Joint Committee onChildren, Families and Persons with Disabilities

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Senate Information
Room 208
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-1230
House Information
Room 146
State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel:(617) 722-2011
“It shall be the duty of the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities to consider all matters concerning child welfare, juvenile justice, public welfare, and children and adults with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities. It is the Committee’s responsibility to oversee the Departments of Children and Families, Developmental Services, Transitional Assistance and Youth Services; the Massachusetts Commissions for the Blind, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.”
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Bill Num. Title Sponsor Arrived Hearing Schedule
H.85  An Act relative to special education funding  William C. Galvin    3/10/2015   
H.75  An Act to provide an income tax exemption for families caring for their elderly relatives at home  Tackey Chan    3/10/2015   
H.126  An Act relative to living at home with use of technology for people with disabilities and seniors  Tom Sannicandro    3/10/2015   
H.127  An Act creating a means for tracking the unmet need of individuals with developmental disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  Tom Sannicandro    3/10/2015   
H.76  An Act relative to children in the care, protection, and custody of the Commonwealth  Nick Collins    3/10/2015   
H.74  An Act establishing a pilot program for adults with Asperger syndrome and autism  Garrett J. Bradley    3/10/2015   
H.83  An Act relative to providing a high impact program for long-term economic success  Gloria L. Fox 
Benjamin Swan  
H.115  An Act providing for enhanced protection of children and investigation of abuse and neglect allegations  Elizabeth A. Poirier    3/10/2015   
H.116  An Act relative to ensuring the safety of residents of facilities under the authority of the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Developmental Services  Elizabeth A. Poirier    3/10/2015   
H.131  An Act establishing an independent office of quality assurance for developmentally disabled persons  Angelo M. Scaccia    3/10/2015   
H.117  An Act relative to the licensure and regulation of au pair and nanny agencies by the Department of Early Education and Care  Elizabeth A. Poirier    3/10/2015   
H.98  An Act strengthening early support and education  Stephen Kulik    3/10/2015   
H.69  An Act relative to public assistance substance screening  F. Jay Barrows    3/10/2015   
H.122  An Act to establish the changing of determination standard for the Department of Children and Families  Dennis A. Rosa    3/10/2015   
H.123  An Act to establish an Independent Ombudsman office, external of the Department of Children and Families  Dennis A. Rosa    3/10/2015   
H.133  An Act providing for a study by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services relative to nonprofit group homes  Thomas M. Stanley    3/10/2015   
H.132  An Act relative to mandated reporters  John W. Scibak    3/10/2015   
H.118  An Act to prevent homelessness among recipients of transitional assistance  Denise Provost    3/10/2015   
H.119  An Act to end child homelessness  Denise Provost    3/10/2015   
H.87  An Act relative to nursing facility reporting  Thomas A. Golden, Jr.    3/10/2015   
H.81  An Act relative to health disparities council  James J. Dwyer    3/10/2015   
H.1319  An Act relative to establishing paternity  Colleen M. Garry    3/26/2015   
H.120  An Act affirming inclusion of people with disabilities on commissions of the Commonwealth  Denise Provost    3/10/2015   
H.134  An Act to reinvest savings for the financial health of the human service system  Thomas M. Stanley    3/10/2015   
H.135  An Act to establish an office of youth development  Benjamin Swan    3/10/2015   
H.88  An Act relative to the loss of state benefits  Thomas A. Golden, Jr.    3/10/2015   
H.110  An Act to increase the Commonwealth's compliance with federal law meeting requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act  James J. O'Day    3/10/2015   
H.104  An Act relative to proof of residency  James J. Lyons, Jr.    3/10/2015   
H.105  An Act relative to public benefit requirements  James J. Lyons, Jr.    3/10/2015   
H.106  An Act establishing a commission to study medical abuse claims  James J. Lyons, Jr.    3/10/2015   
H.124  An Act relative to creating a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers  Jeffrey N. Roy    3/10/2015   
