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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 742        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1206


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Sal N. DiDomenico


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 promote the public health through workplace safety for social workers.






Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex

Frederick E. Berry


Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Michael J. Rodrigues


Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Katherine M. Clark

Middlesex and Essex

William N. Brownsberger


Gale D. Candaras


Harriette L. Chandler


Kenneth J. Donnelly


Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin

James B. Eldridge


Susan C. Fargo


Barry R. Finegold


John Hart, Jr.


Robert L. Hedlund


Patricia D. Jehlen


Thomas P. Kennedy


Michael R. Knapik


Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex and Middlesex

Mark C. Montigny


Michael O. Moore


Marc R. Pacheco


Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Anthony W. Petruccelli


Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Stanley C. Rosenberg

Hampshire and Franklin

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex

Stephen Stat Smith

28th Middlesex

Karen E. Spilka


Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Bruce E. Tarr


James E. Timilty


Steven A. Tolman


Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

James T. Welch


Brian A. Joyce

Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth

Michael F. Rush

Suffolk and Norfolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Daniel A. Wolf


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 742        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1206

By Mr. DiDomenico, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1206) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Frederick E. Berry, Sean Garballey, Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote the public health through workplace safety for social workers [Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security].


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act to promote the public health through workplace safety for social workers.


              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 General laws are hereby amended by inserting after chapter 111N the following chapter:-

                                                                                       CHAPTER 111O

                                                                  WORKPLACE SAFETY FOR SOCIAL WORKERS

              Section 1.  As used in this chapter, the following words shall, unless the context requires otherwise, have the following meanings:—

              “Behavioral health care employer”, any employer employing five or more licensed social workers.

              “Licensed social worker” a social worker licensed pursuant to sections one hundred and thirty-one to one hundred and thirty-seven inclusive of chapter one hundred and twelve.

              Section 2. A behavioral health care employer shall perform annually an assessment of factors that may put a licensed social worker at risk of workplace violence. Factors shall include, but need not be limited to working in high-crime areas; working outside normal business hours; working alone; working with people in crisis; working with people with known histories of violent behavior; and working in areas with known security problems.

              Section 3.  Based on the assessment, a behavioral health care employer shall: (a) establish a system for recording centrally all incidents of workplace violence or threats of such violence against licensed social workers; (b) prepare a written violence prevention and crisis response plan, which plan shall include those measures the behavioral health care employer intends to take to respond to any incident of workplace violence against a licensed social worker; (c) provide each licensed social worker employee with a copy of such violence prevention and crisis response plan; (d)  implement a training program to educate licensed social worker employees about workplace violence and ways behavioral healthcare employers and licensed social workers can ameliorate such risks; and (e) develop and maintain a violence prevention and response team to monitor ongoing compliance with the violence prevention and crisis response plan and to assist any licensed social worker victimized by or threatened with workplace violence. 

              Section 4.  The commissioner of the department of public health shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement the purposes of this act. 

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