary of
the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
    (f) In the  case  of  a resident with mental retardation or a
related condition who  is  determined under subsection (d) not to
require the level  of services provided by a nursing facility but
to require [active  treatment]  SPECIALIZED  SERVICES  for mental
retardation or the related condition and who has not continuously
resided in a  nursing  facility for at least thirty months before
the  date  of   the   determination,   the  nursing  facility  in
consultation with the  Department  of  Mental  Retardation  shall
arrange for the  safe  and orderly discharge of the resident from
the facility. If  the department determines that the provision of
[active treatment] SPECIALIZED  SERVICES  requires an alternative
residential placement, the  discharge and transfer of the patient
shall be in  accordance  with  the  alternative  disposition plan
submitted by the  Department  of  Social Services and approved by
the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human
Services, except if  an  alternative  residential facility is not
available, the resident shall not be transferred.
    (g) In the  case  of  a  resident  who  is  determined  under
subsection (d) not to require the level of services provided by a
nursing  facility  and   not   to   require   [active  treatment]
SPECIALIZED SERVICES, the  nursing facility shall arrange for the
safe and orderly discharge of the resident from the facility.
    (h) The Department  of Mental Retardation shall be the agency
responsible  for  making  the  determinations  required  by  this
section on behalf  of individuals who have mental retardation and
on  behalf of  individuals  with  conditions  related  to  mental
retardation and may  provide  services to such individuals to the
extent required by federal law.
    (i) Any person  seeking  admittance  to a nursing facility or
any resident of a nursing facility who is adversely affected by a
determination of the  Department of Mental Retardation under this
section may appeal such determination to the Department of Social
Services within fifteen  days  of  the receipt of the notice of a
determination by the  Department  of  Mental  Retardation.  If an
appeal  is taken  to  the  Department  of  Social  Services,  the
determination of the  Department  of  Mental Retardation shall be
stayed  pending  determination   by   the  Department  of  Social
Services.
    Sec. 137. Subsection  (e)  of  section  5-259  of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (e) Notwithstanding the  provisions of subsection (a) of this
section, (1) vending  stand  operators eligible for membership in
the  state  employee's  retirement  system  pursuant  to  section
5-175a,  shall  be   eligible   for   coverage  under  the  group
hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plans procured
under  this  section,  provided  the  cost  for  such  operators'
insurance coverage shall  be  paid  by the Board of Education and
Services for the  Blind  from  vending machine income pursuant to
section  10-303 and  (2)  blind  persons  employed  in  workshops
established pursuant to  section  10-298a,  shall be eligible for
coverage under the group hospitalization and medical and surgical
insurance plans procured  under  this  section, provided the cost
for such persons'  insurance  coverage shall be paid by the Board
of Education and  Services  for  the  Blind.  [from such persons'
earnings.]
    Sec. 138. Section  10-295 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) All residents  of  this  state,  regardless  of age, who,
because  of  blindness   or   impaired  vision,  require  special
educational  programs,  on   the  signed  recommendation  of  the
director of the  Board  of  Education and Services for the Blind,
shall be entitled to receive such instruction and for such length
of time as  is  deemed  expedient  by said director. The director
shall annually submit  to  the board the list of names of persons
so recommended. Upon  the petition of any parent or guardian of a
blind educable child  or  a  child  with impaired vision, a local
board of education  may  provide such instruction within the town
or it may  provide  for  such instruction by agreement with other
towns as provided  in  subsection  (d)  of  section  10-76d.  The
expense of such  instruction  shall  be  paid  by the state to an
amount not exceeding  six  thousand four hundred dollars for each
of such persons in any one state fiscal year. When the parents or
guardians of any such blind person or person with impaired vision
are not able  to  provide clothing for such person, an additional
sum not to exceed one hundred dollars per year may be allowed for
such expenses. Where  a  local  or  regional  board  of education
reimburses parents or  legal  guardians  of  a  blind or visually
impaired child for  transportation  to  and  from  a  specialized
residential facility serving  the  blind,  such  board  shall  be
reimbursed by the  state  for  such validated actual cost up to a
maximum of three  hundred  dollars  per  pupil  per  school year.
