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Gov. Malloy says Obama’s jobs plan good for Connecticut

September 8, 2011 Areawide, Business, Local News No Comments
President Barak Obama (official White House photo)

President Barak Obama (official White House photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s speech concerning his proposed American Jobs Act tonight (Sept. 8 ) before a Joint Session of Congress.

“Tonight, the President made clear that the time for politics is over, and the time for action is now. President Obama proposed a plan to put Americans back to work, cut their taxes and step up the pace of our economic recovery,” Malloy said.

“The President’s proposals will be a direct benefit to Connecticut residents and businesses,” Gov. Malloy said. “For example, by investing in infrastructure his proposal would put people to work; by funding education he will avoid layoffs of teachers and increased class sizes; and by extending unemployment insurance he will keep out of poverty the approximately 78,000 Connecticut workers who will have exhausted their unemployment benefits by the end of this year.”

“Importantly, this plan will not increase our national debt. Indeed, if enacted it will accelerate economic growth and reduce the nation’s long-term deficit. I applaud the President for acting boldly in the face of recent data suggesting that our economic recovery has slowed. Congress should act quickly to pass this plan,” Gov. Malloy said.

Posted Sept. 8, 2011

Related link: Transcript of President Obama’s speech http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/08/address-president-joint-session-congress

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Military Intern Program helps vets find jobs

September 1, 2011 Areawide, Business, Local News No Comments
Service members hunt for jobs during the biannual Military Officers Association of America job fair in Washington, D.C. Photo by Chris Maddaloni, militarytimesedge.com

Service members hunt for jobs during the biannual Military Officers Association of America job fair in Washington, D.C. Photo by Chris Maddaloni, militarytimesedge.com

On Thursday, Sept. 1, Congressmen John B. Larson (CT-01) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) will join Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) District Director Anne Evans in recognizing the DOC’s Military Intern Program at 10 a.m. at The Hartford Armory on Capitol Ave.

The Military Intern Program connects Connecticut Veterans with the over 2,500 companies the DOC assists throughout the state.

Two days after President Obama’s speech backing measures to help returning veterans find jobs, Courtney and Larson will highlight a program that is already offering returning vets important skills such as resume writing, interview training.

The program also places men and women in internships with some of the state’s most influential companies with the goal of placing veterans in full-time employment.

Posted Sept. 1,2011

Related link http://www.dodvets.com/intern.asp

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Update – Some tax filing deadlines extended because of Tropical Storm Irene

TAX FORMS

"It is also likely that some taxpayers and tax preparers will have to recreate damaged or lost tax records. I hope this extension of time provides the relief our taxpayers in Connecticut and in other states similarly affected by this hurricane and tropical storm deserve at this difficult time." - Commissioner of CT Dept of Revenue Services Kevin B. Sullivan

Updated as of Aug. 31, 2011

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan announced Aug. 31 that the deadline for filing certain business taxes will be extended to help businesses affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene.

State tax filing and payment due from Aug. 31, 2011 through Sept. 13, 2011 must now be mailed and postmarked by midnight on Sept. 13, 2011.

Payments by electronic funds transfer (EFT) must be initiated no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 12 to be considered timely.

If business taxpayers receive a late filing notices from DRS, they should call the department’s Taxpayer Services line at (860) 297-5962 to explain their situation.

“The weekend’s tropical storm caused flooding and damage to several businesses and has created widespread and extended power outages throughout the state of Connecticut and the Northeast,” Commissioner Sullivan said. “As a result, some business owners or their preparers may be unable to meet the Aug. 31 or Sept. 1 filing deadline for several taxes that must be filed.”

“By extending the deadline for these tax filings to (Sept. 13), we believe businesses should be able to meet their filing requirements and not incur penalties or interest,” Commissioner Sullivan said.

On Aug. 31, the Commissioner extended the deadline from a previous Sept. 7 to Sept. 13.

The list of taxes includes:

  • Sales and use tax,
  • Business use tax,
  • Room occupancy tax,
  • Admission and dues tax,
  • Alcoholic beverage tax,
  • Tourism surcharge,
  • Weekly income tax withholding,
  • Corporation business tax, and
  • Gift and Estate

Electronic returns must be filed and paper returns must be post-marked by midnight, (Sept. 13, 2011), to be considered timely.

