House Bill No. 6657

Public Act No. 99-41

An Act Concerning Guardianship of Mentally Retarded Persons.

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

Section 1. Subsection (d) of section 45a-677 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) The court may assign to a limited guardian the custody of the ward for the purpose of exercising any, but not all, of the following limited duties and powers, in order to assist the ward in achieving self-reliance: (1) To assure and consent to a place of abode outside the natural family home, (2) to consent to specifically designed educational, vocational or behavioral programs, (3) to consent to the release of clinical records and photographs, (4) to assure and consent to routine, elective and emergency medical and dental care, and (5) other specific limited powers to assure and consent to services necessary to develop or regain to the maximum extent possible the ward's capacity to meet essential requirements. All plenary and limited guardians appointed pursuant to sections 45a-668 to 45a-684, inclusive, shall also have a duty to assure the care and comfort of the ward within the limitations of their appointment, and within the limitations of the resources available to the ward either through his own estate or by reason of private or public assistance.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 27, 1999