The Senate Ways & Means Committee's recently released FY19 budget includes an additional $750,000 over Governor Charlie Baker's budget for the statewide head injury program and an additional $30,000 for services for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) who are aging.
However, there are a number of areas of concern regarding the budget, which is why ADDP has worked with legislators who filed a number of budget amendments. Last week, ADDP asked members to contact their state senators immediately urging them to sponsor the budget amendments outlined below:
- Day and Employment Services Line Items 5920-2025 and 5920-2026 (amendment #549)
Senator Barbara L'Italien is the lead sponsor of this amendment . ADDP is seeking an additional $3 million through this amendment.
- Community Residential Supports Line Item 5920-2000 (amendment #462)
Senator Susan Collins is the lead sponsor of this amendment. ADDP is seeking an additional $18 million through this amendment.
- Transportation Line Item 5911-2000 (amendment #453)
Senator John Keenan is the lead sponsor of this amendment. ADDP is seeking an additional $2.6 million through this amendment.
- Adult Foster Care Line Item 4405-2000 (amendment #473)
Senator John Keenan is the lead sponsor of this amendment. ADDP is seeking to restore AFC rates to its pre-cut funding levels. ADDP is seeking an additional $2 million through this amendment.
Additionally, ADDP supports amendment #589, sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr. Amendment #589 calls for an exemption to Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) for non-profit, community-based organizations.
ADDP also strongly supports the efforts of the Arc of Mass's Supporting Families campaign which seeks to add an additional $6 million to Line Item 5920-3000 (Senator Cindy Friedman is lead sponsor of amendment #616); an additional $1.5 million to Kid's Autism Services in Line Item 5920-3010 (Senator L'Italien is lead sponsor of amendment #551); and an additional $2.5 million to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education/Department of Developmental Services (DESE/DDS) program, Line Item 5948-0012 & 7061-0012 (Senator Jason Lewis is lead sponsor of amendment #540). These items have a strong and effective record in helping families survive, keeping their loved ones at home, and overall reducing or eliminating the need for out of home placements, thus saving the Commonwealth significant dollars.
The Senate budget debate starts early next week. We will keep you posted on our amendments and support/services of interest to our community.