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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 982

January Session, 2011

 

LCO No. 3345

 

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Referred to Committee on Select Committee on Children

 

Introduced by:

 

(KID)

 

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT TRUANCY CLINIC IN WATERBURY.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The Probate Court Administrator may, within available appropriations, establish a pilot truancy clinic within the regional children's probate court for the district of Waterbury. The administrative judge of the regional children's probate court for the district of Waterbury shall administer the clinic.

(b) The principal of any elementary or middle school in the Waterbury school district, or the principal's designee, may refer to the clinic a parent or guardian with a child enrolled in such school who is a truant, as defined in section 10-198a of the general statutes, or at risk of becoming a truant. Upon receiving such referral, the truancy clinic shall prepare a citation and summons for the parent or guardian of the child to appear at the clinic. An attendance officer authorized pursuant to section 10-199 of the general statutes, or an officer authorized pursuant to section 10-200 of the general statutes, shall deliver the citation, summons and a copy of the referral to the parent or guardian.

(c) The administrative judge of the regional children's probate court for the district of Waterbury may refer any matter referred to the clinic to a court of probate.

(d) The truancy clinic shall operate for the purpose of identifying and resolving the cause of a child's truancy using nonpunitive procedures. The participation of a parent or guardian in the truancy clinic shall be voluntary. The truancy clinic shall establish protocols for clinic participation and shall establish programs and relationships with schools, individuals, public and private agencies, and other organizations to provide services and support for parents, guardians and children participating in the clinic.

(e) The Probate Court Administrator shall issue regulations, in accordance with subsection (c) of section 45a-77 of the general statutes, to implement the truancy clinic and measure the clinic's effectiveness.

(f) Not later than September 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, the administrative judge of the regional children's probate court for the district of Waterbury shall file a report with the Probate Court Administrator assessing the clinic's effectiveness.

(g) Not later than January 1, 2015, the Probate Court Administrator shall submit, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, a report assessing the effectiveness of the truancy clinic to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary and education.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To codify a pilot truancy clinic currently operating within the Waterbury regional children's probate court.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]