The down side is that a lot of the line items that deal with children's mental health, including the CBHI and other aspects of the implementation of Yolanda's Law, have been rolled into one big line item, 4000-0700, which includes EI, Nursing Home Supplements, Commonhealth and 6 other things. On the budget, it looks like an expansion from $1,535M to $3,361M, but when you go back and add up all of the consolidated lines, last year would look like $4,145M was present in all of the lines that have been consolidated. That would be a cut, except that some of the consolidated lines were split into two other lines, and it is hard to know exactly how they were split without a really detailed spreadsheet. Health Care for All felt that the funding for Medicaid expenditures was roughly level, but, I have to say that it is really hard to get a clear idea from reading the budget.
We will keep watching. It is clear that, until the budget is substantially redrawn, it will be difficult to tell what is being done, and what it being cut in these hard economic times.
Addendum: Look at the MassHealth website here- more detail on the breakdown, and this table make it easier to understand how things fit together.