SB 452

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Referred to Committee on COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

Introduced by: (KID)

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE STATE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

1Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) There shall be a State

2Oversight Council on Children and Families which shall consist of the

3following members: (1) Six members appointed by the Governor,

4including two persons who are child care professionals, two persons

5 eighteen to twenty-five years of age, inclusive, served by the

6Department of Children and Families, one person who is a child

7psychiatrist licensed to practice medicine in this state and one person

8who is an attorney who has expertise in legal issues related to children

9and youth; (2) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of

10Representatives, who has expertise in providing services to children

11and youths; (3) one member appointed by the president pro tempore

12of the Senate, who has expertise in providing behavioral health

13services to children and youths served by the Department of Children

14and Families; (4) one member appointed by the majority leader of the

15House of Representatives, who is a parent, foster parent or family

16member of a child or youth who has received or is receiving behavioral

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17health services, child welfare services or juvenile services; (5) one

18member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, who is a

19parent, foster parent or family member of a child or youth who has

20received or is receiving behavioral health services, child welfare

21services or juvenile services; (6) one member appointed by the

22minority leader of the House of Representatives, who is a parent, foster

23parent or family member of a child or youth who has received or is

24receiving behavioral health services, child welfare services or juvenile

25services; (7) one member appointed by the minority leader of the

26Senate, who is an advocate for children and youths; and (8) six

27members representing the regional advisory councils established

28pursuant to section 17a-30 of the general statutes, appointed one each

29by the members of each council. No more than half the members of the

30council shall be persons who receive income from a private practice or

31any public or private agency that delivers mental health, substance

32abuse, child abuse prevention and treatment or child welfare services.

33Members of the council shall serve without compensation, except for

34necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The

35Department of Children and Families shall provide the council with

36funding to facilitate the participation of those members representing

37families and youth, as well as for other administrative support

38services. Members shall serve on the council for terms of two years

39each and no member shall serve for more than three consecutive terms.

40The commissioner shall be an ex-officio member of the council without

41vote and shall attend its meetings. Any member who fails to attend

42three consecutive meetings or fifty per cent of all meetings during any

43calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned. Any vacancy shall be

44 filled by the appointing authority. The council shall elect two

45chairpersons from among its members.

46(b) The State Oversight Council on Children and Families shall meet

47quarterly, and more often upon the call of the chairpersons or a

48majority of the members. The council's meetings shall be held at

49locations that facilitate participation by members of the public, and its

50agenda and minutes shall be posted on the Internet web site of the

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51Department of Children and Families. A majority of the members

52present shall constitute a quorum. The council shall have complete

53access to all records of the institutions and facilities of the department

54in furtherance of its duties, while at all times protecting the right of

55privacy of all individuals involved, as provided in section 17a-28 of the

56general statutes.

57(c) The duties of the State Oversight Council on Children and

58Families shall be to: (1) Recommend to the commissioner and the joint

59standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of

60matters relating to children programs, legislation or other matters that

61will improve services for children and youths, including behavioral

62health services; (2) annually review and advise the commissioner

63regarding the proposed budget; (3) interpret to the community at large

64the policies, duties and programs of the department; (4) issue any

65reports it deems necessary to the Governor, the Commissioner of

66Children and Families and, in accordance with the provisions of

67section 11-4a of the general statutes, the joint standing committee of

68the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to

69children; (5) assist in the development of and review and comment on

70the strategic plan developed by the department pursuant to subsection

71(b) of section 17a-3 of the general statutes, as amended by this act; (6)

72receive on a quarterly basis from the commissioner a status report on

73the department's progress in carrying out the strategic plan; (7)

74independently monitor the department's progress in achieving its

75goals as expressed in the strategic plan; and (8) offer assistance and

76provide an outside perspective to the department so that it may be able

77to achieve the goals expressed in the strategic plan.

78(d) (1) Not later than July 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, the State

79Oversight Council on Children and Families shall submit a report, in

80accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes,

81to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having

82cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and children. Such

83report shall include, but not be limited to, (A) findings and

87outcomes for children and youths; and (C) any recommendations for

88legislation.