Determination of reimbursable  transportation  costs  and payment
therefor shall be  the  responsibility  of  the  State  Board  of
Education and Services  for the Blind. All educational privileges
prescribed in part  V  of  chapter 164, not inconsistent with the
provisions of this  chapter, shall apply to the pupils covered by
this subsection. The  Board  of  Education  and  Services for the
Blind may provide  any  of  the educational services described in
this section to  a  child  whose  vision  may  be greater than as
defined in section  10-294a  upon  written  referral by the State
Board of Education.  A  REQUEST FROM A LOCAL OR REGIONAL BOARD OF
EDUCATION FOR REIMBURSEMENT  OF  SUCH  EXPENSES  TO  THE BOARD OF
EDUCATION AND SERVICES  FOR  THE  BLIND SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR
SUCH REIMBURSEMENT UNLESS  SUCH  REQUEST IS RECEIVED BY THE FIRST
OF JUNE FOR  SUCH EXPENSES INCURRED DURING THE PRECEDING FIRST OF
JULY THROUGH THE  THIRTY-FIRST  OF  DECEMBER  AND BY THE FIRST OF
DECEMBER FOR EXPENSES  INCURRED  DURING  THE  PRECEDING  FIRST OF
JANUARY THROUGH THE THIRTIETH OF JUNE.
    (b) Said board  may  expend  funds  up  to  [fourteen] ELEVEN
thousand dollars per  fiscal  year  per  child for the purpose of
sending children who  are  both  blind  or  visually impaired and
deaf, or blind  or  visually  impaired with other severe physical
handicaps, to specialized  facilities within or outside the state
furnishing proper facilities  for  education  of  such  children;
provided blind children  or  children  with visual impairment who
are  mentally  retarded   or   emotionally  maladjusted  who  can
reasonably profit by  special  training,  facilities and services
may be included in the provisions of this section. Such funds may
be spent outside  the  state  for  room, board, tuition and other
items necessarily relevant  to  the  education  of such children.
Said board may  determine if such children should be sent to such
out-of-state places and  may  promulgate  such  regulations as it
deems necessary to  carry  out  the  purpose  and  intent of this
subsection. To be  eligible  for  aid  under this subsection, the
child and either  of  such  child's  parents or guardian shall be
bona fide residents of this state.
    (c) The Board  of  Education  and  Services for the Blind may
provide for the  instruction  of  the adult blind in their homes,
expending annually for  this  purpose  such  sums  as the General
Assembly may appropriate.
    (d) The Board  of  Education  and  Services for the Blind may
expend up to  ten  thousand  dollars  per  fiscal year per person
twenty-one years of  age  or  over  who is both blind or visually
impaired and deaf  for  the  purpose  of sending such person to a
specialized  public  or   private   facility   within  the  state
furnishing programs from which such person can profit. Said board
may determine the  criteria  by  which  a  person  is  sent  to a
specialized public or  private facility and may adopt regulations
necessary to carry out the provisions of this subsection.
    (e) THE BOARD  OF  EDUCATION  AND SERVICES FOR THE BLIND MAY,
WITHIN AVAILABLE APPROPRIATIONS,  PURCHASE ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR
PERSONS RECEIVING SERVICES  PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER. THE COST OF
SUCH PURCHASES SHALL  NOT  EXCEED,  AND SHALL BE INCLUDED IN, THE
MAXIMUM  AMOUNT  AUTHORIZED   FOR  INSTRUCTIONAL  EXPENSES  UNDER
SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION.
    Sec. 139. Section  10-305 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Each physician and optometrist shall report in writing to the
Board of Education  and Services for the Blind within thirty days
each  blind  person   coming   under   his   or  her  private  or
institutional care within  this  state.  The report of such blind
person shall include  the  name, address, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER,
DATE  OF  BIRTH,   DATE  OF  DIAGNOSIS  OF  BLINDNESS  OR  VISUAL
IMPAIRMENT and degree  of  vision. Such reports shall not be open
to public inspection.
    Sec. 140. Section 10-311a of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    The case records  of  the Board of Education and Services for
the Blind maintained  for  the  purposes of this chapter shall be
confidential  and  the  names  and  addresses  of  recipients  of
assistance under this chapter shall not be published nor used for
purposes not directly  connected  with the administration of this
chapter, EXCEPT AS  NECESSARY  TO  CARRY  OUT  THE  PROVISIONS OF
SECTION 17b-6.
    Sec. 141. (NEW)  The  Board of Education and Services for the
Blind shall adopt  regulations,  in accordance with chapter 54 of
the general statutes,  to  determine  the order to be followed in
selecting   those   eligible    persons    to   whom   vocational
rehabilitation services will  be  provided,  in  accordance  with
federal regulations.
