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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1744         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 308

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bruce E. Tarr

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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 relative to psychotropic medications.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1744        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 308

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 308) of Bruce E. Tarr and Robert L. Hedlund for legislation relative to psychotropic medications.  Elder Affairs. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to psychotropic medications.
 

              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. For the purpose of this section, “psychotropic medication” means medication whose use for antipsychotic, antidepressant, antimanic, antianxiety, behavioral modification or behavioral management purposes is listed in AMA Drug Evaluations, latest edition, or Physician's Desk Reference, latest edition, or which are administered for any of these purposes.

              No resident in a nursing home , rest home, or other long term care facility shall be prescribed or administered, psychotropic medications, unless, the nursing home, rest home or other long term facility, in which the resident resides and the prescribing physician shall have first obtained, informed written consent from the resident, the resident's health care proxy and the resident's designated contact. If the resident has been declared incompetent and there is no health care proxy nor designated contact, then the nursing home, rest home or long term care facility shall obtain a court appointed Rogers guardian.

              The prescribing physician shall discuss, with the resident, health care proxy, designated contact and the court appointed Rogers guardian (if appointed) relative to the psychotropic medication, and the attendant risks to such resident, at the time of the prescription. The prescribing physician shall document both the conversation and the written consent form outlining the possible side effects. Both documents shall be signed by the physician and the resident, health care proxy, designated contact and the court appointed Rogers guardian (if appointed). The facility shall then keep on record, the signed written consent form between the resident, the resident's health care proxy, the resident's designated contact and the prescribing physician in the resident's records at the facility.

              In addition to any other penalty prescribed by law, a facility that is found to have violated this subsection , or the federal certification requirement that informed consent be obtained before administering a psychotropic medication shall thereafter be required to obtain the signatures of 2 licensed health care professionals on every form purporting to give informed consent for the administration of a psychotropic medication certifying the personal knowledge of each health care professional that the consent was obtained in compliance with the requirements of this subsection.

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