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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 523         FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 87

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Mark J. Cusack

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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 to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Kevin J. Murphy

18th Middlesex

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Donald Humason

 

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 523        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 87

By Mr. Cusack of Braintree, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 87) of Mark J. Cusack and others for legislation to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities.
 

              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: The definition of “Disabled person” in Section 12A of chapter 71B as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, lines 3 through 9, is hereby amended by striking this paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:

              “Person with a disability”, a person with a physical or mental impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment, or any individual listed on the registry of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. 

              Said Section 12A of chapter 71B as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition is further amended by inserting the following definition:

              "Substantial impediment to employment" refers to a physical or mental impairment which, in light of attendant medical, psychological, vocational, educational and other related factors impedes an individual's occupational performance by preventing his/her obtaining, retaining, or preparing for employment consistent with his/her capacities and abilities.

              Said Section 12A of chapter 71B as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition is further amended by striking the definition of “substantial gainful activity.”

              Said Section 12A is further amended by striking “disabled person” on line 14 within the definition of “Habilitative services” and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with a disability

              Said Section 12A is further amended by striking “disabled person”  on line 32 within the definition of “transition plan” and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with a disability

              Section 12B  of chapter 71B as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition is amended by striking “disabled persons”  on line 26  and inserting in place thereof the words –

              persons with disabilities

              Section 12C  of chapter 71B as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition is amended by striking “disabled person”  on line 1  and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with disability

              Said Section 12C  is amended by striking “disabled person”  on line 16 and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with disability

              Said Section 12C  of chapter 71B is amended by striking “disabled person”  on line 29 and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with disability

              Said Section 12C  of chapter 71B is amended by striking “disabled person”  on line 41 and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with disability

              Said Section 12C  of chapter 71B is amended by striking “disabled person”  on line 52 and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with disability

              Said Section 12C  of chapter 71B as is amended by striking “disabled person”  on line 60-61 and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with disability

              Said Section 12C  of chapter 71B is amended by striking “disabled person”  on line 69 and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with disability

              Said Section 12C of chapter 71B  is amended by striking “disabled person” on line 87 and inserting in place thereof the words –

              person with a disability

              SECTION 2: The definition of “Habilitative services” in Section 12A of chapter 71B as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition is hereby amended inserting a second sentence as follows:

              Habilitative services shall also include, when necessary, instruction in independent living skills and functional life skills, independent or supportive housing, preparation for postsecondary education, preparation for individualized and integrated competitive or supported employment, and training in self-advocacy.

              SECTION 3: Section 12C of chapter 71B, second paragraph, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition is hereby amended by adding  a third sentence which follows:

              When such application is required, the bureau, or such other agency as may be providing a transition plan on its behalf, shall also provide training, assistance or referrals to students, parents and school regarding work incentive programs administered by the Social Security Administration for persons receiving disability benefits.

              SECTION 4: Section 2 of chapter 71B as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition is hereby amended by adding the following paragraphs:

              Said transition services to be provided by the school shall be closely coordinated with habilitative services provided by the bureau of transition planning of the executive office of health and human services, pursuant to section 12C of chapter 71B.   To facilitate this coordination, with the consent of the parents or a child who has reached the age of majority, the child’s school committee, with no less than 21 calendar days’ notice, shall invite to the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting a representative of the bureau of transition planning or any participating adult service agency identified by the bureau that is known by the school to be responsible for services pursuant to 20 U.S.C. §1414(d)(1)(D) or  section 12C of chapter 71B.   In the event that there is no participating adult service agency known to be responsible for services, the special education director or administrator employed by the school committee, or his or her designee, shall contact the bureau of transition planning before sending this invitation.  The bureau shall respond, to the extent practicable, by designating and identifying an adult services agency, or shall attend the IEP meeting on behalf of the executive office of health and human services.  Such representative shall attend at least one such IEP meeting for purposes of facilitating transition planning, no later than two years before either the date the student is anticipated to graduate from high school, or turn age twenty-two, whichever date is earlier.   By agreement of all participants, an Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) meeting to discuss services to be provided by any designated adult services agency may be held concurrently with Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting.    The identification of services in an Individualized Transition Plan (ITP), or the provision of other services provided by the bureau of transition planning or an agency acting on its behalf, shall not be deemed to alter any existing obligation of the local educational agency under state or federal law.   If a participating agency, other than the local educational agency, fails to provide the transition services described in the IEP, the local educational agency shall reconvene the IEP Team to identify alternative strategies to meet the transition objectives for the child set out in the IEP.   When a child is graduating or attaining the age of 22, whichever occurs first, the school shall provide to the student and to the participating agency a summary of the child’s academic achievement and functional performance, which shall include recommendations on how to assist the child in meeting the child’s postsecondary goals. 

              SECTION 5: Subject to appropriation, notwithstanding other provisions of the General Laws, the Department of Developmental Services shall develop and administer a discretionary demonstration program to provide, as part of a pilot project, services which are parallel in scope to programs of “community intellectual disability services” pursuant to Sections 12  and 13 of the Chapter 19B of the General Laws.   This program shall be limited to persons turning 22 (i.e., ages 20 to 24) with developmental disabilities, including but not limited to persons on the autism spectrum,  who currently do not meet the definition of “Person with an intellectual disability”  as defined in M.G.L. c. 123B §1, and regulations promulgated thereunder. The pilot project shall be administered consistent with appropriations and shall be limited to individuals who meet the developmental disabilities definition under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Amendments Act of 2000, 42 U.S.C.. 15002(8)).  The goals of the grant program shall be to meet the transitional needs of youth with developmental disabilities by expanding services and supports to those persons “without adult service agency ties” in the chapter 688 transition process, other than the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and to assist the Department in providing cost estimates to the Legislature pursuant to Section 6.

              SECTION 6: The secretary of executive office of health and human services shall file a report to the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, by January 1, 2014 and on an annual basis thereafter, describing information about the total number of individuals referred to the bureau of transition planning of the executive office of health and human services for habilitative services from the bureau or any agency acting on its behalf, and the total number of individuals for whom such services not made available.  For such persons for whom services were not made available, and who were determined to be persons with disabilities, said report shall include the proportion of individuals in need of extended case management services related to transition planning,  the proportion of types of habilitative services needed by these individuals, and the approximate cost of such type of services which were not provided.

              SECTION 7: The executive office of health and human services shall file a report to the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, by January 1, 2014  on proposed federal Medicaid revenue strategies to address adult service needs of transitioning students with disabilities who are not eligible for programs at state disability agencies.  The report shall evaluate the use of the home and community based services (HCBS) state plan option, Community Choice state option, Medicaid rehabilitation services option, HCBS waivers and demonstration waivers.  The report shall consider including ranges and methods of funding needed for individuals with varying support needs, e.g., those who require employment supports only, those who require social supports only, those who require community living/safety supports, those who require nursing or medical supports and/or those who require some combination.

              SECTION 8: Within 90 days after the passage of this act, the secretary of health and human services shall amend its rules and regulations governing transition planning services in accordance with this Act.

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