    Sec. 142. (NEW)  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of section
17a-101k of the  general  statutes,  the Commissioner of Children
and  Families  shall  disclose  to  the  Commissioner  of  Social
Services, or his designee, registry information necessary for the
evaluation of the temporary family assistance program operated by
the Department of Social Services.
    Sec. 143. (NEW)  The  Commissioner  of  Social Services shall
implement policies and  procedures  necessary for the purposes of
carrying  out provisions  of  this  act  concerning  the  general
assistance  programs, while  in  the  process  of  adopting  such
policies and procedures  in  regulation  form, provided notice of
intention  to  adopt   the   regulations   is  published  in  the
Connecticut Law Journal  within  twenty days of implementing such
policies and procedures.  Final regulations shall be submitted to
the  Legislative  Regulations  Review  Committee  no  later  than
November 15, 1997.  Policies  and procedures implemented pursuant
to this section  shall  be valid until the time final regulations
are effective.
    Sec. 144. (NEW)  (a)  Qualified aliens, as defined in section
431 of public  law 104-193, admitted into the United States prior
to August 22,  1996,  shall  be  eligible  for  temporary  family
assistance  or  assistance  under  the  federal  waiver  for  the
demonstration program entitled  "Reach  for Jobs First", provided
other  conditions of  eligibility  are  met.  A  qualified  alien
admitted into the  United States on or after August 22, 1996, and
not determined eligible  for  assistance  prior  to July 1, 1997,
shall be eligible  for  temporary family assistance subsequent to
five years from  the  date  admitted, except if the individual is
otherwise qualified for  the  purpose of state receipt of federal
financial participation under Title IV of public law 104-93, such
individual shall be  eligible  for  temporary  family  assistance
regardless of the  date  admitted.  Such  a  qualified alien must
pursue citizenship to  the  maximum  extent  allowed  by law as a
condition of eligibility  for  the  temporary  family  assistance
program unless incapable  of  doing  so due to a medical problem,
language  barrier  or   other   reason   as   determined  by  the
Commissioner of Social  Services.  Notwithstanding the provisions
of this section,  any  qualified alien or other lawfully residing
immigrant alien who  is  a victim of domestic violence or who has
mental  retardation  shall   be  eligible  for  temporary  family
assistance.
    (b) Notwithstanding the  provisions of subsection (a) of this
section: (1) A qualified alien admitted into the United States on
or after August  22,  1996,  or other lawfully residing immigrant
alien determined eligible  for  temporary family assistance prior
to July 1,  1997, shall remain eligible for such assistance until
July 1, 1999,  and  (2)  a  qualified  alien  or  other  lawfully
residing immigrant alien  admitted  into  the United States on or
after August 22,  1996, and not determined eligible prior to July
1, 1997, shall  be eligible for such assistance subsequent to six
months from establishing  residency  in  this state until July 1,
1999; except if  the  individual  is  otherwise qualified for the
purpose of state receipt of federal financial participation under
Title IV of  Public Law 104-93, such individual shall be eligible
for temporary family  assistance  regardless of the date admitted
or the date determined eligible.
    Sec. 145. (NEW)  Qualified  aliens, as defined in section 431
of public law  104-193,  admitted into the United States prior to
August 22, 1996,  shall  be  eligible for Medicaid provided other
conditions of eligibility are met. Qualified aliens admitted into
the United States  on or after August 22, 1996, shall be eligible
for Medicaid subsequent  to  five  years  from the date admitted,
except if the  individual is otherwise qualified for the purposes
of state receipt  of  federal financial participation under Title
IV of public  law  104-193, such individual shall be eligible for
Medicaid regardless of the date admitted.
    Sec. 146. (NEW)  Qualified  aliens, as defined in section 431
of public law  104-193,  admitted  into  the  United States on or
after August 22,  1996,  or  other  lawfully  residing  immigrant
aliens who have  been  determined  eligible for Medicaid prior to
July  1,  1997,   may   be  eligible  until  July  1,  1999,  for
state-funded medical assistance  which  shall provide coverage to
the same extent as the Medicaid program. Such qualified aliens or
lawfully residing immigrant  aliens  who have not been determined
eligible for Medicaid  prior  to  July 1, 1997, shall be eligible
for  state-funded  assistance   subsequent  to  six  months  from
establishing  residency  in   this  state  until  July  1,  1999.
Notwithstanding the provisions  of  this  section,  any qualified
alien or other  lawfully residing immigrant alien who is a victim
of domestic violence  or  who  has  mental  retardation  shall be
eligible for state-funded  assistance  pursuant  to this section.
Only individuals who  are  not  eligible  for  Medicaid  shall be
eligible for state-funded assistance pursuant to this section.
