Developmental disability and co-existing mental illness
Mr. Keenan moved that the bill be amended in section 14, by striking out, in line 193, the words “an intellectual” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- “a developmental”; and by inserting after section 27 the following section:-
SECTION 27A. The department of developmental services and the department of mental health shall establish and implement a plan to provide services to individuals who have both a mental illness and a developmental disability and are also eligible for services from both the department of developmental services and the department of mental health. When developing the plan, the departments shall consider (i) ways to facilitate communication between the departments, (ii) protocols to determine which services shall be provided by which department and (iii) ways to ensure that an individual who is eligible for services from both departments receives all services for which an individual is eligible. The plan may include an interagency agreement as permitted under section 21 of chapter 19 of the General Laws.
The departments shall jointly file a report on the plan with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, who shall forward the report to the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse, the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on health care financing, the chair of the senate committee on ways and means and the chair of the house committee on ways and means, not later than December 31, 2015.