SECTION 1. Chapter 19A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 official edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 6 the following section:-
Section 6A. The department shall focus on the prevention and elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, as well as on improving access to services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders and caregivers. To that end, the department shall work to ensure that a curriculum is developed that will support the training for the delivery of services. The department shall require that over a period of time such training be completed by all providers of services who contract with or receive funding from the department, from Aging Service Access Points and/or from the MassHealth Office of Long Term Care, or whose services are certified by the department.
The department shall develop a process and timeframe for completing such trainings by those who deliver services.
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