Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders met with members of the mental health community to discuss the Governor\u2019s Fiscal Year 2019 budget which calls for a significant increase in funding as well as other investments in behavioral health.\n\n\u201cOur administration is pleased to have included a historic investment in our budget to strengthen behavioral health services in the Commonwealth,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cWe must continue to confront the stigma that surrounds mental illness and substance abuse disorders and improve access to treatment and recovery.\u201d\n\nThe Baker Administration\u2019s FY 19 budget provides significant funding and supports new investments in the Commonwealth\u2019s behavioral healthcare system.\u00a0Specifically, the budget recommends $83.8 million for the Department of Mental Health to strengthen community based services for adults with mental illness.\u00a0\n\n\u201cMental illness knows no social or economic boundaries,\u201d said Secretary Marylou Sudders. \u201cIt is our responsibility to ensure that when we speak about health care, it includes treatment for mental illness, substance misuse, and co-occurring illnesses.\u201d\n\nThe Administration\u2019s FY19 budget supports funding for DMH\u2019s overhauled community based service, called Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS), which will more effectively meet the needs of approximately 11,000 adults with long-term, serious mental illness. Key features include strong clinical integration and active engagement to meet an individual\u2019s medical and behavioral health care needs, including co-occurring treatment interventions; a comprehensive individual plan of care to meet changing needs, with specific attention to young adults and older adults; a strong focus on achieving self-sufficiency; and\u00a0 integration with Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and other employment services.\n\n\u201cDMH has completely changed how it engages and authorizes services for adults.\u00a0 In addition, we will ensure better continuity for children who transition into adulthood,\u201d said DMH Commissioner Joan Mikula. \u201cAs part of implementing these proposed changes, we are working to both make it easier for young adults to access DMH services and for those services to better meet the particular needs of young adults.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Association for Behavioral Healthcare is pleased that the Governor\u0027s budget plan makes a significant commitment to community-based mental health services, representing the largest increase in funding for DMH in 20 years,\u201d said Vic DiGravio, President and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Healthcare. \u201cGovernor Baker has worked with behavioral health providers to identify gaps in services and address the needs of underfunded programs. At ABH, we look forward to working with the Legislature to ensure that Massachusetts continues to support a network of compassionate, thoughtful community-based services.\u201d\n\n\u201cWe are impressed with the significant investment the Baker Administration is proposing to the mental health care system in the Commonwealth,\u201d said Danna Mauch, Ph.D, President\u00a0\u0026 CEO, Mass Association for Mental Health. \u201cThe two-pronged result of the reform is to restore essential system infrastructure and reinvigorate evidence based treatment\u201d\n\nOne in 5 Americans will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Half of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14 and three quarters begins by the time an individual is 24. And, addictions, particularly the opioid crisis, often exist in tandem with an underlying mental health condition.\u00a0\n\nIn addition, the FY 19 budget supports new behavioral health investments and builds upon the investments made over the past three years.\u00a0 Between FY16-FY22 MassHealth will make $1 billion in new investments in behavioral health, including over $200 million in expanded substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services and more than $400 million for behavioral health community partners as part of the MassHealth program.\n\nThe following leaders joined Governor Baker and Secretary Sudders at the meeting: Reva Stein, Executive Director, Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition; Audrey Shelto, President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation; Jackie K. Moore, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Inc; Vic DiGravio, President \u0026 CEO, Association for Behavioral Healthcare; David Matteodo, Executive Director, Mass. Association of Behavioral Health Systems; Lyndia Downie, Executive Director, Pine Street Inn; Danna Mauch, Ph.D, President\u00a0 \u0026 CEO, Mass Association for Mental Health; Cheri Andes, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); Deb Delman, Executive Director, The Transformation Center; Jane Martin,\u00a0 President NAMI Cambridge/Middlesex; Anne Whitman, Ph.D., Board President, Cole Center, Mental Health Consumer Resource Center; Diane Gould, President \u0026 CEO; Advocates; Tom Scurfield, Board President, NAMI MA; Joe Finn, President \u0026 Executive Director, Massachusetts Housing \u0026 Shelter Alliance; Joan Mikula, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health , Dan Tsai, Assistant Secretary for MassHealth; and Toni Wolf, Commissioner, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.