Budget Advocacy

FY25 priorities

The Children’s Mental Health Campaign tracks a number of line items within the state budget and strongly supports funding for children’s mental health programming and services. Below are the Campaign’s top priorities in the FY25 budget. For a more comprehensive list of programs and services we track in the state budget, please click here.

Our priorities for FY25!

School-Based Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center: Earmark in #5042-5000

The statewide school-based behavioral health technical assistance (SBBH TA) center, codified in Chapter 177 of the  Acts of 2022, provides technical assistance to school districts and partnering community providers to build and  sustain district capacity to meet the social, emotional, and behavioral health needs of students. Over the last two  years, the SBBH TA Center has been able to provide free trainings and resources for more than 100 districts in the  Commonwealth and more intensive supports to 26 districts. They also co-coordinate a state advisory council and launched targeted supports through a Western Mass hub last year. 

The CMHC requests $3.75M in funding (a $2.475M increase) to support ongoing work of the TA Center, including  planning and collaboration with community stakeholders; and to launch a statewide presence with the hiring of  5 regional coordinators.

FY24 GAA FY25 Ask FY25 Governor FY25 House FY25 Senate Conference
$1,275,000 $3,750,000 Not Included      


Sustain Key Investments

Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program: Earmark in DMH Line Item #5042-5000

This crucial workforce extender that expands the capacity of pediatricians, PCPs, and OB/GYNs to meet mild to moderate behavioral health needs in their practice has been level funded for nearly a decade. A $400,000 increase would allow MCPAP to address workforce challenges, support IT infrastructure and upgrades, and to fund research to improve programming.

FY24 GAA FY25 Ask FY25 Governor FY25 House FY25 Senate Conference
$3,875,000 $4,275,000 Language Only      

Behavioral Health Consultation for Foster Care: Earmark in DMH Line Item #5042-5000

The Foster Child Evaluation Services Clinic at UMass Medical Center has developed an expedited care model allows PCPs in Central MA enrolled in MCPAP to refer a youth who is in foster care for a trauma informed psychiatric consultation, diagnostic face to face evaluation and referral services. This funding would support formalizing and expanding the service to the entire Western/Central MCPAP region and provide a platform to test and develop strategies for statewide implementation.

FY24 GAA FY25 Ask FY25 Governor FY25 House FY25 Senate Conference
$350,000 $350,000 (level funding) Not Included      

Mental Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) for Kids: Earmark in DCF Line Item #4800-0200 

Many children in, or at risk of entering, our juvenile justice system end up there because of unmet mental health needs. HLA’s Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids (MHAP for Kids) has a proven track record of significantly improving the lives of these children and their families while reducing unnecessary costs for the state. Continued funding will maintain the program across Family Resource Centers in Boston, Brockton, Everett, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Hyannis, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Pittsfield, NewBedford, Quincy, and Worcester.

FY24 GAA FY25 Ask FY25 Governor FY25 House FY25 Senate Conference
$3,000,000 $3,100,000 – $3,300,000 Not Included      

Behavioral Health Access and Crisis Intervention Trust Fund (non-monetary request)

The FY23 budget established the Behavioral Health Crisis and Intervention Trust Fund, which supports payor agnostic access to the Behavioral Health Helpline and mobile crisis services. The budget includes language authorizing EOHHS to assess a surcharge on payers of healthcare services in acute hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers, as a significant source of funding for the trust. That authorization sunsets in July 2024, leaving a gap in funding to support access to these vital services for individuals, including children, with private insurance.

The Campaign urges the legislature to reauthorize the payor surcharge, ensuring that health plans are contributing their fair share to maintain access to behavioral health crisis supports for the individuals they cover.


Sustained Funding for Ongoing Initiatives

Priority FY24 Final FY25 Request FY25 Governor FY25    House   FY25 Senate   FY25 Conference
Family Resource Centers
$33,800,000 Level Funding $27,329,607      
Emergency Department Diversion
$6,000,000 Level Funding $6,000,000      
$10,000,000 No Resources Needed        
School Behavioral Health Consultation
$500,000 $500,000 No earmark, adequate resources      
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
$5,000,000 Level Funding $5,000,000      
DMH Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
$120,604,949 Level Funding $130,540,885      
Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI)
$315,282,721 Level Funding $315,282,721      





* bryt was allocated $10 in ARPA funds in the FY24 budget. As such, the program is sufficiently funded and there is no need for additional resources in the FY25 budget. 

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