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FY2020 Budget Advocacy

Thanks to your advocacy, Gov. Baker has signed a FY2020 budget that includes many priorities to improve access to effective mental health and substance use services! These priorities include:

  • An additional $1 million for the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Rental Subsidy Program. This funding will help about 80 DMH clients who are homeless, unstably housed, or stuck in inpatient settings find secure, stable, affordable housing.
  • $10 million for a new behavioral health trust fund. The trust fund will support a loan forgiveness program for behavioral health workers and a public awareness campaign to reduce the stigma around mental illness.
  • An additional $300,000 to support Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams (EMHOTs).

Learn more about the budget process here.