CHAPTER 368a
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

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Sec. 19a-2a. Powers and duties.
Sec. 19a-4j. Office of Multicultural Health.
Sec. 19a-6i. School-based health center advisory committee. Members. Duties. Report.
Sec. 19a-6j. Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus. Membership.
Sec. 19a-6k. Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus. Duties.
Sec. 19a-6l. Assistance to the Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus from the Department of Public Health.
Sec. 19a-7f. Childhood immunization schedules. Establishment of vaccine program in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford.
Sec. 19a-7j. Vaccines and antibiotic purchase and childhood immunization registry. Health and welfare fee assessment. Appeal.
Sec. 19a-14. (Formerly Sec. 19-4o). Powers of department concerning regulated professions.
Sec. 19a-16d. Submission of scope of practice requests and written impact statements to Department of Public Health. Requests for exemption. Notification and publication of requests.
Sec. 19a-16e. Scope of practice review committees. Membership. Duties.
Sec. 19a-16f. Report to General Assembly on scope of practice review processes.
Sec. 19a-17. (Formerly Sec. 19-4s). Disciplinary action by department, boards and commissions.
Sec. 19a-25e. Connecticut Health Information Network plan.
Sec. 19a-32f. Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee established. Members deemed public officials. Duties.
Sec. 19a-32g. Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee established. Additional members. Members deemed public officials. Duties.
Sec. 19a-32n. Information and education re umbilical cord blood collection programs.
Sec. 19a-32o. Short title: Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program Act.
Sec. 19a-32p. Legislative findings and declaration of policy.
Sec. 19a-32q. Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Board. Membership. Meetings.
Sec. 19a-32r. Board to establish and administer umbilical cord blood collection program.
Sec. 19a-32s. Board's authority to enter into contracts re collection and transportation of umbilical cord blood units.
Sec. 19a-32t. Umbilical cord blood collection account.
Sec. 19a-32u. Copies of independent audits to be submitted to General Assembly.
Sec. 19a-32v. Reports to Governor and General Assembly.
Sec. 19a-33. (Formerly Sec. 19-10a). Regulation of traffic at department facilities.
Sec. 19a-37. (Formerly Sec. 19-13a). Regulation of water supply wells and springs. Information and requirements re testing of private residential wells.
Sec. 19a-42. (Formerly Sec. 19-15a). Amendment of vital records.
Sec. 19a-42a. Record of acknowledgment, rescission or adjudication of paternity to be maintained in paternity registry. Disclosure of information to IV-D agency. Access to copies of acknowledgments of paternity.
Sec. 19a-45b. Medical home pilot program.
Sec. 19a-55. (Formerly Sec. 19a-21b). Newborn infant health screening. Tests required. Fees. Exemptions. Regulations.
Sec. 19a-77. (Formerly Sec. 19-43b). "Child day care services" defined. Exclusions. Additional license.
Sec. 19a-77a. Child day care services in retail stores.
Sec. 19a-80. (Formerly Sec. 19-43e). License required for child day care centers and group day care homes. Fees. Criminal history records checks. Notification of changes in regulations.
Sec. 19a-80f. Investigation of child abuse or neglect involving licensed facilities. Information sharing between agencies. Compilation of listing of substantiated allegations.
Sec. 19a-87a. Discretion in the issuance of licenses. Suspension. Revocation. Notification of criminal conviction. False statements: Class A misdemeanor. Reporting of violations. Enforcement powers of the department.
Sec. 19a-87b. (Formerly Sec. 17-585(b)-(d)). License required for family day care homes. Approval required to act as assistant or substitute staff member. Criminal history records checks. Fees. Regulations.
Sec. 19a-87e. (Formerly Sec. 17-588). Family day care homes: Discretion in the issuance of a license or approval of an assistant or substitute staff member. Suspension. Revocation. Denial of initial license or approval application. Notice of criminal conviction. False statements. Reporting of violations.
Sec. 19a-91. (Formerly Sec. 19-49). Preparation, transportation and disposition of deceased persons. Definitions. Requirements. Death resulting from reportable diseases, emergency illnesses and health conditions. Disposition of burial or cremation materials. Regulations.
Sec. 19a-112h. Financial assistance for victims of sexual assault.
Sec. 19a-124. Needle and syringe exchange programs.
Sec. 19a-125. Adolescent Health Council.

      Sec. 19a-2a. Powers and duties. The Commissioner of Public Health shall employ the most efficient and practical means for the prevention and suppression of disease and shall administer all laws under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Health and the Public Health Code. The commissioner shall have responsibility for the overall operation and administration of the Department of Public Health. The commissioner shall have the power and duty to: (1) Administer, coordinate and direct the operation of the department; (2) adopt and enforce regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, as are necessary to carry out the purposes of the department as established by statute; (3) establish rules for the internal operation and administration of the department; (4) establish and develop programs and administer services to achieve the purposes of the department as established by statute; (5) contract for facilities, services and programs to implement the purposes of the department as established by statute; (6) designate a deputy commissioner or other employee of the department to sign any license, certificate or permit issued by said department; (7) conduct a hearing, issue subpoenas, administer oaths, compel testimony and render a final decision in any case when a hearing is required or authorized under the provisions of any statute dealing with the Department of Public Health; (8) with the health authorities of this and other states, secure information and data concerning the prevention and control of epidemics and conditions affecting or endangering the public health, and compile such information and statistics and shall disseminate among health authorities and the people of the state such information as may be of value to them; (9) annually issue a list of reportable diseases, emergency illnesses and health conditions and a list of reportable laboratory findings and amend such lists as the commissioner deems necessary and distribute such lists as well as any necessary forms to each licensed physician and clinical laboratory in this state. The commissioner shall prepare printed forms for reports and returns, with such instructions as may be necessary, for the use of directors of health, boards of health and registrars of vital statistics; (10) specify uniform methods of keeping statistical information by public and private agencies, organizations and individuals, including a client identifier system, and collect and make available relevant statistical information, including the number of persons treated, frequency of admission and readmission, and frequency and duration of treatment. The client identifier system shall be subject to the confidentiality requirements set forth in section 17a-688 and regulations adopted thereunder. The commissioner may designate any person to perform any of the duties listed in subdivision (7) of this section. The commissioner shall have authority over directors of health and may, for cause, remove any such director; but any person claiming to be aggrieved by such removal may appeal to the Superior Court which may affirm or reverse the action of the commissioner as the public interest requires. The commissioner shall assist and advise local directors of health in the performance of their duties, and may require the enforcement of any law, regulation or ordinance relating to public health. When requested by local directors of health, the commissioner shall consult with them and investigate and advise concerning any condition affecting public health within their jurisdiction. The commissioner shall investigate nuisances and conditions affecting, or that he or she has reason to suspect may affect, the security of life and health in any locality and, for that purpose, the commissioner, or any person authorized by the commissioner, may enter and examine any ground, vehicle, apartment, building or place, and any person designated by the commissioner shall have the authority conferred by law upon constables. Whenever the commissioner determines that any provision of the general statutes or regulation of the Public Health Code is not being enforced effectively by a local health department, he or she shall forthwith take such measures, including the performance of any act required of the local health department, to ensure enforcement of such statute or regulation and shall inform the local health department of such measures. In September of each year the commissioner shall certify to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management the population of each municipality. The commissioner may solicit and accept for use any gift of money or property made by will or otherwise, and any grant of or contract for money, services or property from the federal government, the state or any political subdivision thereof or any private source, and do all things necessary to cooperate with the federal government or any of its agencies in making an application for any grant or contract. The commissioner may establish state-wide and regional advisory councils.

      (P.A. 93-381, S. 2, 39; P.A. 94-174, S. 10, 12; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 24, 58; P.A. 03-252, S. 1; P.A. 11-242, S. 20.)

      History: P.A. 93-381 effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-174 required commissioner to certify the population of each municipality to the secretary of the office of policy and management in September of each year, effective June 6, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, deleted responsibilities for coordination of alcohol and drug abuse problems, replaced "complete" with "compel" in Subdiv. (7), deleted duties re alcohol and drug facilities in Subdiv. (10) and added designation authority in Subdiv. (11), effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 03-252 deleted former Subdiv. (11) re requirement that commissioner make annual inspection of hospitals, asylums, prisons, schools and other institutions; P.A. 11-242 amended Subdiv. (9) by requiring commissioner to annually issue a list of emergency illnesses and health conditions and made technical changes.

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      Sec. 19a-4j. Office of Multicultural Health. (a) There is established, within the Department of Public Health, an Office of Multicultural Health. The responsibility of the office is to improve the health of all Connecticut residents by eliminating differences in disease, disability and death rates among ethnic, racial and cultural populations.

      (b) The department may apply for, accept and expend such funds as may be available from federal, state or other sources and may enter into contracts to carry out the responsibilities of the office.

      (c) The office shall:

      (1) With regard to health status: (A) Monitor the health status of African Americans; Latinos/Hispanics; Native Americans/Alaskan Natives; and Asians, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; (B) compare the results of the health status monitoring with the health status of non-Hispanic Caucasians/whites; and (C) assess the effectiveness of state programs in eliminating differences in health status;

      (2) Assess the health education and health resource needs of ethnic, racial and cultural populations listed in subdivision (1) of this subsection; and

      (3) Maintain a directory of, and assist in development and promotion of, multicultural and multiethnic health resources in Connecticut.

      (d) The office may:

      (1) Provide grants for culturally appropriate health education demonstration projects and may apply for, accept and expend public and private funding for such projects; and

      (2) Recommend policies, procedures, activities and resource allocations to improve health among racial, ethnic and cultural populations in Connecticut.

      (P.A. 98-250, S. 8, 39; P.A. 11-242, S. 31.)

      History: P.A. 98-250 effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 11-242 deleted former Subsec. (e) re commissioner's annual report and office's responsibility to hold community workshops.

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      Sec. 19a-6i. School-based health center advisory committee. Members. Duties. Report. (a) There is established a school-based health center advisory committee for the purpose of assisting the Commissioner of Public Health in developing recommendations for statutory and regulatory changes to improve health care through access to school-based health centers.

      (b) The committee shall be composed of the following members:

      (1) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee;

      (2) The Commissioner of Social Services, or the commissioner's designee;

      (3) The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, or the commissioner's designee;

      (4) The Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner's designee; and

      (5) Three school-based health center providers who shall be appointed by the board of directors of the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers.

      (c) The committee shall meet not less than quarterly. On or before January 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, the committee shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, on its activities to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and education.

      (d) Administrative support for the activities of the committee may be provided by the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers.

      (P.A. 07-185, S. 32; P.A. 11-242, S. 44.)

      History: P.A. 07-185 effective July 10, 2007; P.A. 11-242 replaced former provisions with Subsecs. (a) to (d) re school-based health center advisory committee, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-6j. Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus. Membership. (a) There is established within the Department of Public Health an Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus.

      (b) The advisory panel shall consist of the following members:

      (1) One appointed by the Governor, as recommended by the Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society, who shall be a nonphysician medical clinician with significant experience in treating persons with lupus;

      (2) Five appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health; one of whom shall be a person with lupus recommended by the state chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America; one of whom shall be a scientist from a university based in the state who has experience in lupus and who participates in various fields of scientific endeavor, including, but not limited to, biomedical, social, translational, behavioral or epidemiological research recommended by the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the state chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America; one of whom shall be a physician with significant experience in treating persons with lupus recommended by the Connecticut Medical Society; one of whom shall be a representative from the state chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America; and one of whom shall be a state resident representing the Lupus Research Institute;

      (3) One appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives;

      (4) One appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate;

      (5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;

      (6) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;

      (7) One appointed by the executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women;

      (8) One appointed by the executive director of the African-American Affairs Commission; and

      (9) One appointed by the executive director of the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission.

      (c) All appointments to the advisory panel shall be made not later than thirty days after July 1, 2011. Panel members shall serve two-year terms. Any person appointed to be a panel member shall serve not more than two full terms. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

      (d) The Commissioner of Public Health shall select the chairperson of the advisory panel from among the members of the panel. Such chairperson shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after July 1, 2011. The advisory panel shall meet quarterly and at other times upon the call of the chair or upon the majority request of panel members.

      (e) Seven members of the advisory panel shall constitute a quorum. A majority vote of a quorum shall be required for any official action of the advisory panel.

      (f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health shall serve as administrative staff of the advisory panel.

      (P.A. 11-23, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 11-23 effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-6k. Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus. Duties. (a) The Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus established pursuant to section 19a-6j shall: (1) Analyze the current state of education on lupus in the state, (2) evaluate materials and resources currently available from government agencies, hospitals and lupus advocacy organizations, and (3) identify gaps in the current lupus education modalities in the state through a needs assessment or similar mechanism.

      (b) Upon completing the needs assessment described in subsection (a) of this section, the advisory panel shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, on the results of its assessment to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and to the Department of Public Health. Utilizing the results of such assessment, and with input from the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and the Department of Public Health, the advisory panel shall develop and implement a comprehensive lupus education and awareness plan.

      (c) The advisory panel shall develop and implement a comprehensive plan to improve education and awareness surrounding lupus for health care practitioners, public health personnel, patients and persons who may have lupus. The plan shall include the recommendations on how to best:

      (1) Distribute medically sound health information on lupus that is endorsed by government agencies, that include, but are not limited to, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Social Security Administration, through local health departments, schools, agencies on aging, employer wellness programs, physicians and other health professionals, hospitals, health plans and health maintenance organizations, women's health groups and nonprofit and community-based organizations;

      (2) Utilize volunteers in the community to distribute brochures and other materials that promote lupus education and awareness;

      (3) Develop educational materials for health professionals that identify the most recent scientific and medical information and clinical applications regarding the treatment of lupus;

      (4) Work to increase knowledge among physicians, nurses and health and human services professionals about the importance of lupus diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation;

      (5) Support continuing medical education programs in the state's leading academic institutions by ensuring that such institutions are provided the most recent scientific and medical information and clinical applications regarding the treatment of lupus;

      (6) Conduct state-wide workshops and seminars for extensive professional development regarding the care and management of patients with lupus in an effort to bring the latest information on clinical advances to health care providers; and

      (7) Maintain and develop a directory of lupus-related health care services, that includes a listing of health care providers with specialization in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus and that can be disseminated, within available appropriations, by the Department of Public Health to individuals with lupus, family members of those with lupus, representatives from voluntary organizations, health care professionals, health plans, local health agencies and authorities and to other agencies of the state.

      (d) The advisory panel shall present the initial plan to the Department of Public Health and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health on or before October 1, 2012. The advisory panel may make periodic revisions to the plan that are consistent with the purposes of this section.

      (P.A. 11-23, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 11-23 effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-6l. Assistance to the Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus from the Department of Public Health. The Department of Public Health may, within available appropriations, provide assistance to the Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus, established pursuant to section 19a-6j, in carrying out its functions. Such assistance may include, but shall not be limited to, the dissemination of educational materials to state health care providers serving minority populations. The Commissioner of Public Health may accept funds from any source to implement the provisions of this section and sections 19a-6j and 19a-6k. The commissioner shall take such actions as the commissioner deems necessary to maximize federal funding to implement the provisions of this section and sections 19a-6j and 19a-6k.

      (P.A. 11-23, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 11-23 effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-7f. Childhood immunization schedules. Establishment of vaccine program in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford. (a) The Commissioner of Public Health shall determine the standard of care for immunization for the children of this state. The standard of care for immunization shall be based on the recommended schedules for active immunization for normal infants and children published by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The commissioner shall establish, within available appropriations, an immunization program which shall: (1) Provide vaccine at no cost to health care providers in Connecticut to administer to children so that cost of vaccine will not be a barrier to age-appropriate vaccination in this state; (2) with the assistance of hospital maternity programs, provide all parents in this state with the recommended immunization schedule for normal infants and children, a booklet to record immunizations at the time of the infant's discharge from the hospital nursery and a list of sites where immunization may be provided; (3) inform in a timely manner all health care providers of changes in the recommended immunization schedule; (4) assist hospitals, local health providers and local health departments to develop and implement record-keeping and outreach programs to identify and immunize those children who have fallen behind the recommended immunization schedule or who lack access to regular preventative health care and have the authority to gather such data as may be needed to evaluate such efforts; (5) assist in the development of a program to assess the vaccination status of children who are clients of state and federal programs serving the health and welfare of children and make provision for vaccination of those who are behind the recommended immunization schedule; (6) access available state and federal funds including, but not limited to, any funds available through the federal Childhood Immunization Reauthorization or any funds available through the Medicaid program; (7) solicit, receive and expend funds from any public or private source; and (8) develop and make available to parents and health care providers public health educational materials about the benefits of timely immunization.

