House Bill No. 8003
               House Bill No. 8003

   June 18 Special Session, PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-2


AN   ACT   CONCERNING   WELFARE   REFORM  AND  THE
EXPENDITURES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1. Section  17b-112  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section 20 of public act
97-295,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    [(a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall
seek a waiver from federal law to conduct research
and  demonstration programs  designed  to  support
self-sufficiency and family  unity  for recipients
of  aid  to   families  with  dependent  children.
Elements of such  program  may  include, but shall
not be limited to, the following: (1) Removing any
disincentives  to parents  or  stepparents  living
together  or  marrying;   (2)   providing  greater
flexibility in determining  which  family  members
receive assistance; (3)  allowing a family to keep
up  to  three   thousand   dollars   to   pay  for
emergencies   and   work-related   expenses;   (4)
increasing the permitted  automobile  equity value
to provide recipients with reliable transportation
to  seek  employment  and  commute  to  work;  (5)
disregarding the earnings  of  dependent  children
who are students  for  the  purpose of determining
monthly  cash assistance;  (6)  rewarding  through
private donations excellence  in school attendance
and  performance; (7)  increasing  the  amount  of
child support a  recipient  may keep from fifty to
one hundred dollars  per  month;  (8)  simplifying
complex eligibility rules  and better coordinating
the  aid  to   families  with  dependent  children
program  and the  food  stamp  program  to  enable
department   staff  to   devote   more   time   to
self-sufficiency plans for recipients; and (9) the
establishment of a  program for a limited group of
voluntary recipients providing  (A)  a lower basic
grant;   (B)   time-limited   participation;   (C)
disqualification for any  participant  who commits
fraud;  (D)  temporary  disqualification  for  any
participant who voluntarily leaves employment; (E)
guaranteed child support  payments  and  increased
child  support enforcement  for  participants  who
have  a  court   order   for  child  support;  (F)
simplification  of  provisions   for  disregarding
earned income; (G)  removal of time limitations on
disregarding  earned  income;   (H)  extension  of
eligibility  for  transitional   child  care;  (I)
payment of food  stamp benefits in cash instead of
coupons and (J) payment of bonuses to participants
who stay employed  for  six  months or longer. The
commissioner  shall implement  such  research  and
demonstration  programs  as   soon  as  reasonably
possible subsequent to receiving federal approval.
    (b) For purposes  of this subsection, "family"
means one or  more  individuals  who  apply for or
receive  assistance  together  under  the  aid  to
families  with  dependent  children  program.  The
commissioner shall seek  waivers  from federal law
to modify the  existing research and demonstration
programs authorized pursuant  to subsection (a) of
this section for  the purpose of creating a single
state-wide  research  and   demonstration  program
effective no earlier  than  January  1, 1996. Such
waivers shall include,  but not be limited to, the
following provisions:
    (1) To limit  benefits of a family to a period
of twenty-one months.  Families  exempt  from such
time limited benefits include, but are not limited
to: (A) A  family  with a needy caretaker relative
who is incapacitated  or  of  an  advanced age, as
defined by the  commissioner, if there is no other
nonexempt caretaker relative in the household; (B)
a family with  a  needy  caretaker relative who is
needed in the  home  because  of the incapacity of
another member of  the  household,  if there is no
other   nonexempt  caretaker   relative   in   the
household; (C) a  family with a caretaker relative
who is not  legally  responsible for the dependent
children in the household if such relative's needs
are not considered  in  calculating  the amount of
the  benefit  and  there  is  no  other  nonexempt
caretaker relative in  the household; (D) a family
with a caretaker  relative  caring for a child who
is under one  year of age and who was born no more
than ten months  after  the  family's enrolment if
there is no  other nonexempt caretaker relative in
the household; (E)  a  family  with  a pregnant or
postpartum caretaker relative  if  a physician has
indicated that such relative is unable to work and
there is no  other nonexempt caretaker relative in
the  household; (F)  a  family  with  a  caretaker
relative  determined by  the  commissioner  to  be
unemployable  and  there  is  no  other  nonexempt
caretaker relative in the household; and (G) minor
parents  attending and  satisfactorily  completing
high school or high school equivalency programs;
    (2) To enhance  the  department's  ability  to
provide child care  benefits  to  current and past
recipients of the  aid  to families with dependent
children  who are  employed  and  extend  Medicaid
eligibility for two  years  for a family which has
lost  eligibility  for   aid   to   families  with
dependent children while  employed  or  who become
employed within six  months  of  having  lost such
eligibility;
    (3)  To simplify  and  streamline  eligibility
rules and procedures  in  the aid to families with
dependent  children  program,  the  JOBS  program,
child  support,  child  care,  Medicaid  and  food
stamps;
    (4) To enhance  the  commissioner's ability to
collect child support payments, except such waiver
shall  not  include   guaranteed   child   support
payments;
    (5) To provide  that  a person subject to time
limited benefits pursuant  to  subdivision  (1) of
this subsection receive  priority consideration in
the JOBS program established in section 17b-680 in
ways  which  shall  best  facilitate  such  person
becoming and staying employed;
    (6)   To   assist    families    in   becoming
self-sufficient   and   reward    achievement   in
education by modifying  treatment  of  income  and
resources;
    (7) To disregard  earned  income  for a family
subject  to time  limited  benefits,  pursuant  to
subdivision (1) of  this  subsection,  up  to  the
federal  poverty level  and  to  render  a  family
exceeding  such  level   ineligible   for  aid  to
families with dependent children;
    (8) To provide  that  a person arriving in the
state,  applying for  benefits  from  the  aid  to
families with dependent  children  program for the
first year of such person's residency, be eligible
to receive ninety  per  cent  of the benefit level
for which he qualifies;
    (9) To allow  a person subject to time limited
benefits,  pursuant to  subdivision  (1)  of  this
subsection,  to  petition   the  commissioner  for
six-month  extensions  of   such   benefits.   The
commissioner may grant such extensions to a person
who has made  a  good  faith effort to comply with
the  requirements of  the  aid  to  families  with
dependent children program and despite such effort
is unable to  obtain  or  retain employment or has
encountered  circumstances  including,   but   not
limited to, domestic  violence or physical harm to
such  person's  children  or  other  circumstances
beyond such person's control. Such person shall be
notified  by  the   department  of  his  right  to
petition for such extensions. Upon the granting of
such petition, such  person,  in  cooperation with
the department, shall  develop  (A)  an employment
development   plan   designed    to    result   in
self-sufficiency and (B) a child achievement plan,
for such person's  child, designed for such person
to monitor school  attendance, enroll in preschool
programs and monitor immunization;
    (10) To limit  the  increase  in benefits to a
family for an  infant  born  after the initial ten
months of participation  in  the  aid  to families
with dependent children program to an amount equal
to  fifty per  cent  of  the  average  incremental
difference  between  the  amounts  paid  for  each
family size; and
    (11) To implement  a  disqualification penalty
for failure to  cooperate  with  fraud  prevention
efforts developed by the department including, but
not limited to,  a  biometric identifier system or
photographic identification.]
    (a) THE DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES SHALL
ADMINISTER A TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
UNDER WHICH CASH  ASSISTANCE  SHALL BE PROVIDED TO
ELIGIBLE FAMILIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TEMPORARY
ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAM, ESTABLISHED
PURSUANT TO THE  PERSONAL  RESPONSIBILITY AND WORK
OPPORTUNITY RECONCILIATION ACT  OF 1996. UNDER THE
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM,  BENEFITS
SHALL BE PROVIDED  TO A FAMILY FOR NOT LONGER THAN
TWENTY-ONE   MONTHS,   EXCEPT   AS   PROVIDED   IN
SUBSECTIONS (b) AND  (c)  OF THIS SECTION. FOR THE
PURPOSE OF CALCULATING  SAID TWENTY-ONE-MONTH TIME
LIMIT, MONTHS OF  ASSISTANCE RECEIVED ON AND AFTER
JANUARY 1, 1996, PURSUANT TO TIME LIMITS UNDER THE
AID TO FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT CHILDREN PROGRAM,
SHALL BE INCLUDED.  FOR  PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION,
"FAMILY" MEANS ONE  OR  MORE INDIVIDUALS WHO APPLY
FOR  OR  RECEIVE  ASSISTANCE  TOGETHER  UNDER  THE
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
    (b) THE COMMISSIONER  OF SOCIAL SERVICES SHALL
EXEMPT A FAMILY  FROM  SUCH  TIME-LIMITED BENEFITS
FOR CIRCUMSTANCES INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT LIMITED TO:
(1) A FAMILY  WITH  A NEEDY CARETAKER RELATIVE WHO
IS INCAPACITATED OR OF AN ADVANCED AGE, AS DEFINED
BY  THE  COMMISSIONER,   IF   THERE  IS  NO  OTHER
NONEXEMPT CARETAKER RELATIVE IN THE HOUSEHOLD; (2)
A FAMILY WITH  A  NEEDY  CARETAKER RELATIVE WHO IS
NEEDED IN THE  HOME  BECAUSE  OF THE INCAPACITY OF
ANOTHER MEMBER OF  THE  HOUSEHOLD,  IF THERE IS NO
OTHER   NONEXEMPT  CARETAKER   RELATIVE   IN   THE
HOUSEHOLD; (3) A  FAMILY WITH A CARETAKER RELATIVE
WHO IS NOT  LEGALLY  RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEPENDENT
CHILDREN IN THE HOUSEHOLD IF SUCH RELATIVE'S NEEDS
ARE NOT CONSIDERED  IN  CALCULATING  THE AMOUNT OF
THE  BENEFIT  AND  THERE  IS  NO  OTHER  NONEXEMPT
CARETAKER RELATIVE IN  THE HOUSEHOLD; (4) A FAMILY
WITH A CARETAKER  RELATIVE  CARING FOR A CHILD WHO
IS UNDER ONE YEAR OF AGE AND WHO WAS BORN NOT MORE
THAN TEN MONTHS  AFTER  THE  FAMILY'S ENROLMENT IF
THERE IS NO  OTHER NONEXEMPT CARETAKER RELATIVE IN
THE HOUSEHOLD; (5)  A  FAMILY  WITH  A PREGNANT OR
POSTPARTUM CARETAKER RELATIVE  IF  A PHYSICIAN HAS
INDICATED THAT SUCH RELATIVE IS UNABLE TO WORK AND
THERE IS NO  OTHER NONEXEMPT CARETAKER RELATIVE IN
THE  HOUSEHOLD; (6)  A  FAMILY  WITH  A  CARETAKER
RELATIVE  DETERMINED BY  THE  COMMISSIONER  TO  BE
UNEMPLOYABLE  AND  THERE  IS  NO  OTHER  NONEXEMPT
CARETAKER RELATIVE IN THE HOUSEHOLD; AND (7) MINOR
PARENTS  ATTENDING AND  SATISFACTORILY  COMPLETING
HIGH SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PROGRAMS.
    (c) A FAMILY  WHO  IS  SUBJECT TO TIME-LIMITED
BENEFITS MAY PETITION  THE  COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL
SERVICES   FOR  SIX-MONTH   EXTENSIONS   OF   SUCH
BENEFITS. THE COMMISSIONER  SHALL  GRANT  SUCH  AN
EXTENSION TO A  FAMILY  WHO  HAS MADE A GOOD-FAITH
EFFORT TO COMPLY  WITH  THE  REQUIREMENTS  OF  THE
PROGRAM AND DESPITE SUCH EFFORT HAS A TOTAL FAMILY
INCOME AT A  LEVEL  BELOW THE PAYMENT STANDARD, OR
HAS    ENCOUNTERED    CIRCUMSTANCES     PREVENTING
EMPLOYMENT  INCLUDING, BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO:  (1)
DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE  OR   PHYSICAL   HARM  TO  SUCH
FAMILY'S  CHILDREN;  OR  (2)  OTHER  CIRCUMSTANCES
BEYOND  SUCH  FAMILY'S   CONTROL.   EARNED  INCOME
COUNTING TOWARDS TOTAL  FAMILY  INCOME  SHALL HAVE
NINETY DOLLARS DISREGARDED.  SUCH  FAMILY SHALL BE
NOTIFIED  BY  THE   DEPARTMENT  OF  THE  RIGHT  TO
PETITION FOR SUCH EXTENSIONS.
    (d) MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY SHALL BE EXTENDED FOR
TWO YEARS TO  A  FAMILY WHO BECOMES INELIGIBLE FOR
CASH ASSISTANCE WHILE EMPLOYED OR A FAMILY WITH AN
ADULT  WHO,  WITHIN   SIX   MONTHS   OF   BECOMING
INELIGIBLE, BECOMES EMPLOYED.
    (e) UNDER SAID  PROGRAM (1) NO FAMILY SHALL BE
ELIGIBLE WHO HAS  TOTAL  GROSS  EARNINGS EXCEEDING
THE  FEDERAL  POVERTY   LEVEL,   HOWEVER,  IN  THE
CALCULATION OF THE  BENEFIT  AMOUNT  FOR  ELIGIBLE
FAMILIES, EARNED INCOME SHALL BE DISREGARDED UP TO
THE FEDERAL POVERTY  LEVEL;  (2)  THE  INCREASE IN
BENEFITS TO A  FAMILY  IN  WHICH AN INFANT IS BORN
AFTER THE INITIAL  TEN  MONTHS OF PARTICIPATION IN
THE PROGRAM SHALL BE LIMITED TO AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO
FIFTY  PER  CENT   OF   THE   AVERAGE  INCREMENTAL
DIFFERENCE  BETWEEN  THE  AMOUNTS  PAID  PER  EACH
FAMILY SIZE; AND  (3)  A  DISQUALIFICATION PENALTY
SHALL BE ESTABLISHED FOR FAILURE TO COOPERATE WITH
THE BIOMETRIC IDENTIFIER SYSTEM.
    (f) A FAMILY  RECEIVING  ASSISTANCE UNDER SAID
PROGRAM  SHALL  COOPERATE   WITH   CHILD   SUPPORT
ENFORCEMENT,  UNDER  TITLE   IV-D  OF  THE  SOCIAL
SECURITY ACT. A  FAMILY  SHALL  BE  INELIGIBLE FOR
BENEFITS  FOR  FAILURE  TO  COOPERATE  WITH  CHILD
SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT.
    (g) A FAMILY  LEAVING ASSISTANCE AT THE END OF
SAID  TWENTY-ONE MONTH  TIME  LIMIT,  INCLUDING  A
FAMILY WITH INCOME  ABOVE  THE  PAYMENT  STANDARD,
SHALL HAVE AN  INTERVIEW  FOR THE PURPOSE OF BEING
INFORMED  OF SERVICES  THAT  MAY  CONTINUE  TO  BE
AVAILABLE  TO SUCH  FAMILY,  INCLUDING  EMPLOYMENT
SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH  THE  LABOR DEPARTMENT.
SAID INTERVIEW SHALL  CONTAIN  A  DETERMINATION OF
BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO  SAID FAMILY PROVIDED BY THE
DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES.  SAID  INTERVIEW
SHALL ALSO INCLUDE A DETERMINATION OF WHETHER SUCH
FAMILY IS ELIGIBLE  FOR  FOOD  STAMPS OR MEDICAID.
INFORMATION AND REFERRALS  SHALL BE MADE TO SUCH A
FAMILY FOR SERVICES  AND  BENEFITS  INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO,  THE  EARNED  INCOME  TAX  CREDIT,
RENTAL  SUBSIDIES  EMERGENCY  HOUSING,  EMPLOYMENT
SERVICES AND ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
    (h) AN APPLICANT  OR  RECIPIENT  OF  TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE WHO  IS  ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY A
DECISION OF THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  SOCIAL SERVICES
MAY REQUEST AND  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  A HEARING IN
ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 17b-60.
    (i) THE COMMISSIONER  MAY  CONTINUE TO OPERATE
UNDER  ALL OR  PORTIONS  OF  THE  FEDERAL  WAIVERS
GRANTED UNDER SECTION  1115 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY
ACT FOR THE DEMONSTRATION ENTITLED "REACH FOR JOBS
FIRST".   NOTWITHSTANDING  CONTINUATION   OF   THE
PROVISIONS   OF   SAID    FEDERAL   WAIVERS,   THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL CONTINUE  THE EVALUATION OF THE
EFFECTIVENESS OF THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM AND MAY  CONTINUE  TO  UTILIZE  A  CONTROL
GROUP USING DIFFERENT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.
    (j) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL REPORT, ANNUALLY ON
OR  BEFORE  NOVEMBER   FIFTEENTH,   TO  THE  JOINT
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVING
COGNIZANCE OF MATTERS  RELATING  TO HUMAN SERVICES
AND  APPROPRIATIONS  AND   THE  BUDGETS  OF  STATE
AGENCIES ON THE  FUNDING REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO
SUPPORT  THE  PROGRAMS  FUNDED  BY  THE  TEMPORARY
ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES BLOCK GRANT.
    (k) THE COMMISSIONER  OF SOCIAL SERVICES SHALL
IMPLEMENT POLICIES AND  PROCEDURES  NECESSARY  FOR
THE PURPOSES OF  THIS SECTION WHILE IN THE PROCESS
OF  ADOPTING  SUCH   POLICIES  AND  PROCEDURES  IN
REGULATION FORM, PROVIDED  THE COMMISSIONER PRINTS
NOTICE OF INTENTION  TO  ADOPT  THE REGULATIONS IN
THE CONNECTICUT LAW  JOURNAL WITHIN TWENTY DAYS OF
IMPLEMENTING SUCH POLICIES  AND  PROCEDURES. FINAL
REGULATIONS SHALL BE  SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE
REGULATION REVIEW COMMITTEE NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER
15,  1997.  POLICIES  AND  PROCEDURES  IMPLEMENTED
PURSUANT TO THIS  SUBSECTION  SHALL BE VALID UNTIL
THE TIME FINAL REGULATIONS ARE EFFECTIVE.
    Sec. 2. (NEW)  (a)  For purposes of sections 2
and 3 of this act:
    (1)  "Victim of  domestic  violence"  means  a
person  who has  been  battered  or  subjected  to
extreme  cruelty  by:   (A)   Physical  acts  that
resulted  in  or  were  threatened  to  result  in
physical  injury; (B)  sexual  abuse;  (C)  sexual
activity involving a  child in the home; (D) being
forced to participate in nonconsensual sexual acts
or  activities; (E)  threats  of  or  attempts  at
physical or sexual abuse; (F) mental abuse; or (G)
neglect or deprivation of medical care; and
    (2)  "Work  activity"   means   subsidized  or
unsubsidized employment, job  training, education,
work  placement assistance  or  community  service
program.
    (b) For purposes  of this section, allegations
of domestic violence by a victim may be sufficient
to   establish   domestic   violence   where   the
Department of Social  Services has no independent,
reasonable  basis  to   find   the   applicant  or
recipient  not credible.  Upon  alleging  domestic
violence an applicant or recipient may be required
to provide a  sworn  statement or to submit to the
department any evidence of such violence available
to  the  applicant   or   recipient.  Evidence  of
domestic violence may  include, but is not limited
to:  (1)  Police,   government   agency  or  court
records; (2) documentation  from a shelter worker,
legal,  medical, clerical  or  other  professional
from whom the  applicant  or  recipient has sought
assistance in dealing  with  domestic violence; or
(3) a statement  from an individual with knowledge
of the circumstances  which  provide the basis for
the claim of domestic violence.
    (c) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
notify  applicants  and  recipients  of  temporary
family assistance, who are past or present victims
of  domestic  violence   or  at  risk  of  further
domestic violence, of the following:
    (1)  Referrals  available  to  counseling  and
supportive services, including,  but  not  limited
to, shelter services,  medical  services, domestic
abuse  hotlines, legal  counseling  and  advocacy,
mental health care and financial assistance; and
    (2)    Procedures    to     voluntarily    and
confidentially identify eligibility  for referrals
to such counseling and supportive services.
    (d) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
implement  policies and  procedures  necessary  to
notify  such  applicants  and  recipients  of  the
information specified in  subsection  (c)  of this
section while in  the  process  of  adopting  such
policies  and  procedures   in   regulation  form,
provided  the  commissioner   prints   notice   of
intention  to  adopt   the   regulations   in  the
Connecticut  Law Journal  within  twenty  days  of
implementing such policies  and  procedures. Final
regulations shall be  submitted to the legislative
regulation review committee no later than November
15,  1997.  Policies  and  procedures  implemented
pursuant to this  subsection  shall be valid until
the time final regulations are effective.
    (e) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services may
adopt   regulations,  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter  54 of the general statutes,
to establish a  domestic violence training program
for employees of the Department of Social Services
and any contractors  with said department who work
with applicants or  recipients of temporary family
assistance.
    (f)  For  the  purpose  of  establishing  said
training  program, the  commissioner  may  consult
with domestic violence organizations or experts.
    Sec. 3. (NEW)  (a)  An  applicant or recipient
who  is a  past  or  present  victim  of  domestic
violence or at  risk of further domestic violence,
pursuant to subsection  (c)  of  section 2 of this
act, shall, for  good  cause:  (1) Be excused from
failing to participate  in a work activity; or (2)
be  exempted  from   child   support   enforcement
requirements pursuant to subsection (f) of section
17b-112 of the  general  statutes,  as  amended by
section  1 of  this  act.  Such  an  applicant  or
recipient  may, for  good  cause,  be  granted  an
extension  of cash  assistance  beyond  twenty-one
months, provided the domestic violence experienced
is of sufficient  magnitude  to  reasonably render
the  individual  unable   to  obtain  or  maintain
employment.
    (b)  Such standards  and  procedures  for  the
determination of good cause shall include, but not
be limited to, the following provisions:
    (1) A finding  of  good  cause  for failure to
participate in a  work  activity  shall be made if
(A)  the  applicant   or  recipient  has  physical
injuries caused by  abuse or psychological effects
of abuse prohibiting  such  applicant or recipient
to work, (B)  a  work activity is disrupted due to
domestic  violence, including  civil  or  criminal
legal  proceedings  related   to   such   domestic
violence, (C) the  abuser actively interferes with
the  applicant's  or  recipient's  work  activity,
attendance  at  work   activity   or   child  care
arrangements, or (D) a work activity location puts
the applicant or  recipient  at  risk  of  further
domestic violence;
    (2) The commissioner  shall  find  good  cause
whenever mandatory work  activity or child support
enforcement  requirements  would   result  in  the
inability or increased  difficulty of an applicant
or  recipient  to   escape   or  prevent  domestic
violence;
    (3)  The  finding  of  good  cause  shall  not
prohibit   such  applicant   or   recipient   from
voluntary participation in any work activity;
    (4) A written,  confidential procedure for the
transmittal of the  denial  of  a  request  for  a
finding  of  good   cause   to   an  applicant  or
recipient; and
    (5) Access to  a  fair hearing procedure if an
applicant or recipient  is  denied a request for a
finding of good cause.
    (c) An applicant  or recipient may be required
to seek an  order of protection, attend counseling
or  take  other   actions  to  escape  or  prevent
domestic violence, unless  such  an  action  would
further the risk of continued or renewed violence.
    (d) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
implement policies and  procedures  necessary  for
the determination of good cause for the purpose of
this section while in the process of adopting such
policies  and  procedures   in   regulation  form,
provided  the  commissioner   prints   notice   of
intention  to  adopt   the   regulations   in  the
Connecticut  Law Journal  within  twenty  days  of
implementing such policies  and  procedures. Final
regulations shall be  submitted to the legislative
regulation review committee no later than November
15,  1997.  Policies  and  procedures  implemented
pursuant to this  subsection  shall be valid until
the time final regulations are effective.
    Sec.  4.  Section   12-743   of   the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section  7 of public act
97-286,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any taxpayer  filing  a  return under this
chapter may contribute  any part of a refund under
this chapter to  (1)  the organ transplant account
established pursuant to  section  17b-288, (2) the
AIDS   research  education   account   established
pursuant to section  19a-32a,  (3)  the endangered
species,  natural  area  preserves  and  watchable
wildlife account established  pursuant  to section
22a-27l, [or] (4)  the  breast cancer research and
education account established  pursuant to section
6 of [this  act]  PUBLIC  ACT  97-286,  OR (5) THE
SAFETY NET SERVICES  ACCOUNT  ESTABLISHED PURSUANT
TO SECTION 5 OF THIS ACT, by indicating on the tax
return,  in  a   manner   provided   for   by  the
Commissioner  of  Revenue   Services  pursuant  to
subsection (b) of  this  section, the amount to be
contributed to the account.
    (b) The Commissioner of Revenue Services shall
revise  the  tax  return  form  to  implement  the
provisions of subsection (a) of this section which
form shall include  spaces  on the return in which
taxpayers may indicate  their  intention to make a
contribution in accordance  with this section. The
spaces shall include  three boxes for each account
with  suggested whole  dollar  amounts,  with  the
lowest suggested contribution  being  at least two
dollars, and one  additional  box  for other whole
dollar amounts. The  commissioner shall include in
the instructions accompanying  the  tax  return  a
description of the  purposes  for  which the organ
transplant account, the  AIDS  research  education
account,  the  endangered  species,  natural  area
preserves and watchable  wildlife  account,  [and]
the breast cancer  research  and education account
AND THE SAFETY NET ACCOUNT were created.
    (c) A designated  contribution  of all or part
of any refund shall be irrevocable upon the filing
of the return and shall be made in the full amount
designated if the  refund  found  due the taxpayer
upon the initial  processing  of  the  return, and
after any deductions  required by this chapter, is
greater   than  or   equal   to   the   designated
contribution. If the  refund  due,  as  determined
upon initial processing,  and after any deductions
required  by  this   chapter,  is  less  than  the
designated contribution, the contribution shall be
made  in  the  full  amount  of  the  refund.  The
Commissioner of Revenue  Services  shall  subtract
the amount of  any  contribution of all or part of
any refund from the amount of the refund initially
found  due the  taxpayer  and  shall  certify  the
difference  to the  Secretary  of  the  Office  of
Policy  and  Management   and  the  Treasurer  for
payment to the  taxpayer  in  accordance with this
chapter.  For  the   purposes  of  any  subsequent
determination of the  taxpayer's  net tax payment,
such contribution shall  be  considered  a part of
the refund paid to the taxpayer.
    (d)  The  Commissioner  of  Revenue  Services,
after  notification  of   and   approval   by  the
Secretary of the  Office of Policy and Management,
may deduct and  retain from the funds so collected
an amount equal  to the costs of implementing this
section and sections  17b-288,  19a-32a,  22a-27l,
[and] section 6  of  [this  act] PUBLIC ACT 97-286
AND SECTION 5  OF THIS ACT but not to exceed seven
and one-half per  cent of the funds contributed in
any fiscal year  and  in no event shall exceed the
total cost of implementation of said sections.
    Sec.  5. (NEW)  (a)  There  is  established  a
safety  net services  account  which  shall  be  a
separate, nonlapsing account  within  the  General
Fund. Any moneys  collected under the contribution
system established under  section  12-743  of  the
general statutes, as amended by this act, shall be
deposited by the  Commissioner of Revenue Services
into the account.  This  account  may also receive
moneys from public and private sources or from the
federal government. All  moneys  deposited  in the
account shall be  used by the Department of Social
Services or persons  acting  under a contract with
the department to  fund services provided pursuant
to section 6  of  this  act. Expenditures from the
account in any  fiscal  year  for the promotion of
the contribution system  or  the account shall not
exceed ten per cent of the amount of moneys raised
during the previous  fiscal  year,  provided  such
limitation shall not  apply  to  an expenditure of
not more than  fifteen  thousand  dollars from the
account on or  before  July  1, 1997, to reimburse
expenditures made on  or  before  said  date, with
prior written authorization of the Commissioner of
Social  Services,  by   private  organizations  to
promote the contribution  system  and  safety  net
account.
    (b) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
adopt   regulations,  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter  54 of the general statutes,
to provide for  distribution  of  funds  available
pursuant to this section and section 12-743 of the
general statutes, as amended by this act.
    Sec. 6. (NEW)  (a)  The  Department  of Social
Services shall provide  safety  net  services  for
certain families no  longer  receiving benefits or
who are at  risk  of  losing  benefits  under  the
temporary family assistance program. Such families
include those who  are  not eligible for six-month
extensions of benefits  due to: (1) The receipt of
two sanctions from the department during the first
twenty months of  the  twenty-one-month time limit
of said temporary family assistance program or (2)
the determination by  the  department  that such a
family has not  made  a  good-faith effort to seek
and maintain employment.
    (b) Said safety  net shall consist of services
provided through the  existing  community  service
delivery   network   with   additional   resources
provided by the  Department  of  Social  Services.
Services  shall be  provided  in-kind  or  through
vendor or voucher  payment.  Services  may include
the following: (1)  Food,  shelter,  clothing  and
employment  assistance; (2)  eviction  prevention;
(3)  intensive  case  management;  (4)  continuous
monitoring for child abuse or neglect; and (5) for
families at risk  of  losing  benefits  under  the
temporary  family assistance  program,  individual
performance contracts requiring  job training, job
searching,   volunteer  work,   participation   in
parenting  programs or  counseling  or  any  other
requirements deemed necessary  by the Commissioner
of Social Services.
    (c) Families successfully  meeting the program
requirements   established   by   the   individual
performance  contracts  in   subdivision   (5)  of
subsection (b) of this section prior to the end of
the   twenty-one-month   time   limit   shall   be
considered to have  made  a  good-faith  effort to
comply with the  requirements  of  the program for
the  purposes  of   qualifying   for  a  six-month
extension, provided they  have  made  a good-faith
effort to comply  with  the individual performance
contract  or  have   not   incurred   a   sanction
subsequent    to   completing    the    individual
performance contract.
    (d) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
implement policies and  procedures  necessary  for
the purposes of  this section while in the process
of  adopting  such   policies  and  procedures  in
regulation form, provided  the commissioner prints
notice of intention  to  adopt  the regulations in
the Connecticut Law  Journal within twenty days of
implementing such policies  and  procedures. Final
regulations shall be  submitted to the legislative
regulation review committee no later than November
15,  1997.  Policies  and  procedures  implemented
pursuant to this  subsection  shall be valid until
the time final regulations are effective.
    Sec. 7. Section  4-71c of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    The Secretary of  the  Office  of  Policy  and
Management shall annually  compute  the cost of an
increase in assistance  payments  under  [sections
17b-19,  17b-22,  17b-63   to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114 to  17b-138, inclusive, 17b-180
to  17b-183,  inclusive,   17b-220   to   17b-250,
inclusive, 17b-256, 17b-259 to 17b-287, inclusive,
17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-689
to  17b-693,  inclusive,   17b-743   to   17b-747,
inclusive,  17b-807  and   17b-808]   THE  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  STATE   SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,
MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,   TEMPORARY   FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND FOOD STAMP PROGRAM based on
the  percentage increase,  if  any,  in  the  most
recent calendar year average in the consumer price
index for urban consumers provided if the increase
in  such  index   exceeds   five   per  cent,  the
computation shall be  based  on  a  five  per cent
increase.
    Sec. 8. Section  4a-15 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    The estate administrator  may act as guardian,
conservator, administrator or  trustee,  or in any
other fiduciary capacity  under  the  jurisdiction
and appointment of  the  probate  courts  of  this
state or like  courts of any other state or of the
United States, or any instrumentality of any other
state or of the United States qualified to appoint
fiduciaries, only in  connection  with property of
any  minor,  incapable,  incompetent  or  deceased
person who is  or has been receiving financial aid
from  the  state.   In  the  case  of  any  person
receiving  public  or   medical   assistance   [in
accordance with the provisions of sections 17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and 17b-808] FROM
THE STATE, the  estate  administrator  shall apply
toward the cost  of care of such person any assets
exceeding  limits on  assets  set  by  statute  or
regulations adopted by  the Commissioner of Social
Services. The estate  administrator shall have the
same rights and  powers and be subject to the same
duties and obligations  as  are  possessed  by and
imposed     upon     guardians,      conservators,
administrators  and other  fiduciaries,  and  such
courts  or  instrumentalities  are  authorized  to
appoint the estate administrator, trustee or other
fiduciary in connection  with property of any such
minor, incapable, incompetent  or deceased person.
The authority of  the  estate administrator to act
and of the  court  or  instrumentality  to appoint
such  estate administrator  shall  be  limited  to
cases in which  the  estate  consists  of personal
property only, and the amount of personal property
involved, or the  annual  income  other than state
benefits, does not  exceed ten thousand dollars in
value. The estate  administrator  shall be excused
from giving any  bond in any court proceeding, and
shall not be allowed a fee for services.
    Sec. 9. Subsection (a) of section 7-545 of the
general  statutes, as  amended  by  section  4  of
public act 97-274,  is  repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) As used in this section and section 7-546,
as amended by  section  5 of [this act] PUBLIC ACT
97-274:
    (1) "Secretary" means  the  Secretary  of  the
Office of Policy and Management;
    (2)    "Municipality"    means    any    town,
consolidated town and  city  or  consolidated town
and borough;
    (3) "Per capita  income"  and "population" for
each town means that enumerated in the most recent
federal decennial census  of  population  or  that
enumerated in the current population report series
issued  by  the   United   States   Department  of
Commerce, Bureau of  the Census, whichever is more
recent  and available  on  January  first  of  the
fiscal year three  years  prior to the fiscal year
in which payment  is  to  be made pursuant to this
section;
    (4) "Adjusted equalized  net  grand  list  per
capita" means the  most  recent adjusted equalized
net grand list per capita determined for each town
pursuant to section 10-261;
    (5) "Equalized mill  rate"  means the tax rate
derived from the  most recent available grand levy
of a town  divided by the equalized net grand list
on which such  levy  is based as determined by the
secretary in accordance with section 10-261a;
    (6)  ["Per  capita   aid   to   families  with
dependent children"] "PER  CAPITA TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE" means the  number  obtained  by adding
together  the  unduplicated  aggregate  number  of
children  eligible to  receive  benefits  by  town
under  the  [aid  to  dependent  children  program
pursuant to sections  17b-22,  17b-180 to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM in  October  and  May  of  each
fiscal year, and  dividing  by two, such number to
be certified and submitted annually, no later than
the first day  of  July  of  the succeeding fiscal
year, to the  secretary  by  the  Commissioner  of
Social Services. Such number shall be expressed as
a percentage of the population of a town;
    (7)  "Unemployment  rate"  means  the  average
unemployment rate of  a  town  as  reported by the
Labor Commissioner on  the  first  day of July for
the latest available twelve-month period;
    (8) "Eligibility index"  is a measure of local
burden   determined  by   calculating   a   town's
disparity  in  relation   to  all  municipalities.
Points  shall  be   allocated   for  each  of  the
following  factors: (A)  Per  capita  income,  (B)
adjusted equalized net  grand list per capita, (C)
equalized  mill  rate,  (D)  per  capita  [aid  to
families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE, and (E)  unemployment  rate.  For each
factor  the  variance   shall  be  the  difference
between the first percentile and the one-hundredth
percentile  town  factors.   In   calculating  the
eligibility  index  for   unemployment  rate,  per
capita [aid to  families  with dependent children]
TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE  and  equalized  mill
rate, the factor  for  the  first  percentile town
shall be subtracted  from  the factor for the town
and  the  result   divided  by  the  variance  and
multiplied  by one  hundred.  In  calculating  the
eligibility  index  for   per  capita  income  and
adjusted equalized net  grand list per capita, the
factor for the  first  percentile  town  shall  be
subtracted from the  factor  for  the town and the
result  shall  be  divided  by  the  variance  and
multiplied by one  hundred.  The  product  of such
multiplication shall then  be  subtracted from one
hundred. The index points for all factors shall be
totalled  by  town   resulting   in   the  overall
eligibility index. The  eligibility  index listing
shall be ranked  for  all  towns  from  highest to
lowest points according to need;
    (9)   "Public  investment   communities"   are
municipalities requiring financial  assistance  to
offset  their  service  burdens  with  eligibility
defined as one which is in the top quartile of the
"eligibility index" scale;
    (10) "Grand levy"  means  the mill rate of the
town multiplied by  the  net taxable grand list of
the town and includes the value of special service
districts if such districts contain fifty per cent
or more of  the  value  of  total taxable property
within the town.
    Sec. 10. Subsection  (a)  of section 8-206b of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
administer an emergency fuel assistance program on
behalf  of  low-income   families   who   are  not
beneficiaries  of  the   [aid   to  families  with
dependent children, aid to families with dependent
children-unemployed   fathers]  TEMPORARY   FAMILY
ASSISTANCE or the general assistance programs. The
commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance
with the provisions  of  chapter 54 concerning the
distribution   of  funds   appropriated   to   the
Department of Social  Services  for  such program.
The regulations shall  incorporate  the  following
provisions: (1) Only  households  with  incomes no
higher than one  hundred  twenty-five  per cent of
the  federal  Community   Services  Administration
poverty guidelines for nonfarm recipients shall be
eligible  for  participation   in   the   program,
provided households with  incomes  no  higher than
one  hundred  seventy-five   per   cent   of  such
guidelines shall be  eligible for participation in
the  program  if   any  member  residing  in  such
household is sixty-two  years  of  age  or over or
physically disabled, as  defined  in section 1-1f;
and (2) such assistance to eligible families shall
not exceed one  hundred  dollars per family during
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1979, and shall be
subject to the  availability of funds appropriated
for such purposes. Participation in the program by
households with incomes  higher  than  one hundred
twenty-five per cent  of  such  guidelines  but no
higher than one  hundred  seventy-five per cent of
such guidelines shall  not  preclude participation
by  such  households   in   any  other  assistance
program.
    Sec. 11. Section 9-23j of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    As used in  sections 9-7b and 9-12, subsection
(a) of section 9-17, sections 9-19b, 9-19e, 9-19g,
9-19h, 9-19i, 9-20,  9-21,  9-23a,  9-23g,  9-23h,
9-23k  to 9-23o,  inclusive,  9-26,  9-31a,  9-32,
9-35, 9-35b, 9-35c, 9-40a, 9-42, 9-43, 9-50a, 9-56
and  9-59,  "public   assistance   offices"  means
offices  of  state  agencies  that  administer  or
provide services under  the  food stamp, Medicaid,
Women, Infants and  Children, and [Aid to Families
with   Dependent   Children]    TEMPORARY   FAMILY
ASSISTANCE programs.
    Sec. 12. Subsection  (b) of section 10-217a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)  Any  town  or  regional  school  district
providing  such services  for  children  attending
such private schools  shall  be  reimbursed by the
state for a  percentage  of  the  amount paid from
local tax revenues for such services as follows:
    (1) The percentage  of  the  amount  paid from
local tax revenues for such services reimbursed to
a local board  of education shall be determined by
(A) ranking each  town  in the state in descending
order from one to one hundred sixty-nine according
to such town's  adjusted  equalized net grand list
per capita, as  defined  in  section  10-261;  (B)
based upon such  ranking,  (i)  for  reimbursement
paid in the  fiscal  year  ending June 30, 1990, a
percentage of not  less  than  forty-five nor more
than ninety shall be determined for each town on a
continuous scale, except  that  for  any  town  in
which the number  of  children  under  the [aid to
dependent  children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program, as defined  in subdivision [(14)] (17) of
section  10-262f,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  is
greater than one  per cent of the total population
of the town,  as  defined  in  subdivision  (7) of
subsection (a) of  section  10-261, the percentage
shall  be  not  less  than  eighty  and  (ii)  for
reimbursement paid in  the fiscal year ending June
30,  1991, and  each  fiscal  year  thereafter,  a
percentage of not  less  than  ten  nor  more than
ninety shall be  determined  for  each  town  on a
continuous scale, except  that  for  any  town  in
which the number  of  children  under  the [aid to
dependent  children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program, as defined  in  SAID  subdivision  [(14)]
(17) of section  10-262f,  is greater than one per
cent of the  total  population  of  the  town,  as
defined in subdivision  (7)  of  subsection (a) of
section 10-261, and  for  any  town  which  has  a
wealth rank greater  than  thirty  when  towns are
ranked pursuant to  subparagraph [(a)] (A) of this
subdivision and which  provides  such  services to
greater than one  thousand  five  hundred children
who are not  residents of the town, the percentage
shall be not less than eighty.
    (2) The percentage  of  the  amount  paid from
local tax revenues for such services reimbursed to
a regional board  of education shall be determined
by its ranking.  Such  ranking shall be determined
by  (A)  multiplying   the  total  population,  as
defined in section  10-261,  of  each  town in the
district by such  town's ranking, as determined in
subdivision (1) of  this  subsection,  (B)  adding
together the figures determined under SUBPARAGRAPH
(A) OF THIS  SUBDIVISION,  and  (C)  dividing  the
total  computed under  SUBPARAGRAPH  (B)  OF  THIS
SUBDIVISION by the  total  population of all towns
in the district.  The  ranking  of  each  regional
board of education  shall  be  rounded to the next
higher whole number  and  each  such  board  shall
receive the same reimbursement percentage as would
a town with the same rank.
    Sec.  13.  Section   10-262f  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section 24 of public act
97-290 and section  1  of  public  act  97-318, is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    Whenever used in  this  section  and  sections
10-262g to 10-262j, inclusive, as amended by [this
act] PUBLIC ACT 97-318:
    (1) "Adjusted equalized  net grand list" means
the equalized net  grand list of a town multiplied
by its income adjustment factor.
    (2) "Base aid ratio" means one minus the ratio
of a town's  wealth to the state guaranteed wealth
level, provided no  town's aid ratio shall be less
than zero.
    (3)  "Income  adjustment   factor"  means  the
average of a  town's  per capita income divided by
the per capita income of the town with the highest
per capita income in the state and a town's median
household income divided  by  the median household
income  of  the   town  with  the  highest  median
household income in the state.
    (4) "Median household  income"  for  each town
means that enumerated  in  the most recent federal
decennial census of  population or that enumerated
in the current  population report series issued by
the United States  Department  of Commerce, Bureau
of  the  Census,  whichever  is  more  recent  and
available on January  first of the fiscal year two
years prior to the fiscal year in which payment is
to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.
    (5) "Supplemental aid  factor"  means for each
town the average  of  its  percentage  of children
eligible under the [aid to families with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE program and
its grant mastery percentage.
    (6) "Percentage of children eligible under the
[aid   to  families   with   dependent   children]
TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE  program"  means  the
town's  number  of  children  under  the  [aid  to
families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE  program  divided   by  the  number  of
children age five  to seventeen, inclusive, in the
town.
    (7)  "Average mastery  percentage"  means  for
each school year  the  average  of  the three most
recent mastery percentages  available  on December
first of the school year.
    (8) "Equalized net  grand  list", for purposes
of calculating the  amount  of  grant to which any
town  is  entitled   in  accordance  with  section
10-262h, as amended  by  section  2  of [this act]
PUBLIC ACT 97-318,  means  the  average of the net
grand lists of  the  town  upon  which  taxes were
levied for the  general  expenses of the town two,
three and four  years  prior to the fiscal year in
which such grant  is to be paid, provided such net
grand  lists  are  equalized  in  accordance  with
section 10-261a.
    (9) "Foundation" means (A) for the fiscal year
ending June 30,  1990, three thousand nine hundred
eighteen dollars, (B)  for  the fiscal year ending
June  30,  1991,   four   thousand   one   hundred
ninety-two dollars, (C) for the fiscal year ending
June  30,  1992,   four   thousand   four  hundred
eighty-six  dollars,  (D)  for  the  fiscal  years
ending June 30,  1993, June 30, 1994, and June 30,
1995, four thousand  eight hundred dollars and (E)
for the fiscal  years  ending  June 30, 1996, June
30, 1997, June  30,  1998, and June 30, 1999, five
thousand seven hundred eleven dollars.
    (10)  "Number  of   children   age   five   to
seventeen, inclusive" means that enumerated in the
most recent federal decennial census of population
or enumerated in  the  current  population  report
series issued by  the  United States Department of
Commerce, Bureau of  the Census, whichever is more
recent  and available  on  January  first  of  the
fiscal year two  years prior to the fiscal year in
which payment is  to  be  made pursuant to section
10-262i.
    (11) "Supplemental aid  ratio" means .04 times
the supplemental aid  factor  of a town divided by
the highest supplemental aid factor when all towns
are ranked from  low  to  high,  provided any town
whose percentage of  children  eligible  under the
[aid   to  families   with   dependent   children]
TEMPORARY   FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   program   exceeds
twenty-five shall have a supplemental aid ratio of
    (12) "Grant mastery  percentage" means (A) for
the school year  ending  June  30,  1989,  average
mastery percentage and  (B)  for  the school years
ending June 30,  1990,  through  the  school  year
ending  June  30,   1995,   the   average  mastery
percentage plus the mastery improvement bonus, and
(C) for each  school  year thereafter, the average
mastery percentage.
    (13) "Mastery count"  of a town means for each
school year the  grant  mastery  percentage of the
town  multiplied  by   the   number   of  resident
students.
    (14)  "Mastery improvement  bonus"  means  for
each school year  through  the  school year ending
June  30,  1995,  seventy-five  per  cent  of  the
difference   between   (A)   the   grant   mastery
percentage for the  previous  school  year and (B)
the  average mastery  percentage  for  the  school
year, but not less than zero.
    (15) "Mastery percentage"  of  a  town for any
examination year means,  using  the  mastery  test
data  of record  for  the  examination  year,  the
number obtained by  dividing  (A) the total number
of valid tests  with  scores  below the state-wide
standard for remedial  assistance as determined by
the Department of Education in each subject of the
examinations pursuant to  subsections  (a) and (b)
of section 10-14n  taken  by resident students, by
(B) the total  number of such valid tests taken by
such students.
    (16) "Mastery test  data  of  record"  for any
examination year means  the  data of record on the
April thirtieth subsequent  to  the administration
of the examinations  pursuant  to  subsections (a)
and (b) of  section  10-14n,  except  that for the
examination years prior  to July 1, 1988, the date
of the data of record shall be April 30, 1988, and
provided beginning with the administration of such
examinations during the 1988-1989 school year, and
for each such  administration  thereafter,  school
districts may, not  later  than  the  March  first
following the administration  of  an  examination,
file  a  request  with  the  state  Department  of
Education for an  adjustment  of  the mastery test
data from such examination.
    (17) "Number of  children  under  the  [aid to
families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program" means  the  number obtained by
adding together the  unduplicated aggregate number
of children five to eighteen years of age eligible
to receive benefits  under  the  [aid  to families
with  dependent  children   program   pursuant  to
sections 17b-22, 17b-180  to  17b-183,  inclusive,
17b-807 and 17b-808]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM in October  and  May  of each fiscal year,
and dividing by  two,  such number to be certified
and submitted annually,  no  later  than the first
day of July  of the succeeding fiscal year, to the
Commissioner of Education  by  the Commissioner of
Social Services.
    (18) "Per capita  income"  for each town means
that  enumerated  in   the   most  recent  federal
decennial census of  population or that enumerated
in the current  population report series issued by
the United States  Department  of Commerce, Bureau
of  the  Census,  whichever  is  more  recent  and
available on January  first of the fiscal year two
years prior to the fiscal year in which payment is
to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.
    (19)  "Regional bonus"  means,  for  any  town
which is a  member  of  a regional school district
and has students  who  attend such regional school
district, an amount  equal  to twenty-five dollars
for each such  student  enrolled  in  the regional
school  district on  October  first  or  the  full
school day immediately preceding such date for the
school year prior  to the fiscal year in which the
grant is to be paid multiplied by the ratio of the
number of grades,  kindergarten  to  grade twelve,
inclusive,  in the  regional  school  district  to
thirteen.
    (20) "Regular program  expenditures" means (A)
total current educational  expenditures  less  (B)
expenditures for (i)  special  education  programs
pursuant to subsection (h) of section 10-76f, (ii)
pupil  transportation eligible  for  reimbursement
pursuant  to  section   10-266m,  (iii)  land  and
capital  building  expenditures,   and   equipment
otherwise supported by  a  state grant pursuant to
chapter  173, including  debt  service,  provided,
with respect to debt service, the principal amount
of any debt  incurred  to pay an expense otherwise
includable in regular  program expenditures may be
included as part  of  regular program expenditures
in  annual  instalments   in   accordance  with  a
schedule  approved  by  the  state  Department  of
Education based upon substantially equal principal
payments over the  life  of  the debt, (iv) health
services for nonpublic  school children, (v) adult
education, (C) expenditures  directly attributable
to (i) state  grants  received  by or on behalf of
school districts except  grants for the categories
of expenditures listed  in subparagraphs (B)(i) to
(B)(v), inclusive, of  this subdivision and except
grants received pursuant  to  section  10-262i and
section 10-262c of  the general statutes, revision
of 1958, revised  to  January  1, 1987, and except
grants  received pursuant  to  chapter  173,  (ii)
federal grants received  by or on behalf of school
districts except for  adult  education and federal
impact aid and  (iii)  receipts from the operation
of child nutrition services and student activities
services, (D) expenditures  of  funds from private
and other sources  and  (E)  tuition  received  on
account  of  nonresident  students.  The  town  of
Woodstock  may include  as  part  of  the  current
expenses of its  public  schools  for  each school
year the amount  expended  for current expenses in
that year by  Woodstock  Academy  from income from
its endowment funds upon receipt from said academy
of a certified statement of such current expenses.
