SB 452

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Author: Committee on Children

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Senate

January Session, 2019

Substitute Senate Bill No. 452

Senate, March 28, 2019

The Committee on Children reported through SEN. SLAP of the 5th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CHILD WELFARE AND POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

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

1Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) There is established a

2Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee that shall monitor and

3evaluate the policies and practices implemented by state agencies that

4affect the state's child welfare system with the goals of ensuring that

5(1) children are protected from abuse and neglect, (2) preventable child

6fatalities are reduced or eliminated, (3) children have permanency and

7stability in their living situations, are placed with family members

8whenever possible and do not exit the child welfare system into

9homelessness, (4) minority populations are not disproportionately

10 placed in the child welfare system, (5) children receive timely,

11appropriate and adequate services to meet their physical, mental

12health and developmental needs, (6) children do not remain in

13institutional settings longer than is necessary, and (7) state agencies

14collaborate to establish protocols for achieving the goals described in

15this subsection.

16(b) The Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee shall consist

17of the following members:

18(1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of

19Representatives, who shall be advocates for children and families;

20(2) Two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the

21Senate, who shall be attorneys licensed in this state with expertise in

22legal issues affecting children;

23(3) One member appointed by the majority leader of the House of

24Representatives, who shall be a pediatrician licensed in this state;

25(4) One member appointed by the minority leader of the House of

26Representatives, who shall be a provider of behavioral health services

27for children;

28(5) One member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate,

29who shall be a child psychiatrist licensed in this state;

30(6) One member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate,

31who shall be a school superintendent;

32(7) Five members appointed by the Commissioner of Children and

33Families, two of whom shall be providers of therapeutic or support

34services for families served by the Department of Children and

35 Families, two of whom shall be representatives of nonprofit

36organizations that provide services to children and families in the

37state, and one of whom shall be the parent or guardian of a child

38diagnosed with mental, emotional or behavioral health issues;

39(8) Three members appointed by the Commissioner of Early

40Childhood, two of whom shall be providers of behavioral health

41services to children under the age of three and one of whom shall be

42the parent or guardian of a child who has received such services;

43(9) Two members appointed by the Commissioner of

44Developmental Services, one of whom shall be a provider of services to

45children with developmental disabilities and one of whom shall be the

46parent or guardian of a child who has received such services;

50commissioner's designee;

51(12) The Commissioner of Early Childhood, or the commissioner's

52designee;

53(13) The Child Advocate, or the Child Advocate's designee;

54 (14) The Chief Court Administrator, or the Chief Court

55Administrator's designee;

56(15) The Chief Public Defender, or the Chief Public Defender's

57designee;

58(16) The executive director of the Commission on Women, Children

59and Seniors, or the executive director's designee; and

60(17) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing

61committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters

62relating to children, or the chairpersons' and ranking members'

63designees.

64(c) All appointments to the committee shall be made not later than

65thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any member of the

66committee appointed under subdivisions (1) to (9), inclusive, of

67subsection (b) of this section shall serve a three-year term, except that

68the members first appointed shall serve a two-year term. Any member

69may be reappointed. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing

70authority for the unexpired portion of the term not later than thirty

71days after such vacancy.

72(d) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General

73Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, or the

74chairpersons' designees, and the executive director of the Commission

75on Women, Children and Seniors, or the executive director's designee,

76shall serve as chairpersons of the committee. Such chairpersons shall

77schedule the first meeting of the committee, which shall be held not

78later than sixty days after the effective date of this section. The

79committee shall meet not less than quarterly.

80(e) Each member shall be entitled to one vote on the committee. A

81majority of the committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction

82of any business, the exercise of any power or the performance of any

83duty authorized or imposed by law.

84(f) Not later than January 1, 2020, and not less than annually

85 thereafter, the committee shall submit a report and any

86recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General

87Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, in

88accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

89Such report shall include, but not be limited to, (1) a description of the

90activities of the committee, (2) an evaluation of the efficacy of policies

91and practices being implemented within the state's child welfare

92system with respect to the goals set forth pursuant to subsection (a) of

93this section, and (3) recommendations for the improvement of such

94policies and practices.

