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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 425         FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1790

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Kay Khan

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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 relative to the civil commitment of women for alcoholism and substance abuse to MCI Framingham.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 425        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1790

By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1790) of Kay Khan and others relative to the civil commitment of women for alcoholism and substance abuse at the Framingham Correctional Institution.  Mental Health and Substance Abuse. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1423 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the civil commitment of women for alcoholism and substance abuse to MCI Framingham.
 

              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.  Section 7 of Chapter 111B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following:  The department shall ensure that no female is committed to the Massachusetts correctional institution, Framingham for rehabilitative purposes pursuant to this section or pursuant to section 35 of chapter 123 of the General Laws.

              SECTION 2.  Said Section 7 of said Chapter 111B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in lines 27-28, the following words:— or to the Massachusetts correctional institution, Framingham

              SECTION 3.  Section 35 of Chapter 123 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out in line 43 the words “or at Framingham, if a female”.

              SECTION 4.  Section 35 of Chapter 123 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out in line 60, the words “and Framingham”

              SECTION 5.  Said Section 35 of said Chapter 123, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 59, the word “institutions” and inserting in place thereof the word “institution”.

              SECTION 6.  Said Section 35 of said Chapter 123, as so appearing, is hereby further amended in line 46 by inserting after the words “convicted criminals.” the following sentence:--

              Within 24 hours of completed detoxification the person so committed shall receive a full mental health evaluation performed by a physician board certified in psychology, qualified psychiatric nurse clinical specialist or licensed psychologist.

              SECTION 7.  Said Section 35 of said Chapter 123 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by adding the following paragraph:--

              The department of public health shall establish and maintain the necessary number of secure treatment beds for females to meet the requirements of this section.

              SECTION 8.  Said Section 35 of said Chapter 123 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph:--

              The department of public health shall file an annual report on these proceedings with the house committee on ways and means, the senate committee on ways and means, the joint committee on mental health & substance abuse and the joint committee on health care financing.                           

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