SECTION 1. Chapter 19 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:—
XX The department shall provide the option of residential and day services to all individuals who meet the department's eligibility criteria and who are living in the community with a family member or other primary caretaker, when said family member or primary caretaker has extenuating medical or other circumstances which create either stresses to the parent or caretaker to an unreasonable degree or an environment that is unsafe or detrimental to either the caregiver or the person with mental illness. Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to eliminate or reduce services to any other segment of the population which the department serves.
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