TO: The DDS Community
FROM: Elin M. Howe, Commissioner
DATE: April 16, 2009
RE: Update 163

Fiscal Year 2010 House Ways and Means Budget Recommendations for the Department of Developmental Services

On April 15, 2009, the House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) released its Fiscal Year 2010 budget recommendation that funds the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) at $1,280,439,675. The Governor's FY 2010 House 1 budget recommendation for the Department is $1,281,507,184.

While the difference between the Governor's budget and the House budget is about $1 million, the HWM budget recommendations by line item are very different from the Governor's recommendations. Positive news is that the HWM budget recommends funding the Respite/Family Support account (5920-3000) at the FY 2009 level of $55,454,715, the Autism account (5920-3010) at $4,460,244, and the DESE/DDS (formerly known as the DOE/DMR) program at $10 million.

The more challenging aspects of the HWM budget are the reductions proposed in the other accounts. In the Facilities Account (5930-1000), the HWM budget recommends reducing funding by $25 million. This amount represents a reduction of $12.3 million in addition to the $13 million already taken in the Governor's budget to account for the closure of the Fernald Developmental Center in FY 2010. Other accounts where the HWM budget recommendations are lower than the Governor's budget are the Day and Work account (5920-2025) by $7 million, the Community Residential account (5920-2000) by about $1.3 million, the Transportation account (5911-2000) by $3.6 million, and the Administration and Operations account and State Operated Program account (5911-1003 and 5920-2010) by a combined total of $3.88 million. If these reductions were to remain in place in the final FY 2010 budget, additional layoffs and service cuts would be required.

The HWM budget also adopts several of the Governor's funding recommendations including funding Turning 22 Services (5920-5000) at $7.7 million, Boulet Settlement at $88,027,205, the Templeton Retained Revenue at $150,000, the elimination of the Residential Rate account (5920-2006), and the transfer of $8 million to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) budget as part of the statewide information technology reorganization.

Below are the House FY 2010 budget recommendations for the Department by line item.

5911-1003 Administration and Operations - $67,849,708

5911-2000 Transportation - $13,560,140

5920-2000 Community Residential - $616,259,640

5920-2206 Residential Rate Initiative - $0

5920-2010 State Operated Programs - $140,226,885

5920-2020 Boulet Settlement - $88,027,205

5920-2025 Community Day and Work - $122,669,711

5920-3000 Respite/Family Support - $55,454,715

5920-3010 Autism Division -$4,460,244

5920-5000 Turning 22 Services - $7,700,000

5930-1000 State Facilities - $154,081,427

5982-1000 Templeton Retained Revenue - $150,000

5948-0012 Inter-Governmental Transfer - Special Education Alternatives of Children with MR - $10,000,000

This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.