New dollars for children’s oral, mental and physical health, as follows:
This bill provides that DCF shall use its “best efforts” to “identify and notify” a child’s grandparents when the child is removed from his parent’s home. The grandparent must be notified within 15 days of removal.
This act contains several provisions related to permanency procedures and treatment plans for children or youth committed to the Department and young adults receiving services from the Department voluntarily.
First, the bill amends Connecticut General Statute § § 17a-11 and 17a-15 to provide that any youth who remains voluntarily with DCF after age 18 is entitled to a written treatment plan and review of such plan.
C.G.S. § 17a-3 is also amended to clarify that DCF is obligated to “plan, create, develop, operate or arrange for, administer and evaluate a comprehensive and integrated state-wide program of services, including preventive services, for … all youth voluntarily admitted to, or remaining voluntarily under the supervision of, [DCF].” (emphasis added.)
Secondly, C.G.S. § 46b-129 is amended to include the following:
Thirdly, the bill provides that reunification efforts are not required when the parent has subjected the child to aggravating circumstances, which include:
Full text of bill can be found:http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus
To reach the state goal of reducing child poverty by 50% over the next ten years, this bill:
This bill provides that DCF, in consultation with DSS and DMHAS and DMR, create a kinship navigator program to help relative caregivers find services. Though DCF already has a kinship foster care program, thhis bill provides that DCF must ensure that grandparents and other qualified caregivers get information on the array of state services and benefits for which they m ay qualify, including the subsidized guardianship program.
This bill expands the duties of the Chief Child Protection Attorney (CCPA) to include the provision of legal services and guardians ad litem not only to indigent parties in juvenile matters, but in family matters as well. The bill provides that the CCPA will provide initial training for guardians ad litem in addition to attorneys.
Status: Although 5782 did not pass, partial language of the bill was included in the Budget Implementer Bill, HB 5846 (now PA 06-187).
The purpose of this bill is to plan for the extension of jurisdiction in delinquency matters and proceedings to include sixteen-year-old children on and after January 1, 2008, and seventeen-year-old children on and after January 1, 2009.
This bill includes a provision creating a Family with Service Needs (FWSN) Advisory Board. The Board will consult with DCF and the Judicial Department to facilitate development and administration of services to female status offenders. The Board will make written recommendations to the legislature and Judicial Department by December 31, 2007, at which time the Board shall dissolve. The bill provides that the Board members consist of the Chief Court administrator, the child advocate, the chief child protection attorney, key members of the Judiciary and Human Services Committees, the OPM secretary, two DCF employees, a juvenile court judge, a public defender specializing in FWSN cases, and a governor appointee.
This bill provides, among other things, that Unified School District #1 send the records of transfer students to their new schools. The bill requires that the new district credit students for all instruction received in the unified school district within 30 days of receiving students’ education records.
This bill increases the obligations of school districts to combat bullying by expanding the definition of bullying, increasing the school’s oblitation to help students report bullying and requiring interventions for repeat offenders or victims.
Specifically, the bill provides the following:
1. the definition of bullying will be expanded to include acts commiteed on a school bus as well as “overt acts directed at another student with the intent to harass that student.”
2. schools must create a system for allowing students to anonymously report bullying. The school must advise studens yearly as to how to make such a report.
3. schools must create case-by-case interventions to address repeated aggressors or victims of bullying.
This bill mandates that DSS provide reimbursement under Husky Part A to children for services provided by a home health care agency in the child’s house or a “substantially equivalent environment.” The bill defines “substantially equivalent environment” to include (but not be limited to) “facilities that provide child day care services … and after school programs …”
*This language was moved to § 50 of SB 703, now PA 06-188.”