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H.531

Introduced by Committee on Government Operations

Date:

Subject:  Human services; reorganization

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to conform the Vermont Statutes Annotated to the reorganization of the agency of human services.

AN ACT RELATING TO REORGANIZING THE AGENCY OF HUMAN SERVICES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  3 V.S.A. § 3002(a)(4) is amended to read:

(4)  The department of disabilities, aging, and independent living.

Sec. 2.  3 V.S.A. § 3004 is amended to read:

§ 3004.  PERSONNEL DESIGNATION

The secretary, deputy secretary, commissioners, deputy commissioners, attorneys, directors of the offices of state economic opportunity, alcohol and drug abuse programs, Vermont health access, and child support, and all members of boards, committees, commissions, or councils attached to the agency for support are exempt from the classified state service.  Except as authorized by section 311 of this title or otherwise by law, all other positions shall be within the classified service.

Sec. 3.  3 V.S.A. § 3051 is amended to read:

§ 3051.  COMMISSIONERS; DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS;

              APPOINTMENT; TERM

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(c)  For the department for children and families, the secretary, with the approval of the governor, shall appoint deputy commissioners for the following divisions of the department:

(1)  field operations;

(2)  economic services;

(3)  child development;

(4)  juvenile and child protection services family services.

(d)  For the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living, the secretary, with the approval of the governor, shall appoint two deputy commissioners for the following divisions of the department:

(1)  operations;

(2)  disabilities and aging services.

(e)  Deputy commissioners shall be exempt from the classified service. Their appointments shall be in writing and shall be filed in the office of the secretary of state.

Sec. 4.  3 V.S.A. § 3085a is amended to read:

§ 3085a.  DEPARTMENT OF DISABILITIES, AGING, AND

               INDEPENDENT LIVING

The department of disabilities, aging, and independent living is created within the agency of human services as the successor to and continuation of the department of aging and disabilities, the developmental services division of the department of developmental and mental health services, and the personal care and hi-tech programs in the department of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access.

Sec. 5.  33 V.S.A. § 5562 is amended to read:

§ 5562.  JUVENILE YOUTH JUSTICE DIRECTOR

(a)  A youth justice unit is created in the family services division of the department for children and families.  The unit shall be headed by a youth justice director.  

(b)  The governor shall appoint an exempt juvenile youth justice director, reporting directly to the secretary of the agency of human services, who shall have the responsibility and authority to monitor and coordinate all state and participating regional and local programs that deal with juvenile justice issues, including prevention, education, enforcement, adjudication, and rehabilitation.

(b)(c)  The juvenile youth justice director shall ensure that the following occur:

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(2)  Cooperation among state, regional, and local officials, court personnel, service providers, and law enforcement agencies in the formulation and execution of a coordinated statewide juvenile youth justice program.

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(4)  A study of issues relating to juvenile youth justice and development of recommendations regarding changes in law and rules, as deemed advisable.

(5)  Compilation of data on issues relating to juvenile youth justice and analysis, study, and organization of such data for use by educators, researchers, policy advocates, administrators, legislators, and the governor.

Sec. 6.  JUVENILE JUSTICE DIRECTOR; YOUTH JUSTICE DIRECTOR;

            REDESIGNATION; TRANSFER

The exempt position of juvenile justice director, currently assigned to the agency of human services, shall be redesignated as youth justice director and shall be converted to a classified position and transferred to the department for children and families.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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