Amendment #28 to H.3700

Amendment to Study the Use of Aversive Therapy in the Commonwealth

Representatives Gregoire of Marlborough, DiZoglio of Methuen, Murphy of Weymouth, Murphy of Lowell, Pignatelli of Lenox and Sannicandro of Ashland move that the bill be amended by inserting the following new section:-



SECTION XX: For the study of the programs, agencies, or facilities funded, operated, licensed, or approved by any agency or subdivision of the Commonwealth which administer to any person with a physical, intellectual, or developmental disability any procedure which causes obvious signs of physical pain, including, but not limited to, hitting, pinching, and electric shock for the purposes of changing the behavior of the person and the cost thereof to the Commonwealth. The purpose of this study is to determine if any of these programs employ any form of physical contact or punishment that is otherwise prohibited by law, or would be prohibited if used on a non-disabled person, or if these procedures would deny a person with a physical, intellectual, or developmental disability reasonable sleep, food, shelter, bedding, bathroom facilities, and any other aspect expected of a human existence in the Commonwealth.