Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 29 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 23, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, the following section:-
Section 23A. Subject to the provisions of sections twenty-four and twenty-five, the comptroller shall provide for semimonthly payments by officers receiving advances pursuant to this chapter and to section twenty of chapter eighteen B, to eligible organizations under contract with the commonwealth to provide social, educational or rehabilitative services. Said semimonthly payments shall be made in accordance with a schedule to be included in each such contract, on the basis of projected expenses or services and shall be adjusted monthly and at the end of each contract, pursuant to the submission of a voucher or other claim for payment, to reflect the actual cost or extent of services rendered.
The comptroller shall establish rules and regulations governing the eligibility of providers to receive semimonthly payments including but not limited to, proper incorporation and recording with the secretary of state, and compliance with all applicable state and federal laws. Each such eligible provider shall, at the end of each billing period, submit timely, complete and accurate documentation prepared in accordance with the terms of its contract and with requirements of the comptroller. Any violation of the provisions of this paragraph shall result in ineligibility for semimonthly payments for a period of one year from the date of disqualification. Prior to reinstatement of eligibility, a provider must submit proof of ability to comply with the requirements of this section and with any regulations promulgated pursuant hereto. The comptroller shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.
SECTION 2. The regulations required under the provisions of section one of this act shall be promulgated on or before January first, nineteen hundred and eighty-eight.
Section 3. On or before August first, nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, the comptroller shall file a report with the clerks of the house and the senate relative to the extent to which the provisions of section one have been implemented.