CHAPTER 319o
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

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Sec. 17b-2. Programs administered by the Department of Social Services.
Sec. 17b-7a. State-wide fraud early detection system. Regulations. Quarterly reports.
Sec. 17b-8. (Formerly Sec. 17-2k). Commissioner's application for a waiver from federal law. Legislative review of waiver application. Procedural requirements.
Sec. 17b-12. (Formerly Sec. 17-11b). Acceptance of gifts for social services beneficiaries.
Sec. 17b-16c. Treatment of tax refunds made under Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 to applicants or recipients of benefits under programs operated by the department.
Sec. 17b-27a. John S. Martinez Fatherhood Initiative. Objectives. Reports. Funding. Grant program.
Sec. 17b-28. Advisory council re Medicaid managed care. Appointments. Funding. Reports.
Sec. 17b-28e. Amendment to Medicaid state plan re optional services and foreign language interpreter services. Report.
Sec. 17b-28g. Notice of amendment to Medicaid state plan.
Sec. 17b-28h. Amendment to Medicaid state plan re pilot program to provide managed care to persons served by Oak Hill.
Sec. 17b-33. Fall prevention program.
Sec. 17b-55a. Service by state marshals.

PART I
GENERAL PROVISIONS

      Sec. 17b-2. Programs administered by the Department of Social Services. 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 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; (9) the supplemental nutrition assistance program pursuant to the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008; (10) the state supplement to the Supplemental Security Income Program pursuant to the Social Security Act; (11) the state child support enforcement plan pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act; and (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.

      (P.A. 93-262, S. 2, 87; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 19, 165; P.A. 09-9, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 93-262 effective July 1, 1993; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 deleted a reference to the JOBS program, replaced a reference to the aid to families with dependent children program pursuant to Title IV-A of Social Security Act with temporary assistance for needy families program pursuant to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 and made technical and conforming changes, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 09-9 replaced "food stamp" with "supplemental nutrition assistance" and replaced "Food Stamp Act of 1977" with "Food and Nutrition Act of 2008", effective May 4, 2009.

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      Sec. 17b-7a. State-wide fraud early detection system. Regulations. Quarterly reports. 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 programs administered by the department, including, but not limited to, (1) the temporary family assistance program, (2) the supplemental nutrition assistance program, (3) the child care subsidy program, or (4) 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. The commissioner shall submit quarterly reports concerning savings realized through the implementation of the state-wide fraud early detection system 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.

      (P.A. 95-194, S. 25, 33; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 20, 165; P.A. 05-280, S. 3; P.A. 09-9, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 95-194, S. 25 effective July 1, 1995; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 replaced a reference to aid to families with dependent children with temporary family assistance, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 05-280 expanded fraud early detection system to "programs administered by the department, including, but not limited to" the programs listed in section, added child care subsidy program as new Subdiv. (3), redesignating existing Subdiv. (3) as Subdiv. (4), and added provision requiring commissioner to report quarterly on savings realized through implementation of fraud early detection system, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 09-9 replaced "food stamp" with "supplemental nutrition assistance", effective May 4, 2009.

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      Sec. 17b-8. (Formerly Sec. 17-2k). Commissioner's application for a waiver from federal law. Legislative review of waiver application. Procedural requirements. (a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall submit an application for a federal waiver of any assistance program requirements, except such application pertaining to routine operational issues, 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 prior to the submission of such application to the federal government. Not later than thirty days after the date of their receipt of such application, the joint standing committees shall: (1) Hold a public hearing on the waiver application, and (2) thereafter advise the commissioner of their approval, denial or modifications, if any, of the commissioner's application. If the joint standing committees advise the commissioner of their denial of the commissioner's application, the commissioner shall not submit the application for a federal waiver to the federal government. If such committees do not concur, the committee chairpersons shall appoint a committee of conference which shall be composed of three members from each joint standing committee. At least one member appointed from each joint standing committee shall be a member of the minority party. The report of the committee of conference shall be made to each joint standing committee, which shall vote to accept or reject the report. The report of the committee of conference may not be amended. If a joint standing committee rejects the report of the committee of conference, that joint standing committee shall notify the commissioner of the rejection and the commissioner's application shall be deemed approved. If the joint standing committees accept the report, the committee having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies shall advise the commissioner of their approval, denial or modifications, if any, of the commissioner's application. If the joint standing committees do not so advise the commissioner during the thirty-day period, the application shall be deemed approved. Any application for a federal waiver submitted by the commissioner, pursuant to this section, shall be in accordance with the approval or modifications, if any, of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies.