      (b) (1) Commencing October 1, 2011, one group health care provider located in Bridgeport and one group health care provider located in New Haven, as identified by the Commissioner of Public Health, and any health care provider located in Hartford who administers vaccines to children under the federal Vaccines For Children immunization program that is operated by the Department of Public Health under authority of 42 USC 1396s may select under said federal program, and the department shall provide, any vaccine licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration, including any combination vaccine and dosage form, that is (A) recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and (B) made available to the department by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      (2) Not later than June 1, 2012, the Commissioner of Public Health shall provide an evaluation of the vaccine program established in subdivision (1) of this subsection to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health. Such evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, an assessment of the program's impact on child immunization rates, an assessment of any health or safety risks posed by the program, and recommendations regarding future expansion of the program.

      (3) Provided the evaluation submitted pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection does not indicate a significant reduction in child immunization rates or an increased risk to the health and safety of children, commencing July 1, 2012, any health care provider who administers vaccines to children under the federal Vaccines For Children immunization program that is operated by the Department of Public Health under authority of 42 USC 1396s may select, and the department shall provide, any vaccine licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration, including any combination vaccine and dosage form, that is (A) recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and (B) made available to the department by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      (4) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply in the event of a public health emergency, as defined in section 19a-131, or an attack, major disaster, emergency or disaster emergency, as those terms are defined in section 28-1.

      (P.A. 91-327, S. 1, 8; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, S. 23, 88; P.A. 10-117, S. 79; P.A. 11-242, S. 81.)

      History: P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8 added reference to state funds in Subdiv. (6), added new Subdiv. (7) re soliciting funds and redesignated existing Subdiv. (7) as Subdiv. (8), effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 10-117 added provision re determination by commissioner and replaced provision requiring standard of care to be schedule published by committee on infectious diseases of American Academy of Pediatrics or by National Immunization Practices Advisory Committee with provision requiring standard of care for immunization to be based on schedules published by National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Physicians, effective June 8, 2010; P.A. 11-242 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and amended same by deleting "as determined by the Commissioner of Public Health" and added Subsec. (b) establishing a vaccine program that allows certain health care providers located in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford access to any vaccine licensed by federal Food and Drug Administration, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-7j. Vaccines and antibiotic purchase and childhood immunization registry. Health and welfare fee assessment. Appeal. (a) Not later than September 1, 2003, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, shall (1) determine the amount appropriated for the following purposes: (A) To purchase, store and distribute vaccines for routine immunizations included in the schedule for active immunization required by section 19a-7f; (B) to purchase, store and distribute (i) vaccines to prevent hepatitis A and B in persons of all ages, as recommended by the schedule for immunizations published by the National Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, (ii) antibiotics necessary for the treatment of tuberculosis and biologics and antibiotics necessary for the detection and treatment of tuberculosis infections, and (iii) antibiotics to support treatment of patients in communicable disease control clinics, as defined in section 19a-216a; and (C) to provide services needed to collect up-to-date information on childhood immunizations for all children enrolled in Medicaid who reach two years of age during the year preceding the current fiscal year, to incorporate such information into the childhood immunization registry, as defined in section 19a-7h, and (2) inform the Insurance Commissioner of such amount.

      (b) Each domestic insurer or health care center doing life insurance or health insurance business in this state shall annually pay to the Insurance Commissioner, for deposit in the General Fund, a health and welfare fee assessed by the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to this section. Not later than October 1, 2003, and annually thereafter, the Insurance Commissioner shall determine the fee to be assessed against each such domestic insurer or health care center for the next fiscal year. Such fee shall be a percentage of the total amount appropriated, as identified in subsection (a) of this section, and shall be calculated on the basis of life insurance premiums and health insurance premiums and subscriber charges in the same manner as calculations under section 38a-48. Not later than November 1, 2003, and annually thereafter, the Insurance Commissioner shall submit a statement to each such insurer and health care center that includes the proposed fee for the insurer or health care center calculated in accordance with this section. As used in this section, "health insurance" means health insurance, as defined in subdivisions (1) to (13), inclusive, of section 38a-469.

      (c) Any domestic insurer or health care center aggrieved by an assessment levied under this section may appeal therefrom in the same manner as provided for appeals under section 38a-52.

      (June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 6; P.A. 11-242, S. 82.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b) by deleting provision re fee assessed for fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, and deleted former Subsec. (d) re aggregate assessment limits for fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-14. (Formerly Sec. 19-4o). Powers of department concerning regulated professions. (a) The Department of Public Health shall have the following powers and duties with regard to the boards and commissions listed in subsection (b) of this section which are within the Department of Public Health. The department shall:

      (1) Control the allocation, disbursement and budgeting of funds appropriated to the department for the operation of the boards and commissions;

      (2) Employ and assign such personnel as the commissioner deems necessary for the performance of the functions of the boards and commissions;

      (3) Perform all management functions including purchasing, bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, secretarial, clerical and routine housekeeping functions;

      (4) Adopt, with the advice and assistance of the appropriate board or commission, and in accordance with chapter 54, any regulations which are consistent with protecting the public health and safety and which are necessary to implement the purposes of subsection (a) of section 2c-2b, this chapter, and chapters 368v, 369 to 375, inclusive, 378 to 381, inclusive, 383 to 388, inclusive, 398 and 399;

      (5) Develop and perform all administrative functions necessary to process applications for licenses and certificates;

      (6) Determine the eligibility of all applicants for permits, licensure, certification or registration, based upon compliance with the general statutes and administrative regulations. The department may deny the eligibility of an applicant for a permit or for licensure by examination, endorsement, reciprocity or for reinstatement of a license voided pursuant to subsection (f) of section 19a-88, or may issue a license pursuant to a consent order containing conditions that must be met by the applicant if the department determines that the applicant:

      (A) Has failed to comply with the general statutes and administrative regulations governing the applicant's profession;

      (B) Has been found guilty or convicted as a result of an act which constitutes a felony under (i) the laws of this state, (ii) federal law or (iii) the laws of another jurisdiction and which, if committed within this state, would have constituted a felony under the laws of this state;

      (C) Is subject to a pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint before the duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory, or a foreign jurisdiction;

      (D) Has been subject to disciplinary action similar to an action specified in subsection (a) of section 19a-17 by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory, or a foreign jurisdiction;

      (E) Has committed an act which, if the applicant were licensed, would not conform to the accepted standards of practice of the profession, including, but not limited to, incompetence, negligence, fraud or deceit; illegal conduct; procuring or attempting to procure a license, certificate or registration by fraud or deceit; or engaging in, aiding or abetting unlicensed practice of a regulated profession, provided the commissioner, or the commissioner's designee, gives notice and holds a hearing, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, prior to denying an application for a permit or a license based on this subparagraph; or

      (F) Has a condition which would interfere with the practice of the applicant's profession, including, but not limited to, physical illness or loss of skill or deterioration due to the aging process, emotional disorder or mental illness, abuse or excessive use of drugs or alcohol, provided the commissioner, or the commissioner's designee, gives notice and holds a hearing in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, prior to denying an application for a permit or a license based on this subparagraph;

      (7) Administer licensing examinations under the supervision of the appropriate board or commission;

      (8) Develop and perform all administrative functions necessary to process complaints against persons licensed by the department;

      (9) Consent to the approval or disapproval by the appropriate boards or commissions of schools at which educational requirements shall be met;

      (10) Conduct any necessary review, inspection or investigation regarding qualifications of applicants for licenses or certificates, possible violations of statutes or regulations, and disciplinary matters. In connection with any investigation, the Commissioner of Public Health or the commissioner's authorized agent may administer oaths, issue subpoenas, compel testimony and order the production of books, records and documents. If any person refuses to appear, to testify or to produce any book, record or document when so ordered, a judge of the Superior Court may make such order as may be appropriate to aid in the enforcement of this section;

      (11) Conduct any necessary investigation and follow-up in connection with complaints regarding persons subject to regulation or licensing by the department. In connection with any such investigation, the department may restrict, suspend or otherwise limit the license or permit of any person subject to regulation or licensing by the department pursuant to an interim consent order entered during the pendency of such investigation;

      (12) With respect to any complaint filed with the department on or after October 1, 2010, alleging incompetence, negligence, fraud or deceit by a person subject to regulation or licensing by any board or commission described in subdivision (1) to (5), inclusive, (7), (8), (12) to (14), inclusive, or (16) of subsection (b) of this section:

      (A) Upon request of the person who filed the complaint, provide such person with information on the status of the complaint;

      (B) Upon request of the person who filed the complaint, provide such person with an opportunity to review, at the department, records compiled as of the date of the request pursuant to any investigation of the complaint, including, but not limited to, the respondent's written response to the complaint, except that such person shall not be entitled to copy such records and the department (i) shall not disclose (I) information concerning a health care professional's referral to, participation in or completion of an assistance program in accordance with sections 19a-12a and 19a-12b, that is confidential pursuant to section 19a-12a, (II) information not related to such person's specific complaint, including, but not limited to, information concerning patients other than such person, or (III) personnel or medical records and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute an invasion of personal privacy pursuant to section 1-210, except for such records or similar files solely related to such person; (ii) shall not be required to disclose any other information that is otherwise confidential pursuant to federal law or state statute, except for information solely related to such person; and (iii) may require up to ten business days written notice prior to providing such opportunity for review;

      (C) Prior to resolving the complaint with a consent order, provide the person who filed the complaint with not less than ten business days to submit a written statement as to whether such person objects to resolving the complaint with a consent order;

      (D) If a hearing is held with respect to such complaint after a finding of probable cause, provide the person who filed the complaint with a copy of the notice of hearing issued pursuant to section 4-177, which shall include information concerning the opportunity to present oral or written statements pursuant to subsection (b) of section 4-177c; and

      (E) Notify the person who filed the complaint of the final disposition of such complaint not later than seven business days after such final disposition;

      (13) Perform any other function necessary to the effective operation of a board or commission and not specifically vested by statute in the board or commission;

      (14) Contract with a third party, if the commissioner deems necessary, to administer licensing examinations and perform all attendant administrative functions in connection with such examination; and

      (15) With respect to any investigation of a person subject to regulation, licensing or certification by the department and in any disciplinary proceeding regarding such person, except as required by federal law:

      (A) Not be denied access to or use of copies of patient medical records on the grounds that privilege or confidentiality applies to such records; and

      (B) Not further disclose patient medical records received pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision. Patient records received pursuant to this subdivision shall not be subject to disclosure under section 1-210.

      (b) The department shall have the powers and duties indicated in subsection (a) of this section with regard to the following professional boards and commissions:

      (1) The Connecticut Medical Examining Board, established under section 20-8a;

      (2) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Optometrists, established under subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 20-128a;

      (3) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing, established under section 20-88;

      (4) The Dental Commission, established under section 20-103a;

      (5) The Board of Examiners of Psychologists, established under section 20-186;

      (6) The Connecticut Board of Veterinary Medicine, established under section 20-196;

      (7) The Connecticut Homeopathic Medical Examining Board, established under section 20-8;

      (8) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Opticians, established under subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 20-139a;

      (9) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Barbers and Hairdressers and Cosmeticians, established under section 20-235a;

      (10) The Connecticut Board of Examiners of Embalmers and Funeral Directors established under section 20-208;

      (11) Repealed by P.A. 99-102, S. 51;

      (12) The State Board of Natureopathic Examiners, established under section 20-35;

      (13) The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, established under section 20-25;

      (14) The Connecticut Board of Examiners in Podiatry, established under section 20-51;

      (15) The Board of Examiners of Electrologists, established under section 20-268; and

      (16) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Physical Therapists.

      (c) No board shall exist for the following professions that are licensed or otherwise regulated by the Department of Public Health:

      (1) Speech and language pathologist and audiologist;

      (2) Hearing instrument specialist;

      (3) Nursing home administrator;

      (4) Sanitarian;

      (5) Subsurface sewage system installer or cleaner;

      (6) Marital and family therapist;

      (7) Nurse-midwife;

      (8) Licensed clinical social worker;

      (9) Respiratory care practitioner;

      (10) Asbestos contractor and asbestos consultant;

      (11) Massage therapist;

      (12) Registered nurse's aide;

      (13) Radiographer;

      (14) Dental hygienist;

      (15) Dietitian-Nutritionist;

      (16) Asbestos abatement worker;

      (17) Asbestos abatement site supervisor;

      (18) Licensed or certified alcohol and drug counselor;

      (19) Professional counselor;

      (20) Acupuncturist;

      (21) Occupational therapist and occupational therapist assistant;

      (22) Lead abatement contractor, lead consultant contractor, lead consultant, lead abatement supervisor, lead abatement worker, inspector and planner-project designer;

      (23) Emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, emergency medical responder and emergency medical services instructor;

      (24) Paramedic;

      (25) Athletic trainer;

      (26) Perfusionist;

      (27) Master social worker subject to the provisions of section 20-195v; and

      (28) On and after July 1, 2011, a radiologist assistant, subject to the provisions of section 20-74tt.

The department shall assume all powers and duties normally vested with a board in administering regulatory jurisdiction over such professions. The uniform provisions of this chapter and chapters 368v, 369 to 381a, inclusive, 383 to 388, inclusive, 393a, 395, 398, 399, 400a and 400c, including, but not limited to, standards for entry and renewal; grounds for professional discipline; receiving and processing complaints; and disciplinary sanctions, shall apply, except as otherwise provided by law, to the professions listed in this subsection.

      (d) Except as provided in subdivision (15) of subsection (a) of this section and section 20-13e, all records obtained by the department in connection with any investigation of a person or facility over which the department has jurisdiction under this chapter, other than a physician as defined in subdivision (5) of section 20-13a, shall not be subject to disclosure under section 1-210 for a period of one year from the date of the petition or other event initiating such investigation, or until such time as the investigation is terminated pursuant to a withdrawal or other informal disposition or until a hearing is convened pursuant to chapter 54, whichever is earlier. A complaint, as defined in subdivision (6) of section 19a-13, shall be subject to the provisions of section 1-210 from the time that it is served or mailed to the respondent. Records that are otherwise public records shall not be deemed confidential merely because they have been obtained in connection with an investigation under this chapter. Records disclosed to a person who files a complaint pursuant to subdivision (12) of subsection (a) of this section that are otherwise confidential shall not be deemed public records merely because they have been disclosed pursuant to said subdivision (12).

      (e) The department shall not issue a license to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint with the professional licensing authority in another jurisdiction.

