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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 298         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 921

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Karen E. Spilka

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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 for alcoholism or substance abuse at certain facilities.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 298        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 921

By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 921) of Karen E. Spilka for legislation relative to the civil commitment for alcoholism or substance abuse at certain facilities.  Mental Health and Substance Abuse. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 989 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 for alcoholism or substance abuse at certain facilities.
 

              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 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 26 – 29, the words, “or if any such person is committed for rehabilitative purposes to the Massachusetts correctional institution, Bridgewater or to the Massachusetts correctional institution, Framingham, he shall be required to remain for a period of not less than ten days.”

              SECTION 2.   Section 7 of chapter 111B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following sentence:-

              The department shall ensure that no one is committed to the Massachusetts correctional institutions at Bridgewater and Framingham for rehabilitative purposes, pursuant to this section or pursuant to section 35 of chapter 123 of the General Laws.

              SECTION 3.   Section 35 of chapter 123 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “psychologist,” in line 33, the following words:- The person shall be assessed using a standardized evaluation tool to be created by the Department of Mental Health in collaboration with the Department of Public Health.

              SECTION 4.   Said Section 35 of chapter 123 is hereby amended by striking out the following two sentences:- “The person may be committed to the Massachusetts correctional institution at Bridgewater, if a male, or at Framingham, if a female, provided that there are not suitable facilities available under chapter one hundred and eleven B; and provided, further that the person so committed shall be housed and treated separately from convicted criminals. A person so committed may be released prior to the expiration of the period of commitment upon determination by the superintendent that release of said person will not result in a likelihood of serious harm.”

              SECTION 5.   Said Section 35 of chapter 123 is hereby further amended by striking out the words, “including the separated facilities at the Massachusetts correctional institutions at Bridgewater and Framingham”.

              SECTION 6.   Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of mental health in collaboration with the department of public health shall study and report to the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse and the joint committee on public health the budgetary needs required to provide enough secure treatment beds to meet the requirements of this section by December 31, 2014. The report shall include immediate budgetary needs for fiscal year 2015 and projected annual expenditure requirements through fiscal year 2020.

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