      (b) If in developing the budget for the department for the next fiscal year, the commissioner contemplates applying for a federal waiver, the commissioner shall notify the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services of the possibility of such application.

      (c) Prior to submission of an application for a waiver from federal law to the General Assembly under subsection (a) 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.

      (d) The commissioner shall include with any waiver application submitted to the federal government pursuant to this section: (1) Any written comments received pursuant to subsection (c) of this section; and (2) a complete transcript of the joint standing committee proceedings held pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, including any additional written comments submitted to the joint standing committees at such proceedings. The joint standing committees shall transmit any such materials to the commissioner for inclusion with any such waiver application.

      (P.A. 85-505, S. 1, 21; P.A. 93-221, S. 2; 93-262, S. 1, 87; 93-435, S. 59, 95; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-2, S. 13, 53; P.A. 07-83, S. 1; P.A. 09-8, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 93-221 amended Subsec. (a) by reducing the amount of time the appropriations and human services committees have to advise the commissioner from 30 to 15 days and made such advice voluntary, and deleting provisions re decisions by conference committee and added Subsec. (c) requiring the commissioner of income maintenance to publish notice of the waiver along with a summary of its provisions and to seek public written comments prior to its submission to the general assembly; P.A. 93-262 and 93-435 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of income maintenance, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17-2k transferred to Sec. 17b-8 in 1995; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-2 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the amount of time the appropriations and human services committees have to advise the commissioner from 15 to 30 days, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 07-83 amended Subsec. (a) by making technical changes, requiring joint standing committees having cognizance of matters re human services and appropriations to hold public hearing on commissioner's waiver application, substituting "shall" for "may" re committees' responsibility to advise commissioner of their approval, denial or modifications, if any, of the waiver application, establishing committee procedures re advising commissioner, including establishment of committee of conference when joint standing committees do not act in concurrence, and requiring that commissioner's waiver application be submitted in accordance with approval or modifications, if any, of committees, amended Subsec. (b) by making a technical change, and added Subsec. (d) re items required to be included with waiver application, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 09-8 made a technical change in Subsec. (a).

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      Sec. 17b-12. (Formerly Sec. 17-11b). Acceptance of gifts for social services beneficiaries. The Commissioner of Social Services may accept and receive, on behalf of the Department of Social Services or on behalf of the Children's Trust Fund or the Parent Trust Fund established pursuant to section 17b-751, any bequest or gift of personal property for services for a person who is, or members of whose immediate family are, receiving assistance or services from the Department of Social Services, or both, or for services for a former or potential recipient of assistance from the Department of Social Services or for programs or services described in section 17b-751. Any federal funds generated by virtue of any such bequest or gift may be used for the extension of services to such person or family members.

      (1972, P.A. 274, S. 1; P.A. 75-420, S. 4, 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 608, 610; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5, S. 23.)

      History: P.A. 75-420 replaced welfare commissioner and department with commissioner and department of social services; P.A. 77-614 replaced social services commissioner and department with commissioner and department of income maintenance, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of income maintenance, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17-11b transferred to Sec. 17b-12 in 1995; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5 added provision allowing commissioner to receive funds on behalf of Children's Trust Fund or Parent Trust Fund and provision permitting department to use such funds for programs or services described in Sec. 17b-751, effective October 5, 2009.

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      Sec. 17b-16c. Treatment of tax refunds made under Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 to applicants or recipients of benefits under programs operated by the department. Section 17b-16c is repealed, effective January 15, 2009.

      (P.A. 08-68, S. 2; P.A. 09-1, S. 35.)

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      Sec. 17b-27a. John S. Martinez Fatherhood Initiative. Objectives. Reports. Funding. Grant program. (a) There is established within the Department of Social Services, within available appropriations, the John S. Martinez Fatherhood Initiative. Said initiative shall promote the positive involvement and interaction of fathers with their children with an emphasis on children eligible or formerly eligible for services funded by the temporary assistance for needy families block grant and shall identify those services that effectively encourage and enhance responsible and skillful parenting and those services that increase the ability of fathers to meet the financial and medical needs of their children through employment services and child support enforcement measures. The objectives of the initiative shall be to: (1) Promote public education concerning the financial and emotional responsibilities of fatherhood; (2) assist men in preparation for the legal, financial and emotional responsibilities of fatherhood; (3) promote the establishment of paternity at childbirth; (4) encourage fathers, regardless of marital status, to foster their emotional connection to and financial support of their children; (5) establish support mechanisms for fathers in their relationship with their children, regardless of their marital and financial status; and (6) integrate state and local services available for families.

