Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2009

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2009

Public Safety Initiatives


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Governor Patrick    FY09 House 2 Budget Recommendation:
    Issues in Brief

    Deval L. Patrick, Governor
    Timothy P. Murray, Lt. Governor

 

Overview

The overall increase to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) totals over $98.9M for FY09. This increase includes $22.3M for targeted investments in 8 key public safety programs and $76.6M to fund critical needs of the agencies and continue investments that were made in FY08. The targeted investments and projected maintenance requirement provides funding for one of the Governor's priorities - providing the citizens of Massachusetts with Safe Communities. Safe Communities are not the work of one particular state agency. Agencies from all Secretariats, including Public Safety, Labor and Workforce Development, Education and Health and Human Services have to work together to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure the citizens of Massachusetts live, work and play in Safe Communities. This cross secretariat public safety initiative received $7.8M in targeted investments, which is in addition to the $98.9M at EOPSS.

Targeted Investments

Municipal Police Grants - $4M increased investment, $8M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased the Municipal Police Grant (8000-0054) by $4M, bringing the total amount of funding to $8M. This initiative was very successful in FY08, putting at least 50 new police officers on the streets in 13 communities with high crime rates. Grants were distributed to communities based on population, violent and property crime per 1000 persons, percent decrease in officers from 2002-2005, and number of police officers per 1000 persons. The $8M in FY09 will allow cities and towns to hire at least 100 new police officers and allow for wider distribution of funds.

Shannon Grants - $4M increased investment, $15M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendations increase the Shannon Grant Program (8100-0111) by $4M, bringing the total amount of funding to $15M. Since the inception of this program in FY06, Shannon Grants have been funded through supplemental budgets for $11M relying on fiscal year surpluses for funding. FY09 is the first year that funding is both increased and recommended through the fiscal year budget process. FY08 funding was distributed to 14 communities and 1 regional council to address gang-related crime. Each community developed its own programming and determined how the grant would be spent (contingent upon approval by EOPSS). Programming included workshops on developing job skills, outreach programs for at-risk youth, gang and graffiti awareness trainings, and reentry programs. The $4M expansion will allow Shannon Grants to be distributed to more communities throughout the Commonwealth to combat gang-related crime and violence.

Chief Medical Examiner's Office - $1.5M increased investment, $9.4M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased funding at the Chief Medical Examiner's Office (8000-0105) by $1.5M, bringing the total amount of funding to $9.4M. The increase in funding at the OCME is to implement recommendations from the Vance Report and the EOPSS Management Review Team.  In July of 2007, the Vance Company reviewed and assessed the conditions at the CME and identified 4 key areas that required monetary investment in order to address long-standing problems at the OCME. To implement the recommendations, H2 included funding for personnel, equipment upgrades, contracted services and IT maintenance and upgrades.

State Police Crime Lab - $614K increased investment, $17.6M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased funding for the State Police Crime Lab (8000-0106) by $614K, bringing the total amount of funding to $17.6M. The increase at the State Police Crime Lab is to improve the lab's ability to process criminal cases.  In June 2007, Vance released a report and recommendations entitled the Comprehensive Operational Assessment of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory System.  The review revealed a large backlog in DNA testing starting in 2004, the year that all felons were first required to submit DNA. Recommendations centered on administrative and staffing issues, including organization, retention and professional development. To address this, H2 includes funding to increase personnel, reorganize management and upgrade and maintain IT equipment.

Parole Board - $1.5M increased investment, $20.6M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased funding for the Parole Board (8950-0001) by $3M, including $1.5M for targeted investments, bringing the total amount of funding to $20.6M. Funding for the Parole Board (PAR) was increased to strengthen re-entry programs in Massachusetts and expand the Intensive Parole for Sex Offenders Program. The Intensive Parole for Sex Offenders Program (IPSO) is a nationally recognized program and EOPS/PAR plan to expand the program statewide. Sex offenders in IPSO are managed by a team comprising of a specially trained parole officer, a sex offender therapist, a polygraph examiner, and a victim services coordinator. IPSO Program is touted for decreasing recidivism among participating sex offenders. Currently, the program is operated in four of the eight parole regions (Framingham, Worcester, Springfield and Lawrence). The $1.5M will also go towards 42 new community residential treatment beds, which serve 168 people per year (there are currently 100 beds statewide), hire 8 new parole officers, purchase 8 vehicles and upgrade equipment and reopen the Somerville District Parole Office.

Department of Fire Services - $8.8M increased investment, $22.4M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased funding for the Department of Fire Services (8324-0000) to $22.4M, including $8.8M in new investments. The Governor is increasing funding at DFS to fund several programs that will have statewide benefits. This account is fully assessed to the Insurance Industry and the increase is expected to have minimal impact on households. This increase will fund facility costs at training centers in Stow and Western Massachusetts ($3.2M), Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) ($1.25M), Firefighter Equipment Grant ($5M) and the Fire Safety Act ($575K). The Fire Safety act was passed in 2004, at the recommendation of a task force that was conducted as a result of the Rhode Island nightclub tragedy. Funding is required to fully implement the provisions of the law, including: development and delivery of nightclub employee fire safety training programs, development and delivery of fire and building safety standards training, study/implementation of mandatory certification of fire inspectors, and fire extinguisher training initiatives for building owners.

Criminal History Systems Board - $477K increased investment, $7.4M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased funding for the Criminal History Systems Board (8000-0110) by $477K, bringing the total amount of funding to $7.4M. CHS provides the information used by the Criminal Justice System in Massachusetts. It operates 24/7 data and telecommunications network for the law enforcement community. The additional funding will allow CHS to expand its Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and National Criminal Information Center Standards (NCIC) compliance staff. The FBI conducts audits of local police departments and this expansion will help to ensure local police departments have the support and training they need to pass the audits. Specifically, a portion of the funding will be allocated to the following programs CJIS Information Technology Support, NCIC Compliance Unit, and IT maintenance and equipment upgrades.

