The secretary of health and human services shall coordinate the purchase of behavioral
health services for children to promote economy and efficiency and improve service
delivery, thereby integrating services provided by the executive office of health
and human services into a comprehensive, community-based behavioral health delivery
system. The secretary shall establish guidelines for the department of children and families,
the department of youth services, the department of public health, the department
of developmental services and the office of Medicaid for the delivery of behavioral
health services to children, including children subject to proceedings under sections 39E to 39J, inclusive, of chapter 119, pursuant to which the commissioner of mental health shall be consulted in the design
and implementation of the commonwealth's behavioral health services for children;
and the secretary shall consult with the commissioner of early education and care
and the commissioner of elementary and secondary education to establish similar guidelines
for those respective departments.
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