Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. Subsections (n) and (o) of section 17a-220 of the general statutes, as amended by sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
(n) "Total property development cost" means the cost of property acquisition, construction, renovation or rehabilitation and related development costs which may be capitalized under generally accepted accounting principles, including furnishings and equipment, provided in no case may the total property development cost of a residential facility financed pursuant to this section and sections 17a-221 to 17a-225, inclusive, exceed [three hundred fifty thousand dollars] THE TOTAL RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AMOUNT APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 17a-228 AND SECTION 17b-244, AS AMENDED, AND THE REGULATIONS ADOPTED THEREUNDER.
(o) "CAPITAL REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS" MEANS MAJOR REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO AN EXISTING COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL FACILITY TO MAINTAIN THE PHYSICAL PLANT AND PROPERTY OF SUCH FACILITY, THAT ARE REIMBURSABLE UNDER THE ROOM AND BOARD RATES ESTABLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 17b-244 AND THAT MAY BE CAPITALIZED UNDER GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES.
Sec. 2. Section 46a-11b of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 95-63 and section 6 of public act 95-289, is amended by adding subsection (g) as follows:
(NEW) (g) When the Director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities or persons designated by such director are required to investigate or monitor abuse or neglect reports that are referred to the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities from another agency, all provisions of this section shall apply to any investigation or monitoring of such case or report.
Sec. 3. (NEW) Each state, local or private agency responsible for the protection of persons with disabilities shall cooperate with any investigation conducted by the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and shall release client records for review and inspection by said office. No such state, local or private agency shall release the records of a client without the express consent of such client or as otherwise provided by law.
Sec. 4. Section 17a-222 of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (d) as follows:
(NEW) (d) The department may make community residential facility loans to organizations that own or have capital leases for existing community-based residential facilities for rehabilitation and capital repairs and improvements in amounts not less than three thousand dollars and not greater than forty thousand dollars. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 17a-225, the department may make loans pursuant to this subsection upon execution of a promissory note equal to the amount of the loan, which shall provide for repayment of the loan principle and interest. The term of such loans shall be consistent with reimbursement through the rates established by the Department of Social Services in accordance with section 17b-224.
Sec. 5. Subsection (b) of section 17a-218 of the general statutes, as amended by section 11 of public act 95-257, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
(b) The commissioner shall plan, develop and administer a comprehensive program of community-based residential facilities including, but not limited to, transitional facilities, group homes, community training homes and supervised apartments. ON AND AFTER JANUARY 1, 1997, EVERY CONTRACT BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION OR REHABILITATION OF A COMMUNITY-BASED RESIDENTIAL FACILITY SHALL BE AWARDED TO THE LOWEST RESPONSIBLE AND QUALIFIED BIDDER ON THE BASIS OF COMPETITIVE BIDS IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROCEDURES WHICH THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH IN REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSIONER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 54.
Sec. 6. This act shall take effect from its passage, except that sections 2 and 3 shall take effect October 1, 1996.
Approved May 31, 1996. Effective as provided in section 6.[footer.htm]