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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1604         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1793

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Kay Khan

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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 increase access to mental health services.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Garrett J. Bradley

3rd Plymouth

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1604        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1793

By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1793) of Kay Khan and others for legislation to increase access to mental health services.  Mental Health and Substance Abuse. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to increase access to mental health 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. Subsection (g) of said section 7 of chapter 94C of the general laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended  in the second paragraph by striking out, in lines 129 and 130,  and in lines 138 and 139, the words “and psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialists”.

              SECTION 2. Subsection (g) of said section 7 of chapter 94C of the general laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph;-

              The commissioner shall promulgate regulations which provide for the registration of psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialists  as defined in section 80 B of chapter 112, to issue written prescriptions in accordance with regulations pursuant to section 80I of chapter 112. Prior to promulgating such regulations, the commissioner shall consult with the board of registration in nursing with regard to those schedules of controlled substances for which psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialists may be registered.

              SECTION 3. Section 80E of Chapter 112 is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 1 and 2 and in lines 7 and 8, the words “or psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialist”.

              SECTION 4. Chapter 112 is hereby amended by adding section 80I: -

              Section 80I. A nurse authorized to practice as a psychiatric nurse mental health clinical  specialist  pursuant to section 80B, may order and interpret tests, therapeutics and prescribe medications in accordance with regulations promulgated by the board and subject to the provisions of subsection (g) of section 7 of chapter 94C.

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