The town of  Winchester may include as part of the
current expenses of  its  public  school  for each
school  year  the   amount  expended  for  current
expenses in that  year  by the Gilbert School from
income from its  endowment funds upon receipt from
said  school of  a  certified  statement  of  such
current expenses.
    (21) "Regular program  expenditures  per  need
student" means, in  any  year, the regular program
expenditures of a  town  for  such year divided by
the number of  total need students in the town for
such school year,  provided  for  towns  which are
members  of  a   kindergarten   to  grade  twelve,
inclusive, regional school  district  and for such
regional   school   district,   "regular   program
expenditures per need student" means, in any year,
the regular program  expenditures of such regional
school district divided  by  the sum of the number
of total need students in all such member towns.
    (22) "Resident students"  means  the number of
pupils of the  town  enrolled in public schools at
the expense of  the  town  on October first or the
full school day  immediately  preceding such date,
provided the number  shall  be  decreased  by  the
Department of Education for failure to comply with
the  provisions of  section  10-16  and  shall  be
increased  by one-one-hundred-eightieth  for  each
full-time equivalent school day in the school year
immediately preceding such  date  of at least five
hours of actual  school  work  in  excess  of  one
hundred eighty days  and  nine  hundred  hours  of
actual  school  work   and  be  increased  by  the
full-time  equivalent  number   of   such   pupils
attending   the   summer    sessions   immediately
preceding such date  at  the  expense of the town;
"enrolled" shall include  pupils who are scheduled
for  vacation  on  the  above  date  and  who  are
expected to return  to school as scheduled. Pupils
enrolled  in  an  approved  program  described  in
section 10-266j shall  be  counted  in  accordance
with  the  provisions   of   subdivision   (3)  of
subsection   (c)   of    said    section.   Pupils
participating in the  program established pursuant
to section 3 of [this act] PUBLIC ACT 97-290 shall
be counted in  accordance  with  the provisions of
subsection (g) of  section  3 of [this act] PUBLIC
ACT 97-290.
    (23)   "Schools"   means    nursery   schools,
kindergarten and grades one to twelve, inclusive.
    (24) "State guaranteed wealth level" means (A)
for the fiscal  year  ending June 30, 1990, 1.8335
times the town  wealth of the town with the median
wealth as calculated  using  the data of record on
December first of  the  fiscal  year  prior to the
year in which  the grant is to be paid pursuant to
section 10-262i, and  (B)  for  the  fiscal  years
ending June 30,  1991,  and 1992, 1.6651 times the
town wealth of  the  town with such median wealth,
and (C) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1993,
June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, 1.5361 times the
town wealth of  the  town  with the median wealth,
and (D) for  the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996,
and each fiscal  year  thereafter,  1.55 times the
town wealth of the town with the median wealth.
    (25) "Total need  students"  means  the sum of
(A) the number  of  resident  students of the town
for the school year, (B) one-quarter the number of
children under the [aid to families with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE program for
the prior fiscal  year,  (C)  one-quarter  of  the
mastery count for  the school year and (D) ten per
cent  of  the  number  of  eligible  children,  as
defined in subdivision  (1) of section 10-17e, for
whom the board  of  education  is  not required to
provide a program pursuant to section 10-17f.
    (26) "Town wealth"  means  the  average  of  a
town's adjusted equalized  net  grand list divided
by its total  need  students  for  the fiscal year
prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid
and its adjusted  equalized net grand list divided
by its population.
    (27)  "Population"  of   a   town  means  that
enumerated in the  most  recent  federal decennial
census of population  or  that  enumerated  in the
current population report  series  issued  by  the
United States Department  of  Commerce,  Bureau of
the  Census available  on  January  first  of  the
fiscal year two  years prior to the fiscal year in
which a grant  is  to  be  paid, whichever is most
recent;  except that  any  town  whose  enumerated
population   residing   in   state   and   federal
institutions within such  town  and  attributed to
such town by  the census exceeds forty per cent of
such  "population"  shall   have   its  population
adjusted as follows:  Persons who are incarcerated
or in custodial  situations,  including,  but  not
limited to jails,  prisons,  hospitals or training
schools  or  persons   who   reside  in  dormitory
facilities in schools,  colleges,  universities or
on military bases  shall  not  be  counted  in the
"population" of a town.
    (28) "Base revenue" for the fiscal year ending
June  30,  1995,   means  the  sum  of  the  grant
entitlements for the  fiscal  year ending June 30,
1995, of a  town  pursuant  to section 10-262h, as
amended by section  2  of  [this  act]  PUBLIC ACT
97-318,  and subsection  (a)  of  section  10-76g,
including  its  proportional   share,   based   on
enrolment, of the revenue paid pursuant to section
10-76g, to the regional district of which the town
is a member,  and  for each fiscal year thereafter
means  the  amount   of  each  town's  entitlement
pursuant  to section  10-262h  minus  its  density
supplement, as determined  pursuant to subdivision
(6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h.
    (29) "Density" means  the population of a town
divided by the square miles of a town.
    (30) "Density aid  ratio" means the product of
(A) the density  of  a town divided by the density
of the town  in the state with the highest density
and (B) .006273.
    (31) "Mastery goal  improvement  count"  means
the product of  (A)  the  difference  between  the
percentage  of  state-wide   mastery   examination
scores, pursuant to  subsections  (a)  and  (b) of
section 10-14n, at or above the mastery goal level
for the most  recently  completed  school year and
the percentage of such scores for the prior school
year and (B) the resident students of the town, or
zero, whichever is greater.
    Sec. 14. Subsection  (a) of section 10-266p of
the general statutes,  as  amended by section 6 of
public act 97-318,  is  repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  State   Board   of  Education  shall
administer  a  priority   school   district  grant
program  to assist  certain  school  districts  to
improve    student   achievement    and    enhance
educational opportunities. The grant program shall
be for school  districts in (1) the eight towns in
the state with  the  largest  population, based on
the  most recent  federal  decennial  census,  (2)
towns which rank for the first fiscal year of each
biennium from one  to  eleven  when  all towns are
ranked in descending order from one to one hundred
sixty-nine based on  the  number of children under
the  [aid to  families  with  dependent  children]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  program as defined in
subdivision [(14)] (17)  of  section  10-262f,  as
amended by section  1  of  [this  act]  PUBLIC ACT
97-318 AND THIS ACT, plus the mastery count of the
town as defined in subdivision (9) of said section
and (3) towns which rank for the first fiscal year
of each biennium  one to eleven when all towns are
ranked in descending order from one to one hundred
sixty-nine based on  the  ratio  of  the number of
children under the [aid to families with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program as
so defined to  the  resident students of such town
as defined in  subdivision  (19)  of  said section
plus the grant  mastery  percentage of the town as
defined in subdivision  (8)  of  said section. The
State  Board  of   Education   shall  utilize  the
categorical grant program  established  under this
section  and  sections   10-266q,  as  amended  by
section 7 of  [this  act]  PUBLIC  ACT 97-318, and
10-266r and other  educational  resources  of  the
state  to  work  cooperatively  with  such  school
districts during any  school year to improve their
educational programs or to provide early childhood
education or early  reading intervention programs.
The State Board  of  Education  shall allocate one
million  dollars  to   each  of  the  eight  towns
described in subdivision  (1)  of  this subsection
and five hundred  thousand  dollars to each of the
towns described in  subdivisions  (2)  and  (3) of
this subsection, except  the  towns  described  in
subdivision (1) shall  not  receive any additional
allocation  if  they   are   also   described   in
subdivision (2) or (3).
    Sec. 15. Subsection  (s)  of section 12-574 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (s) Any person or business organization issued
a  license  to  conduct  dog  racing  pursuant  to
subsection (c) of  section  12-574c  shall  employ
persons  who,  at  the  time  of  employment,  are
recipients of assistance  under  [section  17b-19,
17b-22, 17b-63 to  17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-75  to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79  to  17b-103, inclusive,
17b-114 to 17b-138, inclusive, 17b-180 to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,
17b-259 to 17b-287, inclusive, 17b-340 to 17b-350,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to  17b-604,  inclusive,   17b-689   to   17b-693,
inclusive, 17b-743 to  17b-747, inclusive, 17b-807
or 17b-808] THE  GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, STATE
SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM, MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR FOOD STAMPS
PROGRAM to fill  not  less than twenty per cent of
the positions created  by  the conversion of a jai
alai fronton to  a  dog race track if such persons
have been trained for such employment by public or
publicly-funded agencies in coordination with such
licensee.
    Sec.  16.  Section   12-635   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner of  Revenue  Services  shall
grant a credit  against  any  tax  due  under  the
provisions of chapter  207,  208, 209, 210, 211 or
212 in an  amount  not to exceed sixty per cent of
the total cash  amount invested during the taxable
year by the  business firm in programs operated or
created pursuant to proposals approved pursuant to
section 12-632 for  energy  conservation  projects
directed toward properties occupied by persons, at
least seventy-five per  cent  of  whom  are  at an
income level not  exceeding  one hundred fifty per
cent  of the  poverty  level  for  the  year  next
preceding the year during which such tax credit is
to  be  granted,  or  at  properties  occupied  by
charitable  corporations, foundations,  trusts  or
other  entities as  determined  under  regulations
adopted pursuant to  this  chapter;  in employment
and training programs  directed at youth, at least
seventy-five per cent  of  whom  are  at an income
level not exceeding  one hundred fifty per cent of
the poverty level  for the year next preceding the
year  during  which  such  tax  credit  is  to  be
granted;  in  employment   and  training  programs
directed  at  handicapped  persons  as  determined
under  regulations  adopted   pursuant   to   this
chapter; in employment  and  training programs for
unemployed workers who  are  fifty years of age or
older;  in  education   and   employment  training
programs for recipients  in  the  [aid to families
with   dependent   children]    TEMPORARY   FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program; or in child care services. Any
other  program  which   serves  persons  at  least
seventy-five per cent  of  whom  are  at an income
level not exceeding  one hundred fifty per cent of
the poverty level  for the year next preceding the
year during which such tax credit is to be granted
and  which meets  the  standards  for  eligibility
under  this chapter  shall  be  eligible  for  tax
credit under this section.
    Sec.  17.  Section   16a-41h  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each electric  and gas company, as defined
in  section 16-1,  having  at  least  seventy-five
thousand customers, shall  include  in its monthly
bills a request  to  each  customer  to  add a one
dollar donation to  the bill payment. Each company
shall transmit all  such  donations  received each
month  to  Operation   Fuel,  Inc.,  a  state-wide
nonprofit  organization  designed  to  respond  to
people  within the  state  who  are  in  financial
crisis  and  need   emergency  energy  assistance.
Donations shall be distributed to nonprofit social
services  agencies  and   private  fuel  banks  in
accordance  with  guidelines  established  by  the
board  of  directors   of  Operation  Fuel,  Inc.,
provided such funds  shall  be  distributed  on  a
priority basis to  low-income  elderly and working
poor households which  are not eligible for public
assistance  [under  sections   17b-22,  17b-75  to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79  to  17b-103, inclusive,
17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600 to 17b-604,
inclusive,   17b-807  and   17b-808   or   general
assistance  under  sections   17b-19,   17b-63  to
17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115  to 17b-138, inclusive,
17b-220 to 17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256, 17b-259,
17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340  to  17b-350, inclusive,
17b-689  to 17b-693,  inclusive,  and  17b-743  to
17b-747, inclusive,] OR GENERAL ASSISTANCE but who
are faced with  a  financial crisis and are unable
to   make  timely   payments   on   winter   fuel,
electricity or gas bills.
    (b) If Operation  Fuel,  Inc. ceases to exist,
such  electric and  gas  companies  shall  jointly
establish a nonprofit,  tax-exempt corporation for
the purpose of  holding  in trust and distributing
such customer donations. The board of directors of
such corporation shall  consist  of eleven members
appointed as follows:  Four by the companies, each
of which shall  appoint  one  member;  one  by the
president pro tempore  of  the  Senate; one by the
minority leader of  the Senate; one by the speaker
of  the  House  of  Representatives;  one  by  the
minority leader of  the  House of Representatives;
and  three  by   the  Governor.  The  board  shall
distribute such funds  to  nonprofit organizations
and   social  service   agencies   which   provide
emergency energy or  fuel  assistance.  The  board
shall target available funding on a priority basis
to low-income elderly  and working poor households
which  are  not  eligible  for  public  assistance
[under   sections  17b-22,   17b-75   to   17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive,   17b-807  and   17b-808   or   general
assistance  under  sections   17b-19,   17b-63  to
17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115  to 17b-138, inclusive,
17b-220 to 17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256, 17b-259,
17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340  to  17b-350, inclusive,
17b-689  to 17b-693,  inclusive,  and  17b-743  to
17b-747, inclusive,] OR GENERAL ASSISTANCE but who
are faced with  a  financial crisis and are unable
to   make  timely   payments   on   winter   fuel,
electricity or gas bills.
    (c) Not later  than  the  first  of  September
annually, Operation Fuel, Inc. shall submit to the
General Assembly a report on the implementation of
this section. Such  report  shall  include,  (1) a
summary of the  effectiveness  of the program, (2)
the total amount  of  the  donations  received  by
electric  and gas  companies  and  transmitted  to
Operation Fuel, Inc.  under subsection (b) of this
section, and (3) an accounting of the distribution
of such funds  by  Operation Fuel, Inc. indicating
the organizations and  agencies  receiving  funds,
the amounts received  and distributed by each such
organization  and  agency   and   the   number  of
households each assisted.  On and after October 1,
1996, the report  shall  be submitted to the joint
standing committee of  the General Assembly having
cognizance of matters relating to energy and, upon
request, to any  member of the General Assembly. A
summary of the  report  shall be submitted to each
member of the  General  Assembly if the summary is
two pages or less and a notification of the report
shall be submitted  to  each member if the summary
is more than  two  pages.  Submission  shall be by
mailing the report, summary or notification to the
legislative  address  of   each   member   of  the
committee or the General Assembly, as applicable.
    Sec. 18. Subsection  (b) of section 16a-44b of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)  Funds  allocated   for  the  purposes  of
sections 16a-44b to  16a-44d,  inclusive, shall be
distributed  among  the  towns  in  the  following
manner: (1) Ten  per  cent  of the amount shall be
distributed pro rata  on the basis of the ratio of
the total population  of  each  town  to the total
population of the state. (2) Fifty per cent of the
amount shall be  divided  among  those towns whose
adjusted equalized net grand list per capita falls
below  that  of  the  town  at  the  seventy-fifth
percentile  among  all  towns  in  the  state,  as
determined by ranking  in  ascending  order of all
towns in the  state  according  to  their adjusted
equalized  net  grand   list   per   capita.   The
distribution shall be  made  to each town pro rata
on  the  basis   of   the   following  ratio:  The
difference  between  the  adjusted  equalized  net
grand  list  per   capita  for  the  town  at  the
seventy-fifth percentile and  that  of  such  town
multiplied by the population of such town shall be
the numerator of the fraction. For each town whose
adjusted equalized net grand list per capita falls
below  that  of  the  town  at  the  seventy-fifth
percentile, the resulting  products  of  all  such
towns shall be added together and the sum shall be
the denominator of  the  fraction.  (3) Twenty per
cent of the  amount  shall be distributed pro rata
on the basis of the ratio of the average number of
monthly paid maintenance  cases  for  such town to
the average number  of  monthly  paid  maintenance
cases in the  state.  (4)  Twenty  per cent of the
amount shall be  distributed pro rata on the basis
of the ratio  of  the number of elderly persons in
such  town  receiving   assistance  under  section
12-129b and chapter  204a to the number of elderly
persons in the  state  receiving  such assistance.
For  the  purposes   of  this  section,  "adjusted
equalized net grand  list  per  capita" and "total
population" shall be defined as in section 10-261,
and "average number  of  monthly  paid maintenance
cases" means the  monthly  number of recipients of
[aid to families  with  dependent children, aid to
families   with   dependent    children-unemployed
fathers] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE,  assistance
to the aged,  the  blind and the totally disabled,
Connecticut assistance and medical aid program for
the disabled and general assistance, averaged over
the most recent  fiscal year for which information
is available.
    Sec. 19. Section 17b-2 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    The   Department   of   Social   Services   is
designated   as   the   state   agency   for   the
administration of (1)  the  child care development
block  grant  pursuant   to  the  Child  Care  and
Development  Block Grant  Act  of  1990;  (2)  the
Connecticut energy assistance  program pursuant to
the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981;
(3) programs for the elderly pursuant to the Older
Americans Act; (4)  the  state plan for vocational
rehabilitation services for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1994;  (5) the refugee assistance program
pursuant to the  Refugee  Act  of  1980;  (6)  the
legalization  impact  assistance   grant   program
pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act
of 1986; (7)  the  [aid to families with dependent
children program pursuant  to  Title  IV-A  of the
Social Security Act; (8) the JOBS program pursuant
to Title IV-F  of  the  Social  Security Act; (9)]
TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR  NEEDY  FAMILIES  PROGRAM
PURSUANT TO THE  PERSONAL  RESPONSIBILITY AND WORK
OPPORTUNITY RECONCILIATION ACT  OF  1996;  (8) the
Medicaid program pursuant  to  Title  XIX  of  the
Social Security Act;  [(10)]  (9)  the  food stamp
program pursuant to  the  Food  Stamp Act of 1977;
[(11)]   (10)  the   state   supplement   to   the
Supplemental Security Income  Program  pursuant to
the Social Security  Act;  [(12)]  (11)  the state
child support enforcement  plan  pursuant to Title
IV-D of the  Social  Security Act; and [(13)] (12)
the   state   social   services   plan   for   the
implementation of the social services block grants
and community services  block  grants  pursuant to
the Social Security  Act. The Department of Social
Services is designated a public housing agency for
the  purpose  of   administering   the  Section  8
existing  certificate  program   and  the  housing
voucher program pursuant  to  the  Housing  Act of
1937.
    Sec.  20.  Section   17b-7a   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
develop a state-wide fraud early detection system.
The purpose of  such  system shall be to identify,
investigate and determine  if  an  application for
assistance under (1)  the  [aid  to  families with
dependent  children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program, (2) the  food  stamp  program  or (3) the
Medicaid program pursuant  to  Title  XIX  of  the
Social  Security  Act   is   fraudulent  prior  to
granting assistance. The  commissioner shall adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  chapter  54, for
the purpose of  developing  and  implementing said
system.
    Sec. 21. Subsection  (b)  of section 17b-27 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to
implement the provisions  of  this  section.  Such
regulations shall include,  but not be limited to,
provisions  (1) to  assure  that  affirmations  of
paternity by the  mother  and  acknowledgments  of
paternity by the putative father are voluntary and
free  from  coercion  and  (2)  to  establish  the
contents of notices which shall be provided to the
mother  and  to   the   putative   father   before
affirmation or acknowledgement.  The notice to the
mother  shall include,  but  not  be  limited  to,
notice  that  the  affirmation  of  paternity  may
result in rights  of  custody  and  visitation, as
well as a  duty of support, in the person named as
the father. The  notice  to  the  putative  father
shall include, but  not be limited to, notice that
he has the  right  to contest paternity, including
the right to  appointment  of  counsel,  a genetic
test to determine  paternity,  and  trial by jury,
and that acknowledgement  of  paternity  will make
him liable for  the financial support of the child
until the child's eighteenth birthday. In no event
shall the mother's  failure to sign an affirmation
of  paternity  in   the   hospital  be  considered
[noncooperation]  FAILURE TO  COOPERATE  with  the
establishment  of  support  for  the  purposes  of
eligibility for [aid  to  families  with dependent
children] THE TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
    Sec.  22.  Section   17b-29   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) There is  established a council to monitor
the implementation of  the [federal waiver for the
aid to families  with  dependent  children program
and the operation  of  the  job  opportunities and
basic  skills  program,   as  defined  in  section
17b-680, by the  Department  of  Social  Services.
Said council shall also monitor the implementation
of the federal waiver for the aid to families with
dependent  children program  in  section  17b-112]
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   AND  THE
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES PROGRAM.  The council shall be
composed of the  chairmen  and  ranking members of
the  joint  standing   committee  of  the  General
Assembly having cognizance  of matters relating to
human services, or  their  designees, THE CHAIRMEN
AND  RANKING  MEMBERS   OF   THE   JOINT  STANDING
COMMITTEE   OF   THE   GENERAL   ASSEMBLY   HAVING
COGNIZANCE OF MATTERS  RELATING TO LABOR, OR THEIR
DESIGNEES, one child  care provider and one expert
on child support  enforcement,  to be appointed by
the  president pro  tempore  of  the  Senate;  one
representative of advocacy groups, to be appointed
by  the  majority   leader   of  the  Senate;  two
education    and   training    specialists,    one
experienced in job training and one experienced in
basic adult education,  one to be appointed by the
minority  leader of  the  Senate  and  one  to  be
appointed by the  minority  leader of the House of
Representatives; one member of the public who is a
current recipient of  benefits  under  the [aid to
families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program, to  be appointed by speaker of
the House of Representatives; and two members, one
experienced in higher  education  programs and one
experienced in teenage  pregnancy  issues,  to  be
appointed by the  majority  leader of the House of
Representatives.  The  council   shall   elect   a
chairperson from among  its  members.  The council
shall convene its  first  meeting  not  later than
[July 1, 1994] SEPTEMBER 1, 1997.
    (b)  Beginning [July  1,  1994]  SEPTEMBER  1,
1997, and monthly  thereafter, the Commissioner of
Social Services AND  THE  LABOR COMMISSIONER shall
update the council  on  the  implementation of the
[federal  waiver for  the  aid  to  families  with
dependent children program  and  operation  of the
job  opportunities  and  basic  skills]  TEMPORARY
FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program   AND  THE  EMPLOYMENT
SERVICES  PROGRAM.  The   council   shall   submit
recommendations to the  department  regarding, but
not limited to,  the availability of quality child
care and the  provision  of  seamless  child  care
services,  procedures for  informing  parents  and
teenagers  about  family  planning  and  pregnancy
prevention,  client  education   regarding   their
rights and responsibilities, [under the new system
and   outreach   on   new   procedures   including
fill-the-gap  budgeting,  special   benefits   and
transitional  child care,]  the  effectiveness  of
child support enforcement,  the  effect of reduced
exemptions, time limits  and  increased sanctions,
[the results of  job  training  programs  and  job
placement programs including  pilot  programs, the
effectiveness  and  adequacy  of  job  development
efforts, the waiver  evaluation,] the coordination
with Medicaid managed  care and health care reform
measures and the  fiscal  impact  of these program
changes.
    (c) On [October  1, 1994] JANUARY 1, 1998, and
quarterly thereafter, the  council  shall submit a
report   to   the    General   Assembly   on   the
implementation of the  [federal waiver for the aid
to families with  dependent  children  program and
the operation of  the  job opportunities and basic
skills  program as  defined  in  section  17b-680]
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   AND  THE
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES PROGRAM.
    Sec. 23. Subsection  (c)  of section 17b-30 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) Said system  shall  be utilized for office
use only in  the  following  programs: (1) General
assistance; (2) [aid  to  families  with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE; and (3) any
other program to  be  determined at the discretion
of the Commissioner of Social Services.
    Sec. 24. Article  II  of section 17b-56 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:

                    ARTICLE II

    As used in  this  compact, the phrase "welfare
service"  shall mean  and  include:  (1)  Old  age
assistance; (2) aid  to  the  blind;  (3)  [aid to
dependent children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE;
(4) aid to  the  permanently and totally disabled;
(5) general assistance or home relief, by whatever
name known, for  persons  not eligible under other
assistance categories; (6) child welfare services;
(7) care of  unwed  mothers;  (8)  welfare medical
services for those in need; provided that no party
state shall be  obligated  to  provide  a  welfare
service which is  not  made available generally by
its laws.
    Sec.  25.  Section   17b-75   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    When  used  in  [sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79  to  17b-103, inclusive,
17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600 to 17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  REFERENCE TO THE
STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,   MEDICAL   ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR
FOOD STAMPS PROGRAM,  the following terms have the
meanings herein assigned: "Commissioner" means the
Commissioner of Social Services; "dependent child"
means a needy  child under the age of eighteen, or
under  the  age   of  nineteen  and  in  full-time
attendance  in  a   secondary  school  or  in  the
equivalent  level  of   vocational   or  technical
training if, before  he  attains  age nineteen, he
may reasonably be expected to complete the program
of such secondary  school  or  such training [, as
provided by federal  law, who has been deprived of
parental support or  care  by reason of the death,
continued absence from  the  home,  or physical or
mental incapacity of  a parent,] and who is living
with his father, mother, grandfather, grandmother,
brother,    sister,    stepfather,     stepmother,
stepbrother, stepsister, uncle  or  aunt,  or  any
other relative approved  by  the commissioner in a
place of residence  maintained  by  one or more of
such  relatives  as   his   or   their  own  home;
"beneficiary"  means  any  adult  or  minor  child
receiving assistance under the provisions of [this
chapter] SAID PROGRAMS;  "local officer" means the
public  official charged  with  administration  of
public assistance in any town, city or borough.
    Sec.  26.  Section   17b-76   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
furnish forms for  the  use  of  applicants  under
[sections  17b-22, 17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] THE STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM AND FOOD  STAMPS  PROGRAM, local officials
and himself, and  shall  establish  and maintain a
system of records  and  accounts  which shall show
the number of  applications and the disposition of
the same, the  record  of  payments  made  to each
recipient of aid and such other information as may
be  necessary  for   the   proper   operation  and
administration of said  sections  and as the rules
and regulations of  the  United  States government
require  if the  United  States  government  makes
contributory allotments of  federal  funds  to the
state of Connecticut  for  aid  extended under the
provisions of said [sections] PROGRAMS.
    Sec.  27.  Section   17b-77   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Application for aid  under  [sections  17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] THE
STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,   MEDICAL   ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM AND
FOOD  STAMPS  PROGRAM,   shall   be  made  to  the
Commissioner  of Social  Services.  The  name  and
address of each  such  applicant shall be recorded
with the commissioner.  Such  application,  in the
case  of [aid  to  dependent  children]  TEMPORARY
FAMILY   ASSISTANCE,  shall   be   made   by   the
supervising      relative,     his      authorized
representative, or, in  the  case of an individual
who is incapacitated,  someone  acting responsibly
for him and  shall  contain the name and the exact
residence of such  applicant,  the name, place and
date of birth  of each dependent child, the Social
Security number of the supervising relative and of
each dependent child,  and  such other information
as  is  required  by  the  commissioner.  If  such
supervising relative or  any  such  child does not
have a Social  Security  number,  the commissioner
shall assist in obtaining a Social Security number
for each such person seeking public assistance and
during the time  required  to  obtain  such Social
Security  numbers  the  supervising  relative  and
children shall not  be  precluded from eligibility
under  this  section.  By  such  application,  the
applicant shall assign  to  the  commissioner  the
right of support,  present,  past  and future, due
all persons seeking  assistance  and  shall assist
the commissioner in  pursuing  support obligations
due  from  the   absent  parent.  Notice  of  such
assignment shall be  conspicuously  placed on said
application  and  shall   be   explained   to  the
applicant  at  the   time   of   application.  All
information  required  to   be   provided  to  the
commissioner as a  condition  of  such eligibility
under federal law  shall  be  so  provided  by the
applicant, provided, no person shall be determined
to be ineligible  if  the applicant has good cause
for the refusal  to provide information concerning
the absent parent  or  if  the  provision  of such
information would be against the best interests of
the dependent child  or  children, or any of them.
The Commissioner of Social Services shall adopt by
regulation,  in  accordance   with   chapter   54,
standards as to  good  cause and best interests of
the child. Any  person  aggrieved by a decision of
the commissioner as  to  the determination of good
cause or the  best  interests  of  such  child  or
children may request  a fair hearing in accordance
with the provisions of sections 17b-60 and 17b-61.
All statements made  by  the  applicant concerning
income, resources and any other matters pertaining
to  eligibility  shall  be  certified  to  by  the
applicant as true  and  correct  under  penalty of
false  statement,  and   for  any  such  certified
statement  which  is   untrue  or  incorrect  such
applicant  shall  be   subject  to  the  penalties
provided for false statement under section 17b-97,
AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec.  28.  Section   17b-78   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
adopt   regulations,  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter  54,  establishing mandatory
standards for the  granting  of general assistance
financial and medical  assistance,  including  the
level of financial  assistance  to  be provided BY
THE STATE OR  at  the  expense of the town in such
cases, which, EFFECTIVE  NO  LATER THAN AUGUST 31,
1997, shall be [a maximum of three hundred dollars
per month for  a  single  employable person who is
not job-ready, as  defined in section 17b-689, and
a maximum of]  three  hundred  fifty  dollars  per
month  for  a   single  unemployable  person  upon
determination of his  unemployability, TWO HUNDRED
DOLLARS PER MONTH  FOR  A  TRANSITIONAL INDIVIDUAL
WHO  IS REQUIRED  TO  PAY  FOR  SHELTER,  AND  ONE
HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER MONTH FOR A TRANSITIONAL
INDIVIDUAL WHO IS NOT REQUIRED TO PAY FOR SHELTER,
subject to the  provisions  of  section 17b-89 and
subsection (b) of  section  17b-104, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, including  the  payment of medical bills
for  persons  not   receiving  general  assistance
financial aid who  are  unable  to  pay such bills
over  a  two-year   period,  by  towns,  including
standards for investigation  and  eligibility  and
extent of need  and procedures for record-keeping,
including uniform application and billing forms to
be used by medical providers as well as towns, and
other  office  practices,  and  establishing  time
limits for the  determination  of  eligibility for
financial  assistance  and   for  the  payment  of
medical bills for  persons  not  receiving general
assistance financial aid  and  for  the payment of
all medical assistance  bills, all with the intent
of aiding the  towns and any districts established
under   section   17b-117    in    the   efficient
administration of the laws relating to granting of
general   assistance   financial    and    medical
assistance. Such regulations  shall include (1) an
earned monthly gross income disregard of up to one
hundred fifty dollars, (2) a requirement that each
town distribute monthly  financial  assistance  to
each recipient at the general assistance office or
through a central  distribution location, except a
town shall mail such assistance to a recipient who
is incapacitated or  residing  outside  such town,
(3) a requirement for each recipient to present an
identification card when receiving such assistance
and (4) a  prohibition  against  a town charging a
fee for the  distribution  of such assistance. The
commissioner  shall  inform  the  towns  and  such
districts  of the  standards  so  established  and
shall advise and  assist them in their application
thereof. The commissioner  may  recommend regional
areas within which  he considers it reasonable for
towns  to  join   in  the  establishment  of  such
districts, and may  advise  the  towns  therein of
such recommendations and his reasons therefor.
    [(b) The Commissioner of Social Services shall
adopt   regulations,  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter  54,  to  establish  reduced
levels  of  financial  assistance  provided  to  a
single employable person with no rental obligation
or shared rental  obligation. Each level shall not
be  lower than  one  hundred  fifty  dollars.  For
purposes of this  subsection,  "rental obligation"
means an amount  paid for any dwelling unit except
a substance abuse  treatment  facility, a boarding
home, an emergency  shelter,  transitional housing
or other institution.
    (c)]  (b) Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
sections   4-230   to    4-236,   inclusive,   the
Commissioner  of  Social   Services   shall  adopt
regulations, in accordance  with the provisions of
chapter 54, concerning  the  conduct  of audits of
all  general assistance  programs  in  towns.  The
regulations  shall  include  a  clear  statistical
methodology for conducting  such  audits and shall
provide  that  such   audits   be   conducted   in
accordance with the  generally  accepted  auditing
standards recognized by the Comptroller General of
the United States  and  the  American Institute of
Certified  Public Accountants.  The  audits  shall
include: (1) A  financial  review  of  each town's
accounts; (2) a selection and sampling methodology
for choosing cases  to  be  reviewed in each town,
and  (3)  a  review  of  such  selected  cases  to
determine compliance with significant eligibility,
supported work, education and training and program
regulations.
    [(d)] (c) The  department  shall  analyze  the
results  of general  assistance  audits  and  fair
hearings to identify  areas  of  client and agency
error   and   areas    which    involve    program
implementation problems.
    [(e)] (d) The  Commissioner of Social Services
shall adopt regulations,  in  accordance  with the
provisions of chapter  54, concerning the recovery
of reimbursements made to towns or districts based
on audit findings  and  setting  such  progressive
sanctions as the  commissioner  deems  appropriate
for any town  or  district  which  is  found  as a
result of an  audit  not  to be in compliance with
the  standards  established   pursuant   to   this
section. The regulations shall include a provision
allowing  the  commissioner   to  take  action  to
withhold reimbursement under  section  17b-134, AS
AMENDED BY THIS ACT, for any such town or district
and shall provide  for  a  grace  period  before a
sanction is imposed. A town or district may appeal
a  decision  of   the   commissioner  to  withhold
reimbursements  or  to   impose   a   sanction  in
accordance with the provisions of sections 4-176e,
4-177, 4-177c, 4-180 and 4-183.
    Sec.  29.  Section   17b-79   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    No  person  shall   be  deemed  ineligible  to
receive an award under [sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79  to  17b-103, inclusive,
17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600 to 17b-604,
inclusive,   17b-807  and   17b-808]   THE   STATE
SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM, MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY   FAMILY   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM,   STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR  FOOD
STAMPS PROGRAM for  himself  or for any person for
whose support he  is liable by reason of having an
interest in real property, maintained as his home,
provided the equity  in  such  property  shall not
exceed the limits established by the commissioner.
The commissioner may  place  a  lien  against  any
property to secure  the claim of the state for all
amounts which it has paid or may thereafter pay to
him or in  his behalf under the provisions of said
sections, OR TO  OR  ON  BEHALF  OF ANY PERSON FOR
WHOSE SUPPORT HE  IS  LIABLE,  except for property
maintained  as  a  home  in  aid  to  families  of
dependent children cases,  in which case such lien
shall secure the  state  only  for that portion of
the assistance grant awarded for amortization of a
mortgage or other  encumbrance  beginning with the
fifth month after the original grant for principal
payment on any  such encumbrance is made, and each
succeeding month of  such  grant  thereafter.  The
claim of the  state  shall  be secured by filing a
certificate in the  land  records  of  the town or
towns in which  any  such real estate is situated,
describing such real estate. Any such lien may, at
any time during  which  the  amount  by it secured
remains unpaid, be foreclosed in an action brought
in  a  court  of  competent  jurisdiction  by  the
commissioner on behalf  of  the  state.  Any  real
estate  to  which   title   has   been   taken  by
foreclosure under this  section, or which has been
conveyed to the  state in lieu of foreclosure, may
be sold, transferred  or conveyed for the state by
the commissioner with the approval of the Attorney
General, and the  commissioner may, in the name of
the state, execute  deeds  for  such purpose. Such
lien shall be  released  by  the commissioner upon
payment of the  amount by it secured, or an amount
equal to the  value  of the beneficiary's interest
in such property  if the value of such interest is
less than the  amount secured by such lien, at his
discretion, and with the advice and consent of the
Attorney General, upon  a compromise of the amount
due  to  the  state.  At  the  discretion  of  the
commissioner the beneficiary,  or,  in the case of
husband and wife  living together, the survivor of
them, so long  as  he or she lives, or a dependent
child or children, may be permitted to occupy such
real property.
    Sec.  30.  Section   17b-80   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  commissioner,  upon  receipt  of  an
application for aid,  shall  promptly and with due
diligence    make    an     investigation,    such
investigation to be  completed  within  forty-five
days after receipt  of  the  application or within
sixty days after receipt of the application in the
case of an application in which a determination of
disability must be  made. If an application for an
award is not acted on within forty-five days after
the filing of an application, or within sixty days
in  the  case   of   an  application  in  which  a
determination  of disability  must  be  made,  the
applicant may apply  to  the  commissioner  for  a
hearing in accordance  with  sections  17b-60  and
17b-61. The commissioner  shall  grant aid only if
he finds the applicant eligible therefor, in which
case he shall grant aid in such amount, determined
in accordance with  levels of payments established
by the commissioner,  as  is  needed  in  order to
enable the applicant  to  support  himself, or, in
the case of  [aid to dependent children] TEMPORARY
FAMILY  ASSISTANCE,  to  enable  the  relative  to
support  such  dependent  child  or  children  and
himself,  in health  and  decency,  including  the
costs of such  medical  care as he deems necessary
and reasonable, not  in  excess of the amounts set
forth in the  various fee schedules promulgated by
the Commissioner of  Social  Services for medical,
dental and allied  services  and  supplies  or the
charges made for  comparable services and supplies
to the general  public, whichever is less, and the
cost of necessary  hospitalization  as is provided
in  section  17b-239,   over  and  above  hospital
insurance  or  other   such   benefits,  including
workers' compensation and  claims for negligent or
wilful injury. The  commissioner,  subject  to the
provisions  of subsection  (b)  of  this  section,
shall in determining need, take into consideration
any  available  income   and   resources   of  the
individual claiming assistance.  The  commissioner
shall make periodic  investigations  to  determine
eligibility and may,  at any time, modify, suspend
or discontinue an  award previously made when such
action is necessary to carry out the provisions of
[sections  17b-22, 17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] THE STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM,  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM OR FOOD  STAMPS  PROGRAM.  The  parent  or
parents of any  child  for  whom  aid  is received
under the [provisions  of sections 17b-22, 17b-180
to  17b-183,  inclusive,   17b-807   and  17b-808]
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   and  any
beneficiary receiving assistance  under  [sections
17b-600   to  17b-604,   inclusive,]   THE   STATE
SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM shall  be conclusively presumed
to  have  accepted   the  provisions  of  sections
17b-93, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, 17b-94, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT, and 17b-95, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    (b) The commissioner  shall disregard [for six
months per calendar  year,] any earned income of a
child who is  a [full-time] student in determining
the eligibility, standard  of  need  and amount of
assistance of a family in the [AFDC] TFA program.
    (c) No person  shall be eligible for the state
supplement program whose  assets as defined by the
commissioner exceed sixteen hundred dollars or, if
living with a spouse, whose combined assets exceed
twenty-four hundred dollars.
    [(d) No family  shall  be eligible for the aid
to families with  dependent children program whose
combined assets as  defined  by  the  commissioner
exceed one thousand dollars.]
    Sec.  31.  Section   17b-83   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The aid granted under [sections 17b-22, 17b-75
to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79   to   17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] THE
STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM  OR  THE TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM shall  be  in the form of money
payments and shall  be  made  by  the commissioner
within  available Department  of  Social  Services
appropriations, directly to the applicant or other
person  entitled  to  receive  the  same  at  such
regular intervals as  the  Commissioner  of Social
Services determines, provided  the payments of the
costs of medical  care  and  such other charges in
connection with the  care  and  maintenance  of  a
beneficiary as the  commissioner  deems  necessary
and reasonable may  be made to the applicant or to
those  persons furnishing  such  services  by  the
commissioner. Ninety per  cent of clean claims for
payments to persons furnishing such services shall
be made no  later than thirty days from receipt of
the request for  payment  and ninety-nine per cent
shall be made  within ninety days of such receipt.
For the purposes  of  this  section  "clean claim"
means  a claim  which  can  be  processed  without
obtaining  additional  substantiation   from   the
person furnishing such  services  or  other person
entitled to receive  payment. A claim submitted by
any such person  who  is  under  investigation for
fraud or abuse  shall  not  be  considered a clean
claim.
    Sec.  32.  Section   17b-84   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Upon the death  of  any beneficiary, under the
state supplement or  the  [aid  to  families  with
dependent  children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program the commissioner  shall  order the payment
of a sum  not  to  exceed one thousand dollars for
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1987, one thousand
one hundred dollars  for  the  fiscal  year ending
June  30,  1988,  and  one  thousand  two  hundred
dollars for the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1989,
and  subsequent  fiscal  years,  as  an  allowance
toward the funeral  and  burial  expenses  of such
deceased.  The  payment  for  funeral  and  burial
expenses shall be  reduced  by  the  amount in any
revocable  or irrevocable  funeral  fund,  prepaid
funeral contract or  the  face  value  of any life
insurance   policy   owned   by   the   recipient.
Contributions may be  made  by  any person for the
cost of the  funeral  and  burial  expenses of the
deceased over and  above the sum established under
this  section  without   thereby  diminishing  the
state's obligation.
    Sec.  33.  Section   17b-85   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    If any person  receiving an award for the care
of any dependent  child or children, or any person
legally liable for  the  support  of such child or
children,  or any  other  person  being  supported
wholly  or  in   part   under  the  provisions  of
[sections  17b-22, 17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] THE STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM,  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM OR FOOD  STAMPS PROGRAM or any beneficiary
under said sections or any legally liable relative
of  such beneficiary,  receives  property,  wages,
income or resources  of  any  kind, such person or
beneficiary,  within  ten   days  after  obtaining
knowledge of or  receiving  such  property, wages,
income or resources, shall notify the commissioner
thereof, orally or  in  writing, unless good cause
is established for failure to provide such notice,
as determined by  the commissioner. No such person
or  beneficiary  shall   sell,  assign,  transfer,
encumber  or otherwise  dispose  of  any  property
without  the  consent  of  the  commissioner.  The
provisions of section  17b-137, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT,  shall be  applicable  with  respect  to  any
person applying for  or  receiving  an award under
said sections. Any change in the information which
has been furnished  on  an  application  form or a
redetermination of eligibility  form shall also be
reported  to  the   commissioner,   orally  or  in
writing, within ten days of the occurrence of such
change,  unless  good  cause  is  established  for
failure to provide  such  notice, as determined by
the commissioner.
    Sec.  34.  Section   17b-86   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Aid provided under [sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79  to  17b-103, inclusive,
17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600 to 17b-604,
inclusive,   17b-807  and   17b-808]   THE   STATE
SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM, MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY   FAMILY   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM,   STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR  FOOD
STAMPS PROGRAM shall be inalienable by assignment,
sale,  attachment,  execution  or  otherwise,  and
shall be subject to the provisions of any amending
or  repealing act  that  may  be  passed,  and  no
beneficiary or other  person shall have any vested
right to any such aid.
    Sec.  35.  Section   17b-87   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    No award under  [sections  17b-22,  17b-180 to
17b-183,  inclusive,  17b-807   and  17b-808]  THE
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM shall continue
after the removal  of  the  beneficiary  from this
state; and no  award  under  [sections  17b-600 to
17b-604, inclusive,] THE  STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM
shall  continue  for  more  than  one  year  after
removal of the  beneficiary  from  this state, and
occasional absences for  short periods need not be
deemed  by  the   commissioner   to  constitute  a
removal.
    Sec.  36.  Section   17b-88   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    If a beneficiary  of [public] assistance under
[sections  17b-22, 17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] THE STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AID TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT
CHILDREN  PROGRAM,  TEMPORARY   FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM,  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM OR FOOD  STAMPS PROGRAM receives any award
or grant over  the  amount to which he is entitled
under   the  laws   governing   eligibility,   the
Department   of   Social    Services   (1)   shall
immediately initiate recoupment  action  and shall
consult with the  Division  of Criminal Justice to
determine whether to  refer such overpayment, with
full supporting information,  to the state police,
to a prosecuting  authority  for prosecution or to
the attorney general  for  civil  recovery  or (2)
shall  take  such  other  action  as  conforms  to
federal regulations, including,  but  not  limited
to,  conducting  administrative   disqualification
hearings for cases  involving alleged fraud in the
food stamp program,  [or] the aid to families with
dependent children program,  THE  TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR   THE  STATE  ADMINISTERED
GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
    Sec. 37. Subsection  (a)  of section 17b-90 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The commissioner  shall  make  regulations
necessary  to  enable   him   to   carry  out  the
[provisions of sections  17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive,  17b-807  and   17b-808]  PROGRAMS  THE
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL  SERVICES  IS  DESIGNATED  TO
ADMINISTER PURSUANT TO  SECTION  17b-2, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT,  including  any regulations necessary
for receiving grants  from  the federal government
to  this  state   if   the  absence  of  any  such
regulation would result in the loss of such grants
and regulations governing  the  custody and use of
the  records,  papers,  files  and  communications
concerning  persons  applying   for  or  receiving
assistance under said  sections.  When  names  and
addresses of recipients  of  such  assistance  are
required by law  to be furnished to or held by any
other government agency,  such  agency shall adopt
regulations to prevent  the  publication  of lists
thereof or their  use  for  purposes  not directly
connected   with  the   administration   of   said
[sections] PROGRAMS.
    Sec.  38.  Section   17b-91   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The commissioner  shall  exclude,  in  the
determination  of  eligibility   for   the   state
supplement program and  the  [aid to families with
dependent  children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program, burial funds  in  an amount not to exceed
the maximum amount  provided in section 17b-84, AS
AMENDED BY THIS ACT. Such funds may be in the form
of prepaid funeral  service contracts as described
in section 42-200,  irrevocable  funeral contracts
or the face  value  of  life insurance policies if
the  cash surrender  value  is  excluded,  or  any
combination thereof, not  to  exceed  the  maximum
amount provided in SAID section 17b-84.
    (b) The commissioner  shall  exclude,  in  the
determination  of  eligibility   for   the   state
supplement program and  for  the  [aid to families
with   dependent   children]    TEMPORARY   FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program, the value of a burial plot not
to exceed one exclusion per individual.
    (c)  The  commissioner   shall   exclude  from
consideration as an asset, in the determination of
eligibility for the  state  supplement program and
for the [aid  to families with dependent children]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  program, the value of
an irrevocable funeral  contract  except  that the
value of such contract shall be considered towards
the amount excluded  in  subsection  (a)  of  this
section.
    (d) Nothing in  this section shall prevent the
commissioner from excluding  from consideration as
an asset in  the  determination of eligibility for
the  state supplement  program,  or  the  [aid  to
families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program other personal or real property
as he determines  is  necessary  for the effective
administration of such programs.
    (e) Where federal LAW OR regulations governing
the state supplement program, the [aid to families
with   dependent   children]    TEMPORARY   FAMILY
ASSISTANCE  program,  or  the  medical  assistance
program  conflict  with  the  provisions  of  this
section, such LAW OR regulations shall prevail.
    Sec.  39.  Section   17b-92   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  A  relocation  adjustment  payment  under
Section 114 of the federal Housing Act of 1949, as
amended, shall not be considered income, earnings,
assets or rent in the determination of eligibility
under  any  PUBLIC   assistance   program   [under
sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808 or  any  general  assistance  program
under   sections   17b-19,   17b-63   to   17b-65,
inclusive, 17b-115 to  17b-138, inclusive, 17b-220
to 17b-250, inclusive,  17b-256, 17b-259, 17b-263,
17b-287, 17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to
17b-693,  inclusive,  and   17b-743   to  17b-747,
inclusive;  provided,  if  an  income  maintenance
recipient]  OR  ANY   GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM
PROVIDED,  IF  A   RECIPIENT  OF  SUCH  ASSISTANCE
receives a relocation adjustment payment in excess
of two hundred  fifty dollars, the Commissioner of
Social Services shall  not  be required to provide
such recipient with  similar assistance for moving
expenses or other  expenses  directly  related  to
relocation. In those  instances  where  a  [social
services]  recipient  has  received  a  relocation
adjustment payment in  excess of two hundred fifty
dollars and has  also  been  provided with similar
assistance for moving  expenses  or other expenses
directly related to  relocation,  under any PUBLIC
assistance program [under  sections 17b-22, 17b-75
to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79   to   17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808 or any
general assistance program  under sections 17b-19,
17b-63 to 17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-115 to 17b-138,
inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,
17b-259,  17b-263, 17b-287,  17b-340  to  17b-350,
inclusive,  17b-689  to  17b-693,  inclusive,  and
17b-743 to 17b-747,  inclusive,]  OR  ANY  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  such   recipient   shall   be
required to transfer or assign to the Commissioner
of  Social  Services   an   amount  equal  to  the
relocation assistance that  had been received from
the Commissioner of Social Services.
    (b)  Any  payment  made  pursuant  to  section
47-88d to a  recipient of PUBLIC assistance [under
sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808 or  general  assistance under sections
17b-19, 17b-63 to  17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-115 to
17b-138, inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive,
17b-256,  17b-259, 17b-263,  17b-287,  17b-340  to
17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive,
and 17b-743 to  17b-747,  inclusive,]  OR  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE  shall  not   be   considered   income,
earnings, assets or  rent  in the determination of
eligibility  for  any  PUBLIC  assistance  program
[under   sections  17b-22,   17b-75   to   17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive,  17b-807 and  17b-808  or  any  general
assistance program under  sections  17b-19, 17b-63
to   17b-65,  inclusive,   17b-115   to   17b-138,
inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,
17b-259,  17b-263, 17b-287,  17b-340  to  17b-350,
inclusive,  17b-689  to  17b-693,  inclusive,  and
17b-743 to 17b-747,  inclusive,]  OR  ANY  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and  shall not be deducted from
the amount of  assistance  to  which the recipient
would otherwise be entitled.
    Sec.  40.  Section   17b-93   of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  public  act  97-312,  is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) If a  beneficiary  of  aid under [sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] THE STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AID TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT
CHILDREN  PROGRAM,  TEMPORARY   FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM OR STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM has or  acquires  property  of any kind or
interest in any  property,  estate or claim of any
kind, except moneys  received  for the replacement
of  real  or   personal  property,  the  state  of
Connecticut  shall  have   a   claim   subject  to
subsections (b) and  (c)  of  this  section, which
shall  have  priority  over  all  other  unsecured
claims and unrecorded  encumbrances,  against such
beneficiary for the  full  amount paid, subject to
the provisions of  section  17b-94,  AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, to  him or in his behalf under [sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808]  SAID  PROGRAMS;  and,  in  addition
thereto,  the  parents  of  an  aid  to  dependent
children beneficiary, A STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL
ASSISTANCE  BENEFICIARY  OR   A  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE BENEFICIARY shall  be  liable to repay,
subject to the  provisions of SAID section 17b-94,
to the state  the full amount of any such aid paid
to or in  behalf of either parent, his spouse, and
his child or  children.  The  state of Connecticut
shall have a  lien against property of any kind or
interest in any  property,  estate or claim of any
kind  of  the  parents  of  an  aid  to  dependent
children  beneficiary,  in  addition  and  not  in
substitution of its claim, for amounts owing under
any order for  support  of any court or any family
support magistrate, including  any arrearage under
such order, provided  household  goods  and  other
personal property identified  in  section 52-352b,
real  property  pursuant  to  section  17b-79,  AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT,  as long as such property is
used as a  home  for  the  beneficiary  and  money
received for the  replacement  of real or personal
property, shall be exempt from such lien.
    (b)  Any person  who  received  cash  benefits
under the aid  to families with dependent children
program, THE TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
OR  THE  STATE   ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, when such person was under eighteen years
of age, shall not be liable to repay the state for
such assistance.
    (c) No claim  shall  be made, or lien applied,
against any payment  made pursuant to chapter 135,
any payment made  pursuant  to  section  47-88d or
47-287,   any   court-ordered   retroactive   rent
abatement,   including  any   made   pursuant   to
subsection (e) of section 47a-14h, section 47a-4a,
47a-5, or 47a-57,  or  any security deposit refund
pursuant to subsection  (d) of section 47a-21 paid
to a beneficiary  of  assistance  under  [sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] THE STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AID TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT
CHILDREN  PROGRAM,  TEMPORARY   FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM OR STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM.
    Sec.  41.  Section   17b-94   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  In  the  case  of  causes  of  action  of
beneficiaries  of  aid   under  [sections  17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] THE
STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,   MEDICAL   ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, AID TO  FAMILIES  WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN
PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR
STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
subject to subsections  (b)  and  (c)  of  section
17b-93, AS AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, or of a parent of
a  beneficiary  of   the   aid  to  families  with
dependent children program,  THE  TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR   THE  STATE  ADMINISTERED
GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, the claim of the state
shall be a  lien against the proceeds therefrom in
the amount of  the  assistance  paid  or fifty per
cent of the  proceeds received by such beneficiary
or  such parent  after  payment  of  all  expenses
connected with the  cause  of action, whichever is
less, for repayment under SAID section 17b-93, and
shall have priority  over  all other claims except
attorney's fees for said causes, expenses of suit,
costs of hospitalization  connected with the cause
of action by whomever paid over and above hospital
insurance or other  such  benefits,  and, for such
period of hospitalization  as  was not paid for by
the state, physicians'  fees  for  services during
any such period as are connected with the cause of
action over and  above  medical insurance or other
such benefits; and such claim shall consist of the
total assistance repayment  for which claim may be
made under [the  provisions  of  sections  17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and 17b-808] SAID
PROGRAMS. The proceeds  of  such  causes of action
shall be assignable  to  the  state for payment of
the  amount  due   under   said   section  17b-93,
irrespective of any  other  provision of law. Upon
presentation to the  attorney  for the beneficiary
of an assignment  of such proceeds executed by the
beneficiary or his  conservator  or guardian, such
assignment   shall   constitute   an   irrevocable
direction to the  attorney to pay the Commissioner
of Administrative Services  in accordance with its
terms, except if, after settlement of the cause of
action or judgment  thereon,  the  Commissioner of
Administrative  Services  does   not   inform  the
attorney for the beneficiary of the amount of lien
which  is  to  be  paid  to  the  Commissioner  of
Administrative Services within  forty-five days of
receipt of the  written  request  of such attorney
for such information, such attorney may distribute
such proceeds to such beneficiary and shall not be
liable for any loss the state may sustain thereby.
    (b) In the case of an inheritance of an estate
by a beneficiary  of  aid  under [sections 17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] THE
STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,   MEDICAL   ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, AID TO  FAMILIES  WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN
PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR
STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
subject to subsections  (b)  and  (c)  of  section
17b-93, AS AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, fifty per cent of
the  assets  of   the   estate   payable   to  the
beneficiary or the  amount of such assets equal to
the amount of  assistance paid, whichever is less,
shall be assignable  to  the  state for payment of
the amount due  under  SAID  section  17b-93.  The
Court of Probate  shall accept any such assignment
executed  by the  beneficiary  and  filed  by  the
Commissioner of Administrative  Services  with the
court   prior  to   the   distribution   of   such
inheritance, and to the extent of such inheritance
not already distributed,  the  court  shall  order
distribution  in  accordance   therewith.  If  the
Commissioner of Administrative  Services  receives
any assets of  an  estate  pursuant  to  any  such
assignment, the commissioner  shall  be subject to
the same duties  and  liabilities  concerning such
assigned assets as the beneficiary.
    Sec.  42.  Section   17b-95   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Upon the death of a parent of a child who has,
at any time,  been a beneficiary under the program
of aid to  families  with  dependent children, THE
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR THE STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  or upon
the death of any person who has at any time been a
beneficiary of aid  under [sections 17b-22, 17b-75
to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79   to   17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] THE
STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,   MEDICAL   ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, AID TO  FAMILIES  WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN
PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR
STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
except as provided  in  subsection  (b) of section
17b-93, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT, the state shall
have a claim  against  such  parent's  or person's
estate for all amounts paid on behalf of each such
child or for  the support of either parent or such
child or such  person  under  the  [provisions  of
sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808] STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,  MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AID TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT
CHILDREN  PROGRAM,  TEMPORARY   FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM OR STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM  for  which   the   state   has  not  been
reimbursed, to the  extent  that  the amount which
the surviving spouse, parent or dependent children
of the decedent  would  otherwise  take  from such
estate is not  needed  for  their  support. In the
case of any  person  dying  after October 1, 1959,
the claim for  medical  payments, even though such
payments  were  made   prior   thereto,  shall  be
restricted to medical  disbursements actually made
for care of such deceased beneficiary. Such claims
shall  have priority  over  all  unsecured  claims
against such estate,  except  (1) expenses of last
sickness not to  exceed three hundred seventy-five
dollars,  (2)  funeral   and  burial  expenses  in
accordance with section 17b-84, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, and (3)  administrative  expenses,  including
probate fees and  taxes,  and  including fiduciary
fees not exceeding  the  following  commissions on
the value of  the  whole  estates accounted for by
such  fiduciaries:  On   the  first  two  thousand
dollars or portion  thereof, five per cent; on the
next eight thousand  dollars  or  portion thereof,
four per cent;  on  the  excess  over ten thousand
dollars, three per  cent.  Upon  petition  by  any
fiduciary,  the Probate  Court,  after  a  hearing
thereon, may authorize  compensation  in excess of
the  above schedule  for  extraordinary  services.
Notice of any  such  petition and hearing shall be
given  to  the   Commissioner   of  Administrative
Services in Hartford  at least ten days in advance
of such hearing.  The allowable funeral and burial
payment herein shall  be  reduced by the amount of
any prepaid funeral  arrangement.  Any amount paid
from the estate  under  this section to any person
which exceeds the  limits provided herein shall be
repaid to the  estate  by  such  person,  and such
amount may be  recovered  in  a  civil action with
interest at six per cent from the date of demand.
    Sec.  43.  Section   17b-97   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any food stamps furnished or any sums paid
to  or  on   behalf   of   any  person  under  the
[provisions of sections  17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  STATE SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM,  MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM,  AID  TO  FAMILIES WITH
DEPENDENT  CHILDREN  PROGRAM,  STATE  ADMINISTERED
GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  OR FOOD STAMPS PROGRAM
as   a   result    of    any    false   statement,
misrepresentation or concealment  of or failure to
disclose assets by  him,  or by any person legally
liable for his  support,  may  be  recovered in an
action brought by the state against such person or
persons.
    (b)  Any  person   who,   by   means   of   an
intentionally false statement or misrepresentation
or by impersonation  or  other  fraudulent  act or
device, obtains, or attempts to obtain, or aids or
abets any person  to  obtain,  any  monetary award
under   [sections  17b-22,   17b-75   to   17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive,   17b-807  and   17b-808]   THE   STATE
SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM, MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM,   AID  TO
FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT  CHILDREN  PROGRAM,  STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR  FOOD
STAMPS PROGRAM to  which  he  is not entitled; and
any person who,  with  intent  to defraud, buys or
aids or abets in buying or in any way disposing of
the property of  a  person receiving an award, and
any person who,  with  intent to defraud, violates
the provisions of  section  17b-85,  AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, or  any  other  provision  of  [sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] SAID PROGRAMS shall be subject to the
penalties for larceny  under  sections 53a-122 and
53a-123, depending on  the amount involved. When a
person receiving assistance  is  convicted  of  an
offense  involving  an   overpayment   of   public
assistance under said  sections,  the Commissioner
of Social Services  may  discontinue  his award or
take such other  action  as  conforms  to  federal
regulations.
    (c) Repealed by P.A. 74-140, S. 3.
    (d)  Any  person   who,   by   means   of   an
intentionally false statement or misrepresentation
or by impersonation  or  other  fraudulent  act or
device, obtains, or attempts to obtain, or aids or
abets any person to obtain, or who knowingly uses,
transfers, acquires, alters,  or  attempts to use,
traffic in, forge  or  possess,  any United States
Department of Agriculture  food coupon, food stamp
coupon  authorization  to   participate  card,  or
Department of Social  Services  public  assistance
photographic identification card or electronically
coded  identification and  debit  card,  shall  be
subject  to  the   penalties   for  larceny  under
sections 53a-122 and  53a-123,  depending  on  the
amount involved.
    (e)   Any  person   having   duties   in   the
administration  of a  state  or  federally  funded
public   assistance   program   who   fraudulently
misappropriates,  attempts to  misappropriate,  or
aids and abets  in  the  misappropriation  of  any
United  States  Department   of  Agriculture  food
coupon,  food  stamp   coupon   authorization   to
participate card, or Department of Social Services
public assistance photographic identification card
or electronically coded  identification  and debit
card,  shall  be  subject  to  the  penalties  for
larceny  under  sections   53a-122   and  53a-123,
depending on the  amount  involved  and  shall  be
subject  to  discipline   or   discharge   by  the
commissioner.
    (f)   Any  person   having   duties   in   the
administration  of a  state  or  federally  funded
public  assistance  program   who,   directly   or
indirectly, by himself  or  by  another, solicits,
accepts or agrees  to  accept  from  another,  any
benefit for, because  of  or as consideration for,
taking,  or  promising   to   take,  action  which
results, or is intended to result, in the unlawful
award, transfer or  receipt  of  public assistance
benefits   or   United    States   Department   of
Agriculture food stamp  benefits  shall be subject
to the penalty  provided for bribe receiving under
section 53a-148 and shall be subject to discipline
or discharge by the commissioner.
    Sec.  44.  Section   17b-98   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  cost of  aid  furnished  under  [sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] THE STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM, MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM,  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM AND FOOD  STAMPS  PROGRAM  as  well as the
cost  of  its   administration,   shall  be  borne
entirely by the  state  of  Connecticut, except to
such extent as  such  cost  to  the  state  may be
reduced by grants from the federal government.
    Sec.  45.  Section   17b-99   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any vendor  found  guilty  of vendor fraud
under  sections  53a-290  to  53a-296,  inclusive,
shall be subject  to  forfeiture  or suspension of
any franchise or  license  held  by  him  from the
state in accordance  with  this  subsection, after
hearing in the  manner  provided  for  in sections
4-176e  to  4-180a,  inclusive,  and  4-181a.  Any
vendor convicted of  vendor  fraud  under sections
53a-290 to 53a-296,  inclusive,  shall  have  such
license  or franchise  revoked.  Nothing  in  this
subsection shall preclude  any 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 which have
no board or  commission  from  taking  any  action
authorized in section  19a-17.  Any  vendor who is
convicted in any state or federal court of a crime
involving  fraud  in   the   Medicare  program  or
Medicaid program or aid to families with dependent
children  program OR  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM  or  state   supplement   to  the  federal
Supplemental  Security  Income   Program   or  any
federal  or state  energy  assistance  program  or
general assistance program  or the refugee program
shall be terminated  from such programs, effective
upon conviction, except  that  the Commissioner of
Social Services may delay termination for a period
he deems sufficient  to  protect  the  health  and
well-being  of  beneficiaries  receiving  services
from such vendor.  A  vendor who is ineligible for
federal   financial   participation    shall    be
ineligible for participation  in such programs. No
vendor shall be eligible for reimbursement for any
goods provided or  services  performed by a person
convicted  of a  crime  involving  fraud  in  such
programs.  The  convicted  person  may  request  a
hearing   concerning   such    ineligibility   for
reimbursement  pursuant  to   sections  4-176e  to
4-180a,  inclusive,  and   4-181a   provided  such
request is filed  in writing with the Commissioner
of Social Services  within ten days of the date of
written notice by  the  commissioner to the person
of such ineligibility. The commissioner shall give
notice of such  ineligibility  to  such vendors by
means  of  publication   in  the  Connecticut  Law
Journal following the  expiration  of said ten-day
hearing request period,  if  no timely request has
been  filed, or  following  the  decision  on  the
hearing. The Commissioner  of  Social Services may
take  such steps  as  he  considers  necessary  to
inform   the  public   of   the   conviction   and
ineligibility  for  reimbursement.  No  vendor  or
person so terminated or denied reimbursement shall
be readmitted to  or be eligible for reimbursement
in such programs.  Any  sums  paid  as a result of
vendor fraud under  sections  53a-290  to 53a-296,
inclusive, may be  recovered  in an action brought
by the state against such person.
    (b) For the  purpose of determining compliance
with subsection (a),  all vendors shall notify the
commissioner within thirty  days after the date of
employment or conviction,  whichever  is later, of
the  identity, interest  and  extent  of  services
performed  by any  person  convicted  of  a  crime
involving  fraud  in   the   Medicare  program  or
Medicaid program or aid to families with dependent
children  program OR  STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM  or  state   supplement   to  the  federal
Supplemental  Security  Income   Program   or  any
federal  or state  energy  assistance  program  or
general assistance program or the refugee program.
Prior  to  the   commissioner's  acceptance  of  a
provider agreement or  at  any  time  upon written
request  by the  commissioner,  the  vendor  shall
furnish the commissioner  with the identity of any
person convicted of  a  crime  involving  fraud in
such programs who  has  an  ownership  or  control
interest in the  vendor  or  who  is  an  agent or
managing   employee.   The    commissioner   shall
terminate,  refuse  to  enter  into  or  renew  an
agreement with a vendor, except a vendor providing
room and board  and  services  pursuant to section
17b-340, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, if such convicted
person has such  interest  or  is  such  agent  or
employee. In the  case  of a vendor providing room
and board and  services  pursuant  to SAID section
17b-340, the commissioner may terminate, refuse to
enter   into   or   renew   an   agreement   after
consideration   of   any    adverse    impact   on
beneficiaries of such termination or refusal.
    (c) The Department  of  Social  Services shall
distribute to all vendors who are providers in the
medical assistance program  a  copy  of the rules,
regulations,  standards  and  laws  governing  the
program. The Commissioner of Social Services shall
adopt by regulation  in the manner provided for in
sections 4-166 to 4-176, inclusive, administrative
sanctions  against  providers   in   the  Medicare
program or Medicaid  program  or  aid  to families
with   dependent   children   program   OR   STATE
ADMINISTERED   GENERAL   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   OR
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM  or  state
supplement to the  federal  Supplemental  Security
Income  Program  including   suspension  from  the
program,  for  any   violations   of   the  rules,
regulations, standards or  law.  The  commissioner
may  adopt  regulations  in  accordance  with  the
provisions  of  chapter  54  to  provide  for  the
withholding of payments  currently due in order to
offset money previously  obtained as the result of
error or fraud.  The  department  shall notify the
proper professional society  and  licensing agency
of any violations of this section.
    Sec.  46.  Section   17b-100  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    It shall constitute a fraudulent conveyance as
against  the  state  for  any  person  to  assign,
transfer or otherwise dispose of property for less
than  fair  market   value,  for  the  purpose  of
qualifying for PUBLIC  assistance  [under sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808]  OR   STATE   ADMINISTERED   GENERAL
ASSISTANCE to a transferee either having knowledge
of such purpose,  or  having  knowledge  that such
conveyance   leaves   the    transferor    without
sufficient  means  to   support   himself   on   a
reasonable standard of  health  and  decency.  The
Commissioner of Social  Services,  may institute a
civil action (1)  to set aside any such conveyance
and to recover  from the proceeds of such property
the  cost  of   any  assistance  provided  to  the
transferor, or (2) to recover from the proceeds of
such  conveyance  the   cost   of  any  assistance
provided to the  transferor.  The commissioner may
require that any  remaining proceeds be applied to
such    transferor's    future     support.    The
commissioner's total recovery  under  this section
shall not exceed  the  amount  by  which  the fair
market  value  of   such   property   exceeds  the
consideration    exchanged   therefor    by    the
transferee. Such civil  action shall be brought in
the superior court  for  the  judicial district of
Hartford-New  Britain*  or   in  any  other  venue
otherwise appropriate. In  any such action brought
to  set aside  a  conveyance  or  to  recover  the
proceeds of a  conveyance, made within twenty-four
months before the  date  of  such  application for
assistance directly or  indirectly to a transferee
who is a parent, grandparent, descendant or spouse
of the transferor,  the  transferee shall bear the
burden of proving  that  the  conveyance  was  not
fraudulent.
    Sec.  47.  Section   17b-101  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    In the event  that  any person applying for or
receiving   PUBLIC  assistance   [under   sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808]  OR   STATE   ADMINISTERED   GENERAL
ASSISTANCE has any right to rescind, revoke, avoid
or otherwise set aside any assignment, transfer or
other disposition of  property, the state shall be
subrogated  to such  right.  The  Commissioner  of
Social Services may  bring  such civil actions and
pursue such other  remedies  as  would  have  been
available to such recipient to enforce such right,
for the purposes  described in section 17b-100, AS
AMENDED  BY  THIS   ACT,   whether   or  not  such
disposition  constituted a  fraudulent  conveyance
within the meaning of SAID section 17b-100.
    Sec.  48.  Section   17b-104  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
administer [the program  of  aid  to families with
dependent  children  and]  the  program  of  state
supplementation  to  the   Supplemental   Security
Income Program provided for by the Social Security
Act and state  law.  He  may  delegate  any of his
powers and authority  to  any  deputy,  assistant,
investigator or supervisor, who shall have, within
the scope of the power and authority so delegated,
all of the power and authority of the Commissioner
of Social Services.  On and after January 1, 1994,
the commissioner shall  establish  a  standard  of
need based on the cost of living in this state for
the  [aid  to  families  with  dependent  children
program] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, THE
STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and
the general assistance  program.  He  shall make a
reinvestigation, at least  every twelve months, of
all cases receiving  aid  from  the  state, except
that such reinvestigation  may  be conducted every
twenty-four months for recipients of assistance to
the elderly or disabled with stable circumstances,
and he shall  maintain  all  case  records  of the
several programs administered by the Department of
Social Services so  that such records show, at all
times,   full   information    with   respect   to
eligibility of the  applicant or recipient. In the
determination of need  under any public assistance
program,  such  income   or   earnings   shall  be
disregarded  as federal  law  requires,  and  such
income or earnings  may  be disregarded as federal
law permits. The  commissioner shall encourage and
promulgate such incentive  earning programs as are
permitted by federal law and regulations.
    (b) On July  1, 1988, and annually thereafter,
the  commissioner  shall   increase   the  payment
standards over that  of  the  previous fiscal year
under  the  [program   of  aid  to  families  with
dependent  children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, THE STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM and for  the general assistance program by
the  percentage increase,  if  any,  in  the  most
recent calendar year average in the consumer price
index for urban consumers over the average for the
previous  calendar  year,   provided   the  annual
increase, if any,  shall  not exceed five per cent
except that the  payment  standards for the fiscal
years ending June  30,  1992,  June 30, 1993, June
30, 1994, June 30, 1995, June 30, 1996, [and] June
30, 1997, JUNE  30, 1998, AND JUNE 30, 1999, shall
not be increased.  On January 1, 1994, the payment
standards shall be  equal to the standards of need
in effect July 1, 1993.
    (c) On and  after  July  1,  1995, the payment
standards for families  receiving assistance under
the  [aid to  families  with  dependent  children]
TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE  program,  THE  STATE
ADMINISTERED   GENERAL  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   and
general  assistance  PROGRAM  shall  be  equal  to
seventy-three per cent  of  the  AFDC standards of
need in effect June 30, 1995.
    [(d) Effective July  1,  1995,  for  a  family
living in subsidized  housing,  eight  per cent of
the standard of  need,  which represents the value
of the subsidized  housing,  shall  be  counted as
income  in  determining   the   benefit   payment.
Effective January 1, 1996, for families subject to
time limited benefits  pursuant  to subsection (b)
of  section  17b-112   and  living  in  subsidized
housing, the benefit  payment  shall be reduced by
eight per cent of the payment standard.]
    (d) FOR A FAMILY LIVING IN SUBSIDIZED HOUSING,
INCOME SHALL BE  ATTRIBUTED  TO  SUCH FAMILY WHICH
SHALL BE EIGHT  PER  CENT  OF THE STANDARD OF NEED
FOR  SUCH  FAMILIES   SUBJECT   TO  FILL  THE  GAP
BUDGETING,  AND EIGHT  PER  CENT  OF  THE  PAYMENT
STANDARD FOR SUCH FAMILIES NOT SUBJECT TO FILL THE
GAP BUDGETING. FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS SUBSECTION,
"FILL  THE  GAP   BUDGETING"   IS   A   METHOD  OF
CALCULATING BENEFITS UNDER  THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM WHEREBY  COUNTABLE  INCOME  IS
SUBTRACTED  FROM  THE   STANDARD  OF  NEED  AND  A
PERCENTAGE  OF  THE  DIFFERENCE  IS  PAID  TO  THE
FAMILY.
    Sec.  49.  Section   17b-106  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    On July 1,  1985,  the  Commissioner of Social
Services   shall  increase   the   adult   payment
standards for the  state supplement to the federal
Supplemental Security Income  Program  by four and
three-tenths per cent  over  the standards for the
fiscal year ending  June  30,  1985,  provided the
commissioner   shall   apply    the    appropriate
disregards. Notwithstanding the  provisions of any
regulation  to the  contrary,  effective  July  1,
1994,   the   commissioner    shall   reduce   the
appropriate   unearned   income    disregard   for
recipients of the  state supplement to the federal
Supplemental Security Income  Program by seven per
cent, provided if  sufficient  funds are available
within  accounts  in   the  Department  of  Social
Services  and  are  transferred  to  the  old  age
assistance account, the  aid  to the blind account
and  the  aid   to   the   disabled  account,  the
commissioner shall increase  the  unearned  income
disregard for recipients  of  the state supplement
to  the  federal   Supplemental   Security  Income
Program to a level not to exceed that in effect on
June 30, 1994.  On  July  1,  1989,  and  annually
thereafter, the Commissioner  of  Social  Services
shall increase the  adult  payment  standards over
those of the  previous  fiscal  year for the state
supplement to the  federal  Supplemental  Security
Income Program by the percentage increase, if any,
in the most  recent  calendar  year average in the
consumer price index  for urban consumers over the
average for the  previous  calendar year, provided
the annual increase, if any, shall not exceed five
per cent, except  that the adult payment standards
for the fiscal  years  ending  June 30, 1993, June
30, 1994, June 30, 1995, June 30, 1996, [and] June
30, 1997, JUNE  30, 1998, AND JUNE 30, 1999, shall
not be increased.  Effective  October 1, 1991, the
coverage of excess utility costs for recipients of
the state supplement  to  the federal Supplemental
Security Income Program is eliminated.
    Sec.  50.  Section   17b-108  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
conduct annual cross-matches  of all or a selected
group  of the  records  of  recipients  of  PUBLIC
assistance [under this  chapter or section 17b-19,
17b-22, 17b-63 to  17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-75  to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79  to  17b-103, inclusive,
17b-114 to 17b-138, inclusive, 17b-180 to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,
17b-259 to 17b-287, inclusive, 17b-340 to 17b-350,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to  17b-604,  inclusive,   17b-689   to   17b-693,
inclusive, 17b-743 to  17b-747, inclusive, 17b-807
or  17b-808]  AND   STATE   ADMINISTERED   GENERAL
ASSISTANCE with the  records  of other agencies or
financial  institutions  in   this  state  and  in
bordering  states  to   determine   whether   such
recipients  are eligible  for  and  are  receiving
correct amounts of  assistance.  The  selection of
which groups of  recipients  and  which records to
cross-match shall be based on criteria established
by the commissioner.  Financial institutions shall
furnish  such  information   as  the  commissioner
determines  is necessary  to  conduct  a  feasible
cross-match pursuant to  this  section  and  shall
respond   to   requests    for   information   and
cross-matching data within  forty-five days of the
request by the commissioner.
    (b)   Financial   institutions    shall    not
discriminate  against  recipients   selected   for
cross-matching pursuant to this section.
    Sec.  51.  Section   17b-109  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
provide photo identification  cards  to recipients
in the [aid  to  families with dependent children]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  program  who  receive
assistance checks and  to  heads of households and
their authorized representatives in the food stamp
program. [by July  1,  1986.] The commissioner may
contract with public  or private organizations for
the provision of such cards.
    Sec.  52.  Section   17b-111  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    On and after  July  1,  1998, the commissioner
shall implement a  [state-wide] STATE ADMINISTERED
general assistance program  and on or before April
1, 1997, the  commissioner  shall  implement  said
program  in  the   fourteen  towns  in  which  the
regional or district  offices of the Department of
Social  Services  are   located,  SUBJECT  TO  THE
RESTRICTIONS OF SECTION  17b-118,  AS  AMENDED  BY
THIS ACT. The  commissioner  may  contract for the
implementation of such  program.  A  town,  with a
regional or district  office of the department and
a  general assistance  office,  may  petition  the
commissioner to allow  such  town  to continue the
operation of its  general  assistance program. The
commissioner, in examining  such  petition,  shall
consider the cost  effectiveness  of  such  town's
general  assistance  program.  [A  town  shall  be
responsible for the  certification  of  a  medical
bill  for  a   recipient   of  the  state  general
assistance program.]
    Sec.  53.  Section   17b-114  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Subject to federal approval, as a condition of
receiving a special need benefit to cover the cost
of a security  deposit,  a recipient of assistance
under  the  [aid   to   families   with  dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program OR
THE STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
or the program  of  state  supplementation  to the
Supplemental Security Income Program shall sign an
agreement with the Commissioner of Social Services
stating  that the  security  deposit  and  accrued
interest, less the  value  of any damages suffered
by the landlord  due to the recipient's failure to
comply with his  obligations  as a tenant pursuant
to section 47a-21,  shall  be paid by the landlord
to the Department  of  Social  Services  when  the
recipient  vacates  the   housing  for  which  the
deposit is paid.  The  recipient  shall notify the
commissioner of the  date such housing is vacated.
If the landlord  claims  the right to withhold all
or part of  the  security  deposit or interest, he
shall comply with  the  applicable  provisions  of
section 47a-21, except  any  notice required shall
be sent to  the  tenant and to the Commissioner of
Social Services. If  the  landlord fails to return
the deposit to  the  Department of Social Services
or to account  to  the  department  for any amount
withheld  within the  time  limits  set  forth  in
section  47a-21,  the  department  may  refer  the
matter to the  bureau  of  collection services for
payment to the  state of the deposit, interest and
such other damages  as  are  available  to tenants
under said section. Notwithstanding the provisions
of subsection (d)  of section 47a-21, for purposes
of taking such  action on behalf of the state, the
department and the  Bureau  of Collection Services
are not required  to  give  notice of a forwarding
address. A recipient  of a special need benefit to
cover the cost  of  a  security deposit who agrees
the deposit shall  be  returned  to the department
pursuant to this  section  shall be eligible for a
subsequent such special  need  benefit at any time
the recipient meets  the  eligibility criteria for
the special need benefit for emergency housing set
forth in subsection  (a)  of  section  17b-808, AS
AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec.  54.  Section   17b-116  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each person  who has not estate sufficient
for  his  support,   and   has   no  relatives  of
sufficient  ability who  are  obliged  by  law  to
support him, shall  be  provided for and supported
to the extent  required  under  the [provisions of
sections  17b-19,  17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-115 to 17b-138, inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250,
inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259,  17b-263,  17b-287,
17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693,
inclusive, and 17b-743  to 17b-747, inclusive, and
section 17b-78] GENERAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM at the
expense of the town in which he resides, except as
otherwise provided in  this section, or, if he has
no residence, of  the  town in which he becomes in
need of aid,  subject to the provisions of section
17b-118, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, subsection (a) of
section 17b-689, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and in
accordance with section  17b-220,  AS  AMENDED  BY
THIS ACT, except that in making a determination of
liability  for  support  under  this  section  the
income of a  stepparent living in the same home as
a dependent child  or  dependent children shall be
considered in the  same  manner  and  to  the same
extent  as  under   the   [aid  to  families  with
dependent  children program  pursuant  to  section
17b-180]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY   ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM.
Additionally, each person  shall  be: (1) Eighteen
years of age  or  older;  (2)  a  minor found by a
court  to  be   emancipated  pursuant  to  section
46b-150; (3) under  eighteen  years  of  age and a
member   of  a   family   eligible   for   general
assistance; or (4) under eighteen years of age and
the commissioner determines  good  cause  for such
person's eligibility. [Any] PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1997,
ANY such person  who  enters  an institution, or a
series of institutions,  shall be provided for and
supported at the  expense  of the town in which he
resided at the time he entered such institution or
institutions   for  sixty   days   following   his
discharge from such  institution  or institutions.
If a town  is  liable  for any part of the cost of
the institutionalization of  such person, the town
in  which such  person  resided  at  the  time  he
entered the institution  or  institutions shall be
liable for such  cost.  Upon  the admission of any
such  person  to  a  state-operated  facility,  as
defined   in  section   17a-458,   those   persons
responsible for the  person's  discharge  planning
shall  contact  the  town  in  which  such  person
resided prior to  entering  such facility and make
arrangements for the  support  of  such  person by
that town for  sixty  days following his discharge
from  such facility.  As  used  herein,  the  term
"reside" means "occupy  an  established  place  of
abode" and "institution"  means a health or mental
health residential facility  such as a hospital or
nursing home or  any nonpermanent housing facility
such as a  halfway  house  or shelter for battered
women. When such  person  is  in  need of hospital
care, it shall  be  similarly  provided subject to
the provisions of  section  17b-259, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT. A person who is a recipient of financial
aid  under section  17b-107  or  [section  17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  or  17b-808]  THE
TEMPORARY  FAMILY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,  THE  STATE
ADMINISTERED  GENERAL ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR  THE
STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM  or  [of] social security
disability or supplemental  security  income shall
be considered to  be  provided for by the state or
federal  government. On  and  after  September  4,
1991, no such  person shall be eligible to receive
general assistance financial  or  medical  aid. No
town shall be  liable to supplement a recipient of
financial aid under  section  17b-107  or [section
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
or 17b-808] UNDER  THE TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, THE STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM  OR THE  STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM  whose
award has been  reduced  or  suspended  or who has
been penalized with  a  period  of  ineligibility,
during such period  of ineligibility. A person who
is  a recipient  of  [medical  aid  under  section
17b-107  or  section  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 or  17b-808]  MEDICAID shall be
considered to have  his medical needs provided for
by the state  and no such person shall be eligible
to receive general assistance medical aid.
    (b) On and  after April 1, 1984, no town shall
refuse  to  accept   an  application  for  general
assistance or general  assistance medical benefits
because a person  is  deemed not to be a resident.
In  such  a   case,  the  town  shall  accept  the
application and contact  the  Department of Social
Services. The department shall arrange to have the
application transferred to the appropriate town of
residence. If a  dispute  arises between two towns
as to liability  for support, the dispute shall be
referred to the Commissioner of Social Services in
accordance with the provisions of section 17b-134,
AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    (c) Except as provided in sections 17b-125, AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT,  and 17b-126, a person whose
assets exceed two  hundred fifty dollars shall not
be  eligible  for   assistance  pursuant  to  this
section or section  17b-259,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS
ACT. The Commissioner of Social Services may adopt
regulations, in accordance  with  chapter  54,  to
implement the provisions of this subsection.
    (d) On and  after  September  4,  1991,  if an
individual  sponsors  a   person   admitted  as  a
resident of the  United  States, such individual's
income shall be  deemed  to  be  available for the
support of the  person  for  three  years from the
date the person enters the United States.
    (e)  [Only  persons]   PERSONS  domiciled  and
residing  in Connecticut  or  who  have  no  other
residence, and who  are  United States citizens or
who have been  admitted  as  [residents] QUALIFIED
ALIENS, AS DEFINED  IN  SECTION  431 OF PUBLIC LAW
104-193, into the  United  States  PRIOR TO AUGUST
22, 1996, shall  be eligible for support under the
general  assistance  program.  A  QUALIFIED  ALIEN
ADMITTED INTO THE UNITED STATES ON OR AFTER AUGUST
22, 1996, OR  OTHER  LAWFULLY  RESIDING  IMMIGRANT
ALIEN DETERMINED ELIGIBLE  FOR  GENERAL ASSISTANCE
PRIOR TO JULY  1,  1997, SHALL REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR
SUCH  ASSISTANCE UNTIL  JULY  1,  1999.  QUALIFIED
ALIENS OR OTHER LAWFULLY RESIDING IMMIGRANT ALIENS
ADMITTED INTO THE UNITED STATES ON OR AFTER AUGUST
22,  1996,  AND   NOT   DETERMINED   ELIGIBLE  FOR
ASSISTANCE  PRIOR  TO   JULY  1,  1997,  SHALL  BE
ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH  ASSISTANCE  SUBSEQUENT  TO  SIX
MONTHS FROM ESTABLISHING  RESIDENCY  IN THIS STATE
UNTIL JULY 1,  1999.  QUALIFIED ALIENS MUST PURSUE
CITIZENSHIP TO THE  MAXIMUM  EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW
AS A CONDITION  OF  ELIGIBILITY  FOR  THE  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM UNLESS  INCAPABLE  OF  DOING SO
DUE TO A  MEDICAL  PROBLEM,  LANGUAGE  BARRIER  OR
OTHER REASON AS  DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF
SOCIAL SERVICES. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF
THIS  SUBSECTION, ANY  QUALIFIED  ALIEN  OR  OTHER
LAWFULLY RESIDING IMMIGRANT  ALIEN WHO IS A VICTIM
OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR WHO HAS MENTAL RETARDATION
SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR GENERAL ASSISTANCE.
    (f) No person  who  is  a substance abuser and
refuses or fails  to  enter available, appropriate
treatment   shall  be   eligible   for   financial
assistance under the  general  assistance  program
until such person enters treatment.
    (g) No person  whose  benefits from the aid to
families with dependent  children  program, OR THE
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM, OR THE STATE
ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM   have
terminated as a  result  of  time-limited benefits
[received  pursuant to  section  17b-112]  OR  FOR
COMPLIANCE WITH A  PROGRAM  REQUIREMENT  shall  be
eligible  for  financial   assistance   under  the
general   assistance   program    OR   THE   STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
    (h) A town  may  provide assistance additional
to that required under the [provisions of sections
17b-19, 17b-63 to  17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-115 to
17b-138, inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive,
17b-256,  17b-259, 17b-263,  17b-287,  17b-340  to
17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive,
and  17b-743  to   17b-747,   inclusive]   GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. No  such additional assistance
shall be considered  income in determining whether
a person is  eligible  for  assistance  under said
[sections]   PROGRAMS.   Any    such    additional
assistance shall be  paid  by the town without any
reimbursement  from the  state.  Each  town  which
offers such additional assistance shall notify the
commissioner of the  assistance to be provided and
the eligibility criteria for such assistance.
    Sec.  55.  Section   17b-118  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No assistance or care shall be given under
sections 17b-19, 17b-111,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
17b-115 to 17b-133,  inclusive,  [17b-259, 17b-263
and 17b-689 to  17b-693,  inclusive] AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, to  an  employable  person  [who has not
registered  with  the   nearest  local  employment
agency of the  Labor  Department,  has  refused to
accept a position for which he is fitted and which
he  is  able   to   accept,   or  has  refused  to
participate or wilfully  failed to report for work
in  a  work   program  or  training  or  education
program,  pursuant to  section  17b-689,]  by  the
STATE OR THE town liable to support such person in
accordance with sections  17b-111,  AS  AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, 17b-116,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and
17b-134, [. The  provisions  of this section shall
not apply to  any  person who cannot register with
such  employment  agency  because  of  being  over
sixty-five  years  of   age,   health   or   other
disability as determined  by  the commissioner] AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT.  On  and after July 1, 1995,
financial  assistance  granted   under   [sections
17b-19, 17b-63 to  17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-115 to
17b-138, inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive,
17b-256,  17b-259, 17b-263,  17b-287,  17b-340  to
17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive,
and  17b-743  to   17b-747,   inclusive,   to   an
employable person who is not job-ready, as defined
in section 17b-689] THE GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
AND STATE-ADMINISTERED GENERAL  ASSISTANCE,  TO  A
PERSON  WHO  HAS   BEEN   DETERMINED   TO   BE   A
TRANSITIONAL  INDIVIDUAL, AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION
17b-689, AS AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, shall be limited
to a twenty-four-month  period of eligibility with
no more than ten months of assistance in the first
twelve months of  eligibility and no more than six
months of assistance  in  the second twelve months
of   eligibility.   [At    the    end    of   such
twenty-four-month   period  of   eligibility,   an
employable  person  who   is   not  job-ready  may
petition the commissioner  every twelve months for
a six-month extension of such eligibility for good
cause, as determined  by  the commissioner. On and
after  September  1,   1996,   no  such  financial
assistance  shall  be  granted  to  an  employable
person who is  job-ready,  as  defined  in section
17b-689, except those  persons  otherwise eligible
with dependent children  under  eighteen  years of
age. An employable  person  who is job-ready shall
be referred to  the  grant program administered by
the  Labor  Department   for   services   provided
pursuant to section  17b-689a. A person determined
to be unemployable  who is subsequently determined
to  be  employable  but  not  job-ready  shall  be
eligible  for  the   assistance   provided  to  an
employable person who  is  not job-ready under the
general assistance program  from  the  date  he is
determined  employable.]  Persons  with  dependent
children  under  eighteen   years   of   age   AND
TRANSITIONAL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT CLASSIFIED AS
SUCH SOLELY DUE  TO  MENTAL  ILLNESS  OR SUBSTANCE
ABUSE  WHO  ARE   eligible  for  assistance  under
sections  17b-19,  17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-111,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  17b-115  to
17b-138,  inclusive,  AS   AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,
17b-220 to 17b-250,  inclusive, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, 17b-256, 17b-259,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT,
17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340  to  17b-350, inclusive,
[17b-689 to 17b-693, inclusive] AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, and 17b-743 to 17b-747, inclusive, AS AMENDED
BY  THIS  ACT,   shall   not  be  subject  to  the
durational   limits  on   assistance   established
pursuant  to this  section.  The  Commissioner  of
Social  Services  shall   adopt   regulations,  in
accordance with the  provisions  of chapter 54, to
implement the provisions of this subsection.
    (b)  Prior  to   or   upon  discontinuance  of
assistance, a person  previously  determined to be
[employable]   A   TRANSITIONAL   INDIVIDUAL   may
petition   the   commissioner    to   review   the
determination of his  [employability]  STATUS.  In
such  review,  the   commissioner  shall  consider
factors, including but  not  limited  to: (1) Age;
(2) education; (3) vocational training; (4) mental
and physical health;  and  (5)  employment history
and shall make  a  determination  of such person's
ability   to  obtain   gainful   employment.   The
commissioner  shall  notify   the  town  providing
assistance to such  person  of  his determination.
The  commissioner  shall   adopt  regulations,  in
accordance with the  provisions  of chapter 54, to
establish a standardized  procedure of determining
employability.   UPON   DETERMINATION    BY    THE
COMMISSIONER THAT A TRANSITIONAL INDIVIDUAL IS NOT
UNEMPLOYABLE, THE PERSON  SHALL  BE  INELIGIBLE TO
RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE TOWN OR FROM
THE STATE FOR ONE YEAR, UNLESS HE PRODUCES MEDICAL
VERIFICATION OF A SUBSTANTIAL DETERIORATION IN HIS
PHYSICAL OR MENTAL CONDITION OR A NEW CONDITION OF
SUCH  SEVERITY  AND  DURATION  THAT  IT  PRECLUDES
EMPLOYMENT FOR A PERIOD OF AT LEAST SIX MONTHS.
    (c)  Notwithstanding  any   provision  of  the
general statutes, when  [an  employable]  A person
who is ineligible  for financial assistance due to
HIS  EMPLOYABILITY  STATUS   OR  the  time  limits
imposed under subsection  (a)  of this section, is
currently in or  enters  a  residential  substance
abuse treatment facility,  the  town shall pay his
room  and board  while  at  such  facility  as  an
expense reimbursable under  the general assistance
program by the  Department  of  Social Services or
the  Department of  Mental  Health  and  Addiction
Services,  provided  the  person  is  eligible  to
receive  medical assistance.  The  town  shall  be
responsible for these  costs  until  the date upon
which the administration of the general assistance
program is assumed  by  the state or is officially
delegated to a  town by the Commissioner of Social
Services, at which  time  the Department of Social
Services or the  Department  of  Mental Health and
Addiction Services shall  assume these costs. Such
assistance shall be paid directly to the treatment
facility at a  rate  established by the Department
of Social Services or negotiated by the Department
of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
    (d) THE PROVISIONS  OF THIS SECTION SHALL TAKE
EFFECT NO LATER THAN AUGUST 31, 1997.
    Sec.  56.  Section  17b-118a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    A person (1)  at  least  eighteen years of age
and under twenty-one years of age, (2) living with
his family which  is  receiving benefits under the
[aid   to  families   with   dependent   children]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  program,  and (3) who
would be an  eligible dependent in such program if
under the age  of  eighteen  shall be eligible for
general assistance in  the  amount  of  assistance
such person would  be  eligible for under the [aid
to  families with  dependent  children]  TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE program.
    Sec.  57.  Section   17b-123  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No person  shall  receive support from any
town until he  has made a written request therefor
to  the  selectmen,   on   an   application   form
prescribed and furnished  by  the  Commissioner of
Social Services, which  form shall provide for the
applicant's   authorization  for   disclosure   of
information concerning [his]  ANY  application  HE
HAS MADE for  assistance  under  [sections 17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] THE
STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,   MEDICAL   ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM,  TEMPORARY  FAMILY   ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM OR
FOOD STAMPS PROGRAM  and  for inclusion of certain
information, including, but  not  limited  to  the
applicant's age, sex, place of birth, citizenship,
social security number, profession, marital status
and immediate past  employer and a full disclosure
of  his  financial  condition,  except  that  such
written request, in the case of a person receiving
hospital or medical  care  under the provisions of
section 17b-259, AS  AMENDED BY THIS ACT, may also
be made by  a  member  of  the  person's immediate
family or a  medical  provider  in accordance with
said section. The selectmen may require the person
to  verify  his  residence  for  the  past  twelve
months.  The  person   shall   certify   that  all
statements in the application are true and correct
and any person who makes a false statement in such
application form as to such financial condition or
in any way  deceives  such  selectmen  in relation
thereto shall be  subject  to the penalty provided
in section 17b-127  and  shall pay just damages to
the town if  it  has sustained loss as a result of
such deceit. A  town shall have ten days to review
such   application   and   make   an   eligibility
determination, EXCEPT IF  A  PERSON  IS  DEEMED TO
HAVE  A  NEED  FOR  EMERGENCY  FOOD  OR  EMERGENCY
MEDICAL CARE, A  TOWN  SHALL  REVIEW SUCH PERSON'S
REQUEST  AND  MAKE  AN  ELIGIBILITY  DETERMINATION
WITHIN FOUR DAYS OF SUCH REQUEST.
    (b) If a  person receiving support from a town
under   [sections  17b-19,   17b-63   to   17b-65,
inclusive, 17b-115 to  17b-138, inclusive, 17b-220
to 17b-250, inclusive,  17b-256, 17b-259, 17b-263,
17b-287, 17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to
17b-693,  inclusive,  and   17b-743   to  17b-747,
inclusive,]   THE   GENERAL   ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM
receives property, wages,  income  or resources of
any kind, such  person,  within fifteen days after
obtaining knowledge of or receiving such property,
wages,  income  or  resources,  shall  notify  the
public official charged with the administration of
general assistance in the town thereof in writing.
Any change in  the information which was furnished
on the application  form shall also be reported to
such official, in  writing, within fifteen days of
the occurrence of such change.
    Sec.  58.  Section   17b-125  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No resident  of  a town shall be deemed to
be ineligible to  receive relief from such town by
reason of having  an  interest  in  real property,
provided such real  property  (1) is maintained as
such resident's primary  home  or (2) would not be
counted in determining  eligibility for assistance
under   [sections  17b-22,   17b-75   to   17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive,   17b-807  and   17b-808]   THE   STATE
SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM, MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR FOOD STAMPS
PROGRAM, and provided  such resident shall deliver
to such town,  through  its board of selectmen, an
agreement executed and  acknowledged  in  the form
and  manner  required   for  the  transfer  of  an
interest in real  property  to reimburse such town
for  all amounts  so  paid  to  such  resident  or
expended  by  such   town   on   his   behalf  for
maintenance, care or support, with interest at the
rate of four  per  cent  per annum. Such agreement
shall describe by  metes and bounds, and by street
number and lot  number,  if any, the real property
in which such  beneficiary  has  an  interest  and
shall be recorded  in the land records of the town
or towns in  which  such real property is located,
and shall constitute  a lien on such real property
which may, at  any  time during which such amounts
remain unpaid, be  foreclosed in an action brought
by such town in a court of competent jurisdiction,
and  such lien  shall  have  precedence  over  all
subsequently  recorded  encumbrances,  except  tax
liens or other municipal liens of such towns. Such
lien shall be  released  by such town by its board
of selectmen upon  payment  of  the  amount,  plus
interest, by it secured. The board of selectmen of
such  town  is  authorized  to  adjust,  remit  or
cancel, in whole or in part, any interest accruing
under such lien,  provided such procedure shall be
deemed necessary and  beneficial  to  such town by
such selectmen and  shall be so voted at a meeting
of  such selectmen  and  a  record  of  such  vote
entered in the  minutes  of  the  meetings of such
board. Such board  of selectmen is also authorized
to release such lien without payment of the amount
secured thereby, in  whole  or  in  part, provided
such  procedure  shall  be  deemed  necessary  and
beneficial to the town by such selectmen and shall
be so voted  at  a meeting of such selectmen and a
record of such  vote entered in the minutes of the
meetings  of such  board.  Upon  the  sale,  after
foreclosure, of such  real  estate,  or  any  part
thereof, and after  complete  satisfaction to such
town of the  amount  secured  by  such  lien, plus
interest, together with  all  costs  and expenses,
any balance remaining  shall  be paid over by such
selectmen to such  resident or, if he is deceased,
to his estate. The board of selectmen of such town
is authorized to  execute,  in behalf of the town,
all   releases,  deeds   and   other   instruments
necessary to carry  out  the  provisions  of  this
section.  Upon  written   request   therefor,  the
selectmen shall forthwith issue to the applicant a
statement of the  amount  due to be paid to cancel
such  lien.  No  such  lien  shall  be  valid  and
enforceable after the  expiration  of  forty years
from the date it was recorded.
