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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 700        FILED ON: 1/14/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2019


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jason M. Lewis


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 to provide personal care attendant orientation .






Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Jeffrey Sánchez

15th Suffolk

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 700        FILED ON: 1/14/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2019

By Mr. Lewis of Winchester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2019) of Jason M. Lewis and others relative to personal care attendant orientation.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to provide personal care attendant orientation .


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

              SECTION 1. Subsection (b) of section 74 of chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended in line 10 by inserting after the words “determined by the council” the following:-  

              An orientation shall be completed by all personal care attendants hired on or after January 1, 2014 within six months of the date of initial employment as a personal care attendant. 

              The council shall work jointly with interested stakeholders to establish the curriculum, standards and processes of an orientation program for persons newly hired as personal care attendants.  The orientation program shall be offered at multiple locations across the Commonwealth and shall include training on independent living principles, identifying and reporting fraud and abuse, and workers’ rights and responsibilities. The orientation shall require no more than three hours to complete.

              The council shall also establish procedures for consumers to opt-out of the council orientation, provided that a similar orientation is otherwise offered.  However, even if the consumer chooses to opt-out, all personal care attendants still shall retain the right to choose to also attend a council orientation.

              Nothing in this section shall be deemed to affect the personal care attendant program principles of consumer control, including the consumer’s right to hire, train, direct, and dismiss personal care attendants. 

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