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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1331         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1194

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Ruth B. Balser

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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 improve public safety by facilitating access to addiction services.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1331        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1194

By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1194) of Ruth B. Balser and others for legislation require county and state correctional facilities to provide substance abuse services to certain inmates.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to improve public safety by facilitating access to addiction services.
 

              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 126 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting, after section 27, the following new section:

              Section 28.   Substance Abuse Services.

              The sheriff shall ensure that each person admitted to a county correctional facility, including a house of correction or jail, shall be evaluated to identify  his or her substance abuse history, and that each person with such a history is provided with addiction services upon request.   The sheriff may make such treatment available by directly engaging qualified  providers  of substance abuse services, through collaboration with other agencies, and by utilizing  volunteers from community recovery programs.

              SECTION 2.  Chapter 127 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2000 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after section 17, the following new section:

              Section 17A.  Substance Abuse Services.

                            The Commissioner shall ensure that each person admitted to a state correctional facility is evaluated to identify  his or her substance abuse history, and  that each person with such a history is provided  with  addiction services upon request.  The commissioner  may make such treatment  available by directly engaging qualified  providers  of substance abuse services, through collaboration with other agencies, and by utilizing volunteers from community recovery programs.

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