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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, INSTITUTIONS AND CERTAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMONWEALTH, FOR INTEREST, SINKING FUND AND SERIAL BOND REQUIREMENTS AND FOR CERTAIN PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS

The document is being worked on to include the Governor's actions and any Legislative actions.

     Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is immediately to make appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, and to make certain changes in law, each of which is immediately necessary or appropriate to effectuate said appropriations or for other important public purposes, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1.  To provide for the operations of the several departments, boards, commissions and institutions of the commonwealth and other services of the commonwealth and for certain permanent improvements and to meet certain requirements of law, the sums set forth in this act, for the several purposes and subject to the conditions specified, are hereby appropriated from the General Fund unless specifically designated otherwise, subject to the laws regulating the disbursement of public funds and the approval thereof for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. All sums appropriated under this act, including supplemental and deficiency budgets, shall be expended in a manner reflecting and encouraging a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for members of minority groups, women and persons with a disability. All officials and employees of an agency, board, department, commission or division receiving funds under this act shall take affirmative steps to ensure equality of opportunity in the internal affairs of state government and in their relations with the public, including those persons and organizations doing business with the commonwealth. Each agency, board, department, commission or division of the commonwealth, in spending appropriated sums and discharging its statutory responsibilities, shall adopt measures to ensure equal opportunity in the areas of hiring, promotion, demotion or transfer, recruitment, layoff or termination, rates of compensation, in-service or apprenticeship training programs and all terms and conditions of employment.

SECTION 1A.  In accordance with Articles LXIII and CVII of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth and section 6D of chapter 29 of the General Laws, it is hereby declared that the amounts of revenue set forth in this section by source for the respective funds of the commonwealth for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 are necessary and sufficient to provide the means to defray the appropriations and expenditures from such funds for fiscal year 2019 as set forth and authorized in this act. The comptroller shall keep a distinct account of actual receipts from each such source by each such fund to furnish the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means with quarterly statements comparing those receipts with the projected receipts set forth in this section and shall include a full statement comparing the actual and projected receipts in the annual report for fiscal year 2019 pursuant to section 12 of chapter 7A of the General Laws. The quarterly and annual reports shall also include detailed statements of any other sources of revenue for the budgeted funds in addition to those specified in this section.

Revenue Source

All Budgeted Funds

General Fund

Commonwealth Transportation Fund

Gaming Local Aid

Marijuana

Other Budgeted Funds

Alcoholic Beverages

$88.1

$88.1

 

 

 

 

Cigarettes

$475.0

$475.0

 

 

 

 

Corporations

$2,268.8

$2,268.8

 

 

 

 

Deeds

$327.3

$327.3

 

 

 

 

Estate Inheritance

$332.1

$332.1

 

 

 

 

Financial Institutions

$0.3

$0.3

 

 

 

 

Income 

$16,634.2

$16,634.2

 

 

 

 

Insurance

$449.5

$449.5

 

 

 

 

Motor Fuels

$767.3

 

$766.3

 

 

$1.0

Public Utilities

$0.0

 

 

 

 

 

Room Occupancy

$165.3

$165.3

 

 

 

 

Sales-Regular

$4,612.0

$4,612.0

 

 

 

 

Sales-Meals

$1,207.0

$1,207.0

 

 

 

 

Sales-Motor Vehicles

$878.0

$309.2

$568.8

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

$32.5

$32.5

 

 

 

 

UI Surcharges

$24.0

 

 

 

 

$24.0

Total Tax Revenues:

$28,261.3

$26,901.2

$1,335.1

 

 

$25.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pension Transfer

-$2,608.5

-$2,608.5

 

 

 

 

MBTA Transfer

-$1,038.4

-$1,038.4

 

 

 

 

SBA Transfer

-$878.4

-$878.4

 

 

 

 

Workforce Training Fund

-$24.0

 

 

 

 

-$24.0

Capital Gains to Stabilization Fund

-$389.2

-$389.2

 

 

 

 

Total Statutory Transfers:

-$4,938.5

-$4,914.5

 

 

 

-$24.0

Total Tax Revenues for Budget:

$23,322.9

$21,986.8

$1,335.1

 

 

$1.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue Changes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax Settlements

$125.0

$125.0

 

 

 

 

Repatriation of Corporate Dividends

$65.0

$65.0

 

 

 

 

Marijuana Taxes

$63.0

$23.0

 

 

$40.0

 

Marijuana Tax Transfer

-$3.7

-$3.7

 

 

 

 

Dairy Tax Credit Increase

-$2.0

-$2.0

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue Changes:

$247.3

$207.3

 

 

$40.0

 

Total Tax Revenues:

$23,570.1

$22,194.1

$1,335.1

 

$40.0

$1.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Tax Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Reimbursements

$11,509.0

$11,501.5

 

 