    (b)  Any  lien   created   pursuant   to   the
provisions of subsection (a) of this section after
October 1, 1964,  shall  continue  to be valid and
enforceable  notwithstanding  the   expiration  of
fifteen years from the date it was recorded.
    Sec. 59. Subsection  (b) of section 17b-134 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) At the  end  of  each  quarter, one of the
selectmen or the  public official charged with the
administration of general  assistance in each town
shall send to the Commissioner of Social Services,
in the form  prescribed  by  said  commissioner, a
statement of the  cost  to  such  town  of general
assistance during such quarter, which report shall
be signed and sworn to by such selectman or public
official.  Such  report   form  shall  be  uniform
throughout the state and shall include, but not be
limited to, the  following  information:  (1)  The
approved  budget  of   each   town   for   general
assistance,  (2)  the   number   of   applications
received, (3) compilation  of  data required under
section 17b-123, AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, (4) the
extent to which  recipients  participated  in work
relief programs, if  any, (5) [reports required by
section 17b-691, (6)]  the  amount  of the support
and medical aid furnished, [(7)] (6) the amount of
the  town's  share   of  the  cost  for  inpatient
hospital and other  medical  services  paid by the
Department of Social  Services pursuant to section
17b-220, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and [(8)] (7)
such  other  information  the  commissioner  deems
necessary  for  the   proper   administration  and
oversight  of  the   general  assistance  program.
"Cost", as used  herein,  means  the actual relief
expenditure made by  such town for persons therein
or  sent  from   such   town   to   such  licensed
institutions,    including    expenses,     except
attorneys' fees, incurred in an appeal of a denial
of  Supplemental  Security  Income  Assistance  as
provided in section  17b-119,  but  not  including
administrative  costs, provided  the  expenditures
for medical care  shall not exceed the amounts set
forth in the  various fee schedules promulgated by
the Commissioner of  Social  Services for medical,
dental and allied  services  and  supplies  or the
charges made for  comparable services and supplies
to the general  public,  whichever  is  less. Upon
state processing and  payment  of  medical  claims
pursuant   to   this    chapter,    pharmaceutical
manufacturers  shall  be  liable  for  rebates  on
pharmaceutical products. Rebate  amounts  shall be
equal to those  under  the  Medicaid  program. The
process for computing  and collecting such rebates
shall  parallel  such   process  in  the  Medicaid
program. Failure or  refusal  of a manufacturer to
pay   rebate  amounts   billed   may   result   in
elimination of coverage  under  [sections  17b-19,
17b-63 to 17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-115 to 17b-138,
inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,
17b-259,  17b-263, 17b-287,  17b-340  to  17b-350,
inclusive,  17b-689  to  17b-693,  inclusive,  and
17b-743 to 17b-747, inclusive,] GENERAL ASSISTANCE
for all or  some products of the manufacturer. Any
hospital  receiving  state   aid  shall  charge  a
uniform  rate  for   paupers   receiving   medical
treatment or being  supported or cared for in such
hospital under the provisions of this section, not
in  excess  of  the  rate  established  under  the
provisions of section  17b-238  for  room,  board,
ordinary nursing care  and routine medications and
not in excess  of  the daily average cost rate for
special professional services as established under
the  provisions  of   subsection  (b)  of  section
17b-239. The commissioner,  if  satisfied that the
statements are substantially  true and if the town
has complied with  the  reporting  requirements of
this   section,  shall   certify   them   to   the
Comptroller, who shall  pay  within  sixty days of
receipt   of  such   certification,   subject   to
subsequent  audits,  to   the   town  for  general
assistance   expenditures,  subject   to   section
17b-220, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, ninety per cent
for expenditures made  prior  to July 1, 1992, and
notwithstanding the provisions  of  section 2-32a,
eighty-five per cent  for expenditures made on and
after  July  1,   1992,   eighty   per   cent  for
expenditures  made on  and  after  July  1,  1993,
ninety per cent for expenditures made on and after
April  1, 1996,  and  one  hundred  per  cent  for
expenditures made on  and after April 1, 1997. The
commissioner may reduce  by  twenty-five  per cent
the  amount  otherwise  payable  to  the  town  in
accordance with this  section  for  any  statement
which is submitted  more  than  three months after
the close of  the  quarter for which the statement
was   prepared.   [Reimbursement    for    general
assistance payments to employable recipients shall
be subject to the requirements of sections 17b-118
and 17b-689. Such  payment shall be in lieu of all
other payments to the town by way of reimbursement
for  relief expenditures.]  EFFECTIVE  AUGUST  31,
1997, TOWNS SHALL NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR ASSISTANCE
PAID TO EMPLOYABLE  PERSONS. If not satisfied, the
commissioner  may  reject  such  claim  and  shall
notify  the selectmen  or  other  public  official
submitting   the   report    of    his   decision.
Notwithstanding  any  other   provision   of  this
section, the state  shall  charge the town for ten
per cent of  the  inpatient hospital expenses paid
prior  to  July  1,  1992,  of  a  person  who  is
hospitalized and is  eligible  for or is receiving
general assistance benefits  in  the  form  of  an
adjustment to the quarterly statement submitted by
the town pursuant to this section. Notwithstanding
the provisions of  section  2-32a,  (A)  the state
shall charge the  town for fifteen per cent of the
inpatient hospital and other medical expenses paid
on and after  July  1, 1992, on behalf of any such
person in such form and (B) the state shall charge
the town for  twenty  per  cent  of  the inpatient
hospital and other  medical  expenses  paid  on or
after July 1, 1993, ten per cent for such expenses
paid on or  after  April  1,  1996,  and the state
shall not charge  for  such  expenses  on or after
April 1, 1997,  on  behalf  of  any person in such
form. Any town  aggrieved  by  the  action  of the
commissioner may, within thirty days after receipt
of  such notice,  request  a  hearing  before  the
commissioner. The commissioner  shall  fix  a time
and place for the hearing, which shall be not more
than thirty days after the receipt of such request
and notify the  town  of  the  time  and place not
later than fifteen  days  before  the  date of the
hearing.  The  hearing   shall   be  conducted  in
accordance with the  procedures  established under
sections  4-176e,  4-177,  4-177c  and  4-180  for
contested cases. The  commissioner  or  the person
authorized by him  to  conduct  the  hearing shall
render a decision  within  thirty  days  after the
hearing and notify  the  town by mailing a copy of
the  decision  to  the  selectmen  or  the  public
official  charged  with   the   administration  of
general assistance. If  the  town  is aggrieved by
the decision, it  may appeal to the Superior Court
in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  section
4-183.
    Sec.  60.  Section   17b-135  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
reimburse  municipalities for  general  assistance
granted  to applicants  for  financial  assistance
[under   sections  17b-22,   17b-75   to   17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808]  at not more than
ninety per cent  of  the  cost  of such assistance
paid  prior  to   July  1,  1992,  not  more  than
eighty-five  per  cent   of   the   cost  of  such
assistance paid on or after July 1, 1992, not more
than  eighty  per   cent   of  the  cost  of  such
assistance paid on  or  after July 1, 1993, ninety
per cent of  the  cost  of such assistance paid on
and after April  1, 1996, and one hundred per cent
of the cost  of  such assistance paid on and after
April 1, 1997.
    Sec.  61.  Section   17b-137  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any  person  who  has  in  his  possession  or
control any property of any person applying for or
presently or formerly  receiving  aid or care from
the state or  who is indebted to such applicant or
recipient  or  has  knowledge  of  any  insurance,
including health insurance  or  property currently
or  formerly  belonging  to  him,  or  information
pertaining to eligibility  for  such  aid or care,
and any officer  who  has control of the books and
accounts of any  corporation  which has possession
or control of any property belonging to any person
applying for or  receiving such aid or care or who
is  indebted to  him,  or  has  knowledge  of  any
insurance,  including  health   insurance  or  any
person  having in  his  employ  any  such  person,
shall, upon presentation  by  the  Commissioner of
Social   Services,   or    the   Commissioner   of
Administrative Services, or  the  Commissioner  of
Public Safety, or a support enforcement officer of
the Superior Court, or any person deputized by any
of them, of  a certificate, signed by him, stating
that such applicant,  recipient  or  employee  has
applied for or is receiving or has received aid or
care from the  state, make full disclosure to said
commissioner, such officer  or  such deputy of any
such property, insurance,  wages,  indebtedness or
information. At the request of the Commissioner of
Social Services, insurance  companies  licensed to
do business in Connecticut shall be required, when
compatible data elements are available, to conduct
automated  data  matches   to  identify  insurance
coverage  for  recipients   and   the  parents  of
recipients who are minors. Upon completion of such
matches  the  commissioner  shall  reimburse  such
companies for the  reasonable  documented costs of
conducting the matches.  Such  disclosure  may  be
obtained in like  manner of the property, wages or
indebtedness of any  person liable for the support
of any such  applicant or recipient, including the
parents of any  child  receiving  aid  [under  the
provisions   of  sections   17a-90   to   17a-124,
inclusive, 17a-145 to  17a-155, inclusive, 17a-175
to 17a-185, inclusive  and  46b-151  to  46b-151g,
inclusive] THROUGH THE  DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND
FAMILIES, or one  adjudged  or  acknowledged to be
the father of  an  illegitimate child. Any company
or any officer  who  has  control of the books and
accounts  of  any   corporation  shall  make  full
disclosure to the  support  enforcement officer of
the Superior Court  of any such property, wages or
indebtedness   in   all    support    cases.   The
Commissioner of Social  Services, the Commissioner
of Administrative Services,  the  Commissioner  of
Public Safety or  a support enforcement officer of
said court, or  any  person  deputized  by  any of
them, may compel,  by subpoena, the attendance and
testimony under oath  of any person who refuses to
disclose in accordance with the provisions of this
section, or of  any  person liable for the support
of any such  applicant or recipient who refuses to
disclose his own  financial circumstances, and may
so  compel the  production  of  books  and  papers
pertaining to such  information.  The Commissioner
of  Social Services  may  subpoena  the  financial
records of any  financial  institution  concerning
property of any  person  applying for or presently
or formerly receiving  aid  or care from the state
or who is indebted to such applicant or recipient.
The Commissioner of  Social  Services may subpoena
such records of any parent or parents of any child
applying for or  presently  or  formerly receiving
assistance  under  the   [provisions  of  sections
17b-22, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-807 and
17b-808] AID TO  FAMILIES  WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN
PROGRAM, THE TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
OR  THE  STATE   ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM.   The   commissioner,    or   a   support
enforcement officer of  said  court, or the person
deputized by him  shall  set  a time and place for
such examination, and  any  person  summoned  who,
without reasonable excuse,  fails  to  appear  and
testify or to  produce such books and papers shall
be fined fifty dollars for each such offense.
    Sec.  62.  Section   17b-179  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) There is  created within the Department of
Social  Services  the   Bureau  of  Child  Support
Enforcement. The bureau shall be administered by a
director and shall  act as the single and separate
organizational  unit  to   coordinate,   plan  and
publish the state  child  support enforcement plan
for the implementation of Title IV-D of the Social
Security Act, as  amended,  as required by federal
law and regulations.  The bureau shall provide for
the development and  implementation  of  all child
support services, including  the administration of
withholding of earnings,  in  accordance  with the
provisions of Title  IV-D  of  the Social Security
Act, as amended.
    (b) The Commissioner of Social Services shall,
in  the manner  provided  in  section  17b-81-82e,
investigate the financial  condition of the parent
or parents of:  (1)  Any  child  applying  for  or
receiving  assistance  under   the  provisions  of
sections [17b-22, 17b-180  to 17b-183, inclusive,]
17b-807, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and 17b-808, AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT, AND THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE
FOR NEEDY FAMILIES  PROGRAM, WHICH MAY BE REFERRED
TO AS "TANF" FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, and
(2)  any  child   seeking   IV-D   child   support
enforcement services, and  (3) any child committed
to the care  of  the  Commissioner of Children and
Families who is  receiving payments in the [aid to
families  with  dependent  children]  foster  care
program,  and  shall   determine   the   financial
liability of such parent or parents for the child.
The Bureau of Child Support Enforcement shall have
authority, upon notice to the obligor, to redirect
payments for the  support  of all such children to
the   state   of   Connecticut,   provided,   upon
discontinuance  of  public   assistance,  payments
shall be distributed to the family.
    (c) The Connecticut  Child Support Enforcement
Bureau  shall enter  into  cooperative  agreements
with  appropriate  officials   of   the   Judicial
Department and law enforcement officials to assist
in  administering the  child  support  enforcement
plan and with  respect  to other matters of common
concern in the  area of child support enforcement.
Officers  of  the   Judicial  Department  and  law
enforcement officials authorized  and  required to
enter  into  cooperative   agreements   with   the
Connecticut  Child  Support   Enforcement   Bureau
include, but are  not limited to, the officials of
the Superior Court  and the Attorney General. Such
cooperative agreements shall  contain  performance
standards to address  the  mandatory provisions of
both   state  and   federal   laws   and   federal
regulations concerning child support.
    (d) The Connecticut  Child Support Enforcement
Bureau shall have  authority  to  determine  on  a
periodic basis whether  any  individuals  who  owe
child    support   obligations    are    receiving
unemployment  compensation.  In  IV-D  cases,  the
bureau may authorize  the  collection  of any such
obligations  owed  by   an   individual  receiving
unemployment  compensation  through  an  agreement
with the individual  or  a court order pursuant to
section  52-362, under  which  a  portion  of  the
individual's unemployment compensation is withheld
and  forwarded  to   the   Bureau   of  Collection
Services.  As  used  in  this  section,  the  term
"unemployment compensation" means any compensation
payable  under  chapter   567,  including  amounts
payable by the  administrator  of the unemployment
compensation law pursuant  to  an  agreement under
any  federal  law   providing   for  compensation,
assistance   or   allowances   with   respect   to
unemployment.
    (e) The Child Support Enforcement Bureau shall
enter into purchase  of  service  agreements  with
other state officials,  departments  and  agencies
which do not  have  judicial  or  law  enforcement
authority,  including  but  not  limited  to,  the
Commissioner of Administrative Services, to assist
in  administering the  child  support  enforcement
plan. The Child  Support  Enforcement Bureau shall
have authority to  enter into such agreements with
the   labor   commissioner    and    to   withhold
unemployment compensation pursuant  to  subsection
(d) of this section and section 31-227.
    (f) The Connecticut  Child Support Enforcement
Bureau shall have  the sole responsibility to make
referrals to the  federal  Parent  Locator Service
established pursuant to  88  Stat. 2353 (1975), 42
USC 653, as  amended,  for the purpose of locating
deserting parents.
    (g) The Connecticut  Child Support Enforcement
Bureau shall have  the sole responsibility to make
recommendations to the  Governor  and  the General
Assembly for needed  program legislation to ensure
implementation  of  Title   IV-D   of  the  Social
Security Act, as amended.
    (h) The Connecticut  Child Support Enforcement
Bureau  shall  provide,   or  arrange  to  provide
through  one  or   more   of  the  state  offices,
departments and agencies  the  same  services  for
obtaining and enforcing  child  support  orders in
cases in which  children  are not beneficiaries of
[the  aid  to  families  with  dependent  children
program] TANF as  in  cases where children are the
beneficiaries of such  aid.  Support  services  in
[non-AFDC] NON-TANF support cases will be provided
upon  application to  the  Connecticut  Bureau  of
Child Support Enforcement by the person seeking to
enforce a child support obligation and the payment
of an application  fee by such person, pursuant to
the provisions of  subsection (i) of this section.
In   addition  to   the   application   fee,   the
Connecticut Child Support  Enforcement  Bureau may
assess  costs  incurred   for  the  establishment,
enforcement or modification  of a support order in
[non-AFDC] NON-TANF cases.  Such  assessment shall
be  based  on   a  fee  schedule  adopted  by  the
Department of Social  Services pursuant to chapter
54. The fee  schedule  to be charged in [non-AFDC]
NON-TANF support cases  shall be made available to
any individual upon  request.  The  Child  Support
Enforcement Bureau shall  adopt procedures for the
notification of Superior  Court  judges and family
support magistrates when  a  fee has been assessed
an obligee for  support  services  and  a Superior
Court judge or  a  family support magistrate shall
order the obligor  to  pay  any such assessment to
the Child Support  Enforcement  Bureau.  In  cases
where such order is not entered, the obligee shall
pay an amount  based  on  a  sliding  scale not to
exceed  the  obligee's   ability   to   pay.   The
Department of Social  Services  shall  adopt  such
sliding scale pursuant to chapter 54.
    (i)  In  [non-AFDC]   NON-TANF  child  support
cases, the state  shall  impose an application fee
in an amount  necessary to comply with federal law
and regulations under  Title  IV-D  of  the Social
Security Act. The  amount  of  such  fee  shall be
established by regulations  adopted, in accordance
with  the  provisions   of   chapter  54,  by  the
Commissioner  of Social  Services  and  shall  not
exceed twenty-five dollars or such higher or lower
amount  as the  Secretary  of  the  Department  of
Health and Human  Services  may  determine  to  be
appropriate  for  any   fiscal   year  to  reflect
increases or decreases  in  administrative  costs.
The court in  which  a child support obligation is
sought to be  enforced  may  order  the obligor to
reimburse such application fee. Recipients of [aid
to  families  with  dependent  children]  TANF  or
Medicaid assistance whose  eligibility  for aid is
terminated shall be  entitled  to  continuation of
child   support   enforcement   services   without
requiring an application  or  the  payment  of  an
application fee.
    (j) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services  is
authorized to accept  for  deposit  in the General
Fund  all allotments  of  federal  funds,  and  to
conform to federal  requirements necessary for the
receipt  of  federal   matching   grants  and  not
prohibited by the general statutes.
    (k) Investigators employed  by  the Department
of Social Services  shall,  pursuant  to authority
granted to such investigators by the commissioner,
make service of  any summons, subpoena or citation
in IV-D support  cases in the Superior Court or in
the    Family   Support    Magistrate    Division.
Investigators  at  the   time   of  service  shall
coordinate with the  clerk  of  the Superior Court
and the assistant  clerk  of  the  Family  Support
Magistrate  Division  in   setting   a   date  for
appearance before the  court. When serving process
issued by such court, the date for such appearance
before the court  shall  be  not  less than twelve
days from the date of service.
    (l) The Connecticut  Child Support Enforcement
Bureau  shall  arrange   to   provide   a   single
centralized automated system  for the reporting of
collections on all  accounts  established  for the
collection  of  all   IV-D  support  orders.  Such
reporting shall be  made  available  to the Family
Support  Magistrate  Division  and  to  all  state
agencies which have  a  cooperative agreement with
the IV-D agency.
    (m) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
adopt   regulations,  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter  54,  which  shall establish
performance  standards to  address  the  mandatory
provisions of both  state  and  federal  laws  and
federal regulations concerning  child  support  as
well as establish additional standards that may be
deemed necessary in order to enhance child support
enforcement.
    (n) Each year, on or before January first, the
IV-D agency shall  submit  to  the  joint standing
committees   of  the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating  to  judiciary and
human services a  report  on  the execution of the
child support enforcement  program,  including the
status of compliance  with established performance
standards, during the preceding fiscal year.
    Sec.  63.  Section  17b-180a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Department  of   Social   Services  shall
implement an expedited application and eligibility
determination process for  the  [aid  to  families
with   dependent   children]    TEMPORARY   FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program to  reduce  general  assistance
program   expenditures   for    THOSE   APPLICANTS
potentially  eligible  [aid   to   families   with
dependent children families  and  individuals] FOR
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE.
    Sec.  64.  Section   17b-183  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
[seek a waiver from federal law for the purpose of
allowing] ALLOW a minor who is a recipient of [aid
to  families with  dependent  children]  TEMPORARY
FAMILY  ASSISTANCE to  retain  assets  for  future
identifiable education expenses.
    Sec.  65.  Section   17b-184  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
establish a client  advisory board for the purpose
of furthering the ability of recipients of [aid to
families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE to become self-sufficient. The advisory
board shall be  composed of a recipient of [aid to
families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE from each  region  of  the  state to be
appointed by the  commissioner. The advisory board
shall be initially  convened  by the commissioner,
ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 1, 1998, and shall thereafter
meet  periodically. The  board  shall  report  its
findings and recommendations  to  the commissioner
twice each year.
    Sec.  66.  Section   17b-185  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Upon receipt of  an  application  for benefits
under  the  [aid   to   families   with  dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE program, the
Commissioner of Social  Services shall assist such
applicants in securing  age-appropriate and timely
immunizations  and  health  screenings  for  their
children. A parent  seeking  assistance under such
program  shall  be  referred  to  the  appropriate
health  agency  where   such   immunizations   and
screenings are available.
    Sec.  67.  Section   17b-220  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The general assistance  policy  manual adopted
pursuant to section 17b-10 shall provide that upon
determination by a  town  that a person in need of
medical assistance is eligible for or is receiving
general assistance benefits,  the selectman or the
public official charged with the administration of
general assistance in  the  town shall certify the
person's  eligibility  and  the  accuracy  of  the
contents of the  billing  form to the Commissioner
of Social Services,  except  no  bill  for medical
services  shall  be   certified  for  payment  for
persons  whose  eligibility   for  benefits  under
[sections  17b-22, 17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808]  THE   MEDICAID   PROGRAM  is  being
determined.  On  and   after  July  1,  1992,  the
Commissioner  of Social  Services  shall  pay  the
medical  provider  directly   for   the   cost  of
treatment provided to such person on or after June
1, 1992, and  shall  charge  the  town for ten per
cent of such  cost paid prior to July 1, 1992, and
notwithstanding the provisions  of  section 2-32a,
shall charge the  town  fifteen  per  cent for the
cost of such  treatment  paid on and after July 1,
1992, shall charge  the  town  twenty per cent for
the cost of  such treatment paid on and after July
1, 1993, shall  charge  the  town ten per cent for
the cost of  such  treatment  incurred and paid on
and after April  1, 1996, and shall not charge the
town for such costs on and after April 1, 1997, in
the  form  of   an  adjustment  to  the  quarterly
statement  submitted  by   the  town  pursuant  to
subsection (b) of  section  17b-134, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT. Payments  shall  be made no earlier than
the first day of the quarter following the quarter
in which the  bill  was received by the Department
of Social Services. When a subsequent audit of the
town records shows  that  the town's certification
was submitted to the commissioner in error, ninety
per  cent  of   the   charge   for   treatment  or
hospitalization paid prior  to  July  1, 1992, and
notwithstanding the provisions  of  section 2-32a,
eighty-five per cent  of  the charge for treatment
or hospitalization paid  on or after July 1, 1992,
eighty per cent  of  the  charge  for treatment or
hospitalization paid on or after July 1, 1993, and
ninety per cent  of  the  charge  for treatment or
medical services incurred  and  paid  on  or after
April 1, 1996,  and  one  hundred  per cent of the
charge for treatment  or medical services incurred
and paid on or after April 1, 1997, shall be shown
on the town's  quarterly  reimbursement request as
an adjustment due to the state pursuant to section
17b-78, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec.  68.  Section   17b-257  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section  1 of public act
97-143,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    On and after July 1, 1998, the Commissioner of
Social Services shall  implement  a  state medical
assistance  program  for  persons  ineligible  for
[medical  assistance  under   section  17b-107  or
sections 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285,  inclusive,  and   17b-357   to  17b-362,
inclusive,] MEDICAID and  on  or  before  April 1,
1997,  the  commissioner   shall   implement  said
program  in  the   towns  in  which  the  fourteen
regional or district  offices of the Department of
Social  Services  are  located.  The  commissioner
shall establish a  schedule  for  the  transfer of
recipients of medical  assistance  administered by
towns under [sections  17b-19,  17b-63  to 17b-65,
inclusive, 17b-115 to  17b-138, inclusive, 17b-220
to 17b-250, inclusive,  17b-256, 17b-259, 17b-263,
17b-287, 17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to
17b-693,  inclusive,  and   17b-743   to  17b-747,
inclusive,] THE GENERAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM to the
state  program.  To   the   extent  possible,  the
administration  of the  state  medical  assistance
program  shall  parallel   that  of  the  Medicaid
program as it  is  administered  to  recipients of
[aid   to  families   with   dependent   children]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE, including eligibility
criteria concerning income and assets. Payment for
medical   services  shall   be   made   only   for
individuals  determined  eligible.  The  rates  of
payment for medical services shall be those of the
Medicaid program. Medical  services  covered under
the  program shall  be  those  covered  under  the
Medicaid  program,  except   long-term   care  and
services  available  pursuant   to   a   home  and
community-based services waiver under Section 1915
of the Social  Security  Act shall not be covered.
On or after  April 1, 1997, the commissioner shall
implement  a  managed  care  program  for  medical
services  provided  under   this  program,  except
services provided pursuant  to  section  17a-453a.
Notwithstanding the provisions  of  sections 4a-51
and  4a-57,  the   commissioner   may  enter  into
contracts, including but  not limited to, purchase
of service agreements  to implement the provisions
of this section.
    Sec.  69.  Section   17b-259  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section  2 of public act
97-143,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   Each  town   shall   provide   medically
necessary  services  by   one  or  more  competent
physicians   for   all   persons   twenty-one   to
sixty-four years of  age who are receiving general
assistance benefits from such town, or eligible to
be supported by  such  town,  or unable to pay for
the same over a two-year period, when such persons
are in need  thereof,  and each town shall furnish
necessary  hospitalization,  in   accordance  with
section 17b-220, AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, for all
such persons if such persons have not made, within
twenty-four   months  prior   to   the   date   of
application  for  such   aid,   an  assignment  or
transfer or other disposition of property for less
than  fair  market   value,  for  the  purpose  of
establishing   eligibility   for    benefits    or
assistance  under  [sections   17b-19,  17b-63  to
17b-65, inclusive, 17b-115  to 17b-138, inclusive,
17b-220 to 17b-250,  inclusive,  17b-256, 17b-259,
17b-263, 17b-287, 17b-340  to  17b-350, inclusive,
17b-689  to 17b-693,  inclusive,  and  17b-743  to
17b-747,   inclusive]   THE   GENERAL   ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM. Any such disposition shall be presumed to
have been made  for  the  purpose  of establishing
eligibility for benefits or assistance unless such
person furnishes convincing  evidence to establish
that  the transaction  was  exclusively  for  some
other  purpose.  Ineligibility   because  of  such
disposition shall continue  only  for  either  (1)
twenty-four months after  the  date of disposition
or (2) that  period  of  time  from  the  date  of
disposition over which  the  fair  market value of
such property, less  any consideration received in
exchange for its  disposition,  together  with all
other income and  resources, would furnish support
on a reasonable  standard  of  health and decency,
whichever period is  shorter,  except  that in any
case where the  uncompensated value of disposed of
resources  exceeds twelve  thousand  dollars,  the
Commissioner of Social  Services shall provide for
a   period   of   ineligibility   based   on   the
uncompensated  value  which   exceeds  twenty-four
months.  The  ability  of  a  person  to  pay  for
medically  necessary  services   over  a  two-year
period shall be determined by a town in accordance
with  regulations adopted  by  the  Department  of
Social Services in  accordance with the provisions
of chapter 54,  provided  income  in excess of the
maximum income levels established pursuant to such
regulations  and  any  assets  in  excess  of  two
hundred  fifty dollars  shall  be  applied  toward
medical bills incurred  during the two-year period
and  assistance shall  be  granted  only  for  the
remaining  balance  of   the   cost  of  medically
necessary  services.  Any  recipient  who  becomes
ineligible for benefits  under  [sections  17b-19,
17b-63 to 17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-115 to 17b-138,
inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,
17b-259,  17b-263, 17b-287,  17b-340  to  17b-350,
inclusive,  17b-689  to  17b-693,  inclusive,  and
17b-743  to  17b-747,   inclusive,]   THE  GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM due  to employment may continue
to receive medical  assistance  for  up  to  three
months.   Persons   under   twenty-one   or   over
sixty-four years of age who are otherwise eligible
under  this  section  and  who  have  applied  for
Medicaid but have not yet been determined eligible
by the Department  of Social Services, may receive
assistance   under  this   section.   Any   person
receiving  medical  treatment  or  hospitalization
under this section  shall  make  to  the selectmen
full  disclosure of  his  financial  condition  as
provided in section  17b-123,  AS  AMENDED BY THIS
ACT.   A   completed   application   for   medical
assistance under this  section may be filed by the
person  seeking  assistance,   a  member  of  such
person's immediate family  or  a medical provider,
including a physician  or a hospital, within sixty
days    of   commencement    of    treatment    or
hospitalization.  A  town   shall  be  liable  for
medical  bills  only   for   those  persons  whose
eligibility can be  determined  in accordance with
standards established pursuant  to section 17b-78,
AS AMENDED BY  THIS  ACT,  and those persons under
twenty-one or over sixty-four years of age who are
otherwise eligible under this section and who have
applied  for  Medicaid   but  have  not  yet  been
determined eligible by  the  Department  of Social
Services. No applicant  who  may be eligible for a
third-party  payment  to  which  he  is  entitled,
including private insurance,  hospital  or medical
service corporation benefits,  veterans' benefits,
Medicare  and  [medical   assistance  pursuant  to
sections 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to
17b-285,  inclusive,  and   17b-357   to  17b-362,
inclusive,] MEDICAID shall be eligible for general
assistance medical aid  until he has completed the
application  process for  such  benefits.  On  and
after October 1,  1991, a town shall not be liable
for payment of  the  applicant's  medical bills if
the   applicant  fails   to   provide   sufficient
documentation  to determine  his  eligibility  for
such benefits. Failure  of  a  person or a legally
liable relative of  the person to cooperate in the
general assistance application  process  shall not
prevent payment to a medical provider for services
rendered to the  person if adequate information is
otherwise  available  to  determine  the  person's
eligibility under this  section. On or after April
1,  1997,  the   commissioner  shall  implement  a
managed care program for medical services provided
under  this  program,   except  services  provided
pursuant to section  17a-453a. Notwithstanding the
provisions  of  sections   4a-51  and  4a-57,  the
commissioner may enter  into  contracts, including
but not limited to, purchase of service agreements
to implement the provisions of this section.
    (b) The medical  services  for  which  a  town
shall be liable under this section and for which a
town shall be  reimbursed  by  the  state shall be
limited  to  the   following  medically  necessary
services provided such  services are covered under
the  Medicaid  program:   [pursuant   to  sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808:] (1) Physician services, (2) hospital
services, on an  inpatient  basis  subject  to the
provisions of section  17b-220, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, and outpatient  care,  (3)  community  clinic
services,   (4)  prescription   drugs,   excluding
over-the-counter drugs, (5)  glasses,  (6) hearing
aids,  (7)  laboratory  and  x-ray  services,  (8)
emergency dental services,  (9)  emergency medical
transportation, and (10)  examinations  (A) needed
to determine [employability for participation in a
work  program pursuant  to  section  17b-689,  (B)
required by a  prospective  employer  but not paid
for by such  employer, or (C)] UNEMPLOYABILITY, OR
(B) requested by  an  attorney  to  establish  the
eligibility   of  a   person   receiving   general
assistance  benefits  for   federal  supplementary
security  income  benefits   pursuant  to  section
17b-119. In lieu of providing medical services, in
accordance with this  section,  a town or group of
towns may submit  a  plan  to  the  Department  of
Social Services for  approval  to  provide medical
services  in some  other  manner.  The  department
shall approve the  plan only if the persons served
under it receive  at  least the services listed in
this   subsection  and   the   plan   offers   the
possibility  of  improved  medical  care  or  cost
savings. The department  shall encourage a town or
group of towns  to  contract for the management of
such medically necessary services.
    Sec.  70.  Section   17b-261  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section  3 of public act
97-288,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Medical assistance  shall  be provided for
any  otherwise  eligible   person   whose  income,
including  any  available   support  from  legally
liable relatives and  the  income of his spouse or
dependent child, is  not  more  than  one  hundred
forty-three  per  cent,   pending  approval  of  a
federal waiver applied  for pursuant to subsection
(d) of this section, of the benefit amount paid to
a person with no income under the [aid to families
with   dependent   children]    TEMPORARY   FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program in  the  appropriate  region of
residence   and   if    such    person    is    an
institutionalized individual as defined in Section
1917(c)  of  the   Social  Security  Act,  42  USC
1396p(c),  and  has  not  made  an  assignment  or
transfer or other disposition of property for less
than  fair  market   value   for  the  purpose  of
establishing   eligibility   for    benefits    or
assistance   under   this    section.   Any   such
disposition shall be  treated  in  accordance with
Section 1917(c) of the Social Security Act, 42 USC
1396p(c).  Any disposition  of  property  made  on
behalf of an  applicant or recipient or his spouse
by a guardian,  conservator,  person authorized to
make  such disposition  pursuant  to  a  power  of
attorney or other  person  so  authorized  by  law
shall be attributed  to  such applicant, recipient
or spouse. A  disposition of property ordered by a
court shall be  evaluated  in  accordance with the
standards applied to  any  other  such disposition
for the purpose  of  determining  eligibility. The
commissioner  shall establish  the  standards  for
eligibility for medical  assistance at one hundred
forty-three per cent of the benefit amount paid to
a family unit  of  equal size with no income under
the  [aid to  families  with  dependent  children]
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   program   in   the
appropriate region of  residence,  pending federal
approval,  except  that   the  medical  assistance
program shall provide  coverage  to  persons under
the  age of  nineteen  born  after  September  30,
[1983] 1981, up  to  one  hundred  eighty-five per
cent of the federal poverty level without an asset
limit. ON AND  AFTER  JULY  1,  1998, SAID MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  SHALL   PROVIDE  COVERAGE  TO
PERSONS UNDER THE  AGE OF NINETEEN BORN AFTER JUNE
30,  1981,  OR   IF   POSSIBLE   WITHIN  AVAILABLE
APPROPRIATIONS, BORN AFTER  JUNE  30,  1980,  WITH
FAMILY INCOME UP  TO  ONE  HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE PER
CENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL WITHOUT AN ASSET
LIMIT. Such levels  shall be based on the regional
differences in such benefit amount, if applicable,
unless such levels  based  on regional differences
are  not in  conformance  with  federal  law.  Any
income in excess  of  the applicable amounts shall
be applied as may be required by said federal law,
and assistance shall be granted for the balance of
the cost of  authorized  medical  assistance.  All
contracts entered into  on and after the effective
date of [this  act]  PUBLIC ACT 97-288 pursuant to
this   section  shall   include   provisions   for
collaboration of managed  care  organizations with
the   Healthy   Families    Connecticut    Program
established pursuant to section 17a-56, as amended
by section 2  of  [this act. The commissioner may,
as permitted by  federal law, extend by six months
the eligibility for  assistance  or benefits under
this  section  to  former  recipients  of  aid  to
families  with  dependent   children   who   would
otherwise  become  ineligible   to   receive  such
benefits  or  assistance   due   to  the  loss  of
federally  applicable  disregards   on   earnings]
PUBLIC  ACT 97-288.  The  Commissioner  of  Social
Services shall provide  applicants  for assistance
under this section,  at  the  time of application,
with a written  statement  advising  them  of  the
effect  of an  assignment  or  transfer  or  other
disposition  of  property   on   eligibility   for
benefits or assistance.
    (b) For the  purposes  of [sections 17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive,
and sections 17b-357  to  17b-362,  inclusive] THE
MEDICAID  PROGRAM,  the   Commissioner  of  Social
Services  shall  consider   parental   income  and
resources as available  to  a child under eighteen
years of age who is living with his parents and is
blind  or  disabled  [,  as  defined  in  sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] FOR PURPOSES OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM,
or to any  other  child  under twenty-one years of
age who is living with his parents.
    (c)  On  or   before  January  15,  1994,  and
annually  thereafter,  the  Department  of  Social
Services shall submit  a  report  to  the  General
Assembly in accordance  with  section  11-4a which
sets forth the  following:  The number of children
receiving  Medicaid  services;   the   number   of
children receiving medical  treatment at any state
or municipal health  care  facility; the number of
doctors and dentists  participating  in  state  or
municipally-funded programs; and the percentage of
children treated in  medical programs whose family
income is less  than  one hundred thirty-three per
cent of the  federal  poverty level and the number
whose family income  is  greater  than one hundred
thirty-three  per  cent  but  not  more  than  one
hundred  eighty-five  per   cent  of  the  federal
poverty level. On  and  after October 1, 1996, the
report shall be  submitted  to  the joint standing
committee   of   the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating  to human services
and, upon request,  to  any  member of the General
Assembly.  A  summary   of  the  report  shall  be
submitted to each  member  of the General Assembly
if  the  summary  is  two  pages  or  less  and  a
notification of the  report  shall be submitted to
each member if the summary is more than two pages.
Submission shall be by mailing the report, summary
or notification to the legislative address of each
member of the  committee  or the General Assembly,
as applicable.
    (d) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
seek a waiver  from  federal law to permit federal
financial participation for  Medicaid expenditures
for  families  with   incomes   of   one   hundred
forty-three per cent  of the [aid to families with
dependent  children] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program payment standard.
    Sec.  71.  Section   17b-264  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    All  of the  provisions  of  sections  17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  AS  AMENDED BY THIS
ACT,  17b-79  to   17b-103,  inclusive,  [17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to 17b-362, inclusive,]  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT,
AND 17b-600 to  17b-604,  inclusive,  [17b-807 and
17b-808] are extended  to  the  medical assistance
program except such provisions as are inconsistent
with federal law  and  regulations governing Title
XIX of the  Social Security Amendments of 1965 and
sections 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT,  17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive, AS
AMENDED  BY THIS  ACT,  and  17b-357  to  17b-362,
inclusive.
    Sec.  72.  Section   17b-277  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
provide,  in  accordance   with  federal  law  and
regulations,  medical assistance  under  [sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808]  THE   MEDICAID   PROGRAM  to  needy
pregnant women and  children up to one year of age
whose families have  an  income  up to one hundred
eighty-five per cent of the federal poverty level.
    (b)   The   commissioner    shall    implement
presumptive eligibility for appropriate applicants
for [assistance under  sections  17b-22, 17b-75 to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79  to  17b-103, inclusive,
17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to
17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive,
17b-357 to 17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600 to 17b-604,
inclusive,  17b-807  and   17b-808]  THE  MEDICAID
PROGRAM with an  emphasis  on pregnant women. Such
presumptive eligibility determinations shall be in
accordance  with  applicable   federal   law   and
regulations. The commissioner  shall  provide such
presumptive eligibility determinations  on a pilot
basis, in one  district  office, beginning June 1,
1991, and shall  provide them state-wide effective
September 1, 1991.
    Sec.  73.  Section   17b-282  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    On and after January 1, 1991, the Commissioner
of Social Services may provide, in accordance with
federal law and  regulations  and within available
appropriations, medical assistance under [sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] THE  MEDICAID PROGRAM to (1) children
over  five and  under  nine  years  of  age  whose
families have an income below one hundred per cent
of the federal  poverty  level and (2) elderly and
disabled persons who  would be eligible to receive
supplemental security income  benefits  except for
income and who  have incomes below one hundred per
cent of the federal poverty level.
    Sec.  74.  Section   17b-283  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
amend the state's  model  2176  Medicaid waiver to
allow one hundred  twenty-five disabled persons to
participate under the waiver.
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services may
study the feasibility of and costs associated with
providing  [medical  assistance   coverage   under
sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808]  MEDICAID  COVERAGE  for  outpatient
substance    abuse   treatment    services.    The
commissioner  shall  report   his   findings   and
recommendations to the  joint  standing committees
of  the  General  Assembly  having  cognizance  of
matters   relating   to    human    services   and
appropriations and the  budgets  of state agencies
by January 1, 1991.
    Sec.  75.  Section   17b-284  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services may
continue,  within  available   appropriations,  to
provide [medical assistance under sections 17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to  17b-604,  inclusive,   17b-807   and  17b-808]
MEDICAID to employed  persons  who have conditions
which prevent them from obtaining health insurance
under an employer's  group  health  insurance plan
and  who would  otherwise  be  eligible  for  such
medical assistance.
    (b)  The  commissioner   may   pay  under  the
[medical  assistance]  MEDICAID   program,  within
available appropriations, the  employee's share of
health insurance under  an employer's group health
insurance plan for  employees  who would otherwise
be eligible for medical assistance.
    (c)  The  commissioner   may   pay  under  the
[medical  assistance]  MEDICAID   program,  within
available   appropriations,   the   premiums   for
continued  health  insurance   coverage  under  an
employer's group health  insurance  plan, pursuant
to  the  federal   Consolidated   Omnibus   Budget
Reconciliation  Act  of   1985,  as  amended,  for
chronically ill and  disabled  persons  who are no
longer employed and  would  otherwise  be eligible
for [medical assistance] MEDICAID.
    Sec. 76. Subsection  (a) of section 17b-342 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
administer the Connecticut  home-care  program for
the elderly state-wide  in  order  to  prevent the
institutionalization of elderly  persons  (1)  who
are recipients of  medical assistance, (2) who are
eligible for such  assistance, or (3) who meet the
criteria  for  the  state-funded  portion  of  the
program under subsection  (i) of this section. For
purposes  of  this   section,   a  long-term  care
facility is a  facility  which  has been federally
certified  as  a   skilled   nursing  facility  or
intermediate care facility. The commissioner shall
make any revisions  in  the  state  Medicaid  plan
required by Title  XIX  of the Social Security Act
prior to implementing  the program. The annualized
cost of the  community-based  services provided to
such persons under  the  program  shall not exceed
sixty per cent  of  the  weighted  average cost of
care   in   skilled    nursing    facilities   and
intermediate care facilities. The program shall be
structured so that  the  net cost to the state for
long-term facility care  in  combination  with the
community-based services under  the  program shall
not exceed the  net  cost  the  state  would  have
incurred  without the  program.  The  commissioner
shall  investigate the  possibility  of  receiving
federal funds for  the program and shall apply for
any  necessary federal  waivers.  A  recipient  of
services under the  program,  and  the  estate and
legally liable relatives  of  the recipient, shall
be responsible for  reimbursement to the state for
such services to  the  same  extent  required of a
recipient of assistance  under  [sections  17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] THE
STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,   MEDICAL   ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  OR
FOOD STAMPS PROGRAM.  ONLY A UNITED STATES CITIZEN
OR  A  NONCITIZEN   WHO   MEETS   THE  CITIZENSHIP
REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY  UNDER  THE  MEDICAID
PROGRAM SHALL BE  ELIGIBLE  FOR HOME-CARE SERVICES
UNDER THIS SECTION,  EXCEPT  A QUALIFIED ALIEN, AS
DEFINED IN SECTION  431  OF  PUBLIC  LAW  104-193,
ADMITTED INTO THE UNITED STATES ON OR AFTER AUGUST
22, 1996, OR  OTHER  LAWFULLY  RESIDING  IMMIGRANT
ALIEN DETERMINED ELIGIBLE  FOR SERVICES UNDER THIS
SECTION  PRIOR  TO  JULY  1,  1997,  SHALL  REMAIN
ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH  SERVICES  UNTIL  JULY  1, 1999.
QUALIFIED  ALIENS  OR   OTHER   LAWFULLY  RESIDING
IMMIGRANT ALIENS NOT  DETERMINED ELIGIBLE PRIOR TO
JULY 1, 1997, SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES UNDER
THIS  SECTION  SUBSEQUENT   TO   SIX  MONTHS  FROM
ESTABLISHING  RESIDENCY  UNTIL   JULY   1,   1999.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBSECTION,
ANY QUALIFIED ALIEN  OR  OTHER  LAWFULLY  RESIDING
IMMIGRANT  ALIEN  WHO  IS  A  VICTIM  OF  DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE OR WHO  HAS  MENTAL  RETARDATION SHALL BE
ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
    Sec. 77. Subsection  (a) of section 17b-611 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner of Social Services, after
consultation  with  the   Commissioner  of  Public
Health,  may  contract  with  an  insurer,  within
available appropriations, to  provide a subsidized
nongroup  health insurance  product  for  disabled
persons  who  would   be   eligible   to   receive
supplemental security income  benefits  except for
income and who  have incomes above the eligibility
limit  for  [medical   assistance  under  sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] MEDICAID  and  under  two hundred per
cent of the  federal  poverty  level. The contract
shall include a  sliding  fee  schedule  based  on
income for premiums  and  shall  provide  for  the
setting of premiums at a level to cover twenty per
cent of program  costs. The contract shall provide
for the use of mechanisms to control costs.
    Sec.  78.  Section   17b-689  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    [(a) As hereinafter  provided, each town shall
establish a work program which shall include work,
work training or work readiness experience and may
include  substance abuse  counseling  for  persons
dependent   on   drugs   and   alcohol   who   are
participating in such  program. Except as provided
in subsection (f),  employable  persons  otherwise
eligible for support, pursuant to sections 17b-116
and 17b-134, from  any  town  shall be required to
perform such work  or  participate in such program
as may be  assigned  to them by the public welfare
official of the  town  granting such support or to
participate in an  education  or  training program
under  section 31-3d  or  any  other  training  or
education   program   approved    by   the   Labor
Commissioner. The public  welfare  official  shall
assign to such  work as is available in connection
with the affairs of state or town government or to
public   work   programs    established   by   the
Commissioner of Social  Services,  as  approved by
the Labor Commissioner,  including the performance
of work in the operation of or in an activity of a
nonprofit agency or  institution,  as  defined  in
Subsection (c)(3) of  Section  501  of  the United
States  Internal  Revenue   Code   pursuant  to  a
contract with a  town,  or  to  a private employer
training  program under  section  17b-691,  or  to
education or training,  employable  recipients  of
support provided such  official  is satisfied that
such persons will  not  be  used to replace, or to
perform any work  ordinarily performed by, regular
employees of any  department  or  other  unit of a
town or the  state,  or  to replace, or to perform
any work ordinarily  performed  for  a town or the
state by, craft  or  trade  in private employment.
Participation in an  education,  rehabilitation or
training program not part of a work program may be
deemed participation in a work program if approved
by the Commissioner of Social Services. The number
of hours of  work  to  be  required  of  each such
person, except a person participating in a private
employer training program  under  section 17b-691,
shall be determined  by  the  amount of the budget
deficit of such  person  and  his family. A person
participating in a  program  pursuant  to  section
17b-691 shall receive wages in accordance with the
provisions of that section. No such person, except
a  person  participating  in  a  private  employer
training program under  section  17b-691, shall be
required to work for more than the number of hours
necessary to earn such amount or be paid more than
such amount or  less than the minimum hourly wage,
pursuant to section  31-58,  and  no  such  person
shall be required  to  work or attend training for
more than eight  hours in a day or more than forty
hours in a  week.  In addition, each person in the
workfare  program  may   be   required  to  attend
substance abuse counseling.  Any such person shall
be liable for reimbursements for grants of support
only to the  extent  of  the excess of such grants
over and above the work performed. Any such person
who refuses or  wilfully  fails to report for work
or to participate  in  an  education  or  training
program or substance  abuse counseling to which he
is assigned by  the  public welfare official shall
be ineligible for  assistance  for ninety days. An
employable general assistance  recipient  who  (1)
refuses to cooperate  with  the town in developing
or carrying out  his employability plan; (2) fails
to  accept  employment  without  just  cause  when
offered;   or   (3)    accepts    employment   and
subsequently quits his job voluntarily and without
sufficient cause or is discharged for cause as set
forth in subdivision  (2)  of  subsection  (a)  of
section 31-236 shall  be ineligible for assistance
for ninety days.  Such  a  period of ineligibility
shall commence on  the  day  immediately following
the actual date of termination.
    (b) Each town shall separate the persons it is
liable to support pursuant to sections 17b-116 and
17b-134 into either  the  category  of  employable
recipient of general assistance or the category of
unemployable recipient of general assistance. Each
town shall maintain  a list setting forth the name
of  any  person   receiving   general   assistance
benefits and the  category  into which such person
has been placed.