Department of Public Safety - $1.4M increased investment, $2.8M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased funding for the Department of Public Safety (8311-1000) by $1.4M, bringing the total amount of funding to $2.8M. DPS is responsible for the enforcement of statutes, regulations and policies concerning building and construction safety in Massachusetts. The $1.4M expansion will increase the number of inspectors and hearings officers, which will reduce the backlog and long wait-periods for licenses, license renewals and complaints. DPS offers training programs on many aspects of public safety including homeland security, law enforcement, fire safety and highway safety. A portion of the additional funding will go towards in-house and local outreach training programs. By increasing the number of inspectors, the more inspections will be completed, which generates revenue. This expansion is expected to generate $3.4M in revenue.

Continued Investment

In order to maintain vital public safety programs and services funding was fully annualized into FY09 to fund the costs of items including the full year cost of collective bargaining contract for Corrections Officers and the Hayes recommendations to address suicide prevention efforts.

Department of Corrections - $60.5M increase, $534.8M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased funding at the Department of Corrections (8900-0001) by $60.5M, bringing the total amount of funding to $534.8M. This fully funds the collective bargaining agreements and the Hayes Report Recommendations (suicide prevention). Several collective bargaining agreements, including MCOFU, AFSCME and SEIU, were signed in 2007 and required additional funds in FY09. Also in 2007, Lindsay Hayes issued a report on conditions inside DOC facilities and the relation to suicide rates. There were 29 recommendations categorized within eight critical components of a suicide prevention policy and $7.8M has been directly appropriate to implement these recommendations. Also funded in the $60.5M increase is the DOC Inmate Health Care Contract which contains a mental health component that coupled with Hayes investments are working to address suicide prevention in our DOC facilities. The DOC signed a contract with UMass Correctional Health Services for $96.5M.

Cross Secretariat Coordination

The Board of Higher Education - $250K increase, $3.5M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation includes funding for the Board of Higher Education Emergency Text Messaging Program in line item 7066-0000. The Commonwealth provides $250K for this program, which is then matched by the colleges. This program was established in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Administrators at college campuses in Massachusetts and across the country have been coordinating with various companies to develop the ability to send text messages to thousands of people within minutes. In FY2008, leaders from public colleges and universities worked with state Board of Higher Education on the need for an emergency text-message alert system at the state's universities and colleges. The Board of Higher Education received $250K in an earmark in FY2008 to coordinate with the Executive Office of Public Safety, the University of Massachusetts system, the 15 community colleges and the 9 state colleges to get the text-messaging initiative operating on campuses.

Executive Office of Health and Human Services - Department of Public Health - $5M increase investment, $8.95M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased funding for the Youth Violence Prevention Program at the Department of Public Health (4590-1506) by $5M, bringing the total amount of funding to $8.95M. In FY08, 21 community-based organizations will receive funding through the Youth Violence Prevention Grants at the Department of Public Health and will serve approximately 7,180 youth. This grant program is designed to engage children in after school activities/programs to keep them off the streets and out of gangs. The additional funding included in the Governor's H2 Budget recommendation has the potential to support services that will reach an additional 7660 youth.

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development / Department of Workforce Development - $2.5M increase, $9.2M total

The Governor's H2 Budget recommendation increased funding at the Department of Workforce Development (7002-0012) by $2.5M, bringing the total amount of funding to $9.2M. The Summer Jobs for Youth At-Risk Program, or YouthWORKS, provides summer and year-round employment for income-eligible youth aged 14 - 21. Communities and Workforce Investment Boards that receive these funds work with one-stop career centers, schools, community organizations, and others to recruit employers and youth. YouthWorks funds leverage wages from private sector employers that participate in the program. The Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public agency, administers the program on behalf of the Department of Workforce Development. Funds are intended to support wages for at-risk, low-income youth and can be used for jobs with public, private, or non-profit employers. In 2008 over 20 municipalities received funding that provided more than 2,500 youths in Massachusetts with job. The additional funding included in the Governor's H2 Budget recommendation will allow this program to reach more municipalities and at-risk youth.

Investments in Public Safety and Security
Summary

EOPSS InvestmentsFY09 H.2 TotalExpansion Dollars
8000-0054 Municipal Police Grants$8,000,000$4,000,000
8100-0111 Shannon Grants$15,000,000$4,000,000
8000-0105 Chief Medical Examiner's Office $9,438,452$1,500,000
8000-0106 State Police Crime Lab$17,558,170$614,136
8950-0001 Parole Board$20,611,578$1,552,000
8324-0000 Department of Fire Services$22,387,299$8,787,665
8000-0110 Criminal History Systems Board$7,398,772$477,533
8311-1000 Department of Public Safety$2,771,301$1,350,000
EOPSS Total$103,165,572$22,281,334
Cross Secretariats
7066-0000 Emergency Text Messaging (Higher Education)$3,512,898$250,000
4590-1506 Youth Violence Prevention (DPH)$8,950,000$5,000,000
7002-0012 Summer Jobs for Youth At-Risk Programs (EOL)$9,200,000$2,500,000
Cross Secretariat Total$21,662,898$7,750,000
Governor's Targeted Increased Investments$124,828,470$30,031,334


Prepared by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance • Rooms 373 & 272 • State House
For more information contact:
Michelle.Small@massmail.state.ma.us
www.mass.gov/budget/governor


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