“Gov. Malloy did a great job making sure the state was prepared for the severe weather, flooding and power outages,” Commissioner Sullivan said. “Still, areas of the state were hit hard and widespread power outages are likely to continue for some time, despite the best efforts of Northeast Utilities and Connecticut Light & Power to repair the damage.”

“It is also likely that some taxpayers and tax preparers will have to recreate damaged or lost tax records. I hope this extension of time provides the relief our taxpayers in Connecticut and in other states similarly affected by this hurricane and tropical storm deserve at this difficult time,” he said.

For information about various tax matters, visit the DRS website at www.ct.gov/DRS. Customer service callers should dial (800) 382-9463 (within Connecticut, but outside the Greater Hartford area) or (860) 297-5962 (from anywhere).

Posted Aug. 31, 2011 – updated with new deadline 4:37 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011

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Natchaug Hospital and Windham Hospital to share top post

August 6, 2011 Business, Local News No Comments

windham-hospital-lettering-graphic-posteredgeNatchaug Hospital Chief Executive Officer Stephen Larcen has been appointed as the interim replacement for outgoing Windham Community Memorial Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Brvenik.

Brvenik’s last day is Aug. 31. He is heading to North Carolina, where he will head up the Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.

Larcen’s is a trial dual role that could become permanent.

Windham Hospital and Hartford HealthCare announced the appointment Aug. 5.

The appointment marks the beginning of a six-month trial in which Larcen will act as CEO of both hospitals, with a key individual assigned his duties at Natchaug in his absence, according to hospital spokespersons.

In his new capacity, Windham Hospital will be Larcen’s hub of operation and David Klein, vice president of community programs at Natchaug, will take over day­to-day operations there.

During the six-month period, hospital officials and board members will evaluate the dual-leadership role and then make a decision. They will not be recruiting during that time.

“We think it will work and I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to make a difference in the community,” Larcen said Friday morning (Aug. 5)

If successful, the two hospitals would remain separate entities under joint leadership.

Larcen’s first day in his new capacity is Monday, Aug. 22.

Both Windham and Natchaug hospitals are affiliated with Hartford HealthCare (HHC), a health-care system that includes medical facilities throughout the state.

Natchaug Hospital, on Route 195 near the Mansfield-Windham town line, provides services for children, teens and adults who suffer from mental illness.

Natchaug also has facilities in eight other Connecticut communities and offers day treatment, outpatient and in-home services.

Larcen is also the vice president of behavioral health for Hartford HealthCare.

Said Elliot Joseph, president and chief executive officer of HHC, “In his many years with Natchaug and HHC, Steve has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and has developed a strong relationship with the local community.”

Although Windham has been affiliated with HHC for several years, Larcen said he believes his experience with HHC will allow him to help make Windham officials more aware of the services available to them.

Stephen Larcen will serve as the head of both Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield, CT and interim President of Windham Community Memorial Hospital in Willimantic, CT.

Stephen Larcen will serve as the head of both Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield, CT and interim President of Windham Community Memorial Hospital in Willimantic, CT.

“Windham is noted for how efficiently it operates as a hospital,” Larcen said. “My being there will help them at understanding what’s available at Hartford HealthCare.”

Larcen has run Mansfield-based Natchaug’s 70-bed mental-health facility for 21 years and has worked in health care for 40 years.

He has a master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut, which is what originally brought him to the area.

Larcen’s previous work experience includes serving as vice president of operation of Cumberland Health Systems in Nashville, Tenn.; CEO of Northwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.; and executive director of United Services, a mental-health center in Danielson.

He also has experience in organizational consultation, development, clinical and business operations and financial management.

“Well qualified”

Brvenik said he has known Larcen for 12 years and believes he is a well-qualified leader, in part, because of his experience operating satellite medical facilities and also because of the connections he has in the community.

This, he said, is especially important as Windham Hospital embarks on its community health needs assessment.

The health-needs assessment is a consortium of area healthcare providers working together to determine the region’s most pressing health care needs. It seeks information from people in their respective communities.

Larcen said the challenges that await, other than the responsibility for two hospitals, will be working with the various specialties at Windham Hospital.

He said he has already begun meeting with members of the medical staff there and feels positive about the work cut out for him. Larcen also previously ran a general hospital.

“You have a lot of talent there, a lot of expertise and a lot of interest in growing Windham (hospital),” Larcen said.

He also praised the many accomplishments of Brvenik, and cited as examples a state-of-the-art expansion project and successfully securing funding for a new medical office building now being built with plans for future expansion.