    (c)] For the  purposes  of  this  section  and
sections 17b-63, 17b-78,  17b-118 [,] AND 17b-134,
[and  17b-690]  AS   AMENDED   BY   THIS  ACT,  an
"employable person" means  one  (1) who is sixteen
years of age  or  older  but  less than sixty-five
years  of age;  AND  (2)  who  has  no  documented
physical or mental  impairment  or who has such an
impairment which is  expected  to  last  less than
[six]   TWO   months,   as   determined   by   the
commissioner,  prohibiting  him  from  working  or
participating in an  education,  training or other
work-readiness program. [;  (3) who is required to
register with the  Labor  Department,  pursuant to
section 17b-118; and  (4)  who is not in full-time
attendance in high  school.  For  the  purposes of
sections  17b-63,  17b-78,  17b-118,  17b-134  and
17b-690, an "employable  person  who is job-ready"
means a person  who (A) has been employed at least
six months within  the  last five years, (B) has a
high  school  diploma  or  a  general  equivalency
diploma, or (C) has completed vocational training.
A person who  is  "employable  but  not job-ready"
means a person  who may otherwise be job-ready but
(i) has a  physical  impairment as documented by a
physician which is  of  such  severity  as to be a
significant barrier to  employment but not of such
severity   and   duration   as   to   qualify   as
unemployable;  (ii)  has   a   documented   mental
impairment, including substance abuse, which is of
such severity as  to  be  a significant barrier to
employment but not  of  such severity and duration
as to qualify  as  unemployable; or (iii) has been
subject to domestic  violence  or  a  catastrophic
event the impact of which prevents the person from
entering employment for  at  least  sixty days. No
person  shall be  determined  employable  but  not
job-ready solely due  to  lack  of transportation,
lack of proficiency  in  English  or homelessness,
but may be  determined  not  job-ready  if lacking
transportation, lacking proficiency in English and
homeless.] For the  purposes  of  this section and
[sections]  SECTION  17b-134,   [and  17b-690]  AS
AMENDED  BY THIS  ACT,  an  "unemployable  person"
means one (1) who is under sixteen years of age or
sixty-five years of  age  or  older  or fifty-five
years of age  or  older  with a history of chronic
unemployment; (2) who  has  a  physical  or mental
impairment which is  expected to last at least six
months, as determined by the commissioner; (3) who
is  pending  receipt   of   supplemental  security
income,  social  security   income   or  financial
assistance through another program administered by
the Department of  Social  Services;  (4)  who  is
needed to care  for a child under two years of age
or an incapacitated child or spouse; or (5) who is
a full-time high  school  student. FOR PURPOSES OF
THIS  SECTION  AND   SAID   SECTION   17b-134,   A
"TRANSITIONAL INDIVIDUAL" MEANS  (A)  A PERSON WHO
HAS A DOCUMENTED  PHYSICAL  OR  MENTAL  IMPAIRMENT
WHICH PREVENTS EMPLOYMENT  AND IS EXPECTED TO LAST
AT LEAST TWO  MONTHS,  BUT LESS THAN SIX MONTHS AS
DEFINED  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER,  AND  WHO,  UNLESS
CIRCUMSTANCES PRECLUDED PARTICIPATION IN THE LABOR
FORCE,  AS DETERMINED  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER,  HAS
WORKED IN AT  LEAST  THREE OF THE MOST RECENT FIVE
CALENDAR QUARTERS AND EARNED AT LEAST FIVE HUNDRED
DOLLARS IN EACH  QUARTER  OR  WHO  RECEIVED OR WAS
ELIGIBLE  TO  RECEIVE   UNEMPLOYMENT  COMPENSATION
WITHIN THE PREVIOUS SIX MONTHS; (B) A PERSON WHOSE
DETERMINATION OF UNEMPLOYABILITY OR DISABILITY, AS
DEFINED BY THE  COMMISSIONER,  IS  PENDING AND WHO
PROVIDES  MEDICAL  DOCUMENTATION   OF   A   SEVERE
PHYSICAL OR MENTAL IMPAIRMENT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO
LAST AT LEAST  SIX  MONTHS; OR (C) UNTIL SUCH TIME
AS THE DEPARTMENT  OF  MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES  IMPLEMENTS ITS  BASIC  NEEDS  SUPPLEMENT
PROGRAM IN THE REGION IN WHICH THE PERSON RESIDES,
A PERSON WITH MENTAL ILLNESS OR A SUBSTANCE ABUSER
IN A TREATMENT  PLAN  APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER
OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES, OR BY THE
LOCAL  WELFARE  OFFICIAL.   A   person  who  is  a
substance abuser shall  be required to participate
in treatment, including  counseling,  [as  part of
his employability plan]  and shall be eligible for
assistance while waiting for treatment.
    [(d) Work performed by any person under a work
program in accordance  with the provisions of this
section shall not  affect  the eligibility of such
person for compensation  under  the  provisions of
chapter 567.
    (e)  Upon  submission   by  any  town  to  the
Commissioner of Social  Services  of  a  plan  for
implementation of the  provisions  of this section
in a manner  deemed  by  said  commissioner  to be
consistent  with  the   intent  of  this  section,
payments  for  support  by  the  town  to  general
assistance  recipients  participating  in  a  work
program or training  or education program approved
by the Labor Commissioner shall be includable as a
relief expenditure under the provisions of section
17b-134.
    (f)  At least  two-thirds  of  the  employable
general assistance recipients  of  each town shall
become  participants  in   the   work  program  or
training or education  program  of the town within
two  years  of   approval,   pursuant  to  section
17b-690, by the Commissioner of Social Services of
the  plan implementing  such  program.  Each  town
shall maintain the  two-thirds placement ratio for
every  month  thereafter.   Calculation   of   the
two-thirds  compliance  ratio  shall  be  made  in
accordance  with  regulations   adopted   by   the
Commissioner of Social Services in accordance with
the provisions of  chapter  54.  A  town  that  is
liable  to  support  an  employable  recipient  of
general  assistance pursuant  to  section  17b-116
shall not be required to include such recipient in
its work program  or training or education program
if the recipient  is  not  a  resident of the town
providing  support.  The  Commissioner  of  Social
Services shall develop  positions in state, public
or private nonprofit agencies for the placement of
up  to twenty-five  per  cent  of  the  employable
participants from each  town  which  has  over one
hundred   eighty   such   participants.   If   the
commissioner fails to  develop  such positions and
such town has  the required number of participants
minus twenty-five per  cent, the town shall not be
denied  reimbursement  for  such  twenty-five  per
cent. The commissioner  of each state agency shall
cooperate with the Commissioner of Social Services
in   the   development    of    such    positions.
Notwithstanding any provision  of  the regulations
of state agencies,  the  commissioner may exempt a
town from the requirements of this subsection.
    (g)  For  purposes   of   chapter   568,  each
employable person participating under this section
in a work program or training or education program
approved  by  the   Labor  Commissioner  shall  be
considered to be  an  employee  of  the  town from
which he is  receiving  support, and participation
in a work program or training or education program
approved  by  the   Labor  Commissioner  shall  be
considered to be  such person's employment by such
town at a  wage  equal to the minimum hourly wage,
pursuant to section  31-58,  or such higher amount
as is provided  in  the  plan  for  a work program
submitted under section 17b-690. To the extent any
such employable person  participating in such work
program or training  or education program receives
workers'  compensation  benefits,   payments   for
support  and  other   assistance  to  such  person
provided under this chapter by the town from which
he is receiving  support  shall be correspondingly
reduced.
    (h) Each town  shall  develop an employability
plan  for  each   employable   general  assistance
recipient. Such plan  shall be designed to require
and enable the recipient to improve his chances of
finding employment.]
    Sec. 79. Subsection  (a) of section 17b-694 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Labor  Commissioner,  in  consultation
with  the Commissioners  of  Social  Services  and
Mental Health, shall  administer  a grant program,
within   available   appropriations,    to    fund
employment placement projects  for  recipients  of
general assistance, [and  recipients  of  stipends
issued pursuant to  the grant program administered
by the Labor  Department,  established  in section
17b-689a] STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE,
CASH ASSISTANCE OR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. A grant may
be awarded to (1) a municipality or group of towns
which  form a  region  based  on  a  project  plan
providing education, training  or other assistance
in  securing  employment,   [or]   (2)  a  private
substance abuse or mental health services provider
based  on  a   project   plan   incorporating  job
placement  in  the  treatment  process  OR  (3)  A
NONPROFIT   ORGANIZATION   PROVIDING    EMPLOYMENT
SERVICES WHEN NO  MUNICIPALITY  OR  GROUP OF TOWNS
ELECT TO APPLY  FOR  SUCH  A  GRANT  FOR  A  GIVEN
GEOGRAPHIC  AREA.  A   plan   may   include   cash
incentives as a supplement to wages for recipients
who work.
    Sec.  80.  Section   17b-698  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
collect data from  each job training and placement
service  funded  by   the   Department  of  Social
Services and serving  recipients  of  the  [aid to
families with dependent  children  program and the
general  assistance] TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE
program for the  purpose  of assessing the success
of job placement services in assisting a recipient
of either such program to attain self-sufficiency.
Data collected shall  include,  but not be limited
to: (1) The  number  of  clients  served;  (2) the
number of clients placed in jobs; (3) types of job
training  received  by   recipients  and  if  such
training led to employment; (4) cost-effectiveness
of job training;  (5)  types  of  jobs obtained by
recipients; (6) salary  and benefits of those jobs
obtained; and (7) length of those jobs obtained.
    Sec.  81.  Section   17b-744  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any  order  payable  to  the  Commissioner  of
Administrative  Services  for   support   of   any
beneficiary of public  assistance shall, on filing
by the state  Commissioner of Social Services with
the court making such order, or with the assistant
clerk of the  Family  Support  Magistrate Division
where such order  was  entered,  of  a  notice  of
discontinuance of such assistance and on notice to
the payor by  registered or certified mail, a copy
of which notice  shall be sent to the Commissioner
of Administrative Services, be payable directly to
such  beneficiary, beginning  with  the  effective
date   of   discontinuance,    except   that   the
Commissioner  of  Social  Services  may  elect  to
continue  to  collect  such  support  payments  on
behalf  of  the   beneficiaries  of  [its  aid  to
families with dependent  children]  THE  TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  for  three months after
the date of  discontinuance as provided in federal
law and regulations.
    Sec. 82. Subsection  (b) of section 17b-745 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) Any court  or  family  support magistrate,
called upon to  enforce  a  support  order,  shall
insure that such  order  is reasonable in light of
the obligor's ability  to  pay.  Any support order
entered pursuant to  this  section, or any support
order  from  another   jurisdiction   subject   to
enforcement by the  state  of  Connecticut, may be
modified  by motion  of  the  party  seeking  such
modification,  including the  support  enforcement
division in [AFDC]  TANF  support cases as defined
in subsection (b)  of  section 46b-231, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT,  upon  a  showing  of  a  substantial
change in the  circumstances  of  either  party or
upon a showing  that  the  final  order  for child
support  substantially  deviates  from  the  child
support guidelines established pursuant to section
46b-215a, unless there  was  a specific finding on
the record that  the application of the guidelines
would be inequitable  or  inappropriate,  provided
the court or  family support magistrate finds that
the  obligor  or   the   obligee   and  any  other
interested party have  received  actual  notice of
the pendency of  such  motion  and of the time and
place of the  hearing  on such motion. There shall
be a rebuttable  presumption that any deviation of
less than fifteen  per cent from the child support
guidelines is not substantial and any deviation of
fifteen per cent  or  more  from the guidelines is
substantial.  Modification may  be  made  of  such
support order without  regard to whether the order
was issued before, on or after May 9, 1991. In any
hearing to modify  any  support order from another
jurisdiction  the  court  or  the  family  support
magistrate  shall  conduct   the   proceedings  in
accordance with the procedure set forth in section
46b-197. No such  support orders may be subject to
retroactive modification except  that the court or
family support magistrate  may  order modification
with respect to any period during which there is a
pending motion for  a  modification of an existing
support order from  the  date of service of notice
of such pending  motion  upon  the  opposing party
pursuant to section 52-50.
    Sec.  83.  Section   17b-802  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
establish,  within available  appropriations,  and
administer a program of grants to persons residing
in emergency shelters  or  other emergency housing
who are recipients  of  [assistance under sections
17b-19,  17b-22,  17b-63   to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114 to  17b-138, inclusive, 17b-180
to  17b-183,  inclusive,   17b-220   to   17b-250,
inclusive, 17b-256, 17b-259 to 17b-287, inclusive,
17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-689
to  17b-693,  inclusive,   17b-743   to   17b-747,
inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808] PUBLIC ASSISTANCE,
STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  OR GENERAL
ASSISTANCE and to  persons  who  have a documented
showing of financial  need  and  are  residing  in
emergency shelters or other emergency housing, for
use by such  persons  as  a  security deposit on a
rental dwelling unit. Eligible persons may receive
a grant in  an amount not to exceed the equivalent
of one month's  rent  on  such rental unit, except
that upon a  documented showing of financial need,
the commissioner may  approve a grant in an amount
not to exceed  the equivalent of two month's rent.
No person may  apply  for  and receive a grant for
use as a  security  deposit more than once without
the express authorization  of  the Commissioner of
Social Services except  as  provided in subsection
(b) of this section.
    (b) In the  case  of  any person who qualifies
for a grant,  the Commissioner of Social Services,
or any emergency  shelter  under contract with the
Department of Social  Services  to  assist  in the
administration  of the  security  deposit  program
established pursuant to  subsection  (a)  of  this
section, may, in  accordance  with  the landlord's
preference,  either  pay   the   security  deposit
directly to the  landlord  or  execute  a  written
agreement to pay  the  landlord  for  any  damages
suffered  by the  landlord  due  to  the  tenant's
failure to comply  with  such tenant's obligations
as defined in  section 47a-21, provided the amount
of any such payment shall not exceed the amount of
the  requested  security  deposit.  Payment  of  a
security deposit directly to the landlord shall be
conditional upon the  execution by the landlord of
a written agreement  providing  that if the tenant
for whom such  payment is made vacates the housing
unit, any return  of  the  security deposit and of
accrued interest to  which  the  tenant  would  be
entitled, shall be paid directly to the Department
of Social Services.  Such  refund shall be made in
accordance  with  the   requirements   of  section
47a-21, and, if  the  landlord claims the right to
withhold all or  most  of the security deposit, he
shall comply with all of the applicable provisions
of said section  except  that any notices required
shall also be  sent  to  the  Department of Social
Services. The rights  of  such  a  tenant  to  the
return of a  security  deposit shall be subrogated
to  the  state  of  Connecticut  and  if  suit  is
necessary to collect  the  deposit,  the defendant
shall pay all costs and shall be subject to double
damages as provided in section 47a-21. If a person
who has previously received a grant for a security
deposit becomes eligible  for  a subsequent grant,
the amount of  the subsequent grant for which such
person would otherwise have been eligible shall be
reduced by (1)  any  amount  of the previous grant
which has not  been  returned  to  the  department
pursuant to section  47a-21  or  (2) the amount of
any  payment made  to  the  landlord  for  damages
pursuant to this  subsection.  In any fiscal year,
the total amount  of security deposits granted and
written agreements executed  for  the  payment  of
damages pursuant to  this section shall not exceed
the amount available  for  the  program  for  that
fiscal year.
    (c) Any payment  made pursuant to this section
to any person  receiving general assistance [under
sections  17b-19,  17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-115 to 17b-138, inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250,
inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259,  17b-263,  17b-287,
17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693,
inclusive, and 17b-743  to 17b-747, inclusive,] OR
STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE shall not be
deducted from the  amount  of  assistance to which
the recipient would otherwise be entitled.
    (d) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
adopt   regulations   in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter 54 to administer the program
established pursuant to  this  section  and to set
eligibility criteria for grants under the program.
    Sec.  84.  Section   17b-804  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
establish and administer  a  rent  bank program of
loans and grants  to  ensure  housing for families
whose income does not exceed sixty per cent of the
median  income  in   the  state,  including  those
receiving   [aid  to   families   with   dependent
children]  TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE,  who  are
either at risk of becoming homeless or in imminent
danger of eviction or foreclosure.
    (b) To be  eligible  for assistance under this
section,  a  family   shall   (1)   document,   as
appropriate,  loss  of   income   or  increase  in
expenses including, but  not  limited  to, loss of
employment, medical disability  or emergency, loss
or delay in  receipt of other benefits, natural or
man-made  disaster,  substantial   and   permanent
change  in household  composition  and  any  other
condition   which  the   commissioner   determines
constitutes a severe hardship and is not likely to
recur and (2)  participate  in  the assessment and
mediation   program  established   under   section
17b-805.
    (c) The commissioner  may  establish repayment
terms for financial  assistance under this section
upon   determination  that   the   recipient   can
reasonably be expected  to  repay  all  or part of
such assistance, except  that  families  receiving
financial  assistance  under  the  [provisions  of
sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808] STATE  SUPPLEMENT  PROGRAM,  AID  TO
FAMILIES   WITH   DEPENDENT    CHILDREN   PROGRAM,
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM  OR  STATE
ADMINISTERED  GENERAL  ASSISTANCE   shall  not  be
required to repay  financial assistance made under
this section.
    (d)   No  family   shall   receive   financial
assistance under this  section  in  excess  of one
thousand two hundred  dollars  during any eighteen
consecutive months.
    (e) The commissioner  may adopt regulations in
accordance   with   chapter    54   to   determine
eligibility and repayment  standards for any loans
and grants under this section and to carry out the
purposes of this section.
    Sec.  85.  Section   17b-806  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
establish and administer  a  homefinders  program,
which    includes   participation    by    housing
authorities,   to   assist    families   including
recipients  of [aid  to  families  with  dependent
children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  who  are
homeless or in  imminent  danger  of  eviction  or
foreclosure. The commissioner shall administer the
program within available appropriations.
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services may
adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to
carry out the purposes of this section.
    Sec.  86.  Section   17b-807  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    [On and after July 1, 1992, no] NO state funds
appropriated  for  a  special  needs  benefit  for
emergency housing for recipients of payments under
the [program of  aid  to  families  with dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM OR
STATE  ADMINISTERED GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  shall  be
used to pay  the  costs  of  emergency  shelter in
hotels or motels  except  in  cases  of natural or
man-made disasters or other catastrophic events.
    Sec.  87.  Section   17b-808  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
provide  a special  needs  benefit  for  emergency
housing to any  recipient  of  payments  under the
[program  of  aid   to   families  with  dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and
the optional state  supplementation program [under
this  chapter]  who  cannot  remain  in  permanent
housing because (1)  a  judgment  has been entered
against the recipient  in a summary process action
instituted pursuant to  chapter  832, provided the
action was not  based  on  criminal activity, or a
judgment has been entered against the recipient in
a foreclosure action  pursuant  to chapter 846 and
the time limited  for  redemption  has passed; (2)
the  recipient  has   left   to   escape  domestic
violence; (3) a catastrophic event, such as a fire
or  flood,  has   made   the   permanent   housing
uninhabitable or the recipient has been ordered to
vacate the housing  by  a  local  code enforcement
official; (4) the  recipient  shares  an apartment
with a primary  tenant  who is being evicted or is
engaged in criminal  activity;  (5)  the recipient
was illegally locked  out  by  a  landlord and has
filed a police  complaint concerning such lockout;
(6) the recipient  has  been  living with a tenant
who received a  preliminary  notice  under section
47a-15 or a  notice to quit because of termination
of a rental agreement for lapse of time or (7) the
family has relocated because a child in the family
has been found  to  have  a  level  of lead in the
blood equal to  or  greater than twenty micrograms
per deciliter of  blood or any other abnormal body
burden of lead  and  the  local director of health
has   determined,   after    an    epidemiological
investigation pursuant to  section  19a-111,  that
the  source  of   the   lead   poisoning  was  the
residential unit in  which  the  family resided. A
person shall be  eligible  for  the  benefit under
this section provided  application  is made to the
commissioner within forty-five days of the loss of
permanent housing by  the  recipient. On and after
September 4, 1991, the benefit shall be limited to
not more than one occurrence per calendar year and
not more than  sixty  days  per occurrence, except
that any family  receiving  the benefit under this
section pursuant to  subdivision  (7) with a child
undergoing  chelation treatment  may  receive  the
benefit for more  than one occurrence provided the
total number of  days  the  benefit is received by
the family for  all  occurrences  is not more than
eighty  days in  any  calendar  year.  Any  person
receiving a benefit under this section shall agree
to reside in  any  housing  which was constructed,
renovated or rehabilitated  with  state or federal
financial    assistance.    Notwithstanding    the
provisions of this  section,  any family receiving
the  benefit  under   this   section  pursuant  to
subdivision (7) shall not be required to reside in
any housing in  which  the  paint contains a toxic
level of lead  as  defined  by the Commissioner of
Public Health in  regulations  adopted pursuant to
section 19a-111. Under  the  [program  of  aid  to
families with dependent children] TEMPORARY FAMILY
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, any  person  not  eligible for
the benefit under  this  section shall be referred
to the Department  of Social Services' program for
emergency shelter services.
    (b) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
provide for the  direct vendor payment of the rent
of any recipient of payments under the [program of
aid to families with dependent children] TEMPORARY
FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  and  the optional state
supplementation  program [under  sections  17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808] for
whom he has  made  a  finding of mismanagement and
who resides in  housing  where  the total rent, or
the recipient's share  of the total rent, does not
exceed thirty per  cent  of  the payment standard,
adjusted for region  and  family  size  under such
program.  Any  finding  of  mismanagement  by  the
commissioner shall be  in  accordance with federal
law and regulations  concerning  mismanagement  of
funds, except that  the  commissioner may permit a
recipient  for whom  vendor  rent  payments  would
terminate to request  an  extension of vendor rent
payments.  Such  voluntary  vendor  rent  payments
shall  be  discontinued   upon   request   of  the
recipient. If there  is  a rental arrearage at the
time  vendor  rent  payments  are  initiated,  the
commissioner may deduct from the payment under the
[program  of  aid   to   families  with  dependent
children] TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and
the optional state  supplementation program [under
sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808]  an  amount  not  to  exceed  thirty
dollars per month.  Such  amount  shall be used to
pay the back  rent due, provided recoupment by the
department of an  overpayment  shall  be suspended
during payment of arrearages to the landlord.
    (c) Within ten  days  of receiving a notice to
quit issued pursuant  to  chapter 832, a recipient
of benefits under  the [program of aid to families
with   dependent   children]    TEMPORARY   FAMILY
ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM  and   the   optional   state
supplementation  program [under  sections  17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807 and 17b-808] shall
notify the commissioner  of  the  receipt  of such
notice.  No  person   shall  be  denied  emergency
housing assistance or  declared ineligible for any
other benefit because  of  a failure to notify the
commissioner.
    Sec.  88.  Section   17b-809  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
prepare  and  implement   a   plan  for  informing
landlords of the department's rules concerning the
direct vendor payment  of  rents for recipients of
[aid   to  families   with   dependent   children]
TEMPORARY    FAMILY    ASSISTANCE     and    state
supplementation  and for  responding  to  landlord
inquiries about the availability of such payments,
including  the  circumstances   under  which  such
payments will be  made  and the maximum amounts of
such payments.
    Sec.  89.  Section   17b-813  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of  Social  Services  shall
provide    emergency   rental    assistance    for
[AFDC-eligible] families ELIGIBLE  FOR  ASSISTANCE
UNDER  THE  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM
living in hotels  and motels as a component of the
program for rental  assistance  established  under
section 17b-812, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec. 90. Subsection  (a)  of section 19a-7c of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The Commissioner  of  Public  Health,  in
consultation  with  the   Department   of   Social
Services,   may   contract,    within    available
appropriations, to provide  a  subsidized nongroup
health insurance product  for  pregnant  women who
are not eligible  for  [medical  assistance  under
sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] MEDICAID  and  have incomes under two
hundred fifty per  cent  of  the  federal  poverty
level.  The  Commissioner  of  Public  Health,  in
consultation  with  the   Department   of   Social
Services,   may   contract,    within    available
appropriations, to provide  a  subsidized nongroup
health  insurance  product   for   children  under
eighteen years of  age  who  are  not eligible for
such medical assistance  and  whose  families have
incomes under two  hundred per cent of the federal
poverty level. For  any  children  enrolled  as of
December 31, 1994,  in  a  program  established by
this  section,  the  commissioner  shall  contract
within  available  appropriations  to  extend  the
program  to  children  up  to  and  including  age
seventeen who were  enrolled  on  that  date.  The
products shall be available to such pregnant women
and children (1) for whom employer-based insurance
is not available  or  (2)  who have employer-based
insurance (A) to  cover  the cost of the premiums,
copayments and deductibles  of  the employer-based
plan provided the  cost of the employer-based plan
is less than  the  nongroup  product  and  (B)  to
provide coverage for  benefits  not covered by the
employer-based plan which  are  covered  under the
subsidized  nongroup product.  The  Department  of
Public Health may  make such products available to
limited populations, as  pilot programs, initially
to  test  the   impact   of   program  design  and
administration. The Department  of Social Services
shall  assist  in   the   administration   of  the
programs. The contract  may  include,  but  not be
limited  to,  provisions   for   coinsurance   and
copayment and a  sliding scale based on income for
premiums  and  shall   provide   for  the  use  of
mechanisms to control costs.
    Sec. 91. Subsection  (a) of section 19a-59b of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Public  Health shall
establish a maternal  and  child health protection
program. He shall  contract,  for  purposes of the
program,      annually,      within      available
appropriations,  with local  providers  of  health
services  to provide  outpatient  maternal  health
services and labor  and delivery services to needy
pregnant  women  and   child  health  services  to
children under six years of age. Eligibility shall
be limited to families who have an income equal to
or less than  one  hundred eighty-five per cent of
the poverty level, according to the federal Office
of Management and  Budget  poverty  guidelines for
nonfarm families, lack private, third party health
insurance  to  cover  such  services.  Such  local
providers shall determine eligibility for services
under the program.  The  contracts  shall  include
criteria   for  making   such   determination   in
accordance with this  section. Outpatient services
provided under the  program shall include at least
the  outpatient  services   provided  to  [medical
assistance  recipients  under   sections   17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to  17b-604,  inclusive,   17b-807   and  17b-808]
MEDICAID   RECIPIENTS.  The   commissioner   shall
conduct an outreach  program  designed  to educate
the public with  regard  to  the  program  and  to
encourage providers to participate in the program.
The  commissioner,  in   consultation   with   the
Commissioner of Social  Services,  shall  seek any
federal matching funds available for the program.
    Sec.  92.  Section   19a-507  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Notwithstanding the  provisions of chapter
368z,   New   Horizons,    Inc.,    a   nonprofit,
nonsectarian   organization,   or   a   subsidiary
organization controlled by  New Horizons, Inc., is
authorized to construct and operate an independent
living facility for  severely  physically disabled
adults, in the  town  of Farmington, provided such
facility shall be  constructed  in accordance with
applicable building codes.  The Farmington Housing
Authority, or any  issuer acting on behalf of said
authority,  subject  to  the  provisions  of  this
section, may issue  tax-exempt  revenue bonds on a
competitive or negotiated basis for the purpose of
providing  construction  and   permanent  mortgage
financing  for the  facility  in  accordance  with
Section 103 of the Internal Revenue Code. Prior to
the  issuance  of   such   bonds,  plans  for  the
construction of the facility shall be submitted to
and approved by  the Office of Health Care Access.
The office shall  approve or disapprove such plans
within thirty days  of  receipt  thereof.  If  the
plans are disapproved  they  may  be  resubmitted.
Failure of the  office  to act on the plans within
such thirty-day period  shall  be  deemed approval
thereof. The payments to residents of the facility
who are eligible  for  assistance  under [sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] THE STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM for room
and  board  and   necessary   services,  shall  be
determined annually to  be effective July first of
each year. Such  payments shall be determined on a
basis  of  a   reasonable  payment  for  necessary
services, which basis shall take into account as a
factor the costs  of  providing those services and
such  other  factors  as  the  commissioner  deems
reasonable, including anticipated  fluctuations in
the  cost of  providing  services.  Such  payments
shall be calculated  in accordance with the manner
in which rates  are calculated pursuant to section
17b-340, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and  the cost
related  reimbursement  system  pursuant  to  said
section except that  efficiency  incentives  shall
not  be  granted.  The  commissioner  shall,  upon
submission  of  a   request,   allow  actual  debt
service, comprised of  principal  and interest, in
excess  of  property  costs  allowed  pursuant  to
section   17-313b-5   of    the   regulations   of
Connecticut  state agencies,  provided  such  debt
service  terms  and   amounts  are  reasonable  in
relation to the  useful life and the base value of
the property. The  cost  basis  for  such  payment
shall be subject  to audit, and a recomputation of
the rate shall  be made based upon such audit. The
rate in effect  June  30,  1991,  shall  remain in
effect through June  30,  1992, except that if the
rate would have  been  decreased effective July 1,
1991, it shall  be  decreased.  The facility shall
report on a  fiscal  year  ending on the thirtieth
day  of  September   on   forms  provided  by  the
commissioner.  The  required   report   shall   be
received  by  the   commissioner   no  later  than
December thirty-first of each year. The Department
of   Social  Services   may   use   its   existing
utilization   review   procedures    to    monitor
utilization of the  facility.  If  the facility is
aggrieved by any decision of the commissioner, the
facility  may,  within  ten  days,  after  written
notice thereof from  the  commissioner,  obtain by
written request to  the commissioner, a hearing on
all items of  aggrievement.  If  the  facility  is
aggrieved  by the  decision  of  the  commissioner
after such hearing, the facility may appeal to the
Superior Court in  accordance  with the provisions
of section 4-183.
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services may
provide for work  incentive programs for residents
of the facility.
    Sec. 93. Subdivision (7) of section 19a-618 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (7) "Payer" means  any  person,  legal entity,
governmental body, eligible  organization  covered
by the provisions  of 42 USC Section 1395mm(b), or
medical [assistance program  provided  pursuant to
sections  17b-19,  17b-63  to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-115 to 17b-138, inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250,
inclusive,  17b-256,  17b-259,  17b-263,  17b-287,
17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-689 to 17b-693,
inclusive,  and  17b-743  to  17b-747,  inclusive,
except for Medicare  provided pursuant to sections
17b-22, 17b-75 to  17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,  17b-180  to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-260 to  17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264
to  17b-285,  inclusive,   17b-357   to   17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808,] COVERAGE  PROVIDED UNDER THE GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, THE STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM OR  MEDICAID  PROGRAM  or  any
combination  thereof,  which   is  or  may  become
legally responsible, in  whole or in part, for the
payment of services  rendered to or on behalf of a
patient by a  hospital, other health care facility
or   institution,  or   individual   health   care
provider. Payer includes any third-party payer.
    Sec. 94. Subsection  (a) of section 19a-646 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) As used in this section:
    (1) "Office" means  the  Office of Health Care
Access;
    (2) "Fiscal year"  means  the  hospital fiscal
year as used for purposes of this chapter;
    (3) "Hospital" means any short-term acute care
general hospital licensed  by  the  Department  of
Public Health in the state;
    (4) "Payer" means  any  person,  legal entity,
governmental body or eligible organization covered
by the provisions  of 42 USC Section 1395mm(b), or
any combination thereof,  except  for Medicare and
[medical assistance provided  pursuant to sections
17b-19,  17b-22,  17b-63   to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114 to  17b-138, inclusive, 17b-180
to  17b-183,  inclusive,   17b-220   to   17b-250,
inclusive, 17b-256, 17b-259 to 17b-287, inclusive,
17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-689
to  17b-693,  inclusive,   17b-743   to   17b-747,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808] MEDICAID which is
or may become  legally responsible, in whole or in
part for the payment of services rendered to or on
behalf of a  patient  by  a  hospital.  Payer also
includes  any  legal   entity   whose   membership
includes one or  more  payers  and any third-party
payer; and
    (5) "Prompt payment"  means  payment  made for
services to a  hospital  by mail or other means on
or before the  tenth business day after receipt of
the bill by the payer.
    Sec. 95. Subdivision (7) of section 19a-659 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (7)   "Medical   assistance"   means   medical
assistance provided [pursuant  to sections 17b-19,
17b-22, 17b-63 to  17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-75  to
17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79  to  17b-103, inclusive,
17b-114 to 17b-138, inclusive, 17b-180 to 17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,
17b-259 to 17b-287, inclusive, 17b-340 to 17b-350,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to  17b-604,  inclusive,   17b-689   to   17b-693,
inclusive, 17b-743 to  17b-747, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] UNDER THE GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM,
THE STATE ADMINISTERED  GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
OR THE MEDICAID PROGRAM.
    Sec.  96.  Section   19a-673  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) As used in this section:
    (1)  "Cost  of  providing  services"  means  a
hospital's  published  charges   at  the  time  of
billing of an uninsured patient, multiplied by the
hospital's most recent  relationship  of  costs to
charges as taken from the hospital's most recently
available audited financial statements.
    (2) "Hospital" means  an  institution licensed
by the Department of Public Health as a short-term
general hospital.
    (3)  "Poverty  income  guidelines"  means  the
poverty income guidelines issued from time to time
by the United  States  Department  of  Health  and
Human Services.
    (4) "Uninsured patient" means any person whose
income is at  or below two hundred per cent of the
poverty income guidelines  who (A) has applied and
been denied eligibility  for any medical or health
care  coverage  provided   [pursuant  to  sections
17b-19,  17b-22,  17b-63   to  17b-65,  inclusive,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114 to  17b-138, inclusive, 17b-180
to  17b-183,  inclusive,   17b-220   to   17b-250,
inclusive, 17b-256, 17b-259 to 17b-287, inclusive,
17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-689
to  17b-693,  inclusive,   17b-743   to   17b-747,
inclusive, 17b-807 or  17b-808]  UNDER THE GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  THE MEDICAID PROGRAM due to
failure to satisfy  income  or  other  eligibility
requirements, and (B) is not eligible for coverage
for  hospital  services   under  the  Medicare  or
CHAMPUS programs, or  under any Medicaid or health
insurance  program of  any  other  nation,  state,
territory  or commonwealth,  or  under  any  other
governmental  or  privately  sponsored  health  or
accident insurance or  benefit  program including,
but  not limited  to,  workers'  compensation  and
awards,  settlements  or  judgments  arising  from
claims,  suits  or   proceedings  involving  motor
vehicle accidents or alleged negligence.
    (b) No hospital  that has provided health care
services to an  uninsured patient may collect from
the  uninsured  patient  more  than  the  cost  of
providing services.
    Sec.  97.  Section   31-254   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Each  employer,  whether   or   not  otherwise
subject  to  this  chapter,  shall  keep  accurate
records of employment as defined in subsection (a)
of section 31-222,  containing such information as
the administrator may  by  regulation prescribe in
order to effectuate  the purposes of this chapter.
Such records shall  be open to, and available for,
inspection and copying by the administrator or his
authorized representatives at  any reasonable time
and   as  often   as   may   be   necessary.   The
administrator  may  require   from  any  employer,
whether or not  otherwise subject to this chapter,
any  sworn or  unsworn  reports  with  respect  to
persons employed by  him  which  are necessary for
the  effective  administration  of  this  chapter.
Information thus obtained  shall  not be published
or be open  to  public  inspection,  other than to
public  employees  in  the  performance  of  their
public  duties,  in   any   manner  revealing  the
employee's or the  employer's  identity,  but  any
claimant at a  hearing before a commissioner shall
be supplied with  information from such records to
the extent necessary  for  the proper presentation
of his claim.  Any  employee of the administrator,
or any other  public  employee,  who  violates any
provision of this  section shall be fined not more
than two hundred  dollars  or  imprisoned not more
than six months  or  both  and  shall be dismissed
from the service.  Reports  or  records which have
been required by  the administrator and which have
been used in computing benefit rights of claimants
or in the  determination  of the amounts and rates
of  contributions  shall   be   preserved  by  the
administrator for a period of at least four years.
Those  records  or   reports   required   by   the
administrator which have  not  been  used  for the
purpose of computing  benefit  rights  or  in  the
determination  of  the   amounts   or   rates   of
contributions   shall   be    preserved   by   the
administrator for at least two and one-half years.
Such records or  reports  may,  after preservation
for the minimum  period  required by this section,
be  destroyed  by   the   administrator   in   his
discretion,  notwithstanding  the   provisions  of
section   11-8a.  Notwithstanding   any   of   the
disclosure  provisions  of   this   chapter,   the
administrator shall provide  upon  request  of the
public agency administering  the  [AFDC]  TANF and
child support programs,  any  information  in  his
possession relating to  individuals:  (1)  Who are
receiving,  have received,  or  have  applied  for
unemployment insurance; (2) the amount of benefits
being received; (3)  the  current  home address of
such individuals, and  (4)  whether  any  offer of
work has been refused and, if so, a description of
the job and the terms, conditions, and rate of pay
therefor. Notwithstanding any  of  the  disclosure
provisions  of  this  chapter,  the  administrator
shall provide, upon  request  of  the  Connecticut
Student   Loan   Foundation,   its   officers   or
employees,  any  information   in  his  possession
relating to the current residence address or place
of  employment of  any  individual  who  has  been
determined  by  the   Connecticut   Student   Loan
Foundation to be  in  default on his student loan.
Reimbursement  for the  cost  of  furnishing  this
information shall be made by the agency requesting
the  data  in   a   manner   prescribed   by   the
administrator of this chapter.
    Sec. 98. Subsection  (c)  of  section 32-70 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) (1) On  or  before September 30, 1993, the
Commissioner of Economic and Community Development
shall approve the  designation  of  ten  areas  as
enterprise zones, not  more  than  four  of  which
shall  be  in  municipalities  with  a  population
greater than eighty thousand and not more than six
of  which  shall   be  in  municipalities  with  a
population of less  than  eighty thousand. (2) (A)
On or after  October  1,  1993,  the  commissioner
shall approve the  designation  of  two  areas  as
enterprise zones. Each  such  area  shall  be in a
municipality with a population of less than eighty
thousand, in which  there  are one or more base or
plant closures. Such  municipalities  shall  be in
different counties. If  the  commissioner approves
the designation of an area of a municipality as an
enterprise zone because  of a plant closure in the
municipality and there  is  a  closure  of another
plant in any  other  municipality  in the state by
the same business,  the  commissioner  shall  also
designate an area in such other municipality as an
enterprise  zone.  If  any  such  designated  area
includes a portion  of a census tract in which any
such base or  plant  is located, the census tracts
in such area  shall  not  be  required to meet the
eligibility criteria set  forth  under  subsection
(a)   of  this   section   for   enterprise   zone
designation. If any such area is located elsewhere
in the municipality,  the  census  tracts  in such
area shall meet such eligibility criteria. As used
in this subparagraph,  (i) "base" means any United
States or state  of  Connecticut  military base or
facility located in  whole  or  in part within the
state; (ii) "plant"  means  any  manufacturing  or
economic base business,  as  defined in subsection
(k) of section  32-222;  and (iii) "closure" means
any reduction or transfer in military personnel or
civilian employment at one or more bases or plants
in a municipality,  which occurred between July 1,
1989, and July  1,  1993, or is scheduled to occur
between  July 1,  1993,  and  July  1,  1996,  and
exceeds  two  thousand  persons.  Such  employment
figures   shall  be   certified   by   the   Labor
Department. (B) On  or  after October 1, 1993, the
commissioner  shall  approve  the  designation  of
three other areas  as  enterprise  zones,  one  of
which shall be in a municipality with a population
greater than eighty  thousand  and  two  of  which
shall be in  municipalities  with  a population of
less than eighty  thousand.  The  census tracts in
such areas shall meet the eligibility criteria set
forth under subsection  (a)  of  this  section for
enterprise  zone  designation.   The  commissioner
shall approve the  designation of enterprise zones
under this subparagraph  for  those municipalities
which  he  determines   to  have  experienced  the
largest increases in poverty from October 1, 1989,
to October 1, 1993, inclusive, based on a weighted
average of the  unemployment  rate, caseload under
the  [aid  to  families  with  dependent  children
administered pursuant to  sections 17b-22, 17b-180
to  17b-183,  inclusive,   17b-807   and  17b-808]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and per capita
income of less  than  ninety per cent of the state
average  between 1985  and  1989.  In  making  his
determination, the commissioner  may also consider
the vacancy rates  for  commercial  and industrial
facilities in a  municipality and a municipality's
program for the  implementation  of  an  effective
enterprise   zone   program.    To    the   extent
appropriate,  the  commissioner   shall   use  the
Regional Economic Models,  Inc.  (REMI)  system in
making the calculations  for  such  determination.
(C) Notwithstanding the  provisions  of subsection
(a) of this  section, municipalities that were not
distressed municipalities under  the provisions of
subsection (b) of  section  32-9p  on  February 1,
1986, shall be  eligible  to  designate  areas  as
enterprise zones under  subparagraph (A) or (B) of
this subdivision. (3)  The  commissioner shall not
approve  the  designation   of   more   than   one
enterprise   zone   in   any   municipality.   The
commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance
with  chapter  54   concerning   such   additional
qualifications for an area to become an enterprise
zone as he  deems  necessary. The commissioner may
remove the designation of any area he has approved
as an enterprise zone if such area no longer meets
the criteria for  designation  as such an area set
forth in this  section  or  in regulations adopted
pursuant  to  this   section,   provided  no  such
designation shall be  removed  less than ten years
from the original  date  of approval of such zone.
The commissioner may designate any additional area
as an enterprise  zone  if that area is designated
as  an  enterprise   zone,   empowerment  zone  or
enterprise  community  pursuant   to  any  federal
legislation.
    Sec. 99. Subsection  (c)  of section 32-290 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) The grantee  shall undertake the following
tasks:   (1)   Recruit    participants   for   the
entrepreneurial program, who  shall  primarily  be
clients of the  [aid  to  families  with dependent
children]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  program,
displaced homemakers and  dislocated  workers, (2)
provide orientation concerning the program to such
participants,  (3)  assist   the  participants  in
assessing  their  entrepreneurial   strengths  and
weaknesses, and (4)  provide the participants with
(A)  training  in   business  planning,  financial
management  and  marketing,  (B)  support  groups,
individual business counseling and ongoing support
and (C) access to start-up capital.
    Sec. 100. Subsection (a) of section 36a-304 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each bank,  Connecticut  credit  union and
federal  credit union  shall  cash,  at  its  main
office or any  of  its  branch offices within this
state, any check drawn by the state of Connecticut
and payable within  this  state  to a recipient of
public assistance [under  sections  17b-22, 17b-75
to   17b-77,   inclusive,   17b-79   to   17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to 17b-604, inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808]  OR
STATE  ADMINISTERED  GENERAL   ASSISTANCE  or  the
refugee program, if the check is negotiated to the
bank, Connecticut credit  union  or federal credit
union by the  original  payee of the check, and if
the payee produces  reasonable  identification  as
provided for in  regulations  adopted  pursuant to
section 36a-305. No bank, Connecticut credit union
or  federal  credit   union   shall   charge  such
recipient a fee  for  cashing  a check pursuant to
this  section.  Nothing   in  this  section  shall
preclude  a  bank,  Connecticut  credit  union  or
federal credit union  from  requesting  a fee from
the state of  Connecticut for cashing such checks.
The provisions of this subsection shall apply to a
Connecticut credit union  or  federal credit union
only if the  original  payee negotiating the check
is a member of such credit union.
    Sec. 101. Subsection (b) of section 38a-472 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) Whenever there  is in existence a contract
by an insurer  for payment to, or on behalf of, an
applicant or recipient of medical assistance under
[section  17b-19,  17b-22,   17b-63   to   17b-65,
inclusive, 17b-75 to  17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to
17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114 to 17b-138, inclusive,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250,
inclusive, 17b-256, 17b-259 to 17b-287, inclusive,
17b-340 to 17b-350, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-689
to  17b-693,  inclusive,   17b-743   to   17b-747,
inclusive,  17b-807  or   17b-808]   THE   GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, THE STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR  THE  MEDICAID PROGRAM under
said contract on  account of bills incurred by the
applicant  or  recipient   for  medical  services,
including, but not limited to, physician services,
nursing    services,   pharmaceutical    services,
surgical care and hospital care, the assignment of
the benefits of  the contract by such applicant or
recipient or his  legally liable relative pursuant
to section 17b-265  shall,  upon receipt of notice
from the assignee, be authority for payment by the
insurer directly to  the  assignee.  If  notice is
provided  by  the   assignee  to  the  insurer  in
accordance with the provisions of section 17b-265,
the insurer shall  be  liable  to the assignee for
any  amount payable  to  the  assignee  under  the
contract.
    Sec.  102.  Section  45a-486  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The provisions of this section shall apply
to an inter  vivos trust (1) established or funded
on or after  October  1,  1992; (2) established or
funded within the  same  period  of  time prior to
application  for  public  [or  medical  assistance
under   sections   17b-22,   17b-75   to   17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive,  17b-807  and  17b-808]  ASSISTANCE  OR
MEDICAID as is specified in Section 1917(c) of the
Social Security Act or in a waiver approved by the
Secretary of Health  and Human Services concerning
the disposal of  assets  for less than fair market
value;  and  (3)  in  which  the  settlor  or  the
settlor's spouse is a beneficiary.
    (b) Upon the  application of the Department of
Social   Services,  the   Superior   Court   shall
terminate an inter  vivos  trust  established by a
person or the  person's  spouse when the person or
the person's spouse  becomes  an  applicant for or
recipient  of public  [or  medical  assistance  in
accordance with the provisions of sections 17b-22,
17b-75 to 17b-77,  inclusive,  17b-79  to 17b-103,
inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive,
17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, 17b-264 to 17b-285,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to  17b-604,  inclusive,   17b-807   and  17b-808]
ASSISTANCE OR MEDICAID.  The  Superior Court shall
order that the  principal  and  any  undistributed
income shall be  distributed to the settlor of the
trust.  This  section   shall  not  apply  if  the
settlor, the settlor's  spouse,  a  conservator or
other legal representative  of  the settlor or the
settlor's spouse, or  any  other  person  having a
beneficial interest in  the  trust, establishes by
clear and convincing  evidence that not one of the
principal purposes of the trust was the current or
future  qualification  of   the   settlor  or  the
settlor's spouse for  benefits  under Title XIX of
the Social Security Act (42 USC 1396 et seq.).
    (c)  On  or   after   October   1,  1992,  the
provisions of this  section  shall  not  apply  to
charitable remainder trusts, as defined in Section
664(d) of the  Internal  Revenue  Code of 1986, or
any corresponding internal  revenue  code  of  the
United States, as  from  time to time amended, nor
to  transfers which  are  deductible  pursuant  to
Section 170(f)(2)(B), 2055(e)(2)  or 2522(c)(2) of
said code, nor  to  any trust in which the settlor
or  the settlor's  spouse  has  not  retained  any
interest, other than reversionary interest of five
per cent or less.
    Sec. 103. Subsection (d) of section 45a-655 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d) In the case of any person receiving public
[or  medical assistance  in  accordance  with  the
provisions of sections  17b-22,  17b-75 to 17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103, inclusive, 17b-114,
17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262,
inclusive, 17b-264 to  17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357
to  17b-362,  inclusive,   17b-600   to   17b-604,
inclusive, 17b-807 and  17b-808] ASSISTANCE, STATE
ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE  OR  MEDICAID, the
conservator of the  estate  shall apply toward the
cost of care  of  such person any assets exceeding
limits on assets  set  by  statute  or regulations
adopted by the  Commissioner  of  Social Services.
Notwithstanding the provisions  of subsections (a)
and  (b) of  this  section,  in  the  case  of  an
institutionalized person who has applied for or is
receiving such medical  assistance, no conservator
shall  apply  and   no  court  shall  approve  the
application of (1)  the  net income of the ward to
the support of the ward's spouse in an amount that
exceeds the monthly  income  allowed  a  community
spouse as determined  by  the Department of Social
Services pursuant to  42  USC 1396r-5(d)(2)-(4) or
(2) any portion of the property of the ward to the
support, maintenance and  medical treatment of the
ward's spouse in an amount that exceeds the amount
determined allowable by the department pursuant to
42 USC 1396r-5(f)(1)  and (2), notwithstanding the
provisions of 42  USC 1396r-5(f)(2)(A)(iv), unless
(A) such limitations  on  income or property would
result in significant  financial  duress or (B) an
amount exceeding such  limitations is necessary to
generate income.
    Sec. 104. Subsection  (g) of section 46b-84 of
the general statutes,  as  amended  by  public act
97-321,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (g) Whenever an obligor is before the court in
proceedings  to establish,  modify  or  enforce  a
support order, and  such order is not secured by a
wage  garnishment,  the   court  may  require  the
obligor to execute  a  bond or post other security
sufficient  to perform  such  order  for  support,
provided the court  finds  that  such  a  bond  is
available for purchase  within the financial means
of the obligor.  Upon  failure  of such obligor to
comply with such  support  order,  the  court  may
order the bond  or  the security forfeited and the
proceeds thereof paid  to the state in [AFDC] TANF
cases or to  the  obligee  in  [non-AFDC] NON-TANF
cases.
