PA 10-30—HB 5252

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRETRIAL ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND THE PRETRIAL DRUG EDUCATION PROGRAM

SUMMARY: This act requires the Court Support Services Division (CSSD) to keep a record of a person's participation in the pretrial alcohol education program for 10, rather than seven, years. CSSD is already required to keep records for 10 years for participants in the pretrial drug education program. For both programs, the act requires that the 10-year period start on the date the court grants the application for participation, rather than from the date of application.

For both programs, the act makes several minor changes regarding program costs and fees. The act specifies that the court can waive all or part of the alcohol intervention program fee if it finds that a person is indigent or unable to pay.

Similarly, for the pretrial drug education program, the act specifies that the substance abuse treatment program costs must be paid from the pretrial account if the court finds that a person is indigent or unable to pay. The law already allows (1) for costs to be paid from this account when treatment is ordered as part of the pretrial alcohol education program and (2) the court to waive all or part of the fees for intervention programs in the pretrial drug education program. Additionally, the act specifies that a person cannot be excluded from the substance abuse treatment program based on his or her inability to pay costs. Also, by law, for both programs, if a person is unable to attend a program in Connecticut, he or she can attend in another state if the appropriate fees are paid. The act requires that costs be paid as well.

The act clarifies that CSSD, rather than the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, must require participation in the community service labor program as a condition of participation in the drug education program.

Finally the act makes technical and conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2010

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