HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 700        FILED ON: 1/14/2013

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jason M. Lewis


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to provide personal care attendant orientation.






Date Added:

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex


Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth


Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk


Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth


Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable


Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex


Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk


Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk


Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex


Kay Khan

11th Middlesex


Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester


Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden


Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth


John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex


Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin


Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex


Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden


Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth


Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk


Jeffrey Sánchez

15th Suffolk


David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex


Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex


Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable


Frank A. Moran

17th Essex


Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol


Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex


Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex


Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex


Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex


James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester


Aaron Vega

5th Hampden


Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk


Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex


James J. O'Day

14th Worcester


Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol


Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 700        FILED ON: 1/14/2013

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By Mr. Lewis of Winchester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2019) of Jason M. Lewis and others relative to personal care attendant orientation.  Public Health.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to provide personal care attendant orientation.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Subsection (b) of section 74 of chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended in line 10 by inserting after the words “determined by the council” the following:-  

An orientation shall be completed by all personal care attendants hired on or after January 1, 2014 within six months of the date of initial employment as a personal care attendant. 

The council shall work jointly with interested stakeholders to establish the curriculum, standards and processes of an orientation program for persons newly hired as personal care attendants.  The orientation program shall be offered at multiple locations across the Commonwealth and shall include training on independent living principles, identifying and reporting fraud and abuse, and workers’ rights and responsibilities. The orientation shall require no more than three hours to complete.

The council shall also establish procedures for consumers to opt-out of the council orientation, provided that a similar orientation is otherwise offered.  However, even if the consumer chooses to opt-out, all personal care attendants still shall retain the right to choose to also attend a council orientation.

Nothing in this section shall be deemed to affect the personal care attendant program principles of consumer control, including the consumer’s right to hire, train, direct, and dismiss personal care attendants.