    Sec. 147. Section 17b-352 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) For the  purposes  of  this  section and section 17b-353,
"facility" means a residential facility for the mentally retarded
licensed pursuant to section 17a-277 and certified to participate
in  the Title  XIX  Medicaid  program  as  an  intermediate  care
facility for the  mentally retarded, a nursing home, rest home or
home for the aged, as defined in section 19a-490.
    (b) Any facility which intends to (1) transfer all or part of
its ownership or  control  prior to being initially licensed; (2)
introduce any additional  function or service into its program of
care or expand  an existing function or service; or (3) terminate
a service or decrease substantially its total bed capacity, shall
submit  a complete  request  for  permission  to  implement  such
transfer, addition, expansion,  increase, termination or decrease
with  such  information   as   the  department  requires  to  the
Department of Social Services.
    (c) AN APPLICANT,  PRIOR  TO SUBMITTING A CERTIFICATE OF NEED
APPLICATION, SHALL REQUEST,  IN  WRITING,  APPLICATION  FORMS AND
INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE  DEPARTMENT. THE REQUEST SHALL INCLUDE: (1)
THE  NAME  OF  THE  APPLICANT  OR  APPLICANTS;  (2)  A  STATEMENT
INDICATING WHETHER THE  APPLICATION IS FOR (A) A NEW, ADDITIONAL,
EXPANDED OR REPLACEMENT  FACILITY,  SERVICE  OR  FUNCTION,  (B) A
TERMINATION OR REDUCTION IN A PRESENTLY AUTHORIZED SERVICE OR BED
CAPACITY OR (C)  ANY NEW, ADDITIONAL OR TERMINATED BEDS AND THEIR
TYPE; (3) THE  ESTIMATED  CAPITAL  COST;  (4)  THE TOWN WHERE THE
PROJECT IS OR WILL BE LOCATED; AND (5) A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE
PROPOSED PROJECT. SUCH  REQUEST  SHALL  BE  DEEMED  A  LETTER  OF
INTENT. NO CERTIFICATE  OF  NEED  APPLICATION SHALL BE CONSIDERED
SUBMITTED TO THE  DEPARTMENT  UNLESS  A CURRENT LETTER OF INTENT,
SPECIFIC TO THE PROPOSAL AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF
THIS SUBSECTION, HAS  BEEN  ON  FILE  WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR NOT
LESS THAN TEN  BUSINESS DAYS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION, "A
CURRENT LETTER OF  INTENT"  MEANS A LETTER OF INTENT ON FILE WITH
THE DEPARTMENT FOR  NOT  MORE  THAN  ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY DAYS. A
CERTIFICATE OF NEED  APPLICATION SHALL BE DEEMED WITHDRAWN BY THE
DEPARTMENT, IF A  DEPARTMENT COMPLETENESS LETTER IS NOT RESPONDED
TO WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS.
    [(c)] (d) The department shall review a request made pursuant
to  subsection (b)  of  this  section  to  the  extent  it  deems
necessary, including, but  not  limited  to,  in  the  case  of a
proposed  transfer of  ownership  or  control  prior  to  initial
licensure, the financial responsibility and business interests of
the transferee and  the  ability  of  the facility to continue to
provide needed services,  or  in  the  case  of  the  addition or
expansion of a function or service, ascertaining the availability
of the function or service at other facilities within the area to
be served, the  need  for the service or function within the area
and  any  other  factors  the  department  deems  relevant  to  a
determination of whether  the  facility is justified in adding or
expanding the function  or service. The commissioner shall grant,
modify or deny the request within ninety days of receipt thereof,
except as otherwise provided in this section. Upon the request of
the  applicant,  the   review  period  may  be  extended  for  an
additional  fifteen  days   if   the   department  has  requested
additional information subsequent  to  the  commencement  of  the
commissioner's review period.  The  director  of  the  office  of
certificate of need and rate setting may extend the review period
for a maximum  of thirty days if the applicant has not filed in a
timely manner information deemed necessary by the department. The
applicant may request  and  shall receive a hearing in accordance
with  section  4-177   if   aggrieved   by   a  decision  of  the
commissioner.
    [(d)] (e) The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall  not
approve any requests  for  beds in residential facilities for the
mentally retarded which  are licensed pursuant to section 17a-227
and are certified  to  participate  in  the  Title  XIX  Medicaid
Program  as  intermediate   care   facilities  for  the  mentally
retarded,  except  those   beds   necessary   to   implement  the
residential  placement  goals   of   the   Department  of  Mental
Retardation which are within available appropriations.