89 (2) Not later than thirty days after the receipt of the report

90submitted pursuant to this subsection, the chairpersons of the State

91Oversight Council on Children and Families shall appear before the

92joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance

93of matters relating to appropriations and children to discuss said

94report.

95Sec. 2. Subdivision (2) of section 17a-1 of the general statutes is

96repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

971, 2019):

98(2) "Council" means the State [Advisory] Oversight Council on

99Children and Families;

100Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 17a-3 of the general statutes is

101repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

1021, 2019):

103(b) (1) The department, with the assistance of the State [Advisory]

104Oversight Council on Children and Families, and in consultation with

105representatives of the children and families served by the department,

106providers of services to children and families, advocates, and others

107interested in the well-being of children and families in this state, shall

108develop and regularly update a single, comprehensive strategic plan

109for meeting the needs of children and families served by the

110department. In developing and updating the strategic plan, the

111department shall identify and define agency goals and indicators of

112progress, including benchmarks, in achieving such goals. The strategic

113plan shall include, but not be limited to: (A) The department's mission

114statement; (B) the expected results for the department and each of its

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115mandated areas of responsibility; (C) a schedule of action steps and a

116time frame for achieving such results and fulfilling the department's

117mission that includes strategies for working with other state agencies

118to leverage resources and coordinate service delivery; (D) strategies,

119informed by data on referrals, substantiations, removal, placements

120and retention, by which the department shall identify racial and ethnic

121disparities within child welfare practice and work to eliminate such

122disparities; (E) priorities for services and estimates of the funding and

123other resources necessary to carry them out; (F) standards for

124programs and services that are based on research-based best practices,

125when available; and (G) relevant measures of performance.

126(2) The department shall begin the strategic planning process on

127July 1, 2009. The department shall hold regional meetings on the plan

128to ensure public input and shall post the plan and the plan's updates

129and progress reports on the department's web site. The department

130shall submit the strategic plan to the State [Advisory] Oversight

131Council on Children and Families for review and comment prior to its

132final submission to the General Assembly and the Governor. On or

133before July 1, 2010, the department shall submit the strategic plan, in

134accordance with section 11-4a, to the General Assembly and the

135Governor.

136(3) The commissioner shall track and report on progress in

137achieving the strategic plan's goals not later than October 1, 2010, and

138quarterly thereafter, to [said State Advisory Council] the State

139Oversight Council on Children and Families. The commissioner shall

140submit a status report on progress in achieving the results in the

141strategic plan, in accordance with section 11-4a, not later than July 1,

1422011, and annually thereafter to the General Assembly, the joint

143standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of

144matters relating to children and the Governor.

145Sec. 4. Subsections (e) and (f) of section 17a-4a of the general statutes

146are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective

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147July 1, 2019):

148(e) Not later than October first of each year, the advisory committee

149shall submit a status report on local systems of care and practice

150standards for state-funded behavioral health programs to the

151Commissioner of Children and Families and the State [Advisory]

152Oversight Council on Children and Families.

153(f) Not later than October first of each odd-numbered year, the

154advisory committee shall submit recommendations concerning the

155provision of behavioral health services for all children in the state to

156the Commissioner of Children and Families and the State [Advisory]

157Oversight Council on Children and Families. The recommendations

158shall address, but shall not be limited to, the following: (1) The target

159population for children with behavioral health needs, and assessment

160 and benefit options for children with such needs; (2) the

161appropriateness and quality of care for children with behavioral health

162needs; (3) the coordination of behavioral health services provided

163under the HUSKY Health program with services provided by other

164publicly-funded programs; (4) performance standards for preventive

165services, family supports and emergency service training programs; (5)

166assessments of community-based and residential care programs; (6)

167outcome measurements by reviewing provider practice; and (7) a

168medication protocol and standards for the monitoring of medication

169and after-care programs.

170Sec. 5. Subsection (l) of section 17a-6 of the general statutes is

171repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

1721, 2019):

173(l) Submit to the [state advisory council] State Oversight Council on

174Children and Families for its comment proposals for new policies or

175programs and the proposed budget for the department;

176Sec. 6. Section 17a-9 of the general statutes is repealed and the

177following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2019):

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178(a) The commissioner shall appoint, after consultation with the

179[state advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and

180 Families, and may remove in a like manner, two deputy

181commissioners who shall be in the unclassified service. The deputy

182commissioner for program services shall be a clinically competent

183professional person experienced in one or more fields of children's

184services and in the administration of such services, and shall be

185responsible for the supervision of all clinical treatment and program

189organizational and general administrative services of the department.

