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House Bill No. 5784

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-226

AN ACT CONCERNING THE NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH CENTER GRANT PROGRAMS.

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

Section 1. Section 7-127d of the general statutes, as amended by section 23 of public act 95-351, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established a neighborhood youth center grant program which shall be administered by the Office of Policy and Management.

(b) Grants may be made to city [, school] and nonprofit agencies serving the cities of Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, New Britain, Norwalk, Stamford and Waterbury for the purpose of supporting neighborhood centers for youths between twelve and seventeen years of age. Agencies serving each eligible city may receive from the funds authorized for the program an amount that is proportionate to the population of the city between twelve and seventeen years of age whose families have incomes below the federal poverty level determined from 1990 data of the United States Bureau of the Census as a percentage of the aggregate population of such ages and family income level in all eligible cities in the state, except that the cities of Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford shall receive grants in equal amounts based on the average of the funds otherwise allocated among the three cities from such formula.

(c) SEVENTY-FIVE PER CENT OF ALL GRANTS MADE (1) PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 7-127d TO 7-127g, INCLUSIVE, AS AMENDED, AND (2) TO MUNICIPALITIES WHICH, IN THE AGGREGATE, RECEIVE SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS OR MORE, SHALL BE MADE TO CITIES AND NONPROFIT AGENCIES PROVIDING ON-SITE ATHLETIC OR RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS.

[(c)] (d) Neighborhood youth center programs shall include the following components: (1) A neighborhood center, at a location [or locations] convenient for youths WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE SERVED, that is open regular hours including, but not limited to, evenings, weekends, school vacations and the summer and where [many] ALL THE other program components could be delivered; (2) [cultural and recreational] ATHLETIC AND RECREATIONAL opportunities; (3) ENRICHMENT OR TUTORING ACTIVITIES (4) skills training in areas such as problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, peer counseling and life skills; (5) PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN PLANNING THE GRANT INITIALLY AND ON AN ONGOING BASIS; (6) YOUTH INVOLVEMENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INPUT INTO THE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF THE PROGRAM AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES; AND (7) MAXIMUM USE OF EXISTING NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES FOR YOUTHS.

(e) NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH CENTER PROGRAMS MAY INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING COMPONENTS [(4) matching] (1) MATCHING youths on a one-to-one basis with positive adult role models; [(5)] (2) vocational training and job placement; [(6)] (3) preventive and interventive services for youths and their families; [(7) case management services such as the development and implementation of treatment plans, help for youths and families in accessing services and the provision of transportation to and from services; (8) parent involvement in planning the grant program initially and on an on-going basis; (9) youth involvement, including, but not limited to, input into the planning and management of the program and youth leadership development activities; (10) outreach services such as street work and home visits to identify youths and families, gather information and communicate regularly with parents and (11) maximum use of existing services for youths] AND (4) CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 7-127e of the general statutes, as amended by sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) THE OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT SHALL SOLICIT COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS UNDER THIS PROGRAM FOR THE FISCAL YEARS BEGINNING JULY 1, 1996, AND JULY 1, 1999, AND EVERY TWO YEARS THEREAFTER. The Office of Policy and Management shall notify the eligible agencies of the amount of funds provided for each city in accordance with section 7-127d AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT. Eligible agencies may file a grant application with the Office of Policy and Management on such form AND AT SUCH TIME as that office may require [not later than the first day of the fiscal year for which funds are appropriated for the purposes of sections 7-127d to 7-127g, inclusive.]

Sec. 3. Subsection (c) of section 7-127e of the general statutes, as amended by sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) The Office of Policy and Management shall review all grant applications received and make the decisions concerning which applications shall be funded and at what funding levels. Criteria for such decisions shall include (1) documentation of need for the program through crime and poverty statistics for the neighborhood to be served; (2) responsiveness to program component requirements; (3) reasonableness of costs; (4) soundness of program plan; [and] (5) experience of the applicant agency in providing youth recreational services AND (6) EVIDENCE OF COLLABORATION AND COORDINATION WITH OTHER CHILDREN'S SERVICES PROVIDERS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. The Office of Policy and Management shall convene and chair an advisory committee to assist in grant application review. Such committee shall include representatives of the Office of Policy and Management, the Judicial Department, and the Departments of Children and Families, Education, Public Health and Social Services.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 1996.

Approved June 4, 1996. Effective July 1, 1996.

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