    [(e)] (f) The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services shall adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  chapter  54,  to  implement the
provisions of this  section. The commissioner shall implement the
standards and procedures  of  the  Office  of  Health Care Access
concerning certificates of  need  established pursuant to section
19a-643, as appropriate  for  the purposes of this section, until
the time final  regulations  are  adopted in accordance with said
chapter 54.
    Sec. 148. Section 17b-353 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 11 of public act 97-204, is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any facility,  as  defined  in  subsection (a) of section
17b-352, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  which proposes (1) a capital
expenditure  exceeding  one   million  dollars,  WHICH  INCREASES
FACILITY SQUARE FOOTAGE BY MORE THAN FIVE THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OR
FIVE PER CENT  OF  THE  EXISTING  SQUARE  FOOTAGE,  WHICHEVER  IS
GREATER, (2) A CAPITAL EXPENDITURE EXCEEDING TWO MILLION DOLLARS,
or (3) the  acquisition  of  major  medical equipment requiring a
capital expenditure in  excess  of four hundred thousand dollars,
including the leasing  of  equipment  or  space,  shall  submit a
request for approval  of  such expenditure, with such information
as the department requires, to the Department of Social Services.
Any such facility  which  proposes  to  acquire imaging equipment
requiring  a  capital  expenditure  in  excess  of  four  hundred
thousand dollars, including  the leasing of such equipment, shall
obtain the approval  of  the  Office  of  Health  Care  Access in
accordance with section  19a-639, as amended by [this act] PUBLIC
ACT  97-204,  subsequent   to   obtaining  the  approval  of  the
Commissioner of Social Services.
    (b) AN APPLICANT,  PRIOR  TO SUBMITTING A CERTIFICATE OF NEED
APPLICATION, SHALL REQUEST,  IN  WRITING,  APPLICATION  FORMS AND
INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE  DEPARTMENT. THE REQUEST SHALL INCLUDE: (1)
THE  NAME  OF  THE  APPLICANT  OR  APPLICANTS;  (2)  A  STATEMENT
INDICATING WHETHER THE  APPLICATION IS FOR (A) A NEW, ADDITIONAL,
EXPANDED OR REPLACEMENT  FACILITY,  SERVICE  OR  FUNCTION,  (B) A
TERMINATION OR REDUCTION IN A PRESENTLY AUTHORIZED SERVICE OR BED
CAPACITY OR (C)  ANY NEW, ADDITIONAL OR TERMINATED BEDS AND THEIR
TYPE; (3) THE  ESTIMATED  CAPITAL  COST;  (4)  THE TOWN WHERE THE
PROJECT IS OR WILL BE LOCATED; AND (5) A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE
PROPOSED PROJECT. SUCH  REQUEST  SHALL  BE  DEEMED  A  LETTER  OF
INTENT. NO CERTIFICATE  OF  NEED  APPLICATION SHALL BE CONSIDERED
SUBMITTED TO THE  DEPARTMENT  UNLESS  A CURRENT LETTER OF INTENT,
SPECIFIC TO THE PROPOSAL AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF
THIS SUBSECTION, HAS  BEEN  ON  FILE  WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR NOT
LESS THAN TEN  BUSINESS DAYS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION, "A
CURRENT LETTER OF  INTENT"  MEANS A LETTER OF INTENT ON FILE WITH
THE DEPARTMENT FOR  NOT  MORE  THAN  ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY DAYS. A
CERTIFICATE OF NEED  APPLICATION SHALL BE DEEMED WITHDRAWN BY THE
DEPARTMENT IF A  DEPARTMENT  COMPLETENESS LETTER IS NOT RESPONDED
TO WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS.
    [(b)] (c) The  commissioner  or  his  designee  shall  hold a
hearing, pursuant to  section 4-177, with respect to the request.