 

$7.5

Departmental Revenues

$4,944.8

$4,204.8

$688.9

 

$2.9

$48.3

Consolidated Transfers

$2,392.3

$1,781.1

$129.0

$66.4

 

$415.8

Total Non-Tax Revenues:

$18,846.2

$17,487.4

$817.9

$66.4

$2.9

$471.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL:

$42,416.3

$39,681.5

$2,153.0

$66.4

$42.9

$472.6

 

SECTION 1B.  The comptroller shall keep a distinct account of actual receipts of non-tax revenues by each department, board, commission or institution to furnish the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means with quarterly statements comparing those receipts with projected receipts set forth in this section and to include a full statement comparing those receipts with projected receipts in the annual report for the fiscal year pursuant to section 12 of chapter 7A of the General Laws. The quarterly and annual reports shall also include detailed statements of any other sources of revenue for the budgeted funds in addition to those specified in this section.

 

Non-Tax Revenue: Department Summary

Federal Revenues

Departmental Revenues

Budgeted Transfers

Total Unrestricted

Total Restricted

Judiciary

 

 

 

 

 

Appeals Court

$0

$321,731

$0

$321,731

$0

Committee for Public Counsel

$0

$6,494,663

$0

$6,494,663

$0

Supreme Judicial Court

$0

$2,551,701

$0

$2,551,701

$0

Trial Court

$0

$88,653,334

$0

$88,653,334

$0

Total

$0

$98,021,429

$0

$98,021,429

$0

Secretary of the Commonwealth

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary of the Commonwealth

$0

$268,306,860

$0

$268,291,860

$15,000

Total

$0

$268,306,860

$0

$268,291,860

$15,000

Treasurer and Receiver-General

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Treasurer

$0

$343,789,033

$294,498,388

$618,039,739

$20,247,682

State Lottery Commission

$0

$208,046

$1,104,568,848

$1,104,776,894

$0

Total

$0

$343,997,079

$1,399,067,236

$1,722,816,633

$20,247,682

Attorney General

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Attorney General

$4,426,908

$56,323,092

$0

$55,750,000

$5,000,000

Total

$4,426,908

$56,323,092

$0

$55,750,000

$5,000,000

Inspector General

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Inspector General

$0

$904,674

$0

$0

$904,674

Total

$0

$904,674

$0

$0

$904,674

Office of Campaign and Political Finance

 

 

 

 

 

Office of Campaign and Political Finance

$0

$260,550

$0

$260,550

$0

Total

$0

$260,550

$0

$260,550

$0

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

$3,490,000

$430,000

$0

$10,000

$3,910,000

Total

$3,490,000

$430,000

$0

$10,000

$3,910,000

State Ethics Commission

 

 

 

 

 

State Ethics Commission

$0

$30,000

$0

$30,000

$0

Total

$0

$30,000

$0

$30,000

$0

Office of the State Comptroller

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the State Comptroller

$48,265

$7,329,986

$548,998,898

$556,377,149

$0

Total

$48,265

$7,329,986

$548,998,898

$556,377,149

$0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

$0

$0

$98,181,202

$98,181,202

$0

Total

$0

$0

$98,181,202

$98,181,202

$0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannabis Control Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Cannabis Control Commission

$0

$2,856,700

$0

$2,856,700

$0

Total

$0

$2,856,700

$0

$2,856,700

$0

Board of Library Commissioners

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Library Commissioners

$0

$2,090

$0

$2,090

$0

Total

$0

$2,090

$0

$2,090

$0

Executive Office for Administration and Finance

 

 

 

 

 

Appellate Tax Board

$0

$1,403,520

$0

$1,003,520

$400,000

Bureau of State Office Buildings

$0

$4,522

$0

$4,522

$0

Civil Service Commission

$0

$9,935

$0

$9,935

$0

Department of Revenue

$46,957,094

$156,799,518

$0

$197,209,332

$6,547,280

Division of Administrative Law Appeals

$0

$1,000

$0

$1,000

$0

Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance

$0

$43,556,981

$0

$34,358,202

$9,198,779

Group Insurance Commission

$0

$841,165,953

$315,463,311

$1,154,432,519

$2,196,745

Human Resources Division

$0

$2,511,399

$0

$100

$2,511,299

Massachusetts Office of Information Technology

$0

$2,733,864

$0

$0

$2,733,864

Operational Services Division

$0

$17,495,942

$0

$5,999,457

$11,496,485

Secretary of Administration and Finance

$0

$32,639,256

$0

$32,639,256

$0

Total

$46,957,094

$1,098,321,890

$315,463,311

$1,425,657,843

$35,084,452

Executive Office of Education

 

 

 

 

 