190(b) The commissioner shall appoint, after consultation with the

191[state advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and

192Families, and may remove in like manner, not more than two program

193directors who shall be in the unclassified service, provided the title or

194duties of any director appointed pursuant to this subsection may be

195changed as the commissioner deems necessary after consultation with

196the [state advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and

197Families. Such directors may oversee community programs and

198services and the operation of institutions and facilities.

199(c) The commissioner shall, in accordance with chapter 67 and after

200consultation with the [state advisory council] State Oversight Council

201on Children and Families, appoint the administrative heads of all of

202the institutions and facilities transferred to the department and such

203other institutions and facilities as now are or hereafter may be

204established by or transferred to the department. Such administrative

205heads shall have skill and experience in the administration of

206children's services and shall manage their institutions and facilities in

207accordance with the regulations and orders of the commissioner.

208(d) The commissioner shall, after consultation with the [state

209advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and Families,

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210appoint and may remove in a like manner, up to six regional directors

211who shall be in the unclassified service. Each regional director shall

212have skill and experience in the field of children's services and in the

213administration of such services. Each regional director shall be subject

214to the direction of the commissioner and shall be responsible for the

215operation and administration of services provided or funded by the

216department in the regions created by the commissioner pursuant to

217subsection (a) of section 17a-30.

218Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 17a-32a of the general statutes is

219repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

2201, 2019):

221(a) The facilities that come under the jurisdiction of the Department

222of Children and Families, as enumerated in section 17a-32, shall submit

223an annual report to the State [Advisory] Oversight Council on

224Children and Families and to their respective advisory groups,

225established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17a-6. The report shall

226include, but not be limited to: (1) Aggregate profiles of the residents;

227(2) a description of and update on major initiatives; (3) key outcome

228indicators and results; (4) costs associated with operating the facility;

229and (5) a description of educational, vocational and literacy programs,

230and behavioral, treatment and other services available to the residents

231and their outcomes. Each report submitted pursuant to this subsection

232shall be posted on the department's web site.

233Sec. 8. Section 17a-4 of the general statutes is repealed. (Effective July

2341, 2019)

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a State Oversight Council on Children and Families in place of the State Advisory Council on Children and Families, and require the State Oversight Council on Children and Families to report annually to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and children.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors: SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th Dist. SEN. SOMERS, 18th Dist.

S.B. 452

SB 452

Version: Committee+Bill
Author: Committee on Children

Created by BCL easyConverter SDK 5 (HTML Version)

Referred to Committee on COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

Introduced by: (KID)

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE STATE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

1Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) There shall be a State

2Oversight Council on Children and Families which shall consist of the

3following members: (1) Six members appointed by the Governor,

4including two persons who are child care professionals, two persons

5 eighteen to twenty-five years of age, inclusive, served by the

6Department of Children and Families, one person who is a child

7psychiatrist licensed to practice medicine in this state and one person

8who is an attorney who has expertise in legal issues related to children

9and youth; (2) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of

10Representatives, who has expertise in providing services to children

11and youths; (3) one member appointed by the president pro tempore

12of the Senate, who has expertise in providing behavioral health

13services to children and youths served by the Department of Children

14and Families; (4) one member appointed by the majority leader of the

15House of Representatives, who is a parent, foster parent or family

16member of a child or youth who has received or is receiving behavioral

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17health services, child welfare services or juvenile services; (5) one

18member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, who is a

19parent, foster parent or family member of a child or youth who has

20received or is receiving behavioral health services, child welfare

21services or juvenile services; (6) one member appointed by the

22minority leader of the House of Representatives, who is a parent, foster

23parent or family member of a child or youth who has received or is

24receiving behavioral health services, child welfare services or juvenile

25services; (7) one member appointed by the minority leader of the

26Senate, who is an advocate for children and youths; and (8) six

27members representing the regional advisory councils established

28pursuant to section 17a-30 of the general statutes, appointed one each

29by the members of each council. No more than half the members of the

30council shall be persons who receive income from a private practice or

31any public or private agency that delivers mental health, substance

32abuse, child abuse prevention and treatment or child welfare services.

