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The Department of Public Health has implemented the requirements of Chapter 91 of the Acts of 2005, An Act Providing Timely Access to Emergency Contraception. The documents below include fact sheets on emergency contraception for patients and providers; requirements for and regulations concerning hospital provision of emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault; guidelines for pharmacist dispensing of emergency contraception pursuant to standing orders; model standing orders for physicians; and frequently asked questions (FAQs). Also provided is contact information for questions concerning the regulations, policies, fact sheets and emergency contraception in general.
For facilities that provide emergency care to sexual assault survivors
- Access to Emergency Contraception Circular Letters
Explains hospital regulations including requirements for legislatively-mandated fact sheets and reporting forms
- Key Facts About Emergency Contraception After Sexual Assault
Legislatively-mandated medically and factually accurate fact information on Emergency Contraception (EC) prepared by the commissioner of public health
- Provider Sexual Crime Report (PSCR)
This mandatory, anonymous hospital reporting form must be filed for each survivor of sexual assault that reports to the emergency department. This form, also located within each Massachusetts Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (MSAECK), contains the emergency contraception report. Upon completion, the PSCR should be faxed to both the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) at 617-725-0260 and to the local public safety authority in the town in which the assault occurred.
- Clinical Guidelines for IUD Insertion in the Context of Sexual Assault
For more information or help to schedule timely IUD insertion to prevent pregnancy following sexual assault, contact 617-616-1636 or your local Family Planning Program, community health center or hospital's OB/GYN department. Public funding to cover related costs may be available from MA Crime Victim’s Compensation, MDPH Family Planning Program, or the Health Safety Net, Rape Crisis Centers or Family Planning Program can also help you access this EC option and/or contraceptive coverage.
- Rape Crisis Counselors can Help Sexual Assault Survivors Access EC at Hospital Emergency Departments
For licensed pharmacists and actively practicing physicians
- Joint Guidelines regarding Pharmacist Dispensing of Emergency Contraception
Includes requirements for standing orders, training, and annual reporting
- Model Standing Order
The procedures and protocols in this model standing order reflect medical research and standards of practice, approved 2005, last revised 2015. The standing order must be signed by the physician
- Annual Reporting Form
To be submitted electronically to MDPH by August 1 of each year at: pharmacy.DPH-EC@state.ma.us
- Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 2007
- EC Pharmacy Access Information: For Pharmacists
- EC Pharmacy Access Programs in MA
For anyone in need of access to EC and other support services
For more help getting low-cost Emergency Contraception (EC) or other confidential support services
- Find a local Family Planning Program by visiting www.mass.gov/dph/familyplanning
- Call a local Rape Crisis Center at: 1-800-841-8371 (English) or 1-800-223-5001 (Español), or visit www.surviverape.org
View a list of ways that a rape crisis counselor can help a sexual assault survivor in the hospital emergency department.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Program , 617-624-6060
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services (SAPSS) , 617-624-5457
- Board of Registration in Medicine, (781) 876-8200
This information is provided by the Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification within the Department of Public Health.