Berkshire Community College

$0

$137,477

$0

$137,477

$0

Bridgewater State College

$0

$199,651

$0

$199,651

$0

Bristol Community College

$0

$455,656

$0

$455,656

$0

Bunker Hill Community College

$0

$49,890

$0

$49,890

$0

Cape Cod Community College

$0

$319,522

$0

$319,522

$0

Department of Early Education and Care

$203,548,305

$1,499,491

$0

$204,885,903

$161,893

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

$0

$9,307,104

$0

$7,439,651

$1,867,453

Department of Higher Education

$0

$123,039

$0

$123,039

$0

Executive Office of Education

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Fitchburg State College

$0

$735,822

$0

$735,822

$0

Framingham State College

$0

$341,127

$0

$341,127

$0

Greenfield Community College

$0

$69,358

$0

$69,358

$0

Holyoke Community College

$0

$326,066

$0

$326,066

$0

Mass Bay Community College

$0

$1,099,555

$0

$1,099,555

$0

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

$0

$207,335

$0

$207,335

$0

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

$0

$1,018

$0

$1,018

$0

Massasoit Community College

$0

$477,322

$0

$477,322

$0

Middlesex Community College

$0

$382,934

$0

$382,934

$0

Mount Wachusett Community College

$0

$285,044

$0

$285,044

$0

North Shore Community College

$0

$234,577

$0

$234,577

$0

Northern Essex Community College

$0

$287,100

$0

$287,100

$0

Quinsigamond Community College

$0

$241,554

$0

$241,554

$0

Roxbury Community College

$0

$529,843

$0

$0

$529,843

Salem State College

$0

$966,110

$0

$966,110

$0

Springfield Technical Community College

$0

$417,903

$0

$417,903

$0

University of Massachusetts

$0

$115,533,852

$0

$115,533,852

$0

Westfield State College

$0

$207,064

$0

$207,064

$0

Worcester State College

$0

$563,757

$0

$563,757

$0

Total

$203,548,305

$134,999,171

$0

$335,988,287

$2,559,189

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Agricultural Resources

$0

$6,718,800

$0

$6,718,800

$0

Department of Conservation and Recreation

$0

$25,000,000

$0

$5,000,000

$20,000,000

Department of Energy Resources

$0

$4,893,795

$0

$4,893,795

$0

Department of Environmental Protection

$0

$32,751,991

$0

$26,433,480

$6,318,511

Department of Fish and Game

$7,500,000

$11,348,259

$191,385

$18,496,655

$542,989

Department of Public Utilities

$0

$20,305,862

$0

$20,305,862

$0

Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

$0

$5,072,312

$0

$4,662,312

$410,000

Total

$7,500,000

$106,091,019

$191,385

$86,510,904

$27,271,500

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

 

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Soldiers' Home

$8,715,872

$2,430,171

$0

$10,546,043

$600,000

Department of Children and Families

$236,732,467

$9,455,841

$0

$241,507,074

$4,681,234

Department of Developmental Services

$815,482,232

$6,980,948

$0

$822,463,180

$0

Department of Elder Affairs

$112,534,044

$1,167,375

$0

$113,701,419

$0

Department of Mental Health

$151,493,868

$5,530,876

$0

$156,399,744

$625,000

Department of Public Health

$149,872,084

$74,770,196

$1,500,000

$117,586,772

$108,555,508

Department of Transitional Assistance

$453,053,833

$17,279,958

$0

$470,333,791

$0

Department of Veterans' Services

$0

$705,000

$0

$15,000

$690,000

Department of Youth Services

$7,550,572

$130,000

$0

$7,680,572

$0

Holyoke Soldiers' Home

$12,180,107

$4,246,195

$0

$15,098,084

$1,328,218

Mass Commission for the Blind

$4,203,619

$7,500

$0

$4,211,119

$0

Mass Commission for the Deaf

$174,569

$3,500

$0

$178,069

$0

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

$6,287,950

$30,000

$0

$6,317,950

$0

Secretary of Health and Human Services

$9,249,979,504

$1,713,959,571

$1,000,000

$10,668,189,075

$296,750,000

Total

$11,208,260,721

$1,836,697,131

$2,500,000

$12,634,227,892

$413,229,960

Health Policy Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Health Policy Commission

$0

$10,176,352

$0

$10,176,352

$0

Total

$0

$10,176,352

$0

$10,176,352

$0

Center for Health Information and Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

Center for Health Information and Analysis

$0

$32,318,190

$0

$31,568,190

$750,000

Total

$0

$32,318,190

$0

$31,568,190

$750,000

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Housing & Community Development

