SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 72Z the following section:-
SECTION 1. Definitions.
The following definitions shall apply;
“psychotropic medication” is a chemical substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior;
SECTION 2. Every resident in a nursing home, rest home, or other long term care facility that is prescribed psychotropic medications, shall have the facility in which they reside first obtain informed consent from the resident, the resident’s health care proxy, or a court appointed Rogers guardian.
The prescribing physician shall have a conversation with the resident, health care proxy or court appointed Rogers guardian about the psychotropic at the time of the prescription or at the next visit. The prescribing physician shall document the conversation in the resident’s records at the facility.
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