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

KID Joint Favorable Subst.

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee. The committee must monitor and evaluate state child welfare system policies and practices as outlined in the bill.

The council shall annually submit a status report including its findings and recommendations to the Children's Committee beginning in January 1, 2020.

This bill has no fiscal impact as PA 17-236 prohibits transportation allowances for council members.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis sSB 452

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CHILD WELFARE AND POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

SUMMARY

This bill establishes a 29-member Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee. The committee must monitor and evaluate state child welfare system policies and practices to ensure that:

1.children are protected from abuse or neglect;

2.preventable child fatalities are reduced or eliminated;

3.children have permanent and stable living situations, are placed in family settings whenever possible, and do not leave the child welfare system into homelessness;

4.children of color are not disproportionately represented in the child welfare system;

5.children timely receive appropriate and adequate services to meet their physical, mental health, and developmental needs;

6.children do not remain in institutional settings longer than necessary; and

7.state agencies collaborate to establish protocols to achieve these goals.

The bill requires the council to annually report its findings and recommendations to the Children's Committee, beginning by January 1, 2020.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2019

MEMBERSHIP

Under the bill, the council must include the chairpersons and

ranking members of the Children's Committee and the following officials or their designees:

1.the commissioners of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Office of Early Childhood (OEC), and Department of Children and Families (DCF);

2.the child advocate;

3.the chief public defender;

4.the chief court administrator; and

5.the Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors (CWCS) executive director.

The bill must also include 18 appointees, as described in Table 1.

Table 1: Committee Appointees

The appointing authorities must make their appointments by July 31, 2019. The first appointees must serve a two-year term and subsequent appointees must serve a three-year term. Within 30 days of a vacancy, the appropriate appointing authority must fill the vacancy for the rest of the term.

The Children's Committee chairpersons and the CWCS executive director or their designees are the committee's chairpersons. They must schedule the first council meeting by August 30, 2019, and meet at least quarterly after that.

Under the bill, each member gets one vote and a majority of members (15) constitutes a quorum to transact business, exercise power, or perform any legally authorized or imposed duty.

ANNUAL REPORT

The annual report the committee provides to the Children's Committee must include:

1.a description of the committee's activities;

2.an evaluation of the efficacy of state child welfare policies and practices with respect to the committee's goals; and

3.recommendations to improve such policies and practices.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea 14 Nay 0 (03/12/2019)

SB 452

Version: File+No.+215+R000215+FC
Author: Committee on Children

Created by BCL easyConverter SDK 5 (HTML Version)

Senate

January Session, 2019

Substitute Senate Bill No. 452

Senate, March 28, 2019

The Committee on Children reported through SEN. SLAP of the 5th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CHILD WELFARE AND POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

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

1Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) There is established a

2Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee that shall monitor and

3evaluate the policies and practices implemented by state agencies that

4affect the state's child welfare system with the goals of ensuring that

5(1) children are protected from abuse and neglect, (2) preventable child

6fatalities are reduced or eliminated, (3) children have permanency and

7stability in their living situations, are placed with family members

8whenever possible and do not exit the child welfare system into

9homelessness, (4) minority populations are not disproportionately

10 placed in the child welfare system, (5) children receive timely,

11appropriate and adequate services to meet their physical, mental

12health and developmental needs, (6) children do not remain in

13institutional settings longer than is necessary, and (7) state agencies

14collaborate to establish protocols for achieving the goals described in

15this subsection.

