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Outside Section 207
Data Current as of:  10/17/2014

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Bridgewater state hospital working group

SECTION 207.   (a) There shall be a legislative and executive working group to examine and make recommendations relative to Bridgewater state hospital including the provision of mental health services, the care and protection of the inmates at the hospital and the development and implementation of specialized or general training requirements for all hospital employees coming into contact with the inmates at the hospital. The working group shall consider and make recommendations for ways to effectuate better coordination and cost containment of mental health services, care and protection, initial and in-service trainings, record keeping and oversight of the hospital.

(b) The working group shall consist of the following 9 members: the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on public safety and homeland security, who shall serve as co-chairs; the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse; 1 member of the house of representatives, who shall be selected by the house minority leader; 1 member of the senate, who shall be selected by the senate minority leader; the commissioner of mental health or a designee; the commissioner of correction or a designee; and the commissioner of public health or a designee. As necessary, the working group: (i) shall meet with affected stakeholders; (ii) shall consult and collaborate with nongovernmental organizations that have expertise that may benefit the working group; and (iii) may create advisory groups that include affected stakeholders.

(c) The working group shall file a report not later than March 1 2015, including recommendations and any proposed legislation necessary to carry those recommendations into effect, with the clerks of the house of representatives and senate and the chairs of the senate and house committees on ways and means.