OTHER BILLS WE’RE MONITORING

Three new bills came out February 2 regarding DDS and the people we advocate for and support. Please note that H.B. 6279 is right in line with Rosa’s Law, which was signed into law by President Obama last year. We will be monitoring the progress of all of these bills and will be sure to alert you when they are up for Public Hearings.

S.B. 885, “AN ACT PERMITTING INQUIRY ACCESS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES’ ABUSE AND NEGLECT REGISTRY FOR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS WHICH RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS TO WORK WITH PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES.”

To ensure that individuals with substantiated abuse or neglect allegations against persons receiving services from the Department of Developmental Services are not permitted to serve as volunteers for charitable organizations such as the Special Olympics.

H.B. 6278, “AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES DIVISION OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER SERVICES.”

To make technical changes to statutes that include autism related terminology and repeal a statute concerning the autism spectrum disorder pilot program which terminated on June 30, 2009.

H.B. 6279, “AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO STATUTES RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES INCLUDING THE UTILIZATION OF RESPECTFUL LANGUAGE WHEN REFERRING TO PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY.”

To: (1) Utilize person first, respectful language in statutes relating to the Department of Developmental Services that refer to persons with intellectual disability, (2) eliminate obsolete statutes and reporting requirements, and (3) have the statutes accurately reflect the department’s responsibilities for licensing community companion homes and community living arrangements.