      (b) Not later than February 1, 2010, the Commissioner of Social Services shall, within available resources, report to the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, regarding (1) the effectiveness of any child support arrears management efforts; (2) the effectiveness of any efforts aimed at reducing teen fatherhood; (3) the number of newly employed noncustodial parents; and (4) the number of noncustodial parents with incomes at or below the federal poverty level.

      (c) The commissioner shall, within available resources, seek to obtain any available federal and private funds for programs that promote the objectives described in subsection (a) of this section. If such funds are obtained, the commissioner shall award grants to entities for such programs, as provided in subsection (d) of this section.

      (d) The Department of Social Services shall award grants to entities under this section for programs and services that provide (1) employment and training opportunities for low-income fathers to increase the earning capacity of such fathers; (2) classes in parenting and financial management; and (3) other support services and programs that promote responsible parenting, financial stability and communication and interaction between fathers and their children.

      (e) Applicants for grants provided pursuant to this section shall apply to the Commissioner of Social Services at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. The commissioner shall establish criteria for eligibility for grants and for the awarding of grants pursuant to this section. The commissioner shall require a grantee to (1) implement accountability measures and results-based outcomes as a condition of being awarded a grant; (2) leverage funds through existing resources and collaboration with community-based and nonprofit organizations; and (3) consult with experts in domestic violence to ensure that, when appropriate, the programs and services described in subsections (c) and (d) of this section address issues concerning domestic violence.

      (f) Not later than October 1, 2010, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services and the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children on the grant program's effectiveness in achieving the objectives specified in subsection (a) of this section.

      (P.A. 03-258, S. 6; P.A. 09-175, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 09-175 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a), added Subsec. (b) re report, added Subsec. (c) re obtaining federal and private funds, and added Subsecs. (d) to (f) re grant program.

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      Sec. 17b-28. Advisory council re Medicaid managed care. Appointments. Funding. Reports. (a) There is established a council which shall advise the Commissioner of Social Services on the planning and implementation of a system of Medicaid managed care and shall monitor such planning and implementation and shall advise the Waiver Application Development Council, established pursuant to section 17b-28a, on matters including, but not limited to, eligibility standards, benefits, access and quality assurance. The council shall be composed of the chairpersons and ranking members of 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, or their designees; two members of the General Assembly, one to be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate and one to be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; the director of the Commission on Aging, or a designee; the director of the Commission on Children, or a designee; a representative of each organization that has been selected by the state to provide managed care and a representative of a primary care case management provider, to be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; two representatives of the insurance industry, to be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; two advocates for persons receiving Medicaid, one to be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate and one to be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; one advocate for persons with substance use disorders, to be appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; one advocate for persons with psychiatric disabilities, to be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; two advocates for the Department of Children and Families foster families, one to be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate and one to be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; two members of the public who are currently recipients of Medicaid, one to be appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives and one to be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; two representatives of the Department of Social Services, to be appointed by the Commissioner of Social Services; two representatives of the Department of Public Health, to be appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health; two representatives of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, to be appointed by the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services; two representatives of the Department of Children and Families, to be appointed by the Commissioner of Children and Families; two representatives of the Office of Policy and Management, to be appointed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; one representative of the office of the State Comptroller, to be appointed by the State Comptroller and the members of the Health Care Access Board who shall be ex-officio members and who may not designate persons to serve in their place. The council shall choose a chair from among its members. The Joint Committee on Legislative Management shall provide administrative support to such chair. The council shall convene its first meeting no later than June 1, 1994.

      (b) The council shall make recommendations concerning (1) guaranteed access to enrollees and effective outreach and client education; (2) available services comparable to those already in the Medicaid state plan, including those guaranteed under the federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Services Program under 42 USC 1396d; (3) the sufficiency of provider networks; (4) the sufficiency of capitated rates provider payments, financing and staff resources to guarantee timely access to services; (5) participation in managed care by existing community Medicaid providers; (6) the linguistic and cultural competency of providers and other program facilitators; (7) quality assurance; (8) timely, accessible and effective client grievance procedures; (9) coordination of the Medicaid managed care plan with state and federal health care reforms; (10) eligibility levels for inclusion in the program; (11) cost-sharing provisions; (12) a benefit package; (13) coordination with coverage under the HUSKY Plan, Part B; (14) the need for program quality studies within the areas identified in this section and the department's application for available grant funds for such studies; (15) the managed care portion of the state-administered general assistance program; (16) other issues pertaining to the development of a Medicaid Research and Demonstration Waiver under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act; and (17) the primary care case management pilot program, established pursuant to section 17b-307.