33Members of the council shall serve without compensation, except for

34necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The

35Department of Children and Families shall provide the council with

36funding to facilitate the participation of those members representing

37families and youth, as well as for other administrative support

38services. Members shall serve on the council for terms of two years

39each and no member shall serve for more than three consecutive terms.

40The commissioner shall be an ex-officio member of the council without

41vote and shall attend its meetings. Any member who fails to attend

42three consecutive meetings or fifty per cent of all meetings during any

43calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned. Any vacancy shall be

44 filled by the appointing authority. The council shall elect two

45chairpersons from among its members.

46(b) The State Oversight Council on Children and Families shall meet

47quarterly, and more often upon the call of the chairpersons or a

48majority of the members. The council's meetings shall be held at

49locations that facilitate participation by members of the public, and its

50agenda and minutes shall be posted on the Internet web site of the

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51Department of Children and Families. A majority of the members

52present shall constitute a quorum. The council shall have complete

53access to all records of the institutions and facilities of the department

54in furtherance of its duties, while at all times protecting the right of

55privacy of all individuals involved, as provided in section 17a-28 of the

56general statutes.

57(c) The duties of the State Oversight Council on Children and

58Families shall be to: (1) Recommend to the commissioner and the joint

59standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of

60matters relating to children programs, legislation or other matters that

61will improve services for children and youths, including behavioral

62health services; (2) annually review and advise the commissioner

63regarding the proposed budget; (3) interpret to the community at large

64the policies, duties and programs of the department; (4) issue any

65reports it deems necessary to the Governor, the Commissioner of

66Children and Families and, in accordance with the provisions of

67section 11-4a of the general statutes, the joint standing committee of

68the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to

69children; (5) assist in the development of and review and comment on

70the strategic plan developed by the department pursuant to subsection

71(b) of section 17a-3 of the general statutes, as amended by this act; (6)

72receive on a quarterly basis from the commissioner a status report on

73the department's progress in carrying out the strategic plan; (7)

74independently monitor the department's progress in achieving its

75goals as expressed in the strategic plan; and (8) offer assistance and

76provide an outside perspective to the department so that it may be able

77to achieve the goals expressed in the strategic plan.

78(d) (1) Not later than July 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, the State

79Oversight Council on Children and Families shall submit a report, in

80accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes,

81to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having

82cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and children. Such

83report shall include, but not be limited to, (A) findings and

87outcomes for children and youths; and (C) any recommendations for

88legislation.

89 (2) Not later than thirty days after the receipt of the report

90submitted pursuant to this subsection, the chairpersons of the State

91Oversight Council on Children and Families shall appear before the

92joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance

93of matters relating to appropriations and children to discuss said

94report.

95Sec. 2. Subdivision (2) of section 17a-1 of the general statutes is

96repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

971, 2019):

98(2) "Council" means the State [Advisory] Oversight Council on

99Children and Families;

100Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 17a-3 of the general statutes is

101repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

1021, 2019):

103(b) (1) The department, with the assistance of the State [Advisory]

104Oversight Council on Children and Families, and in consultation with

105representatives of the children and families served by the department,

106providers of services to children and families, advocates, and others

107interested in the well-being of children and families in this state, shall

108develop and regularly update a single, comprehensive strategic plan

109for meeting the needs of children and families served by the

110department. In developing and updating the strategic plan, the

111department shall identify and define agency goals and indicators of

112progress, including benchmarks, in achieving such goals. The strategic

113plan shall include, but not be limited to: (A) The department's mission

114statement; (B) the expected results for the department and each of its

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115mandated areas of responsibility; (C) a schedule of action steps and a

116time frame for achieving such results and fulfilling the department's

117mission that includes strategies for working with other state agencies

118to leverage resources and coordinate service delivery; (D) strategies,

119informed by data on referrals, substantiations, removal, placements

120and retention, by which the department shall identify racial and ethnic

121disparities within child welfare practice and work to eliminate such

122disparities; (E) priorities for services and estimates of the funding and

123other resources necessary to carry them out; (F) standards for

124programs and services that are based on research-based best practices,

125when available; and (G) relevant measures of performance.

