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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1740        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 555


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Theodore C. Speliotis


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 regarding residential habilitation.






Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

William C. Galvin

6th Norfolk

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1740        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 555

By Mr. Speliotis of Danvers, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 555) of Theodore C. Speliotis and others that the Division of Medical Assistance provide coverage for residential habilitation services for individuals age sixty or older.  Elder Affairs. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 1101 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act regarding residential habilitation.


              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. Chapter 118 E is hereby amended by adding after section 10F, the following new section:--

              Section 10G. The division shall provide coverage for residential habilitation services for individuals age sixty or older, if such individual has been determined by the division to be clinically eligible for long term care services, and requires said residential habilitation services in order to remain living in the least restrictive setting appropriate to meet his needs in accordance with section 6 of this chapter.

              The term ‘residential habilitation’ shall mean ongoing services and supports provided to beneficiaries in a residential setting that are designed to assist beneficiaries in acquiring, maintaining, or improving the skills necessary to live in a community setting. Residential habilitation provides beneficiaries with daily staff intervention including care, supervision, and assistance in activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, and community integration in a residential setting qualified by the division with 24-hour staffing . Residential habilitation may include the provision of medical and health-care services that are integral to meeting the daily needs of beneficiaries. 

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