      (P.A. 80-484, S. 2, 174, 176; P.A. 81-473, S. 11, 43; P.A. 82-156, S. 1, 2; P.A. 83-352, S. 3, 5; 83-441, S. 6, 10; P.A. 85-531, S. 6; 85-585, S. 1; 85-613, S. 36, 154; P.A. 86-123, S. 8; 86-365, S. 1, 5; 86-376, S. 5; P.A. 87-537, S. 1, 13; P.A. 88-362, S. 9; P.A. 93-121, S. 1, 8; 93-249, S. 5; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-149, S. 15; 94-210, S. 1, 30; P.A. 95-116, S. 8; 95-196, S. 1; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-47, S. 1; P.A. 97-186, S. 11; 97-311, S. 7; P.A. 98-166, S. 3, 9; 98-247, S. 10; P.A. 99-102, S. 51; 99-249, S. 2, 10; June Sp. Sess. 99-2, S. 60, 72; P.A. 00-226, S. 8, 20; P.A. 01-109, S. 3; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4, S. 2, 3, 58; P.A. 05-66, S. 2, 3; 05-272, S. 14, 15; 05-280, S. 72, 73; P.A. 06-195, S. 2; P.A. 09-232, S. 25, 89; P.A. 10-38, S. 8; 10-117, S. 19, 20; 10-122, S. 3; P.A. 11-242, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 81-473 deleted a reference to the now abolished board of registration for sanitarians, added a reference to the board of examiners for physical therapists and provided that the department of health services perform the functions of a board with respect to the professions of sanitarian and subsurface sewage system installer or cleaner; P.A. 82-156 added Subdiv. (13) authorizing department of health services to contract with a third party to administer licensing examinations for the boards and commissions under its jurisdiction; Sec. 19-4o transferred to Sec. 19a-14 in 1983; P.A. 83-352 amended Subsec. (c) to include marital and family therapists; P.A. 83-441 amended Subsec. (c) to include nurse-midwives; P.A. 85-531 amended Subsec. (c) to include reference to certified independent social workers; P.A. 85-585 added Subsec. (d) regarding confidentiality of records obtained by the department in connection with an investigation of a person or facility over which the department has jurisdiction; P.A. 85-613 made technical changes, substituting reference to Sec. 2c-2b(a) for reference to Sec. 2c-2(f); P.A. 86-123 amended Subsec. (b)(6) by changing the name of the board from the state board of veterinary registration and examination to the Connecticut board of veterinary medicine; P.A. 86-365 added Subdivs. (A) to (F), inclusive, in Subsec. (a)(6) detailing grounds for denying applicants' eligibility for permits; P.A. 86-376 added "respiratory care practitioner" in Subsec. (c) as profession which has no board; P.A. 87-537 added asbestos contractor and asbestos consultant in Subsec. (c) as profession which has no board; P.A. 88-362 applied Subsec. (c) to massage therapists; P.A. 93-121 added Subsec. (c)(12) re registered nurse's aides, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 93-249 amended Subsec. (c) to add new Subdiv. re radiographers; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-149 added Subsec. (c)(14) re dental hygienists; P.A. 94-210 added Subsec. (c)(15) re dietitian-nutritionists, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-116 amended Subsec. (c)(8) to change "certified independent" to "licensed clinical" social worker; P.A. 95-196 added Subsec. (c)(16) and (17) re asbestos abatement workers and supervisors; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-47 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to allow issue of a license pursuant to a consent order; P.A. 97-186 amended Subsec. (c) by adding new Subdiv. re alcohol and drug counselors; P.A. 97-311 amended Subsec. (c) by adding new Subdiv. re professional counselors; P.A. 98-166 amended Subsec. (d) to add reference to the Sec. 20-13e exception and change "the provisions of" to "disclosure under" Sec. 1-19 (now 1-210), effective June 4, 1998; P.A. 98-247 amended Subdiv. (18) to change "associate licensed" to "certified"; P.A. 99-102 repealed Subsec. (b)(11) re Connecticut Osteopathic Examining Board; P.A. 99-249 added Subsec. (c)(20) re acupuncturists, effective June 29, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 added Subsec. (c)(20) to (23), inclusive, re acupuncturists, occupational therapists, lead abatement contractors and nail technicians and by making technical changes, effective June 29, 1999; P.A. 00-226 added Subsec. (c)(24) re athletic trainers, effective the later of October 1, 2000, or the date notice is published by the Commissioner of Public Health in the Connecticut Law Journal indicating that the licensing of athletic trainers and physical therapist assistants is being implemented by the commissioner, i.e. April 11, 2006; P.A. 01-109 amended Subsec. (b)(15) by changing "Hypertrichologists" to "Electrologists"; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4 amended Subsec. (c) by changing hearing aid dealer to hearing instrument specialist in Subdiv. (2), adding occupational therapist assistant in Subdiv. (21), adding lead consultant contractor, lead consultant, lead abatement supervisor, lead abatement worker, inspector and planner-project designer in Subdiv. (22), deleting nail technician and adding emergency medical technician, emergency medical technician-intermediate, medical response technician and emergency medical services instructor in Subdiv. (23) and adding paramedic as Subdiv. (24), effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 05-66 added Subsec. (c)(25) re dialysis patient care technicians; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by replacing "speech pathologist" with "speech and language pathologist"; P.A. 05-280 added Subsec. (c)(26) re perfusionists; P.A. 06-195 deleted Subsec. (c)(26) re dialysis patient care technician and redesignating existing Subdiv. (27) as Subdiv. (26); P.A. 09-232 amended Subsec. (c)(23) by substituting "advanced emergency medical technician" for "emergency medical technician-intermediate" and substituting "emergency medical responder" for "medical response technician", effective January 1, 2010, and added Subsec. (c)(27) re radiologist assistants, effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 10-38 amended Subsec. (c) to add new Subdiv. (27) re master social workers and redesignate existing Subdiv. (27) as Subdiv. (28); P.A. 10-117 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provisions, codified by the Revisors as Subdiv. (15), re department's access to and disclosure of patient medical records in connection with an investigation or disciplinary action, amended Subsec. (d) by adding reference to Subsec. (a)(15) and added Subsec. (e) re nonissuance of a license to a person against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint in another jurisdiction; P.A. 10-122 amended Subsec. (a) by making technical changes, by adding new Subdiv. (12) re complainant's right to access information and records re complaints filed with department on or after October 1, 2010, and by redesignating existing Subdivs. (12) and (13) as Subdivs. (13) and (14) and amended Subsec. (d) by making a technical change and adding provision specifying that confidential records disclosed to complainant pursuant to Subsec. (a)(12) are not deemed public records; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a)(11) by allowing department to restrict, suspend or limit a license or permit pursuant to interim consent order entered during pendency of an investigation, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-16d. Submission of scope of practice requests and written impact statements to Department of Public Health. Requests for exemption. Notification and publication of requests. (a) Any person or entity, acting on behalf of a health care profession that seeks to establish a new scope of practice or change a profession's scope of practice, may submit a written scope of practice request to the Department of Public Health not later than August fifteenth of the year preceding the commencement of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

      (b) (1) Any written scope of practice request submitted to the Department of Public Health pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall include the following information:

      (A) A plain language description of the request;

      (B) Public health and safety benefits that the requestor believes will be achieved should the request be implemented and, if applicable, a description of any harm to public health and safety should the request not be implemented;

      (C) The impact that the request will have on public access to health care;

      (D) A brief summary of state or federal laws that govern the health care profession making the request;

      (E) The state's current regulatory oversight of the health care profession making the request;

      (F) All current education, training and examination requirements and any relevant certification requirements applicable to the health care profession making the request;

      (G) A summary of known scope of practice changes either requested or enacted concerning the health care profession in the five-year period preceding the date of the request;

      (H) The extent to which the request directly impacts existing relationships within the health care delivery system;

      (I) The anticipated economic impact of the request on the health care delivery system;

      (J) Regional and national trends concerning licensure of the health care profession making the request and a summary of relevant scope of practice provisions enacted in other states;

      (K) Identification of any health care professions that can reasonably be anticipated to be directly impacted by the request, the nature of the impact and efforts made by the requestor to discuss the request with such health care professions; and

      (L) A description of how the request relates to the health care profession's ability to practice to the full extent of the profession's education and training.

      (2) In lieu of submitting a scope of practice request as described in subdivision (1) of this subsection, any person or entity acting on behalf of a health care profession may submit a request for an exemption from the processes described in this section and section 19a-16e. A request for exemption shall include a plain language description of the request and the reasons for the request for exemption, including, but not limited to: (A) Exigent circumstances which necessitate an immediate response to the scope of practice request, (B) the lack of any dispute concerning the scope of practice request, or (C) any outstanding issues among health care professions concerning the scope of practice request can easily be resolved. Such request for exemption shall be submitted to the Department of Public Health not later than August fifteenth of the year preceding the commencement of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

      (c) In any year in which a scope of practice request is received pursuant to this section, not later than September fifteenth of the year preceding the commencement of the next regular session of the General Assembly, the Department of Public Health, within available appropriations, shall: (1) Provide written notification to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health of any health care profession that has submitted a scope of practice request, including any request for exemption, to the department pursuant to this section; and (2) post any such request, including any request for exemption, and the name and address of the requestor on the department's web site.

      (d) Any person or entity, acting on behalf of a health care profession that may be directly impacted by a scope of practice request submitted pursuant to this section, may submit to the department a written statement identifying the nature of the impact not later than October first of the year preceding the next regular session of the General Assembly. Any such person or entity directly impacted by a scope of practice request shall indicate the nature of the impact taking into consideration the criteria set forth in subsection (b) of this section and shall provide a copy of the written impact statement to the requestor. Not later than October fifteenth of such year, the requestor shall submit a written response to the department and any person or entity that has provided a written impact statement. The requestor's written response shall include, but not be limited to, a description of areas of agreement and disagreement between the respective health care professions.

      (P.A. 11-209, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 11-209 effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-16e. Scope of practice review committees. Membership. Duties. (a) On or before November first of the year preceding the commencement of the next regular session of the General Assembly, the Commissioner of Public Health shall, within available appropriations allocated to the department, establish and appoint members to a scope of practice review committee for each timely scope of practice request submitted to the department pursuant to section 19a-16d. Committees established pursuant to this section shall consist of the following members: (1) Two members recommended by the requestor to represent the health care profession making the scope of practice request; (2) two members recommended by each person or entity that has submitted a written impact statement pursuant to subsection (d) of section 19a-16d to represent the health care professions directly impacted by the scope of practice request; and (3) the Commissioner of Public Health or the commissioner's designee, who shall serve as an ex-officio, nonvoting member of the committee. The Commissioner of Public Health or the commissioner's designee shall serve as the chairperson of any such committee. The Commissioner of Public Health may appoint additional members to any committee established pursuant to this section to include representatives from health care professions having a proximate relationship to the underlying request if the commissioner or the commissioner's designee determines that such expansion would be beneficial to a resolution of the issues presented. Any member of such committee shall serve without compensation.

      (b) Any committee established pursuant to this section shall review and evaluate the scope of practice request, subsequent written responses to the request and any other information the committee deems relevant to the scope of practice request. Such review and evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, an assessment of any public health and safety risks that may be associated with the request, whether the request may enhance access to quality and affordable health care and whether the request enhances the ability of the profession to practice to the full extent of the profession's education and training. The committee, when carrying out the duties prescribed in this section, may seek input on the scope of practice request from the Department of Public Health and such other entities as the committee determines necessary in order to provide its written findings as described in subsection (c) of this section.

      (c) The committee, upon concluding its review and evaluation of the scope of practice request, shall provide its findings to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health. The committee shall provide the written findings to said joint standing committee not later than the February first following the date of the committee's establishment. The committee shall include with its written findings all materials that were presented to the committee for review and consideration during the review process. The committee shall terminate on the date that it submits its written findings to said joint standing committee.

      (P.A. 11-209, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 11-209 effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-16f. Report to General Assembly on scope of practice review processes. On or before January 1, 2013, the Commissioner of Public Health shall evaluate the processes implemented pursuant to sections 19a-16d and 19a-16e and report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, on the effectiveness of such processes in addressing scope of practice requests. Such report may also include recommendations from the committee concerning measures that could be implemented to improve the scope of practice review process.

      (P.A. 11-209, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 11-209 effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-17. (Formerly Sec. 19-4s). Disciplinary action by department, boards and commissions. (a) Each board or commission established under chapters 369 to 376, inclusive, 378 to 381, inclusive, and 383 to 388, inclusive, and the Department of Public Health with respect to professions under its jurisdiction that have no board or commission may take any of the following actions, singly or in combination, based on conduct that occurred prior or subsequent to the issuance of a permit or a license upon finding the existence of good cause:

      (1) Revoke a practitioner's license or permit;

      (2) Suspend a practitioner's license or permit;

      (3) Censure a practitioner or permittee;

      (4) Issue a letter of reprimand to a practitioner or permittee;

      (5) Place a practitioner or permittee on probationary status and require the practitioner or permittee to:

      (A) Report regularly to such board, commission or department upon the matters which are the basis of probation;

      (B) Limit practice to those areas prescribed by such board, commission or department;

      (C) Continue or renew professional education until a satisfactory degree of skill has been attained in those areas which are the basis for the probation;

      (6) Assess a civil penalty of up to twenty-five thousand dollars;

      (7) In those cases involving persons or entities licensed or certified pursuant to sections 20-341d, 20-435, 20-436, 20-437, 20-438, 20-475 and 20-476, require that restitution be made to an injured property owner; or

      (8) Summarily take any action specified in this subsection against a practitioner's license or permit upon receipt of proof that such practitioner has been:

      (A) Found guilty or convicted as a result of an act which constitutes a felony under (i) the laws of this state, (ii) federal law, or (iii) the laws of another jurisdiction and which, if committed within this state, would have constituted a felony under the laws of this state; or

      (B) Subject to disciplinary action similar to that specified in this subsection by a duly authorized professional agency of any state, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or a foreign jurisdiction. The applicable board or commission, or the department shall promptly notify the practitioner or permittee that his license or permit has been summarily acted upon pursuant to this subsection and shall institute formal proceedings for revocation within ninety days after such notification.

      (b) Such board or commission or the department may withdraw the probation if it finds that the circumstances that required action have been remedied.

      (c) Such board or commission or the department where appropriate may summarily suspend a practitioner's license or permit in advance of a final adjudication or during the appeals process if such board or commission or the department finds that a practitioner or permittee represents a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety if he is allowed to continue to practice.

      (d) In addition to the authority provided to the Department of Public Health in subsection (a) of this section, the department may resolve any disciplinary action with respect to a practitioner's license or permit in any profession by voluntary surrender or agreement not to renew or reinstate.

      (e) Such board or commission or the department may reinstate a license that has been suspended or revoked if, after a hearing, such board or commission or the department is satisfied that the practitioner or permittee is able to practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients, customers or the public in general. As a condition of reinstatement, the board or commission or the department may impose disciplinary or corrective measures authorized under this section.

      (f) Such board or commission or the department may take disciplinary action against a practitioner's license or permit as a result of the practitioner having been subject to disciplinary action similar to an action specified in subsection (a) of this section by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or a foreign jurisdiction. Such board or commission or the department may rely upon the findings and conclusions made by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or foreign jurisdiction in taking such disciplinary action.

      (g) As used in this section, the term "license" shall be deemed to include the following authorizations relative to the practice of any profession listed in subsection (a) of this section: (1) Licensure by the Department of Public Health; (2) certification by the Department of Public Health; and (3) certification by a national certification body.

      (h) As used in this chapter, the term "permit" includes any authorization issued by the department to allow the practice, limited or otherwise, of a profession which would otherwise require a license; and the term "permittee" means any person who practices pursuant to a permit.

      (P.A. 80-484, S. 137, 176; P.A. 81-473, S. 12, 43; P.A. 82-179; P.A. 83-261; P.A. 86-365, S. 2, 5; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-174, S. 1, 12; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 07-252, S. 5, 39; P.A. 08-137, S. 3; P.A. 11-242, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 81-473 added a reference to safety of "customers or the public in general"; P.A. 82-179 allowed boards or commissions under the jurisdiction of the department of health services, and the department of health services with respect to professions under its jurisdiction which have no board or commission, to assess civil penalties of up to $1,000; Sec. 19-4s transferred to Sec. 19a-17 in 1983; P.A. 83-261 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize summary revocation of a practitioner's license for conviction of a felony or of improper professional practice in another state and added Subsec. (e) to include certain certifications in the definition of a license; P.A. 86-365 provided for disciplinary action "based on conduct which occurred prior or subsequent to the issuance of a permit or a license", added references to "permits" and "permittees", and changed wording of Subsec. (a)(7) and added Subsec. (f) defining "permit" and "permittee"; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-174 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to increase civil penalty from $1,000 to $10,000, effective June 6, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 07-252 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), added new Subsec. (d) authorizing department to resolve any disciplinary action with respect to a practitioner's license or permit by voluntary surrender or agreement not to renew or reinstate, redesignated existing Subsecs. (d), (e) and (f) as Subsecs. (e), (f) and (g), respectively, and made a technical change in redesignated Subsec. (e), effective July 12, 2007, and amended Subsec. (a)(6) to increase maximum civil penalty that boards, commissions and department may assess from $10,000 to $25,000; P.A. 08-137 amended Subsec. (a) by adding new Subdiv. (7) requiring restitution to injured property owners from the specified licensed or certified professionals and by redesignating existing Subdiv. (7) as Subdiv. (8); P.A. 11-242 added new Subsec. (f) re authority to rely upon findings and conclusions of out-of-state disciplinary agencies when taking disciplinary action against practitioner's license or permit and redesignated existing Subsecs. (f) and (g) as Subsecs. (g) and (h), effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-25e. Connecticut Health Information Network plan. (a) The Department of Public Health and The University of Connecticut Health Center may, within available appropriations, develop a Connecticut Health Information Network plan to securely integrate state health and social services data, consistent with state and federal privacy laws, within and across The University of Connecticut Health Center and the Departments of Public Health, Developmental Services and Children and Families. Data from other state agencies may be integrated into the network as funding permits and as permissible under federal law.

      (b) The Department of Public Health and The Center for Public Health and Health Policy at The University of Connecticut Health Center shall collaborate with the Departments of Administrative Services, Developmental Services, and Children and Families to develop the Connecticut Health Information Network plan.

      (c) The plan shall: (1) Include research in and describe existing health and human services data; (2) inventory the various health and human services data aggregation initiatives currently underway; (3) include a framework and options for the implementation of a Connecticut Health Information Network, including query functionality to obtain aggregate data on key health indicators within the state; (4) identify and comply with confidentiality, security and privacy standards; and (5) include a detailed cost estimate for implementation and potential sources of funding.

      (P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-2, S. 66; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 30; P.A. 11-51, S. 89.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-2 effective July 1, 2007; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Department of Mental Retardation" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by deleting references to Office of Health Care Access re establishment and development of Connecticut Health Information Network plan, effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 11-51 amended Subsec. (b) to change "Department of Information Technology" to "Department of Administrative Services", effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-32f. Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee established. Members deemed public officials. Duties. (a)(1) There is established a Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee. The committee shall consist of the Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee, and eight members who shall be appointed as follows: Two by the Governor, one of whom shall be nationally recognized as an active investigator in the field of stem cell research and one of whom shall have background and experience in the field of bioethics; one each by the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall have background and experience in private sector stem cell research and development; one each by the majority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, who shall be academic researchers specializing in stem cell research; one by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall have background and experience in either private or public sector stem cell research and development or related research fields, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology; and one by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall have background and experience in business or financial investments. Members shall serve for a term of four years commencing on October first, except that members first appointed by the Governor and the majority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives shall serve for a term of two years. No member may serve for more than two consecutive four-year terms and no member may serve concurrently on the Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32g. All initial appointments to the committee shall be made by October 1, 2005. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

      (2) On and after July 1, 2006, the advisory committee shall include eight additional members who shall be appointed as follows: Two by the Governor, one of whom shall be nationally recognized as an active investigator in the field of stem cell research and one of whom shall have background and experience in the field of ethics; one each by the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall have background and experience in private sector stem cell research and development; one each by the majority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, who shall be academic researchers specializing in stem cell research; one by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall have background and experience in either private or public sector stem cell research and development or related research fields, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology; and one by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall have background and experience in business or financial investments. Members shall serve for a term of four years, except that (A) members first appointed by the Governor and the majority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives pursuant to this subdivision shall serve for a term of two years and three months, and (B) members first appointed by the remaining appointing authorities shall serve for a term of four years and three months. No member appointed pursuant to this subdivision may serve for more than two consecutive four-year terms and no such member may serve concurrently on the Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32g. All initial appointments to the committee pursuant to this subdivision shall be made by July 1, 2006. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

      (b) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee, shall serve as the chairperson of the committee and shall schedule the first meeting of the committee, which shall be held no later than December 1, 2005.