“That’s a big deal in this economy,” Larcen said.

For Larcen, the position is, in some ways, an opportunity to give back to the community.

He recalled William Sweeney’s involvement in the establishment and organization of Natchaug back in 1953. Sweeney was then the Windham Hospital administrator.

“In some ways,” Larcen said “This is a pay it forward opportunity.”

Posted Aug. 6, 2011 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan editor@htnp.com

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Walgreens pays $140,000 in settlement related to claims of double-billing

July 27, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments

To resolve its liability under the False Claims Act, Walgreens has paid $140,000 to reimburse the Medicaid and ConnPACE programs for incidents occurring from June 1, 2006 through and including Aug. 31, 2008.

U.S. Atty. David B. Fein and Connecticut Atty. General George Jepsen today (July 27) announced that The Walgreen Co., a nationwide retail pharmacy chain, has entered into a civil settlement with the federal and state governments in which it will pay $140,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and common law.

According to the press release, in entering into the civil settlement agreement, Walgreens did not admit liability.

The allegations against Walgreens involve fraudulent billing to Medicaid and the Connecticut ConnPACE Program for prescription drugs.

Walgreens was investigated for allegedly submitting duplicate or multiple claims to Medicare and Medicaid or ConnPACE for some or all of the cost of prescription drugs provided to individuals who were dually eligible for Medicare Part D as the primary payor, and Medicaid or ConnPACE as the secondary payor.

“The Medicare and Medicaid programs rely on pharmacies to bill honestly and accurately, and the U.S. Attorney’s office is committed to vigorously pursuing health care providers that submit fraudulent claims to federal health care programs,” said U.S. Atty. Fein.

CT Atty General George Jepsen agreed. “Health care providers, such as Walgreens, must be especially vigilant about billing taxpayer-funded programs accurately for goods and services for the elderly, the disabled and the needy. ‘Double billing’ the federal and state government for medications is simply unacceptable,” Jepsen said.

Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said the suspicious billings were detected by the Department of Social Services’ pharmacy service unit and confirmed through the quality assurance/audit process.

“In this situation, Walgreens did not have adequate controls in place to identify it was getting paid twice for the same claims – by both Medicaid and Medicare,” Bremby said. “This demonstrates the ever-important need for program integrity oversight by government and law enforcement authorities, as well as meticulous care by our enrolled pharmacy providers.”

A “dually eligible” claim refers to a prescription that must be billed to more than one insurance company. In the cases in question, individuals who were “dually eligible” had Medicare Part D as the primary payor of their prescription claims, and either the Connecticut Medicaid program or the Connecticut ConnPACE program as the secondary payor.

Medicare Part D was usually responsible for 80 percent of the cost of the eligible medication and Medicaid or ConnPACE would pay for the remaining 20 percent or the “co-pay.”

Investigators alleged that Walgreens charged the full cost of prescription drugs both to Medicare Part D and the Connecticut Medicaid program or the Connecticut ConnPACE program.

To resolve its liability under the False Claims Act, Walgreens has paid $140,000 to reimburse the Medicaid and ConnPACE programs for incidents occurring from June 1, 2006 through and including Aug. 31, 2008.

The matter was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Atty. Anne F. Thidemann and Auditor Kevin A. Saunders of the United States Attorney’s Office, and by Assistant Atty. General Karla A. Turekian for the state Office of the Attorney General, with the assistance of the state Department of Social Services.

U.S. Attorney Fein encourages those who suspect healthcare fraud to call the Health Care Fraud Task Force at (203) 785-9270 or 1-800-HHS-TIPS.

Posted July 27, 2011

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Borders Express at East Brook Mall to close

The Borders Express in the East Brook Mall is closing as part of the bankruptcy and closure of  the remaining Borders stores in Connecticut and the country.

The closing sale began in the store Friday (July 22) with all items being offered “as is” and all sales are final.

According to terms filed with the federal Bankruptcy Court, Borders gift cards will be accepted in retail stores and online during the closing sales.

Borders Rewards Plus Loyalty Program discounts will be honored in retail stores and online, for the first 14 days of the closing sales.

Items purchased prior to the closing sales may be returned with an original store register receipt. Those returns are also subject to the store’s return and price-adjustment policy in effect on the purchase date.

“I’m sorry that Borders could not find a buyer, which made it necessary to close its remaining stores,” Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said. “My office will be monitoring the sales to make sure the interests of Connecticut consumers are protected.”

