|From:||Heidi L. Reed, Commissioner, MCDHH|
Yesterday, January 26, the Governor filed his House 1 Budget for FY'12 to propose balanced funding for the state's programs and services next year. This briefing is being sent to provide you with a summary of House 1.
FY'12 appropriation in House 1 would provide MCDHH with a budget of $4,718,131. This total is 2% below the funding level appropriated for FY'11, which was $4,830,218. This decrease is in the dollar amount of $112,087 and follows the current FY'11 reduction of $160,235. MCDHH would respond to this decrease in funding by eliminating or reducing vacant administrative and consulting positions.
MCDHH would maintain Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services (DHILS) with level funding. However, the Interdepartmental Service Agreement (ISA) between MCDHH and MRC would not be funded during FY'12, and this would reduce funding for cross- disability DHILS provider agencies.
There will be continued fiscal limitations next year, and it will be important for our state to have as strong a service delivery system as possible with available resources. Along with all other state agencies, MCDHH has a role in the urgent task of changing the ways in which government services do business, and the additional loss of administrative support will be difficult for all of us. We will face this challenge with strong commitment to establishing universal access through effective communication, education, and advocacy services on behalf of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people throughout Massachusetts.
Statewide Budget Overview
House 1 spending next year will be $570 million (1.8 percent) less than FY11. Controlling costs, especially in health care, is an important part of the House 1 budget proposal. State agencies will need to manage with reduced funding levels, and over 900 further position reductions will likely be necessary.
EOHHS Budget Overview
House 1 appropriates $14.95 billion to EOHHS agencies. Compared to FY11, this is an increase of 0.1% ; mostly within the MassHealth program. Appropriations for other agencies and programs within EOHHS would be reduced by $91.1 million, or -1.9%. This reduction in funding will be difficult, and EOHHS is committed to working with stakeholders and consumers to mitigate the impact of necessary reductions.
On behalf of MCDHH, thank you for your dedicated attention throughout the budget process, for the questions you ask, for your recommendations, and for your continued support and partnership with us now and in the year ahead.
On behalf of the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's Commissioner Heidi Reed, I'm going to be talking about the upcoming budget cuts. First we'll focus on the state level, then Executive Office of Human Services, and then Commission specific information.
Now, for the state level, the budget for Fiscal Year 2012, FY '12, begins July 1st. And the proposed budget is $570 million, which is a reduction of 1.8%. That 1.8% reduction is spread throughout all the different state agencies, and that's 900 jobs that are potential to be cut.
As far as the Executive Office of Health and Human Services FY '12 budget, it's $14.95 billion. And MassHealth budget will be increased in 1/10th% for their programs And the rest of the state agencies under EOHHS; such as the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, et cetera, will be having a budget of $91.1 million in cuts. That's 1.9% in cuts. So the state agencies will need to figure out how to allocate their funds.
Now, for the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, our current FY '11 budget is $4,830,218. And for Fiscal Year '12, beginning July 1, the budget will be $4,718,131. Now, you may notice that it is $112,087 cut between last year and this coming Fiscal Year. And there was a 2% cut in FY '11 funds, and FY '12 funds another 2% cut, which is a total for the two years, a total cut of 4%.
The Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Fiscal Year '12 changes will look like this. We have been funding the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Skills Program; such as STAVROS, Center for Living and Working, D.E.A.F. Incorporated, et cetera. We have been funding with a certain amount of money, and MRC has been matching those funds. However, Fiscal Year '12 will contain the same amount of money from the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. That will be level funded. However, the funds from Mass. Rehab will not be included.
And we know that these are very difficult times. We have experienced a lot of budget cuts, staff reductions, et cetera, and it has been a challenge. However, other state agencies are experiencing similar cuts. We do very much look forward to continuing our partnership with the communities that we serve for advocacy, education, increased communication access. We want to thank you all for your support going to the State House, calling and writing your Legislators in order to advocate for your services.
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.