126(2) The department shall begin the strategic planning process on

127July 1, 2009. The department shall hold regional meetings on the plan

128to ensure public input and shall post the plan and the plan's updates

129and progress reports on the department's web site. The department

130shall submit the strategic plan to the State [Advisory] Oversight

131Council on Children and Families for review and comment prior to its

132final submission to the General Assembly and the Governor. On or

133before July 1, 2010, the department shall submit the strategic plan, in

134accordance with section 11-4a, to the General Assembly and the

135Governor.

136(3) The commissioner shall track and report on progress in

137achieving the strategic plan's goals not later than October 1, 2010, and

138quarterly thereafter, to [said State Advisory Council] the State

139Oversight Council on Children and Families. The commissioner shall

140submit a status report on progress in achieving the results in the

141strategic plan, in accordance with section 11-4a, not later than July 1,

1422011, and annually thereafter to the General Assembly, the joint

143standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of

144matters relating to children and the Governor.

145Sec. 4. Subsections (e) and (f) of section 17a-4a of the general statutes

146are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective

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147July 1, 2019):

148(e) Not later than October first of each year, the advisory committee

149shall submit a status report on local systems of care and practice

150standards for state-funded behavioral health programs to the

151Commissioner of Children and Families and the State [Advisory]

152Oversight Council on Children and Families.

153(f) Not later than October first of each odd-numbered year, the

154advisory committee shall submit recommendations concerning the

155provision of behavioral health services for all children in the state to

156the Commissioner of Children and Families and the State [Advisory]

157Oversight Council on Children and Families. The recommendations

158shall address, but shall not be limited to, the following: (1) The target

159population for children with behavioral health needs, and assessment

160 and benefit options for children with such needs; (2) the

161appropriateness and quality of care for children with behavioral health

162needs; (3) the coordination of behavioral health services provided

163under the HUSKY Health program with services provided by other

164publicly-funded programs; (4) performance standards for preventive

165services, family supports and emergency service training programs; (5)

166assessments of community-based and residential care programs; (6)

167outcome measurements by reviewing provider practice; and (7) a

168medication protocol and standards for the monitoring of medication

169and after-care programs.

170Sec. 5. Subsection (l) of section 17a-6 of the general statutes is

171repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

1721, 2019):

173(l) Submit to the [state advisory council] State Oversight Council on

174Children and Families for its comment proposals for new policies or

175programs and the proposed budget for the department;

176Sec. 6. Section 17a-9 of the general statutes is repealed and the

177following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2019):

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178(a) The commissioner shall appoint, after consultation with the

179[state advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and

180 Families, and may remove in a like manner, two deputy

181commissioners who shall be in the unclassified service. The deputy

182commissioner for program services shall be a clinically competent

183professional person experienced in one or more fields of children's

184services and in the administration of such services, and shall be

185responsible for the supervision of all clinical treatment and program

189organizational and general administrative services of the department.

190(b) The commissioner shall appoint, after consultation with the

191[state advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and

192Families, and may remove in like manner, not more than two program

193directors who shall be in the unclassified service, provided the title or

194duties of any director appointed pursuant to this subsection may be

195changed as the commissioner deems necessary after consultation with

196the [state advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and

197Families. Such directors may oversee community programs and

198services and the operation of institutions and facilities.

199(c) The commissioner shall, in accordance with chapter 67 and after

200consultation with the [state advisory council] State Oversight Council

201on Children and Families, appoint the administrative heads of all of

202the institutions and facilities transferred to the department and such

203other institutions and facilities as now are or hereafter may be

204established by or transferred to the department. Such administrative

205heads shall have skill and experience in the administration of

206children's services and shall manage their institutions and facilities in

207accordance with the regulations and orders of the commissioner.

