Human Services research guide

  • Table of contents
  • Recent OLR Reports

The Office of Legislative Research writes nonpartisan reports for legislators on various topics. Recent reports related to the Human Services Committee’s subject areas include:

Service Animals and Registration – 2024-R-0090

Indian Child Welfare Act – 2024-R-0060

Medicaid Coverage for Adult Behavioral Health Peer Support Services – 2024-R-0036

Monitoring Medicaid Provider Rates – 2023-R-0306

Medicaid State Plan Amendments and Waivers – 2023-R-0257

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T) – 2023-R-0188

Recent Legislation Affecting People Who Are Blind, Deaf, or Hard of Hearing – 2023-R-0204

Medicaid Unwinding – 2023-R-0162

2023 Acts Affecting People With Disabilities – 2023-R-0155

Public Assistance Program Eligibility and Benefits Cliffs – 2023-R-0100

  • Websites

State agencies

Dept. of Social Services

Dept. of Developmental Services

Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Dept. of Aging and Disability Services

Dept. of Aging and Disability Services’ Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

 

State boards, commissions, and task forces

Council on Developmental Disabilities

 

Federal government

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, including:

            Administration for Children and Families

            Administration for Community Living

            Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

            Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service – distributes SNAP and WIC benefits

 

Other organizations

Connecticut Association for Human Services

Connecticut Coordinated Access Networks (CT CAN) – regional groups of agencies that connect homeless people to services

Disability Rights Connecticut – successor to the state Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

 

Other online resources

Connecticut law about service animals and the ADA – research guide by the Judicial Branch Law Libraries

  • Periodicals

CT Law Journal – publishes notices of proposed amendments to Medicaid waivers

Health Affairs – Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation; print subscription.

  • Databases

GuideStar Premium – information on nonprofit organizations. Access at the Connecticut State Library.

National Academies Press publications about behavioral and social sciences and food and nutrition. Legislative Library subscription; see librarian.

Social Science Database – from ProQuest: “Social Science Database offers indexing and full text for hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, communication, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology.” Access from anywhere with a Connecticut State Library card.

NCSL Disability Employment Legislation Database – from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Tracks legislation from 2016-present.

NCSL Economic Mobility Enacted Legislation Database – from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Tracks enacted legislation from 2020-present.

  • Mandated reports

Please note this is not an exhaustive list. Contact the library for these and other reports.

Bipartisan Commission on Intellectual Disabilities and the Impact of COVID-19 findings and recommendations – pursuant to 2021 SJ 1 (Joint Rules), Rule 37
report   testimonials

Cannabis health statistics – annual report by the Dept. of Public Health; pursuant to CGS 21a-422e

Child caregiver substance use disorder program evaluation and plan; child care supports and subsidies plan; supportive housing access; substance use disorder treatment for parents involved with DCF; and substance use disorder treatment for pregnant and parenting individualsChild caregiver substance use disorder program evaluation and plan; child care supports and subsidies plan; supportive housing access; substance use disorder treatment for parents involved with DCF; and substance use disorder treatment for pregnant and parenting individuals – by the Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Dept. of Children and Families, Dept. of Social Services, and Office of Early Childhood; pursuant to PA 23-97 s.29-33

Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership annual report – by the Dept. of Children and Families, Dept. of Social Services, and Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services; pursuant to CGS 17a-22m

Connecticut child support program: annual federal self-assessment report – by the Dept. of Social Services’ Office of Child Support Services; pursuant to CGS 17b-179(n)

Connecticut Family Support Council annual report – pursuant to CGS 17a-219c

Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders annual report – by the Dept. of Social Services; pursuant to CGS 17b-342(g)

Connecticut partnership for long-term care progress report – annual report by the Office of Policy and Management; pursuant to CGS 17b-254

Covered CT semi-annual report – by the Dept. of Social Services; pursuant to CGS 19a-754c

Dept. of Developmental Services five year plan – annual report; pursuant to CGS 17a-211

