State v. Cruz

In State v. Cruz, 260 Conn. 1, 792 A.2d 823 (2002), the Court held that statements provided to a social worker operating within the "chain of medical care" were properly admissible under the medical treatment exception to the hearsay rule, notwithstanding the fact that such individual was not herself a physician. Id., at 6. Pursuant to Cruz, the sole consideration to be evaluated in determining the admissibility of evidence under the medical treatment exception is whether the statements are "made for the purpose of obtaining medical diagnosis or treatment and are pertinent to the diagnosis or treatment sought." Id. Thus, in order to assess the state's argument on appeal, it is necessary to determine whether the crisis counselor's interview of the defendant occurred within the "chain of medical care." Id.