Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The first paragraph of section 135 of chapter 112 of the General Laws, as amended by section 12 of chapter 566 of the acts of 1987, is hereby further amended by striking out clause (g) and inserting in place thereof the following two clauses:-
(g) where the social worker has acquired information while acting as an elder protective services worker for a designated protective services agency as defined in section fourteen of chapter nineteen A and has acquired the information while conducting an assessment in accordance with section eighteen of said chapter nineteen A;
(h) in the case of marital therapy, family therapy or consultation in contemplation of such therapy, with the written consent of each adult patient participant.
SECTION 2. The second paragraph of section 20B of chapter 233 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1986 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- This privilege shall apply to patients engaged with a psychotherapist in marital therapy, family therapy, or consultation in contemplation of such therapy.