      (c) The Commissioner of Social Services shall seek a federal waiver for the Medicaid managed care plan. Implementation of the Medicaid managed care plan shall not occur before July 1, 1995.

      (d) The Commissioner of Social Services may, in consultation with an educational institution, apply for any available funding, including federal funding, to support Medicaid managed care programs.

      (e) The Commissioner of Social Services shall provide monthly reports on the plans and implementation of the Medicaid managed care system to the council.

      (f) The council shall report its activities and progress once each quarter to the General Assembly.

      (May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-5, S. 26, 30; P.A. 95-257, S. 56, 58; Oct. 29 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-1, S. 18, 23; P.A. 99-167; 99-230, S. 5, 10; P.A. 06-188, S. 46; P.A. 07-148, S. 16; 07-217, S. 72; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5, S. 58.)

      History: May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-5 effective June 16, 1994; P.A. 95-257 amended Subsec. (a) by requiring the council to advise the Waiver Application Development Council on certain matters, increased membership by adding two members of the General Assembly, one advocate for persons with substance abuse disabilities and one for psychiatric disabilities, requiring the council to choose a chair and requiring the public health committee staff to provide administrative support, added Subsec. (b)(10) to (12) and replaced reference to Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Department of Public Health and reference to Department of Mental Health with Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective July 1, 1995; Oct. 29 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-1 amended Subsec. (a) by increasing membership by adding two advocates for foster families, two representatives of the Department of Children and Families, two representatives of the Office of Policy and Management and one representative of the Comptroller, added Subsec. (b)(13) re coordination with coverage under the HUSKY Plan and made technical changes, effective October 30, 1997; P.A. 99-167 added new Subsec. (b)(14) re program quality studies, relettered the remaining subdivision and made technical changes; P.A. 99-230 amended Subsec. (b) to make a technical change, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 06-188 amended Subsec. (a) to expand council by adding the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, and added new Subsec. (b)(15) re managed care portion of the state-administered general assistance program and redesignate existing Subdiv. (15) as Subdiv. (16), effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 07-148 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing "substance abuse disabilities" with "substance use disorders"; P.A. 07-217 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 12, 2007; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing provision re two members who are community providers of health care with provision re members who are representatives of state-selected managed care organization and primary care case management provider, amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. (17) re recommendations concerning primary care case management pilot program, added new Subsec. (d) allowing commissioner to apply for funding for Medicaid managed care programs and redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) and (e) as Subsecs. (e) and (f), effective October 5, 2009.

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      Sec. 17b-28e. Amendment to Medicaid state plan re optional services and foreign language interpreter services. Report. (a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall amend the Medicaid state plan to include, on and after January 1, 2009, hospice services as optional services covered under the Medicaid program. Said state plan amendment shall supersede any regulations of Connecticut state agencies concerning such optional services.

      (b) Not later than February 1, 2011, the Commissioner of Social Services shall amend the Medicaid state plan to include foreign language interpreter services provided to any beneficiary with limited English proficiency as a covered service under the Medicaid program. Not later than February 1, 2011, the commissioner shall develop and implement the use of medical billing codes for foreign language interpreter services for the HUSKY Plan, Part A and Part B, and for the fee-for-services Medicaid programs.

      (c) Each managed care organization that enters into a contract with the Department of Social Services to provide foreign language interpreter services under the HUSKY Plan, Part A shall report, semi-annually, to the department on the interpreter services provided to recipients of benefits under the program. Such written reports shall be submitted to the department not later than June first and December thirty-first each year. Not later than thirty days after receipt of such report, the department shall submit a copy of the report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the Medicaid Managed Care Council.

      (May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7, S. 104; P.A. 04-257, S. 31; P.A. 07-185, S. 1; P.A. 08-158, S. 1; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5, S. 56.)

      History: May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7 effective August 15, 2002; P.A. 04-257 made a technical change, effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 07-185 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re amendment to Medicaid state plan to include foreign language interpreter services provided to a beneficiary with limited English proficiency as a covered service under Medicaid program, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 08-158 amended Subsec. (a) to delete provision requiring commissioner to implement provisions of May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-1 re optional services and add requirement that commissioner amend Medicaid state plan to include hospice services as optional services on and after January 1, 2009, effective January 1, 2009; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5 amended Subsec. (b) by requiring the commissioner to amend Medicaid state plan and develop and implement medical billing codes by February 1, 2011, and added Subsec. (c) requiring managed care organizations providing interpreter services to report to department and requiring department to submit a copy of each report to Medicaid Managed Care Council, effective October 5, 2009.

