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Advocate Now for Community Based Services!

We are making significant gains in our efforts to advocate for community-based services.  And, for the first time in many years, we are not having to fight to maintain our present level of services.  The Baker administration and the legislature have been partners in maintaining and building community-based services.

There are only three significant issues, which we are listing below, and encouraging you to advocate for through a phone call or a personal email.  Any advocacy needs to be completed by Friday the 12th at noon.  The people we serve count on us to advocate for them and our success has meant steady improvements in funding.  Since the legislature is presently in Conference Committee, it is best that you contact the members of that committee who are listed below.  You can also let your local legislators know that these issues matter to you and the people you serve.

Early Intervention

Please request support for the Senate funding level of $28.4M and the Senate language for Early Intervention DPH Line Item 4513-1020.  This will provide necessary funding for Early Intervention Programs which are experiencing an increase in enrollment.  Riverside has two EI programs.

Mass Health/Medicaid

Please request support for the Senate appropriation and language for an outpatient rate increase which will help ensure access to community-based mental health and addiction treatment.  This is Line Item 4000-0500.  This will provide needed funding to increase rates for our Outpatient Services.  Riverside operates seven outpatient centers.

Department of Developmental Services

Please request support for the Senate funding level for Respite and Family Support.  This will maintain level funding for both and provide additional funding for some additional services for families on waiting lists.  This is Line Item 5920-3005.  Riverside provides Family Support services.

Senate Conference Committee Members:

Karen Spilka, Chair Ways and Means – or 617-722-1640

Sal DiDomenico, Vice Chair  – or 617-722-1650

Vinny deMadeco, Ranking Minority Member or 617-722-1330

House Conference Committee Members:

Brian Dempsey, Chair Ways and Means or 617-722-2990

Stephen Kulik, Vice chair or 617-722-2380

Todd Smola, Ranking Minority Member or 617-722-2100

Thank you in advance for your efforts.

~Scott M. Bock, Founder/President/CEO

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