SECTION 1. Chapter 112 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding following new section:-
Section 276. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-
“Facility”, a facility and its employees and agents, including, but not limited to, a school, group home, residential treatment facility, or a facility which employs health care providers.
“Health care provider”, a health care professional licensed under this chapter, including, but not limited to, a physician, psychologist, social worker, nurse or allied mental health and human services professional, including a marriage and family therapist, rehabilitation counselor, mental health counselor or educational psychologist.
No facility or health care provider who serves minors shall present a minor with any contract which indicates the minor’s consent to physical restraint, isolation, corporal punishment, or invasive personal searches. For the purposes of this section, ‘corporal punishment’ shall include any treatment which purports to modify the minor’s behavior through infliction of pain and/or physical distress upon the minor.
(b) A facility or health care provider who violates this section shall be subject to discipline by the appropriate licensing board and such discipline may include suspension or revocation of license.
(c) A violation of this section shall be considered a violation of section 2 of chapter 93A. Any claim brought under said section 2 of said chapter 93A for a violation of this section shall be subject to sections 5A and 7 of chapter 260.
SECTION 37G. Chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding following new subsection:-
(d) No school or employee or agent of a school shall present a pupil with a contract which purports to give the pupil’s consent to restrain the pupil.
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