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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 1: Definitions

[ Text of section effective until July 1, 2016. For text effective July 1, 2016, see below.]

  Section 1. As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:--

  "Advisory board'', the child advocate advisory board established by section 4.

  "Child advocate'', the child advocate appointed under section 3.

  "Critical incident'', (a) a fatality, near fatality, or serious bodily injury of a child who is in the custody of or receiving services from the executive office of health and human services or 1 of its constituent agencies; or (b) circumstances which result in a reasonable belief that the executive office of health and human services or 1 of its constituent agencies failed in its duty to protect a child and, as a result, the child was at imminent risk of, or suffered, serious bodily injury.

  "Department'', the department of children and families.

  "Executive agency'', a state agency within the office of the governor that includes the executive office of education, the executive office of public safety and security, executive office of health and human services, the Massachusetts interagency council on homelessness and housing established by Executive Order No. 492 and the executive office of housing and economic development.

  "Office'', the office of the child advocate.

  "Serious bodily injury'', bodily injury which involves a substantial risk of death, extreme physical pain, protracted and obvious disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ or mental faculty.

Chapter 18C: Section 1. Definitions

[ Text of section as amended by 2016, 133, Sec. 21 effective July 1, 2016. See 2016, 133, Sec. 203. For text effective until July 1, 2016, see above.]

  Section 1. As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

  "Advisory council'', the child advocate advisory council established in section 4.

  "Child advocate'', the child advocate appointed under section 3.

  "Critical incident'', (i) a fatality, near fatality or serious bodily or emotional injury of a child who is in the custody of or receiving services from an executive agency or a constituent agency; or (ii) circumstances which result in a reasonable belief that an executive agency or a constituent agency failed in its duty to protect a child and, as a result, the child was at imminent risk of, or suffered serious bodily or emotional injury or death.

  "Department'', the department of children and families.

  "Executive agency'', a state agency within the office of the governor, including the executive office of education, the executive office of public safety and security, executive office of health and human services, and their constituent agencies, the Massachusetts interagency council on housing and homelessness and the executive office of housing and economic development.

  "Office'', the office of the child advocate.

  "Serious bodily or emotional injury'', an injury which involves a substantial risk of death, extreme physical pain, protracted and obvious disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ or mental faculty or emotional distress.