      (c) All members appointed to the committee shall work to advance embryonic and human adult stem cell research. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the committee.

      (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, it shall not constitute a conflict of interest for a trustee, director, partner, officer, stockholder, proprietor, counsel or employee of any eligible institution, or for any other individual with a financial interest in any eligible institution, to serve as a member of the committee. All members shall be deemed public officials and shall adhere to the code of ethics for public officials set forth in chapter 10. Members may participate in the affairs of the committee with respect to the review or consideration of grant-in-aid applications, including the approval or disapproval of such applications, except that no member shall participate in the affairs of the committee with respect to the review or consideration of any grant-in-aid application filed by such member or by any eligible institution in which such member has a financial interest, or with whom such member engages in any business, employment, transaction or professional activity.

      (e) The Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee shall (1) develop, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, a donated funds program to encourage the development of funds other than state appropriations for embryonic and human adult stem cell research in this state, (2) examine and identify specific ways to improve and promote for-profit and not-for-profit embryonic and human adult stem cell and related research in the state, including, but not limited to, identifying both public and private funding sources for such research, maintaining existing embryonic and human adult stem-cell-related businesses, recruiting new embryonic and human adult stem-cell-related businesses to the state and recruiting scientists and researchers in such field to the state, (3) establish and administer, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, a stem cell research grant program which shall provide grants-in-aid to eligible institutions for the advancement of embryonic or human adult stem cell research in this state pursuant to section 19a-32e, and (4) monitor the stem cell research conducted by eligible institutions that receive such grants-in-aid.

      (f) Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall serve as administrative staff of the committee and shall assist the committee in (1) developing the application for the grants-in-aid authorized under subsection (e) of this section, (2) reviewing such applications, (3) preparing and executing any assistance agreements or other agreements in connection with the awarding of such grants-in-aid, and (4) performing such other administrative duties as the committee deems necessary.

      (P.A. 05-149, S. 3; P.A. 06-33, S. 1; P.A. 10-117, S. 43; P.A. 11-242, S. 39.)

      History: P.A. 05-149 effective June 15, 2005; P.A. 06-33 amended Subsec. (a) by designating existing provisions as Subdiv. (1) and adding Subdiv. (2) requiring the appointment of eight additional members by July 1, 2006, and amended Subsec. (d) by describing what shall not constitute a conflict of interest and authorizing members to participate in the review or consideration of grant-in-aid applications, effective April 24, 2006; P.A. 10-117 deleted former Subsec. (g) re annual reports from committee to Governor and General Assembly; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by permitting commissioner's designee to be a member of committee and amended Subsec. (b) by permitting commissioner's designee to serve as committee chairperson.

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      Sec. 19a-32g. Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee established. Additional members. Members deemed public officials. Duties. (a)(1) There is established a Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee. The committee shall consist of five members appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health. All members appointed to the committee shall (A) have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the ethical and medical implications of embryonic and human adult stem cell research or related research fields, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology, (B) have practical research experience in human adult or embryonic stem cell research or related research fields, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology, and (C) work to advance embryonic and human adult stem cell research. Members shall serve for a term of four years commencing on October first, except that three members first appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health shall serve for a term of two years. No member may serve for more than two consecutive four-year terms and no member may serve concurrently on the Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32f. All initial appointments to the committee shall be made by October 1, 2005. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the committee.

      (2) The Commissioner of Public Health may appoint such additional members to the Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee as the commissioner deems necessary for the review of applications for grants-in-aid, provided the total number of Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee members does not exceed fifteen. Such additional members shall be appointed as provided in subdivision (1) of this subsection, except that such additional members shall serve for a term of two years from the date of appointment.

      (b) All members shall be deemed public officials and shall adhere to the code of ethics for public officials set forth in chapter 10. No member shall participate in the affairs of the committee with respect to the review or consideration of any grant-in-aid application filed by such member or by any eligible institution in which such member has a financial interest, or with which such member engages in any business, employment, transaction or professional activity.

      (c) Prior to the awarding of any grants-in-aid for embryonic or human adult stem cell research pursuant to section 19a-32e, the Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee shall review all applications submitted by eligible institutions for such grants-in-aid and make recommendations to the Commissioner of Public Health and the Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32f with respect to the ethical and scientific merit of each application.

      (d) Peer review committee members may receive compensation from the Stem Cell Research Fund, established pursuant to section 19a-32e, for reviewing grant-in-aid applications submitted by eligible institutions pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. The rate of compensation shall be established by the Commissioner of Public Health in consultation with the Department of Administrative Services and the Office of Policy and Management.

      (e) The Peer Review Committee shall establish guidelines for the rating and scoring of such applications by the Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee.

      (f) All members of the committee shall become and remain fully cognizant of the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, as amended from time to time, and shall utilize said guidelines to evaluate each grant-in-aid application. The committee may make recommendations to the Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee and the Commissioner of Public Health concerning the adoption of said guidelines, in whole or in part, in the form of regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 54.

      (P.A. 05-149, S. 4; P.A. 06-196, S. 209; P.A. 07-252, S. 40; P.A. 08-80, S. 2; P.A. 11-242, S. 19.)

      History: P.A. 05-149 effective June 15, 2005; P.A. 06-196, made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 07-252 amended Subsec. (a) by designating existing provisions as Subdiv. (1), redesignating existing Subdivs. (1), (2) and (3) as Subparas. (A), (B) and (C), respectively, and adding new Subdiv. (2) authorizing Commissioner of Public Health to appoint additional members to Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee, provided total membership does not exceed 15, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 08-80 amended Subsec. (e) to require that Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research be utilized to evaluate each grant-in-aid application and to make technical changes; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a)(2) by making a technical change, added new Subsec. (d) re compensation to peer review committee members and redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) and (e) as Subsecs. (e) and (f).

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      Sec. 19a-32n. Information and education re umbilical cord blood collection programs. (a) A physician or other health care provider who provides health care services to a pregnant woman during the last trimester of her pregnancy, which health care services are directly related to her pregnancy, shall provide the woman with timely, relevant and appropriate information sufficient to allow her to make an informed and voluntary choice regarding options to bank or donate umbilical cord blood following the delivery of a newborn child.

      (b) The Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Board, established pursuant to section 19a-32q, shall, within available appropriations, engage in public education and marketing activities that promote and raise awareness among physicians and pregnant women of the umbilical cord blood collection program established pursuant to section 19a-32r.

      (P.A. 09-232, S. 21; P.A. 11-160, S. 9.)

      History: P.A. 09-232 effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 11-160 designated existing provision as Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Board's public education and marketing activities, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-32o. Short title: Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program Act. Sections 19a-32o to 19a-32v, inclusive, shall be known and may be cited as the "Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program Act".

      (P.A. 11-160, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 11-160 effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-32p. Legislative findings and declaration of policy. The General Assembly finds that umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells that may be used to treat blood cancers, such as leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma, and inherited immunodeficiencies and blood diseases, including sickle cell anemia, thalassemias, hemoglobinopathies, aplastic anemias and marrow failure disorders. Currently, such cord blood is most often discarded as medical waste. As a result, the current inventory of umbilical cord blood is insufficient to meet the medical demand and especially fails to provide matched units for many ethnic and racial groups, including multiethnic individuals. Therefore, the General Assembly declares that it is in the public interest and shall be the public policy of this state to encourage and facilitate the donation, collection and storage of umbilical cord blood and to make such blood units available for medical research and treatment.

      (P.A. 11-160, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 11-160 effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-32q. Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Board. Membership. Meetings. (a) There is established the Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Board. The board shall not be construed to be a department, institution, agency or political subdivision of the state.

      (b) The powers of the board shall be vested in and exercised by the following members:

      (1) One appointed by the Governor, who shall be a medical director or chief scientist with knowledge of umbilical cord blood banking and affiliated with an entity that is recognized by the Department of Public Health;

      (2) One appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be a licensed physician with experience in transplanting units of umbilical cord blood or other stem cells;

      (3) One appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, who shall be a licensed physician who: (A) Has expertise and is currently practicing in obstetrics, (B) practices at a birthing hospital that participates in umbilical cord blood collection, and (C) is affiliated with a private university hospital;

      (4) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be a licensed physician who: (A) Has expertise and is currently practicing in obstetrics, (B) practices at a birthing hospital that participates in umbilical cord blood collection, and (C) is affiliated with a public university hospital;

      (5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be a licensed physician who: (A) Has expertise and is currently practicing in obstetrics, and (B) practices at a birthing hospital that participates in umbilical cord blood collection;

      (6) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, who shall be a member of a nonprofit umbilical cord blood foundation with knowledge of umbilical cord blood banking issues;

      (7) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall have expertise concerning the regulatory practices of the federal Food and Drug Administration and the federal Health Resources and Services Administration; and

      (8) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee.

      (c) All initial appointments to the board shall be made on or before October 1, 2011. The member appointed by the Governor shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor but not longer than the term of office of the Governor or until the member's successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever term is longer. Each board member appointed by a member of the General Assembly shall serve in accordance with the provisions of section 4-1a. The Governor shall fill any vacancy for the unexpired term of a member appointed by the Governor. The appropriate legislative appointing authority shall fill any vacancy for the unexpired term of a member appointed by such authority. Any member shall be eligible for reappointment.

      (d) The chairperson of the board shall be appointed by the Governor from among the members of the board. The chairperson shall schedule the first meeting of the board, which shall be held not later than November 1, 2011. Thereafter, meetings of the board shall be held quarterly and at such other time or times as the chairperson deems necessary.

      (e) Appointed members may not designate a representative to perform in their absence their respective duties under this section. Any appointed member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings of the board or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings of the board held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the board. The appointing authority for any member may remove such member for inefficiency, neglect of duty or misconduct in office after giving the member a written copy of the charges against the member and an opportunity to be heard, in person or by counsel, in the member's defense, upon not less than ten days' notice. If any member shall be so removed, the appointing authority for such member shall file in the office of the Secretary of the State a complete statement of charges made against such member and the appointing authority's findings on such statement of charges, together with a complete record of the proceedings.

      (f) All members other than the Commissioner of Public Health may engage in private employment, or in a profession or business, subject to any applicable laws, rules and regulations of the state or federal government regarding official ethics or conflict of interest.

      (g) Five members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business or the exercise of any power of the board. For the transaction of any business or the exercise of any power of the board, the board may act by a majority of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is in attendance.

      (h) The board may consult with such parties, public or private, as it deems desirable in exercising its duties.

      (i) The board may adopt written policies and procedures to carry out its statutory purposes.

      (j) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, it shall not constitute a conflict of interest for a trustee, director, partner or officer of any person, firm or corporation, or any individual having a financial interest in a person, firm or corporation, to serve as a member of the board, provided such trustee, director, partner, officer or individual shall abstain from deliberation, action or vote by the board in specific respect to such person, firm or corporation.

      (P.A. 11-160, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 11-160 effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-32r. Board to establish and administer umbilical cord blood collection program. (a) The purpose of the Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Board is to establish, on or before July 1, 2012, the umbilical cord blood collection program and thereafter administer the program. The umbilical cord blood collection program shall facilitate and promote the collection of units of umbilical cord blood from genetically diverse donors for public use. As used in this subsection, "public use" means (1) use of umbilical cord blood units by state, national and international cord blood registries and transplant centers in order to increase the likelihood of providing suitably matched donor umbilical cord blood units to patients in need of such units or research participants who are in need of a transplant, (2) biological research and new clinical use of stem cells derived from the blood and tissue of the umbilical cord, and (3) medical research that utilizes umbilical cord blood units that could not otherwise be used for transplantation or clinical use.

      (b) In order to carry out its statutory purpose, the board may raise funds, apply for and accept any public or private grant money, accept contributions, enter into contracts and, within available resources, hire any necessary staff, including, but not limited to, an executive director.

      (P.A. 11-160, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 11-160 effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-32s. Board's authority to enter into contracts re collection and transportation of umbilical cord blood units. (a) In order to achieve the umbilical cord blood collection goals of the program, the board shall, commensurate with available funds appropriated for the administration of the program, contract with one or more entities that have demonstrated the competence to collect and transport umbilical cord blood units in compliance with all applicable federal law and who meet all other requirements prescribed in this section. The board shall contract to establish or designate not less than two umbilical cord blood collection centers at fixed locations in the state. Any such fixed location collection center shall be located at a birthing hospital with three thousand seven hundred fifty or more births per year and where a disproportionate share of such births involve women from minority populations. The board shall, to the extent practicable, encourage the collection of units of umbilical cord blood at other nonfixed locations in the state as is practicable.

      (b) Any contract entered into pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall: (1) Use a competitive process that identifies the best proposals submitted by applicant entities to achieve the collection and research objectives of the program; and (2) provide that (A) the state retains an interest in any umbilical cord blood collected in the state commensurate with its investment in the program, (B) income received by the board as a result of the contract shall be used to ensure that the umbilical cord blood collection program shall be self-sustaining not later than July 1, 2020, (C) any units of umbilical cord blood deemed unsuitable for transplantation shall be returned to the state for use in biological or medical research, and (D) any entity with whom the board contracts shall provide quarterly reports to the board that include, but are not limited to, information concerning: (i) The total number of umbilical cord blood units collected, (ii) the number of collected units deemed suitable for transplant, (iii) the number of collected units deemed suitable for research only, and (iv) the clinical outcomes of any transplanted units. Reports provided to the board pursuant to this subsection shall not include personally identifiable information.

      (c) Any entity seeking to enter into a contract with the board shall, at a minimum, be in compliance with the requirements of the federal Food and Drug Administration pertaining to the manufacture of clinical-grade cord blood stem cell units for clinical indications.

      (d) Any medical facility or research facility performing services on behalf of the board, pursuant to a contract entered into pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, shall comply with, and be subject to, state and federal law concerning the protection of medical information and personally identifiable information contained in, or obtained through, the umbilical cord blood collection inventory.

      (e) For purposes of this section and section 19a-32r, the board shall not be considered a state contracting agency, as defined in subdivision (28) of section 4e-1.

      (P.A. 11-160, S. 5.)

      History: P.A. 11-160 effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-32t. Umbilical cord blood collection account. There is established an account to be known as the "umbilical cord blood collection account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account may contain any moneys required or permitted by law to be deposited in the account and any moneys received from any public or private contributions, gifts, grants, donations, bequests or devises to the account. The Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Board may expend moneys from the account as is necessary to carry out the board's statutory purpose established by sections 19a-32n to 19a-32v, inclusive.

      (P.A. 11-160, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 11-160 effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-32u. Copies of independent audits to be submitted to General Assembly. The members of the Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Board shall submit to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies a copy of any audit of the board conducted by an independent auditing firm, not later than seven days after the audit is received by the board.

      (P.A. 11-160, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 11-160 effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-32v. Reports to Governor and General Assembly. On or before January 1, 2012, and quarterly thereafter, the Connecticut Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Board shall report to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, on the status and effectiveness of the umbilical cord blood collection program.

      (P.A. 11-160, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 11-160 effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-33. (Formerly Sec. 19-10a). Regulation of traffic at department facilities. The superintendent or director of any state-operated facility within the Department of Public Health, subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Public Health and the State Traffic Commission, may: (1) Prohibit, limit, restrict or regulate the parking of vehicles; (2) determine speed limits; (3) install stop signs; (4) restrict roads or portions thereof to one-way traffic; (5) designate the location of crosswalks on any portion of any road or highway upon the grounds of the respective facilities; and (6) erect and maintain signs designating such prohibitions or restrictions. Security officers or institutional patrolmen appointed to act as state policemen on state institution grounds under the provisions of section 29-18 may arrest or issue summons for violation of such restrictions or prohibitions. Any person who fails to comply with any such prohibition or restriction shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars, and the court or traffic or parking authority having jurisdiction of traffic or parking violations in the town in which such facility is located shall have jurisdiction over violations of this section.

      (P.A. 80-49, S. 1; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 11-256, S. 6.)

      History: Sec. 19-10a transferred to Sec. 19a-33 in 1983; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 11-256 added provision re installation of stop signs, inserted numeric Subdiv. designators and made technical changes.

