MGL c.6A, s.16P-16S Yolanda's Law: Enhancing children's mental health treatment
MGL c.111, s.24E Access to Contraception
MGL c.111, s.222 Concussion and Sports Participation
MGL c.112, s.12E Access to Drug Treatment
MGL c.112, s.12F Emergency Treatment of Minors
MGL c.112, s.12S Consent to Abortion Persons Less than 18 Years Old
MGL c.123, s.10 Admission to Mental Health Facilities
St. 2012, c.77 Medical Emergency Response Plans for Schools (Michael's Law)
Local school districts will now be required to develop efficient written medical response plans to be better prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies, including training in CPR and use of defibrillators.
Selected case law
Comm. v. Twitchell, 416 Mass. 114 (1993)
The parents of a seriously ill 2.5 year old child had a common law duty to seek medical treatment for their child, the violation of which, if their conduct was wanton or reckless, could support a conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the child's death, and the spiritual healing provisions of G. L. c. 273, § 1, a statute concerning child support and care, and not apply to foreclose the parents' prosecution for involuntary manslaughter.
Rosie D. v. Romney, 410 F.Supp. 2d 18 (2006)
Massachusetts "violated ...provisions of the Medicaid Act by failing to offer necessary medical services to children in this Commonwealth who suffer from serious emotional disturbances."
- Children with Special Health Care Needs, Mass. Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Includes links to sources of information and assistance in a wide variety of areas of children's health
- Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), Children's Law Center
An effort by MassHealth to provide more community-based behavioral health or mental health services to youth under the age of 21 with MassHealth and who meet certain criteria. Sometimes these services are also called "Rosie D." services. Explains eligibility and more.
- Concussion Information, MIAA
Includes information for schools, coaches, and parents on the concussion law and concussion policies
- Consent to Medical Treatment by Minors in Massachusetts, Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project
Outlines the consent laws for minors seeking medical treatment under a variety of circumstances
- Parents' How-To Guide on Children's Mental Health Services in Massachusetts, 3d ed., 2011
Boston Bar Association. Includes steps for getting help, paying for services, services in your child's school, and more
- Quick Reference on CBHI Mental Health Services for Youth, Children's Law Center, 2013.
Massachusetts must provide "behavioral health screening, diagnostic evaluation, and an array of new behavioral health services to children up to age 21 who have MassHealth." Explains services available and how to access them.
- Responding to Scenes Involving Minors Refusing Treatment or Transport, Office of Emergency Medical Services 1/18/05
Provides guidance to emergency medical personnel on how to respond to minors refusing treatment in accordance with Mass. law
- Students with Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Orders, Mass. Dept. of Education, November 30, 2004
In response to requests from several Massachusetts school districts, the following guidelines for the care of students with Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Orders were developed in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Office of Emergency Medicine and the MDPH Legal Office.
- Child Welfare Practice in Massachusetts, MCLE, loose-leaf, chapter 21: Medical and Mental Health Treatment for Children in DSS Custody
- Handbook on the Legal Rights of Minors, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, 2001
- Health for Teens in Care: A Judge's Guide, by Karen Aileen Howze, ABA, 2002
- Protecting Children in a Changing World: Advocacy Strategies for Children's Rights, by Susan F. Cole, MCLE, 2003
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