Dept. of Social Services annual report – pursuant to CGS 17b-9

Efficacy of home-based treatment and recovery services for persons with opioid use disorder following emergency department admissionsEfficacy of home-based treatment and recovery services for persons with opioid use disorder following emergency department admissions – by the Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services; pursuant to PA 19-191 s.8

Elderly Nutrition Task Force final recommendationsElderly Nutrition Task Force final recommendations – pursuant to SA 23-17

Findings and recommendations to improve care for children with developmental disabilities and their families – two reports by the Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council’s Developmental Disabilities Work Group; pursuant to CGS 17b-28(k)

Food insecurity strategic planFood insecurity strategic plan – by the Dept. of Economic and Community Development; pursuant to PA 23-204 s.158

Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Committee findings and recommendationsGun Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Committee findings and recommendations – pursuant to PA 21-35 s.9

Healthcare coverage feasibility studyHealthcare coverage feasibility study – by the Office of Health Strategy; pursuant to PA 21-176 s.5

Husky A parent transition – quarterly report until December 2017 by the Dept. of Social Services, Husky Health Connecticut, Access Health Connecticut, and the Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council; pursuant to CGS 17b-261u

Licensure and Certification Workgroup final reportfinal report – published by the Office of Policy and Management; pursuant to SA 17-21 s.1

Long-term care plan – triennial report by the Long-Term Care Planning Committee; pursuant to CGS 17b-337(e)

Medicaid waiver program waitlists and autism Medicaid waiver program waitlist – annual report by the Office of Policy and Management; pursuant to CGS 17a-238b and CGS 17a-215g

Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council biannual report – pursuant to CGS 17b-28(j)

Mortality annual report – by the Dept. of Developmental Services; pursuant to Rowland EO 25 and Rell EO 42

Number of persons receiving long-term care services and supports in the community and number of persons receiving long-term care services and supports in institutions – annual report by the Long-Term Care Planning Committee; pursuant to CGS 17b-337(d)

Nursing Home Financial Advisory Committee annual report – pursuant to CGS 17b-339(c)

Outline for a community ombudsman programOutline for a community ombudsman program – by the CT Long-Term Care Ombudsman; pursuant to SA 19-18

Senior Fraud Task Force preliminary reportSenior Fraud Task Force preliminary report – pursuant to PA 21-84 s.2

Statewide Senior Center Workgroup reportStatewide Senior Center Workgroup report – pursuant to PA 21-7

Telehealth analysis reportTelehealth analysis report – published by the Office of Health Strategy; pursuant to PA 22-81 s.41

Two-Generational (2Gen) Initiative annual report – by the Two-Generational Advisory Board; pursuant to CGS 17b-112l

Wheelchair Repair Task Force final report and recommendationsWheelchair Repair Task Force final report and recommendations – pursuant to SA 23-22

  • Finding OLR Reports and more in the vertical files: index headings

For OLR Reports and other materials related to the Human Services Committee’s work, index headings include:

Adult Day Care
Assisted Living
Child Care
Child Support
Developmental Disabilities, People With
Disabilities, People With
Diseases
Drugs-Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
Drugs-Rehabilitation
Elderly
Emergency Medical Service
Families
Federal Assistance Programs
Food Stamps
Group Homes
Health Care Facilities
Hearing Impairment
Home Care Services
Housing-Elderly
Human Services
Insurance-Health-Managed Care
Insurance-Health-Medicare Supplement Policies
Insurance-Health-Reform
Insurance-Health-Uncompensated Care
Juveniles
Medical Care
Mental Health
Mental Health Facilities
Nursing Homes
Nutrition
Pharmacies and Pharmacists
Social Services
Social Services, CT Dept. of
Welfare
Welfare-(subtopic folders for Medical Assistance, SSI, Social Services, TANF, Work Programs)

The library assigns topical index headings to all OLR Reports and keeps hard copies of the reports organized by these index headings. Reports from 1994 to the present are in the library’s file cabinets (aka the “vertical files”) in the red-tabbed folders, as well as online in full text. Older reports are in two sets of bound volumes (one set for the 1970s, and one for 1980-1993) on the library’s shelves.

