SECTION 1. Chapter 127 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding after
Section 32 the following new section:—
Section 32A. TREATMENT OF EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED PRISONERS
(A) Prohibitions Concerning Intervention for Suicide Attempts and Self-Mutilation
(1) A prisoner who either commits self-mutilation or attempts suicide shall not be disciplined
or punished for such behavior, nor shall the prisoner be segregated or isolated except to the
extent specifically authorized by medical staff for treatment. The use of “closed solid door isolation,” so-called, to punish or manage suicidal or self-mutilating prisoners is specifically prohibited.
(B) Requirements Concerning Intervention for Suicide Attempts and Self-Mutilation
(1) The commissioner shall require that the following steps be taken to insure appropriate responses to suicide attempts. Institutional staff will be trained in techniques for responding to suicide attempts and self-mutilation that ensure the safe and quick extrication of prisoners who hang themselves and the provision of necessary first aid. A prisoner who commits selfmutilation or attempts suicide shall immediately receive appropriate medical attention and shall be interviewed by a licensed mental health professional within twelve hours of the incident, which interview shall be logged in the inmate’s medical record and in the block log where the prisoner is located at the time of the interview.
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