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Governor Healey Signs FY24 Budget

August 10, 2023

Yesterday, Governor Healey signed a $55.98 billion FY24 state budget very similar to the Massachusetts Legislature's $56.2 billion Conference Report, including funding for nearly every line item CLM has been tracking and prioritizing (scroll down here to see CLM's Budget Chart). We are pleased to highlight these strong investments in child welfare, as well as the overarching funding in Health and Human Services, such as following:

  • Budgeting for Children and Families
    • $88.8M for Family Support and Stabilization
    • 10% grant increase for TAFDC (cash assistance for families) starting April 2024
    • 10% increase for EAEDC (cash assistance for older adults and persons with disabilities) starting April 2024
  • Investing in a Critical Workforce
    • Provides $173M for Chapter 257 rate increases to support an increase to 53% of BLS benchmark
    • Adds $56.5 M for Congregate Care Network providers to address capacity constraints
  • Caring for Behavioral Health
    • Increases $44.6M for behavioral health initiatives at DMH to expand inpatient and community capacity
    • $500K for mental health services through DCF case review teams
  • Innovating Human Services
    • Invests $4.5M at DYS for quality-of-life improvements, vocational education, and racial equity

Despite these successes, it was disappointing to see the Governor cut:

  • $5.9M in added flexible funding to Family Resource Centers (FRCs),
  • $18M in Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children
  • $5.6M for the special education circuit breaker

CLM is continuing to advocate for these funds with the Legislature and will especially continue to track how FRC funding aligns with their growing role in addressing the escalating housing and migrant crises.

Thank you to the Administration, as well as our senators and representatives, for coming together on this budget and, overall, prioritizing funding for child welfare here in the Commonwealth.

**Check out the numbers in our State Budget table by scrolling down here.**

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