Any child who resides in a mental health facility, as here defined, shall be entitled to a hearing as set forth in MGL123:9, regardless of the facility's licensing agency, unless the child has been sentenced to reside in the facility as the result of a criminal conviction, or the facility is Bridgewater State Hospital.
Mental health facility: Any group home, therapeutic boarding school, therapeutic camp, or any facility which provides significant mental health services, or employs or has a regular business relationship with a significant number of mental health professionals, or employs or has a regular business relationship with a prescriber of psychiatric medication who prescribes psychiatric medication to residents. "Significant mental health services" shall be defined as mental health services beyond those provided in a standard public school. "Significant number of mental health professionals" shall be defined as a number of mental health professionals beyond that which could reasonably be employed by a standard public school of comparable size to the facility.
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