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      Sec. 19a-37. (Formerly Sec. 19-13a). Regulation of water supply wells and springs. Information and requirements re testing of private residential wells. (a) The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations in the Public Health Code for the preservation of the public health pertaining to (1) protection and location of new water supply wells or springs for residential construction or for public or semipublic use, and (2) inspection for compliance with the provisions of municipal regulations adopted pursuant to section 22a-354p.

      (b) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, for the testing of water quality in private residential wells. Any laboratory or firm which conducts a water quality test on a private well serving a residential property shall, not later than thirty days after the completion of such test, report the results of such test to (1) the public health authority of the municipality where the property is located, and (2) the Department of Public Health in a format specified by the department, provided such report shall not be required if the party for whom the laboratory or firm conducted such test informs the laboratory or firm that the test was not conducted within six months of the sale of such property. No regulation may require such a test to be conducted as a consequence or a condition of the sale, exchange, transfer, purchase or rental of the real property on which the private residential well is located. For purposes of this section, "laboratory or firm" means an environmental laboratory registered by the Department of Public Health pursuant to section 19a-29a.

      (c) Prior to the sale, exchange, purchase, transfer or rental of real property on which a residential well is located, the owner shall provide the buyer or tenant notice that educational material concerning private well testing is available on the Department of Public Health web site. Failure to provide such notice shall not invalidate any sale, exchange, purchase, transfer or rental of real property. If the seller or landlord provides such notice in writing, the seller or landlord and any real estate licensee shall be deemed to have fully satisfied any duty to notify the buyer or tenant that the subject real property is located in an area for which there are reasonable grounds for testing under subsection (f) or (i) of this section.

      (d) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to clarify the criteria under which the commissioner may issue a well permit exception and to describe the terms and conditions that shall be imposed when a well is allowed at a premises (1) that is connected to a public water supply system, or (2) whose boundary is located within two hundred feet of an approved community water supply system, measured along a street, alley or easement. Such regulations shall (A) provide for notification of the permit to the public water supplier, (B) address the quality of the water supplied from the well, the means and extent to which the well shall not be interconnected with the public water supply, the need for a physical separation, and the installation of a reduced pressure device for backflow prevention, the inspection and testing requirements of any such reduced pressure device, and (C) identify the extent and frequency of water quality testing required for the well supply.

      (e) No regulation may require that a certificate of occupancy for a dwelling unit on such residential property be withheld or revoked on the basis of a water quality test performed on a private residential well pursuant to this section, unless such test results indicate that any maximum contaminant level applicable to public water supply systems for any contaminant listed in the public health code has been exceeded. No administrative agency, health district or municipal health officer may withhold or cause to be withheld such a certificate of occupancy except as provided in this section.

      (f) The local director of health may require a private residential well to be tested for radionuclides when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that such contaminants are present in the groundwater. For purposes of this subsection, "reasonable grounds" means (1) the existence of a geological area known to have naturally occurring radionuclide deposits in the bedrock; or (2) the well is located in an area in which it is known that radionuclides are present in the groundwater.

      (g) Except as provided in subsection (h) of this section, the collection of samples for determining the water quality of private residential wells may be made only by (1) employees of a laboratory or firm certified or approved by the Department of Public Health to test drinking water, if such employees have been trained in sample collection techniques, (2) certified water operators, (3) local health departments and state employees trained in sample collection techniques, or (4) individuals with training and experience that the Department of Public Health deems sufficient.

      (h) Any owner of a residential construction, including, but not limited to, a homeowner, on which a private residential well is located or any general contractor of a new residential construction on which a private residential well is located may collect samples of well water for submission to a laboratory or firm for the purposes of testing water quality pursuant to this section, provided (1) such laboratory or firm has provided instructions to said owner or general contractor on how to collect such samples, and (2) such owner or general contractor is identified to the subsequent owner on a form to be prescribed by the Department of Public Health. No regulation may prohibit or impede such collection or analysis.

      (i) The local director of health may require private residential wells to be tested for pesticides, herbicides or organic chemicals when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that any such contaminants might be present in the groundwater. For purposes of this subsection, "reasonable grounds" means (1) the presence of nitrate-nitrogen in the groundwater at a concentration greater than ten milligrams per liter, or (2) that the private residential well is located on land, or in proximity to land, associated with the past or present production, storage, use or disposal of organic chemicals as identified in any public record.

      (1959, P.A. 30; P.A. 77-614, S. 475, 610; P.A. 89-305, S. 26, 32; P.A. 92-251; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-85, S. 3; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 97-296, S. 1, 4; P.A. 02-102, S. 4; P.A. 07-244, S. 4; P.A. 08-184, S. 24; P.A. 11-242, S. 72.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced public health council with commissioner of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-13a transferred to Sec. 19a-37 in 1983; P.A. 89-305 added provision concerning inspection for compliance with municipal aquifer protection regulations; P.A. 92-251 added Subsec. (b) re testing of private residential wells; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-85 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that a laboratory or firm which conducts a water quality test of a private well shall report the results of such test to the local health authority if the test was conducted within six months, rather than three months, of a sale of the property served by such well and specified that results be reported within 30 days after test made; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-296 amended Subsec. (b) to prohibit regulations from requiring the testing of well water as a consequence or a condition of the sale, exchange, transfer, purchase or rental of real property, and added new Subsecs. (c) to (g) re regulations, effective July 8, 1997; P.A. 02-102 added new Subsec. (c) requiring the adoption of regulations to clarify the criteria under which a well permit exception may be granted and to describe the terms and conditions to be imposed when a well is allowed at a premises that is connected to a public water supply, and relettered existing Subsecs. (c) to (g) as Subsecs. (d) to (h); P.A. 07-244 amended Subsec. (c) by designating as Subdiv. (1) existing provision re wells at premises connected to a public water supply system, adding Subdiv. (2) re wells located within 200 feet of approved community water supply system and redesignating existing Subdivs. (1), (2) and (3) as Subparas. (A), (B) and (C); P.A. 08-184 made a technical change in Subsec. (c); P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b) by designating existing requirement re water quality test report to public health authority as Subdiv. (1), by adding Subdiv. (2) re water quality test report to Department of Public Health and by defining "laboratory or firm", added new Subsec. (c) re owner to provide buyer or tenant with notice re availability of educational material concerning private well testing, redesignated existing Subsecs. (c) and (d) as Subsecs. (d) and (e), deleted former Subsec. (e) re regulations not requiring testing of private residential wells for herbicides or insecticides, added new Subsec. (f) re local director of health's authority to require private residential well to be tested for radionuclides, added new Subsec. (g) re persons authorized to collect water samples from private residential wells, redesignated former Subsec. (f) as Subsec. (h) and amended same to designate existing provision re laboratory or firm to provide instruction on collection of well water samples as Subdiv. (1) and add Subdiv. (2) re notice to subsequent owners that general contractor or former owner was responsible for collecting well water samples, deleted former Subsec. (g) re regulations not requiring testing of private residential wells for organic chemicals, deleted former Subsec. (h) re regulation waiver provision applicable to wells not tested between December 30, 1996, and July 8, 1997, added new Subsec (i) re local director of health's authority to require private residential well to be tested for pesticides, herbicides or organic chemicals, and made technical changes.

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      Sec. 19a-42. (Formerly Sec. 19-15a). Amendment of vital records. (a) To protect the integrity and accuracy of vital records, a certificate registered under chapter 93 may be amended only in accordance with sections 19a-41 to 19a-45, inclusive, chapter 93, regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to chapter 54 and uniform procedures prescribed by the commissioner. Only the commissioner may amend birth certificates to reflect changes concerning parentage or gender change. Amendments related to parentage or gender change shall result in the creation of a replacement certificate that supersedes the original, and shall in no way reveal the original language changed by the amendment. Any amendment to a vital record made by the registrar of vital statistics of the town in which the vital event occurred or by the commissioner shall be in accordance with such regulations and uniform procedures.

      (b) The commissioner and the registrar of vital statistics shall maintain sufficient documentation, as prescribed by the commissioner, to support amendments and shall ensure the confidentiality of such documentation as required by law. The date of amendment and a summary description of the evidence submitted in support of the amendment shall be endorsed on or made part of the record and the original certificate shall be marked "Amended", except for amendments due to parentage or gender change. When the registrar of the town in which the vital event occurred amends a certificate, such registrar shall, within ten days of making such amendment, forward an amended certificate to the commissioner and to any registrar having a copy of the certificate. When the commissioner amends a birth certificate, including changes due to parentage or gender, the commissioner shall forward an amended certificate to the registrars of vital statistics affected and their records shall be amended accordingly.

      (c) An amended certificate shall supersede the original certificate that has been changed and shall be marked "Amended", except for amendments due to parentage or gender change. The original certificate in the case of parentage or gender change shall be physically or electronically sealed and kept in a confidential file by the department and the registrar of any town in which the birth was recorded, and may be unsealed for viewing or issuance only upon a written order of a court of competent jurisdiction. The amended certificate shall become the public record.

      (d) (1) Upon receipt of (A) an acknowledgment of paternity executed in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 46b-172 by both parents of a child born out of wedlock, or (B) a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction establishing the paternity of a child born out of wedlock, the commissioner shall include on or amend, as appropriate, such child's birth certificate to show such paternity if paternity is not already shown on such birth certificate and to change the name of the child if so indicated on the acknowledgment of paternity form or within the certified court order as part of the paternity action.

      (2) If another father is listed on the birth certificate, the commissioner shall not remove or replace the father's information unless presented with a certified court order that meets the requirements specified in section 7-50, or upon the proper filing of a rescission, in accordance with the provisions of section 46b-172. The commissioner shall thereafter amend such child's birth certificate to remove or change the father's name and to change the name of the child, as requested at the time of the filing of a rescission, in accordance with the provisions of section 46b-172. Birth certificates amended under this subsection shall not be marked "Amended".

      (e) When the parent or parents of a child request the amendment of the child's birth certificate to reflect a new mother's name because the name on the original certificate is fictitious, such parent or parents shall obtain an order of a court of competent jurisdiction declaring the putative mother to be the child's mother. Upon receipt of a certified copy of such order, the department shall amend the child's birth certificate to reflect the mother's true name.

      (f) Upon receipt of a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction changing the name of a person born in this state and upon request of such person or such person's parents, guardian, or legal representative, the commissioner or the registrar of vital statistics of the town in which the vital event occurred shall amend the birth certificate to show the new name by a method prescribed by the department.

      (g) When an applicant submits the documentation required by the regulations to amend a vital record, the commissioner shall hold a hearing, in accordance with chapter 54, if the commissioner has reasonable cause to doubt the validity or adequacy of such documentation.

      (h) When an amendment under this section involves the changing of existing language on a death certificate due to an error pertaining to the cause of death, the death certificate shall be amended in such a manner that the original language is still visible. A copy of the death certificate shall be made. The original death certificate shall be sealed and kept in a confidential file at the department and only the commissioner may order it unsealed. The copy shall be amended in such a manner that the language to be changed is no longer visible. The copy shall be a public document.

      (P.A. 79-434, S. 11; P.A. 90-168; P.A. 91-252, S. 4; P.A. 93-97, S. 1, 2; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-7, S. 12, 38; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, S. 44; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-10, S. 3; P.A. 01-163, S. 32; P.A. 03-19, S. 48; P.A. 04-255, S. 14, 15; 04-257, S. 35; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 166; P.A. 11-219, S. 3.)

      History: Sec. 19-15a transferred to Sec. 19a-42 in 1983; P.A. 90-168 added Subsec. (f) on the amendment of death certificates; P.A. 91-252 amended Subsec. (b) by deleting phrase "except as otherwise provided in this section", adding "on the original" and by adding provisions specifying that original birth, death or marriage certificate shall be sealed and kept in confidential file at department of health services and may be unsealed only upon order of commissioner, that a copy of original shall be made and shall be amended so that changed language is no longer visible and that the copy shall be a public record; P.A. 93-97 amended Subsec. (c) to add a $25 fee for amendment of a birth certificate to show paternity, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-7 amended Subsec. (c) by deleting requirement of written request of both parents and adding provision that birth certificate shall include or be amended to include paternity upon receipt of voluntary acknowledgment of paternity or certified court order establishing paternity, removal only upon filing of rescission of paternity or upon court order and by providing for fee of $25 for each amendment to birth certificate, effective July 1, 1997; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8 added new Subsec. (e) re specific authority for department to amend birth certificate to reflect gender of a person born with hermaphroditism and redesignated former Subsecs. (e) and (f) accordingly; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-10 deleted changes enacted by June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, except for the addition of a comma following reference to "vital records" in Subsec. (a); P.A. 01-163 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provisions re uniform procedures prescribed by the commissioner, deleting provision re report of amendment to affected registrars and adding provisions re amendments concerning parentage or gender change and amendments made by registrar, deleted former Subsec. (b), added new Subsecs. (b) and (c), redesignated former Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (d) and amended by deleting "voluntary", changing "surname" to "name", adding provision re father's information and making technical changes in Subdiv. (1), revising provision re filing of rescission, deleting provision re court order and adding provision re changing the name of child and reference to Sec. 7-50 in Subdiv. (2) and making a technical change in Subdiv. (3), added new Subsec. (e), redesignated former Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (f) and amended by adding provisions re registrar of the town in which the vital event occurred and method prescribed by the department and making technical changes, and redesignated former Subsecs. (e) and (f) as Subsecs. (g) and (h) and amended by making technical changes; P.A. 03-19 made technical changes in Subsec. (e), effective May 12, 2003; P.A. 04-255 amended Subsec. (a) by requiring commissioner to make amendments in accordance with regulations and uniform procedures and amended Subsec. (d) by replacing provisions in Subdiv. (1) re changing name of child, removal or replacement of father's information and making of certificate, with provision re changing name of child if indicated on form or within order, and by adding provisions in Subdiv. (2) requiring that no father's information be removed without a court order or filing of a rescission and that certificates amended under section not be marked "amended"; P.A. 04-257 made a technical change in Subsec. (c), effective June 14, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (d)(3) to increase fee from $25 to $50; P.A. 11-219 deleted former Subsec. (d)(3) re fee for amendment to birth certificate.

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      Sec. 19a-42a. Record of acknowledgment, rescission or adjudication of paternity to be maintained in paternity registry. Disclosure of information to IV-D agency. Access to copies of acknowledgments of paternity. (a) All (1) voluntary acknowledgments of paternity and rescissions of such acknowledgments executed in accordance with subsection (a) of section 46b-172, and (2) adjudications of paternity issued by a court or family support magistrate under section 46b-171, section 46b-172a or any other provision of the general statutes shall be filed in the paternity registry maintained by the Department of Public Health. All information in such registry shall be made available to the IV-D agency, as defined in subdivision (12) of subsection (b) of section 46b-231, for comparison with information in the state case registry established under subsection (l) of section 17b-179. The IV-D agency may disclose information in the paternity registry to an agency under cooperative agreement with the IV-D agency for child support enforcement purposes.

      (b) Except for the IV-D agency, as provided in subsection (a) of this section, the department shall restrict access to and issuance of certified copies of acknowledgments of paternity to the following parties: (1) Parents named on the acknowledgment of paternity; (2) the person whose birth is acknowledged, if such person is over eighteen years of age; (3) an authorized representative of the Department of Social Services; (4) an attorney representing such person or a parent named on the acknowledgment; or (5) agents of a state or federal agency, as approved by the department.

      (June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-7, S. 6, 38; P.A. 04-255, S. 16; P.A. 11-219, S. 4.)

      History: June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-7 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 04-255 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re access to and issuance of copies of acknowledgments of paternity; P.A. 11-219 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that IV-D agency may disclose information in registry to agency under cooperative agreement.

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      Sec. 19a-45b. Medical home pilot program. On or after January 1, 2007, and within any available federal or private funds, the Commissioner of Public Health, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Services, may establish a medical home pilot program in one region of the state to be determined by the Commissioner of Public Health in order to enhance health outcomes for children, including children with special health care needs, by ensuring that each child has a primary care physician who will provide continuous comprehensive health care for such child. The Commissioner of Public Health may solicit and accept private funds to implement such pilot program.

      (P.A. 06-188, S. 47; P.A. 10-179, S. 70; P.A. 11-25, S. 15.)

      History: P.A. 06-188 effective May 26, 2006; P.A. 10-179 replaced provision requiring Commissioner of Public Health to consult with Medicaid managed care organizations with provision requiring said commissioner to consult with Commissioner of Social Services, effective July 1, 2010; P.A. 11-25 made technical changes.