208(d) The commissioner shall, after consultation with the [state

209advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and Families,

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210appoint and may remove in a like manner, up to six regional directors

211who shall be in the unclassified service. Each regional director shall

212have skill and experience in the field of children's services and in the

213administration of such services. Each regional director shall be subject

214to the direction of the commissioner and shall be responsible for the

215operation and administration of services provided or funded by the

216department in the regions created by the commissioner pursuant to

217subsection (a) of section 17a-30.

218Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 17a-32a of the general statutes is

219repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

2201, 2019):

221(a) The facilities that come under the jurisdiction of the Department

222of Children and Families, as enumerated in section 17a-32, shall submit

223an annual report to the State [Advisory] Oversight Council on

224Children and Families and to their respective advisory groups,

225established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17a-6. The report shall

226include, but not be limited to: (1) Aggregate profiles of the residents;

227(2) a description of and update on major initiatives; (3) key outcome

228indicators and results; (4) costs associated with operating the facility;

229and (5) a description of educational, vocational and literacy programs,

230and behavioral, treatment and other services available to the residents

231and their outcomes. Each report submitted pursuant to this subsection

232shall be posted on the department's web site.

233Sec. 8. Section 17a-4 of the general statutes is repealed. (Effective July

2341, 2019)

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a State Oversight Council on Children and Families in place of the State Advisory Council on Children and Families, and require the State Oversight Council on Children and Families to report annually to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and children.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors: SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th Dist. SEN. SOMERS, 18th Dist.

S.B. 452

SB 452

Version: Committee+Bill
Author: Committee on Children

Created by BCL easyConverter SDK 5 (HTML Version)

Referred to Committee on COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

Introduced by: (KID)

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE STATE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

1Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) There shall be a State

2Oversight Council on Children and Families which shall consist of the

3following members: (1) Six members appointed by the Governor,

4including two persons who are child care professionals, two persons

5 eighteen to twenty-five years of age, inclusive, served by the

6Department of Children and Families, one person who is a child

7psychiatrist licensed to practice medicine in this state and one person

8who is an attorney who has expertise in legal issues related to children

9and youth; (2) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of

10Representatives, who has expertise in providing services to children

11and youths; (3) one member appointed by the president pro tempore

12of the Senate, who has expertise in providing behavioral health

13services to children and youths served by the Department of Children

14and Families; (4) one member appointed by the majority leader of the

15House of Representatives, who is a parent, foster parent or family

16member of a child or youth who has received or is receiving behavioral

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17health services, child welfare services or juvenile services; (5) one

18member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, who is a

19parent, foster parent or family member of a child or youth who has

20received or is receiving behavioral health services, child welfare

21services or juvenile services; (6) one member appointed by the

22minority leader of the House of Representatives, who is a parent, foster

23parent or family member of a child or youth who has received or is

24receiving behavioral health services, child welfare services or juvenile

25services; (7) one member appointed by the minority leader of the

26Senate, who is an advocate for children and youths; and (8) six

27members representing the regional advisory councils established

28pursuant to section 17a-30 of the general statutes, appointed one each

29by the members of each council. No more than half the members of the

30council shall be persons who receive income from a private practice or

31any public or private agency that delivers mental health, substance

32abuse, child abuse prevention and treatment or child welfare services.

33Members of the council shall serve without compensation, except for

34necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The

35Department of Children and Families shall provide the council with

36funding to facilitate the participation of those members representing

37families and youth, as well as for other administrative support

38services. Members shall serve on the council for terms of two years

39each and no member shall serve for more than three consecutive terms.

40The commissioner shall be an ex-officio member of the council without

41vote and shall attend its meetings. Any member who fails to attend

42three consecutive meetings or fifty per cent of all meetings during any

43calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned. Any vacancy shall be

44 filled by the appointing authority. The council shall elect two

45chairpersons from among its members.

46(b) The State Oversight Council on Children and Families shall meet

47quarterly, and more often upon the call of the chairpersons or a

48majority of the members. The council's meetings shall be held at

49locations that facilitate participation by members of the public, and its

50agenda and minutes shall be posted on the Internet web site of the

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51Department of Children and Families. A majority of the members

52present shall constitute a quorum. The council shall have complete

53access to all records of the institutions and facilities of the department

54in furtherance of its duties, while at all times protecting the right of

55privacy of all individuals involved, as provided in section 17a-28 of the

56general statutes.

