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Effort to increase the FY'18 MRC SHIP Budget (line item 4120-6000)

House Ways and Means FY’18 budget
On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee unveiled the FY'18 budget. The House budget followed the Governor’s recommendation of increasing the funding by $284,705.  Representative Kimberly Ferguson filed an amendment to increase the amount by $1,715,295.  The increase was to fund a Care Navigation Program, a community outreach program to assist with brain injury after hospital discharge.   Fifty Representatives co-sponsored the Amendment but it was consolidated and not adopted.

Funding for the Statewide Head Injury Program
On January 25, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker released the Fiscal Year ‘18 budget proposal (H.1 budget).  The H.1 budget funds the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) at $23.026 billion.  EOHHS departments comprise approximately 57% of the total state budget, and represent 67% of the growth from FY ‘17 into FY ‘18. The FY ’18 budget increased funding for the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) to $16,183,512, an increase of $284,705 over FY ’17.

BIA-MA’s Advocacy Effort
BIA-MA is advocating for an FY’18 Ask of $17,898,807 (an additional $2 million dollars over the FY’17 budget of $15.8 million). This additional funding would establish a Care Navigation program, a community outreach program to assist individuals with brain injury after hospital discharge.

Care Navigation will enable individuals to make informed choices for services and supports in meeting their needs after hospital discharge. This will help individual’s find services and/or resources needed to increase independence, quality of life and get back to school or work.
BIA-MA has begun meeting with members of the Joint Committee of Ways and Means to advocate for increasing funding for SHIP.  The Joint Ways and Means Committee considers all matters relating to the finances of the Commonwealth.   

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For more information about Advocacy at BIA-MA, contact Kelly Buttiglieri at 508-475-0032 or kbuttiglieri@biama.org