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      Sec. 19a-55. (Formerly Sec. 19a-21b). Newborn infant health screening. Tests required. Fees. Exemptions. Regulations. (a) The administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants shall cause to have administered to every such infant in its care an HIV-related test, as defined in section 19a-581, a test for phenylketonuria and other metabolic diseases, hypothyroidism, galactosemia, sickle cell disease, maple syrup urine disease, homocystinuria, biotinidase deficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and such other tests for inborn errors of metabolism as shall be prescribed by the Department of Public Health. The tests shall be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate. If the mother has had an HIV-related test pursuant to section 19a-90 or 19a-593, the person responsible for testing under this section may omit an HIV-related test. The Commissioner of Public Health shall (1) administer the newborn screening program, (2) direct persons identified through the screening program to appropriate specialty centers for treatments, consistent with any applicable confidentiality requirements, and (3) set the fees to be charged to institutions to cover all expenses of the comprehensive screening program including testing, tracking and treatment. The fees to be charged pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection shall be set at a minimum of fifty-six dollars. The Commissioner of Public Health shall publish a list of all the abnormal conditions for which the department screens newborns under the newborn screening program, which shall include screening for amino acid disorders, organic acid disorders and fatty acid oxidation disorders, including, but not limited to, long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl CoA dehydrogenase (L-CHAD) and medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD).

      (b) In addition to the testing requirements prescribed in subsection (a) of this section, the administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants shall cause to have administered to every such infant in its care a screening test for cystic fibrosis and a screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency disease. Such screening tests shall be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate.

      (c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any infant whose parents object to the test or treatment as being in conflict with their religious tenets and practice. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 108, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 78-193, S. 1, 2, 4; P.A. 92-227, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, S. 26; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 30; P.A. 02-113, S. 1; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 5; P.A. 05-272, S. 43; P.A. 06-196, S. 210; P.A. 09-20, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 167; P.A. 11-48, S. 38.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-193 included tests for hypothyroidism and galactosemia and transferred regulation power from department to commissioner; Sec. 19-21b transferred to Sec. 19a-55 in 1983; P.A. 92-227 amended Subsec. (a) to add sickle cell disease, maple syrup urine disease, homocystinuria and biotinidase deficiency to list of diseases for infant testing and to detail responsibilities of the commissioner in administering the program; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8 added congenital adrenal hyperplasia to the list of diseases tested for; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing "infants twenty-eight days or less of age" with "newborn infants", adding HIV-related test, adding provision that tests be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate and that test may be omitted if done under other statutes, and adding "consistent with any applicable confidentiality requirements" in Subdiv. (2); P.A. 02-113 amended Subsec. (a) to add requirement for testing of "other metabolic diseases", to add a minimum fee requirement of $28, and to add requirement that on or before January 1, 2003, the regulations shall include testing for amino acid disorders, organic acid disorders and fatty acid oxidation disorders; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 amended Subsec. (a) by changing date for regulations requiring testing for certain disorders from January 1, 2003, to January 1, 2004, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (a) by removing requirement that newborn screening regulations specify abnormal conditions to be tested for and manner of recording and reporting results and, instead, requiring Commissioner of Public Health to publish list of all abnormal conditions for which department screens newborns under newborn screening program, effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 06-196 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 09-20 added new Subsec. (b) requiring that newborn infants be administered screening test for cystic fibrosis and redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (a) to increase fee from $28 to $56; P.A. 11-48 repositioned provision re adoption of regulations from Subsec. (a) to Subsec. (c) and amended Subsec. (b) by requiring screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency disease and by making a technical change.

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      Sec. 19a-77. (Formerly Sec. 19-43b). "Child day care services" defined. Exclusions. Additional license. (a) As used in sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and sections 19a-82 to 19a-87, inclusive, "child day care services" shall include:

      (1) A "child day care center" which offers or provides a program of supplementary care to more than twelve related or unrelated children outside their own homes on a regular basis;

      (2) A "group day care home" which offers or provides a program of supplementary care (A) to not less than seven or more than twelve related or unrelated children on a regular basis, or (B) that meets the definition of a family day care home except that it operates in a facility other than a private family home;

      (3) A "family day care home" which consists of a private family home caring for not more than six children, including the provider's own children not in school full time, where the children are cared for not less than three or more than twelve hours during a twenty-four-hour period and where care is given on a regularly recurring basis except that care may be provided in excess of twelve hours but not more than seventy-two consecutive hours to accommodate a need for extended care or intermittent short-term overnight care. During the regular school year, a maximum of three additional children who are in school full time, including the provider's own children, shall be permitted, except that if the provider has more than three children who are in school full time, all of the provider's children shall be permitted;

      (4) "Night care" means the care provided for one or more hours between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.;

      (5) "Year-round" program means a program open at least fifty weeks per year.

      (b) For licensing requirement purposes, child day care services shall not include such services which are:

      (1) (A) Administered by a public school system, or (B) administered by a municipal agency or department and located in a public school building;

      (2) Administered by a private school which is in compliance with section 10-188 and is approved by the State Board of Education or is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the State Board of Education;

      (3) Classes in music, dance, drama and art that are no longer than two hours in length; classes that teach a single skill that are no longer than two hours in length; library programs that are no longer than two hours in length; scouting; programs that offer exclusively sports activities; rehearsals; academic tutoring programs; or programs exclusively for children thirteen years of age or older;

      (4) Informal arrangements among neighbors and formal or informal arrangements among relatives in their own homes, provided the relative is limited to any of the following degrees of kinship by blood or marriage to the child being cared for or to the child's parent: Child, grandchild, sibling, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle or child of one's aunt or uncle;

      (5) Drop-in supplementary child care operations for educational or recreational purposes and the child receives such care infrequently where the parents are on the premises;

      (6) Drop-in supplementary child care operations in retail establishments where the parents remain in the same store as the child for retail shopping, provided the drop-in supplementary child-care operation does not charge a fee and does not refer to itself as a child day care center;

      (7) Drop-in programs administered by a nationally chartered boys' and girls' club;

      (8) Religious educational activities administered by a religious institution exclusively for children whose parents or legal guardians are members of such religious institution;

      (9) Administered by Solar Youth, Inc., a New Haven-based nonprofit youth development and environmental education organization, provided Solar Youth, Inc. informs the parents and legal guardians of any children enrolled in its programs that such programs are not licensed by the Department of Public Health to provide child day care services;

      (10) Programs administered by organizations under contract with the Department of Social Services pursuant to section 17b-851a that promote the reduction of teenage pregnancy through the provision of services to persons who are ten to nineteen years of age, inclusive; or

      (11) Administered by the Cardinal Shehan Center, a Bridgeport-based nonprofit organization that is exclusively for school age children, provided the Cardinal Shehan Center informs the parents and legal guardians of any children enrolled in its programs that such programs are not licensed by the Department of Public Health to provide child day care services.

      (c) No registrant or licensee of any child day care services as defined in subsection (a) of this section shall be issued an additional registration or license to provide any such services at the same facility.

      (d) When a licensee has vacated premises approved by the department for the provision of child day care services and the landlord of such licensee establishes to the satisfaction of the department that such licensee has no legal right or interest to such approved premises, the department may make a determination with respect to an application for a new license for the provision of child day care services at such premises.

      (1967, P.A. 696, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 276, S. 1; P.A. 77-157, S. 1, 11; P.A. 82-35, S. 1, 2; P.A. 83-56; P.A. 85-613, S. 39, 154; P.A. 86-417, S. 10, 15; P.A. 87-131; P.A. 90-298, S. 1; P.A. 93-20, S. 1; 93-175; P.A. 95-360, S. 21, 30, 32; P.A. 97-259, S. 32, 41; P.A. 98-71, S. 1, 3; 98-252, S. 56; P.A. 00-135, S. 2, 21; P.A. 03-252, S. 22; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 29; P.A. 05-272, S. 40; P.A. 07-129, S. 1; 07-252, S. 87; P.A. 08-184, S. 25; P.A. 09-232, S. 42, 103; P.A. 10-117, S. 75; P.A. 11-193, S. 1; 11-242, S. 14.)

      History: 1971 act excluded from consideration as child day care center, facilities which are an integral part of a public or private school in compliance with Sec. 10-188, previously exclusion was for facilities forming an integral part of "the school system"; P.A. 77-157 redefined "child day care center" to remove reference to excluded facilities and to require enrollment of "more than twelve" children rather than of "five or more", defined "group day care home" and "family day care home" in new Subsecs. (b) and (c) and grouped all definitions as "child day care services" and added Subsec. (d) re services not considered child day care services; P.A. 82-35 amended Subsec. (a) to include "related" children in the description of a child day care center, amended Subsec. (b) to change the number of children cared for in a group day care home from not less than five to not less than seven, amended Subsec. (c) to allow "six children including the provider's own children not in school full time" to be cared for in a family day care home where previously the limit had been "four children not related to the provider", and added Subdiv. (4) on drop in supplementary child care operations to Subsec. (d); Sec. 19-43b transferred to Sec. 19a-77 in 1983; P.A. 83-56 added Subsec. (e) prohibiting the issuance of an additional license to provide services at the same facility; P.A. 85-613 made technical changes; P.A. 86-417 added references to registration in Subsecs. (d) and (e); P.A. 87-131 reordered the subsections, combining Subsecs. (a), (b) and (c) as Subsec. (a) and relettering Subsecs. (d) and (e) accordingly and added language in Subsec. (a) on the maximum number of children in school full time allowed during the school year; P.A. 90-298 excluded library programs from registration and licensing requirements in Subsec. (b); P.A. 93-20 amended definition of "family day care home" in Subsec. (a) to allow extended care or intermittent short-term overnight care; P.A. 93-175 amended Subsec. (b) by removing reference to private schools in Subdiv. (1) and inserting as new Subdiv. (2) a provision requiring private schools to be approved or accredited to remain exempt from licensing and registration requirements and renumbered remaining Subdivs. accordingly; P.A. 95-360 substituted Sec. 19a-82 for Sec. 19a-81 in Subsec. (a), effective July 13, 1995, and amended Subsec. (b) by providing the definition of "relative" for purposes of Subdiv. (4); P.A. 97-259 added definitions of "night care" and "year-round" in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-71 amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. (6) re retail establishments and made technical changes by moving definition of "relative" to Subdiv. (4), effective May 19, 1998; P.A. 98-252 amended Subsec. (b) to add creative art studios in Subdiv. (3); P.A. 00-135 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by designating existing provisions as Subpara. (A) and adding Subpara. (B) re services administered by a municipal agency or department and located in a public school building, effective May 26, 2000; P.A. 03-252 amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. (7) re activities administered by religious institution, effective July 9, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 amended Subsec. (b) by deleting reference to "registration" requirement purposes and deleting requirement in Subdiv. (1) that children be "students enrolled in that school", effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (b) by making technical changes and removing reference to "boys' and girls' clubs" in Subdiv. (3), adding new Subdiv. (7) to exempt drop-in programs administered by a nationally chartered boys' and girls' club from day care licensing requirements and redesignating existing Subdiv. (7) as Subdiv. (8), effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 07-129 amended Subsec. (a)(2) by redefining "group day care home" to include programs of supplementary care that meet definition of a family day care home except that they operate in a facility other than a private family home, amended Subsec. (b)(3) by modifying list of services exempted from child day care licensing requirements and made technical changes; P.A. 07-252 amended Subsec. (b)(3) to delete 4-H from list of exempted activities and to revise exemption re sports activities; P.A. 08-184 made technical changes in Subsec. (a)(2) and (3); P.A. 09-232 added Subsec. (b)(9) excluding Solar Youth, Inc. from licensing requirements, effective July 1, 2009, and added Subsec. (d) re application for new license at approved premises when former licensee has vacated such premises, effective July 8, 2009; P.A. 10-117 added Subsec. (b)(10) re excluding for licensing requirement purposes programs administered by organizations under contract with Department of Social Services that promote reduction of teenage pregnancy, effective June 8, 2010; P.A. 11-193 added Subsec. (b)(11) excluding Cardinal Shehan Center from licensing requirements, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b)(4) by excluding formal arrangements among relatives from child day care licensing requirements and amended Subsec. (b)(6) by deleting reference to repealed Sec. 19a-77a and by substituting "parents remain in the same store as the child" for "parents are on the premises".

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      Sec. 19a-77a. Child day care services in retail stores. Section 19a-77a is repealed, effective October 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 98-71, S. 2, 3; P.A. 99-67; P.A. 01-175, S. 14, 32; P.A. 03-243, S. 10; P.A. 04-257, S. 36; P.A. 05-207, S. 8; P.A. 11-242, S. 98.)

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      Sec. 19a-80. (Formerly Sec. 19-43e). License required for child day care centers and group day care homes. Fees. Criminal history records checks. Notification of changes in regulations. (a) No person, group of persons, association, organization, corporation, institution or agency, public or private, shall maintain a child day care center or group day care home without a license issued in accordance with sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and 19a-82 to 19a-87a, inclusive. Applications for such license shall be made to the Commissioner of Public Health on forms provided by the commissioner and shall contain the information required by regulations adopted under said sections. The forms shall contain a notice that false statements made therein are punishable in accordance with section 53a-157b.

      (b) (1) Upon receipt of an application for a license, the Commissioner of Public Health shall issue such license if, upon inspection and investigation, said commissioner finds that the applicant, the facilities and the program meet the health, educational and social needs of children likely to attend the child day care center or group day care home and comply with requirements established by regulations adopted under sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and sections 19a-82 to 19a-87a, inclusive. The commissioner shall offer an expedited application review process for an application submitted by a municipal agency or department. The commissioner shall have discretion to determine whether a change of operator, ownership or location request from a currently licensed person or entity, as described in subsection (a) of this section, shall require the filing of a new license application from such person or entity. Each license shall be for a term of four years, shall be nontransferable, and may be renewed upon receipt by the commissioner of a renewal application and accompanying licensure fee. The commissioner may suspend or revoke such license after notice and an opportunity for a hearing as provided in section 19a-84 for violation of the regulations adopted under sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and sections 19a-82 to 19a-87a, inclusive.

      (2) The Commissioner of Public Health shall collect from the licensee of a day care center a fee of five hundred dollars prior to issuing or renewing a license for a term of four years. The commissioner shall collect from the licensee of a group day care home a fee of two hundred fifty dollars prior to issuing or renewing a license for a term of four years. The commissioner shall require only one license for a child day care center operated in two or more buildings, provided the same licensee provides child day care services in each building and the buildings are joined together by a contiguous playground that is part of the licensed space.

      (c) The Commissioner of Public Health, within available appropriations, shall require each prospective employee of a child day care center or group day care home in a position requiring the provision of care to a child to submit to state and national criminal history records checks. The criminal history records checks required pursuant to this subsection shall be conducted in accordance with section 29-17a. The commissioner shall also request a check of the state child abuse registry established pursuant to section 17a-101k. Pursuant to the interagency agreement provided for in section 10-16s, the Department of Social Services may agree to transfer funds appropriated for criminal history records checks to the Department of Public Health. The commissioner shall notify each licensee of the provisions of this subsection.

      (d) The commissioner shall inform each licensee, by way of a plain language summary provided not later than sixty days after the regulation's effective date, of new or changed regulations adopted under sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, or sections 19a-82 to 19a-87a, inclusive, with which a licensee must comply.

      (1967, P.A. 696, S. 2, 3; P.A. 77-157, S. 4, 11; 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 82-256, S. 2; P.A. 85-613, S. 42, 154; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 7, 117; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-360, S. 9, 32; P.A. 97-259, S. 33, 41; P.A. 98-250, S. 14, 39; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 69; P.A. 01-175, S. 15, 32; P.A. 03-243, S. 11; P.A. 05-207, S. 9; P.A. 07-22, S. 1; 07-129, S. 2; P.A. 09-232, S. 104; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 168; P.A. 10-117, S. 30; P.A. 11-97, S. 1; 11-242, S. 16.)

      History: P.A. 77-157 added references to group day care homes; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of health with commissioner of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 82-256 required that application forms contain a notice that false statements are punishable in accordance with Sec. 53a-157 and increased the license fee for day care centers from $25 to $100 and the fee for group day care homes from $25 to $50; Sec. 19-43e transferred to Sec. 19a-80 in 1983; P.A. 85-613 made technical changes; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6 amended Subsec. (b) to raise fee for day care center two-year term license or renewal from $100 to $200, six-month license or renewal from $15 to $50, and for group day care home two-year term license or renewal from $50 to $100 and a six-month license or renewal from $15 to $30; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-360 allowed license revocation or suspension after "an opportunity for" a hearing rather than requiring a hearing and substituted Sec. 19a-82 for Sec. 19a-81, effective July 13, 1995; P.A. 97-259 added Subsec. (c) re criminal records checks and state child abuse registry checks, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-250 added new Subsec. (d) re plain language summary, effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (c) by changing "criminal records check" and "criminal history records check" to "fingerprint criminal records check" and "fingerprint criminal history records check"; P.A. 01-175 amended Subsec. (c) by replacing language re fingerprint criminal records checks as a permissive request with language re mandatory state and national criminal history records checks pursuant to Sec. 29-17a, deleted language re fee and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-243 added "for perpetrator information" in Subsec. (c); P.A. 05-207 amended Subsec. (c) to delete requirement that commissioner check state child abuse registry for perpetrator information; P.A. 07-22 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b) and added provision in Subsec. (b) specifying licensing requirements for child day care centers operated by the same licensee in 2 or more buildings joined together by a contiguous playground, effective May 9, 2007; P.A. 07-129 amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. designators (1) to (3), disallowing issuance of temporary licenses, extending license term from 2 to 4 years on and after October 1, 2008, increasing licensing fee from $200 to $400 on and after October 1, 2008, and making technical changes; P.A. 09-232 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by adding provision requiring commissioner to offer expedited review process for application submitted by municipal agency or department, effective July 8, 2009; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (b)(3) to increase license fees; P.A. 10-117 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by substituting "nontransferable" for "transferable" re licenses, effective June 8, 2010; P.A. 11-97 amended Subsecs. (a), (b) and (d) by substituting "19a-87a" for "19a-87", amended Subsec. (b)(1) by adding provision re commissioner's discretion to determine whether change of operator, ownership or location requires filing of a new license application by license holder and by making technical changes, deleted former Subsec. (b)(2) re license fees prior to October 1, 2008, redesignated existing Subsec. (b)(3) as Subsec. (b)(2) and made technical changes in same; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by adding provision re renewal of license upon receipt of renewal application and accompanying license fee and by making technical changes, deleted former Subsec. (b)(2) re license fees prior to October 1, 2008, redesignated existing Subsec. (b)(3) as Subsec. (b)(2) and amended same by replacing "for each license issued or renewed" with "prior to issuing or renewing a license" and making technical changes.

