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Massachusetts Environmental Police Trust Fund 2 & Home and Community-Based Services Policy Lab 1

SECTION 54.   Said chapter 29 is hereby further amended by inserting after section 2KKKK the following 2 sections:-

Section 2LLLL. There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Massachusetts Environmental Police Trust Fund which shall be administered by the secretary of energy and environmental affairs. The fund shall be credited with: (i) all revenues collected from the administrative surcharges imposed by section 10I of chapter 21A and section 39 of chapter 90B; (ii) a 10 per cent maintenance fee charged on all division of law enforcement private details which shall be separate from any other administrative fees charged on private details; (iii) any appropriations, bond proceeds or other monies authorized by the general court and specifically designated to be credited to the fund; (iv) interest or investment earnings on any such monies; and (v) all other amounts credited or transferred to the fund from any other fund or source. Amounts credited to the fund may be expended, without further appropriation, by the secretary on programs and costs related to the division of law enforcement including, but not limited to: (1) the expenses of hiring, equipping and training environmental police recruits; and (2) maintenance expenses of the office. The unexpended balance in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund but shall remain available for expenditure in subsequent fiscal years. No expenditure made from the fund shall cause the fund to become deficient at any point; provided, however, that the secretary of energy and environmental affairs shall report annually, not later than January 15, to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on environment, natural resources and agriculture relative to the source and amount of funds deposited into the fund, the amounts distributed and the purpose of any expenditures from the fund.

Section 2MMMM. (a) There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Home and Community-based Services Policy Lab Fund into which shall be credited any appropriations authorized by the general court and specifically designated to be credited to that fund and any additional nonstate-sourced funds identified and awarded for the purposes of the fund and designated by the secretary of elder affairs for deposit into the fund including, but not limited to, federal or private grants or donations made available to the executive office of elder affairs for deposit into the fund. Amounts credited to the fund shall be available for the purposes of the fund and the secretary of elder affairs shall direct and authorize the expenditure of funds from the fund.

(b) The fund shall be used to support research and analysis which, in the determination of secretary of elder affairs in consultation with those agencies under the executive office of health and human services serving elders and persons with chronic illnesses or disabilities, would enhance the development, evaluation, design and continued improvement of programs rendering home and community-based services to individuals who need long-term services and supports. Research shall focus on the outcomes and effectiveness of public investments made in home and community-based care and services. All research, analysis and deliverables funded by the fund shall be dedicated to the improvement of the overall administration of publicly-funded programs of home and community-based care and services. In furtherance of this purpose, the secretary of elder affairs, in consultation with the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the chancellor's designees, shall employ the fund to develop, direct and fund a research agenda to be executed and overseen by the commonwealth medicine division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School; provided, however, that the University of Massachusetts Medical School on its own or in concert with other University of Massachusetts campus departments shall seek other nonstate sources of funding for the purposes of this section.

(c) The secretary of elder affairs shall file an annual report with the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on elder affairs and the joint committee on health care financing not later than September 30 on the following: (i) an inventory of program support and development initiatives, detailing the administrative and programmatic benefit of each initiative; (ii) a list of research initiatives, detailing the public policy benefit and potential program application of each initiative; (iii) a summary and assessment of the ongoing work and progress of the research and analytics done by the home and community-based services policy lab which is not primarily resourced by the fund; and (iv) an annual statement of cash inflows and outflows.