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      Sec. 17b-28g. Notice of amendment to Medicaid state plan. The Commissioner of Social Services shall submit notice of any proposed amendment to the Medicaid state plan to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters related to human services and appropriations prior to submission of such amendment to the federal government.

      (Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5, S. 50.)

      History: Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5 effective October 5, 2009.

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      Sec. 17b-28h. Amendment to Medicaid state plan re pilot program to provide managed care to persons served by Oak Hill. The Commissioner of Social Services may, to the extent permitted by federal law, amend the Medicaid state plan to establish a pilot program that serves not more than five hundred persons served by Oak Hill - The Connecticut Institute for the Blind, Inc. who are eligible for Medicare and who voluntarily agree to participate in the program. Such program shall be designed to demonstrate the feasibility and cost effectiveness of delivering comprehensive health insurance coverage in a managed care setting to such persons. The commissioner may include medical assistance services in the program not covered on October 5, 2009, in the state medical assistance program or other modifications to the state medical assistance program to encourage voluntary participation in the pilot program.

      (Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5, S. 76.)

      History: Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5 effective October 5, 2009.

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      Sec. 17b-33. Fall prevention program. The Department of Social Services shall establish, within available appropriations, a fall prevention program. Within such program, the department shall:

      (1) Promote and support research to: (A) Improve the identification, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of older adults and others who have a high risk of falling; (B) improve data collection and analysis to identify risk factors for falls and factors that reduce the likelihood of falls; (C) design, implement and evaluate the most effective fall prevention interventions; (D) improve intervention strategies that have been proven effective in reducing falls by tailoring such strategies to specific populations of older adults; (E) maximize the dissemination of proven, effective fall prevention interventions; (F) assess the risk of falls occurring in various settings; (G) identify barriers to the adoption of proven interventions with respect to the prevention of falls among older adults; (H) develop, implement and evaluate the most effective approaches to reducing falls among high-risk older adults living in communities and long-term care and assisted living facilities; and (I) evaluate the effectiveness of community programs designed to prevent falls among older adults;

      (2) Establish, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, a professional education program in fall prevention, evaluation and management for physicians, allied health professionals and other health care providers who provide services for the elderly in this state. The Commissioner of Social Services may contract for the establishment of such program through (A) a request for proposal process, (B) a competitive grant program, or (C) cooperative agreements with qualified organizations, institutions or consortia of qualified organizations and institutions;

      (3) Oversee and support demonstration and research projects to be carried out by organizations, institutions or consortia of organizations and institutions deemed qualified by the Commissioner of Social Services. Such demonstration and research projects may be in the following areas:

      (A) Targeted fall risk screening and referral programs;

      (B) Programs designed for community-dwelling older adults that use fall intervention approaches, including physical activity, medication assessment and reduction of medication when possible, vision enhancement and home-modification strategies;

      (C) Programs that target new fall victims who are at a high risk for second falls and that are designed to maximize independence and quality of life for older adults, particularly those older adults with functional limitations;

      (D) Private sector and public-private partnerships to develop technologies to prevent falls among older adults and prevent or reduce injuries when falls occur; and

      (4) Award grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, organizations, institutions or consortia of organizations and institutions deemed qualified by the Commissioner of Social Services to design, implement and evaluate fall prevention programs using proven intervention strategies in residential and institutional settings.

      (Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5, S. 52.)

      History: Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5 effective October 5, 2009.

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      Sec. 17b-55a. Service by state marshals. Commencing October 1, 2009, and monthly thereafter, the Commissioner of Social Services shall forward to state marshals for service not more than one hundred fifty subpoenas, summons, warrants or court orders relating to proceedings initiated by said commissioner that have had no action taken upon them within the past sixty days for the purpose of resolving any backlog. Any such subpoena, summons, warrant or court order remaining with a state marshal for sixty days after the marshal's receipt shall be returned to the commissioner within two business days.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 93; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5, S. 46.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 effective September 9, 2009; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5 deleted former Subsec. (a) and amended remaining provisions to change 30 days to 60 days, add provision requiring marshal to return any document in marshal's possession for 60 days to Commissioner of Social Services within 2 business days and make a conforming change, effective October 5, 2009.

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