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Governor launches FY ‘18 budget process with House 1 proposal

Governor Charlie Baker announced his $40.5 billion budget proposal for FY '18 on Jan. 25, featuring increases in many human services areas. In his budget message, Gov. Baker highlighted increased spending at the Department of Children and Families and to combat substance misuse.

The Governor also noted the administration continues to address homelessness prevention with $500 million in funding for "individuals and families who seek suitable accommodations and permanent housing. Since the start of our administration, we have reduced overall emergency caseload by 22 percent and families housed in hotels and motels by over 90 percent."

EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders called it a “strong maintenance budget with select areas of growth.”

You can access the full budget here. You can also view the EOHHS budget itself at this link. The Council’s budget tracker can be found here.

The Providers' Council is reviewing the budget for changes to human services accounts or line items, and we will provide more information to our members as we receive it. Some items of interest include:

  • Supportive and TANF Childcare (EEC 3000-3060): House 1 proposes funding this account at $223.2 million, a 2.69 percent increase over FY '17 projected spending;
  • Turning 22 Programs & Services (MCB 4110-2000): House 1 proposes funding this account at $13.8 million, a 5.41 percent increase over FY '17 projected spending;
  • Residential Services for Committed Population (DYS 4200-0300): House 1 proposes funding this account at nearly $120 million, a 4.22 percent increase over FY '17 projected spending;
  • Employment Services Program (DTA 4401-1000): House 1 proposes funding this account at $14.6 million, a 7.38 percent increase over FY '17 projected spending. It does, however, contain an additional $1 million from eliminated DTA line item 4400-1979 (Pathways to Self Sufficiency), a program that was consolidated into the 4401-1000 line item. With that adjustment, the line is essentially level funded;
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Treatment and Services (DPH 4512-0103): House 1 proposes funding this account at $28.3 million, a 8.30 percent decrease from FY '17 projected spending;
  • Family Health Services (DPH 4513-1000): House 1 proposes funding this account at $4.8 million, a 11.9 percent decrease from FY '17 projected spending;
  • Services for Children and Families (DCF 4800-0038): House 1 proposes funding this account at $292.1 million, a 1.45 percent increase over FY '17 projected spending;
  • Mental Health Services (DMH 5046-0000): House 1 proposes funding this account at $387.6 million, a 1.73 percent increase over FY '17;
  • Transportation Services, Community Residential Services and Community Day and Work Programs (DDS 5911-2000, 5920-2000, 5920-2025): House 1 proposes increasing all these accounts between 4.2 and 10.1 percent over FY '17 spending levels. The largest account, 5920-2000, is now proposed at $1.17 billion for FY '18;
  • Emergency Assistance and Mass. Rental Voucher Program (DHCD 7004-0101, 7004-9024): House 1 proposes decreasing 7001-0101 by about $14 million, while increasing 7004-9024 by about $11 million;
  • Elder Enhanced Home Care Services Program (ELD 9110-1500): House 1 proposes eliminating funding to this program ($71.4 million) while increasing funding to three other elder services line items -- 9110-1630, 9110-1633 and 9110-1636 -- by about $86 million;
  • Chapter 257 Reserve (ANF 1599-6903): House 1 proposes funding this account at $39.7 million – a 170 percent increase over FY '17 projected spending.

If you have concern, questions or want another item tracked that is not currently on our budget tracker, please email Bill Yelenak.