57(c) The duties of the State Oversight Council on Children and

58Families shall be to: (1) Recommend to the commissioner and the joint

59standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of

60matters relating to children programs, legislation or other matters that

61will improve services for children and youths, including behavioral

62health services; (2) annually review and advise the commissioner

63regarding the proposed budget; (3) interpret to the community at large

64the policies, duties and programs of the department; (4) issue any

65reports it deems necessary to the Governor, the Commissioner of

66Children and Families and, in accordance with the provisions of

67section 11-4a of the general statutes, the joint standing committee of

68the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to

69children; (5) assist in the development of and review and comment on

70the strategic plan developed by the department pursuant to subsection

71(b) of section 17a-3 of the general statutes, as amended by this act; (6)

72receive on a quarterly basis from the commissioner a status report on

73the department's progress in carrying out the strategic plan; (7)

74independently monitor the department's progress in achieving its

75goals as expressed in the strategic plan; and (8) offer assistance and

76provide an outside perspective to the department so that it may be able

77to achieve the goals expressed in the strategic plan.

78(d) (1) Not later than July 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, the State

79Oversight Council on Children and Families shall submit a report, in

80accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes,

81to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having

82cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and children. Such

83report shall include, but not be limited to, (A) findings and

87outcomes for children and youths; and (C) any recommendations for

88legislation.

89 (2) Not later than thirty days after the receipt of the report

90submitted pursuant to this subsection, the chairpersons of the State

91Oversight Council on Children and Families shall appear before the

92joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance

93of matters relating to appropriations and children to discuss said

94report.

95Sec. 2. Subdivision (2) of section 17a-1 of the general statutes is

96repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

971, 2019):

98(2) "Council" means the State [Advisory] Oversight Council on

99Children and Families;

100Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 17a-3 of the general statutes is

101repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

1021, 2019):

103(b) (1) The department, with the assistance of the State [Advisory]

104Oversight Council on Children and Families, and in consultation with

105representatives of the children and families served by the department,

106providers of services to children and families, advocates, and others

107interested in the well-being of children and families in this state, shall

108develop and regularly update a single, comprehensive strategic plan

109for meeting the needs of children and families served by the

110department. In developing and updating the strategic plan, the

111department shall identify and define agency goals and indicators of

112progress, including benchmarks, in achieving such goals. The strategic

113plan shall include, but not be limited to: (A) The department's mission

114statement; (B) the expected results for the department and each of its

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115mandated areas of responsibility; (C) a schedule of action steps and a

116time frame for achieving such results and fulfilling the department's

117mission that includes strategies for working with other state agencies

118to leverage resources and coordinate service delivery; (D) strategies,

119informed by data on referrals, substantiations, removal, placements

120and retention, by which the department shall identify racial and ethnic

121disparities within child welfare practice and work to eliminate such

122disparities; (E) priorities for services and estimates of the funding and

123other resources necessary to carry them out; (F) standards for

124programs and services that are based on research-based best practices,

125when available; and (G) relevant measures of performance.

126(2) The department shall begin the strategic planning process on

127July 1, 2009. The department shall hold regional meetings on the plan

128to ensure public input and shall post the plan and the plan's updates

129and progress reports on the department's web site. The department

130shall submit the strategic plan to the State [Advisory] Oversight

131Council on Children and Families for review and comment prior to its

132final submission to the General Assembly and the Governor. On or

133before July 1, 2010, the department shall submit the strategic plan, in

134accordance with section 11-4a, to the General Assembly and the

135Governor.

136(3) The commissioner shall track and report on progress in

137achieving the strategic plan's goals not later than October 1, 2010, and

138quarterly thereafter, to [said State Advisory Council] the State

139Oversight Council on Children and Families. The commissioner shall

140submit a status report on progress in achieving the results in the

141strategic plan, in accordance with section 11-4a, not later than July 1,

1422011, and annually thereafter to the General Assembly, the joint

143standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of

144matters relating to children and the Governor.

