Saturday, May 23, 2009

Some Good News: Senate and House Restored Some Money

From the Children's Mental Health Campaign:

Children's Mental Health Successes in the Senate Budget


Thanks to the hard work by many advocates, as well as strong leadership by Senator Jen Flanagan and Senator Karen Spilka, the Senate restored more than $28 million for children's mental health. 

  • Behavioral Health Consultation for the Department of Early Education (3000-0675): line item restored, $1 million in funding provided.  
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (line item 5042-5000): $2.5 million in funding restored.  
  • Children's Behavioral Health Initative / Rosie D. (4000-0950): $25 million in funding restored.

Particularly in these difficult economic times, the restoration of this funding is something to celebrate.  

Moving forward, the House-Senate Conference Committee will have to decide on the appropriate funding level for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as the House level is $900,000 above the Senate.  

Please call (and ask your networks to call) your State Senator to thank them for restoring children's mental health funds and to ask them to support the higher House funding level for line item 5042-5000.  

You can find your State Senator by clicking here.  

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Noyes at 617-275-2939 or  

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