Chapter 19 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 24. The department shall establish a comprehensive program for the research, technology transfer, design, development and commercialization of technologies for the treatment and support of people with mental illness and brain-based disorders and to promote such programs the department shall provide grants to state agencies, programs, and institutions that provide mental healthcare services to pilot cutting edge technology; including but not limited to:
(a) supporting research and innovation in mental healthcare to reduce costs to the state and draw companies and research dollars to the commonwealth, while improving the quality of life for people with mental illness;
(b) creating programs to grow and foster a research and innovation eco-system for brain health technologies in Massachusetts;
(c) innovation support for companies and researchers focused on mental healthcare;
(d) model the successful activities the state has taken to grow and develop bio-technology, medical technology, green technology, and computer technology industries and leverage the current innovation economy and eco-system; and
(e) close the innovation gap between the lack of innovation in mental healthcare and in bio-technology, medical technology, green technology, and computer technology.
The department shall establish standards for the development of said programs.
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