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      Sec. 19a-80f. Investigation of child abuse or neglect involving licensed facilities. Information sharing between agencies. Compilation of listing of substantiated allegations. (a) As used in this section, "facility" means a child day care center, a group day care home and a family day care home, as defined in section 19a-77, and a youth camp, as defined in section 19a-420.

      (b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Children and Families, or the commissioner's designee, shall provide to the Department of Public Health all records concerning reports and investigations of child abuse or neglect that have been reported to, or are being investigated by, the Department of Children and Families pursuant to section 17a-101g, including records of any administrative hearing held pursuant to section 17a-101k: (1) Occurring at any facility, and (2) by any staff member or licensee of any facility and by any household member of any family day care home, as defined in section 19a-77, irrespective of where the abuse or neglect occurred.

      (c) The Department of Children and Families and the Department of Public Health shall jointly investigate reports of abuse or neglect occurring at any facility. All information, records and reports concerning such investigation shall be shared between agencies as part of the investigative process.

      (d) The Commissioner of Public Health shall compile a listing of allegations of violations that have been substantiated by the Department of Public Health concerning a facility during the prior three-year period. The Commissioner of Public Health shall disclose information contained in the listing to any person who requests it, provided the information may be disclosed pursuant to sections 17a-101g and 17a-101k and does not identify children or family members of those children.

      (e) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, when the Commissioner of Children and Families has made a finding substantiating abuse or neglect: (1) That occurred at a facility, or (2) by any staff member or licensee of any facility, or by any household member of any family day care home and such finding is included on the state child abuse or neglect registry, maintained by the Department of Children and Families pursuant to section 17a-101k, such finding may be included in the listing compiled by the Department of Public Health pursuant to subsection (d) of this section and may be disclosed to the public by the Department of Public Health.

      (f) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, when the Commissioner of Children and Families, pursuant to section 17a-101j, has notified the Department of Public Health of a recommended finding of child abuse or neglect at a facility and if such child abuse or neglect resulted in or involves (1) the death of a child; (2) the risk of serious physical injury or emotional harm of a child; (3) the serious physical harm of a child; (4) the arrest of a person due to abuse or neglect of a child; (5) a petition filed by the Commissioner of Children and Families pursuant to section 17a-112 or 46b-129; or (6) sexual abuse of a child, the Commissioner of Public Health may include such finding of child abuse or neglect in the listing under subsection (d) of this section and may disclose such finding to the public. The Commissioner of Children and Families, or the commissioner's designee, shall immediately notify the Commissioner of Public Health when such child abuse or neglect is not substantiated after an investigation has been completed pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17a-101g or a recommended finding of child abuse or neglect is reversed after a hearing or appeal conducted in accordance with the provisions of section 17a-101k. The Commissioner of Public Health shall immediately remove such information from the listing and shall not further disclose any such information to the public.

      (g) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, all records provided by the Commissioner of Children and Families, or the commissioner's designee, to the Department of Public Health regarding child abuse or neglect occurring at any facility, may be utilized in an administrative proceeding or court proceeding relative to facility licensing. In any such proceeding, such records shall be confidential, except as provided by the provisions of section 4-177c, and such records shall not be subject to disclosure pursuant to section 1-210.

      (P.A. 97-259, S. 9, 41; P.A. 09-232, S. 98; P.A. 11-242, S. 57.)

      History: P.A. 97-259 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 09-232 replaced former provisions with Subsecs. (a) to (g) re joint investigations between Departments of Children and Families and Public Health concerning allegations of suspected child abuse or neglect involving child day care facilities and youth camps licensed by Department of Public Health, information and record sharing between said departments and compilation of a listing by Department of Public Health of substantiated allegations of abuse or neglect; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b) to require Commissioner of Children and Families to provide records re reports or investigations of child abuse "that have been reported to, or are being investigated by, the Department of Children and Families pursuant to section 17a-101g", amended Subsec. (d) to add provisions re disclosure of information pursuant to Secs. 17a-101g and 17a-101k, and amended Subsec. (f) by substituting "a recommended finding of child abuse or neglect" for "suspected child abuse or neglect" re notification and, in Subdiv. (6), by adding references to Secs. 17a-101g and 17a-101k re findings of abuse or neglect that are not substantiated or reversed after investigation, hearing or appeal.

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      Sec. 19a-87a. Discretion in the issuance of licenses. Suspension. Revocation. Notification of criminal conviction. False statements: Class A misdemeanor. Reporting of violations. Enforcement powers of the department. (a) The Commissioner of Public Health shall have the discretion to refuse to license under sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and 19a-82 to 19a-87, inclusive, a person to conduct, operate or maintain a day care center or a group day care home, as defined in section 19a-77, or to suspend or revoke the license or take any other action set forth in regulation that may be adopted pursuant to section 19a-79 if, the person who owns, conducts, maintains or operates such center or home or a person employed therein in a position connected with the provision of care to a child receiving child day care services, has been convicted in this state or any other state of a felony as defined in section 53a-25 involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person, of cruelty to persons under section 53-20, injury or risk of injury to or impairing morals of children under section 53-21, abandonment of children under the age of six years under section 53-23, or any felony where the victim of the felony is a child under eighteen years of age, or of a violation of section 53a-70, 53a-70a, 53a-70b, 53a-71, 53a-72a, 53a-72b or 53a-73a, or has a criminal record in this state or any other state that the commissioner reasonably believes renders the person unsuitable to own, conduct, operate or maintain or be employed by a child day care center or group day care home. However, no refusal of a license shall be rendered except in accordance with the provisions of sections 46a-79 to 46a-81, inclusive.

      (b) Any person who is licensed to conduct, operate or maintain a child day care center or group day care home shall notify the commissioner of any criminal conviction of the owner, conductor, operator or maintainer of the center or home or of any person employed therein in a position connected with the provision of care to a child receiving child day care services, immediately upon obtaining knowledge of the conviction. Failure to comply with the notification requirement may result in the suspension or revocation of the license or the imposition of any action set forth in regulation, and shall subject the licensed person to a civil penalty of not more than one hundred dollars per day for each day after the person obtained knowledge of the conviction.

      (c) It shall be a class A misdemeanor for any person seeking employment in a position connected with the provision of care to a child receiving child day care services to make a false written statement regarding prior criminal convictions pursuant to a form bearing notice to the effect that such false statements are punishable, which statement he does not believe to be true and is intended to mislead the prospective employer.

      (d) Any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child day care center or a group day care home is operating without a current and valid license or in violation of regulations adopted under section 19a-79 or in a manner which may pose a potential danger to the health, welfare and safety of a child receiving child day care services, may report such information to the Department of Public Health. The department shall investigate any report or complaint received pursuant to this subsection. The name of the person making the report or complaint shall not be disclosed unless (1) such person consents to such disclosure, (2) a judicial or administrative proceeding results therefrom or (3) a license action pursuant to subsection (a) of this section results therefrom. All records obtained by the department in connection with any such investigation shall not be subject to the provisions of section 1-210 for a period of thirty days from the date of the petition or other event initiating such investigation, or until such time as the investigation is terminated pursuant to a withdrawal or other informal disposition or until a hearing is convened pursuant to chapter 54, whichever is earlier. A formal statement of charges issued by the department shall be subject to the provisions of section 1-210 from the time that it is served or mailed to the respondent. Records which are otherwise public records shall not be deemed confidential merely because they have been obtained in connection with an investigation under this section.

      (e) In addition to any powers the Department of Public Health may have, in any investigation (1) concerning an application, reinstatement or renewal of a license for a child day care center, a group day care home or a family day care home, as such terms are defined in section 19a-77, (2) of a complaint concerning child day care services, as described in section 19a-77, or (3) concerning the possible provision of unlicensed child day care services, the Department of Public Health may administer oaths, issue subpoenas, compel testimony and order the production of books, records and documents. If any person refuses to appear, testify or produce any book, record or document when so ordered, a judge of the Superior Court may make such order as may be appropriate to aid in the enforcement of this section.

      (P.A. 82-256, S. 3; P.A. 85-613, S. 50, 154; P.A. 89-206, S. 2; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-360, S. 12, 29, 32; P.A. 97-259, S. 35, 41; P.A. 11-242, S. 76.)

      History: P.A. 85-613 made technical change; P.A. 89-206 added a new Subsec. (d) re the reporting of child day care centers or group day care homes that are operating without a current and valid license or in violation of regulations or in a manner which may pose a potential danger to the health, welfare and safety of a child; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-360 amended Subsec. (a) to replace reference to Sec. 19a-81 with "19a-82" and to allow any action set forth in regulation and Subsec. (d) re disclosure of investigation records, effective July 13, 1995; P.A. 97-259 amended Subsec. (a) to cover convictions in other states, to add a felony involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person, to add any felony where the victim of the felony is a child under 18 years of age and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 11-242 added Subsec. (e) re department's authority to administer oaths, issue subpoenas, compel testimony and order production of books, records and documents in connection with its investigations.

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      Sec. 19a-87b. (Formerly Sec. 17-585(b)-(d)). License required for family day care homes. Approval required to act as assistant or substitute staff member. Criminal history records checks. Fees. Regulations. (a) No person, group of persons, association, organization, corporation, institution or agency, public or private, shall maintain a family day care home, as defined in section 19a-77, without a license issued by the Commissioner of Public Health. Licensure forms shall be obtained from the Department of Public Health. Applications for licensure shall be made to the commissioner on forms provided by the department and shall contain the information required by regulations adopted under this section. The licensure and application forms shall contain a notice that false statements made therein are punishable in accordance with section 53a-157b. Applicants shall state, in writing, that they are in compliance with the regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (f) of this section. Before a family day care home license is granted, the department shall make an inquiry and investigation which shall include a visit and inspection of the premises for which the license is requested. Any inspection conducted by the department shall include an inspection for evident sources of lead poisoning. The department shall provide for a chemical analysis of any paint chips found on such premises. Neither the commissioner nor the commissioner's designee shall require an annual inspection for homes seeking license renewal or for licensed homes, except that the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall make unannounced visits, during customary business hours, to at least thirty-three and one-third per cent of the licensed family day care homes each year. A licensed family day care home shall not be subject to any conditions on the operation of such home by local officials, other than those imposed by the department pursuant to this subsection, if the home complies with all local codes and ordinances applicable to single and multifamily dwellings.

      (b) No person shall act as an assistant or substitute staff member to a person or entity maintaining a family day care home, as defined in section 19a-77, without an approval issued by the Commissioner of Public Health. Any person seeking to act as an assistant or substitute staff member in a family day care home shall submit an application for such approval to the department. Applications for approval shall: (1) Be made to the commissioner on forms provided by the department, (2) contain the information required by regulations adopted under this section, and (3) be accompanied by a fee of twenty dollars. The approval application forms shall contain a notice that false statements made in such form are punishable in accordance with section 53a-157b.

      (c) The Commissioner of Public Health, within available appropriations, shall require each initial applicant or prospective employee of a family day care home in a position requiring the provision of care to a child, including an assistant or substitute staff member, to submit to state and national criminal history records checks. The criminal history records checks required pursuant to this subsection shall be conducted in accordance with section 29-17a. The commissioner shall also request a check of the state child abuse registry established pursuant to section 17a-101k. The commissioner shall notify each licensee of the provisions of this subsection.

      (d) An application for initial licensure pursuant to this section shall be accompanied by a fee of forty dollars and such license shall be issued for a term of four years. An application for renewal of a license issued pursuant to this section shall be accompanied by a fee of forty dollars and a certification from the licensee that any child enrolled in the family day care home has received age-appropriate immunizations in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (f) of this section. A license issued pursuant to this section shall be renewed for a term of four years.

      (e) An application for initial staff approval or renewal of staff approval shall be accompanied by a fee of fifteen dollars. Such approvals shall be issued or renewed for a term of two years.

      (f) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to assure that family day care homes, as defined in section 19a-77, shall meet the health, educational and social needs of children utilizing such homes. Such regulations shall ensure that the family day care home is treated as a residence, and not an institutional facility. Such regulations shall specify that each child be protected as age-appropriate by adequate immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hemophilus influenzae type B and any other vaccine required by the schedule of active immunization adopted pursuant to section 19a-7f. Such regulations shall provide appropriate exemptions for children for whom such immunization is medically contraindicated and for children whose parents object to such immunization on religious grounds. Such regulations shall also specify conditions under which family day care home providers may administer tests to monitor glucose levels in a child with diagnosed diabetes mellitus, and administer medicinal preparations, including controlled drugs specified in the regulations by the commissioner, to a child receiving day care services at a family day care home pursuant to a written order of a physician licensed to practice medicine in this or another state, an advanced practice registered nurse licensed to prescribe in accordance with section 20-94a or a physician assistant licensed to prescribe in accordance with section 20-12d, and the written authorization of a parent or guardian of such child. Such regulations shall specify appropriate standards for extended care and intermittent short-term overnight care. The commissioner shall inform each licensee, by way of a plain language summary provided not later than sixty days after the regulation's effective date, of any new or changed regulations adopted under this subsection with which a licensee must comply.

      (P.A. 94-181, S. 1, 7; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-360, S. 13, 32; P.A. 96-19, S. 1; 96-180, S. 55, 166; P.A. 97-14, S. 2; 97-259, S. 36, 41; P.A. 98-250, S. 15, 39; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 79, 121; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 70; P.A. 00-27, S. 11, 12, 24; P.A. 01-175, S. 16, 32; P.A. 03-243, S. 12; P.A. 05-207, S. 10; P.A. 07-129, S. 4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 169; P.A. 11-242, S. 17.)

      History: P.A. 94-181 transferred responsibility for licensing family day care homes from social services department to public health and addiction services department, as a result of which Subsecs. (b) to (d), inclusive, were transferred editorially by the Revisors to Sec. 19a-87a in 1995; P.A. 94-181 also added provision in Subsec. (c) requiring regulations to ensure family day care homes are treated as residences rather than as institutional facilities, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-360 deleted department's authority to purchase services in Subsec. (a) and amended Subsec. (c) to establish increase in fees after 1995, effective July 13, 1995; P.A. 96-19 expanded written orders by physicians in Subsec. (b) to include advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants; P.A. 96-180 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), substituting reference to Sec. 53a-157b for Sec. 53a-157, effective June 3, 1996; P.A. 97-14 added provision re diabetes monitoring in former Subsec. (b); P.A. 97-259 added new Subsec. (b) re criminal records checks and child abuse registry checks and redesignated for Subsecs. (b) and (c) as Subsecs. (c) and (d), effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-250 amended Subsec. (c) to require plain language summary of regulations, effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective June 24, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (b) by changing "criminal records check" and "criminal history records checks" to "fingerprint criminal records check" and "fingerprint criminal history records checks"; P.A. 00-27 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (d), effective May 1, 2000; P.A. 01-175 amended Subsec. (b) by replacing language re fingerprint criminal records checks as a permissive request with language re mandatory state and national criminal history records checks pursuant to Sec. 29-17a, deleted language re fee and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-243 added "for perpetrator information" in Subsec. (b); P.A. 05-207 amended Subsec. (b) to delete requirement that commissioner request check of state child abuse registry for perpetrator information; P.A. 07-129 amended Subsec. (a) to prohibit commissioner's designee from requiring annual inspection and to allow commissioner's designee to make unannounced visits during customary business hours, amended Subsec. (d) to limit $20 fee for initial licensure and license renewals to applications submitted prior to October 1, 2008, and added Subsec. (e) to extend the license term from 2 to 4 years and increase license fee from $20 to $40 for licenses issued on and after October 1, 2008; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (e) to increase license fee from $40 to $80; P.A. 11-242 added new Subsec. (b) re approval to act as assistant or substitute staff member in a family day care home, redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c) and amended same to add provision re assistant or substitute staff member, added new Subsec. (d) re $40 license fee, 4-year license term and child immunization requirements, added new Subsec. (e) re initial and renewal applications for staff approval, redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (f) and deleted former Subsecs. (d) and (e) re license applications submitted prior to October 1, 2008, and licenses issued on and after October 1, 2008.

