Resolved, That a special commission is hereby established to make an investigation and study relative to individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, which shall include, but not be limited to, Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism and pervasive development disorder. The commission shall investigate and study the range of services and supports necessary for individuals to achieve their full potential across their lifespan, including, but not limited to, investigating issues related to public education, job attainment and employment, including supported employment, provision of adult human services, post-secondary education, independent living, community participation, housing, social and recreational opportunities, behavioral services based on best practices to ensure emotional well-being, mental health services and issues related to access for families of children with autism spectrum disorder and adults who are from linguistically and culturally diverse communities. The commission shall address mechanisms to ensure maximization of federal reimbursement and coordination of state human service agencies. The special commission shall consist of 2 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader, 2 members of the house of representatives, l of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader, the secretary of health and human services or his designee, the commissioner of developmental services or his designee, the commissioner of mental health or his designee, the secretary of education or his designee, the director of the department of housing and community development or his designee, the secretary of labor and workforce development or his designee, the commissioner of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission or his designee, the commissioner of early education and care or his designee, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education or his designee, the commissioner of higher education or his designee and the secretary of elder affairs or his designee, and 12 persons to be appointed by the governor, 8 of whom shall be representatives of the statewide autism group, 2 of whom shall be representatives of the Asperger’s Association of New England and 2 of whom shall be named by the Autism Society of America, Massachusetts chapter.
The commission shall report to the general court the results of its investigation and study and its recommendations, if any, by filing the same with the clerk of the senate and the clerk of the house of representatives not later than January 26, 2011.
Approved April 22, 2010.