At least two  weeks'  notice of the hearing shall be given to the
facility by certified  mail and to the public by publication in a
newspaper having a  substantial circulation in the area served by
the facility. Such hearing shall be held at the discretion of the
commissioner  in  Hartford   or   in  the  area  so  served.  The
commissioner or his  designee  shall  consider  such  request  in
relation to the  community  or  regional  need  for  such capital
program or purchase of land, the possible effect on the operating
costs of the  facility  and  such  other  relevant factors as the
commissioner or his  designee  deems  necessary.  In approving or
modifying such request,  the commissioner or his designee may not
prescribe  any condition,  such  as,  but  not  limited  to,  any
condition or limitation  on  the  indebtedness of the facility in
connection with a  bond  issued, the principal amount of any bond
issued  or any  other  details  or  particulars  related  to  the
financing of such  capital  expenditure,  not directly related to
the scope of  such  capital program and within the control of the
facility. Upon a  showing by such facility that the need for such
capital program is  of  an emergency nature, the commissioner may
waive the requirement  that  a  hearing be held thereon, provided
such request shall be submitted at least ten business days before
the proposed initiation  date  of  the project. If the hearing is
conducted by a  designee  of the commissioner, the designee shall
submit his findings  and recommendations to the commissioner. The
commissioner shall grant,  modify  or  deny  such  request within
ninety days or  within  ten business days, as the case may be, of
receipt thereof, except as provided for in this section. Upon the
request of the  applicant,  the review period may be extended for
an additional fifteen  days  if  the commissioner or his designee
has   requested  additional   information   subsequent   to   the
commencement  of the  review  period.  The  commissioner  or  his
designee may extend  the  review  period  for a maximum of thirty
days  if  the   applicant  has  not  filed  in  a  timely  manner
information deemed necessary by the commissioner or his designee.
    [(c)] (d) The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services shall adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  chapter  54,  to  implement the
provisions of this  section. The commissioner shall implement the
standards and procedures  of  the  Office  of  Health Care Access
concerning certificates of  need  established pursuant to section
19a-643, as appropriate  for  the purposes of this section, until
the time final  regulations  are  adopted in accordance with said
chapter 54.
    Sec. 149. Subsection  (i)  of  section 17b-354 of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (i) The Commissioner  of  Social Services may waive or modify
any  requirement  of  [chapter  319f  or]  this  section,  except
subdivision (1) of  subsection  (b) which prohibits participation
in the Medicaid  program,  to  enable  [the  development of up to
three continuing care  facilities  which  provide  life  care for
their  residents]  AN   ESTABLISHED   CONTINUING   CARE  FACILITY
REGISTERED PURSUANT TO  CHAPTER 319hh PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 4, 1991,
TO ADD NURSING  HOME  BEDS, PROVIDED THE CONTINUING CARE FACILITY
AGREES NOT TO  ADMIT  NONRESIDENTS  INTO  ANY  OF  THE FACILITY'S
NURSING  HOME  BEDS  EXCEPT  FOR  SPOUSES  OF  RESIDENTS  OF  THE
CONTINUING CARE FACILITY  AND  PROVIDED  THE  ADDITION OF NURSING
HOME BEDS WILL  NOT  HAVE  AN  ADVERSE  IMPACT  ON THE FACILITY'S
FINANCIAL STABILITY AS DEFINED IN SUBSECTION (b) OF THIS SECTION.
    Sec. 150. The unexpended balance of funds appropriated to the
Department of Social Services in section 11 of special act 95-12,
as amended by  section 1 of special act 96-8, for the Connecticut
Home Care Program,  shall  not  lapse  on June 30, 1997, and such
funds shall continue  to  be  available  for expenditure for such
purpose during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998.
    Sec. 151. Subsection (c) of public act 97-142 is repealed and
the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) Said demonstration  project shall be conducted in no more
than [two] THREE  facilities,  involving  up  to  sixty  existing
licensed beds, that  are  specifically  equipped  and staffed for
such  purpose. Said  demonstration  project  shall  supplement  a
facility's  scope of  services  and,  if  necessary,  modify  its
physical environment to improve access for patients with specific
chronic  medical  conditions,   provide   care  that  meets  such
patient's specialized health,  social  and  environmental  needs,
particularly those of children and young adults, and evaluate the
optimum design for such programs.
    Sec. 152. Section 17b-272 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    Effective  October  1,   1991,  the  Commissioner  of  Social
Services shall permit patients residing in nursing homes, chronic
disease hospitals and  state  humane institutions who are medical
assistance  recipients  under   sections   17b-260   to  17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, and 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, to have  a  monthly personal fund allowance at a level
equal to the  minimum  permitted  under  Title  XIX of the Social
Security Act. EFFECTIVE  JULY  1,  1998,  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL
INCREASE SUCH ALLOWANCE  ANNUALLY TO REFLECT THE ANNUAL INFLATION
ADJUSTMENT IN SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME, IF ANY.
