SECTION 1. Section 2 of chapter 123 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “facilities” the following provision:-
(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 2. Section 5 of said chapter 123, as so appearing in, is hereby amended by adding, in line 12, after the word “counsel.” the following:-
“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.”;
and, in line 15, by striking the words “unless counsel requests a delay”.
SECTION 3. Section 7 subsection c of said chapter 123, as so appearing in, is hereby amended, in lines 24 and 25, by striking the words “unless a delay is requested by the person or his counsel”;
and, in lines 26 and 27, by striking the words “unless a delay is requested by the person or his counsel.”.
SECTION 4. Section 8B subsection c of said chapter 123, as so appearing in, is hereby amended by striking, in line 21, the word “fourteen” and inserting therein the word “five”.
SECTION 5. Subsection (d) of Section 5-308 of chapter 190B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the second sentence and inserting in its place the following:-
“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 (c) of this section shall be adjusted accordingly.”
SECTION 6. Notwithstanding the provision of any general or special law, regular 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 youths in their custody who are hospitalized in inpatient psychiatric facilities.
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