145Sec. 4. Subsections (e) and (f) of section 17a-4a of the general statutes

146are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective

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147July 1, 2019):

148(e) Not later than October first of each year, the advisory committee

149shall submit a status report on local systems of care and practice

150standards for state-funded behavioral health programs to the

151Commissioner of Children and Families and the State [Advisory]

152Oversight Council on Children and Families.

153(f) Not later than October first of each odd-numbered year, the

154advisory committee shall submit recommendations concerning the

155provision of behavioral health services for all children in the state to

156the Commissioner of Children and Families and the State [Advisory]

157Oversight Council on Children and Families. The recommendations

158shall address, but shall not be limited to, the following: (1) The target

159population for children with behavioral health needs, and assessment

160 and benefit options for children with such needs; (2) the

161appropriateness and quality of care for children with behavioral health

162needs; (3) the coordination of behavioral health services provided

163under the HUSKY Health program with services provided by other

164publicly-funded programs; (4) performance standards for preventive

165services, family supports and emergency service training programs; (5)

166assessments of community-based and residential care programs; (6)

167outcome measurements by reviewing provider practice; and (7) a

168medication protocol and standards for the monitoring of medication

169and after-care programs.

170Sec. 5. Subsection (l) of section 17a-6 of the general statutes is

171repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

1721, 2019):

173(l) Submit to the [state advisory council] State Oversight Council on

174Children and Families for its comment proposals for new policies or

175programs and the proposed budget for the department;

176Sec. 6. Section 17a-9 of the general statutes is repealed and the

177following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2019):

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178(a) The commissioner shall appoint, after consultation with the

179[state advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and

180 Families, and may remove in a like manner, two deputy

181commissioners who shall be in the unclassified service. The deputy

182commissioner for program services shall be a clinically competent

183professional person experienced in one or more fields of children's

184services and in the administration of such services, and shall be

185responsible for the supervision of all clinical treatment and program

189organizational and general administrative services of the department.

190(b) The commissioner shall appoint, after consultation with the

191[state advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and

192Families, and may remove in like manner, not more than two program

193directors who shall be in the unclassified service, provided the title or

194duties of any director appointed pursuant to this subsection may be

195changed as the commissioner deems necessary after consultation with

196the [state advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and

197Families. Such directors may oversee community programs and

198services and the operation of institutions and facilities.

199(c) The commissioner shall, in accordance with chapter 67 and after

200consultation with the [state advisory council] State Oversight Council

201on Children and Families, appoint the administrative heads of all of

202the institutions and facilities transferred to the department and such

203other institutions and facilities as now are or hereafter may be

204established by or transferred to the department. Such administrative

205heads shall have skill and experience in the administration of

206children's services and shall manage their institutions and facilities in

207accordance with the regulations and orders of the commissioner.

208(d) The commissioner shall, after consultation with the [state

209advisory council] State Oversight Council on Children and Families,

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210appoint and may remove in a like manner, up to six regional directors

211who shall be in the unclassified service. Each regional director shall

212have skill and experience in the field of children's services and in the

213administration of such services. Each regional director shall be subject

214to the direction of the commissioner and shall be responsible for the

215operation and administration of services provided or funded by the

216department in the regions created by the commissioner pursuant to

217subsection (a) of section 17a-30.

218Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 17a-32a of the general statutes is

219repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July

2201, 2019):

221(a) The facilities that come under the jurisdiction of the Department

222of Children and Families, as enumerated in section 17a-32, shall submit

223an annual report to the State [Advisory] Oversight Council on

224Children and Families and to their respective advisory groups,

225established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17a-6. The report shall

226include, but not be limited to: (1) Aggregate profiles of the residents;

227(2) a description of and update on major initiatives; (3) key outcome

228indicators and results; (4) costs associated with operating the facility;

229and (5) a description of educational, vocational and literacy programs,

230and behavioral, treatment and other services available to the residents

231and their outcomes. Each report submitted pursuant to this subsection

232shall be posted on the department's web site.

233Sec. 8. Section 17a-4 of the general statutes is repealed. (Effective July

2341, 2019)

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a State Oversight Council on Children and Families in place of the State Advisory Council on Children and Families, and require the State Oversight Council on Children and Families to report annually to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and children.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors: SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th Dist. SEN. SOMERS, 18th Dist.

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