HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2368        FILED ON: 1/15/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 858

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sean Garballey and Carolyn C. Dykema

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to improve access to child and adolescent mental health services.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

John C. Velis

4th Hampden

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Barbara A. L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Michael S. Day

31st Middlesex

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Michael J. Finn

6th Hampden

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2368        FILED ON: 1/15/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 858

By Representatives Garballey of Arlington and Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 858) of Sean Garballey and others relative to access to child and adolescent mental health services.  Financial Services.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act to improve access to child and adolescent mental health services.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Section 22 of Chapter 32A of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the last paragraph, inserted by section 1 of chapter 80 of the acts of 2000, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed educational psychologist within the lawful scope of practice for such educational psychologist.

              SECTION 2. Section 47B of Chapter 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the next to the last paragraph, inserted by section 2 of chapter 80 of the acts of 2000, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed educational psychologist within the lawful scope of practice for such educational psychologist.

              SECTION 3. Section A of Chapter 176A of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the next to the last paragraph, inserted by section 4 of chapter 80 of the acts of 2000, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed educational psychologist within the lawful scope of practice for such educational psychologist.

              SECTION 4. Section 4A of Chapter 176B of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the next to the last paragraph, inserted by section 6 of chapter 80 of the acts of 2000, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed educational psychologist within the lawful scope of practice for such educational psychologist.

              SECTION 5. Section 4M of Chapter 176G of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the next to the last paragraph, inserted by section 10 of chapter 80 to the acts of 2000, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:—

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed mental health professional” shall mean a licensed physician who specializes in the practice of psychiatry, a licensed psychologist, a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed nurse mental health clinical specialist, or a licensed educational psychologist within the lawful scope of practice for such educational psychologist.

              SECTION 6. This act shall apply to all policies, contracts, agreements, plans and certificates of insurance issued or delivered within or without the commonwealth on or after March 1, 2006, and to all policies, contracts, agreements, plans and certificates of insurance in effect before that date upon renewal or after March 1, 2006.