Jepsen urged consumers to use their outstanding gift cards as soon as possible.

The sale is expected to conclude on or before September 30, 2011.

Posted 7-25-2011

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Gov’s office releases list of last new laws from 2011 CT Legislative Session

July 15, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments
Not later than one week after receiving a report pursuant to subsection (c) of section 1 of this act, the Commissioner of Children and Families shall determine if any address provided in said report is an address where the Department of Children and Families has opened an investigation of a child pursuant to a report of abuse or neglect made under chapter 319a of the general statutes. If the commissioner determines that there is an open investigation of a child at the same address as an address provided in said report, the commissioner shall provide the department's investigator with all relevant information from said report. The department shall include the information provided to the investigator in the department's record on the child.

New law cross-references reports of child abuse-animal abuse: "Not later than one week after receiving a report pursuant to subsection (c) of section 1 of this act, the Commissioner of Children and Families shall determine if any address provided in said report is an address where the Department of Children and Families has opened an investigation of a child pursuant to a report of abuse or neglect made under chapter 319a of the general statutes. If the commissioner determines that there is an open investigation of a child at the same address as an address provided in said report, the commissioner shall provide the department's investigator with all relevant information from said report. The department shall include the information provided to the investigator in the department's record on the child."

The governor’s office today released an extensive shopping list of new legislation signed into law – or vetoed – by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

According to Deputy Press Secretary David Bednarz, as of today (July 14, 2011) Gov. Malloy has taken action on all of the bills that were approved in the 2011 Regular Session of the General Assembly.

As of this date, Gov. Malloy has signed 266 bills, vetoed 6, and returned without signature one bill of the 2011 Legislative Session, and signed one bill of the June 2011 Special Session, according to the press release.

The following list affects businesses – including a program to increase state contracts awarded to resident bidders, the activities of municipal governments – including charter revision, issues relating to families, early childhood education, charter schools, stronger anti-bullying laws, health insurance, farmers markets, firearms permits, DNA testing of suspects accused of committing a felony, pre-paid cards, foreclosure mediation, and more…

…as well as an assortment of others such as termination of services by a hospital, quarantining a guide dog that bites, rules for wind power, penalties for criminal impersonation online, limits on the use of credit scores by potential employers, eliminating the limit on tea cup raffle prizes, prohibiting the use of Bisphenol-A in thermal receipt paper, rules for naming roads and bridges in honor or memory of persons or organizations, and cross-reporting of child abuse and animal cruelty … and more.

Details of each bill can be found on the http://www.cga.ct.gov Web site.

S.A. 11-11 – H.B. 6215 AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ORANGE TRAIN STATION This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

S.A. 11-12 – sH.B. 6453 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY GRANDPARENTS’ VISITATION RIGHTS This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

S.A. 11-13 – sS.B. 1153 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY LIFE INSURANCE POLICY AND ANNUITY CONVERSIONS AND THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN NOTIFICATIONS BY LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

S.A. 11-14 – sS.B. 458 AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND THE RENEWAL OF CERTAIN ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR PERMITS This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

S.A. 11-15 – sS.B. 764 AN ACT CONCERNING THE MATTABASSETT DISTRICT This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

S.A. 11-17 – sS.B. 1202 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS A FUNERAL SERVICE BUSINESS TO OPERATE A SATELLITE OFFICE This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-89 – H.B. 5178 AN ACT AUTHORIZING NOTICE OF ZONE CHANGES TO BE SENT BY ELECTRONIC MAIL This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-118 – sS.B. 1062 AN ACT REDUCING THE WAITING PERIOD UNDER THE VESSEL LIEN PROCESS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-160 – sS.B. 152 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CONNECTICUT UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD COLLECTION BOARD This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-161 – sS.B. 212 AN ACT SIMPLIFYING CERTAIN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE BOTTLE BILL This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-162 – S.B. 227 AN ACT CONCERNING REMEDIATION STANDARDS UNDER A CONSENT ORDER This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-163 – S.B. 314 AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL OR NERVOUS CONDITIONS UNDER THE CONNECTICUT UNFAIR INSURANCE PRACTICES ACT This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-164 – sS.B. 462 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF CONNECTICUT WINE AT FARMERS’ MARKETS AND ESTABLISHING A FARMERS’ MARKET WINE PERMIT This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-165 – S.B. 958 AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD IDENTITY THEFT This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-166 – S.B. 980 AN ACT CONCERNING PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL STUDY FOSTER PARENTS This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-167 – sS.B. 1043 AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-168 – S.B. 1047 AN ACT CONCERNING CHANGES TO CERTAIN HOUSING STATUTES This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-169 – S.B. 1083 AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR PAIN TREATMENT This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2012.

