SENATE, No. 2781

SENATE, July 1, 2008.

Substituted by amendment by the Senate (Ethics and Rules) for the House Bill establishing self determination for persons with disabilities (House, No. 4525).

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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In the Year Two Thousand and Eight.


RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR AN INVESTIGATION AND STUDY BY THE COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL RETARDATION ON A SELF-DETERMINATION MODEL FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

      Resolved, That the commissioner of mental retardation shall conduct a study and make recommendations for the implementation of a self-determination model for funding services and supports for clients of the department of mental retardation.  The model shall include the following: (a) an individual budget for each participant’s service and support plan; (b) appropriate assistance for each participant to design, implement and control a unique service and support plan; (c) the arrangement of unique services and supports preferred by the participant; and (d) a system of accountability for the use of public funds. 
      The commissioner shall appoint an advisory committee to assist with the study and recommendations.
      The commissioner shall file a report of the results of its investigation and its recommendations, if any, together with drafts of legislation and administrative recommendations necessary to implement the self-determination model with the governor and the clerks of the senate and house of representatives not later than June 30, 2009.