HLA is grateful to the Baker/Polito Administration for approving this funding and the entire Legislature for initiating the funding increase for MHAP for Kids in the state's FY '21 budget. In the Legislature, we owe enormous thanks to Senate President Karen Spilka, the previous House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Michael Rodrigues, and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Aaron Michlewitz for their strong support for MHAP for Kids and dedication to children with mental health needs.

HLA is especially thankful to Senate Ways and Means Committee Vice Chair Senator Cindy Friedman for leading the way in the budget process to secure funding in this year's budget to expand MHAP for Kids and for her unyielding commitment to mental health access.

We also greatly appreciate the important role played by Representative Kay Khan in championing funding for MHAP for Kids in the House of Representatives and all she does to protect vulnerable children in Massachusetts.

In addition to the funding provided by DCF through the state's budget, MHAP for Kids also relies on grants to reach families statewide. Our program is now generously supported by grants from The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation, the Massachusetts Probation Service, the Essex County Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the Ludcke Foundation, the Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation and the Cabot Family Charitable Trust.

Generous support for this work has also been provided by Boston Children’s Hospital and Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and many more corporate and individual sponsors.