P.A. 11-171 – sS.B. 18 AN ACT CONCERNING INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR BREAST MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING AND EXTENDING THE NOTIFICATION PERIOD TO INSURERS FOLLOWING THE BIRTH OF A CHILD This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2012.

P.A. 11-172 – sS.B. 21 AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR ROUTINE PATIENT CARE COSTS FOR CERTAIN CLINICAL TRIAL PATIENTS This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2012.

P.A. 11-173 – sS.B. 939 AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO ELECTIONS RELATED STATUTES This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00173-R00SB-00939-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-174 – S.B. 954 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELECTRONIC RECORDING OF CUSTODIAL INTERROGATIONS This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00174-R00SB-00954-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-175 – sS.B. 970 AN ACT CONCERNING WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00175-R00SB-00970-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-176 – sS.B. 973 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DETERMINATION OF UNDUE HARDSHIP FOR PURPOSES OF MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY AND DISABILITY DETERMINATIONS FOR BENEFICIARIES OF A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00176-R00SB-00973-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-177 – sS.B. 982 AN ACT CONCERNING A PILOT TRUANCY CLINIC IN WATERBURY This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-178 – sS.B. 999 AN ACT REQUIRING FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS FOR PATROL CARS ONLY IF AVAILABLE FROM A MANUFACTURER This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-179 – sS.B. 1039 AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION ISSUES This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00179-R00SB-01039-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-180 – sS.B. 1044 AN ACT CONCERNING NOTIFICATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WHEN A YOUTH IS ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION AND OUT-OF-STATE PLACEMENTS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-181 – sS.B. 1103 AN ACT CONCERNING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COORDINATED SYSTEM OF EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-182 – sH.B. 5008 AN ACT CONCERNING THE QUARANTINE OF BITING GUIDE DOGS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-183 – H.B. 5048 AN ACT REQUIRING CERTIFICATE OF NEED APPROVAL FOR THE TERMINATION OF INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT SERVICES BY A HOSPITAL This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-184 – sH.B. 5068 AN ACT CREATING A REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION FOR THE APPROVAL OF AN INLAND WETLANDS PERMIT FOR A DRY HYDRANT This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-185 – H.B. 5256 AN ACT CONCERNING RECEIPT BY ELECTRONIC MAIL OF MUNICIPAL TAX BILLS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-186 – sH.B. 5263 AN ACT AUTHORIZING RENEWAL BY MAIL OF A STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-187 – sH.B. 5368 AN ACT EXTENDING CERTAIN PET SHOP LICENSEE REQUIREMENTS TO PERSONS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT IMPORT ANIMALS FOR ADOPTION This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-188 – H.B. 5472 AN ACT AUTHORIZING LOCAL AND REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL COUNCILS AND CONCERNING CONSIDERATION OF AGRICULTURE IN LOCAL PLANS OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND ZONING REGULATIONS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-189 – sH.B. 5508 AN ACT CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-190 – sH.B. 5526 AN ACT REQUIRING A PERMIT FOR CERTAIN COMMERCIAL PROJECTS THAT INVOLVE QUARRYING This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-191 – H.B. 6156 AN ACT CONCERNING FARMERS’ MARKETS This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-192 – sH.B. 6157 AN ACT CONCERNING STATE FORESTRY PROGRAMS This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-193 – sH.B. 6224 AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT OPERATE DROP-IN PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN FROM THE STATE’S CHILD DAY CARE LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-194 – sH.B. 6226 AN ACT CONCERNING CROSS-REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE AND ANIMAL CRUELTY This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-195 – H.B. 6234 AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARDS OF DIRECTORS OF CONDOMINIUM UNIT OWNERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND CHANGES TO THE COMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-196 – sH.B. 6238 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ACTUAL CASH VALUE OF A BUILDING This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2012.