16(b) The Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee shall consist

17of the following members:

18(1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of

19Representatives, who shall be advocates for children and families;

20(2) Two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the

21Senate, who shall be attorneys licensed in this state with expertise in

22legal issues affecting children;

23(3) One member appointed by the majority leader of the House of

24Representatives, who shall be a pediatrician licensed in this state;

25(4) One member appointed by the minority leader of the House of

26Representatives, who shall be a provider of behavioral health services

27for children;

28(5) One member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate,

29who shall be a child psychiatrist licensed in this state;

30(6) One member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate,

31who shall be a school superintendent;

32(7) Five members appointed by the Commissioner of Children and

33Families, two of whom shall be providers of therapeutic or support

34services for families served by the Department of Children and

35 Families, two of whom shall be representatives of nonprofit

36organizations that provide services to children and families in the

37state, and one of whom shall be the parent or guardian of a child

38diagnosed with mental, emotional or behavioral health issues;

39(8) Three members appointed by the Commissioner of Early

40Childhood, two of whom shall be providers of behavioral health

41services to children under the age of three and one of whom shall be

42the parent or guardian of a child who has received such services;

43(9) Two members appointed by the Commissioner of

44Developmental Services, one of whom shall be a provider of services to

45children with developmental disabilities and one of whom shall be the

46parent or guardian of a child who has received such services;

50commissioner's designee;

51(12) The Commissioner of Early Childhood, or the commissioner's

52designee;

53(13) The Child Advocate, or the Child Advocate's designee;

54 (14) The Chief Court Administrator, or the Chief Court

55Administrator's designee;

56(15) The Chief Public Defender, or the Chief Public Defender's

57designee;

58(16) The executive director of the Commission on Women, Children

59and Seniors, or the executive director's designee; and

60(17) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing

61committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters

62relating to children, or the chairpersons' and ranking members'

63designees.

64(c) All appointments to the committee shall be made not later than

65thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any member of the

66committee appointed under subdivisions (1) to (9), inclusive, of

67subsection (b) of this section shall serve a three-year term, except that

68the members first appointed shall serve a two-year term. Any member

69may be reappointed. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing

70authority for the unexpired portion of the term not later than thirty

71days after such vacancy.

72(d) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General

73Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, or the

74chairpersons' designees, and the executive director of the Commission

75on Women, Children and Seniors, or the executive director's designee,

76shall serve as chairpersons of the committee. Such chairpersons shall

77schedule the first meeting of the committee, which shall be held not

78later than sixty days after the effective date of this section. The

79committee shall meet not less than quarterly.

80(e) Each member shall be entitled to one vote on the committee. A

81majority of the committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction

82of any business, the exercise of any power or the performance of any

83duty authorized or imposed by law.

84(f) Not later than January 1, 2020, and not less than annually

85 thereafter, the committee shall submit a report and any

86recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General

87Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, in

88accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

89Such report shall include, but not be limited to, (1) a description of the

90activities of the committee, (2) an evaluation of the efficacy of policies

91and practices being implemented within the state's child welfare

92system with respect to the goals set forth pursuant to subsection (a) of

93this section, and (3) recommendations for the improvement of such

94policies and practices.

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

KID Joint Favorable Subst.

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee. The committee must monitor and evaluate state child welfare system policies and practices as outlined in the bill.

The council shall annually submit a status report including its findings and recommendations to the Children's Committee beginning in January 1, 2020.

This bill has no fiscal impact as PA 17-236 prohibits transportation allowances for council members.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis sSB 452

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CHILD WELFARE AND POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

SUMMARY

This bill establishes a 29-member Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee. The committee must monitor and evaluate state child welfare system policies and practices to ensure that:

1.children are protected from abuse or neglect;

2.preventable child fatalities are reduced or eliminated;

3.children have permanent and stable living situations, are placed in family settings whenever possible, and do not leave the child welfare system into homelessness;

4.children of color are not disproportionately represented in the child welfare system;

5.children timely receive appropriate and adequate services to meet their physical, mental health, and developmental needs;

6.children do not remain in institutional settings longer than necessary; and

7.state agencies collaborate to establish protocols to achieve these goals.

