AN ACT RELATIVE TO ACCESS TO AUTOPSY REPORTS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
The eighth paragraph of section 2 of chapter 38 of the General Laws, as
in the 1998 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the first
sentence the following sentence:- If a medical examiner conducts an
autopsy on a body of a deceased person who within six months before the date of
services from a facility or program operated, contracted for, or licensed by
department of mental health, the office of the chief medical examiner shall
a copy of the autopsy report,
request, to the commissioner of mental health for the purpose of completing an
investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death,
if a next of kin does not object thereto.