Thursday, April 30, 2009

Yippee! From the Children's Mental Health Campaign!

Children's Mental Health Victories!


Yesterday, the House took significant steps to protect children's mental health services by restoring funds to three important line items.  

In the Mental Health consolidated amendment, the House restored $3.4 million to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services line item (5042-5000) and $25 million to Rosie D.  

Special thanks goes to Representative Malia for her strong advocacy on the floor and behind the scenes to secure these funds.

Additionally, the Early Education consolidated amendment restored the Mental Health Consultative Services to Early Education Settings line item (3000-6075) and allocated $1 million for these consultations.

Representative Pedone was the lead sponsor for this line item and was the driving force in the State House to preserve these services.

Although we are pleased that the Early Education Mental Health Consultations were restored to the budget, the funding allocated is a significant cut from last year's funding level.  

The Campaign will discuss Senate strategy for this line item at the May 19 supporters meeting.  

Thank you for your hard work on the House budget.  If you have the opportunity, please contact your State Representative and thank them for their support of children's mental health.  

You can find your State Representative by clicking here.  

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