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      Sec. 19a-87e. (Formerly Sec. 17-588). Family day care homes: Discretion in the issuance of a license or approval of an assistant or substitute staff member. Suspension. Revocation. Denial of initial license or approval application. Notice of criminal conviction. False statements. Reporting of violations. (a) The Commissioner of Public Health may (1) refuse to license under section 19a-87b, a person to own, conduct, operate or maintain a family day care home, as defined in section 19a-77, (2) refuse to approve under section 19a-87b, a person to act as an assistant or substitute staff member in a family day care home, as defined in section 19a-77, or (3) suspend or revoke the license or approval or take any other action that may be set forth in regulation that may be adopted pursuant to section 19a-79 if the person who owns, conducts, maintains or operates the family day care home, the person who acts as an assistant or substitute staff member in a family day care home or a person employed in such family day care home in a position connected with the provision of care to a child receiving child day care services, has been convicted, in this state or any other state of a felony, as defined in section 53a-25, involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person, or has a criminal record in this state or any other state that the commissioner reasonably believes renders the person unsuitable to own, conduct, operate or maintain or be employed by a family day care home, or act as an assistant or substitute staff member in a family day care home, or if such persons or a person residing in the household has been convicted in this state or any other state of cruelty to persons under section 53-20, injury or risk of injury to or impairing morals of children under section 53-21, abandonment of children under the age of six years under section 53-23, or any felony where the victim of the felony is a child under eighteen years of age, a violation of section 53a-70, 53a-70a, 53a-70b, 53a-71, 53a-72a, 53a-72b or 53a-73a, illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription, dispensing or administration under section 21a-277 or 21a-278, or illegal possession under section 21a-279, or if such person, a person who acts as assistant or substitute staff member in a family day care home or a person employed in such family day care home in a position connected with the provision of care to a child receiving child day care services, either fails to substantially comply with the regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-87b or conducts, operates or maintains the home in a manner which endangers the health, safety and welfare of the children receiving child day care services. Any refusal of a license or approval pursuant to this section shall be rendered in accordance with the provisions of sections 46a-79 to 46a-81, inclusive. Any person whose license or approval has been revoked pursuant to this section shall be ineligible to apply for a license or approval for a period of one year from the effective date of revocation.

      (b) When the commissioner intends to suspend or revoke a license or approval or take any other action against a license or approval set forth in regulation adopted pursuant to section 19a-79, the commissioner shall notify the licensee or approved staff member in writing of the commissioner's intended action. The licensee or approved staff member may, if aggrieved by such intended action, make application for a hearing in writing over the licensee's or approved staff member's signature to the commissioner. The licensee or approved staff member shall state in the application in plain language the reasons why the licensee or approved staff member claims to be aggrieved. The application shall be delivered to the commissioner within thirty days of the licensee's or approved staff member's receipt of notification of the intended action. The commissioner shall thereupon hold a hearing within sixty days from receipt of such application and shall, at least ten days prior to the date of such hearing, mail a notice, giving the time and place of the hearing, to the licensee or approved staff member. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the denial of an initial application for a license or approval under section 19a-87b, provided the commissioner shall notify the applicant of any such denial and the reasons for such denial by mailing written notice to the applicant at the applicant's address shown on the license or approval application.

      (c) Any person who is licensed to conduct, operate or maintain a family day care home or approved to act as an assistant or substitute staff member in a family day care home shall notify the commissioner of any conviction of the owner, conductor, operator or maintainer of the family day care home or of any person residing in the household or any person employed in such family day care home in a position connected with the provision of care to a child receiving child day care services, of a crime which affects the commissioner's discretion under subsection (a) of this section, immediately upon obtaining knowledge of such conviction. Failure to comply with the notification requirement of this subsection may result in the suspension or revocation of the license or approval or the taking of any other action against a license or approval set forth in regulation adopted pursuant to section 19a-79 and shall subject the licensee or approved staff member to a civil penalty of not more than one hundred dollars per day for each day after the person obtained knowledge of the conviction.

      (d) It shall be a class A misdemeanor for any person seeking employment in a position connected with the provision of care to a child receiving family day care home services to make a false written statement regarding prior criminal convictions pursuant to a form bearing notice to the effect that such false statements are punishable, which statement such person does not believe to be true and is intended to mislead the prospective employer.

      (e) Any person having reasonable cause to believe that a family day care home, as defined in section 19a-77, is operating without a current and valid license or in violation of the regulations adopted under section 19a-87b or in a manner which may pose a potential danger to the health, welfare and safety of a child receiving child day care services, may report such information to any office of the Department of Public Health. The department shall investigate any report or complaint received pursuant to this subsection. The name of the person making the report or complaint shall not be disclosed unless (1) such person consents to such disclosure, (2) a judicial or administrative proceeding results from such report or complaint, or (3) a license action pursuant to subsection (a) of this section results from such report or complaint. All records obtained by the department in connection with any such investigation shall not be subject to the provisions of section 1-210 for a period of thirty days from the date of the petition or other event initiating such investigation, or until such time as the investigation is terminated pursuant to a withdrawal or other informal disposition or until a hearing is convened pursuant to chapter 54, whichever is earlier. A formal statement of charges issued by the department shall be subject to the provisions of section 1-210 from the time that it is served or mailed to the respondent. Records which are otherwise public records shall not be deemed confidential merely because they have been obtained in connection with an investigation under this section.

      (P.A. 82-261, S. 5, 6; P.A. 84-290; P.A. 86-417, S. 9, 15; P.A. 87-127; P.A. 89-8, S. 1, 2; 89-206, S. 1; P.A. 93-262, S. 47, 87; P.A. 94-181, S. 4, 7; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-360, S. 15, 32; P.A. 97-259, S. 37, 41; P.A. 00-27, S. 13, 24; 00-135, S. 4, 21; P.A. 11-242, S. 46.)

      History: P.A. 84-290 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by adding the reference to a person residing in the household and also amended Subsec. (a) by adding sexual assault, illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription, dispensing or administration and illegal possession to the list of crimes and amended Subsec. (b) by deleting the word "criminal" and adding "a crime which affects the commissioner's discretion under Subsec. (a)"; P.A. 86-417 substituted references to registration for references to licensure; P.A. 87-127 amended Subsec. (a) by adding language allowing the commissioner to suspend or revoke registration for noncompliance with regulations or for operation in a manner which endangers the health, safety and welfare of the children and language on ineligibility for one year from the effective date of revocation; P.A. 89-8 deleted provision in Subsec. (a) which had authorized commissioner to suspend or revoke registration of family day care home owner or operator and substituted reference to Sec. 17-31q for reference to Sec. 17-31a; P.A. 89-206 added a new Subsec. (d) re the reporting of family day care homes operating without a current and valid registration, in violation of regulations or in a manner which may pose a potential danger to the health, welfare and safety of a child; Sec. 17-31t transferred to Sec. 17-588 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 replaced commissioner and department of human resources with commissioner and department of social services and substituted references to licensure for references to registration, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-181 transferred licensure program of family day care homes from the department of social services to the department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1994; Sec. 17-588 transferred to Sec. 19a-87e in 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-360 amended Subsec. (a) and (c) to allow any action set forth in regulation, inserted new Subsec. (b) re sending notice and a hearing, relettering the remaining Subsecs., and added provisions in Subsec. (d) re disclosure of investigation records, effective July 13, 1995; P.A. 97-259 amended Subsec. (a) to cover convictions in other states, to add felonies involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person, to add any felony where the victim of the felony is a child under 18 years of age and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 00-27 made technical changes in Subsec. (c), effective May 1, 2000; P.A. 00-135 made technical changes and amended Subsec. (b) by deleting language re license applicant and refusing a license and adding provisions re denial of initial license application, effective May 26, 2000; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Subdiv. (1) to (3) designators, by providing commissioner with authority to refuse to approve a person to act as assistant or substitute staff member in a family day care home in Subdiv. (2) and by authorizing commissioner to revoke approval of assistant or substitute staff member due to criminal history in Subdiv. (3), amended Subsec. (b) by adding provisions re suspension or revocation of approval to act as an assistant or substitute staff member, amended Subsec. (c) by requiring persons approved to act as assistant or substitute staff member to notify commissioner of a criminal conviction, and made conforming changes.

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      Sec. 19a-91. (Formerly Sec. 19-49). Preparation, transportation and disposition of deceased persons. Definitions. Requirements. Death resulting from reportable diseases, emergency illnesses and health conditions. Disposition of burial or cremation materials. Regulations. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Wash" means to bathe or treat the entire surface of a dead human body with a disinfecting and deodorizing solution or to treat the entire surface of the dead human body with embalming powder.

      (2) "Embalm" means to inject the circulatory system of a dead human body with embalming fluid in an amount not less than five per cent of the body weight, or to inject the body cavity of a dead human body with embalming fluid in an amount necessary to properly preserve the body and render it sanitary.

      (3) "Wrap" means to place a dead human body in a burial or cremation pouch made of not less than four millimeters of plastic.

      (4) "Embalming fluid" means a fluid containing not less than four per cent formaldehyde gas by weight.

      (5) "Disinfecting solution" means an aqueous solution or spray containing not less than five per cent phenol by weight, or an equivalent in germicidal action.

      (b) (1) No licensed embalmer or funeral director shall remove a dead human body from the place of death to another location for preparation until the body has been temporarily wrapped. If the body is to be transported by common carrier, the licensed embalmer or funeral director having charge of the body shall have the body washed or embalmed unless it is contrary to the religious beliefs or customs of the deceased person, as determined by the person who assumes custody of the body for purposes of burial, and then enclosed in a casket and outside box or, in lieu of such double container, by being wrapped.

      (2) Any deceased person who is to be entombed in a crypt or mausoleum shall be in a casket that is placed in a zinc-lined or nationally accepted composite plastic container or, if permitted by the cemetery where the disposition of the body is to be made, a nonoxiding nationally accepted composite plastic tray.

      (c) In addition to the requirements set forth in subsection (b) of this section, in the case of death resulting from a disease on the current list of reportable diseases, emergency illnesses and health conditions developed pursuant to section 19a-2, the licensed embalmer or funeral director having charge of the dead human body shall prepare such body for burial or cremation by having the body washed, embalmed or wrapped as soon as practicable after the body arrives at the licensed embalmer's or licensed funeral director's place of business. The provisions of this subsection do not apply if death is not the result of a disease on the current list of reportable diseases, emergency illnesses and health conditions developed pursuant to section 19a-2, provided the licensed embalmer or funeral director having charge of the body takes appropriate measures to ensure that the body does not pose a threat to the public health.

      (d) A licensed embalmer or funeral director shall dispose of any burial or cremation pouch used to wrap a dead human body after each use or clean and wash such pouch with a disinfecting solution after each use. No licensed embalmer or funeral director may use a solution for disinfecting that does not meet the standard specified in the definition under subdivision (5) of subsection (a) of this section unless such solution is approved, in writing, by the Department of Public Health.

      (e) The Department of Public Health may adopt such regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, concerning the preparation and transportation of the bodies of deceased persons to be removed from or into the limits of any town or into any adjoining state, as the public health and welfare may require. Such regulations shall be signed by the Commissioner of Public Health, and a copy thereof shall be mailed to each town clerk, licensed embalmer and funeral director at least fifteen days before such regulations take effect. Any person who violates any regulation of the department adopted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than fifty dollars.

      (1949 Rev., S. 3838; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 00-27, S. 15, 24; P.A. 07-104, S. 5; 07-252, S. 85; P.A. 09-232, S. 1; P.A. 10-117, S. 48; P.A. 11-242, S. 22.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced department and commissioner of health with department and commissioner of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-49 transferred to Sec. 19a-91 in 1983; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 00-27 made technical changes, effective May 1, 2000; P.A. 07-104 redesignated existing provisions as Subsec. (e) and added new Subsecs. (a) to (d) establishing definitions and requirements for preparing and transporting dead human bodies and disinfecting burial and cremation materials, effective June 11, 2007; P.A. 07-252 amended Subsec. (a)(5) to redefine "disinfecting solution" to include an equivalent in germicidal action, effective July 12, 2007; P.A. 09-232 amended Subsec. (b) by designating existing language as Subdiv. (1), adding provision therein re body washed or embalmed unless it is contrary to religious beliefs or customs of deceased person, and adding Subdiv. (2) re container requirements for deceased persons that are to be entombed in a crypt or mausoleum; P.A. 10-117 amended Subsec. (b)(2) by replacing "an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) sheet" with "nationally accepted composite" and by replacing "metal or ABS plastic sheeting" with "nationally accepted composite plastic"; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (c) by substituting "list of reportable diseases, emergency illnesses and health conditions" for "list of reportable diseases" and by substituting "19a-2" for "19a-36-A2 of the regulations of Connecticut state agencies".

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      Sec. 19a-112h. Financial assistance for victims of sexual assault. The Commissioner of Public Health shall establish and contract for the administration of a program using AIDS Services funding to provide financial assistance to victims of sexual assault for drugs prescribed by a physician for nonoccupational post-exposure prophylaxis for human immunodeficiency virus consistent with recommendations of the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Connecticut Technical Guidelines for Health Care Response to Victims of Sexual Assault. The commissioner shall give priority for benefits under the program established pursuant to this section to sexual assault victims who are uninsured or underinsured and for whom the program is a payer of last resort. The commissioner shall issue a request for proposal totaling twenty-five thousand dollars annually to which a qualified organization may apply to administer the program.

      (P.A. 11-44, S. 173.)

      History: P.A. 11-44 effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-124. Needle and syringe exchange programs. (a) The Department of Public Health shall establish needle and syringe exchange programs in the three cities having the highest total number of human immunodeficiency virus infections among injection drug users. The department shall establish protocols in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. The department may authorize similar programs in other areas of the state, as determined by the commissioner, through local health departments or other local organizations.

      (b) The programs shall: (1) Be incorporated into existing human immunodeficiency virus prevention programs in the selected cities; (2) provide for free and confidential exchanges of needles and syringes and (A) provide that program participants receive an equal number of needles and syringes for those returned; and (B) provide that first-time applicants to the program receive an initial packet of thirty needles and syringes, educational material and a list of drug counseling services; and (3) offer education on the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus and prevention measures and assist program participants in obtaining drug treatment services.

      (c) The department shall establish requirements to monitor (1) return rates of needles and syringes distributed, (2) program participation rates, and (3) the number of participants who are motivated to enter treatment as a result of the program and the status of their treatment.

      (d) Any organization conducting a needle and syringe exchange program shall submit a report evaluating the effectiveness of the program to the Department of Public Health.

      (P.A. 90-214, S. 3, 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-3, S. 1, 2; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 52, 70; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-16; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 4; P.A. 06-195, S. 4; P.A. 11-242, S. 11.)

      History: May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-3 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize department to establish additional programs, Subsec. (b) to change requirement regarding marking of needles and syringes to apply only to first year of program, Subsec. (c) to require the department to establish evaluation and monitoring requirements and Subsec. (d) to provide for the department to compile information received from the programs; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11 made a technical change in Subsec. (b); P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-16 removed limit of three additional programs and raised number of needles and syringes permitted per exchange from five to ten; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (b)(2) by replacing "ten syringes" with "thirty needles and syringes", adding Subpara. (B) re first-time applicants and Subpara. (C) re assurance of one packet per person, and made technical changes; P.A. 06-195 amended Subsec. (b)(2)(A) by deleting cap of thirty needles and syringes per exchange, effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a) by eliminating provisions specifying that programs be established in and evaluated by health departments and by requiring that programs be established in 3 cities having highest total number of HIV infections among injection drug users, amended Subsec. (b) by substituting HIV prevention programs for AIDS prevention and outreach projects in Subdiv. (1), by substituting "confidential" for "anonymous" re exchanges of needles and syringes in Subdiv. (2), by deleting former Subdiv. (2)(C) re limitation of receipt of initial packages of needles and syringes, and by deleting former Subdiv. (4) re needles and syringes to be marked and checked for return dates, amended Subsec. (c) by requiring department to establish program monitoring requirements, deleting former Subdiv. (2) re monitoring of behavioral changes, redesignating existing Subdiv. (3) as Subdivs. (2) and (3) and deleting former Subdiv. (4) re monitoring of intravenous drug use, and amended Subsec. (d) by requiring organization conducting the program to submit a report on its effectiveness and by eliminating provision re report to General Assembly.

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      Sec. 19a-125. Adolescent Health Council. Section 19a-125 is repealed, effective October 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 92-107; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; 93-262, S. 1, 87; 93-381, S. 29, 39; 93-411, S. 1, 19; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 11-242, S. 98.)

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