P.A. 11-197 – H.B. 6259 AN ACT CONCERNING A STATE IDENTIFICATION CARD FEE WAIVER FOR BLIND VETERANS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-198 – H.B. 6263 AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRANSITION FROM THE TEN MILL PROGRAM This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-199 – H.B. 6306 AN ACT CONCERNING THE LISTING OF ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES IN MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATION PROVIDER LISTINGS, AND PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER DESIGNATIONS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-200 – H.B. 6341 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATUTE OF REPOSE FOR ASBESTOS-RELATED PRODUCT LIABILITY CLAIMS This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-201 – sH.B. 6351 AN ACT CONCERNING FORECLOSURE MEDIATION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, THE HIGHLY COMPENSATED EMPLOYEE EXEMPTION FOR MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS, GENERAL-USE PREPAID CARDS AND NEIGHBORHOOD PROTECTION This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00201-R00HB-06351-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-203 – sH.B. 6461 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SELECTION OF TENANT COMMISSIONERS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-204 – sH.B. 6472 AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR OSTOMY SUPPLIES This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2012.

P.A. 11-205 – H.B. 6474 AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESOLUTION OF LIENS IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASES This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-206 – H.B. 6488 AN ACT CONCERNING THE FORM OF CONVEYANCE OF LAND This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-207 – H.B. 6489 AN ACT REQUIRING DNA TESTING OF PERSONS ARRESTED FOR THE COMMISSION OF A SERIOUS FELONY This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-208 – H.B. 6514 AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATIVE INTERN PROGRAM This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-209 – sH.B. 6549 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH’S OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES RELATING TO SCOPE OF PRACTICE DETERMINATIONS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-210 – H.B. 6554 AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS EXPERIENCING AN OVERDOSE AND THE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN SYNTHETIC STIMULANTS AS CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00210-R00HB-06554-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-211 – sH.B. 6557 AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY FOR THE RECREATIONAL USE OF LANDS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-212 – H.B. 6559 AN ACT CONCERNING THE MUNICIPAL OPTION TO ADOPT ASSESSMENT RATES LIMITING PROPERTY TAX INCREASES ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-213 – sH.B. 6581 AN ACT MAKING REVISIONS TO MOTOR VEHICLE STATUTES This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00213-R00HB-06581-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-214 – sH.B. 6591 AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR AND TECHNICAL CHANGES TO THE CHILD SUPPORT STATUTES This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-215 – S.B. 883 AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-216 – sS.B. 1110 AN ACT CONCERNING CONSUMER CREDIT LICENSES AND THE CONNECTICUT UNIFORM SECURITIES ACT This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00216-R00SB-01110-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-217 – sS.B. 1116 AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECYCLING OF ORGANIC MATERIALS BY CERTAIN FOOD WHOLESALERS, MANUFACTURERS, SUPERMARKETS AND CONFERENCE CENTERS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-218 – S.B. 1173 AN ACT CONCERNING QUALIFIED PRIVATE INVESTMENTS FOR CONNECTICUT INNOVATIONS, INCORPORATED’S PRESEED PROGRAM This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-219 – sS.B. 1181 AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AND EXPEDITED ESTABLISHMENT OF PATERNITY AND SUPPORT IN TITLE IV-D CASES This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-220 – S.B. 38 AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO INFORMATION CONCERNING THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES AND SECRET BALLOTS OF VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-221 – sS.B. 98 AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION BY MEANS OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-222 – sS.B. 210 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF BISPHENOL-A IN THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2013.

P.A. 11-223 – sS.B. 361 AN ACT PREVENTING THE USE OF CREDIT SCORES BY CERTAIN EMPLOYERS IN HIRING DECISIONS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-224 – sS.B. 365 AN ACT CONCERNING INVESTIGATIONS BY PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-225 – sS.B. 396 AN ACT CONCERNING INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE SCREENING AND TREATMENT OF PROSTATE CANCER AND PROHIBITING DIFFERENTIAL PAYMENT RATES TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR COLONOSCOPY OR ENDOSCOPIC SERVICES BASED ON SITE OF SERVICE This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00225-R00SB-00396-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-226 – S.B. 417 AN ACT ELIMINATING THE LIMIT ON TEACUP RAFFLE PRIZES AND AUTHORIZING GOLF BALL DROP RAFFLES This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-227 – S.B. 464 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CONNECTICUT BREWERY TRAIL AND REQUIRING THE CONNECTICUT COMMISSION ON CULTURE AND TOURISM TO SUBMIT A REPORT REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CONNECTICUT ANTIQUES TRAIL This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-228 – S.B. 799 AN ACT CONCERNING MISREPRESENTATION AS A BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-229 – sS.B. 882 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE SET-ASIDE PROGRAM, FILING REQUIREMENTS OF STATE CONTRACTORS, EVALUATION OF CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS AND A PROGRAM TO INCREASE CONTRACTS AWARDED TO RESIDENT BIDDERS This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00229-R00SB-00882-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-230 – sS.B. 911 AN ACT CONCERNING HOMEMAKER SERVICES AND HOMEMAKER-COMPANION AGENCIES This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2012.

