SECTION 1. Section 19 of Chapter 19B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out section (c) in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:-
(c) The department shall establish a statewide self-determination advisory board to advise the department on efforts to implement, publicize, evaluate, improve and develop information regarding self-determination. The advisory board shall consist of: 1 individual appointed by the governor, who shall serve as chair; 18 individuals appointed by the commissioner, 1 of whom shall be a member of an advocacy organization, 1 of whom shall represent taxpayers, 1 of whom shall have experience with consumer protection, 1 of whom shall have experience with self-determination models, 1 of whom shall have experience with nonprofit and for-profit services markets and competition and services for persons with disabilities, 1 of whom shall have experience with financial management services, 1 of whom shall be an independent facilitator; 1 of whom shall be a provider of direct services, supports or goods and 10 of whom shall be a participant or a family member, legal representative or guardian of a participant; 1 individual appointed by the disabled persons protection commission; 1 individual appointed by the office of the inspector general; and 1 individual appointed by the office of the state auditor. Members shall serve for a term of 3 years. Upon the expiration of the term of any member, a successor shall be appointed in like manner. The appointing entity shall in like manner fill any vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term.
The self-determination advisory board shall also compile, and continually update, a list of participants or participants’ chosen planning teams who are willing to volunteer to discuss their experiences in self-determination with individuals considering implementing the self-determination option in their individual support plans and shall provide said list to the department.
SECTION 2. Said section 19 of said Chapter 19A is hereby further amended by inserting after the phrase “fiduciary duty and shall meet minimum qualifications as established by the department through regulation.”, the following:-
Costs of the services of a financial management service shall be paid by participant out of participant's individual budget. A financial management service shall obtain training with respect to self-determination and other objectives and responsibilities described in this paragraph at the financial management service’s own expense.
SECTION 3. Said section 19 of said Chapter 19A is hereby further amended by inserting after the phrase “employed by a person providing services, supports or goods to the participant.”, the following:-
Costs of the services of an independent facilitator shall be paid by participant out of participant's individual budget unless the participant chooses an authorized state employee to be the independent facilitator.
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