    Sec. 105. Subsection  (c) of section 46b-86 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) When one of the parties, or a child of the
parties, is receiving  or has received aid or care
from the state under its [AFDC program as provided
in Title IV-A  of  the Social Security Act] AID TO
FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT   CHILDREN   PROGRAM  OR
TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAM or
under its foster care program as provided in Title
IV-E of the  Social  Security Act, or where one of
the  parties  has   applied   for   child  support
enforcement  services  under  Title  IV-D  of  the
Social  Security  Act   as   provided  in  section
17b-179, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT, such motion to
modify shall be  filed  with  the  Family  Support
Magistrate   Division   for    determination    in
accordance with subsection (m) of section 46b-231,
AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    Sec.  106.  Section  46b-130  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The parents of  a minor child for whom care or
support of any  kind  has  been provided under the
provisions of this  chapter,  shall  be  liable to
reimburse the state  for  such  care or support to
the same extent,  and  under  the  same  terms and
conditions as are  the  parents  of  recipients of
public  assistance. [,  under  the  provisions  of
sections  17b-22,  17b-75  to  17b-77,  inclusive,
17b-79 to 17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114, 17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive,
17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, 17b-357 to 17b-362,
inclusive, 17b-600 to  17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807
and  17b-808.]  Upon   receipt   of   foster  care
maintenance  payments  under  Title  IV-E  of  the
Social Security Act by a minor child, the right of
support, present, past,  and  future from a parent
of such child  shall, by this section, be assigned
to  the Commissioner  of  Children  and  Families.
Referral by the  commissioner  shall  promptly  be
made to the  child support enforcement unit of the
Department  of  Social  Services  for  pursuit  of
support for said  minor  child  in accordance with
the provisions of  section  17b-179, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT. Any child who reimburses the state under
the  provisions  of   subsection  (f)  of  section
46b-129 for any  care or support he received shall
have a right  of  action  to recover such payments
from his parents.
    Sec.  107.  Section  46b-215  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Superior  Court  or  a  family support
magistrate  shall  have   authority  to  make  and
enforce orders for  payment of support against any
person  who  neglects   or   refuses   to  furnish
necessary support to  his or her spouse or a child
under the age of eighteen, according to his or her
ability to furnish  such  support, notwithstanding
the provisions of  section  46b-37. Proceedings to
obtain such orders  of  support shall be commenced
by the service  on the liable person or persons of
a verified petition  with  summons and order, in a
form prescribed by  the  Office of the Chief Court
Administrator, of the  husband  or  wife, child or
any  relative  or  the  conservator,  guardian  or
support enforcement officer, town or state, or any
selectmen or the  public official charged with the
administration of public  assistance  of the town,
or in [AFDC]  TANF  support  cases,  as defined in
subsection (b) of  section  46b-231, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, the Commissioner of Social Services. The
verified  petition, summons  and  order  shall  be
filed  in  the  judicial  district  in  which  the
petitioner or respondent resides or does business,
or  if filed  in  the  Family  Support  Magistrate
Division, in the  judicial  district  in which the
petitioner or respondent resides or does business.
For purposes of  this  section,  the  term "child"
shall include one born out of wedlock whose father
has acknowledged in  writing his paternity of such
child or has  been  adjudged the father by a court
of competent jurisdiction, or a child who was born
before   marriage   whose    parents    afterwards
intermarry.   Said   court   or   family   support
magistrate shall also  have  authority to make and
enforce  orders directed  to  the  conservator  or
guardian  of  any   person,  or  payee  of  social
security or other benefits to which such person is
entitled, to the  extent  of  the income or estate
held  by such  fiduciary  or  payee  in  any  such
capacity. Said court  or family support magistrate
shall also have  authority to determine, order and
enforce payment of  any  sums  due under a written
agreement to support against the person liable for
such support under  such  agreement. Said court or
family   support  magistrate   shall   also   have
authority to determine,  order and enforce payment
of any support  due  because of neglect or refusal
to furnish support  prior  to  the  action. In the
determination of support  due  based on neglect or
refusal to furnish  support  prior  to the action,
the support due  for  periods of time prior to the
action shall be  based  upon the obligor's ability
to pay during  such prior periods. The state shall
disclose  to the  court  any  information  in  its
possession concerning current  and past ability to
pay. With respect  to  such orders entered into on
or after October  1,  1991,  if  no information is
available to the  court concerning past ability to
pay, the court  may  determine the support due for
periods of time  prior  to  the  action as if past
ability to pay  is equal to current ability to pay
if known or,  if  not known, based upon assistance
rendered to the  child.  Any finding as to support
due for periods  of time prior to the action which
is  made  without   information   concerning  past
ability  to  pay   shall  be  entered  subject  to
adjustment when such information becomes available
to the court.  Such  adjustment  may  be made upon
motion of any  party  within  four months from the
date upon which  the obligor receives notification
of (1) the  amount  of such finding of support due
for periods of  time  prior  to the action and (2)
the right within  four  months  of receipt of such
notification to present  evidence  as  to his past
ability to pay  support  for  such periods of time
prior to the  action.  The judge or family support
magistrate shall cause  a  summons, signed by him,
by the clerk  of  said  court  or  Family  Support
Magistrate Division, or  by  a commissioner of the
Superior Court to  be issued requiring such liable
person or persons  to  appear in court or before a
family support magistrate,  at a time and place as
determined by the  clerk  but not more than ninety
days after the  issuance  of  the summons. Service
may be made  by  a  sheriff, any proper officer or
any investigator employed  by  the  Department  of
Social  Services  or   by   the   Commissioner  of
Administrative  Services.  The   sheriff,   proper
officer or investigator  shall  make due return of
process to the court not less than twenty-one days
before the date  assigned  for hearing. Upon proof
of the service  of  the summons to appear in court
or before a  family support magistrate at the time
and place named  for  hearing  upon such petition,
the failure of  the  defendant  or  defendants  to
appear shall not  prohibit  the  court  or  family
support magistrate from  going  forward  with  the
hearing. If the  summons  and order is signed by a
commissioner of the  Superior Court, upon proof of
service of the  summons  to  appear  in  court  or
before a family  support  magistrate  and upon the
failure of the defendant to appear at the time and
place named for hearing upon the petition, request
may be made  by  the  petitioner  to  the court or
family support magistrate  for  an  order  that  a
capias mittimus be issued. In the case of a person
supported wholly or in part by a town, the welfare
authority of the town shall notify the responsible
relatives  of  such   person   of  the  amount  of
assistance given, the  beginning  date thereof and
the amount of  support expected from each of them,
if  any,  and   if  any  such  relative  does  not
contribute in such  expected  amount, the superior
court for the judicial district in which such town
is located or  a family support magistrate sitting
in the judicial  district  in  which  such town is
located may order  such  relative  or relatives to
contribute to such  support,  from the time of the
beginning date of  expense  shown  on  the notice,
such  sum  as   said   court   or  family  support
magistrate  deems  reasonably   within  each  such
relative's ability to  support  such  person.  The
court, or any  judge  thereof,  or  family support
magistrate  when  said  court  or  family  support
magistrate  is  not   sitting,   may  require  the
defendant  or defendants  to  become  bound,  with
sufficient surety, to  the  state,  town or person
bringing the complaint,  to abide such judgment as
may be rendered  on such complaint. Failure of the
defendant or defendants  to  obey  any  order made
hereunder, may be  punished  as  contempt of court
and  the  costs   of   commitment  of  any  person
imprisoned therefor shall  be paid by the state as
in criminal cases.  Except  as otherwise provided,
upon proof of the service of the summons to appear
in court or  before a family support magistrate at
the time and  place  named  for a hearing upon the
failure of the  defendant  or  defendants  to obey
such court order  or  order  of the family support
magistrate, the court or family support magistrate
may  order  a   capias  mittimus  be  issued,  and
directed to some  proper  officer  to  arrest such
defendant or defendants  and  bring  him  or  them
before  the  Superior   Court   for  the  contempt
hearing. When any  person  is  found  in  contempt
under this section,  the  court  or family support
magistrate  may  award   to   the   petitioner   a
reasonable attorney's fee  and  the  fees  of  the
officer serving the  contempt  citation, such sums
to be paid  by  the  person  found in contempt. In
addition  to  or   in   lieu   of   such  contempt
proceedings   the   court    or   family   support
magistrate, upon a  finding  that  any  person has
failed  to obey  any  order  made  hereunder,  may
suspend any professional,  occupational  or  motor
vehicle   operator's  license   as   provided   in
subsections  (b) to  (e),  inclusive,  of  section
46b-220, provided such  failure  was  without good
cause, may issue  a wage withholding order against
such amount of  any  debt  accruing  by  reason of
personal services as  provided by sections 52-362,
52-362b  and  52-362c,   and   may  further  order
executions against any  real,  personal,  or other
property   of  such   person   which   cannot   be
categorized  solely  as  either,  for  payment  of
accrued and unpaid  amounts  due under such order.
No entry fee,  judgment fee or any other court fee
shall  be charged  by  the  court  or  the  family
support magistrate to  either party in proceedings
under  this  section.  Any  written  agreement  to
support which is  filed  with  the  court  or  the
Family Support Magistrate  Division shall have the
effect of an  order  of  the  court  or  a  family
support magistrate.
    (b)  The Attorney  General  of  the  state  of
Connecticut and the  attorney representing a town,
shall become a party for the interest of the state
of Connecticut and  such  town, in any proceedings
for  support which  concerns  any  person  who  is
receiving or has  received  public  assistance  or
care from the  state  or  any  town.  The Attorney
General  shall  represent   the   IV-D  agency  in
[non-AFDC] NON-TANF IV-D support cases if the IV-D
agency  determines  that  such  representation  is
required  pursuant to  guidelines  issued  by  the
Commissioner of Social Services.
    (c) The court  or  a family support magistrate
may  direct all  orders  of  support  to  be  made
through the Support Enforcement Division and shall
direct payments made  under  such  orders  to  the
Commissioner  of  Administrative   Services,  with
authority  residing  in  the  Support  Enforcement
Division to enforce  all  orders  directed for its
supervision.
    (d) No order  for support made by the court or
a family support  magistrate shall be stayed by an
appeal but such  order  shall  continue  in effect
until a determination  is  made  thereon upon such
appeal; if however  as  a result of such appeal or
further  hearing, the  amount  of  such  order  is
reduced  or  vacated,   such  defendant  shall  be
credited or reimbursed accordingly.
    (e) Any court  or  family  support magistrate,
called upon to  enforce  a  support  order,  shall
insure that such  order  is reasonable in light of
the obligor's ability  to  pay.  Any support order
entered pursuant to  this  section, or any support
order  from  another   jurisdiction   subject   to
enforcement by the  state  of  Connecticut, may be
modified  by motion  of  the  party  seeking  such
modification  upon  a  showing  of  a  substantial
change in the  circumstances  of  either  party or
upon   a   showing   that   such   support   order
substantially  deviates  from  the  child  support
guidelines   established   pursuant   to   section
46b-215a, unless there  was  a specific finding on
the record that  the application of the guidelines
would be inequitable  or  inappropriate,  provided
the court or  family support magistrate finds that
the  obligor  or   the   obligee   and  any  other
interested party have  received  actual  notice of
the pendency of  such  motion  and of the time and
place of the  hearing  on such motion. There shall
be a rebuttable  presumption that any deviation of
less than fifteen  per cent from the child support
guidelines is not substantial and any deviation of
fifteen per cent  or  more  from the guidelines is
substantial.  Modification may  be  made  of  such
support order without  regard to whether the order
was issued before,  on  or  after  May 9, 1991. No
such support orders  may be subject to retroactive
modification,  except that  the  court  or  family
support  magistrate may  order  modification  with
respect to any  period  during  which  there  is a
pending motion for  a  modification of an existing
support order from  the  date  of  service  of the
notice of such  pending  motion  upon the opposing
party pursuant to section 52-50. In any hearing to
modify any support order from another jurisdiction
the court or  the  family support magistrate shall
conduct the proceedings  in  accordance  with  the
procedure set forth in section 46b-197.
    Sec.  108.  Section  46b-231  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  public  act  97-252  and
section 7 of  public  act  97-294, is repealed and
the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) This section  shall  be  known  and may be
cited as the "Family Support Magistrate's Act".
    (b) For the purposes of this section:
    (1) ["AFDC cases"]  "TANF  CASES" are cases in
which an individual  is  receiving  benefits under
[Title  IV-A  of  the  Social  Security  Act]  THE
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  TO  NEEDY  FAMILIES
PROGRAM;
    (2) "Chief Family  Support  Magistrate"  means
the family support  magistrate  designated  by the
Chief   Court   Administrator   as   provided   in
subsection (f) of  this  section  to determine and
enforce child support  orders  under  this section
and  designated  to   administer   proceedings  to
enforce such orders;
    (3) "Child support enforcement services" means
the services provided  for  the  establishment and
enforcement of support  by the department pursuant
to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act;
    (4) "Commissioner" means  the  Commissioner of
Social   Services,  a   designee   or   authorized
representative;
    (5)  "Connecticut  Child  Support  Enforcement
Bureau" means a  division within the Department of
Social Services established  pursuant  to  section
17b-179, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT;
    (6)  "Department"  means   the  Department  of
Social Services or  any bureau, division or agency
of the Department of Social Services;
    (7) "Family Support Magistrate Division" means
a division of  the  Superior Court created by this
section  for  the   purpose  of  establishing  and
enforcing child and  spousal support in IV-D cases
utilizing quasi-judicial proceedings;
    (8)  "Family  support   magistrate"   means  a
person, appointed as provided in subsection (f) of
this section to  establish  and  enforce child and
spousal support orders;
    (9) "Foster care  cases"  are  cases  in which
children are receiving  foster  care  under  Title
IV-E of the Social Security Act;
    (10) "Law" includes  both  common  and statute
law;
    (11) "Obligee" means any person to whom a duty
of support is owed;
    (12) "Obligor" means  any  person owing a duty
of support;
    (13) "IV-D agency" means the agency created by
section 17b-179, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, the Child
Support Enforcement Bureau  of  the  Department of
Social Services, to  administer  the child support
program  mandated by  Title  IV-D  of  the  Social
Security Act;
    (14)  "IV-D support  cases"  are  actions  for
child and spousal  support under Title IV-D of the
Social Security Act  and  include  cases  in which
support rights have  been assigned to the state in
[AFDC] TANF cases  and  in  foster  care  cases or
cases in which  a  person  has  applied,  prior to
October  1,  1993,   to  the  Support  Enforcement
Division of the  Superior Court, or applied, on or
after October 1, 1993, to the Department of Social
Services, for child-support enforcement services.
    (c)  The  remedies   herein  provided  are  in
addition to and  not in substitution for any other
remedy.
    (d)  There  is   created  the  Family  Support
Magistrate Division of  the Superior Court for the
purpose of the  impartial  administration of child
and spousal support.
    (e) Repealed by P.A. 91-190, S. 8, 9.
    (f)  The Family  Support  Magistrate  Division
shall include nine  family support magistrates who
shall be appointed  by  the  Governor  to serve in
that capacity for  a term of three years. A family
support  magistrate  may   be   reappointed   upon
completion of his  term of office by the Governor.
To be eligible  for  appointment, a family support
magistrate must have  engaged  in  the practice of
law for five  years  prior  to his appointment and
shall be experienced  in  the field of family law.
He shall devote  full  time  to  his  duties  as a
family support magistrate  and shall not engage in
the private practice  of  law.  A  family  support
magistrate  may be  removed  from  office  by  the
Governor for cause.
    (g) A Chief Family Support Magistrate shall be
designated by the Chief Court Administrator of the
Superior Court from  among the nine family support
magistrates appointed by  the Governor pursuant to
subsection  (f)  of   this   section.   Under  the
direction of the  Chief  Court  Administrator, the
Chief Family Support  Magistrate  shall  supervise
the Family Support  Magistrate Division and submit
an annual report  to the Chief Court Administrator
and perform such  other duties as provided in this
section.
    (h) (1) On  and  after  January  1,  1993, the
Chief Family Support  Magistrate  shall  receive a
salary  of  seventy-two   thousand  seven  hundred
ninety-one  dollars,  and   other  family  support
magistrates  shall receive  an  annual  salary  of
sixty-eight  thousand  two   hundred   seventy-one
dollars.
    (2) On and  after  July  1,  1995,  the  Chief
Family Support Magistrate  shall  receive a salary
of seventy-four thousand nine hundred seventy-five
dollars,  and  other  family  support  magistrates
shall receive an annual salary of seventy thousand
three hundred nineteen dollars.
    (3) On and  after  July  1,  1996,  the  Chief
Family Support Magistrate  shall  receive a salary
of seventy-seven thousand  two hundred twenty-four
dollars,  and  other  family  support  magistrates
shall  receive an  annual  salary  of  seventy-two
thousand four hundred twenty-nine dollars.
    (4) On and  after  October  1, 1997, the Chief
Family Support Magistrate  shall  receive a salary
of seventy-eight thousand seven hundred sixty-nine
dollars,  and  other  family  support  magistrates
shall receive an  annual  salary  of seventy-three
thousand eight hundred seventy-eight dollars.
    (5) On and  after  October  1, 1998, the Chief
Family Support Magistrate  shall  receive a salary
of  eighty  thousand   three   hundred  forty-five
dollars,  and  other  family  support  magistrates
shall receive an  annual  salary  of  seventy-five
thousand three hundred fifty-six dollars.
    (i) (1) Family  support  magistrates  shall be
included under the  provisions  of chapters 65 and
66 regarding retirement  and  disability  of state
employees. Each such individual shall receive full
retirement credit for each year or portion thereof
for  which  retirement  benefits  are  paid  while
serving as a family support magistrate.
    (2) Any family support magistrate may elect to
be  included within  the  provisions  of  sections
51-49,  51-49a, 51-49b,  51-49c,  51-49d,  51-49h,
51-50a and 51-50b, or to continue to be subject to
the  provisions  of   subdivision   (1)   of  this
subsection. Any family  support magistrate who has
so elected may  revoke  such election and elect to
be included in  the  provisions of chapters 65 and
66 regarding retirement  and  disability  of state
employees. Thereupon any payments transferred from
the state employees retirement fund to the judges,
family   support  magistrates   and   compensation
commissioners retirement fund shall be transferred
from the judges,  family  support  magistrates and
compensation commissioners retirement  fund to the
state employees retirement fund.
    (j)  The  Chief   Court   Administrator  shall
designate assistant clerks  for the Family Support
Magistrate Division to serve in judicial districts
created pursuant to  section 51-344 and such other
assistant clerks and  other  employees  as  may be
necessary for the  operation of the Family Support
Magistrate   Division.   The    assistant    clerk
designated to serve in a judicial district for the
Family Support Magistrate  Division shall promptly
notify the obligee and the obligor or the attorney
for the obligee  or  obligor  of any support order
entered by a family support magistrate assigned to
such  judicial district.  Such  notice  shall  set
forth in full  the  terms  of  the  support  order
entered  by the  family  support  magistrate.  The
administrative judge for  each  judicial  district
may also assign  clerks  or  administrative clerks
for the judicial  district  to  serve as assistant
clerks or administrative  clerks  in  his judicial
district  for  the   Family   Support   Magistrate
Division.
    (k)  The  Chief   Court   Administrator  shall
arrange for the  recording  of all hearings before
the  family  support  magistrate  by  contract  or
otherwise.
    (l) The judges  of  the  Superior  Court shall
adopt rules of  procedure  in  accordance with the
provisions of section  51-14  for  the handling of
IV-D support cases  by  magistrates. Such rules of
procedure shall conform  when  applicable to rules
adopted for the Superior Court.
    (m) The Chief  Family  Support  Magistrate and
the  family support  magistrates  shall  have  the
powers and duties enumerated in this subsection.
    (1)  A  family   support  magistrate  in  IV-D
support  cases  may   compel   the  attendance  of
witnesses or the  obligor  under  a summons issued
pursuant to sections  17b-745,  AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, 46b-172 and  46b-215, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
or under a  subpoena  issued  pursuant  to section
52-143, or a citation for failure to obey an order
of a family  support  magistrate or a judge of the
Superior Court. If  a  person  is  served  with  a
summons, subpoena or citation issued by the family
support magistrate or  the  assistant clerk of the
Family Support Magistrate  Division  and  fails to
appear, a family  support  magistrate  may issue a
capias mittimus directed to some proper officer to
arrest the obligor  or  the  witness and bring him
before a family  support magistrate. Whenever such
a capias mittimus  is  ordered, the family support
magistrate shall establish  a  recognizance to the
state of Connecticut in the form of a bond of such
character and amount  as  to assure the appearance
of the obligor  at the next regular session of the
Family Support Magistrate Division in the judicial
district in which  the  matter  is pending. If the
obligor posts such a bond, and thereafter fails to
appear before the family support magistrate at the
time and place he is ordered to appear, the family
support magistrate may  order  the bond forfeited,
and the proceeds  thereof  paid  to  the  state in
[AFDC] TANF cases  or  the  obligee  in [non-AFDC]
NON-TANF cases.
    (2) Family support  magistrates shall hear and
determine  matters  involving  child  and  spousal
support in IV-D  support cases including petitions
for support brought  pursuant  to sections 17b-81,
17b-179,  AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  17b-745,  AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT,  and  46b-215, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT; applications  for  show  cause orders in
IV-D support cases  brought pursuant to subsection
(b) of section 46b-172, and actions for interstate
enforcement of child  and  spousal  support  under
sections 46b-180 to  46b-211, inclusive, and shall
hear and determine  all  motions for modifications
of child and  spousal  support  in  such  cases. A
family  support magistrate  shall  not  modify  an
order for periodic payment on an arrearage due the
state  for  state   assistance   which   has  been
discontinued to increase such payments, unless the
family support magistrate  first  determines  that
the state has  made  a reasonable effort to notify
the current recipient  of  child  support,  at the
most current address available to the IV-D agency,
of the pendency  of  the  motion  to increase such
periodic arrearage payments  and  of  the time and
place of the  hearing  on  such  motion.  If  such
recipient appears, either  personally or through a
representative,  at  such   hearing,   the  family
support  magistrate shall  determine  whether  the
order in effect for child support is reasonable in
relation to the current financial circumstances of
the  parties,  prior   to   modifying   an   order
increasing such periodic arrearage payments.
    (3) Family support  magistrates  shall  review
and approve or  modify  all agreements for support
in  IV-D  support  cases  filed  with  the  Family
Support  Magistrate Division  in  accordance  with
sections 17b-179, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, 17b-745,
AS  AMENDED BY  THIS  ACT,  46b-172,  46b-215,  AS
AMENDED BY THIS ACT, and subsection (c) of section
53-304.
    (4) Motions for modification of existing child
and spousal support orders entered by the Superior
Court in IV-D  support cases, including motions to
modify existing child  and  spousal support orders
entered in actions  brought  pursuant  to  chapter
815j,  shall be  brought  in  the  Family  Support
Magistrate  Division  and   decided  by  a  family
support magistrate, except that an order to modify
existing child and  spousal support orders entered
in actions brought  pursuant to chapter 815j shall
be subject to  the  approval  of  a  judge  of the
Superior Court and  may be modified by such judge.
Family  support  magistrates,  in  deciding  if  a
spousal or child-support order should be modified,
shall  make  such  determination  based  upon  the
criteria set forth  in  section 46b-84, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT, and section 46b-215b. A person who is
aggrieved  by  a  decision  of  a  family  support
magistrate modifying a  superior  court  order  is
entitled to appeal  such  decision  in  accordance
with the provisions  of  subsection  (n)  of  this
section.
    (5) Proceedings to establish paternity in IV-D
support cases shall be filed in the family support
magistrate  division  for  the  judicial  district
where the mother  or  putative father resides. The
matter shall be heard and determined by the family
support   magistrate  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter 815y, except that if a party
to the action  demands  trial by jury, pursuant to
section 46b-164, the  matter shall be referred for
trial  to the  superior  court  for  the  judicial
district where the case was filed.
    (6)   Acknowledgments   of    paternity    and
agreements for support  obtained  in  [AFDC]  TANF
cases, or cases  in  which the mother of the child
has applied for IV-D services, shall be filed with
the  assistant  clerk   of   the   family  support
magistrate  division  for  the  judicial  district
where the mother  of  the  child  or  the putative
father resides, pursuant  to  section 46b-172, and
shall become effective  as  an  order  upon filing
with the clerk.  Such  support agreements shall be
reviewed  by the  family  support  magistrate  who
shall approve or  disapprove the agreement. If the
support  agreement  filed   with   the   clerk  is
disapproved by a  family  support magistrate, such
disapproval shall have a retroactive effect.
    (7) Family support  magistrates  shall enforce
orders for child  and  spousal  support entered by
such family support magistrate and by the Superior
Court in IV-D  support  cases by citing an obligor
for  contempt.  Family   support  magistrates  may
require the obligor to furnish recognizance to the
state of Connecticut in the form of a cash deposit
or bond of  such  character  and in such amount as
the  Family  Support   Magistrate  Division  deems
proper to assure  appearance  at  the next regular
session of the  Family Support Magistrate Division
in the judicial  district  in  which the matter is
pending. Upon failure  of the obligor to post such
bond, the family  support magistrate may refer the
obligor to a  community  correctional center until
he has complied with such order, provided that the
obligor shall be heard at the next regular session
of the Family  Support  Magistrate Division in the
court to which  he  was  summoned.  If  no regular
session  is  held   within   seven  days  of  such
referral,  the  family  support  magistrate  shall
either  cause a  special  session  of  the  Family
Support Magistrate Division to be convened, or the
obligor shall be  heard  by a Superior Court judge
in the judicial  district. If the obligor fails to
appear before the family support magistrate at the
time and place he is ordered to appear, the family
support magistrate may  order  the  bond,  if any,
forfeited, and the  proceeds  thereof  paid to the
state in [AFDC]  TANF  cases  or  the  obligee  in
[non-AFDC] NON-TANF cases,  as  the family support
magistrate may determine,  and  the family support
magistrate may issue  a  capias  mittimus  for the
arrest of the  obligor,  ordering  him  to  appear
before the family  support  magistrate.  A  family
support magistrate may determine whether or not an
obligor  is  in  contempt  of  the  order  of  the
superior court or  of  a family support magistrate
and may make such orders as are provided by law to
enforce a support  obligation,  except that if the
family   support   magistrate    determines   that
incarceration of an  obligor for failure to obey a
support order may be indicated, the family support
magistrate shall inform  the  obligor of his right
to be represented  by an attorney and his right to
a court-appointed attorney  to represent him if he
is indigent. If  the obligor claims he is indigent
and desires an  attorney  to  represent  him,  the
family support magistrate  shall conduct a hearing
to determine if the obligor is indigent; and if he
so finds, he will appoint an attorney to represent
him.
    (8) Agreements between  parties  as to custody
and visitation of  minor  children in IV-D support
cases may be filed with the assistant clerk of the
Family   Support   Magistrate    Division.    Such
agreements shall be  reviewed  by a family support
magistrate, who shall approve the agreement unless
he  finds  such  agreement  is  not  in  the  best
interests of the child. Agreements between parties
as to custody and visitation in IV-D support cases
shall be enforced in the same manner as agreements
for support are  enforced, pursuant to subdivision
(7) of this subsection.
    (9) Whenever an  obligor  is  before  a family
support magistrate in  proceedings  to  establish,
modify  or enforce  a  support  order  in  a  IV-D
support case and  such  order  is not secured by a
wage  garnishment  or   withholding   order,   the
magistrate may require  the  obligor  to execute a
bond or post  other security sufficient to perform
such order for  support,  provided  the magistrate
finds that such  a  bond is available for purchase
within the financial  means  of  the obligor. Upon
failure  of  such  obligor  to  comply  with  such
support order, the  family  support magistrate may
order the bond  or  the security forfeited and the
proceeds thereof paid  to the state in [AFDC] TANF
cases or to  the  obligee  in  [non-AFDC] NON-TANF
cases.
    (10) In any  proceeding  in the Family Support
Magistrate  Division,  if   the   family   support
magistrate finds that  a  party  is  indigent  and
unable to pay  a  fee or fees payable to the court
or to pay  the  cost  of  service  of process, the
family support magistrate  shall waive such fee or
fees and the  cost  of service of process shall be
paid by the state.
    (11) A family  support  magistrate may dismiss
any action or  proceeding which the family support
magistrate may hear and determine.
    (n) (1) A  person  who is aggrieved by a final
decision  of  a   family   support  magistrate  is
entitled to judicial review by way of appeal under
this section.
    (2)  Proceedings  for  such  appeal  shall  be
instituted by filing  a  petition and payment of a
fifty-five dollar filing fee in superior court for
the judicial district in which the decision of the
family support magistrate  was  rendered not later
than  fourteen days  after  filing  of  the  final
decision with an  assistant  clerk assigned to the
Family  Support  Magistrate   Division  or,  if  a
rehearing is requested,  not  later  than fourteen
days after filing  of  the  notice of the decision
thereon. Such petitions  shall be accompanied by a
certification that copies  of  the  petition  have
been served upon  the  IV-D  agency  as defined in
subsection (b) of  this section and all parties of
record. Service upon  the  IV-D agency may be made
by the appellant mailing a copy of the petition by
certified  mail to  the  office  of  the  Attorney
General in Hartford.
    (3) Within fourteen  days  after the filing of
the petition, or  within  such further time as may
be  allowed  by  the  court,  the  Family  Support
Magistrate   Division  shall   transmit   to   the
reviewing court the  original  or a certified copy
of the entire  record  of  the proceeding appealed
from, which shall  include  the  decision  of  the
family support magistrate.  The  court may require
or permit subsequent  corrections  or additions to
the record.
    (4) The aggrieved  party  shall  file with his
appeal a statement  that no transcript is required
for the purpose  of  determining the issues raised
on appeal or  a  statement  that  he has ordered a
transcript. A transcript may be filed by any party
to an appeal and shall be filed within thirty days
from the filing of said appeal unless the time for
filing such transcript is extended by order of the
Superior Court or  the  family support magistrate.
Costs of preparing the transcript shall be paid by
the  party  ordering   the   preparation   of  the
transcript.
    (5)  If, before  the  date  set  for  hearing,
application is made  to  the  Superior  Court  for
leave to present  additional  evidence,  and it is
shown to the  satisfaction  of  the court that the
additional evidence is  material  and  that  there
were good reasons for failure to present it in the
proceeding before the  family  support magistrate,
the Superior Court  may permit additional evidence
be taken before  it  upon conditions determined by
the court.
    (6)  The appeal  shall  be  conducted  by  the
Superior  Court  without   a  jury  and  shall  be
confined  to  the   record   and  such  additional
evidence as the Superior Court has permitted to be
introduced.  The  Superior  Court,  upon  request,
shall  hear  oral  argument  and  receive  written
briefs.
    (7) The Superior Court may affirm the decision
of the family  support  magistrate  or  remand the
case for further  proceedings.  The Superior Court
may reverse or  modify the decision if substantial
rights  of  the  appellant  have  been  prejudiced
because  the  decision   of   the  family  support
magistrate is: (A)  In violation of constitutional
or statutory provisions;  (B)  in  excess  of  the
statutory   authority  of   the   family   support
magistrate; (C) made  upon unlawful procedure; (D)
affected  by  other  error  of  law;  (E)  clearly
erroneous in view  of the reliable, probative, and
substantial evidence on  the  whole record; or (F)
arbitrary or capricious  or characterized by abuse
of discretion or  clearly  unwarranted exercise of
discretion.
    (8) Any order entered by the court pursuant to
an appeal under this subsection may be retroactive
to the date  of  the original order entered by the
family support magistrate.
    (9) Upon all  such  appeals  which are denied,
costs may be  taxed  in  favor  of  the prevailing
party at the discretion of the Superior Court, but
no costs shall be taxed against the state.
    (10) In any  case  in  which  any party claims
that he cannot  pay  the  costs  of  an  appeal or
defending an appeal  under this section, he shall,
within the time  permitted  for filing the appeal,
or the time  permitted  for filing of a transcript
of testimony if  preparation of such transcript is
required, file with  the  clerk  of  the  superior
court to which  the  appeal  is  to  be  taken  an
application for waiver  of  payment  of such fees,
costs  and  necessary  expenses.  The  application
shall conform to rules adopted pursuant to section
51-14. After such  hearing  as  the Superior Court
determines is necessary,  the Superior Court shall
enter  its  judgment  on  the  application,  which
judgment shall contain  a  statement  of the facts
the Superior Court has found, with its conclusions
thereon. The filing  of  the  application  for the
waiver shall toll  the  time limits for the filing
of an appeal until such time as a judgment on such
application is entered.
    (o) Upon final  determination  of  any  appeal
from a decision  of a family support magistrate by
the Superior Court,  there  shall  be  no right to
further review except  to the Appellate Court. The
procedure on such  appeal  to  the Appellate Court
shall, except as  otherwise provided herein, be in
accordance with the procedures provided by rule or
law for the  appeal  of  judgments rendered by the
Superior Court unless  modified  by  rule  of  the
judges of the  Appellate  Court. There shall be no
right to further  review  except  to  the  Supreme
Court  pursuant  to   the  provisions  of  section
51-197f.
    (p) The filing of an appeal from a decision of
a family support  magistrate  does  not affect the
order of support  of  a family support magistrate,
but it shall  continue  in effect until the appeal
is decided, and  thereafter,  unless denied, until
changed  by further  order  of  a  family  support
magistrate or the Superior Court.
    (q) When an order for child or spousal support
has  been  entered   against  an  obligor  by  the
Superior Court in  an  action  originating  in the
Superior Court, such  order  shall  supersede  any
previous  order  for   child  or  spousal  support
against such obligor  entered  by a family support
magistrate and shall  also  supersede any previous
agreement for support executed by such obligor and
filed with the Family Support Magistrate Division.
    (r) Orders for  support  entered  by  a family
support magistrate shall  have  the same force and
effect as orders  of  the  Superior  Court, except
where  otherwise  provided   in  sections  17b-81,
17b-93,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  17b-179,  AS
AMENDED  BY  THIS   ACT,   17b-743   to   17b-746,
inclusive, AS AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, subsection (a)
of section 46b-55,  sections  46b-59a,  46b-86, AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT,  and  46b-172, this chapter,
subsection (b) of  section 51-348, section 52-362,
subsection (a) of  section 52-362d, subsection (a)
of section 52-362e,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, and
subsection (c) of  section  53-304,  and  shall be
considered orders of  the  Superior  Court for the
purpose  of  establishing  and  enforcing  support
orders  of  the   family  support  magistrate,  as
provided in sections 17b-81, 17b-93, AS AMENDED BY
THIS  ACT,  17b-179,   AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,
17b-745, AS AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, 52-362, 52-362d,
52-362e,  AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and  53-304,
except as otherwise  provided in this section. All
orders  for  support   issued  by  family  support
magistrates  in any  matter  before  a  magistrate
shall contain an  order for withholding to enforce
such orders as set forth in said section 52-362.
    (s)  Support  enforcement   officers   of  the
Support Enforcement Division of the Superior Court
shall:
    (1) Supervise the  payment  of  any  child  or
spousal support order  made  by  a  family support
magistrate. Supervision of  such orders is defined
as the utilization  of all procedures available by
law to collect child or spousal support, including
issuance and implementation  of  wage withholdings
ordered by a family support magistrate pursuant to
section  52-362, and  if  necessary,  bringing  an
application  for  contempt  to  a  family  support
magistrate   and,   in    connection   with   such
application,  issuing  an   order   requiring  the
obligor  to  appear   before   a   family  support
magistrate to show cause why he should not be held
in contempt for  failure to pay an order for child
or spousal support  entered  by the Superior Court
or a family support magistrate;
    (2) In [non-AFDC]  NON-TANF  cases,  have  the
authority to bring  petitions  for  support orders
pursuant to section  46b-215,  AS  AMENDED BY THIS
ACT,  file  agreements   for   support   with  the
assistant clerk of  the  Family Support Magistrate
Division, and bring  applications  for  show cause
orders pursuant to  section  46b-172,  and in IV-D
cases, enforce foreign  support  orders registered
with  the  Family   Support   Magistrate  Division
pursuant to section  46b-198b, and file agreements
for support with the assistant clerk of the Family
Support Magistrate Division;
    (3) In connection  with any order or agreement
entered by, or  filed  with,  the  Family  Support
Magistrate Division, or  any  order entered by the
Superior Court in  a IV-D support case upon order,
investigate the financial situation of the parties
and  report  findings   to   the   family  support
magistrate regarding: (A)  Any  pending  motion to
modify such order  or agreement or (B) any request
or application for  modification  of such order or
agreement made by an obligee;
    (4) In [non-AFDC]  NON-TANF IV-D cases, review
child support orders  at  the  request  of  either
parent  subject to  a  support  order  or  at  the
request of the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement
and initiate an  action  before  a  family support
magistrate to modify  such  support order if it is
determined  upon  such   review   that  the  order
substantially  deviates  from  the  child  support
guidelines   established   pursuant   to   section
46b-215a or 46b-215b.  There shall be a rebuttable
presumption  that  any   deviation  of  less  than
fifteen per cent from the child support guidelines
is not substantial  and  any  deviation of fifteen
per  cent  or   more   from   the   guidelines  is
substantial.  Modification may  be  made  of  such
support order without  regard to whether the order
was issued before,  on  or  after  May 9, 1991. In
determining  whether to  modify  a  child  support
order based on  a  substantial deviation from such
child support guidelines,  consideration  shall be
given  to  the   division  of  real  and  personal
property between the  parties  set  forth  in  any
final decree entered  pursuant to chapter 815j and
the benefits accruing  to  the child as the result
of such division. No order for periodic payment of
support   may   be    subject    to    retroactive
modification,  except  that   the  family  support
magistrate may order  modification with respect to
any period during  which there is a pending motion
for modification of  a support order from the date
of service of notice of such pending motion to the
opposing party pursuant to section 52-50.
    (5) In [AFDC]  TANF  IV-D  cases, review child
support orders and  initiate  an  action  before a
family support magistrate  to  modify such support
order if it  is  determined  upon such review that
(A)   there   is   substantial   change   in   the
circumstances of either  party,  or  (B) the order
substantially  deviates  from  the  child  support
guidelines   established   pursuant   to   section
46b-215a or 46b-215b.  There shall be a rebuttable
presumption  that  any   deviation  of  less  than
fifteen per cent from the child support guidelines
is not substantial  and  any  deviation of fifteen
per  cent  or   more   from   the   guidelines  is
substantial.  Modification may  be  made  of  such
support order without  regard to whether the order
was issued before,  on  or  after  May 9, 1991. In
determining  whether to  modify  a  child  support
order based on  a  substantial deviation from such
child support guidelines,  consideration  shall be
given  to  the   division  of  real  and  personal
property between the  parties  set  forth  in  any
final decree entered  pursuant to chapter 815j and
the benefits accruing  to  the child as the result
of such division. No order for periodic payment of
support   may   be    subject    to    retroactive
modification,  except  that   the  family  support
magistrate may order  modification with respect to
any period during  which there is a pending motion
for modification of  a support order from the date
of service of notice of such pending motion to the
opposing party pursuant to section 52-50.
    (t) The Attorney General shall:
    (1) Represent the interest of the state in all
actions for child  or spousal support in all cases
in which the  state is furnishing or has furnished
aid or care to one of the parties to the action or
a child of one of the parties;
    (2) Represent the  petitioner  in  proceedings
for enforcement of  interstate support enforcement
under  sections  46b-180  to  46b-211,  inclusive,
unless  the  petitioner   is   represented  by  an
attorney retained by the petitioner;
    (3) Represent the  IV-D  agency  in  providing
support   enforcement   services   in   [non-AFDC]
NON-TANF IV-D support  cases  pursuant to sections
17b-179, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and 46b-215, AS
AMENDED BY THIS ACT.
    (u) The Department  of  Social Services may in
IV-D cases (1)  bring petitions for support orders
pursuant to section  46b-215,  AS  AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, (2) obtain  acknowledgments of paternity, (3)
bring applications for  show cause orders pursuant
to section 46b-172,  and  (4)  file agreements for
support with the  assistant  clerk  of  the Family
Support Magistrate Division.
    Sec.  109.  Section  52-251d  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) In any civil action to establish paternity
or to establish,  modify  or enforce child support
orders in [AFDC]  TANF  cases pursuant to sections
17b-748, 46b-86, AS  AMENDED BY THIS ACT, 46b-171,
46b-160, 46b-172, 46b-180,  46b-215, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, and 46b-231, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, the
court  may  allow   the  state,  when  it  is  the
prevailing party, a reasonable attorney's fee.
    (b) The provisions  of  subsection (a) of this
section shall not  be  deemed: (1) To create a new
cause of action  against  any individual or (2) to
confer  any new  jurisdiction  upon  the  Superior
Court in any action against any individual.
    Sec.  110.  Section  52-362e  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Subject  to  the  provisions  of  section
52-362h, whenever an  order  of the Superior Court
or a family  support  magistrate  for support of a
minor child or  children is issued, and, in [AFDC]
TFA  cases  as   defined  in  subdivision  (1)  of
subsection (b) of  section  46b-231, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, the  person  against whom such order was
issued owes past-due  support of one hundred fifty
dollars or more,  or  in  [non-AFDC] NON-TANF IV-D
support cases as defined in subsection (b) of SAID
section  46b-231, the  person  against  whom  such
order was issued  owes  past  due  support of five
hundred dollars or more, the state shall submit to
the Internal Revenue  Service  through the federal
Office of Child  Support  Enforcement  the name of
such  person  and  request  the  withholding  from
refunds  of federal  income  taxes  owed  to  such
person of an amount equal to the past-due support,
and payment of  such  withheld amount to the state
for distribution to the state for reimbursement of
public assistance in  [AFDC]  TANF  cases  and  in
[non-AFDC]  NON-TANF  IV-D   support   cases   for
distribution to the  guardian  or custodial parent
of  such minor  child  or  children,  after  first
deducting from the amount payable to such guardian
or custodial parent a collection fee determined by
the Secretary of  the Treasury to be sufficient to
reimburse the Internal  Revenue  Service  for  the
cost of the offset procedure.
    (b) Subject to  the  provisions  of subsection
(c) of this  section,  whenever  an  order  of the
Superior Court or  a family support magistrate for
support of a  minor  child  or children is issued,
and, in [AFDC] TANF cases, the person against whom
such support order is issued owes past-due support
of  one hundred  fifty  dollars  or  more,  or  in
[non-AFDC] NON-TANF IV-D  support cases the person
against whom such  order  is  issued owes past-due
support  of five  hundred  dollars  or  more,  the
Department of Social  Services shall submit to the
Commissioner of Administrative  Services  the name
of such person  and  request  the withholding from
refunds of state  income taxes owed to such person
of an amount  equal  to  the past-due support, and
payment   of   such   withheld   amount   by   the
Commissioner of Revenue  Services to the state for
distribution to the  state  for  reimbursement  of
public assistance in  [AFDC]  TANF  cases  and  in
[non-AFDC]  NON-TANF  IV-D   support   cases   for
distribution to the  guardian  or custodial parent
of such minor child or children. Whenever an order
of the Superior Court or family support magistrate
is issued against  a  parent  to cover the cost of
health insurance for  a  child who is eligible for
Medicaid and such parent has received payment from
a third party  for  the costs of services provided
under such health coverage for such child but such
parent has not used such payments to reimburse, as
appropriate, either the  other  parent or guardian
or the provider of such services, the Commissioner
of   Social   Services   shall   submit   to   the
Commissioner of Administrative  Services  the name
of such person  and  request  the withholding from
refunds of state  income taxes owed to such person
of an amount necessary to reimburse the Department
of  Social  Services  for  such  costs  under  the
Medicaid program, and payment of such amount shall
be  withheld  by   the   Commissioner  of  Revenue
Services  and distributed  to  the  Department  of
Social Services for  reimbursement.  However,  any
claims for current or past due child support shall
take priority over  any  such claims for the costs
of such services.
    (c) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
adopt regulations, in  accordance with chapter 54,
setting  forth  procedures   in   compliance  with
federal law and  regulations  under  Title IV-D of
the Social Security  Act  providing  for  adequate
notice of (1) the right to a review by the Support
Enforcement Division of  the  Superior  Court, (2)
the right to  an  administrative  hearing before a
hearing officer, (3)  a list of available defenses
including the defense described in section 52-362h
and (4) procedures  for  an administrative hearing
for any person  who is alleged to owe an arrearage
and is subject to the provisions of this section.
    Sec. 111. Subsection  (b) of section 54-210 of
the general statutes,  as  amended by section 5 of
public act 97-257,  is  repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) Payment of compensation under this chapter
may be made  to  a  person  who  is a recipient of
[income assistance under  sections 17b-19, 17b-22,
17b-63 to 17b-65,  inclusive,  17b-75  to  17b-77,
inclusive, 17b-79 to  17b-103,  inclusive, 17b-114
to  17b-138,  inclusive,   17b-180   to   17b-183,
inclusive, 17b-220 to 17b-250, inclusive, 17b-256,
17b-259 to 17b-287, inclusive, 17b-340 to 17b-350,
inclusive, 17b-357 to  17b-362, inclusive, 17b-600
to  17b-604,  inclusive,   17b-689   to   17b-693,
inclusive, 17b-746 to  17b-750, inclusive, 17b-807
and 17b-808] PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, STATE ADMINISTERED
GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  OR   GENERAL  ASSISTANCE  for
necessary  and  reasonable   expenses  related  to
injuries resulting from  a  crime and not provided
for by the income assistance program in which such
person  is  a   participant.  Unless  required  by
federal law, no  such  payment shall be considered
an asset for  purposes  of  eligibility  for  such
assistance.
    Sec.  112.  Section  17b-266  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section  2 of public act
97-240,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Social Services may,
when he finds  it  to  be  in the public interest,
fund part or  all  of  the cost of benefits to any
recipient  under  sections   17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  17b-264  to
17b-285, inclusive, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and
17b-357  to  17b-362,   inclusive,   through   the
purchase  of  insurance   from   any  organization
authorized to do  a  health  insurance business in
this state.
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services may
require recipients of  Medicaid  or  other  public
assistance to receive medical care on a prepayment
or per capita  basis,  in  accordance with federal
law  and  regulations,   if   such  prepayment  is
anticipated to result  in lower medical assistance
costs to the  state.  The  commissioner  may enter
into contracts for  the provision of comprehensive
health care on a prepayment or per capita basis in
accordance with federal  law and regulations, with
the following: (1) A health care center subject to
the provisions of  chapter  698a; (2) a consortium
of  federally-qualified community  health  centers
and  other  community-based  providers  of  health
services which are  funded  by the state; [or] (3)
other  consortia  of   providers  of  health  care
services  established for  the  purposes  of  this
subsection; OR (4)  AN  INTEGRATED SERVICE NETWORK
PROVIDING CARE MANAGEMENT AND COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH
CARE  ON A  PREPAYMENT  OR  PER  CAPITA  BASIS  TO
ELDERLY AND DISABLED  RECIPIENTS  OF  MEDICAID WHO
MAY ALSO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICARE.
    (c)  Providers of  comprehensive  health  care
services as described  in  subdivisions (2), [and]
(3) AND (4)  of  subsection  (b)  of  this section
shall not be  subject to the provisions of chapter
698a OR, IN  THE  CASE  OF  AN  INTEGRATED SERVICE
NETWORK, SECTIONS 17b-239  TO  17b-245, INCLUSIVE,
17b-281,  17b-340, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  OR
17b-342 TO 17b-344,  INCLUSIVE, AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT. Any such  provider  shall be certified by the
Commissioner of Social Services in accordance with
criteria   established   by    the   commissioner,
including, but not  limited  to,  minimum  reserve
fund requirements.
    (d) The commissioner  shall pay all capitation
claims which would  otherwise be reimbursed to the
health plans described  in  subsection (b) of this
section in June,  1997,  no  later  than  July 31,
1997.
    (e)  Providers of  comprehensive  health  care
under   this   section   shall   report   to   the
Commissioner of Social  Services  all  spending by
service category, as  defined  by the commissioner
and set forth in any contract under subsection (b)
of this section.
    Sec. 113. (NEW) (a) The Commissioner of Social
Services shall submit an application for a federal
waiver  for the  purpose  of  conducting  an  1115
research and demonstration  waiver program: (1) To
provide  comprehensive  health   care   and   care
management  services  for   elderly  and  disabled
Medicaid recipients who  may  also be eligible for
Medicare;  and (2)  to  simplify  eligibility  for
Medicaid. The program  shall be designed to reduce
costs and increase  efficiency in the operation of
the   Medicaid  program   and   to   improve   the
coordination  of health  care  benefits  with  the
Medicare   program.  Under   said   program,   the
Commissioner of Social  Services,  in consultation
with the Insurance  Commissioner,  may  enter into
contracts with integrated service networks for the
provision of comprehensive  long-term  health care
and  care management  for  participating  Medicaid
recipients on a  prepayment  or  per capita basis.
