Section 1 of Chapter 19 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the third paragraph the following paragraph:-
The commissioner of mental health shall have supervision over the provision of mental health services to prisoners in the custody of the department of correction or any House of Correction, including review and approval of any contract between the department of correction and any other entity concerning the provision of mental health services, and shall establish minimum standards for the effective delivery of such services. At least once each six months the commissioner shall audit each state correctional facility and House of Correction to determine compliance with the minimum standards. In exercising its supervisorial authority, the commissioner shall collect data regarding the provision of mental health services as necessary to promote improvements in such provision, including such data as may be required in order to obtain funding from the federal government for services to prisoners with mental health needs.
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