2019-2020 Budgetary Advocacy

CLM is advocating for increases to Massachusetts’ next fiscal year budget in the following areas:

Family Resource Centers (FRCs)

FRCs were created to meet the needs of families in the community. They are places where families can seek help from knowledgeable professionals who can point them in the direction of services that will lead to success. There has been exponential growth in the numbers of families served by FRCs since their inception in 2015. In 2015 5,000 individuals were served by FRC and three years later they have served over 48,300 individuals, over nine times the amount served initially.

The last state budget proposed increased funding for Family Resource Centers. CLM will continue advocate for more fiscal support of FRCs.

Family Support and Stabilization Services (FSS)

Family Support and Stabilization services, a program providing a range of in-home services for children and families, have been shown to have great outcomes. These results include higher rates of employment for families, while simultaneously lowing delinquency and teenage pregnancy.

The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)

The OCA is charged with identifying gaps in services and trends across all child-serving agencies and is in a prime position to conduct cross-agency work for the betterment of our youth. Cross-agency collaboration is necessary to address these issue effecting children, young adults, and families in the Commonwealth.

The OCA’s unique position – working with state agencies such as the Department of Children and Families, Department of Youth Services, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Transitional Assistance, and the Department of Housing – allows them to bring these parties together to generate solutions for youth.

 

About the State of Massachusetts’ Budget

The state’s budget runs on a fiscal year, beginning on July 1 and ends on June 30th. The Governor’s office and the state legislator work in tandem to create the state’s operating budget for that year. For more information about the state of Massachusetts’ current and proposed budgets, as well as a detailed process and timeline, please visit the state of Massachusetts’ webpage here.

 

If you would like more information about CLM’s budgetary advocacy or to request CLM endorse budget priorities, please contact Public Policy Director Kathryn Cohen at kathryn@childrensleague.org.