CHAPTER 97

MUNICIPALITIES: GENERAL PROVISIONS

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Sec. 7-127b. Municipal agents for elderly persons. Duties. Responsibilities of Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Sec. 7-127c. Municipal agents for children.


Sec. 7-127b. Municipal agents for elderly persons. Duties. Responsibilities of Department of Aging and Disability Services. (a) The chief elected official or the chief executive officer if by ordinance of each municipality shall appoint a municipal agent for elderly persons. Such agent shall be a member of an agency that serves elderly persons in the municipality or a responsible resident of the municipality who has demonstrated an interest in the elderly or has been involved in programs in the field of aging.

(b) The duties of the municipal agent may include, but shall not be limited to, (1) disseminating information to elderly persons, assisting such persons in learning about the community resources available to them and publicizing such resources and benefits; (2) assisting elderly persons to apply for federal and other benefits available to such persons; and (3) reporting to the chief elected official or chief executive officer of the municipality and the Department of Aging and Disability Services any needs and problems of the elderly and any recommendations for action to improve services to the elderly.

(c) Each municipal agent shall serve for a term of two or four years, at the discretion of the appointing authority of each municipality, and may be reappointed. If more than one agent is necessary to carry out the purposes of this section, the appointing authority, in its discretion, may appoint one or more assistant agents. The town clerk in each municipality shall notify the Department of Aging and Disability Services immediately of the appointment of a new municipal agent. Each municipality may provide to its municipal agent resources sufficient for such agent to perform the duties of the office.

(d) The Department of Aging and Disability Services shall adopt and disseminate to municipalities guidelines as to the role and duties of municipal agents and such informational and technical materials as may assist such agents in performance of their duties. The department, in cooperation with the area agencies on aging, may provide training for municipal agents within the available resources of the department and of the agencies on aging.

(1972, P.A. 70; P.A. 77-447; P.A. 85-459, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-206, S. 2; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 95-77; P.A. 01-195, S. 105, 181; P.A. 12-119, S. 3; P.A. 13-125, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2, S. 288; P.A. 18-169, S. 14; P.A. 19-157, S. 14.)

History: P.A. 77-447 replaced all former provisions re municipal agents for disseminating information to elderly with more detailed provisions of Subsecs. (a) to (d), inclusive; P.A. 85-459 amended Subsec. (b) to require written reports to be submitted to the state department on aging and amended Subsec. (c) to require the town clerk to notify the state department on aging of the appointment of a new municipal agent; P.A. 88-206 gave the chief elected official the authority to appoint a municipal agent and provided that the chief executive officer may also appoint if by ordinance he is given such authority in Subsec. (a), made a technical change in Subsec. (b) and required the department on aging to sponsor at least one training session and specified that the training shall include information re the availability of housing and required each municipal agent to attend at least one session in Subsec. (d); P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of department of social services for department on aging, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-77 amended Subsec. (c) to allow a municipal agent to serve a term of two or four years, at the discretion of the appointing authority, where previously terms were two years only; P.A. 01-195 made technical changes, effective July 11, 2001; P.A. 12-119 amended Subsec. (a) to delete provisions re commission on aging members and elected officials as potential agents and make technical changes, amended Subsec. (b) to make technical changes, replace provisions re annual written reports on services provided by the agent with provisions re reporting agent's recommendations to improve services to the elderly, made a technical change in Subsec. (c), and amended Subsec. (d) to delete requirement that department ensure municipalities carry out provisions of section, make technical changes, make agent training discretionary rather than mandatory, delete provisions re training requirements and records re elderly persons and add provision re training within available resources of department and area agencies, effective June 15, 2012; P.A. 13-125 replaced references to Department of Social Services with references to Department on Aging, effective July 1, 2013; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2 replaced “Department on Aging” with “Department of Social Services” in Subsecs. (b) to (d), effective October 31, 2017; P.A. 18-169 replaced “Department of Social Services” with “Department of Rehabilitation Services” in Subsecs. (b) to (d) and made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective June 14, 2018; P.A. 19-157 amended Subsecs. (b) to (d) by replacing “Department of Rehabilitation Services” with “Department of Aging and Disability Services”.

Sec. 7-127c. Municipal agents for children. (a) The chief elected official or the chief executive officer of each municipality may appoint a municipal agent for children. Such agent shall be an elected official of the state or the municipality, a member of an agency that serves children, a youth service bureau in the municipality or a responsible resident of the municipality who has demonstrated an interest in children or has been involved in programs in the field of child development.

(b) The duties of a municipal agent may include, but not be limited to, (1) annually determining the capacity of the municipality to provide services beneficial to children and families living in the municipality and coordinating such services provided by the state, the municipality and community-based organizations; (2) disseminating information to families with children and assisting such families in learning about the resources available to them; (3) assisting families with children in applying for available child day care subsidies; and (4) annually submitting a written report to the chief elected official, chief executive officer and legislative body of the municipality, on the services he has provided, his findings concerning the needs and problems of children in the municipality and recommendations for improving services for such children.

(c) Each municipal agent shall serve for a term of two years and may be reappointed. If more than one agent is necessary to carry out the purposes of this section, the appointing authority, in his discretion, may appoint one or more assistant agents. The town clerk in each municipality shall notify the Commissioner of Education immediately of the appointment of a municipal agent. Each municipality may provide to its municipal agent resources sufficient for such agent to perform the duties of the office.

(d) The Department of Education may adopt and disseminate to municipalities guidelines as to the role and duties of municipal agents and such informational and technical materials as may assist such agents in the performance of their duties. The department, in collaboration with the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity may provide training for municipal agents within the available resources of the department and the commission.

(P.A. 92-247; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; P.A. 95-339, S. 5, 8; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 16-3, S. 138; P.A. 19-117, S. 111.)

History: P.A. 93-91 substituted commissioner and department of children and families for commissioner and department of children and youth services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-339 amended Subsecs. (c) and (d) to substitute Commissioner and Department of Education for Commissioner and Department of Children and Families, effective July 1, 1995; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 16-3 amended Subsec. (d) to substitute “Commission on Women, Children and Seniors” for “Commission on Children”, effective July 1, 2016; P.A. 19-117 amended Subsec. (d) by replacing “Commission on Women, Children and Seniors” with “Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity”, effective July 1, 2019.