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Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2013 09:46 AM
From: Representative Gene DiGirolamo
To: All House members
Subject: Cosponsor Human Services Supplemental Funding
TO: All House Members

FROM: Gene DiGirolamo, Majority Chairman
Human Services Committee

DATE: January 3, 2013

SUBJECT: Cosponsorship of Human Services Supplemental Funding

In the near future, I intend to introduce a supplemental appropriation bill to restore $84M in funding for Human Services. The 10% cut that was part of the budget is severely impacting services for people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and addictions.

Increasingly, we are also hearing about layoffs, closings and the resulting loss of services for people who need them so badly. Families are scrambling to find alternative arrangements for their loved ones. Funding for these services must be a priority.

This legislation will return the line items to their funding levels from FY 11/12. There is sufficient money on the balance sheet for this fiscal year that allows us to make these badly needed restorations without adversely affecting our cushion for the current year or impeding the carry over for next fiscal year.

Attached is a chart outlining the changes that would be made in this legislation:

Human Services 2012/13 Supplemental Need – State Appropriations
(Dollars in Thousands)

DPW Appropriations That Include Funding for County Human Services Programs Enacted State Appropriation Supplemental Increase Revised State Appropriation
Mental Health Services $662,311 $54,977 $717,288
Intellectual Disabilities (ID) – Community Base Program $151,223 $14,497 $165,720
County Child Welfare $1,040,029 $4,399 $1,044,428
Behavioral Health Services $43,117 $4,791 $47,908
Homeless Assistance $18,496 $2,055 $20,551
Human Services Development Fund $13,460 $1,496 $14,956
MA Outpatient $360,137 $1,473 $361,610
Total Increase $83,687

Introduced as HB315