Substitute Senate Bill No. 1250

Special Act No. 99-9

An Act Creating an Osteoporosis Education and Awareness Advisory Council.

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

(a) Not later than January 1, 2000, the Commissioner of Public Health shall convene an Osteoporosis Advisory Council. The Osteoporosis Advisory Council shall seek to meet the following goals: (1) Establish a coordinated effort for osteoporosis prevention activities including, but not limited to, assessment of the extent of osteoporosis, advocacy, policy, public and medical education; (2) institute a state-wide media educational and publicity campaign on osteoporosis prevention that targets high risk groups among young adolescents, the elderly and women; (3) prepare and distribute materials to reach high-risk groups and work with managed care organizations, as defined in section 38a-478 of the general statutes, to enhance education and prevention efforts; and (4) hold annual regional conferences for public education about the risk factors and prevention of osteoporosis. The Osteoporosis Advisory Council shall utilize a private-public partnership in which private resources shall be used to achieve the goals set forth in subdivisions (1) to (4), inclusive, of this subsection. The Osteoporosis Advisory Council shall use an interactive approach toward enhancing public and medical community awareness by involving members of the public, the medical and pharmaceutical community and community organizations. Members of the Osteoporosis Advisory Council shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health and shall include, but not be limited to, representatives of the Department of Public Health, the Department of Social Services, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, consumer groups and the medical and pharmaceutical community. The Osteoporosis Advisory Council shall terminate two years from the date of its inception.

(b) Any private or corporate funding received by the Department of Public Health to effectuate the goals set forth in subdivisions (1) to (4), inclusive, of subsection (a) of this section, shall be utilized pursuant to section 19a-32 of the general statutes and shall be subject to the annual reporting requirements provided for in said section 19a-32.

Approved June 23, 1999