SECTION 1. Section 2 of chapter 123 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 12, the word “and”.
SECTION 2. Said section 2 of said chapter 123 is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “facilities”, in lines 13 and 14, the following words:- , and (4) shall be developed in a manner consistent with available physician resources and in accordance with national standards for providing evening and night coverage for hospitals.
SECTION 3. Section 5 of said chapter 123, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “counsel.”, in line 12, the following words:- Such independent medical examination, if requested by the indigent person or his counsel, shall be requested not more than 24 hours after the appointment of counsel and shall be completed within 3 business days after such request for the independent medical examination.
SECTION 4. Said section 5 of said chapter 123 is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 15, the words:- unless counsel requests a delay.
SECTION 5. Section 7 of said chapter 123, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 24 and 25, the words “unless a delay is requested by the person or his counsel”.
SECTION 6. Said section 7 of said chapter 123, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in lines 26 and 27, the words “unless a delay is requested by the person or his counsel”.
SECTION 7. Section 8B of said chapter 123, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 21, the word “fourteen” and inserting in place thereof the word:- “5”.
SECTION 8. Subsection (d) of section 5-308 of chapter 190B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence and inserting in place thereof following sentence:- The court shall hear said motion as a de novo matter, as expeditiously as possible; provided however, for patients in inpatient mental health facilities, said hearing shall be conducted within 7 days of the filing of the petition and the notice required under subsection (c) of this section shall be adjusted accordingly.
SECTION 9. Notwithstanding any general or special law, regulation or procedure to the contrary, the department of children and families, in conjunction with the child advocate’s office in the executive office of health and human services, shall develop a facilitated process and time frame for the administration of antipsychotic medication for children in their custody who are hospitalized in inpatient psychiatric facilities.
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