    Sec.  153.  (NEW)   (a)  The  Commissioner  of  Economic  and
Community Development shall  establish  a  pilot  program  in the
congregate housing facility  existing  in  the town of Norwich on
the  effective date  of  this  act  to  provide  assisted  living
services for the  frail  elderly,  as defined in section 8-430 of
the  general  statutes.   Such  assisted  living  services  shall
include, but not  be  limited  to,  routine  nursing services and
assistance  with activities  of  daily  living.  Such  congregate
housing facility shall  contract with an assisted living services
agency, as defined  in  section  19a-490 of the general statutes.
The  commissioner may  provide  technical  assistance  and  shall
provide financial assistance  in  the  form  of grants-in-aid for
such pilot program.
    (b) Not later  than  January  1,  1999,  the  manager  of the
congregate housing facility  in the town of Norwich in which said
pilot program is  operated,  shall  submit a report to the select
committee of the  General  Assembly  having cognizance of matters
relating to aging,  and  to  the joint standing committees of the
General Assembly having  cognizance  of matters relating to human
services  and  appropriations.  Said  report  shall  analyze  the
strengths and shortcomings of the pilot program and shall include
data on (1)  the number of clients served by the program, (2) the
number and type  of  services  offered under the program, and (3)
the monthly cost per client under the program.
    (c) The Commissioner  of  Economic  and Community Development
may adopt regulations,  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of
chapter 54 of  the general statutes, to carry out the purposes of
this section.
    Sec. 154. (NEW) The Commissioner of Public Health shall allow
state-funded congregate facilities  to  provide  assisted  living
services pursuant to section 153 of this act.
    Sec. 155. Section  8-119g of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The provisions  of  section 8-113a and sections 8-115a to
8-118b, inclusive, shall govern the implementation of this part.
    (b) ON AND  AFTER JULY 1, 1997, THE MAXIMUM INCOME LIMITS FOR
ADMISSION TO A  STATE CONGREGATE HOUSING FACILITY SHALL BE EIGHTY
PER CENT OF THE AREA MEDIAN INCOME ADJUSTED FOR FAMILY SIZE.
    Sec. 156. Subsection  (a)  of  section  8-115a of the general
statutes is repealed  and  the  following  is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) No housing  project or projects for elderly persons shall
be developed until  the  Commissioner  of  Economic and Community
Development has approved  the site, the plans and specifications,
the estimated development cost, including administrative or other
cost or expense  to  be  incurred  by  the  state  in  connection
therewith as determined by said commissioner, and an operation or
management plan for  such project or projects which shall provide
an income, including  contributions  expected  from  any  source,
which shall be  adequate  for  debt service on any notes or bonds
issued  by  an   authority  to  finance  such  development  cost,
administration, including a  state  service charge as established
by the commissioner,  other  operating costs and establishment of
reasonable reserves for  repairs,  maintenance  and replacements,
vacancy and collection  losses. During the period of operation of
such project or  projects,  the  authority,  municipal developer,
nonprofit corporation or  housing partnership shall submit to the
commissioner  for  his   approval  its  rent  schedules  and  its
standards of tenant  eligibility  and continued occupancy and any
changes therein, and  its  proposed  budget for each fiscal year,
together with such reports and financial and operating statements
as the commissioner  finds  necessary.  Such authority, municipal
developer, nonprofit corporation  or  housing  partnership  shall
also annually submit verification that the significant facilities
and services required  to  be  provided  to the residents of such
project pursuant to  Title  VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968,
as amended by  the  Fair  Housing  Amendments Act of 1988 (42 USC
3600 et seq.) are being provided. [The commissioner may establish
maximum income limits  for  admission  and continued occupancy of
tenants.] ON AND  AFTER  JULY  1, 1997, THE MAXIMUM INCOME LIMITS
FOR ADMISSION TO  SUCH  PROJECT  SHALL  BE EIGHTY PER CENT OF THE
AREA MEDIAN INCOME ADJUSTED FOR FAMILY SIZE.
    Sec. 157. (NEW) As used in sections 157 to 161, inclusive, of
this act:
    (1) "Abuse" means  the  wilful  infliction  by an employee of
physical pain or  injury  or  the  wilful deprivation of services
necessary to the  physical  and  mental  health  and  safety of a
department client.
    (2)  "Authorized  agency"  means  any  agency  authorized  in
accordance with the general statutes to conduct abuse and neglect
investigations  and  responsible  for  issuing  or  carrying  out
protective services for persons with mental retardation.
    (3)  "Commissioner"  means   the   Commissioner   of   Mental
Retardation.
    (4) "Department" means the Department of Mental Retardation.
    (5)  "Department  client"   means   a   person   with  mental
retardation or a person who receives services or funding from the
department.
