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State Advocacy

Priority State Legislation

The Children’s League is evaluating our priorities for the 2023-2024 legislative session to best advance the well-being of children and families in the Commonwealth. We look forward to sharing more about our legislative agenda as bills are filed and our board votes on endorsements.

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Endorsed State Legislation

CLM leads advocacy efforts with the support of our members and works in coalition with other advocacy groups to accomplish a broader legislative agenda. We will soon begin voting on our 2023-2024 endorsed state legislation. Here are some of our prior session endorsements of bills that may be refiled.

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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 prior legislative agenda.

The Children’s League will advance the well-being of children and families in the Commonwealth throughout the 2023-2024 legislative session. We are currently building our legislative agenda for the new two-year session.

CLM Endorsed State Legislation

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

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

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CLM State Budget Advocacy

The state’s budget runs on a fiscal year, beginning on July 1 and ends on June 30. 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.

 

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

Line ItemDescriptionFY22 EnactedFY23 Baker ProposalFY23 House*FY23 Senate*FY23Conference*FY23 Enacted*
Department of Children and Families
4800-0015Administration$115,281,233$130,625,657$130,625,655$131,175,656$131,275,656$131,275,656
4800-0016ROCA for Aging-Out Population/Transitional Employment (retained rev)$2,000,000$2,000,000$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$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$9,525,854$9,525,854
4800-0036Sexual Abuse Intervention Network$841,534$841,534$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$318,879,977$318,879,977
4800-0040Family Support and Stabilization$70,066,570$72,757,132$72,757,132$72,757,132$72,757,132$72,757,132
4800-0041Congregate Care$307,776,535$336,941,311$336,941,310$336,941,311$336,941,311$336,941,311
4800-0058Foster Care Recruitment Campaign$750,000$750,000$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$3,105,140$3,105,140
4800-0200Family Resources Centers$25,000,000$24,806,114$24,806,115$28,300,000$28,300,000$28,300,000
4800-1100Social Workers for Case Management$265,309,813$286,153,128$286,153,128$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$113,088,937$113,088,937
Department of Youth Services
4200-0010DYS Administration$4,554,267$4,886,261$4,886,260$4,886,261$4,886,261$4,886,261
4200-0100Non-residential Services for Committed Population$24,804,987$25,123,154$25,173,154$25,123,154$25,173,154$25,173,154
4200-0200Residential Services for Detained Population$29,535,713$28,933,937$28,933,93729,533,937$29,533,937$29,533,937
4200-0500Education Services$3,059,187$3,059,187$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$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$218,208,566$218,208,566
4513-1020Early Intervention$40,813,300$30,554,823$48,300,000$40,354,823$48,751,478$48,751,478
4590-0250School-Based Health Programs$15,523,583$15,066,196$20,191,196$19,816,196$22,941,196$22,941,196
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$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$3,500,000$3,500,000
4000-0950Rosie D. Reserve/Children's Behavioral Health Initiative$266,796.471$267,782,721$267,782,721$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$7,294,911$7,294,911
7061-0012SPED Circuit Breaker$373,333,860$414,619,357$441,031,605$435,031,606$441,031,605$441,031,605
4000-0005Safe and Successful Youth Initiative$10,675,000$12,600,000$13,000,000$12,650,000$13,050,000$13,050,000
4000-0007Unaccompanied Youth Housing$8,000,000$8,500,000$8,500,000$9,500,000$9,500,000$9,500,000
1599-6903Chapter 257$79,000,000$230,000,000$230,000,000$230,000,000$230,000,000$230,000,000
0950-0030Grandparents Commission$213,697$219,322$219,321$219,322$269,322$269,322
*May include earmarks
Last updated; 7/28/2022
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