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State Advocacy

Priority State Legislation

The Children’s League has several priorities for the two-year legislative session to advance the well-being of children and families in the Commonwealth.

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Endorsed State Legislation

CLM works in coalition with other advocacy groups to accomplish a broader legislative agenda.

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State Budget

CLM tracks many budget priorities across agencies that serve children and families. We typically focus on a few key areas each year.

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CLM Priority State Legislation

Click here for a PDF version of CLM’s current legislative agenda.

The Children’s League has several priorities for the two-year legislative session to advance the well-being of children and families in the Commonwealth.

An Act establishing a stakeholders committee on family first prevention services and racial equity

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An Act relative to expanding access to adoption

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An Act to eliminate disproportionality and inequities for at-risk children

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An Act to ensure positive transition plans to prevent youth homelessness

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An Act to Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty

CLM Endorsed State Legislation

CLM works in coalition with other advocacy groups to accomplish a broader legislative agenda.

An Act creating an electronic backpack for foster children

An Act establishing a foster parents’ Bill of Rights

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An Act establishing a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers

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An Act establishing the Massachusetts foster care review office

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An Act Granting Equal Access to Original Birth Certificates to All Persons Born in Massachusetts

An Act improving juvenile justice data collection

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An Act providing affordable and accessible high quality early education and care to promote child development and well-being and support the economy in the Commonwealth

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An Act Relative to Fair Pay for Comparable Work

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An Act relative to judicial supervision to promote child well-being

An Act relative to language access and inclusion

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An Act relative to safer schools

An act relative to the harmful distribution of sexually explicit visual material

An Act to End Child Marriage in Massachusetts

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An act to prioritize violence prevention and social emotional health in school support staff hiring

An act to promote the education success of court involved children

An Act to provide identification to youth and adults experiencing homelessness

CLM State Budget Advocacy

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.

 

Download CLM's FY2023 budget request to the Legislature

State Budget Line Items for Children, Youth, Families, and Providers

Line ItemDescriptionFY22 EnactedFY23 Baker ProposalFY23 House*FY23 Senate*FY23ConferenceFY23 Enacted
Department of Children and Families
4800-0015Administration$115,281,233$130,625,657$130,625,655$131,175,656
4800-0016ROCA for Aging-Out Population/Transitional Employment (retained rev)$2,000,000$2,000,000$2,000,000$2,000,000
4800-0025Foster Care Review$4,556,124$4,906,556$4,906,556$4,906,556
4800-0030Local & Regional Admin & for Area Leads & RRC$9,037,425$9,525,854$9,525,854$9,525,854
4800-0036Sexual Abuse Intervention Network$841,534$841,534$841,534$841,534
4800-0038Services for Children & Families$300,255,800$317,979,978$318,204,977$318,479,978
4800-0040Family Support and Stabilization$70,066,570$72,757,132$72,757,132$72,757,132
4800-0041Congregate Care$307,776,535$336,941,311$336,941,310$336,941,311
4800-0058Foster Care Recruitment Campaign$750,000$750,000$750,000$750,000
4800-0091Child Welfare Social Worker Training Institute$2,840,730$3,105,140$3,105,140$3,105,140
4800-0200Family Resources Centers$25,000,000$24,806,114$24,806,115$28,300,000
4800-1100Social Workers for Case Management$265,309,813$286,153,128$286,153,128$286,153,128
Department of Mental Health
5042-5000Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services$98,409,089$111,823,936$112,363,937$112,548,936
Department of Youth Services
4200-0010DYS Administration$4,554,267$4,886,261$4,886,260$4,886,261
4200-0100Non-residential Services for Committed Population$24,804,987$25,123,154$25,173,154$25,123,154
4200-0200Residential Services for Detained Population$106,877,080$111,140,239$111,140,240$111,140,240
4200-0500Education Services$3,059,187$3,059,187$3,059,187$3,059,187
4200-0600Alternative Lock-Up Detention$2,416,081$2,614,419$2,614,419$2,614,419
Department of Public Health
*For FY23, a large number of DPH line items were consolidated
4512-0200Division of Substance Abuse Services$175,584,092$174,658,566$188,658,566$210,274,161
4513-1020Early Intervention$40,813,300$30,554,823$48,300,000$40,354,823
4590-0250School-Based Health Programs$15,523,583$15,066,196$20,191,196$19,816,196
Governor's Offices and Health and Human Services
0930-0100Office of the Child Advocate$4,217,443$3,572,443$4,400,000$4,400,000
0930-0101State Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma (new line item)n/a$3,500,000$3,500,000
4000-0950Rosie D. Reserve$266,796.471$267,782,721$267,782,721$267,782,721
7066-0021Foster Care Tuition and Fee Waiver$7,294,911$7,294,911$7,294,911$7,294,911
7061-0012SPED Circuit Breaker$373,333,860$414,619,357$441,031,605$435,031,606
4000-0005Safe and Successful Youth Initiative$10,675,000$12,600,000$13,000,000$12,650,000
4000-0007Unaccompanied Youth Housing$8,000,000$8,500,000$8,500,000$9,500,000
1599-6903Chapter 257$79,000,000$230,000,000$230,000,000$230,000,000
0950-0030Grandparents Commission$213,697$219,322$219,321$219,322
*May include earmarks
Last updated; 5/10/2022
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