    (6) "Employee" means  any  individual  employed  (A)  by  the
department, or (B)  by an agency, organization or individual that
is licensed or  funded  by  the  department  and that provides or
hires others to  provide services, either directly or indirectly,
to a department client.
    (7) "Employer" means  (A)  the  department, or (B) an agency,
organization or individual  that  is  licensed  or  funded by the
department and that  provides or hires others to provide services
to a department client.
    (8) "Neglect" means  the  failure  by  an  employee,  through
action or inaction,  to  provide  a  department  client  with the
services necessary to maintain his physical and mental health and
safety.
    (9) "Protective services"  has  the meaning assigned to it in
section 46a-11a of the general statutes.
    (10) "Registry" means  a  centralized  data  base  containing
information regarding substantiated abuse or neglect.
    (11) "Substantiated abuse or neglect" means a final decision,
pursuant to chapter  54  of  the  general statutes, that abuse or
neglect of a  department  client has occurred or there has been a
criminal conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse or
neglect.
    Sec. 158. (NEW)  (a)  The  Department  of  Mental Retardation
shall establish and  maintain  a registry of individuals who have
been terminated or  separated  from  employment  as  a  result of
substantiated abuse or  neglect.  The  department  shall, for the
purposes of maintaining the registry, be capable of responding to
inquiries, including response  by  telephone  voice mail or other
automated  response for  initial  inquiries,  as  to  whether  an
individual has been  terminated or separated from employment as a
result of substantiated abuse or neglect.
    (b) The registry  shall  include,  but not be limited to, the
following: (1) The  names,  addresses and Social Security numbers
of those individuals terminated or separated from employment as a
result  of substantiated  abuse  or  neglect;  (2)  the  date  of
termination or separation;  (3) the type of abuse or neglect; and
(4) the name  of  any  employer  or  authorized agency requesting
information from the registry, the reason for the request and the
date of the request.
    (c) The department  shall  make  information in the registry,
other than limited  information  available  through  an automated
response to an initial inquiry, available only to: (1) Authorized
agencies, for the  purpose  of protective service determinations;
or (2) employers  seeking  to employ a person to provide services
to a department client.
    (d) The department  shall  limit  responses  to  requests for
identifying information from  the registry established under this
section to (1)  identification  of  the  individual terminated or
separated from employment for substantiated abuse or neglect, and
(2) the type of abuse or neglect so substantiated.
    (e) Not later than five business days following an employee's
termination or separation  from  employment for abuse or neglect,
an employer shall  submit  to  the  department  the  name of such
employee  and  such  other  information  as  the  department  may
request. Upon receipt  of  notification  of  such  termination or
separation, the department shall make an initial determination as
to whether to  place  an individual's name on the registry. If an
initial determination warrants  placing  an  individual's name on
the registry, the department shall give the individual notice and
an opportunity to  be  heard and shall not place the individual's
name on the  registry  until  it  has  substantiated the abuse or
neglect pursuant to  chapter 54 of the general statutes governing
contested cases.
    Sec. 159. (NEW)  (a)  No  employer  shall  hire  or retain an
individual  without first  inquiring  of  the  department  as  to
whether the individual's  name  appears  on  the  registry and no
employer  shall hire  or  retain  an  individual  whose  name  so
appears.
    (b) No person  shall  inquire of the department as to whether
an individual's name  appears  on  the  registry  except  for the
purposes authorized under  subsection  (c) of section 158 of this
act.
    Sec. 160. (NEW)  Except  as  required  for written orders and
final  decisions  pursuant  to  section  4-180a  of  the  general
statutes, the registry  shall  be  confidential  and  neither the
registry nor any  supporting  documentation  shall  be subject to
disclosure under the  provisions  of  section 1-19 of the general
statutes.
    Sec. 161. (NEW)  The  Department  of  Mental  Retardation may
adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54
of the general  statutes  to implement the provisions of sections
156 to 160, inclusive, of this act.
    Sec. 162. Subsection  (a)  of  section  2c-2b  of the general
statutes is amended by adding subdivision (31) as follows:
    (NEW) (31) The registry established under section 158 of this
act.
    Sec.  163.  Sections   17b-113,  17b-115,  17b-180,  17b-181,
17b-182, 17b-680 to  17b-688a,  inclusive,  17b-689a,  17b-690 to
17b-693, inclusive, and  17b-811  of  the  general  statutes  are
repealed.
    Sec. 164. This act shall take effect July 1, 1997.
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