HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2682        FILED ON: 1/17/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1935

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Hannah Kane and Denise C. Garlick

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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 relative to strengthening the local and regional public health system.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

John Barrett, III

1st Berkshire

Natalie M. Blais

1st Franklin

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

Linda Dean Campbell

15th Essex

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

Daniel R. Cullinane

12th Suffolk

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

David F. DeCoste

5th Plymouth

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Diana DiZoglio

First Essex

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk

William J. Driscoll, Jr.

7th Norfolk

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Carmine Lawrence Gentile

13th Middlesex

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Carlos González

10th Hampden

Tami L. Gouveia

14th Middlesex

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Christina A. Minicucci

14th Essex

Liz Miranda

5th Suffolk

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Maria Duaime Robinson

6th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Tommy Vitolo

15th Norfolk

Thomas P. Walsh

12th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2682        FILED ON: 1/17/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1935

By Representatives Kane of Shrewsbury and Garlick of Needham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1935) of Hannah Kane, Denise C. Garlick and others relative to strengthening the local and regional public health systems by establishing a state action for public health excellence program.  Public Health.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act relative to strengthening the local and regional public health system.

 

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

Chapter 111 of the General Laws in hereby amended by inserting after section 27C the following section:-

Section 27D (a). The department shall establish a State Action for Public Health Excellence program to encourage boards of health and regional health districts to adopt practices that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of local public health services, in alignment with the recommendations of the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, established in Chapter 3 of the Resolves of 2016. The program shall consist of the activities described in this section.

(b).  Subject to appropriation, the department shall provide the foundations of public health course, or similar educational offering, no less than 4 times per year in diverse geographic locations. The department shall provide such course free of charge to employees of boards of health and regional health districts. 

(c). (1) Subject to appropriation, the department shall establish a State Action for Public Health Excellence Incentive Fund. Funds shall be made available on a competitive basis and shall support boards of health or regional health districts to engage in regional, inter-municipal collaboration to increase efficiency and effectiveness in delivery of public health services mandated by Massachusetts law. Funding shall supplement and not replace existing state, local, private, or federal funding to boards of health. The department may offer grantees an option to renew at the end of each grant year.

(2) To be eligible to receive funds an applicant must i) submit an application in manner determined by department, ii) describe how it will increase the efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of public health services across two or more municipalities, iii) certify that it meets workforce standards as determined by the department, consistent with the recommendations of the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, iv) certify that it will submit written compliance data to the department at the end of the grant year, in a manner to be prescribed by the department, including but not limited to food inspections, sanitary code reports, and communicable disease reporting, and v) provide a plan for long-term sustainability of the proposed shared services program.

(3) Boards of health or regional health districts may apply for funding and technical assistance to support i) planning and capacity building to organize regional collaboration in alignment with recommendations of the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, or ii) implementation of regional collaboration in alignment with the recommendations of the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health.

(4). The department shall adopt rules, regulations or guidelines for the administration and enforcement of this section including, but not limited to, establishing applicant selection criteria, funding priorities, application forms and procedures, grant distribution and other requirements, provided, that not less than 33 per cent of the grants awarded shall go to cities and towns with a median household income below the average of the commonwealth and with at least one neighborhood designated as an environmental justice population as defined in section 3 of chapter 21A of the general laws.

(d). The Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health shall assess the development of foundational public health services for Massachusetts. For the purposes of this subsection, foundational public health services shall mean a set of minimum standards for municipal public health, including substantive areas of expertise and essential skills and capacities needed to protect the community’s health and achieve equitable health outcomes. In doing so, the commission shall consider recommendations from the National Association of County and City Health Officers, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Public Health Leadership Forum, and other relevant experts. No later than 2 years following passage of this section, the commission shall submit a report to the house committee on ways and means, the senate committee on ways and means, and the joint committee on public health. The report shall include an analysis of needs, opportunities, challenges, timeline, and cost analysis for the implementation of foundational public health services.

(e). The department shall annually submit a report detailing the program’s impact, including but not limited to, the increase in the number of board of health employees that meet workforce standards, the increase in boards of health that are compliant with data reporting requirements, and the increase in the number of boards of health participating in regional collaboration. The report shall be provided to the house committee on ways and means, the senate committee on ways and means, and the joint committee on public health.

(f) For purposes of this section, the term "board of health'' shall include any body politic or political subdivision of the commonwealth that acts as a board of health, public health commission or a health department for a municipality.