Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 72AA the following section:—
Section 72BB. Prior to administering a psychotropic medication to a resident, a nursing home, rest home, or other long term care facility shall obtain informed written consent from the resident, the resident’s health care proxy, or a court appointed Rogers guardian. The written consent form shall state the purpose, use and any effects or side effects of the psychotropic medication. Such written consent form shall be kept in the resident’s medical record. As used in this section, “psychotropic medication” shall mean 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.
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