Governor Charles D. Baker's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2017

Department of Veterans' Services




Fiscal Year 2017 Resource Summary ($000)
DEPARTMENT FY 2017
Budgetary
Recommendations
FY 2017
Federal, Trust,
and ISF
FY 2017
Total
Spending
FY 2017
Budgetary
Non-Tax Revenue
Department of Veterans' Services 93,470 0 93,470 705

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account description amount
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' SERVICES 93,470,429
Budgetary Direct Appropriations   
Direct Appropriations
1410-0010 Veterans' Services Administration and Operations
For the operation of the department of veterans' services
3,522,497
1410-0012 Veterans' Outreach Centers Including Homeless Shelters
For services to veterans, including the maintenance and operation of outreach centers, homeless shelters and transitional housing; provided, that the centers shall provide counseling to incarcerated veterans and to Vietnam era veterans and their families who may have been exposed to Agent Orange; and provided further, that these centers shall also provide services to veterans who were discharged after September 11, 2001, and their families
3,357,641
1410-0015 Women Veterans' Outreach
For the women veterans' outreach program
110,000
1410-0024 Veteran Service Officer Training and Certification
For training and certification of veteran benefits and service officers
350,000
1410-0031 Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes
For the cost of establishing a memorial to honor Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes; provided, that funds shall be made available to the Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund, Inc. for programming, design, construction and maintenance; and provided further, that nothing in this item shall prohibit the Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund, Inc. from raising private funds to promote the establishment of the memorial or encouraging the donation of private funds for the construction and maintenance of the memorial or for any other endeavor the organization so chooses
150,000
1410-0075 Train Vets to Treat Vets
For the purpose of the train vets to treat vets program to administer a behavioral health career development program for returning veterans
250,000
1410-0250 Assistance to Homeless Veterans
For the operation of homeless shelters and transitional housing for veterans
3,141,629
1410-0251 New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans
For the maintenance and operation of homeless shelters and transitional housing for veterans at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans located in the city of Boston
2,592,470
1410-0400 Veterans' Benefits
For reimbursements to cities and towns for money paid for veterans' benefits and for payments to certain veterans under section 6 of chapter 115 of the General Laws and for the payment of annuities to certain disabled veterans and the parents and un-remarried spouses of certain deceased veterans; provided, that annuity payments made under this item shall be made under sections 6A, 6B and 6C of chapter 115 of the General Laws; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 100 per cent of the amounts of veterans' benefits paid by cities and towns to residents of a soldiers' home, homeless shelter or transitional housing facility shall be paid by the commonwealth to the several cities and towns; provided further, that under section 9 of said chapter 115, the department shall reimburse cities and towns for the cost of United States flags placed on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day; provided further, that the secretary of veterans' services shall continue a training program for veterans' agents and directors of veterans' services in cities and towns; provided further, that the department of veterans' services shall provide such training in several locations across the commonwealth; provided further, that training shall be provided annually and on an as needed basis to veterans' service organizations recognized by the department of veterans affairs to provide information and education regarding the benefits available under said chapter 115 and all other benefits to which a veteran or a veteran's dependents may be entitled; provided further, that any person applying for veterans' benefits to pay for services available under chapter 118E of the General Laws shall also apply for medical assistance under said chapter 118E to minimize costs to the commonwealth and its municipalities; provided further, that veterans' agents shall complete applications authorized by the executive office under said chapter 118E for a veteran, surviving spouse or dependent applying for medical assistance under said chapter 115; provided further, that the veterans' agent shall file the application for the veteran, surviving spouse or dependent for assistance under said chapter 118E; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall act on all said chapter 118E applications and advise the applicant and the veterans' agent of the applicant's eligibility for said chapter 118E healthcare; provided further, that the veterans' agent shall advise the applicant of the right to assistance for medical benefits under said chapter 115 pending approval of the application for assistance under said chapter 118E by the executive office; provided further, that the secretary may supplement healthcare under said chapter 118E with healthcare coverage under said chapter 115 if the secretary determines that supplemental coverage is necessary to afford the veteran, surviving spouse or dependent sufficient relief and support; provided further, that payments to, or on behalf of, a veteran, surviving spouse or dependent under said chapter 115 shall not be considered income for the purposes of determining eligibility under said chapter 118E; and provided further, that benefits awarded under section 6B of said chapter 115 shall be considered countable income
77,405,362
1410-0630 Agawam and Winchendon Veterans' Cemeteries
For the administration of the veterans' cemeteries in the towns of Agawam and Winchendon
1,171,830
1410-1616 War Memorials
For war memorials selected by the secretary of veterans' services through a competitive grant process
729,000
account description amount
Retained Revenues
1410-0018 Agawam and Winchendon Cemeteries Retained Revenue
The department of veterans' services may expend for the maintenance and operation of the Agawam and Winchendon veterans' cemeteries an amount not to exceed $690,000 from revenues collected from federal reimbursements, fees, grants, gifts or other contributions to the cemeteries
690,000


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