On July 8, 2012 Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 142 of the Acts of 2012, "An act providing for dementia-specific training for certain employees of long-term care facilities."
The Department of Public Health regulations were recently published in the February 28, 2014 issue of the Massachusetts Register and are also available online. CMR 150.022 through 105.029 set forth the minimum dementia staff training requirements for all nursing homes, and as well as the minimum standards with which a Dementia Special Care Unit (DSCU) must comply. These requirements apply to Level I, II and III facilities licensed under 105 CMR 150.000. This boston.com article highlights the changes.