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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 777         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 908

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jennifer L. Flanagan

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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 permit the Department of Developmental Services to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

Kevin J. Murphy

18th Middlesex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Anthony W. Petruccelli

First Suffolk and Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Kathleen O'Connor Ives

First Essex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 777        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 908

By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 908) of Jennifer L. Flanagan, William N. Brownsberger, Michael J. Rodrigues, Richard J. Ross and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities.  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 permit the Department of Developmental Services to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities.
 

              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 1 of chapter 123B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following definition, following line 17:

              “Person with a developmental disability”, a person with a severe, chronic disability of an individual 5 years of age or older that:

              (1) Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments;

              (2) Is manifested before the individual attains age 22;

              (3) Is likely to continue indefinitely;

              (4) Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity;                 

              (i) Self-care;                      

              (ii) Receptive and expressive language;                       

              (iii) Learning;                       

              (iv) Mobility;                       

              (v) Self-direction;                     

              (vi) Capacity for independent living; and                      

              (vii) Economic self-sufficiency.

              (5) Reflects the individual's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, supports, or other assistance that is of lifelong or extended duration and is individually planned and coordinated, except that such term, when applied to infants and young children means individuals from birth to age               5, inclusive, who have substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired conditions with a high probability of resulting in developmental disabilities if services are not provided.

              A person who has a developmental disability may be considered to be mentally ill; provided, however, that no person with a developmental disability shall be considered to be mentally ill solely by reason of the person’s developmental disability.

              SECTION 2:

              Section 2 of chapter 123B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph, following line 13:

              The department shall, in accordance with section two of chapter thirty A and subject to appropriation, adopt regulations consistent with this chapter which establish procedures and the highest practicable professional standards for community services for persons with developmental disabilities. 

              SECTION 3:

              Section 1 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting, on line 7, following “persons with an intellectual disability” the words -

              or persons with a developmental disability.

              Said Section 1 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby further amended by striking “mental retardation services” on line 23 and inserting in place thereof the words–

              services for persons with an intellectual disability

              Said Section 1 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby further amended by striking “intellectual disabilities services” on lines 27 and 28, and inserting in place thereof the words–

              services for persons with an intellectual disability or a developmental disability.

              Section 2 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by striking “mental retardation” on line 2, and inserting in place thereof the words-

              of the department of developmental services

              Said Section 2 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby further amended by striking “mental retardation” on line 18.

              Section 2 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by striking “for mental retardation in the commonwealth” on line 31 and inserting in place thereof the words-

              for persons with intellectual disabilities and services served for people with               developmental disabilities in the commonwealth.

              Section 12 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by striking “mental retardation programs” on line 4 and inserting in place thereof the words-

              programs for persons with an intellectual disability

              SECTION 3:

              Chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting after Section 12 the following section:

              Section 12A. The department, subject to appropriation, shall establish a comprehensive program of community developmental disability services, and shall establish               standards for the development of programs at appropriate geographic areas to ensure access to needed services.  The commissioner shall ensure citizen, consumer and family participation in the oversight of community developmental disability services at all such levels, including the local level.

              Section 13 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting, on lines 2 and 3, following “community intellectual disability services” the words—

              and community developmental disability services

              Section 13 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting on lines 8 and 9, following “intellectual disability”, the words—

              and developmental disability services

              Section 13 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting, on line 13 following “Intellectual disability services” the words—

              and developmental disability services

              SECTION 4:

              Chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by the inserting after Section 15 the following section:

              Section 15A. (a) The department shall issue for a term of two years, and may renew for like               terms, a license, subject to revocation by it for cause, to any program which offers               to the public residential or day care services and is represented as providing treatment of persons with a developmental disability, and which is deemed by it to               be responsible and suitable to meet applicable licensure standards and requirements, except that: (1) the department may license those programs providing care but not treatment of persons with an intellectual disability; and (2) licensing by the department is not required where such residential or day care treatment is provided within an institution or facility licensed by the department of public health under the provisions of chapter one hundred and eleven. Whether or not a license is issued under clause (1), the department shall make regulations for the operation of such programs. The department may grant the type of license which it deems suitable for the program. The department shall fix reasonable fees for licenses and renewal thereof.

              (b) Each program licensed under the provisions of this section shall maintain and               make available to the department such statistical and diagnostic data as may be               required by the department.

              (c) Each such program licensed by the department shall be subject to the               supervision, visitation and inspection of the department, and the department may               make regulations for the proper operation of such programs.

              (d) The department may refuse to grant, suspend, revoke, limit or restrict the               applicability of or refuse to renew a license granted under this section, subject to               the procedural requirements of section thirteen of chapter thirty A for any               violation of its regulations or standards concerning such program. The department               may temporarily suspend a license prior to a hearing in cases of emergency if it               deems that such suspension would be in the public interest; provided, however,               that upon request of an aggrieved party, a hearing pursuant to section thirteen of               chapter thirty A, shall be held after the license is suspended. Any party aggrieved               by a decision of the department under this section may appeal in accordance with               the provisions of section fourteen of chapter thirty A.

              (e) No program for which a license is required under paragraph (a), shall provide               residential or day care services for the treatment or care of persons with a               developmental disability unless it has obtained a license under the provisions of               this section. The superior court sitting in equity shall have jurisdiction, upon               petition of the department, to restrain any violation of the provisions of this               section or to take such other action as equity and justice may require. Whoever               violates the provisions of this section shall be punished for the first offense by a               fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than               two years.

              (f) Each person served by such a program, shall be granted protection from               commercial and private exploitation of any kind. No person shall be video taped,               audio taped, photographed, interviewed or exposed to the public without either               the person’s express written consent, or that of the person’s legal guardian.              Whoever violates the               provision of this paragraph shall be punished by a fine of               not more than two thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than two and               one-half years in a house of correction or by imprisonment for not more than five               years in the state prison.

              (g) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a) to (f), inclusive, any child               care center, family child care home, family child care system, family foster care               or group care facility as defined in section 1A of chapter 15D, shall not be subject               to the provisions of this section.

              SECTION 5:

              Section 17 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by striking “mentally retarded persons” on lines 1 and 2 and inserting in place thereof the words-

              persons with an intellectual disability or a developmental disability

              Section 17 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by striking “mentally regarded person” on line 11 and inserting in place thereof the words-

              person with an intellectual disability or a developmental disability

              SECTION 6:

              Section 18 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by striking “mentally ill and persons with an intellectual disability” on line 10 and inserting in place thereof the words-

              persons with mental illness and intellectual or developmental disabilities

              Section 18 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by striking “mentally ill and mentally retarded individuals” on lines 14 and 15 and inserting in place thereof the words-

              persons with mental illness and intellectual or developmental disabilities

              Section 18 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended

              by striking “a person with an intellectual disability and mentally ill”  on lines 16 and 17 and inserting in place thereof the words-

              a person with an intellectual or developmental disability and a mental illness

              Section 18 of chapter 19B as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended

              by inserting, on line 29-30 following “intellectual disability”, the words-

              or a developmental disability,

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