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Substitute Senate Bill No. 550

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-158

AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF THE UNCAS-ON-THAMES HOSPITAL AND THE RELOCATION OF FORMER NORWICH HOSPITAL TENANTS.

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

Section 1. Section 10a-127 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Board of Trustees of The University of Connecticut is authorized to establish and administer a fund, to be known as the Hospital Fund, for the operation of hospital facilities, clinics and programs, [except for] INCLUDING, ON AND AFTER JULY 1, 1995, the facilities, clinics and programs of the Uncas-on-Thames Hospital. Revenues received from and in connection with such operations, including moneys received from federal, state, municipal and private sources, shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of said fund. The resources of the fund are to be used to pay the direct expenses of operation and maintenance of such facilities and programs and to purchase equipment or otherwise improve facilities. Such payments shall be made by the State Treasurer on warrants issued by the State Comptroller, upon the order of authorized officers of the university. To provide working capital for the fund, moneys may be transferred from The University of Connecticut Health Center Operating Fund established under the provisions of section 10a-105, and not more than five hundred thousand dollars may be transferred from the resources of the General Fund upon the recommendation of the Governor and the approval of the Finance Advisory Committee.

(b) For the period beginning on July 1, 1989, and ending on June 30, 1995, the Board of Trustees of The University of Connecticut is authorized to establish and administer a fund, to be known as the Uncas-on-Thames Hospital Fund, for the operation of the Uncas-on-Thames Hospital facilities, clinics and programs. [Any balance remaining in the fund on June 30, 1995, shall revert to the General Fund and shall be credited to the appropriation for The University of Connecticut for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, for the operation of the Uncas-on-Thames Hospital facilities, clinics and programs. Revenues received from and in connection with such operations, including moneys received from federal, state, municipal and private sources, shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of said fund. The resources of the fund are to be used to pay the direct expenses of operation and maintenance of such facilities and programs and to purchase equipment or otherwise improve facilities. Such payments shall be made by the State Treasurer on warrants issued by the State Comptroller, upon the order of authorized officers of the university.] ALL BALANCE SHEET ACCOUNTS, INCLUDING ASSETS, LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCE, OF THE UNCAS-ON-THAMES HOSPITAL FUND ON JUNE 30, 1995, SHALL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE HOSPITAL FUND ON JULY 1, 1995, FOR THE OPERATION OF THE UNCAS-ON-THAMES HOSPITAL FACILITIES, CLINICS AND PROGRAMS. REVENUES RECEIVED ON AND AFTER JULY 1, 1995, FROM AND IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH BALANCE SHEET ACCOUNTS, INCLUDING MONEYS RECEIVED FROM FEDERAL, STATE, MUNICIPAL AND PRIVATE SOURCES, SHALL BE DEPOSITED IN THE STATE TREASURY TO THE CREDIT OF THE HOSPITAL FUND FOR PURPOSES OF MAINTAINING OPERATIONS AT THE UNCAS-ON-THAMES CAMPUS. THE SUM OF FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THE UNCAS-ON-THAMES HOSPITAL FUND BALANCE SHALL BE RESERVED WITHIN THE HOSPITAL FUND FOR RENOVATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE POSSIBLE REPLACEMENT OF EQUIPMENT AT THE UNCAS-ON-THAMES PHELPS CLINIC. IF A SUM OF LESS THAN FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IS REQUIRED FOR SUCH RENOVATIONS, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AMOUNT REQUIRED FOR SUCH RENOVATIONS AND FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS SHALL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE GENERAL FUND AT SUCH TIME AS SUCH RENOVATIONS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, OR A DETERMINATION HAS BEEN MADE THAT NO RENOVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.

(c) For the period beginning on July 1, 1989, and ending on June 30, 1995, any revenue received by the state which is attributable to services provided by Uncas-on-Thames Hospital on and after July 1, 1989, and prior to July 1, 1995, shall be credited to the Uncas-on-Thames Hospital Fund.

(d) The University of Connecticut and the Office of Policy and Management shall jointly evaluate the operation of the Uncas-on-Thames Hospital Fund and shall submit recommendations concerning the continuation of the fund to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, public health and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies not later than January 4, 1995.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (a) As used in this section, "priority mental health facility project" means each step, part or aspect of the process of locating the former Norwich Hospital tenants on the campus of Uncas-on-Thames Hospital or other alternative sites including, but not limited to, repairing, renovating, enlarging or equipping existing buildings or constructing new buildings.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any special act, a priority mental health facility project and each contract entered into in connection with a project shall be exempt from the provisions of sections 4b-58 and 4b-91, as amended, and from the requirements for approval of a request or application provided for in subsections (a) to (d), inclusive, of section 19a-154, as amended, and in subsection (a) of section 19a-155 of the general statutes and sections 22a-1 to 22a-1(h), inclusive, of the general statutes, provided: (1) The project begins no later than October 1, 1996; (2) the project is completed no later than July 1, 1998; (3) the cost of the project does not exceed twenty million dollars; and (4) the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services certifies in writing to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management that the project meets the criteria of this act and upon such certification the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management authorizes the Commissioner of Public Works to implement such project.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 31, 1996. Effective May 31, 1996.

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