Senate Bill No. 126, also known as File No. 8, is a legislative proposal concerning in-person home visits by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The bill mandates that when the Commissioner of Children and Families, or their designee, conducts a visit or evaluation of a home as part of a safety plan, such visit or evaluation must be conducted in person if the safety plan indicates that a parent or guardian living in the home has a substance use disorder. The term "safety plan" is defined within the bill as a plan established by the DCF to address or mitigate behaviors, conditions, or circumstances in a home that may render it unsafe for a child. This includes identifying actions to address such issues, specifying responsible individuals or providers, and setting timeframes for the department's review of these actions.

The bill is set to be effective from July 1, 2024, and does not anticipate any fiscal impact on the state or municipalities, as it codifies existing agency practices of conducting announced and unannounced in-person home visits. The bill analysis clarifies that a "substance use disorder" refers to the recurrent use of alcohol or drugs leading to significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities. The bill has received a Joint Favorable report from the Committee on Children with a unanimous vote of 17 in favor and none against on February 29, 2024. No deletions from current law are mentioned in the provided text.