H.108  An Act relative to the safe placement of newborn infants  Shaunna L. O'Connell    3/10/2015   
H.84  An Act to provide a pilot program for low interest loans to families with a child suffering from a terminal illness  Paul K. Frost    3/10/2015   
H.102  An Act establishing missing child trust fund  Marc T. Lombardo    3/10/2015   
H.128  An Act updating the real lives bill  Tom Sannicandro    3/10/2015   
H.101  An Act relative to the re-homing of children  John J. Lawn, Jr.    3/10/2015   
H.109  An Act relative to strengthening public assistance programs  Shaunna L. O'Connell 
Robert L. Hedlund  
H.103  An Act relative to proof of residency  Marc T. Lombardo    3/10/2015   
H.89  An Act regarding the use of aversive therapy  Danielle W. Gregoire    3/10/2015   
H.90  An Act requiring the Department of Transitional Assistance to track and report on the use of emergency shelter services by families  Danielle W. Gregoire    3/10/2015   
H.129  An Act to provide equal access to evaluations for children with disabilities  Tom Sannicandro    3/10/2015   
H.99  An Act relative to the definition of sole community provider  Stephen Kulik    3/10/2015   
H.96  An Act relative to the tuition of children in department of housing and community development family shelters  Louis L. Kafka    3/10/2015   
H.79  An Act providing immediate childcare assistance to homeless families  Marjorie C. Decker    3/10/2015   
H.114  An Act to increase the safety of newborns  Keiko M. Orrall    3/10/2015   
H.3207  An Act relative to providing culturally competent services in the commonwealth  Evandro C. Carvalho    3/27/2015   
H.100  An Act relative to mandated reporters  Kevin J. Kuros    3/10/2015   
H.70  An Act regarding spouses as caregivers  Jennifer E. Benson    3/10/2015   
H.71  An Act providing for the public disclosure of quality indicators for the developmentally disabled  Jennifer E. Benson    3/10/2015   
H.72  An Act relative to the welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  Nicholas A. Boldyga    3/10/2015   
H.3212  An Act regarding background checks on foster parents  James J. O'Day 
Jennifer L. Flanagan  
H.78  An Act to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities  Mark J. Cusack    3/10/2015   
H.73  An Act Relative to the Well-being of Public Assistance Recipients  Nicholas A. Boldyga    3/10/2015   
H.77  An Act to ensure continued health insurance coverage for children  Claire D. Cronin    3/10/2015   
H.121  An Act affirming inclusion of individuals with disabilities within civil rights protections and nondiscrimination provisions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  Denise Provost    3/10/2015   
H.137  An Act establishing a low vision registry  Timothy R. Whelan 
Richard J. Ross  
H.111  An Act to promote client and worker safety in the Department of Youth Services  James J. O'Day    3/10/2015   
H.86  An Act to promote employment for people with disabilities  Sean Garballey    3/10/2015   
H.112  An Act protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses  James J. O'Day 
Bruce E. Tarr  
H.113  An Act relative to cueing and supervision in the PCA program  James J. O'Day    3/10/2015   
H.91  An Act ensuring healthcare coverage for youth who have aged-out of the Department of Children and Families  Danielle W. Gregoire    3/10/2015   
H.107  An Act improving medical decision making  Christopher M. Markey    3/10/2015   
H.95  An Act ensuring the appropriate and timely payment and residential service placement for children deemed to be a safety risk  Steven S. Howitt    3/10/2015   
H.130  An Act renaming certain facilities, departments, and references in law and regulation  Tom Sannicandro    3/10/2015   
H.125  An Act An act ensuring equal access to services for all residents of the commonwealth  Byron Rushing    3/10/2015   
H.92  An Act relative to the best interests of children  Sheila C. Harrington    3/10/2015   
H.80  An Act relative to research and wards of state  Geoff Diehl    3/10/2015   
H.3209  An Act relative to lawful permanent resident status  Shaunna L. O'Connell 
Ryan C. Fattman  
H.93  An Act to extend kinship care to grandparents  Paul R. Heroux    3/10/2015   
H.3210  An Act establishing a yearly audit of the Department of Transitional Assistance  Shaunna L. O'Connell 
Ryan C. Fattman  
H.3211  An Act relative to SNAP work requirements  Shaunna L. O'Connell 
Ryan C. Fattman  
H.97  An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors  Kay Khan    3/10/2015   
H.94  An Act establishing a permanent commission on the social status of men and boys of color  Russell E. Holmes    3/10/2015