The Department of Mental Health has filed regulations for public comment implementing the “Reasonable Daily Access to Fresh Air” Act of 2014. This act added access to fresh air to the list of rights of individuals hospitalized in psychiatric facilities operated, contracted or licensed by DMH.
The hearing on the proposed regulations will take place on September 15, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the DMH Central Office, 25 Staniford St., Boston, MA 02114. Click here for directions.
Individuals planning to offer oral testimony on the proposed regulations mentioned above should arrive and register at the hearing site 30 minutes before their intent to testify and provide a written copy or summary of their testimony at the hearing. Written comments may be submitted at the hearing or mailed to the Office of the General Counsel, Department of Mental Health, 25 Staniford Street, Boston, MA 02114; or fax to (617) 626-8242; or submitted by e-mail to: DMHemail@example.com NO LATER THAN September 11, 2015. Comment Period ends at the close of the Public Hearing on September 15, 2015.
ACCOMMODATION: If you plan to attend the public hearing and wish to request the accommodation of a sign language or other interpreter, contact the DMH Legal Office at least 10 days in advance of the hearing date at 617-626-8236.
Click here to download the Notice of Public Hearing.