The same index headings the library uses for OLR Reports have been used to organize over 600 subject files of materials such as newspaper clippings, court decisions, press releases, pamphlets, and other resources that would be more difficult to locate if they were dispersed throughout the library’s general collection. The subject files are in the blue-tabbed folders in the file cabinets. (Many of the items in these folders have also been digitized by the library, and their electronic versions can be found in the library’s intranet catalog.)

  • Reference works

Dept. of Social Services provider resources

  • Call number ranges

For the past several years, almost all newly published items added to the library’s collection have been in electronic format only. These items are accessible in full text through the library’s intranet catalog. Many old print materials have also been digitized and uploaded to the library’s catalog.

To get a general sense of a subject’s history, however, you may find it useful to browse the library stacks in certain locations to see print copies of older publications (and the occasional newer item that was published both electronically and in print). For publications related to human services, call number ranges include, but are not limited to:

351 public administration
362-363 social welfare problems and services
368 insurance

Hard copies of mandated reports that were produced only once or as a limited series are shelved by the number of the act that required the report. Hard copies of mandated reports produced regularly with no set end date (for example, state agencies’ annual reports) are shelved in the stacks by subject.

  • Other resources in the library’s collection

ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) in Connecticut: a financial hardship study – periodic report by the United Way of Connecticut

Access monitoring review plan for Connecticut’s Medicaid program (reportreport, appendixappendix) – by the Dept. of Social Services, 2016

Community Renewal Team annual report

Connecticut homeless system performance and re-design recommendationsConnecticut homeless system performance and re-design recommendations – by Focus Strategies, 2018

Factors influencing receipt of long-term services and supports in home and community settingsFactors influencing receipt of long-term services and supports in home and community settings – by the Office of Program Review and Investigations, 2016

Initial draft plan to provide Medicaid coverage under the Medicaid state plan for the treatment of Medicaid members under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – by the Dept. of Social Services, Dept. of Developmental Services, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council, 2014

Kids count data book: state profiles of child well-being – annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Homeless point in time (PIT) count – annual report by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

Medicaid long term care demand projections (reportreport and appendicesappendices) – by Mercer Government Human Services Consulting, 2019

Medicaid and long-term services and supports: a primerMedicaid and long-term services and supports: a primer – by Erica L. Reaves and MaryBeth Musumeci, the Kaiser Family Foundation, 2015

Operation Fuel annual report

Performance audit compliance report: Dept. of Social Services and Veyo non-emergency medical transportationPerformance audit compliance report: Dept. of Social Services and Veyo non-emergency medical transportation – by the Auditors of Public Accounts, 2021

Performance audit: oversight of Connecticut’s assisted living facilities 2017-2019Performance audit: oversight of Connecticut’s assisted living facilities 2017-2019 – by the Auditors of Public Accounts, 2021

Performance audit compliance report: oversight of pre-need funeral service contractsPerformance audit compliance report: oversight of pre-need funeral service contracts – by the Auditors of Public Accounts, 2020

Performance audit: Protective Services for the Elderly 2017-2019Performance audit: Protective Services for the Elderly 2017-2019 – by the Auditors of Public Accounts, 2021

Performance audit: Dept. of Social Services Community First Choice 2017-2020Performance audit: Dept. of Social Services Community First Choice 2017-2020 – by the Auditors of Public Accounts, 2022

Work matters: a framework for states on workforce development for people with disabilitiesWork matters: a framework for states on workforce development for people with disabilities – by the Council of State Governments and National Conference of State Legislatures, 2016

Work opportunity tax creditWork opportunity tax credit – by the Congressional Research Service, 2016

Why does cash welfare depend on where you live? How and why state TANF programs varyWhy does cash welfare depend on where you live? How and why state TANF programs vary – by the Urban Institute, 2017

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