Substitute Senate Bill No. 956
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 956

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 91-298

AN ACT CONCERNING SUBSTANCE-ABUSING PREGNANT WOMEN
AND THEIR CHILDREN.


    Section  17a-659  of  the  general statutes is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    [There   is  established  a  task   force   on
substance-abusing women  and  their children.  The
task force shall consist of:  The chairpersons and
ranking members of the  joint  standing committees
of  the  general  assembly  having  cognizance  of
matters  relating  to  human  services  and public
health  or their designees;  the chairpersons  and
ranking members of  the  select  committee  of the
general assembly on substance abuse prevention  or
their designees; the commissioners of children and
youth   services,    income  maintenance,    human
resources and health services  or their designees;
the  executive directors of the alcohol  and  drug
abuse commission, the  permanent commission on the
status  of women and the commission on children or
their designees;  two  health  care  professionals
working in the area of substance abuse, one to  be
appointed  by  the  president  pro  tempore of the
senate  and  one to be appointed by  the  majority
leader of the senate; two providers of services to
pregnant  women  and  their children,  one  to  be
appointed  by  the   speaker   of   the  house  of
representatives  and  one to be appointed  by  the
minority leader of the  house  of representatives;
one  representative of an organization working  in
the area of maternal and  child health care policy
and  planning,   to be appointed by  the  majority
leader of the house of  representatives;   and one
representative  of an organization working in  the
area of issues  concerning  women, to be appointed
by  the  minority  leader  of  the  senate.    The
chairpersons of  the  joint  standing committee of
the  general assembly having cognizance of matters
relating to  human  services  or  their  designees
shall serve as chairpersons of the task force. The
task force shall review (1) current state policies
affecting  substance-abusing  pregnant  women  and
their children; (2) existing services available to
such women and children;  (3) appropriations  made
on the state and federal  level for such services;
and  (4)  methods  of collecting  prevalence  data
through an anonymous,  random  sampling of a cross
section  of the infant population for the  purpose
of     planning     adequate      services     for
substance-abusing   pregnant   women   and   their
children;   and  shall   recommend   such  a  data
collection   system   and  policies  or   programs
necessary to coordinate  existing  services and to
fill  identified  service needs.  The  task  force
shall  report  its  recommendations  to  the joint
standing committees of the general assembly having
cognizance of matters  relating  to human services
and public health on or before December 31, 1990.]
THE CONNECTICUT ALCOHOL AND  DRUG ABUSE COMMISSION
SHALL  ESTABLISH A COMMITTEE ON  SUBSTANCE-ABUSING
PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN.   THE COMMITTEE
SHALL  MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE  COMMISSION  IN
THE  DEVELOPMENT   AND   OVERSIGHT   OF  TREATMENT
PROGRAMS  FOR SUBSTANCE-ABUSING PREGNANT WOMEN AND
THEIR  CHILDREN  ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT  TO SECTION
17a-644.   THE COMMITTEE SHALL BE COMPOSED OF  THE
COMMISSIONERS OF INCOME  MAINTENANCE, CHILDREN AND
YOUTH   SERVICES,   HEALTH  SERVICES   AND   HUMAN
RESOURCES  OR  THEIR   DESIGNEES,   THE  EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR  OF THE COMMISSION,  WHO SHALL CHAIR  THE
COMMITTEE, AND SIX MEMBERS WHO ARE REPRESENTATIVES
OF  OTHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE AGENCIES WHICH WORK IN
THE AREA  OF  SUBSTANCE-ABUSING  WOMEN  AND  THEIR
CHILDREN,  ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE APPOINTED  BY  THE
PRESIDENT PRO  TEMPORE  OF  THE SENATE, ONE BY THE
SPEAKER  OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,  ONE  BY
THE MAJORITY LEADER  OF  THE  SENATE,   ONE BY THE
MAJORITY  LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF  REPRESENTATIVES,
ONE BY THE MINORITY  LEADER  OF THE SENATE AND ONE
BY   THE   MINORITY  LEADER  OF   THE   HOUSE   OF
REPRESENTATIVES.  THE  COMMITTEE  SHALL (1) REVIEW
ALL STUDIES AVAILABLE CONCERNING THE PREVALENCE OF
SUBSTANCE-ABUSING  PREGNANT WOMEN IN THE STATE AND
THE  IMPACT  OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON THE  HEALTH  OF
THEIR  CHILDREN;  (2)  DEVELOP  A  SURVEY  FOR THE
ALCOHOL  AND  DRUG  ABUSE COMMISSION  TO  SEND  TO
COMMUNITY-BASED  TREATMENT  PROVIDERS TO ASSIST IN
THE  ASSESSMENT OF UNMET SERVICE NEEDS STATE-WIDE;
(3) COLLECT DATA ON THE  AVAILABILITY  OF  PRIVATE
FUNDING  FOR  TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR  WOMEN  AND
PROVIDE THE DATA TO  THE  COMMISSION;   (4)  STUDY
WHETHER  THE  POSSIBLE LIABILITY OF  PROVIDERS  OF
SUBSTANCE  ABUSE  TREATMENT  SERVICES  TO PREGNANT
WOMEN  ACTS  AS  A  DETERRENT  TO  PROVIDING  SUCH
SERVICES;  AND  (5)  RECOMMEND  POLICY AND FUNDING
INITIATIVES  TO THE COMMISSION FOR PREVENTION  AND
TREATMENT PROGRAMS FOR  SUBSTANCE-ABUSING PREGNANT
WOMEN.

Vetoed July 5, 1991
Repassed July 22, 1991