Integrated service networks  shall  emphasize  the
utilization   of   primary   and   community-based
services  to avoid  utilization  of  institutional
care. Eligible Medicaid  recipients  shall  have a
choice  of  enrolling  in  an  integrated  service
network or receiving  Medicaid covered services in
a fee-for-service program,  and  no  copays  or  a
lower  level  of   optional  Medicaid  state  plan
services    than    currently     covered    under
fee-for-service Medicaid, shall  be used to induce
individuals to transfer  into  the  networks. Said
program, established pursuant  to  the waiver, may
include, but not  be  limited to: The retention of
an  independent  enrolment   broker;  quality  and
access performance specifications  for  integrated
service networks; a  competitive  bidding  process
for  integrated  service  networks  and  enrolment
brokers  seeking contracts;  a  recipient  lock-in
policy;   and  eligibility   criteria   concerning
assets. Said program,  established pursuant to the
waiver, shall: (A)  Ensure continuity of care; (B)
establish notice rights,  and  prompt  review  and
appeal  rights,  whenever   services  are  denied,
reduced, suspended, or terminated; (C) provide for
the conducting of  quality monitoring of plans and
the publication of  regular report cards comparing
plans; (D) set  standards  for  access  to  health
care;  (E) prohibit  involuntary  terminations  of
enrollees from a  plan  because  of their frequent
use  of services,  their  high  risk  for  needing
services, or any other reason not directly related
to furthering their  health  or  safety;  (F)  the
commissioner shall solicit  public response on the
waiver  application through  a  series  of  public
hearings held at a central location in each of the
department's regions. For the purpose of obtaining
responses from nursing  facility residents who may
be   unable   to   attend   these   hearing,   the
commissioner shall also solicit responses from the
resident  councils in  a  sample  of  the  nursing
facilities  in  each   region;   and  (G)  provide
coverage of assymptomatic HIV individuals for drug
therapies  connected to  the  treatment  of  their
condition to the  extent permitted by federal law.
The commissioner, upon  approval  of  said waiver,
shall  adopt  regulations,   in   accordance  with
chapter 54 of  the  general statutes, to implement
the eligibility provisions of this section.
    (b) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
submit said application  for  a  federal waiver to
the  joint  standing  committees  of  the  General
Assembly having cognizance  of matters relating to
human services, public  health  and appropriations
and the budgets  of  state  agencies  prior to the
submission  of such  application  to  the  federal
government. Within fifteen  days  of their receipt
of such application, the joint standing committees
may advise the  commissioner  of  their  approval,
nonapproval  or  modifications,  if  any,  of  his
application.
    (c) Prior to  submission  of  said application
for a waiver  from  federal  law  to  the  General
Assembly under subsection (b) of this section, the
Commissioner of Social  Services  shall  publish a
notice that the  commissioner intends to seek such
a waiver in  the  Connecticut  Law  Journal, along
with a summary  of  the  provisions  of the waiver
application and the  manner  in  which individuals
may submit comments.  The commissioner shall allow
fifteen days for  written  comments  on the waiver
application prior to submission of the application
for  a  waiver   to  the  General  Assembly  under
subsection (a) of  this  section and shall include
all written comments  with  the waiver application
in the submission to the General Assembly.
    Sec. 114. Subsection (a) of section 17b-28a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) There is  established a Waiver Application
Development Council that  shall be composed of the
following members: The  chairpersons  and  ranking
members of the  JOINT  STANDING  committee  OF THE
GENERAL  ASSEMBLY  having  cognizance  of  matters
relating to appropriations,  or  their  designees;
the chairpersons and  ranking members of the JOINT
STANDING committee OF  THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY having
cognizance of matters  relating to human services,
or their designees;  THE  CHAIRPERSONS AND RANKING
MEMBERS OF THE  JOINT  STANDING  COMMITTEE  OF THE
GENERAL  ASSEMBLY  HAVING  COGNIZANCE  OF  MATTERS
RELATING TO PUBLIC HEALTH, OR THEIR DESIGNEES; THE
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL  SERVICES, OR HIS DESIGNEE;
THE  COMMISSIONER  OF   PUBLIC   HEALTH,   OR  HIS
DESIGNEE; THE COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL  HEALTH AND
ADDICTION   SERVICES,   OR   HIS   DESIGNEE;   THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL   RETARDATION,   OR   HIS
DESIGNEE; THE SECRETARY  OF  THE  OFFICE OF POLICY
AND  MANAGEMENT,  OR   HIS   DESIGNEE;  THE  STATE
COMPTROLLER, OR HIS  DESIGNEE; A REPRESENTATIVE OF
ADVOCACY FOR MENTAL RETARDATION TO BE APPOINTED BY
THE  PRESIDENT  PRO   TEMPORE  OF  THE  SENATE;  A
REPRESENTATIVE OF ADVOCACY  FOR  THE ELDERLY TO BE
APPOINTED BY THE  MAJORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE; A
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE  NURSING HOME INDUSTRY TO BE
APPOINTED BY THE  MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE; A
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE  HOME  HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY,
INDEPENDENT OF THE  NURSING  HOME  INDUSTRY, TO BE
APPOINTED  BY  THE   SPEAKER   OF   THE  HOUSE  OF
REPRESENTATIVES; A REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE  MENTAL
HEALTH PROFESSION TO  BE APPOINTED BY THE MAJORITY
LEADER  OF  THE   HOUSE   OF   REPRESENTATIVES;  A
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE  SUBSTANCE  ABUSE PROFESSION
TO BE APPOINTED  BY  THE  MINORITY  LEADER  OF THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES;  A  HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
TO BE APPOINTED  BY  THE  PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF
THE  SENATE; TWO  ELDERLY  CONSUMERS  OF  MEDICAID
SERVICES WHO ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICARE, TO BE
APPOINTED  BY  THE   SPEAKER   OF   THE  HOUSE  OF
REPRESENTATIVES; A REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE MANAGED
CARE INDUSTRY, TO  BE  APPOINTED  BY THE PRESIDENT
PRO TEMPORE OF  THE SENATE; A SOCIAL SERVICES CARE
PROVIDER, TO BE  APPOINTED  BY THE MAJORITY LEADER
OF THE HOUSE  OF REPRESENTATIVES; A FAMILY SUPPORT
CARE PROVIDER, TO  BE  APPOINTED  BY  THE MAJORITY
LEADER   OF   THE   SENATE;   TWO   PERSONS   WITH
DISABILITIES  WHO  ARE   CONSUMERS   OF   MEDICAID
SERVICES, ONE TO BE APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT PRO
TEMPORE OF THE  SENATE  AND ONE TO BE APPOINTED BY
THE   MINORITY   LEADER    OF    THE    HOUSE   OF
REPRESENTATIVES;   A   REPRESENTATIVE   OF   LEGAL
ADVOCACY FOR MEDICAID  CLIENTS, TO BE APPOINTED BY
THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE; and six members
of the General  Assembly,  one member appointed by
the  president pro  tempore  of  the  Senate;  one
member appointed by  the  majority  leader  of the
Senate;  one  member  appointed  by  the  minority
leader of the  Senate; one member appointed by the
speaker  of  the  House  of  Representatives;  one
member appointed by  the  majority  leader  of the
House of Representatives; and one member appointed
by  the  minority   leader   of   the   House   of
Representatives. The council  shall be responsible
for advising the  Department  of  Social Services,
which shall be  the lead agency in the development
of a Medicaid  Research  and  Demonstration Waiver
under Section 1115  of the Social Security Act for
application to the  Office  of State Health Reform
of the United  States  Department  of  Health  and
Human Services by  May  1, 1996. The council shall
advise the department  with  respect  to  specific
provisions   within   the    waiver   application,
including but not  limited  to, the identification
of populations to  be  included  in a managed care
program, a timetable  for  inclusion  of  distinct
populations, expansion of  access to care, quality
assurance and grievance  procedures  for consumers
and providers. The  council  shall also advise the
department  with  respect  to  the  goals  of  the
waiver,  including  but   not   limited   to,  the
expansion of access  and  coverage,  making  state
health  spending  more   efficient   and   to  the
reduction of uncompensated care.
    Sec.  115.  Section  19a-535  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) For the  purposes  of  this  section:  (1)
"Facility" means the entity certified as a nursing
facility under the  Medicaid program or the entity
certified as a  skilled nursing facility under the
Medicare program or  with  respect  to  facilities
that  do  not   participate  in  the  Medicaid  or
Medicare  programs,  a  chronic  and  convalescent
nursing  home  or   a   rest   home  with  nursing
supervision as defined  in  section  19a-521;  (2)
"Medicare distinct part" means an entity certified
as a skilled  nursing  facility under the Medicare
program within a  facility;  (3)  "transfer" means
the transfer of  a  resident  from a facility to a
separate facility, including  a  transfer  into or
out of a  Medicare  distinct  part,  but  does not
include the transfer of a resident from one bed to
another  bed  within   the   same   facility;  (4)
"discharge" means the discharge of a resident from
a   facility   to   another   institution   or   a
noninstitutional setting.
    (b) A facility shall not transfer or discharge
a patient from  the  facility  except  to meet the
welfare of the  patient which cannot be met in the
facility, or unless  the  patient  no longer needs
the  services of  the  facility  due  to  improved
health, or the  health or safety of individuals in
the facility is  endangered,  or  in the case of a
self-pay patient, for  his nonpayment or arrearage
of more than fifteen days of the per diem facility
room rate, or  the  facility ceases to operate. In
each case the  basis  for  transfer  or  discharge
shall  be  documented  in  the  patient's  medical
record by a  physician.  In  each  case  where the
welfare,  health  or  safety  of  the  patient  is
concerned  the  documentation   shall  be  by  the
patient's physician. A facility which is part of a
continuing  care facility  which  guarantees  life
care for its  residents,  as defined in subsection
(b) of section  17b-354, may transfer or discharge
(1)   a  resident   self-pay   patient   who   has
intentionally transferred assets  in  a  sum which
will render the patient unable to pay the costs of
facility  care in  accordance  with  the  contract
between the resident  and  the  facility  or (2) a
nonresident self-pay patient who has intentionally
transferred assets in  a sum which will render the
patient unable to  pay  the  costs  of  a total of
forty-two months of facility care from the date of
initial admission to the facility.
    (c) Before effecting  a  transfer or discharge
of a patient from the facility, the facility shall
notify, in writing,  the  patient and his guardian
or conservator, if  any,  or  his  legally  liable
relative or other  responsible party if known [and
the  Commissioner  of   Social  Services]  of  the
proposed  transfer  or   discharge,   the  reasons
therefor,  its effective  date,  the  location  to
which  the  patient   is   to  be  transferred  or
discharged,  THE  RIGHT  TO  APPEAL  THE  PROPOSED
TRANSFER  OR  DISCHARGE  AND  THE  PROCEDURES  FOR
INITIATING SUCH AN  APPEAL  AS  DETERMINED  BY THE
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL  SERVICES,  THE DATE BY WHICH
AN APPEAL MUST  BE  INITIATED IN ORDER TO STAY THE
PROPOSED TRANSFER OR  DISCHARGE,  WHICH DATE SHALL
BE TEN DAYS  FROM  THE  RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE FROM
THE  FACILITY,  THAT  THE  PATIENT  MAY  REPRESENT
HIMSELF OR BE  REPRESENTED  BY  LEGAL  COUNSEL,  A
RELATIVE,  A  FRIEND   OR   OTHER  SPOKESMAN,  and
information   as  to   bed   hold   and   hospital
readmission policy when  appropriate.  The  notice
shall ALSO include  the  name, mailing address and
telephone  number  of   the   state  nursing  home
ombudsman. If the  patient  is,  or  the  facility
alleges   a   patient    is,   mentally   ill   or
developmentally disabled, the notice shall include
the name, mailing  address and telephone number of
the Office of Protection and Advocacy. [The notice
to the commissioner  shall  include  the  name and
address of the  patient's guardian or conservator,
if any, or  his  legally  liable relative or other
responsible party if  known.]  The notice shall be
given at least  thirty days and no more than sixty
days prior to the patient's transfer or discharge,
except where the  health  or safety of individuals
in  the  facility  are  endangered  or  where  the
patient's health improves  sufficiently to allow a
more immediate transfer  or  discharge,  or  where
immediate transfer or discharge is necessitated by
urgent medical needs  or  where  a patient has not
resided in the  facility for thirty days, in which
cases notice shall  be  given  as many days before
the transfer or  discharge  as  practicable.  [The
notice shall also  include  notice of the right of
the patient to  appeal  a transfer or discharge by
the facility pursuant  to  subsection  (h) of this
section.]
    (d)  No  patient   shall   be  transferred  or
discharged from any  facility  as  a  result  of a
change in his  status from self-pay or Medicare to
Medicaid provided the  facility offers services to
both categories of  patients. Any such patient who
wishes to be transferred to another facility which
has agreed to  accept him may do so upon giving at
least  fifteen  days   written   notice   to   the
administrator of the  facility from which he is to
be  transferred  and   a   copy   thereof  to  the
appropriate   advocate  of   such   patient.   The
patients' advocate may  help  the patient complete
all  administrative  procedures   relating   to  a
transfer.  As  used  in  this  section  "self-pay"
patient means a patient who is not receiving state
or municipal assistance  to  pay  for  the cost of
care.
    (e) Except (1)  in  an  emergency,  (2) IN THE
CASE OF TRANSFER TO A HOSPITAL, OR (3) IN THE CASE
OF TRANSFER INTO  OR  OUT  OF  A MEDICARE DISTINCT
PART WITHIN THE SAME INSTITUTION, no patient shall
be  transferred  or  discharged  from  a  facility
unless a discharge  plan has been developed by the
personal physician of  the  patient or the medical
director in conjunction with the nursing director,
social worker or  other  health  care provider. To
minimize the disruptive effects of the transfer or
discharge on the  patient  the  person responsible
for  developing  the   plan   shall  consider  the
feasibility  of  placement   near   the  patient's
relatives, the acceptability  of  the placement to
the patient and  his  guardian  or conservator, if
any,  or his  legally  liable  relative  or  other
responsible  party,  if   known,   and  any  other
relevant  factors  which   affect   the  patient's
adjustment to the  move.  The plan shall contain a
written evaluation of  the effects of the transfer
or discharge on the patient and a statement of the
action taken to minimize such effects. In addition
the plan shall  outline  the  care  and  kinds  of
services  which the  patient  shall  receive  upon
transfer or discharge.  Not  less than thirty days
prior to an  involuntary  transfer  or discharge a
copy of the  discharge  plan  shall be provided to
the patient's personal  physician if the discharge
plan was prepared  by the medical director, to the
patient and his  guardian  or conservator, if any,
or   his  legally   liable   relative   or   other
responsible  party,  if   known.  [,  and  to  the
Department  of  Social  Services  if  the  patient
receives payments under  Title  XIX of the federal
Social Security Act, as amended.]
    (f)   No  patient   shall   be   involuntarily
transferred or discharged  from a facility if such
transfer     or     discharge     is     medically
contraindicated.
    (g)  The facility  shall  be  responsible  for
assisting  the  patient   in  finding  appropriate
placement.
    [(h) (1) The  Commissioner  of Social Services
or his designee,  within  five  business  days  of
receipt  of  a  notice  of  proposed  transfer  or
discharge  pursuant  to  subsection  (c)  of  this
section,  shall  provide   the   patient  and  his
guardian or conservator,  if  any,  or his legally
liable relative or  other  responsible  party,  if
known,  with  a   written  notice  informing  such
patient, guardian or  conservator,  legally liable
relative or other  responsible  party  (A)  of the
action the facility  intends  to  take; (B) of the
right to appeal the proposed transfer or discharge
pursuant to this  section  and  the procedures for
initiating such an  appeal;  (C)  of  the  date by
which an appeal must be initiated in order to stay
a proposed transfer  or discharge which date shall
be ten days  from  receipt  of the notice from the
commissioner or his  designee;  and  (D)  that the
patient may represent himself or be represented by
legal  counsel, a  relative,  a  friend  or  other
spokesman. A copy  of  the notice shall be sent to
the facility. Notice  shall be deemed to have been
received within five  days  of  the  date  it  was
mailed,  unless  the   patient  or  his  guardian,
conservator,  legally  liable  relative  or  other
responsible   party   proves    otherwise   by   a
preponderance of the evidence.
    (2)] (h) (1) Except as provided in subdivision
[(5)] (4) of this subsection, upon receipt of [any
such]  A request  FOR  A  HEARING  TO  APPEAL  ANY
PROPOSED TRANSFER OR  DISCHARGE,  the Commissioner
of Social Services  or  his  designee shall hold a
hearing  to  determine  whether  the  transfer  or
discharge is being  effected  in  accordance  with
this section. [Such a] A hearing shall be convened
not less than  ten,  but not more than thirty days
from the receipt  of  such  request  and a written
decision made by  the commissioner or his designee
within  sixty  days  of  the  termination  of  the
hearing or within  ninety  days of the date of the
hearing  request,  whichever  occurs  sooner.  The
hearing  shall be  conducted  in  accordance  with
chapter 54. In  each case the facility shall prove
by a preponderance  of  the  evidence  that it has
complied with the provisions of this section.
    [(3)]   (2)   The   patient,   his   guardian,
conservator,  legally  liable  relative  or  other
responsible party shall  have  an  opportunity  to
examine, during regular  business  hours  at least
three business days  prior  to a hearing conducted
pursuant to this  section,  the  contents  of  the
patient's file maintained  by the facility and all
documents  and  records   to   be   used   by  the
commissioner or his  designee  or  the facility at
the   hearing.  The   facility   shall   have   an
opportunity  to examine  during  regular  business
hours at least three business days prior to such a
hearing, all documents  and  records to be used by
the patient at the hearing.
    [(4)] (3) If  a  hearing conducted pursuant to
this   section  involves   medical   issues,   the
commissioner  or  his   designee   may   order  an
independent medical assessment  of  the patient at
the expense of  the  Department of Social Services
which shall be made part of the hearing record.
    [(5)] (4) In  an emergency the notice required
pursuant to subsection  (c)  of  this section [and
subdivision  (1)  of  this  subsection]  shall  be
provided as soon  as practicable. For the purposes
of this section  "emergency"  means that a failure
to effect an immediate transfer or discharge would
endanger the health,  safety  or  welfare  of  the
patient  or  other  patients.  A  patient  who  is
transferred or discharged on an emergency basis or
a patient who  receives  notice of such a transfer
or discharge may  contest the action by requesting
a hearing in writing within ten days of receipt of
notice [from the  commissioner] or within ten days
of the transfer  or discharge, whichever is later.
A hearing shall  be  held  in  accordance with the
requirements   [of  subdivision   (2)]   of   this
subsection within seven  business  days of receipt
of the request.
    [(6)] (5) Except  in the case of a transfer or
discharge effected pursuant  to  subdivision [(5)]
(4)  of  this   subsection,   (A)  an  involuntary
transfer or discharge  shall  be  stayed pending a
decision by the  commissioner or his designee, and
(B) if the commissioner or his designee determines
the transfer or  discharge  is  being  effected in
accordance with this section, the facility may not
transfer or discharge the patient prior to fifteen
days from the  receipt  of  the  decision  by  the
patient and his  guardian  or conservator, if any,
or   his  legally   liable   relative   or   other
responsible party if known.
    [(7)]  (6)  A   copy  of  a  decision  of  the
commissioner or his  designee shall be sent to the
facility. The decision  shall  be  deemed  to have
been received within  five days of the date it was
mailed,  unless  the   patient  or  his  guardian,
conservator,  legally  liable  relative  or  other
responsible   party   proves    otherwise   by   a
preponderance of the  evidence. The Superior Court
shall consider an  appeal  from  a decision of the
Department of Social  Services  pursuant  to  this
section as a  privileged  case in order to dispose
of the case with the least possible delay.
    Sec.  116.  Section  17b-812  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
implement  and  administer  a  program  of  rental
assistance  for  low-income   families  living  in
privately-owned  rental  housing.   [and   elderly
persons  who  reside   in   state-assisted  rental
housing for the elderly.] For the purposes of this
section, a low-income  family  is one whose income
does not exceed  fifty  per  cent  of  the  median
family income for  the  area of the state in which
such   family  lives,   as   determined   by   the
commissioner.
    (b) Housing eligible  for participation in the
program shall comply  with  applicable  state  and
local health, housing, building and safety codes.
    (c) In addition  to an element in which rental
assistance  certificates  are  made  available  to
qualified tenants, to  be used in eligible housing
which such tenants are able to locate, the program
may include a  housing  support  element  in which
rental  assistance  for   tenants   is  linked  to
participation  by  the  property  owner  in  other
municipal,  state  or   federal   housing  repair,
rehabilitation   or   financing    programs.   The
commissioner  shall use  rental  assistance  under
this section so  as  to encourage the preservation
of  existing housing  and  the  revitalization  of
neighborhoods or the creation of additional rental
housing.
    (d)  The  commissioner  shall  administer  the
program  under this  section  to  promote  housing
choice  for  certificate   holders  and  encourage
racial and economic  integration. The commissioner
shall  establish  maximum  rent  levels  for  each
municipality in a  manner that promotes the use of
the program in all municipalities. Any certificate
issued pursuant to  this  section  may be used for
housing in any  municipality  in  the  state.  The
commissioner shall inform certificate holders that
a certificate may be used in any municipality and,
to the extent  practicable, the commissioner shall
assist certificate holders  in  finding housing in
the municipality of their choice.
    (e) Nothing in  this  section  shall  give any
person a right  to  continued  receipt  of  rental
assistance at any  time  that  the  program is not
funded.
    (f) The commissioner  shall  adopt regulations
in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to
carry  out  the  purposes  of  this  section.  The
regulations   shall   establish   maximum   income
eligibility guidelines for  such rental assistance
and criteria for  determining the amount of rental
assistance which shall  be  provided  to  eligible
families.   [and   elderly    persons,   provided,
effective  November  1,   1995,   the   amount  of
assistance for elderly persons who are certificate
holders shall be the difference between thirty per
cent  of  their  adjusted  gross  income,  less  a
utility allowance, and the base rent.]
    Sec. 117. (NEW) (a) On and after July 1, 1997,
the  Commissioner  of   Economic   and   Community
Development  shall  implement   and  administer  a
program of rental  assistance  for elderly persons
who reside in  state-assisted  rental  housing for
the elderly.
    (b) Housing eligible  for  use  in the program
shall  comply  with  applicable  state  and  local
health, housing, building and safety codes.
    (c)   In   addition   to   rental   assistance
certificates made available  to qualified tenants,
to be used  in eligible housing which such tenants
are  able  to  locate,  the  program  may  include
housing support in  which  rental  assistance  for
tenants is linked to participation by the property
owner in other municipal, state or federal housing
repair, rehabilitation or  financing programs. The
commissioner  shall use  rental  assistance  under
this  section to  encourage  the  preservation  of
existing  housing  and   the   revitalization   of
neighborhoods or the creation of additional rental
housing.
    (d)  The  commissioner  shall  administer  the
program  under this  section  to  promote  housing
choice  for  certificate   holders  and  encourage
diversity  of residents.  The  commissioner  shall
establish   maximum   rent    levels    for   each
municipality in a  manner that promotes the use of
the program in all municipalities. Any certificate
issued pursuant to  this  section  may be used for
housing in any  municipality  in  the  state.  The
commissioner shall inform certificate holders that
a certificate may be used in any municipality and,
to the extent  practicable, the commissioner shall
assist certificate holders  in  finding housing in
the municipality of their choice.
    (e) Nothing in  this  section  shall  give any
person a right  to  continued  receipt  of  rental
assistance at any  time  that  the  program is not
funded.
    (f) Whenever an  individual  who qualifies for
rental assistance pursuant  to  this section moves
into congregate housing,  as  defined  in  section
8-119e of the  general  statutes, the Commissioner
of  Economic  and   Community   Development  shall
calculate   the   rental   assistance   for   such
individual to include  the  entire  period  of his
occupancy  in  the  congregate  housing  facility,
regardless of the  rental-assistance status of any
former congregate housing occupant.
    (g) The commissioner  shall  adopt regulations
in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of
the general statutes  to carry out the purposes of
this  section.  The  regulations  shall  establish
maximum  income eligibility  guidelines  for  such
rental assistance and criteria for determining the
amount  of  rental   assistance   which  shall  be
provided to elderly  persons,  provided, effective
July 1, 1997, the amount of assistance for elderly
persons who are  certificate  holders shall be the
difference  between  thirty   per  cent  of  their
adjusted gross income,  less  a utility allowance,
and the base rent. The commissioner may administer
the  program  under   this   section  pursuant  to
regulations adopted pursuant to section 17b-812 of
the general statutes,  as  amended  by  this  act,
which are in effect on July 1, 1997.
    Sec.  118. Section  19a-122b  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of  chapters
368v  and 368z,  an  organization  licensed  as  a
hospice pursuant to  the  Public  Health  Code  or
certified as a  hospice pursuant to 42 USC Section
1395x,  shall  be  authorized,  until  October  1,
[1997]  2000,  to  operate  on  a  pilot  basis  a
residence  for terminally  ill  persons,  for  the
purpose   of   providing    hospice    home   care
arrangements  including,  but   not   limited  to,
hospice  home  care   services   and  supplemental
services. Such arrangements  shall  be provided to
those patients who  would  otherwise  receive such
care  from family  members.  The  residence  shall
provide a homelike  atmosphere  for  such patients
for a time  period  deemed  appropriate  for  home
health care services under like circumstances. Any
hospice which operates a residence pursuant to the
provisions of this  section  shall  cooperate with
the  Commissioner  of  Public  Health  to  develop
standards for the  licensure and operation of such
homes.
    Sec. 119. (NEW)  The  Labor Commissioner shall
establish a computerized  interagency  information
and  case  management   system  within  the  Labor
Department  for  the   purpose   of  administering
contracts for employment  services  for recipients
of temporary family  assistance.  Such information
shall  include,  but   not   be  limited  to,  all
statistical   and   relevant    data    for    the
administration  of  such   contracts.   The  Labor
Department and the  Department  of Social Services
shall continually revise  and  update  said system
with  data  concerning  such  recipients  for  the
purpose of (1) assisting in the implementation and
operation  of  the   temporary  family  assistance
program and (2) meeting federal work participation
requirements of the Temporary Assistance For Needy
Families program.
    Sec.  120.  (NEW)  The  Department  of  Social
Services shall administer  an  Employment Services
Program for the  purpose  of  providing employment
services  to  recipients  of  benefits  under  the
Temporary Assistance For  Needy  Families  Program
pursuant to Title IV-A of the Social Security Act.
Said  program  shall   include  the  provision  of
employment  services to  recipients  of  Temporary
Family Assistance that  will enable them to become
employed and independent of cash assistance within
twenty-one months of  receipt  of Temporary Family
Assistance.  The  Department  of  Social  Services
shall not enter  into  or  renew  any  contractual
obligations for the  Employment  Services  Program
that extend beyond  June  30, 1998. Within fifteen
days   after   execution   of   such   contractual
obligations,  the Department  of  Social  Services
shall send to  the Labor Department a copy of such
contracts  for  the   information   of  the  Labor
Department. The Commissioner  of  Social  Services
shall implement policies  and procedures necessary
to carry out the purposes of this section while in
the  process  of   adopting   such   policies  and
procedures in regulation  form, provided notice is
published in the  Connecticut  Law  Journal within
twenty days of implementation of such policies and
procedures. Final regulations  shall  be submitted
to the legislative  regulation review committee no
later  than  November   15,   1997.  Policies  and
procedures implemented pursuant  to  this  section
shall be valid  until  the  time final regulations
are effective.
    Sec. 121. (NEW)  (a)  The Labor Department and
the Department of Social Services shall enter into
a memorandum of understanding, to be effective not
later than September  1,  1997, for the purpose of
enhancing the effectiveness  of  the  delivery  of
employment  services to  recipients  of  Temporary
Assistance for Needy  Families.  The memorandum of
understanding shall include,  but  not  be limited
to,  providing  for  (1)  the  identification  and
reduction  of  duplicative   services;   (2)   the
coordination of contracts for employment services;
(3) the maximization  of federal funds through the
JOB Training Partnership  Act  which  may  include
seeking  any necessary  federal  waiver;  and  (4)
studying the feasibility  of  integrating services
to  provide  a  one-stop  process  for  recipients
seeking services.
    (b)  Effective  July   1,   1998,   the  Labor
Department   shall   be    responsible   for   the
negotiation,      establishment,     modification,
extension, suspension or  termination of contracts
for employment services.  The Labor Department may
provide administration and  services  directly  or
through the Connecticut  Employment  and  Training
Commission  or  Regional   Workforce   Development
Boards.
    (c) The Labor Department and the Department of
Social Services shall establish a pilot program in
each of two  regions  commencing July 1, 1997, for
the  purpose  of  providing  employment  retention
services.
    (d) The Labor Department and the Department of
Social Services shall report on the implementation
of sections 119 to 121, inclusive, of this act and
subsections (a) and  (b)  of  this section, to the
joint standing committees  of the General Assembly
having cognizance of matters relating to labor and
human  services,  the   Office   of   Policy   and
Management,   the   Connecticut   Employment   and
Training  commission  and   the  advisory  council
established pursuant to section 122 of this act on
or before February 15, 1998.
    (e)  Effective  July   1,   1997,   the  Labor
Department shall transfer  to  the  Department  of
Social Services the  sum  of nine million dollars.
Effective December 1,  1997,  the Labor Department
shall  transfer  to   the   Department  of  Social
Services the sum  of  eight  million  five hundred
thousand  dollars.  The   five   million   dollars
remaining in the  budget  of  the Labor Department
designated for employment  services for recipients
of temporary family  assistance  shall be used for
the    computerized    interagency     information
management  system to  be  developed  pursuant  to
section  120  of  this  act,  and  for  the  pilot
programs to be  established pursuant to subsection
(b) of this  section, and for administrative costs
associated with such  computerized system and such
pilot programs.
    Sec. 122. (a) There is established an advisory
council to oversee the Employment Services Program
established pursuant to  section  120 of this act.
Said council shall  be  comprised of the following
members: (1) The  chairmen  and ranking members of
the  joint  standing  committees  of  the  General
Assembly having cognizance  of matters relating to
human services, labor,  and appropriations and the
budgets of state agencies; (2) the Commissioner of
Social Services, or  his  designee;  (3) the Labor
Commissioner, or his  designee;  (4) the Secretary
of the Office  of  Policy  and  Management, or his
designee; (5) one  member  to  be appointed by the
president  pro tempore  of  the  Senate;  (6)  one
member to be  appointed  by the majority leader of
the Senate; (7)  one member to be appointed by the
minority leader of  the  Senate; (8) one member to
be  appointed by  the  speaker  of  the  House  of
Representatives; (9) one member to be appointed by
the   majority   leader    of    the    House   of
Representatives;  and  (10)   one   member  to  be
appointed by the  minority  leader of the House of
Representatives. The Secretary  of  the  Office of
Policy  and Management,  or  his  designee,  shall
serve as chairman of said advisory council.
    (b)  Said council  shall  be  responsible  for
overseeing and advising  the  Labor Department and
the  Department  of   Social   Services   on   the
Employment  Services Program.  The  council  shall
advise  said departments  on  specific  provisions
including,   but   not   limited   to:   (1)   The
continuation of existing  job  training  contracts
with the Department  of  Social  Services; (2) the
implementation and utilization  of the interagency
information    and   case    management    system,
established pursuant to  section  120 of this act;
(3)  the  transfer   of   the   administration  of
contracts of employment  services to recipients of
temporary family assistance from the Department of
Social Services to the Department of Labor for job
training  services;  (4)   the   maximization   of
available      educational     resources      from
community-technical colleges, vocational-technical
high  schools,  adult   education   programs   and
community  providers;  (5)   the  examination  and
potential   development  of   a   self-sufficiency
standard for the  recipients  of  temporary family
assistance that includes, but is not limited to, a
calculation of the  required  amount  of income an
employed  adult  requires   to   accommodate   his
family's   needs;   (6)    the    development   of
public-private partnerships with employers seeking
skilled employees who  shall  provide  training to
such  employees;  (7)  the  establishment  of  job
search and job  readiness  skills training for the
transition to work;  (8)  individual job readiness
assessments; (9) examination of possible education
plan opportunities; (10) the implementation of job
placement  and  development   programs;  (11)  the
creation of job  search  support  groups; and (12)
the development of job support services.
    (c) The Labor Department and the Department of
Social Services shall  present  their  progress on
the  memorandum  of   understanding  entered  into
pursuant  to section  121  of  this  act  to  said
advisory council on or before October 15, 1997.
    (d) Said advisory council shall submit reports
on the Employment  Services  Program  to the joint
standing committees of the General Assembly having
cognizance of matters  relating to human services,
labor, and appropriations and the budgets of state
agencies. Said council  shall submit reports on or
before February 1, 1998, and January 1, 1999. Said
council shall terminate on the date it submits its
second report or  January  1,  1999,  whichever is
earlier.
    (e) On or  after  October 1, 1999, the Program
Review and Investigations  Committee shall conduct
an evaluation of  the  implementation  of sections
119 to 122, inclusive, of this act.
    Sec. 123. (NEW)  A  person  convicted  of  any
offense under federal  or  state  law, on or after
August 22, 1996,  which  (1)  is  classified  as a
felony and (2)  has  as an element the possession,
use or distribution  of a controlled substance, as
defined in Subsection  (6) of 21 USC 802, shall be
eligible for benefits  pursuant  to  the Temporary
Assistance For Needy  Families Program or the food
stamp program pursuant  to  the  Food Stamp Act of
1977, if such  person  has  completed  a  sentence
imposed  by  a  court.  A  person  shall  also  be
eligible  for said  benefits  if  such  person  is
satisfactorily serving a  sentence  of a period of
probation or is  in  the  process of completing or
has completed a  sentence  imposed by the court of
mandatory  participation  in   a  substance  abuse
treatment program or  mandatory participation in a
substance abuse testing program.
    Sec. 124. Subsection  (b) of section 17b-90 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)  No  person  shall,  except  for  purposes
directly  connected  with  the  administration  of
programs of the  Department of Social Services and
in  accordance  with   the   regulations   of  the
commissioner, solicit, disclose,  receive  or make
use   of,   or    authorize,   knowingly   permit,
participate in or  acquiesce  in  the  use of, any
list  of  the   names   of,   or  any  information
concerning,  persons  applying  for  or  receiving
assistance from the  Department of Social Services
or persons participating in a program administered
by said department, directly or indirectly derived
from the records,  papers, files or communications
of the state  or  its subdivisions or agencies, or
acquired  in the  course  of  the  performance  of
official duties. [; provided the state Department]
HOWEVER, THE COMMISSIONER of Social Services shall
disclose (1) TO  ANY  AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF
THE LABOR COMMISSIONER  SUCH  INFORMATION DIRECTLY
RELATED TO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION, ADMINISTERED
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER  567  OR INFORMATION NECESSARY
FOR  IMPLEMENTATION  OF   SECTIONS   119  TO  122,
INCLUSIVE,  OF  THIS   ACT,   TO   ANY  AUTHORIZED
REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE   COMMISSIONER  OF  MENTAL
HEALTH  AND  ADDICTION  SERVICES  ANY  INFORMATION
NECESSARY FOR THE  IMPLEMENTATION AND OPERATION OF
THE  BASIC  NEEDS   SUPPLEMENT   PROGRAM,  to  any
authorized representative of  the  Commissioner of
Administrative Services, or  the  Commissioner  of
Public  Safety  such   information  as  the  state
Commissioner  of  Social  Services  determines  is
directly  related  to   and   necessary   for  the
Department  of  Administrative   Services  or  the
Department  of  Public   Safety  for  purposes  of
performing their functions  of  collecting  social
services recoveries and  overpayments  or  amounts
due  as  support   in   social   services   cases,
investigating social services  fraud  or  locating
absent parents of public assistance recipients; or
(2)  to  any   authorized  representative  of  the
Commissioner of Children and Families [the address
and telephone number  of  a] NECESSARY INFORMATION
CONCERNING (A) THE  EVALUATION  OF  THE  TEMPORARY
ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY  FAMILIES  PROGRAM  OR  (B) A
child or the immediate family of a child receiving
services from the Department of Social Services if
the  Commissioner of  Children  and  Families  has
determined that imminent  danger  to  such child's
health, safety or  welfare exists. [; and provided
no]  NO such  representative  shall  disclose  any
information obtained [thereby  except to carry out
such purpose] PURSUANT  TO THIS SECTION, EXCEPT AS
SPECIFIED  IN  THIS  SECTION.  ANY  APPLICANT  FOR
ASSISTANCE PROVIDED THROUGH  SAID DEPARTMENT UNDER
THE TEMPORARY FAMILY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM SHALL BE
NOTIFIED THAT, IF AND WHEN SUCH APPLICANT RECEIVES
BENEFITS, THE DEPARTMENT  WILL  BE  PROVIDING  LAW
ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF
SUCH  APPLICANT  UPON  THE  REQUEST  OF  ANY  SUCH
OFFICIAL PURSUANT TO SECTION 125 OF THIS ACT.
    Sec.  125.  (NEW)  The  Department  of  Social
Services shall disclose  the  current address of a
recipient  of  Temporary   Assistance   For  Needy
Families and the  current address, social security
number  and  photograph,   if   available,   of  a
recipient  of  food  stamp  program  benefits,  as
required by federal  law,  upon  the  request of a
federal, state or local law enforcement officer if
the following conditions are met:
    (1) Such officer provides said department with
the name of the recipient;
    (2) (A) Such  officer notifies said department
that   the   recipient   is   fleeing   to   avoid
prosecution,  or  custody   or  confinement  after
conviction, under the laws of the place from which
the individual flees,  for  a crime, or an attempt
to commit a  crime,  which  is  a  felony  or high
misdemeanor under the laws of the place from which
the individual flees,  or violating a condition of
probation or parole imposed under federal or state
law,  or  (B)   the   recipient   has  information
necessary for such  officer  to  conduct  official
duties; and
    (3)  The  location   or  apprehension  of  the
recipient  is  within   official  duties  of  such
officer.
    Sec. 126. (NEW)  The  Commissioner  of  Social
Services, within available  appropriations,  shall
include an adult  family  living classification in
the  rated  housing   category   under  the  state
supplement to the  federal  Supplemental  Security
Income Program. The  commissioner shall also adopt
regulations, in accordance  with chapter 54 of the
general statutes, defining  "adult  family living"
for the purpose of creating such classification.
    Sec. 127. Subsection (h) of section 17b-340 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (h) For the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1993,
any home for  the  aged  with  an  operating  cost
component of its  rate  in  excess  of one hundred
thirty per cent  of  the  median of operating cost
components of rates  in  effect  January  1, 1992,
shall  not receive  an  operating  cost  component
increase. For the  fiscal  year  ending  June  30,
1993, any home for the aged with an operating cost
component  of its  rate  that  is  less  than  one
hundred thirty per cent of the median of operating
cost components of  rates  in  effect  January  1,
1992, shall have an allowance for real wage growth
equal  to sixty-five  per  cent  of  the  increase
determined in accordance  with  subsection  (q) of
section   17-311-52   of    the   regulations   of
Connecticut   state   agencies,    provided   such
operating  cost component  shall  not  exceed  one
hundred thirty per cent of the median of operating
cost  components  in   effect   January  1,  1992.
Beginning with the  fiscal  year  ending  June 30,
1993, for the  purpose  of  determining  allowable
fair rent, a home for the aged with allowable fair
rent less than  the twenty-fifth percentile of the
state-wide allowable fair rent shall be reimbursed
as  having  allowable   fair  rent  equal  to  the
twenty-fifth   percentile   of    the   state-wide
allowable fair rent.  Beginning  with  the  fiscal
year ending June  30,  1997,  a  home for the aged
with allowable fair  rent  less than three dollars
and ten cents  per  day  shall  be  reimbursed  as
having allowable fair  rent equal to three dollars
and ten cents  per  day. Property additions placed
in service during  the  cost year ending September
30,  1996,  or  any  succeeding  cost  year  shall
receive a fair  rent  allowance for such additions
as an addition  to three dollars and ten cents per
day if the fair rent for the facility for property
placed in service  prior to September 30, 1995, is
less than or  equal to three dollars and ten cents
per day. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996,
and any succeeding  fiscal year, the allowance for
real wage growth, as determined in accordance with
subsection  (q)  of   section   17-311-52  of  the
regulations of Connecticut  state  agencies  shall
not be applied.  For  the  fiscal year ending June
30, 1996, and  any  succeeding  fiscal  year,  the
inflation  adjustment  made   in  accordance  with
subsection  (p)  of   section   17-311-52  of  the
regulations of Connecticut  state  agencies  shall
not be applied  to  real property costs. Beginning
with the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, minimum
allowable  patient  days   for   rate  computation
purposes for a  home for the aged with twenty-five
beds or less  shall  be  eighty-five  per  cent of
licensed capacity. Beginning  with the fiscal year
ending  June  30,   1998,   for  the  purposes  of
determining   the   allowable    salary    of   an
administrator of a  home  for  the aged with sixty
beds  or less  the  department  shall  revise  the
allowable base salary  to  thirty thousand dollars
to be annually  inflated  thereafter in accordance
with  section  17-311-52  of  the  regulations  of
Connecticut  state  agencies   AND  THE  INFLATION
ADJUSTMENT  FOR  RATES  MADE  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH
SUBSECTION  (p)  OF   SECTION   17-311-52  OF  THE
REGULATIONS OF STATE  AGENCIES  SHALL BE INCREASED
BY ONE PER  CENT.  BEGINNING  WITH THE FISCAL YEAR
ENDING  JUNE  30,   1999,   FOR   THE  PURPOSE  OF
DETERMINING  THE ALLOWABLE  SALARY  OF  A  RELATED
PARTY  THE DEPARTMENT  SHALL  REVISE  THE  MAXIMUM
SALARY  TO TWENTY  SEVEN  THOUSAND  EIGHT  HUNDRED
FIFTY  SIX  DOLLARS   TO   BE   ANNUALLY  INFLATED
THEREAFTER IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 17-311-52 OF
THE REGULATIONS OF CONNECTICUT STATE AGENCIES.
    Sec.  128.  Section  17b-492  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Eligibility  for   participation  in  the
program shall be  limited  to any resident (1) who
is sixty-five years  of  age  or  older  or who is
disabled, (2) whose  annual  income, if unmarried,
is  less  than  thirteen  thousand  eight  hundred
dollars, or whose  annual income, if married, when
combined with that  of  his  spouse  is  less than
sixteen thousand six  hundred  dollars, (3) who is
not insured under  a policy which provides full or
partial coverage for  prescription  drugs  once  a
deductible amount is  met,  and  (4)  on and after
September   15,   1991,   who   pays   an   annual
twenty-five-dollar   registration   fee   to   the
Department of Social  Services.  On [July 1, 1988]
JANUARY  1, 1998,  and  annually  thereafter,  the
commissioner  [may]  SHALL,  by  the  adoption  of
regulations  in  accordance   with   chapter   54,
increase the income  limits established under this
subsection over those  of the previous fiscal year
to  reflect the  annual  inflation  adjustment  in
Social  Security  income,   if   any.   Each  such
adjustment shall be  determined to the nearest one
hundred dollars.
    (b)  Payment  for  a  prescription  under  the
program shall be  made  only  if  no other plan of
insurance  or  assistance   is   available  to  an
eligible person for  such prescription at the time
of dispensing. The  pharmacy shall make reasonable
efforts  to  ascertain   the  existence  of  other
insurance or assistance.
    Sec. 129. Subsection (c) of section 19a-533 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) Upon the receipt of a complaint concerning
a violation of  this  section,  THE  DEPARTMENT OF
SOCIAL SERVICES OR  the  regional  ombudsman shall
conduct an investigation  into  such complaint and
shall report his  findings  to  the  Department of
Social Services.
    Sec.  130.  Section  17b-408  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Upon  receipt of  a  report  or  complaint  as
provided in section  17b-407,  the ombudsmen shall
determine immediately whether there are reasonable
grounds for an  investigation. If it is determined
that  reasonable  grounds  do  not  exist  for  an
investigation,  the  complainant   or  the  person
making  the  report  shall  be  notified  of  this
determination within five  working  days after the
receipt  of such  complaint  or  report.  If  such
reasonable  grounds  are  found,  the  appropriate
regional  ombudsman  in   conjunction   with   the
patients' advocates, shall investigate such report
or complaint within  ten  working days thereafter.
The   regional  ombudsman   shall   complete   his
investigation and make  a  report of his findings,
within fifteen working  days  after the receipt of
the complaint or  report, a copy of which shall be
sent to the  State Ombudsman. IF THE INVESTIGATION
INDICATES THAT THERE  IS  A  POSSIBLE VIOLATION OF
SECTION 19a-533, AS  AMENDED BY THIS ACT, 19a-535,
AS AMENDED BY  THIS  ACT, OR 19a-537, THE REGIONAL
OMBUDSMAN  SHALL REFER  THE  REPORT  OR  COMPLAINT
TOGETHER WITH A REPORT OF ANY INVESTIGATION HE HAS
UNDERTAKEN TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES OR
THE DEPARTMENT OF  PUBLIC  HEALTH  FOR  ACTION  AS
APPROPRIATE. If the  investigation  indicates that
there is a possible violation of the provisions of
the Public Health  Code  with respect to licensing
requirements, the regional  ombudsman  shall refer
the report or complaint, together with a report of
his investigation, to  the  Commissioner of Public
Health   for  appropriate   action.   [under   the
provisions  of  sections   19a-523   to   19a-529,
inclusive, and 19a-531  to 19a-540, inclusive.] If
no  violation  of   the   Public  Health  Code  is
indicated,  the  regional   ombudsman  shall  take
whatever  action he  deems  necessary,  and  shall
notify the complainant  or  the  person making the
report, of the action taken within fifteen working
days after receipt of the complaint or report.
    Sec.  131.  Section  17b-362  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) A PRESCRIPTION  FOR A MAINTENANCE DRUG, AS
DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES,
DISPENSED FOR THE  FIRST  TIME  TO ANY MEDICAID OR
CONNPACE  RECIPIENT,  SHALL  BE  DISPENSED  IN  AN
AMOUNT NOT GREATER THAN A TEN-DAY SUPPLY.
    (b) Each nursing  home  which  participates in
the Medicaid program may request of the dispensing
pharmacist that a  prescription be dispensed in an
amount equal to  a  five-day supply whenever (1) a
drug product is  prescribed for the first time for
a patient who  is  a  Medicaid  recipient or (2) a
refill of a  prescription  is necessary for such a
patient and the  patient's discharge from the home
is imminent.
    Sec. 132. Subsection (e) of section 17b-491 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (e) All prescription drugs of a pharmaceutical
manufacturer  that  participates  in  the  program
pursuant to subsection  (d)  of this section shall
[be immediately available  and  the  cost  of such
drugs shall be  reimbursed  and not subject to any
restrictions or prior  authorization requirements]
BE SUBJECT TO PROSPECTIVE DRUG UTILIZATION REVIEW,
BUT NOT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION. Any prescription drug
of a manufacturer that does not participate in the
program  shall not  be  reimbursable,  unless  the
department  determines the  prescription  drug  is
essential to program participants.
    Sec.  133.  Section  17b-363  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner  of   Social   Services  may
establish  a  [one-year]   TWO-YEAR  demonstration
program, to be  administered  in  accordance  with
federal law, for  the purpose of exploring methods
of  [reducing  destruction   of]   RETURNING   AND
DISPENSING  prescription  drugs  WHICH  HAVE  BEEN
DISPENSED TO PATIENTS in long-term care facilities
[.  Under  such]   AND  NOT  USED.  SUCH  program,
[facilities  may  submit   individual   or   joint
proposals to the commissioner, on or before August
1, 1995, to  provide  pharmaceutical services in a
manner which reduces  the  destruction  of  drugs,
which] may include  an exception to subsection (h)
of  section 21a-70,  to  allow  a  long-term  care
facility, which employs  a  pharmacist  less  than
thirty-five hours per week, to purchase drugs from
a wholesaler or manufacturer or the implementation
of a formulary.  [No  proposal  shall  involve the
return to a  licensed pharmacy of drugs which have
previously been dispensed.  The  commissioner  may
approve the proposals  of  up  to  ten facilities,
provided no proposal shall be approved which would
increase state expenditures.  Proposals  which are
approved shall be  implemented  January  1, 1996.]
