|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Hosford of Waitsfield and Donahue of Northfield
Subject: Human services; youths; disabilities; eligibility for services
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to extend eligibility for transitional support services to youths with disabilities until they attain 22 years of age and to authorize the secretary of human services to study the costs and benefits of further extending such services for youths between 22 and 28 years of age.
AN ACT RELATING TO SERVICES FOR YOUTHS WITH DISABILITIES
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. ELIGIBILITY FOR TRANSITIONAL SERVICES FOR YOUTHS WITH DISABILITIES
(a) The department of disabilities, aging, and independent living shall extend eligibility for transitional and community support services for youths who have significant functional disabilities and who, without such support services, would be unable to develop self-sufficiency and achieve a successful transition to adulthood.
(b) A youth is eligible for services under this section if he or she:
(1) is between 18 and 22 years of age;
(2) meets the federal definition of developmental disability under Section 102(8) of the federal Developmental Disabilities Act and, on or before the youth’s 18th birthday, either received services under an individualized education program (IEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or received state-funded services for a severe emotional disturbance; and
(3) does not otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for adult developmental or mental health services authorized by state statute or under a federal waiver program.
(c) The secretary of human services shall assess the costs and benefits of further extending eligibility for services under this section to youths between 22 and 28 years of age who meet the requirements of subdivisions (b)(2) and (3) of this section, when such services are necessary to promote greater
self-sufficiency or to prevent institutionalization or incarceration. The secretary’s findings and recommendations shall be reported to the general assembly no later than December 1, 2008.
The Vermont General Assembly
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