The bill requires the council to annually report its findings and recommendations to the Children's Committee, beginning by January 1, 2020.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2019

MEMBERSHIP

Under the bill, the council must include the chairpersons and

ranking members of the Children's Committee and the following officials or their designees:

1.the commissioners of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Office of Early Childhood (OEC), and Department of Children and Families (DCF);

2.the child advocate;

3.the chief public defender;

4.the chief court administrator; and

5.the Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors (CWCS) executive director.

The bill must also include 18 appointees, as described in Table 1.

Table 1: Committee Appointees

The appointing authorities must make their appointments by July 31, 2019. The first appointees must serve a two-year term and subsequent appointees must serve a three-year term. Within 30 days of a vacancy, the appropriate appointing authority must fill the vacancy for the rest of the term.

The Children's Committee chairpersons and the CWCS executive director or their designees are the committee's chairpersons. They must schedule the first council meeting by August 30, 2019, and meet at least quarterly after that.

Under the bill, each member gets one vote and a majority of members (15) constitutes a quorum to transact business, exercise power, or perform any legally authorized or imposed duty.

ANNUAL REPORT

The annual report the committee provides to the Children's Committee must include:

1.a description of the committee's activities;

2.an evaluation of the efficacy of state child welfare policies and practices with respect to the committee's goals; and

3.recommendations to improve such policies and practices.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea 14 Nay 0 (03/12/2019)

SB 452

Version: File+No.+215+R000215+FC
Author: Committee on Children

Created by BCL easyConverter SDK 5 (HTML Version)

Senate

January Session, 2019

Substitute Senate Bill No. 452

Senate, March 28, 2019

The Committee on Children reported through SEN. SLAP of the 5th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CHILD WELFARE AND POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

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

1Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) There is established a

2Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee that shall monitor and

3evaluate the policies and practices implemented by state agencies that

4affect the state's child welfare system with the goals of ensuring that

5(1) children are protected from abuse and neglect, (2) preventable child

6fatalities are reduced or eliminated, (3) children have permanency and

7stability in their living situations, are placed with family members

8whenever possible and do not exit the child welfare system into

9homelessness, (4) minority populations are not disproportionately

10 placed in the child welfare system, (5) children receive timely,

11appropriate and adequate services to meet their physical, mental

12health and developmental needs, (6) children do not remain in

13institutional settings longer than is necessary, and (7) state agencies

14collaborate to establish protocols for achieving the goals described in

15this subsection.

16(b) The Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee shall consist

17of the following members:

18(1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of

19Representatives, who shall be advocates for children and families;

20(2) Two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the

21Senate, who shall be attorneys licensed in this state with expertise in

22legal issues affecting children;

23(3) One member appointed by the majority leader of the House of

24Representatives, who shall be a pediatrician licensed in this state;

25(4) One member appointed by the minority leader of the House of

26Representatives, who shall be a provider of behavioral health services

27for children;

28(5) One member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate,

29who shall be a child psychiatrist licensed in this state;

30(6) One member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate,

31who shall be a school superintendent;

32(7) Five members appointed by the Commissioner of Children and

33Families, two of whom shall be providers of therapeutic or support

34services for families served by the Department of Children and

35 Families, two of whom shall be representatives of nonprofit

36organizations that provide services to children and families in the

37state, and one of whom shall be the parent or guardian of a child

38diagnosed with mental, emotional or behavioral health issues;

39(8) Three members appointed by the Commissioner of Early

40Childhood, two of whom shall be providers of behavioral health

41services to children under the age of three and one of whom shall be

42the parent or guardian of a child who has received such services;

43(9) Two members appointed by the Commissioner of

44Developmental Services, one of whom shall be a provider of services to

45children with developmental disabilities and one of whom shall be the

46parent or guardian of a child who has received such services;

50commissioner's designee;

51(12) The Commissioner of Early Childhood, or the commissioner's

52designee;

53(13) The Child Advocate, or the Child Advocate's designee;

54 (14) The Chief Court Administrator, or the Chief Court

55Administrator's designee;

56(15) The Chief Public Defender, or the Chief Public Defender's

57designee;

58(16) The executive director of the Commission on Women, Children

59and Seniors, or the executive director's designee; and

60(17) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing

61committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters

62relating to children, or the chairpersons' and ranking members'

63designees.