P.A. 11-231 – sS.B. 1111 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF CERTAIN SILVER OXIDE BATTERIES This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-232 – sS.B. 1138 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STRENGTHENING OF SCHOOL BULLYING LAWS This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-233 – S.B. 1127 AN ACT CONCERNING MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS INCLUDING NURSING HOME CLOSURES, STAFFING AT THE POLICE OFFICERS STANDARDS AND TRAINING COUNCIL, THE REPEAL OF PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE DIVISION OF SPECIAL REVENUE, HIGHWAY REST AREAS AND AN EXEMPTION TO THE ELECTRIC GENERATION TAX This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00233-R00SB-01127-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-234- sS.B. 1160 AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE STATUTES REGARDING THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT AND CHARTER SCHOOL EDUCATOR PERMIT This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-235 – sH.B. 6501AN ACT CONCERNING DELAYS IN THE EVALUATION AND DETERMINATION PROCESS FOR STUDENTS SUSPECTED OF REQUIRING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES AND THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00235-R00HB-06501-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-236 – sH.B. 6552 AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRANSFER AND DISCHARGE OF NURSING FACILITY RESIDENTS AND AUDITS OF CERTAIN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00236-R00HB-06552-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-237 – H.B. 6595 AN ACT CONCERNING THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-238 – sH.B. 6612 AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE COMMISSION ON NONPROFIT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RELATING TO PURCHASE OF SERVICE CONTRACTS This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-239 – sS.B. 1162 AN ACT CONCERNING FILING DEADLINES FOR CERTAIN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS AND DELAYS IN REVALUATION FOR CERTAIN TOWNS, AND MAKING A TECHNICAL CORRECTION This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00239-R00SB-01162-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-240 – sS.B. 1199 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES’ DIFFERENTIAL RESPONSE AND POVERTY EXEMPTION AND A REPORT ON EPISODES OF UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCES OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN THE DEPARTMENT’S CARE This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-241 – sH.B. 6497 AN ACT CREATING JOBS BY ENHANCING CONNECTICUT’S CORPORATE AND SECURITIES LAWS This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2014.

P.A. 11-242 – sH.B. 6618 AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO PUBLIC HEALTH RELATED STATUTES This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00242-R00HB-06618-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-243 – H.B. 5489 AN ACT CONCERNING IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY FOR FIRE POLICE OFFICERS, PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE POLICE OFFICERS AND UNDERWATER SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS AND THE APPROVAL OF REGIONAL FIRE SCHOOLS This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00243-R00HB-05489-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-244 – H.B. 5567 AN ACT REQUIRING MINORS TO WEAR HELMETS IN COMMERCIAL, NONPROFIT AND MUNICIPALLY OPERATED BASEBALL BATTING CAGES This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-245 – sH.B. 6249 AN ACT REQUIRING THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS FOR THE SITING OF WIND PROJECTS This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-246 – H.B. 6515 AN ACT CONCERNING JOB CREATION AND HABITAT RESTORATION This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-247 – H.B. 5021 AN ACT CONCERNING CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION FOR ELECTRICIANS AND DONATION BIN NOTICE REQUIREMENTS This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00247-R00HB-05021-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-248 – sH.B. 5326 AN ACT REQUIRING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN ALL PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-249 – sH.B. 6262 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PERFORMANCE OF CERTAIN FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS BY THE CONNECTICUT MILK PROMOTION BOARD This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-250 – sH.B. 6267 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF WINE WITH GIFT BASKETS This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-251 – sH.B. 6295 AN ACT CONCERNING POLICE OFFICERS WHO ACCEPT EMPLOYMENT WITH ANOTHER POLICE DEPARTMENT AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES’ ELIGIBILITY FOR DISABILITY RETIREMENT This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00251-R00HB-06295-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-252 – sH.B. 6344 AN ACT CONCERNING EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00252-R00HB-06344-PA.pdf

P.A. 11-253 – H.B. 6364 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUNSET DATE FOR PERSONAL RISK INSURANCE RATE FILINGS AND THE PROCUREMENT OF REINSURANCE BY DOMESTIC TITLE INSURERS This Act took effect upon the Governor signing the bill.

