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Substitute Senate Bill No. 437

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-263

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

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

Section 1. Section 17b-90 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The commissioner shall make regulations necessary to enable him to carry out the provisions of sections 17b-22, 17b-75 to 17b-77, inclusive, 17b-79 to 17b-103, inclusive, AS AMENDED 17b-114, 17b-180 to 17b-183, inclusive, 17b-260 to 17b-262, inclusive, AS AMENDED 17b-264 to 17b-285, inclusive, AS AMENDED 17b-357 to 17b-362, inclusive, AS AMENDED 17b-600 to 17b-604, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808, AS AMENDED including any regulations necessary for receiving grants from the federal government to this state if the absence of any such regulation would result in the loss of such grants and regulations governing the custody and use of the records, papers, files and communications concerning persons applying for or receiving assistance under said sections. When names and addresses of recipients of such assistance are required by law to be furnished to or held by any other government agency, such agency shall adopt regulations to prevent the publication of lists thereof or their use for purposes not directly connected with the administration of said sections.

(b) No person shall, except for purposes directly connected with the administration of programs of the Department of Social Services and in accordance with the regulations of the commissioner, solicit, disclose, receive or make use of, or authorize, knowingly permit, participate in or acquiesce in the use of, any list of the names of, or any information concerning, persons applying for or receiving assistance from the Department of Social Services or persons participating in a program administered by said department, directly or indirectly derived from the records, papers, files or communications of the state or its subdivisions or agencies, or acquired in the course of the performance of official duties; provided the state Department of Social Services shall disclose (1) to any authorized representative of the Commissioner of Administrative Services or the Commissioner of Public Safety such information as the state Commissioner of Social Services determines is directly related to and necessary for the Department of Administrative Services or the Department of Public Safety for purposes of performing their functions of collecting social services recoveries and overpayments or amounts due as support in social services cases, investigating social services fraud or locating absent parents of public assistance recipients; OR (2) TO ANY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES THE ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF A CHILD OR THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY OF A CHILD RECEIVING SERVICES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES IF THE COMMISSIONER OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES HAS DETERMINED THAT IMMINENT DANGER TO SUCH CHILD'S HEALTH, SAFETY OR WELFARE EXISTS and provided no such representative shall disclose any information obtained thereby except to carry out such purpose.

(c) Penalties prescribed by subsection (b) of section 17b-97 AS AMENDED shall apply to violations of this section.

(d) THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES SHALL PROVIDE WRITTEN NOTICE TO A PERSON APPLYING FOR OR RECEIVING ASSISTANCE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES OR A PERSON PARTICIPATING IN A PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY SAID DEPARTMENT THAT SUCH PERSON'S ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER MAY BE PROVIDED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (2) OF SUBSECTION (b) OF THIS SECTION.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved June 10, 1996. Effective June 10, 1996.

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