64(c) All appointments to the committee shall be made not later than

65thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any member of the

66committee appointed under subdivisions (1) to (9), inclusive, of

67subsection (b) of this section shall serve a three-year term, except that

68the members first appointed shall serve a two-year term. Any member

69may be reappointed. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing

70authority for the unexpired portion of the term not later than thirty

71days after such vacancy.

72(d) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General

73Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, or the

74chairpersons' designees, and the executive director of the Commission

75on Women, Children and Seniors, or the executive director's designee,

76shall serve as chairpersons of the committee. Such chairpersons shall

77schedule the first meeting of the committee, which shall be held not

78later than sixty days after the effective date of this section. The

79committee shall meet not less than quarterly.

80(e) Each member shall be entitled to one vote on the committee. A

81majority of the committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction

82of any business, the exercise of any power or the performance of any

83duty authorized or imposed by law.

84(f) Not later than January 1, 2020, and not less than annually

85 thereafter, the committee shall submit a report and any

86recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General

87Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, in

88accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

89Such report shall include, but not be limited to, (1) a description of the

90activities of the committee, (2) an evaluation of the efficacy of policies

91and practices being implemented within the state's child welfare

92system with respect to the goals set forth pursuant to subsection (a) of

93this section, and (3) recommendations for the improvement of such

94policies and practices.

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

KID Joint Favorable Subst.

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee. The committee must monitor and evaluate state child welfare system policies and practices as outlined in the bill.

The council shall annually submit a status report including its findings and recommendations to the Children's Committee beginning in January 1, 2020.

This bill has no fiscal impact as PA 17-236 prohibits transportation allowances for council members.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis sSB 452

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CHILD WELFARE AND POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

SUMMARY

This bill establishes a 29-member Child Welfare Policy and Oversight Committee. The committee must monitor and evaluate state child welfare system policies and practices to ensure that:

1.children are protected from abuse or neglect;

2.preventable child fatalities are reduced or eliminated;

3.children have permanent and stable living situations, are placed in family settings whenever possible, and do not leave the child welfare system into homelessness;

4.children of color are not disproportionately represented in the child welfare system;

5.children timely receive appropriate and adequate services to meet their physical, mental health, and developmental needs;

6.children do not remain in institutional settings longer than necessary; and

7.state agencies collaborate to establish protocols to achieve these goals.

The bill requires the council to annually report its findings and recommendations to the Children's Committee, beginning by January 1, 2020.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2019

MEMBERSHIP

Under the bill, the council must include the chairpersons and

ranking members of the Children's Committee and the following officials or their designees:

1.the commissioners of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Office of Early Childhood (OEC), and Department of Children and Families (DCF);

2.the child advocate;

3.the chief public defender;

4.the chief court administrator; and

5.the Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors (CWCS) executive director.

The bill must also include 18 appointees, as described in Table 1.

Table 1: Committee Appointees

The appointing authorities must make their appointments by July 31, 2019. The first appointees must serve a two-year term and subsequent appointees must serve a three-year term. Within 30 days of a vacancy, the appropriate appointing authority must fill the vacancy for the rest of the term.

The Children's Committee chairpersons and the CWCS executive director or their designees are the committee's chairpersons. They must schedule the first council meeting by August 30, 2019, and meet at least quarterly after that.

Under the bill, each member gets one vote and a majority of members (15) constitutes a quorum to transact business, exercise power, or perform any legally authorized or imposed duty.

ANNUAL REPORT

The annual report the committee provides to the Children's Committee must include:

1.a description of the committee's activities;

2.an evaluation of the efficacy of state child welfare policies and practices with respect to the committee's goals; and

3.recommendations to improve such policies and practices.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea 14 Nay 0 (03/12/2019)