MGL Chapter 123

General Laws of Massachusetts – Chapter 123 – Mental Health

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Chapter 123, Section 1. Definitions.

Chapter 123, Section 2. Mental health; regulations.

Chapter 123, Section 3. Transfers; notice; emergencies.

Chapter 123, Section 4. Periodic review; notice.

Chapter 123, Section 5. Commitment or retention hearings; right to counsel; medical examination; notice.

Chapter 123, Section 6. Retention of persons; validity of orders; hearing.

Chapter 123, Section 7. Commitment and retention of dangerous persons; petition; notice; hearing.

Chapter 123, Section 8. Proceedings to commit dangerous persons; notice; hearing; orders; jurisdiction.

Chapter 123, Section 8A. [There is no 123:8A.]

Chapter 123, Section 8B. Treatment of committed persons with antipsychotic medication; petition; notice; hearing; guardian.

Chapter 123, Section 9. Review of matters of law; application for discharge; notice; hearing.

Chapter 123, Section 10. Voluntary admissions; consultation with attorney; discharge; outpatients; veterans.

Chapter 123, Section 11. Voluntary admissions; withdrawal; notice; examination; retention.

Chapter 123, Section 12. Emergency restraint of dangerous persons; application for hospitalization; examination.

Chapter 123, Section 13. Transfer of dangerous males to Bridgewater state hospital; retention period; further commitment; procedure.

Chapter 123, Section 14. Transfers from Bridgewater state hospital to other facilities.

Chapter 123, Section 15. Competence to stand trial or criminal responsibility; examination; period of observation; reports; hearing; commitment; delinquents.

Chapter 123, Section 16. Hospitalization of persons incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of mental illness; examination period; commitment; hearing; restrictions; dismissal of criminal charges.

Chapter 123, Section 17. Periodic review of incompetence to stand trial; petition; hearing; continued treatment; defense to charges; release.

Chapter 123, Section 18. Hospitalization of mentally ill prisoners; examination; reports; hearing; commitment; voluntary admission; reduction of sentence; discharge.

Chapter 123, Section 18A. Contributions towards cost of appointed counsel.

Chapter 123, Section 19. Parties or witnesses; determination of mental condition.

Chapter 123, Section 20. Extradition of mental institution escapees.

Chapter 123, Section 21. Transportation of mentally ill persons; restraint.

Chapter 123, Section 22. Civil liability of physicians, qualified psychologists and police.

Chapter 123, Section 23. Telephone access rights; mail rights; visitation rights; legal and civil rights;
suspension of rights; notice of rights.

Chapter 123, Section 24. Legal capacity of persons admitted or committed.

Chapter 123, Section 25. Guardian or conservator; appointment.

Chapter 123, Section 26. Deposit of funds held in trust for inpatients or residents; unclaimed funds and personal property; fiduciaries.

Chapter 123, Section 27. Administration of estate of deceased inpatient or resident.

Chapter 123, Section 28. Violent or unnatural death of patients; notice to district attorney.

Chapter 123, Section 29. Instruction and education; work programs; sale of work products.

Chapter 123, Section 30. Unauthorized absence of patients; notification of police, et al.; return.

Chapter 123, Section 31. Medicine and drugs; indigent patients.

Chapter 123, Section 32. Charges for care of persons in facilities.

Chapter 123, Section 33. Expenses of apprehension, examination, hearing, commitment or delivery; certification; audit; payment; fees.

Chapter 123, Section 34. Commitment or transfer to veterans administration or other federal agency.

Chapter 123, Section 35. Commitment of alcoholics or substance abusers.

Chapter 123, Section 36. Records; inspection.

Chapter 123, Section 36A. Court records of examination or commitment; privacy.

Chapter 123, Section 36B. Duty of licensed mental health professional to warn potential victims.

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