SECTION 1. Section 51 ½ of Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby further amended by striking subsection (i) in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:
(i) The department of public health shall annually collect, in a manner to be determined by the department, the frequency and location of substance abuse evaluations ordered pursuant to this section. The department of public health shall include in the report the number of persons who received a substance abuse evaluation and returned to an acute care facility within the same calendar year for treatment related to an opioid overdose. The department shall report such information to the joint committee on health care financing, the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 1, annually.
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