The Commissioner of  Social  Services shall report
the results of  such program to the joint standing
committees   of  the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating  to human services
and [public health]  APPROPRIATIONS  on  or before
February 15, [1997] 2000.
    Sec. 134. (NEW)  The  Commissioner  of  Social
Services shall establish  a  pharmacy review panel
to serve as  advisors in the operation of pharmacy
benefit programs administered by the Department of
Social Services, including  the  implementation of
any cost saving initiatives undertaken pursuant to
section  17b-362  of   the  general  statutes,  as
amended by section 131 of this act, subsection (e)
of section 17b-491  of  the  general  statutes, as
amended by section  132  of  this act, and section
17b-363 of the  general  statutes,  as  amended by
section  133 of  this  act.  The  panel  shall  be
appointed by the commissioner to a three-year term
and shall be  composed  of  two representatives of
independent  pharmacies,  two  representatives  of
chain   pharmacies,   two    representatives    of
pharmaceutical   manufacturers,   one    physician
specializing in family  practice and one physician
specializing in internal  medicine  or geriatrics.
The panel shall  meet  at least quarterly with the
commissioner or his designee.
    Sec.  135.  Section  17b-359  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) For purposes  of  this  section, the terms
"mentally    ill"   and    ["active    treatment"]
"SPECIALIZED  SERVICES" shall  be  as  defined  in
Subsections (e)(7)(G)(i) and (iii) of Section 1919
of   the   Social   Security   Act   and   federal
regulations.
    (b)  No  nursing   facility  shall  admit  any
person, irrespective of source of payment, who has
not undergone a  preadmission screening process by
which  the  Department   of   Mental   Health  and
Addiction  Services  determines,   based  upon  an
independent   physical   and   mental   evaluation
performed  by  or   under   the  auspices  of  the
Department of Social  Services, whether the person
is mentally ill  and,  if  so, whether such person
requires  the level  of  services  provided  by  a
nursing facility and,  if  such person is mentally
ill  and does  require  such  level  of  services,
whether  the person  requires  [active  treatment]
SPECIALIZED SERVICES. A  person  who is determined
to be mentally  ill  and  not  to  require nursing
facility level services shall not be admitted to a
nursing  facility.  In   order  to  implement  the
preadmission review requirements  of  this section
and to identify  applicants  for admission who may
be mentally ill and subject to the requirements of
this section, nursing facilities may not admit any
person, irrespective of  source of payment, unless
an identification screen developed, or in the case
of  out-of-state  residents   approved,   by   the
Department of Social  Services  has been completed
and filed in accordance with federal law.
    (c) No payment from any source shall be due to
any nursing facility  that  admits  a  resident in
violation    of   the    preadmission    screening
requirements of this section.
    [(d)   By  April   1,   1990,   and   annually
thereafter, in the  case  of  each  resident  of a
nursing  facility  who   is   mentally   ill,  the
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
shall annually review  and  determine, based on an
independent   physical   and   mental   evaluation
performed  by  or   under   the  auspices  of  the
Department of Social  Services, whether or not the
resident, because of  the  resident's physical and
mental condition, requires  the  level of services
provided by a nursing facility, or requires active
treatment  for  mental   illness.   In   order  to
implement the annual  review  requirements of this
section  and  to  identify  residents  of  nursing
facilities who may  be mentally ill and subject to
the   requirements  of   this   section,   nursing
facilities shall ensure  that  the  identification
screen developed, or  in  the case of out-of-state
residents approved, by  the  Department  of Social
Services  has  been   completed   and   filed   in
accordance with federal law.]
    (d)  A  NURSING   FACILITY  SHALL  NOTIFY  THE
DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES
WHEN A RESIDENT  WHO  IS  MENTALLY ILL UNDERGOES A
SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN CONDITION OR WHEN A RESIDENT
WHO HAS NOT  PREVIOUSLY BEEN DIAGNOSED AS MENTALLY
ILL UNDERGOES A  CHANGE  IN  CONDITION  WHICH  MAY
REQUIRE    SPECIALIZED   SERVICES.    UPON    SUCH
NOTIFICATIONS, THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION  SERVICES, UNDER  THE  AUSPICES  OF  THE
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL  SERVICES,  SHALL  PERFORM AN
EVALUATION  TO  DETERMINE   WHETHER  THE  RESIDENT
REQUIRES  THE LEVEL  OF  SERVICES  PROVIDED  BY  A
NURSING FACILITY OR  REQUIRES SPECIALIZED SERVICES
FOR MENTAL ILLNESS.
    (e) In the case of a mentally ill resident who
is determined under  subsection (d) not to require
the  level  of  services  provided  by  a  nursing
facility  but  to   require   [active   treatment]
SPECIALIZED SERVICES for  mental  illness  and who
has continuously resided in a nursing facility for
at least thirty  months  before  the  date  of the
determination, the resident may elect to remain in
the facility or  to  receive  services  covered by
Medicaid    in    an    alternative    appropriate
institutional  or  noninstitutional   setting   in
accordance with the  alternative  disposition plan
submitted by the  Department of Social Services to
the Secretary of  the  United States Department of
Health and Human Services, and consistent with the
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
requirements   for  the   provision   of   [active
treatment] SPECIALIZED SERVICES.
    (f) In the case of a mentally ill resident who
is determined under  subsection (d) not to require
the  level  of  services  provided  by  a  nursing
facility  but  to   require   [active   treatment]
SPECIALIZED SERVICES for  mental  illness  and who
has not continuously resided in a nursing facility
for at least  thirty months before the date of the
determination,    the    nursing    facility    in
consultation with the  Department of Mental Health
and Addiction Services  shall arrange for the safe
and orderly discharge  of  the  resident  from the
facility. If the  department  determines  that the
provision   of  [active   treatment]   SPECIALIZED
SERVICES   requires   an   alternate   residential
placement,  the  discharge  and  transfer  of  the
resident shall be  made  in  accordance  with  the
alternative  disposition  plan  submitted  by  the
Department of Social  Services and approved by the
Secretary  of  the  United  States  Department  of
Health and Human  Services, except if an alternate
residential  placement  is   not   available,  the
resident shall not be transferred.
    (g)  In  the   case   of  a  resident  who  is
determined under subsection (d) not to require the
level of services  provided  by a nursing facility
and not to  require [active treatment] SPECIALIZED
SERVICES, the nursing  facility  shall arrange for
the safe and  orderly  discharge  of  the resident
from the facility.
    (h) Any person seeking admittance to a nursing
facility or any resident of a nursing facility who
is adversely affected  by  a  determination of the
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
under this section  may  appeal such determination
to  the  Department   of  Social  Services  within
fifteen days of  the  receipt  of  the notice of a
determination by the  Department  of Mental Health
and Addiction Services.  If  an appeal is taken to
the   Department   of    Social    Services    the
determination of the  Department  of Mental Health
and Addiction Services  shall  be  stayed  pending
determination   by  the   Department   of   Social
Services.
    Sec.  136.  Section  17b-360  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) For purposes  of  this  section, the terms
"mental  retardation",  "a  condition  related  to
mental  retardation"  and   ["active   treatment"]
"SPECIALIZED  SERVICES" shall  be  as  defined  in
Subsection (e)(7)(G)(ii) of  Section  1919  of the
Social Security Act and federal regulations.
    (b) No nursing  facility  may  admit  any  new
resident irrespective of  source  of  payment, who
has mental retardation  or has a condition related
to mental retardation  unless  the  Department  of
Mental  Retardation  has   determined   prior   to
admission based upon  an  independent physical and
mental  evaluation  performed   by  or  under  the
auspices of the Department of Social Services that
because of the  physical  and  mental condition of
the individual, the  individual requires the level
of services provided by a nursing facility. If the
individual requires such  level  of  services, the
Department  of  Mental   Retardation   shall  also
determine whether the  individual requires [active
treatment]   SPECIALIZED   SERVICES    for    such
condition. An individual  who is determined by the
Department of Mental  Retardation  to  have mental
retardation or to  have a related condition and is
determined not to  require  nursing facility level
of services shall  not  be  admitted  to a nursing
facility. In order  to  implement the preadmission
review  requirements  of   this  section,  and  to
identify applicants for  admission  who  may  have
mental retardation or  have  conditions related to
mental retardation and subject to the requirements
of this section,  nursing facilities may not admit
any individual irrespective  of source of payment,
unless an identification  screen  developed, or in
the case of  out-of-state  residents  approved, by
the  Department  of   Social   Services  has  been
completed  for  the   applicant   and   filed   in
accordance with federal law.
    (c) No payment from any source shall be due to
a  nursing facility  that  admits  a  resident  in
violation    of   the    preadmission    screening
requirements of this section.
    [(d)   By  April   1,   1990,   and   annually
thereafter, in the  case  of  each  resident  of a
nursing  facility,  irrespective   of   source  of
payment, who has  mental  retardation or who has a
condition  related  to   mental  retardation,  the
Department of Mental  Retardation  shall  annually
review  and determine,  based  on  an  independent
physical and mental  evaluation  performed  by  or
under the auspices  of  the  Department  of Social
Services, whether or  not the resident, because of
the  resident's  physical  and  mental  condition,
requires  the level  of  services  provided  by  a
nursing facility and  whether  or not the resident
requires active treatment  for  mental retardation
or the related  condition.  In  order to implement
the annual review requirements of this section and
to identify residents  of  nursing  facilities who
may have mental  retardation  or  have  conditions
related to mental  retardation  and subject to the
requirements of this  section,  nursing facilities
shall  ensure  that   the   identification  screen
developed,  or  in   the   case   of  out-of-state
residents approved, by  the  Department  of Social
Services  has  been   completed   and   filed   in
accordance with federal law.]
    (d)  A  NURSING   FACILITY  SHALL  NOTIFY  THE
DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL  RETARDATION  WHEN A RESIDENT
WHO HAS MENTAL  RETARDATION  UNDERGOES A CHANGE IN
CONDITION  OR  WHEN   A   RESIDENT   WHO  HAS  NOT
PREVIOUSLY  BEEN  DIAGNOSED   AS   HAVING   MENTAL
RETARDATION  UNDERGOES  A  SIGNIFICANT  CHANGE  IN
CONDITION WHICH MAY  REQUIRE SPECIALIZED SERVICES.
UPON SUCH NOTIFICATION,  THE  DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL
RETARDATION, UNDER THE  AUSPICES OF THE DEPARTMENT
OF SOCIAL SERVICES, SHALL PERFORM AN EVALUATION TO
DETERMINE WHETHER THE  RESIDENT REQUIRES THE LEVEL
OF SERVICES PROVIDED  BY  A  NURSING  FACILITY  OR
REQUIRES   SPECIALIZED   SERVICES    FOR    MENTAL
RETARDATION.
    (e)  In  the   case   of  a  resident  who  is
determined under subsection (d) not to require the
level of services  provided  by a nursing facility
but  to  require  [active  treatment]  SPECIALIZED
SERVICES for mental  retardation  or  a  condition
related  to  mental   retardation   and   who  has
continually resided in  a  nursing facility for at
least  thirty  months   before  the  date  of  the
determination, the resident may elect to remain in
the facility or  to  receive  services  covered by
Medicaid    in    an    alternative    appropriate
institutional  or  noninstitutional   setting   in
accordance  with  the  terms  of  the  alternative
disposition plan submitted  by  the  Department of
Social Services and  approved  by the Secretary of
the United States  Department  of Health and Human
Services.
    (f) In the  case  of  a  resident  with mental
retardation  or  a   related   condition   who  is
determined under subsection (d) not to require the
level of services  provided  by a nursing facility
but  to  require  [active  treatment]  SPECIALIZED
SERVICES for mental  retardation  or  the  related
condition and who  has not continuously resided in
a nursing facility  for  at  least  thirty  months
before the date  of the determination, the nursing
facility in consultation  with  the  Department of
Mental Retardation shall  arrange for the safe and
orderly  discharge  of   the   resident  from  the
facility. If the  department  determines  that the
provision   of  [active   treatment]   SPECIALIZED
SERVICES  requires  an   alternative   residential
placement,  the  discharge  and  transfer  of  the
patient   shall  be   in   accordance   with   the
alternative  disposition  plan  submitted  by  the
Department of Social  Services and approved by the
Secretary  of  the  United  States  Department  of
Health   and  Human   Services,   except   if   an
alternative residential facility is not available,
the resident shall not be transferred.
    (g)  In  the   case   of  a  resident  who  is
determined under subsection (d) not to require the
level of services  provided  by a nursing facility
and not to  require [active treatment] SPECIALIZED
SERVICES, the nursing  facility  shall arrange for
the safe and  orderly  discharge  of  the resident
from the facility.
    (h) The Department of Mental Retardation shall
be  the  agency   responsible   for   making   the
determinations required by  this section on behalf
of individuals who  have mental retardation and on
behalf of individuals  with  conditions related to
mental retardation and  may  provide  services  to
such individuals to the extent required by federal
law.
    (i) Any person seeking admittance to a nursing
facility or any resident of a nursing facility who
is adversely affected  by  a  determination of the
Department  of  Mental   Retardation   under  this
section  may  appeal  such  determination  to  the
Department of Social  Services within fifteen days
of the receipt of the notice of a determination by
the Department of Mental Retardation. If an appeal
is taken to the Department of Social Services, the
determination   of  the   Department   of   Mental
Retardation shall be  stayed pending determination
by the Department of Social Services.
    Sec. 137. Subsection  (e)  of section 5-259 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (e)   Notwithstanding   the    provisions   of
subsection (a) of  this section, (1) vending stand
operators eligible for  membership  in  the  state
employee's retirement system  pursuant  to section
5-175a, shall be  eligible  for coverage under the
group  hospitalization and  medical  and  surgical
insurance  plans  procured   under  this  section,
provided the cost  for  such  operators' insurance
coverage shall be  paid  by the Board of Education
and Services for  the  Blind  from vending machine
income pursuant to  section  10-303  and (2) blind
persons employed in workshops established pursuant
to section 10-298a, shall be eligible for coverage
under the group  hospitalization  and  medical and
surgical  insurance  plans   procured  under  this
section,  provided  the  cost  for  such  persons'
insurance coverage shall  be  paid by the Board of
Education and Services  for  the Blind. [from such
persons' earnings.]
    Sec.  138.  Section   10-295  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) All residents of this state, regardless of
age, who, because of blindness or impaired vision,
require  special  educational   programs,  on  the
signed recommendation of the director of the Board
of Education and  Services for the Blind, shall be
entitled to receive  such instruction and for such
length of time  as  is  deemed  expedient  by said
director. The director  shall  annually  submit to
the  board  the   list  of  names  of  persons  so
recommended. Upon the  petition  of  any parent or
guardian of a blind educable child or a child with
impaired vision, a  local  board  of education may
provide such instruction within the town or it may
provide for such  instruction  by  agreement  with
other  towns as  provided  in  subsection  (d)  of
section 10-76d. The  expense  of  such instruction
shall be paid  by  the  state  to  an  amount  not
exceeding six thousand  four  hundred  dollars for
each of such persons in any one state fiscal year.
When the parents  or  guardians  of any such blind
person or person with impaired vision are not able
to provide clothing for such person, an additional
sum not to exceed one hundred dollars per year may
be allowed for  such  expenses.  Where  a local or
regional board of  education reimburses parents or
legal guardians of  a  blind  or visually impaired
child for transportation to and from a specialized
residential facility serving the blind, such board
shall  be  reimbursed   by   the  state  for  such
validated actual cost  up  to  a  maximum of three
hundred  dollars  per   pupil   per  school  year.
Determination of reimbursable transportation costs
and payment therefor  shall  be the responsibility
of the State  Board  of Education and Services for
the Blind. All  educational  privileges prescribed
in part V  of  chapter  164, not inconsistent with
the provisions of this chapter, shall apply to the
pupils covered by  this  subsection.  The Board of
Education and Services  for  the Blind may provide
any of the  educational services described in this
section to a  child  whose  vision  may be greater
than as defined  in  section  10-294a upon written
referral  by  the  State  Board  of  Education.  A
REQUEST  FROM  A   LOCAL   OR  REGIONAL  BOARD  OF
EDUCATION FOR REIMBURSEMENT  OF  SUCH  EXPENSES TO
THE BOARD OF  EDUCATION AND SERVICES FOR THE BLIND
SHALL  NOT  BE  ELIGIBLE  FOR  SUCH  REIMBURSEMENT
UNLESS SUCH REQUEST  IS  RECEIVED  BY THE FIRST OF
JUNE  FOR  SUCH   EXPENSES   INCURRED  DURING  THE
PRECEDING FIRST OF  JULY  THROUGH THE THIRTY-FIRST
OF DECEMBER AND  BY  THE  FIRST  OF  DECEMBER  FOR
EXPENSES INCURRED DURING  THE  PRECEDING  FIRST OF
JANUARY THROUGH THE THIRTIETH OF JUNE.
    (b)  Said  board   may   expend  funds  up  to
[fourteen] ELEVEN thousand dollars per fiscal year
per child for  the purpose of sending children who
are both blind  or  visually impaired and deaf, or
blind  or  visually  impaired  with  other  severe
physical  handicaps,  to   specialized  facilities
within  or outside  the  state  furnishing  proper
facilities  for  education   of   such   children;
provided blind children  or  children  with visual
impairment   who   are    mentally   retarded   or
emotionally maladjusted who  can reasonably profit
by special training,  facilities  and services may
be included in  the  provisions  of  this section.
Such funds may  be  spent  outside  the  state for
room, board, tuition  and  other items necessarily
relevant to the  education  of such children. Said
board may determine  if  such  children  should be
sent  to  such   out-of-state   places   and   may
promulgate such regulations  as it deems necessary
to  carry out  the  purpose  and  intent  of  this
subsection. To be  eligible  for  aid  under  this
subsection, the child  and  either of such child's
parents or guardian  shall  be bona fide residents
of this state.
    (c) The Board  of  Education  and Services for
the Blind may  provide  for the instruction of the
adult blind in their homes, expending annually for
this purpose such sums as the General Assembly may
appropriate.
    (d) The Board  of  Education  and Services for
the Blind may  expend  up  to ten thousand dollars
per fiscal year per person twenty-one years of age
or over who is both blind or visually impaired and
deaf for the  purpose  of sending such person to a
specialized public or  private facility within the
state furnishing programs  from  which such person
can profit. Said  board may determine the criteria
by which a  person is sent to a specialized public
or  private facility  and  may  adopt  regulations
necessary to carry  out  the  provisions  of  this
subsection.
    (e) THE BOARD  OF  EDUCATION  AND SERVICES FOR
THE BLIND MAY,  WITHIN  AVAILABLE  APPROPRIATIONS,
PURCHASE ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT  FOR PERSONS RECEIVING
SERVICES PURSUANT TO  THIS  CHAPTER.  THE  COST OF
SUCH PURCHASES SHALL  NOT  EXCEED,  AND  SHALL  BE
INCLUDED IN, THE  MAXIMUM  AMOUNT  AUTHORIZED  FOR
INSTRUCTIONAL  EXPENSES UNDER  SUBSECTION  (a)  OF
THIS SECTION.
    Sec.  139.  Section   10-305  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Each physician and optometrist shall report in
writing to the Board of Education and Services for
the Blind within  thirty  days  each  blind person
coming under his  or  her private or institutional
care within this  state.  The report of such blind
person shall include  the  name,  address,  SOCIAL
SECURITY NUMBER, DATE  OF BIRTH, DATE OF DIAGNOSIS
OF BLINDNESS and  degree  of  vision. Such reports
shall not be open to public inspection.
    Sec.  140.  Section  10-311a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The case records of the Board of Education and
Services for the Blind maintained for the purposes
of this chapter  shall  be  confidential  and  the
names and addresses  of  recipients  of assistance
under this chapter shall not be published nor used
for  purposes  not  directly  connected  with  the
administration   of  this   chapter,   EXCEPT   AS
NECESSARY TO CARRY  OUT  THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION
17b-6.
    Sec. 141. (NEW)  The  Board  of  Education and
Services for the Blind shall adopt regulations, in
accordance  with  chapter   54   of   the  general
statutes, to determine the order to be followed in
selecting   those   eligible   persons   to   whom
vocational   rehabilitation   services   will   be
provided, in accordance with federal regulations.
    Sec. 142. (NEW) Notwithstanding the provisions
of section 17a-101k  of  the general statutes, the
Commissioner  of  Children   and   Families  shall
disclose to the  Commissioner  of Social Services,
or his designee,  registry  information  necessary
for  the  evaluation   of   the  temporary  family
assistance program operated  by  the Department of
Social Services.
    Sec. 143. (NEW)  The  Commissioner  of  Social
Services shall implement  policies  and procedures
necessary  for  the   purposes   of  carrying  out
provisions  of this  act  concerning  the  general
assistance  programs,  while  in  the  process  of
adopting   such   policies   and   procedures   in
regulation form, provided  notice  of intention to
adopt  the  regulations   is   published   in  the
Connecticut  Law Journal  within  twenty  days  of
implementing such policies  and  procedures. Final
regulations shall be  submitted to the Legislative
Regulations  Review  Committee   no   later   than
November  15,  1997.   Policies   and   procedures
implemented  pursuant to  this  section  shall  be
valid  until  the   time   final  regulations  are
effective.
    Sec.  144.  (NEW)  (a)  Qualified  aliens,  as
defined in section  431  of  public  law  104-193,
admitted into the  United  States  prior to August
22, 1996, shall  be  eligible for temporary family
assistance or assistance  under the federal waiver
for the demonstration  program entitled "Reach for
Jobs   First",  provided   other   conditions   of
eligibility are met.  A  qualified  alien admitted
into the United  States  on  or  after  August 22,
1996, and not  determined  eligible for assistance
prior to July  1,  1997,  shall  be  eligible  for
temporary  family assistance  subsequent  to  five
years  from  the  date  admitted,  except  if  the
individual is otherwise  qualified for the purpose
of   state   receipt    of    federal    financial
participation under Title IV of public law 104-93,
such individual shall  be  eligible  for temporary
family assistance regardless of the date admitted.
Such a qualified  alien must pursue citizenship to
the maximum extent  allowed  by law as a condition
of eligibility for the temporary family assistance
program unless incapable  of  doing  so  due  to a
medical problem, language  barrier or other reason
as  determined  by   the  Commissioner  of  Social
Services. Notwithstanding the  provisions  of this
section, any qualified  alien  or  other  lawfully
residing  immigrant  alien  who  is  a  victim  of
domestic violence or  who  has  mental retardation
shall be eligible for temporary family assistance.
    (b)   Notwithstanding   the    provisions   of
subsection (a) of  this  section:  (1) A qualified
alien admitted into  the United States on or after
August  22,  1996,   or  other  lawfully  residing
immigrant alien determined  eligible for temporary
family assistance prior  to  July  1,  1997, shall
remain eligible for  such assistance until July 1,
1999, and (2)  a qualified alien or other lawfully
residing immigrant alien  admitted into the United
States  on or  after  August  22,  1996,  and  not
determined eligible prior  to  July 1, 1997, shall
be eligible for  such assistance subsequent to six
months from establishing  residency  in this state
until July 1,  1999;  except  if the individual is
otherwise  qualified  for  the  purpose  of  state
receipt of federal  financial  participation under
Title IV of  Public  Law  104-93,  such individual
shall be eligible  for temporary family assistance
regardless  of  the  date  admitted  or  the  date
determined eligible.
    Sec. 145. (NEW)  Qualified  aliens, as defined
in section 431  of  public  law  104-193, admitted
into the United  States  prior to August 22, 1996,
shall  be eligible  for  Medicaid  provided  other
conditions  of  eligibility   are  met.  Qualified
aliens admitted into the United States on or after
August 22, 1996,  shall  be  eligible for Medicaid
subsequent to five  years  from the date admitted,
except if the  individual  is  otherwise qualified
for  the purposes  of  state  receipt  of  federal
financial participation under  Title  IV of public
law 104-193, such individual shall be eligible for
Medicaid regardless of the date admitted.
    Sec. 146. (NEW)  Qualified  aliens, as defined
in section 431  of  public  law  104-193, admitted
into the United  States  on  or  after  August 22,
1996, or other  lawfully residing immigrant aliens
who have been  determined  eligible  for  Medicaid
prior to July  1, 1997, may be eligible until July
1, 1999, for state-funded medical assistance which
shall provide coverage  to  the same extent as the
Medicaid  program.  Such   qualified   aliens   or
lawfully residing immigrant  aliens  who  have not
been determined eligible  for  Medicaid  prior  to
July 1, 1997,  shall  be eligible for state-funded
assistance   subsequent   to   six   months   from
establishing residency in this state until July 1,
1999.  Notwithstanding  the   provisions  of  this
section, any qualified  alien  or  other  lawfully
residing  immigrant  alien  who  is  a  victim  of
domestic violence or  who  has  mental retardation
shall  be  eligible  for  state-funded  assistance
pursuant to this section. Only individuals who are
not eligible for  Medicaid  shall  be eligible for
state-funded assistance pursuant to this section.
    Sec.  147.  Section  17b-352  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  For the  purposes  of  this  section  and
section 17b-353, "facility"  means  a  residential
facility  for  the   mentally   retarded  licensed
pursuant  to  section  17a-277  and  certified  to
participate in the  Title  XIX Medicaid program as
an intermediate care  facility  for  the  mentally
retarded, a nursing  home,  rest  home or home for
the aged, as defined in section 19a-490.
    (b) Any facility which intends to (1) transfer
all or part  of  its ownership or control prior to
being  initially  licensed;   (2)   introduce  any
additional function or service into its program of
care or expand an existing function or service; or
(3) terminate a  service or decrease substantially
its total bed  capacity,  shall  submit a complete
request for permission to implement such transfer,
addition,  expansion,  increase,   termination  or
decrease with such  information  as the department
requires to the Department of Social Services.
    (c)  AN  APPLICANT,   PRIOR  TO  SUBMITTING  A
CERTIFICATE OF NEED APPLICATION, SHALL REQUEST, IN
WRITING, APPLICATION FORMS  AND  INSTRUCTIONS FROM
THE DEPARTMENT. THE REQUEST SHALL INCLUDE: (1) THE
NAME  OF  THE   APPLICANT  OR  APPLICANTS;  (2)  A
STATEMENT INDICATING WHETHER  THE  APPLICATION  IS
FOR (A) A NEW, ADDITIONAL, EXPANDED OR REPLACEMENT
FACILITY, SERVICE OR  FUNCTION,  (B) A TERMINATION
OR REDUCTION IN  A PRESENTLY AUTHORIZED SERVICE OR
BED  CAPACITY  OR   (C)  ANY  NEW,  ADDITIONAL  OR
TERMINATED BEDS AND  THEIR TYPE; (3) THE ESTIMATED
CAPITAL COST; (4) THE TOWN WHERE THE PROJECT IS OR
WILL BE LOCATED;  AND  (5)  A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
THE PROPOSED PROJECT. SUCH REQUEST SHALL BE DEEMED
A  LETTER  OF   INTENT.  NO  CERTIFICATE  OF  NEED
APPLICATION SHALL BE  CONSIDERED  SUBMITTED TO THE
DEPARTMENT  UNLESS A  CURRENT  LETTER  OF  INTENT,
SPECIFIC TO THE  PROPOSAL  AND  IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  SUBSECTION,  HAS  BEEN ON
FILE WITH THE  DEPARTMENT  FOR  NOT  LESS THAN TEN
BUSINESS DAYS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION, "A
CURRENT LETTER OF INTENT" MEANS A LETTER OF INTENT
ON FILE WITH  THE DEPARTMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN ONE
HUNDRED  EIGHTY  DAYS.   A   CERTIFICATE  OF  NEED
APPLICATION  SHALL  BE  DEEMED  WITHDRAWN  BY  THE
DEPARTMENT, IF A DEPARTMENT COMPLETENESS LETTER IS
NOT RESPONDED TO WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS.
    [(c)]  (d)  The   department  shall  review  a
request made pursuant  to  subsection  (b) of this
section  to  the   extent   it   deems  necessary,
including, but not  limited  to,  in the case of a
proposed transfer of ownership or control prior to
initial  licensure, the  financial  responsibility
and business interests  of  the transferee and the
ability of the  facility  to  continue  to provide
needed services, or in the case of the addition or
expansion of a  function  or service, ascertaining
the availability of  the  function  or  service at
other facilities within the area to be served, the
need for the  service  or function within the area
and  any  other   factors   the  department  deems
relevant  to  a   determination   of  whether  the
facility is justified  in  adding or expanding the
function or service. The commissioner shall grant,
modify or deny  the  request within ninety days of
receipt thereof, except  as  otherwise provided in
this section. Upon  the  request of the applicant,
the  review  period   may   be   extended  for  an
additional  fifteen days  if  the  department  has
requested additional information subsequent to the
commencement of the  commissioner's review period.
The director of  the office of certificate of need
and rate setting  may extend the review period for
a maximum of  thirty days if the applicant has not
filed  in  a   timely  manner  information  deemed
necessary by the  department.  The  applicant  may
request and shall  receive a hearing in accordance
with section 4-177  if  aggrieved by a decision of
the commissioner.
    [(d)] (e) The  Commissioner of Social Services
shall  not  approve   any  requests  for  beds  in
residential facilities for  the  mentally retarded
which are licensed pursuant to section 17a-227 and
are certified to  participate  in  the  Title  XIX
Medicaid Program as  intermediate  care facilities
for  the  mentally  retarded,  except  those  beds
necessary to implement  the  residential placement
goals  of the  Department  of  Mental  Retardation
which are within available appropriations.
    [(e)] (f) The  Commissioner of Social Services
shall  adopt  regulations,   in   accordance  with
chapter 54, to  implement  the  provisions of this
section.  The  commissioner  shall  implement  the
standards and procedures  of  the Office of Health
Care  Access  concerning   certificates   of  need
established  pursuant  to   section   19a-643,  as
appropriate  for the  purposes  of  this  section,
until the time  final  regulations  are adopted in
accordance with said chapter 54.
    Sec.  148.  Section  17b-353  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section 11 of public act
97-204,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any facility, as defined in subsection (a)
of section 17b-352,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, which
proposes (1) a  capital  expenditure exceeding one
million dollars, WHICH  INCREASES  FACILITY SQUARE
FOOTAGE BY MORE  THAN FIVE THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OR
FIVE PER CENT  OF  THE  EXISTING  SQUARE  FOOTAGE,
WHICHEVER IS GREATER,  (2)  A  CAPITAL EXPENDITURE
EXCEEDING  TWO  MILLION   DOLLARS,   or   (3)  the
acquisition of major medical equipment requiring a
capital  expenditure in  excess  of  four  hundred
thousand  dollars,  including   the   leasing   of
equipment or space,  shall  submit  a  request for
approval   of   such    expenditure,   with   such
information as the  department  requires,  to  the
Department of Social  Services.  Any such facility
which  proposes  to   acquire   imaging  equipment
requiring a capital  expenditure in excess of four
hundred thousand dollars, including the leasing of
such equipment, shall  obtain  the approval of the
Office of Health  Care  Access  in accordance with
section 19a-639, as  amended  by [this act] PUBLIC
ACT 97-204, subsequent  to  obtaining the approval
of the Commissioner of Social Services.
    (b)  AN  APPLICANT,   PRIOR  TO  SUBMITTING  A
CERTIFICATE OF NEED APPLICATION, SHALL REQUEST, IN
WRITING, APPLICATION FORMS  AND  INSTRUCTIONS FROM
THE DEPARTMENT. THE REQUEST SHALL INCLUDE: (1) THE
NAME  OF  THE   APPLICANT  OR  APPLICANTS;  (2)  A
STATEMENT INDICATING WHETHER  THE  APPLICATION  IS
FOR (A) A NEW, ADDITIONAL, EXPANDED OR REPLACEMENT
FACILITY, SERVICE OR  FUNCTION,  (B) A TERMINATION
OR REDUCTION IN  A PRESENTLY AUTHORIZED SERVICE OR
BED  CAPACITY  OR   (C)  ANY  NEW,  ADDITIONAL  OR
TERMINATED BEDS AND  THEIR TYPE; (3) THE ESTIMATED
CAPITAL COST; (4) THE TOWN WHERE THE PROJECT IS OR
WILL BE LOCATED;  AND  (5)  A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
THE PROPOSED PROJECT. SUCH REQUEST SHALL BE DEEMED
A  LETTER  OF   INTENT.  NO  CERTIFICATE  OF  NEED
APPLICATION SHALL BE  CONSIDERED  SUBMITTED TO THE
DEPARTMENT  UNLESS A  CURRENT  LETTER  OF  INTENT,
SPECIFIC TO THE  PROPOSAL  AND  IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  SUBSECTION,  HAS  BEEN ON
FILE WITH THE  DEPARTMENT  FOR  NOT  LESS THAN TEN
BUSINESS DAYS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION, "A
CURRENT LETTER OF INTENT" MEANS A LETTER OF INTENT
ON FILE WITH  THE DEPARTMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN ONE
HUNDRED  EIGHTY  DAYS.   A   CERTIFICATE  OF  NEED
APPLICATION  SHALL  BE  DEEMED  WITHDRAWN  BY  THE
DEPARTMENT IF A  DEPARTMENT COMPLETENESS LETTER IS
NOT RESPONDED TO WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS.
    [(b)] (c) The  commissioner  or  his  designee
shall hold a  hearing,  pursuant to section 4-177,
with respect to  the  request. At least two weeks'
notice  of the  hearing  shall  be  given  to  the
facility by certified  mail  and  to the public by
publication in a  newspaper  having  a substantial
circulation in the  area  served  by the facility.
Such hearing shall  be  held  at the discretion of
the commissioner in  Hartford  or  in  the area so
served. The commissioner  or  his  designee  shall
consider such request in relation to the community
or  regional need  for  such  capital  program  or
purchase  of land,  the  possible  effect  on  the
operating costs of  the  facility  and  such other
relevant  factors  as   the  commissioner  or  his
designee   deems  necessary.   In   approving   or
modifying such request,  the  commissioner  or his
designee may not prescribe any condition, such as,
but not limited to, any condition or limitation on
the indebtedness of  the  facility  in  connection
with a bond  issued,  the  principal amount of any
bond issued or  any  other  details or particulars
related  to  the   financing   of   such   capital
expenditure, not directly  related to the scope of
such capital program and within the control of the
facility. Upon a showing by such facility that the
need for such  capital  program is of an emergency
nature, the commissioner may waive the requirement
that a hearing  be  held  thereon,  provided  such
request shall be  submitted  at least ten business
days before the  proposed  initiation  date of the
project. If the hearing is conducted by a designee
of the commissioner, the designee shall submit his
findings and recommendations  to the commissioner.
The commissioner shall  grant, modify or deny such
request within ninety  days or within ten business
days, as the  case  may  be,  of  receipt thereof,
except as provided  for  in this section. Upon the
request of the applicant, the review period may be
extended for an  additional  fifteen  days  if the
commissioner  or  his   designee   has   requested
additional   information   subsequent    to    the
commencement   of   the    review    period.   The
commissioner or his designee may extend the review
period  for  a  maximum  of  thirty  days  if  the
applicant  has  not   filed  in  a  timely  manner
information deemed necessary  by  the commissioner
or his designee.
    [(c)] (d) The  Commissioner of Social Services
shall  adopt  regulations,   in   accordance  with
chapter 54, to  implement  the  provisions of this
section.  The  commissioner  shall  implement  the
standards and procedures  of  the Office of Health
Care  Access  concerning   certificates   of  need
established  pursuant  to   section   19a-643,  as
appropriate  for the  purposes  of  this  section,
until the time  final  regulations  are adopted in
accordance with said chapter 54.
    Sec.  149. The  unexpended  balance  of  funds
appropriated to the  Department of Social Services
in section 11  of special act 95-12, as amended by
section 1 of special act 96-8, for the Connecticut
Home Care Program,  shall  not  lapse  on June 30,
1997,  and  such   funds   shall  continue  to  be
available for expenditure  for such purpose during
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998.
    Sec. 150. Subsection  (c) of public act 97-142
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (c)  Said  demonstration   project   shall  be
conducted in no  more than [two] THREE facilities,
involving up to sixty existing licensed beds, that
are specifically equipped  and  staffed  for  such
purpose.   Said   demonstration    project   shall
supplement a facility's  scope of services and, if
necessary,  modify  its  physical  environment  to
improve access for  patients with specific chronic
medical conditions, provide  care  that meets such
patient's   specialized   health,    social    and
environmental   needs,   particularly   those   of
children  and  young   adults,  and  evaluate  the
optimum design for such programs.
    Sec.  151.  Section  17b-272  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Effective October 1, 1991, the Commissioner of
Social Services shall  permit patients residing in
nursing homes, chronic disease hospitals and state
humane  institutions who  are  medical  assistance
recipients  under  sections  17b-260  to  17b-262,
inclusive,  17b-264  to  17b-285,  inclusive,  and
17b-357 to 17b-362,  inclusive,  to have a monthly
personal fund allowance  at  a  level equal to the
minimum permitted under  Title  XIX  of the Social
Security  Act.  EFFECTIVE   JULY   1,   1998,  THE
COMMISSIONER   SHALL   INCREASE   SUCH   ALLOWANCE
ANNUALLY   TO   REFLECT   THE   ANNUAL   INFLATION
ADJUSTMENT IN SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME, IF ANY.
    Sec.  152.  (NEW)   (a)  The  Commissioner  of
Economic and Community Development shall establish
a pilot program in the congregate housing facility
existing in the  town  of Norwich on the effective
date  of  this  act  to  provide  assisted  living
services for the  frail  elderly,  as  defined  in
section  8-430  of   the  general  statutes.  Such
assisted living services shall include, but not be
limited   to,   routine   nursing   services   and
assistance with activities  of  daily living. Such
congregate housing facility shall contract with an
assisted living services  agency,  as  defined  in
section  19a-490  of  the  general  statutes.  The
commissioner may provide  technical assistance and
shall provide financial  assistance in the form of
grants-in-aid for such pilot program.
    (b)  Not  later  than  January  1,  1999,  the
manager of the  congregate housing facility in the
town of Norwich  in  which  said  pilot program is
operated, shall submit  a  report  to  the  select
committee   of   the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating  to  aging, and to
the  joint  standing  committees  of  the  General
Assembly having cognizance  of matters relating to
human  services and  appropriations.  Said  report
shall analyze the  strengths  and  shortcomings of
the pilot program  and  shall  include data on (1)
the number of  clients  served by the program, (2)
the number and  type of services offered under the
program, and (3) the monthly cost per client under
the program.
    (c) The Commissioner of Economic and Community
Development may adopt  regulations,  in accordance
with the provisions  of  chapter 54 of the general
statutes,  to  carry  out  the  purposes  of  this
section.
    Sec. 153. (NEW)  The  Commissioner  of  Public
Health   shall   allow   state-funded   congregate
facilities  to provide  assisted  living  services
pursuant to section 152 of this act.
    Sec.  154.  Section   8-119g  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  provisions  of  section  8-113a  and
sections 8-115a to 8-118b, inclusive, shall govern
the implementation of this part.
    (b) ON AND  AFTER  JULY  1,  1997, THE MAXIMUM
INCOME LIMITS FOR  ADMISSION TO A STATE CONGREGATE
HOUSING FACILITY SHALL  BE  EIGHTY PER CENT OF THE
AREA MEDIAN INCOME ADJUSTED FOR FAMILY SIZE.
    Sec. 155. Subsection  (a) of section 8-115a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No housing project or projects for elderly
persons shall be  developed until the Commissioner
of Economic and Community Development has approved
the  site,  the   plans  and  specifications,  the
estimated     development     cost,      including
administrative or other  cost  or  expense  to  be
incurred by the  state  in connection therewith as
determined by said  commissioner, and an operation
or management plan  for  such  project or projects
which   shall   provide   an   income,   including
contributions  expected  from  any  source,  which
shall be adequate for debt service on any notes or
bonds  issued by  an  authority  to  finance  such
development  cost,  administration,   including  a
state  service  charge   as   established  by  the
commissioner,    other   operating    costs    and
establishment of reasonable  reserves for repairs,
maintenance   and   replacements,    vacancy   and
collection losses. During  the period of operation
of  such  project   or  projects,  the  authority,
municipal  developer,  nonprofit   corporation  or
housing   partnership   shall    submit   to   the
commissioner for his  approval  its rent schedules
and  its  standards   of  tenant  eligibility  and
continued occupancy and  any  changes therein, and
its proposed budget for each fiscal year, together
with  such reports  and  financial  and  operating
statements as the  commissioner  finds  necessary.
Such  authority,  municipal  developer,  nonprofit
corporation  or  housing  partnership  shall  also
annually submit verification  that the significant
facilities and services required to be provided to
the residents of  such  project  pursuant to Title
VIII of the  Civil  Rights Act of 1968, as amended
by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (42 USC
3600   et   seq.)   are   being   provided.   [The
commissioner may establish  maximum  income limits
for admission and continued occupancy of tenants.]
ON AND AFTER  JULY  1,  1997,  THE  MAXIMUM INCOME
LIMITS FOR ADMISSION  TO  SUCH  PROJECT  SHALL  BE
EIGHTY PER CENT OF THE AREA MEDIAN INCOME ADJUSTED
FOR FAMILY SIZE.
    Sec. 156. (NEW)  As  used  in  sections 157 to
161, inclusive, of this act:
    (1) "Abuse" means  the wilful infliction by an
employee of physical  pain or injury or the wilful
deprivation of services  necessary to the physical
and  mental health  and  safety  of  a  department
client.
    (2)  "Authorized  agency"   means  any  agency
authorized in accordance with the general statutes
to conduct abuse  and  neglect  investigations and
responsible for issuing or carrying out protective
services for persons with mental retardation.
    (3) "Commissioner" means  the  Commissioner of
Mental Retardation.
    (4)  "Department"  means   the  Department  of
Mental Retardation.
    (5) "Department client"  means  a  person with
mental  retardation  or   a  person  who  receives
services or funding from the department.
    (6) "Employee" means  any  individual employed
(A)  by the  department,  or  (B)  by  an  agency,
organization or individual  that  is  licensed  or
funded by the  department  and  that  provides  or
hires others to  provide services, either directly
or indirectly, to a department client.
    (7) "Employer" means  (A)  the  department, or
(B) an agency,  organization or individual that is
licensed or funded  by  the  department  and  that
provides or hires  others to provide services to a
department client.
    (8)  "Neglect"  means   the   failure   by  an
employee, through action or inaction, to provide a
department client with  the  services necessary to
maintain  his  physical   and  mental  health  and
safety.
    (9)  "Protective  services"  has  the  meaning
assigned to it  in  section 46a-11a of the general
statutes.
    (10) "Registry" means  a centralized data base
containing  information  regarding   substantiated
abuse or neglect.
    (11) "Substantiated abuse  or neglect" means a
final decision, pursuant  to  chapter  54  of  the
general  statutes, that  abuse  or  neglect  of  a
department client has occurred or there has been a
criminal conviction of  a  felony  or  misdemeanor
involving abuse or neglect.
    Sec. 157. (NEW)  (a)  The Department of Mental
Retardation  shall  establish   and   maintain   a
registry of individuals  who  have been terminated
or  separated  from  employment  as  a  result  of
substantiated  abuse or  neglect.  The  department
shall,  for  the   purposes   of  maintaining  the
registry, be capable  of  responding to inquiries,
including  response by  telephone  voice  mail  or
other automated response for initial inquiries, as
to whether an  individual  has  been terminated or
separated  from  employment   as   a   result   of
substantiated abuse or neglect.
    (b) The registry  shall  include,  but  not be
limited  to,  the   following:   (1)   The  names,
addresses and Social  Security  numbers  of  those
individuals   terminated   or    separated    from
employment as a  result  of substantiated abuse or
neglect;   (2)  the   date   of   termination   or
separation; (3) the  type of abuse or neglect; and
(4) the name  of any employer or authorized agency
requesting  information  from  the  registry,  the
reason  for  the  request  and  the  date  of  the
request.
    (c) The department  shall  make information in
the  registry,  other   than  limited  information
available  through an  automated  response  to  an
initial inquiry, available only to: (1) Authorized
agencies, for the  purpose  of  protective service
determinations; or (2) employers seeking to employ
a  person to  provide  services  to  a  department
client.
    (d) The department  shall  limit  responses to
requests  for  identifying  information  from  the
registry established under  this  section  to  (1)
identification  of the  individual  terminated  or
separated from employment  for substantiated abuse
or neglect, and  (2)  the type of abuse or neglect
so substantiated.
    (e)  Not  later   than   five   business  days
following an employee's  termination or separation
from employment for  abuse or neglect, an employer
shall submit to  the  department  the name of such
employee  and  such   other   information  as  the
department   may   request.    Upon   receipt   of
notification of such  termination  or  separation,
the department shall make an initial determination
as to whether to place an individual's name on the
registry.  If an  initial  determination  warrants
placing an individual's  name on the registry, the
department shall give the individual notice and an
opportunity to be  heard  and  shall not place the
individual's name on  the  registry  until  it has
substantiated the abuse  or  neglect  pursuant  to
chapter  54  of  the  general  statutes  governing
contested cases.
    (f) No employer  shall  be liable in any civil
action for damages  brought  by  an employee or an
applicant for employment whose name appears on the
registry established by  this  section arising out
of the conduct  of  the employer in (1) making any
report in good faith pursuant to subsection (e) of
this section, (2)  testifying  under  oath  in any
administrative or judicial proceeding arising from
such report, (3) refusing to hire or to retain any
individual  whose name  appears  on  the  registry
established under this  section, or (4) taking any
other action to  conform  to  the  requirements of
this  section.  The   immunity  provided  in  this
subsection shall not  apply to gross negligence or
to wilful or wanton misconduct.
    Sec. 158. (NEW)  (a) No employer shall hire or
retain an individual  without  first  inquiring of
the department as to whether the individual's name
appears on the registry and no employer shall hire
or retain an individual whose name so appears.
    (b) No person  shall inquire of the department
as to whether  an individual's name appears on the
registry except for  the purposes authorized under
subsection (c) of section 157 of this act.
    Sec. 159. (NEW) Except as required for written
orders and final  decisions  pursuant  to  section
4-180a of the general statutes, the registry shall
be confidential and  neither  the registry nor any
supporting  documentation  shall   be  subject  to
disclosure under the provisions of section 1-19 of
the general statutes.
    Sec.  160.  (NEW)  The  Department  of  Mental
Retardation may adopt  regulations  in  accordance
with the provisions  of  chapter 54 of the general
statutes to implement  the  provisions of sections
156 to 160, inclusive, of this act.
    Sec. 161. Subsection  (a)  of section 2c-2b of
the  general  statutes   is   amended   by  adding
subdivision (31) as follows:
    (NEW)  (31)  The  registry  established  under
section 157 of this act.
    Sec.  162.  Section   42-207  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    An irrevocable funeral contract may be entered
into in which  the  amount  held  in escrow may be
disbursed only upon  the death of the beneficiary,
provided such a  contract  [shall] DOES not exceed
[four times the  highest  amount  payable  for the
burial of public  assistance  recipients and that]
FIVE  THOUSAND  FOUR   HUNDRED   DOLLARS  AND  all
interest accumulates to  the escrow account and is
[also]  inaccessible  to   the  beneficiary.  Such
irrevocable funeral contracts  may  be transferred
from one funeral  service establishment to another
upon request of  the  beneficiary. The purchase of
an irrevocable funeral contract shall not preclude
an  individual  from   purchasing   other  funeral
contracts that are revocable.
    Sec. 163. Subsection  (a) of section 10-303 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The authority in charge of any building or
property owned, operated or leased by the state or
any municipality therein  shall grant to the Board
of Education and  Services  for the Blind a permit
to operate in  such building or on such property a
food service facility,  a  vending  machine  or  a
stand for the  vending of newspapers, periodicals,
confections, tobacco products, food and such other
articles as such  authority  approves when, in the
opinion of such  authority, such facility, machine
or stand is desirable in such location. Any person
operating  such  a  stand  in  any  such  location
October 1, 1945,  shall  be  permitted to continue
such operation, but  upon  such  person's  ceasing
such operation such authority shall grant a permit
for continued operation  to the Board of Education
and  Services  for   the  Blind.  SAID  BOARD  MAY
ESTABLISH  A  TRAINING   FACILITY   AT   ANY  SUCH
LOCATION.
    Sec. 164. Sections  17b-113, 17b-115, 17b-180,
17b-181, 17b-182, 17b-680  to 17b-688a, inclusive,
17b-689a,  17b-690  to   17b-693,  inclusive,  and
17b-811 of the general statutes are repealed.
    Sec. 165. This  act  shall take effect July 1,
1997.

Approved June 30, 1997