P.A. 11-254 – sH.B. 6399 AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATIONS FOR ANGEL INVESTOR TAX CREDITS This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-255 – sH.B. 6449 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF PERSONS ENTERING OR EXITING A SCHOOL BUS This Act took effect on July 1, 2011.

P.A. 11-256 – sH.B. 6540 AN ACT CONCERNING HIGHWAY SAFETY, STATE FACILITY TRAFFIC AUTHORITIES, MUNICIPAL BUILDING DEMOLITION, STATE TRAFFIC COMMISSION CERTIFICATES, AT GRADE CROSSINGS, THE NAMING OF ROADS AND BRIDGES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF PERSONS AND ORGANIZATIONS, AND A TRAIN STATION IN NIANTIC This Act has various effective dates. Refer to text of bill. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00256-R00HB-06540-PA.pdf

Gov. Malloy also vetoed the following legislation of the 2011 Session on July 13th:

P.A. 11-202 – sH.B. 6410 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REVISION OF MUNICIPAL CHARTERS This Act would have taken effect on October 1, 2011. The Governor vetoed the bill. Read Veto Message. http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/2011.7.13_veto_message_-_pa_11-202_hb_6410.pdf

Posted July 14, 2011

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United Services aims to build $8M facility in Mansfield

After 47 years operating in the Windham area, United Services Inc. is proposing to build a new $8 million facility in Mansfield to address a rising demand for mental health services.

The social services provider has an appli­cation into town land-use boards to build a facility.

Depression is projected to be second only to heart disease as a leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020, according to the World Health Organization.

Locally, the demand for the services offered by United Services is clearly on the rise with the nonprofit organization reporting a 100 per­cent increase in adult clientele since 2007.

United Services President and Chief Exec­utive Officer Diane Manning said the increased need for services in the area is higher than the national average and indicative, in part, of the limitations of health-care reform that prevent private practitioners from taking on more clients.

The new facility would be located on a bus line and would be at the junction of North Frontage Road and Mansfield City Road con­cludes a five-year search for an appropriate property.

“The (proposed) Mansfield Clinical Center would allow United Services to meet increased community needs … and to serve as a model for other behavioral health centers in the nation,” said Manning.

Before going to a planning and zoning commission public hearing, the proposal for the 6-acre property must be cleared by the Mansfield Inlands Wetlands Agency, which is comprised of PZC members.

Rudy Favretti, who chairs the joint wetlands agency and planning and zoning commission, said the permit application will be discussed at the next wetlands meeting Aug. 1, to be followed by a public hearing at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building at 7:30 p.m.

“Planning and zoning doesn’t act until every­thing is OK with the wetlands,” Favretti said, adding he wasn’t aware of any wetlands issues associated with the application. “It seems like a pretty straight forward application.”

United Services addresses behavioral health issues for all age groups, and provides in-home and community-based support services.

Integrating and consolidating their services into the proposed 28,000-square-foot, two­-story building would also improve access for clients, especially those who suffer from the limitations sometimes associated with psy­chiatric disabilities, including the inability to drive.

In addition to the increased need for adult services, there has been a 40 percent increase in the need for child and family services, Manning said.

Parking has been a major issue, according to Manning, who added the search criteria included finding a property that offered room for expansion and which was located on a bus line.

The designated property is privately owned.

If the proposal is approved, offices currently located on Mansfield Road in Willimantic and Route 6 in Columbia would be consolidated into the new facility, which would serve as the hub of operation for about 80 professionals and support staff.

There are also offices in Dayville and Wauregan (part of Plainfield).

Manning said the Dayville office doubled in size in three years.

The regional offices serve 3,000 individuals and provide outpatient treatment services to 1,400 individuals and families.

“Frankly, I have run out of space to put staff,” she said.

Manning said she believes the town is sup­portive of the agency’s proposal to expand its services to the new location, adding that it would not only bring in more professional jobs but an estimated 100 construction jobs would be created as well.

Funding for the facility would come from the sale of their existing properties, state and federal funds, U.S. Department of Agriculture loans and financing, and a capital campaign.

Posted 7-11-2011

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