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HOUSE DOCKET, NO.                 FILED ON: 3/19/2014

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4068

 

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Fourteen

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An Act to reinvest savings for the financial health of the human service system .

 

              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 7C of the General Laws as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 34 the following section:--

              Section 34A. Notwithstanding section 33 or any other general or special law to the contrary, when the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance requests from the general court authorization to dispose of state real property formerly used as a department of mental health state hospital, or a department of developmental services facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, the request shall include a restriction that requires: (1) not less than 20 per cent of the disposition proceeds from the transferred property be used to develop decent, safe, sanitary, affordable, community-based housing pursuant to applicable federal guidelines, for individuals who are clients of the department which operated such real property, if housing is not going to be developed on the site, or, (2) if housing is to be developed on the site, not less than 20 per cent of the housing so developed, to  be decent, safe, sanitary, affordable, community-based housing pursuant to applicable federal guidelines, for individuals who are clients of the department which operated such real property. 

              Housing developed or funded under this section shall be affordable to eligible individuals with incomes at or below 15 per cent of the area median income; provided, that the development may include scattered site, integrated independent living apartments; provided further that said restriction shall be recorded in the registry of deeds or the registry district of the land court of the county in which the affected property is located, running with the land, that the land be used for the purpose of providing housing for eligible individuals as determined by the department of mental health or the department of developmental  services, as the case may be; provided, further, that said property shall not be released from such restriction until after the expiration of 99 years from the date of initial occupancy by such eligible individuals.  If disposition proceeds from the transferred property are to be used for development of housing on property other than that formerly used as a department of mental health state hospital, or a department of developmental services facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, said proceeds shall be placed within a dedicated account under control of the appropriate agency as the case may be prior to their disposition into the General Fund.

             

              SECTION 2. The secretary of administration and finance shall direct not less than 20 per cent of the annual savings attributed to the community services expansion and facilities restructuring plan, so called, including, but not limited to, the savings derived from reduced facilities maintenance and upkeep resulting from said plan, to fund and implement chapter 257 of the acts of 2008.

              If the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance requests from the general court authorization to dispose of state real property formerly used as a department of mental health state hospital, or a department of developmental services facility, including the department’s developmental centers, the request shall require that not less than 20 per cent of the disposition of proceeds from the transferred property is directed to fund and implement chapter 257 of the acts of 2008.

              SECTION 3. (a)The department of developmental services  shall establish a contingency fund to assist: (1) individuals in need of services; (2) individuals who participate or wish to participate in self-direction or self-determination; (3) individuals with unanticipated, emergency or changing needs; and (4) in mitigating the impact on providers of individuals who choose to leave a group living arrangement.

              (b) The fund shall be comprised of 20 per cent of the savings from the closure of the Glavin Regional Center, the Monson Developmental Center and the Templeton Development Center and other funds as they may be available within the department’s budget and at its discretion. The department shall make every effort to ensure that the pool will retain sufficient funds for individuals utilizing self-determination and provider mitigation throughout the fiscal year.

              (c) The department shall develop a policy related to the fund for individuals utilizing self-direction.

              SECTION 4. The secretary of administration and finance, the secretary of health and human services, and the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance shall report annually to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families, and persons with disabilities the status of the community services expansion and facilities restructuring plan, so called, on the status of disposal of state real property formerly used as a department of mental health state hospital, or a department of developmental services facility, including any of the department’s five developmental centers, and progress for funding; (1) community-based affordable housing for clients of the department of mental health and the department of developmental services, (2) chapter 257 of the acts of 2008, and, (3) the department of developmental services’ contingency fund pursuant to section 3 of this act including how the revenue was expended.

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