Right now, the Massachusetts State Senate is setting its budget priorities for FY2020 (July 2019 - June 2020). Let your Senator know that mental health and substance use treatment are important issues to you by contacting them today (by phone or email) to ask that they co-sponsor these crucial budget amendments.
As a constituent, I am asking you to please co-sponsor the following amendments in support of behavioral health care:
#798 – DMH Rental Subsidy Program - to house 80 homeless or hospitalized DMH clients
#578 – Older Adult Mental Health - to provide Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams (EMHOTs)
The needs of people with behavioral health conditions and their families are urgent. These amendments will improve access to critical services and supports.
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A safe and stable home is critical to effective treatment and recovery. Amendment #798 provides for new housing subsidy vouchers for ~80 people with serious mental health conditions who are homeless or stuck in inpatient facilities because of lack of supportive housing.
Nearly one in four older adults has a mental health condition such as a mood disorder not associated with normal aging. Amendment #578 increases access to mental health services for older adults who are isolated at home or living in difficult situations. The amendment supports Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams, which provide integrated, community-based services.
Filed by: Senators Cyr & Jehlen
Your call or email today makes a difference!
Thank you for your continued hard work and advocacy!
Danna and Jessica
Danna Mauch, PhD, President and CEO
Jessica Larochelle, MPH, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations