OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5219

AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF YOUNG ADULTS IN THE ANNUAL REPORT CARD ON POLICIES AND PROGRAMS AFFECTING CHILDREN.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the annual report card that the Children's Committee must maintain on the progress of state policies and programs promoting child well-being to include the well-being of young adults (ages 18-24).

By law, the committee measures well-being using indicators that show whether these young individuals are (1) growing up in stable environments, (2) safe, (3) healthy, and (4) ready to lead successful lives.

By law, a working group has consulted with the committee since the fall of 2011 to develop these indicators. It consists of legislators, state agency staff, community organizations, parents, and private provider agencies operating programs that have an impact on children. The bill requires (1) this group to also include agencies and organizations that serve young adults and (2) the indicators to address young adults as well as children.

The bill requires the Children's Committee, in consultation with the working group, to identify or develop the indicators, including those for young adults, by January 15, 2013. Current law requires the committee to develop the child indicators by January 15, 2012, and the committee has already done so.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Select Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Change of Reference

Yea

8

Nay

0

(03/08/2012)

Human Services Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

16

Nay

0

(03/22/2012)