SECTION 1. Section 21 of chapter 19 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 16 and 17, the words "mentally retarded individuals with common needs for care and treatment" and inserting in place thereof the following:- "individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability with common needs for care and treatment, provided that a need for care and treatment shall not be evaluated or denied solely by the use of intelligence quotient testing or educational testing"
SECTION 2. Section 1 of chapter 123B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word "disability" in line 57 the following:- "; and provided further, that no person shall be evaluated or denied services for an intellectual disability based solely on the use of intelligence quotient testing or educational testing.
SECTION 3. Said chapter 123B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after section 2 the following section:-
Section 2A. If the department intends to deny a person applying for services, the department shall notify that applicant not less than 45 days prior to making a final determination. The department shall provide a description of the reasons the department intends to deny the services and shall advise the applicant of the opportunity to request the department to conduct further evaluations. Further evaluations shall include, but not be limited to: (i) an additional in-person interview; (ii) school or work observation conducted by the department; and (iii) testimony from non-guardianship teachers or supervisors.
No final determination to deny services shall be based solely on intelligence quotient testing or educational testing.
The further evaluation shall be considered before a denial of disability services is finalized.
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