$0

$3,484,929

$2,602,560

$3,718,090

$2,369,399

Department of Telecommunications and Cable

$0

$4,931,095

$0

$4,931,095

$0

Division of Banks

$0

$33,260,269

$0

$31,210,269

$2,050,000

Division of Insurance

$0

$113,023,107

$0

$113,023,107

$0

Division of Professional Licensure

$0

$41,396,697

$0

$26,747,457

$14,649,240

Division of Standards

$0

$2,615,928

$0

$1,737,510

$878,418

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

$0

$2,050,500

$0

$1,550,500

$500,000

Total

$0

$200,762,525

$2,602,560

$182,918,028

$20,447,057

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Labor Relations

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Labor and Workforce Development

$0

$2,580,276

$20,145,277

$22,272,703

$452,850

Total

$0

$2,580,276

$20,145,277

$22,272,703

$452,850

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

 

 

 

 

 

Criminal History Systems Board

$0

$13,301,284

$0

$9,801,284

$3,500,000

Criminal Justice Training Council

$0

$1,807,000

$0

$7,000

$1,800,000

Department of Corrections

$1,074,000

$9,020,316

$5,179,684

$1,074,000

$14,200,000

Department of Fire Services

$0

$34,327,164

$0

$32,118,663

$2,208,501

Department of Public Safety

$0

$3,250,000

$0

$3,250,000

$0

Department of State Police

$2,095,922

$35,575,000

$0

$715,000

$36,955,922

Emergency Management Agency

$150,000

$689,884

$0

$639,884

$200,000

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

$0

$1,300,000

$0

$1,300,000

$0

Military Division

$0

$600,000

$0

$0

$600,000

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

$0

$4,568,941

$0

$180

$4,568,761

Parole Board

$0

$600,000

$0

$600,000

$0

Total

$3,319,922

$105,039,589

$5,179,684

$49,506,011

$64,033,184

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

$0

$634,671,761

$0

$634,671,761

$0

Total

$0

$634,671,761

$0

$634,671,761

$0

Sheriffs

 

 

 

 

 

Sheriff's Department Barnstable

$0

$44,724

$0

$44,724

$0

Sheriff's Department Berkshire

$24,000

$707,000

$0

$31,000

$700,000

Sheriff's Department Bristol

$7,000,000

$0

$0

$7,000,000

$0

Sheriff's Department Essex

$320,884

$28,000

$0

$348,884

$0

Sheriff's Department Franklin

$1,410,000

$41,000

$0

$1,451,000

$0

Sheriff's Department Hampden

$639,000

$3,123,832

$0

$771,500

$2,991,332

Sheriff's Department Hampshire

$105,000

$180,852

$0

$118,500

$167,352

Sheriff's Department Middlesex

$80,000

$169,000

$0

$174,000

$75,000

Sheriff's Department Norfolk

$3,164,950

$0

$0

$3,164,950

$0

Sheriff's Department Plymouth

$12,000,000

$0

$0

$12,000,000

$0

Sheriff's Department Suffolk

$6,630,000

$374,000

$0

$7,004,000

$0

Sheriff's Department Worcester

$95,000

$31,410

$0

$126,410

$0

Total

$31,468,834

$4,699,818

$0

$32,234,968

$3,933,684

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Non-Tax Revenue

$11,509,020,049

$4,944,820,182

$2,392,329,553

$18,248,330,552

$597,839,232

 

Section 2.

 

JUDICIARY.

Supreme Judicial Court.

0320-0003   For the operation of the supreme judicial court, including the salaries of the chief justice and the 6 associate justices $9,326,394

0320-0010   For the operation of the clerk’s office of the supreme judicial court for Suffolk county............................... $1,723,134

0321-0001   For the operation of the commission on judicial conduct.. $848,768

0321-0100   For the services of the board of bar examiners......... $1,544,084

Committee for Public Counsel Services.

0321-1500   For the operation of the committee for public counsel services under chapter 211D of the General Laws including, but not limited to, payroll costs of the committee’s public defenders, attorneys in charge and appeals attorneys, including fringe benefit costs; provided, that the committee shall maintain a system in which not less than 20 per cent of indigent clients shall be represented by public defenders; provided further, that to the extent feasible, the committee shall assign public defenders to district and superior courts; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended to increase the salaries of committee staff counsel; provided further, that these salary increases shall not take effect until January 1, 2019; provided further, that not less than 30 days before the salary increases take effect, the committee shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the number of staff counsel who would receive increased salaries; (b) the methodology used to determine the amount of said increase; and (c) how the increase in salary is used to increase retention levels; provided further, that the committee shall approve by majority vote any increase in the base salary or rate of compensation for employees holding management positions, including, but not limited to, chiefs, deputy chiefs, directors, assistant directors and managers; provided further, that the committee shall submit reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on November 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019 in a cumulative manner and compared with data from the current period to the previous 3 fiscal years; and provided further, that said reports shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the caseload of attorneys in charge compared to the caseload of public defenders; (ii) the number of cases handled by the committee in each month, delineated by public defender and private bar advocate; (iii) the average number of hours spent per case by public defenders; (iv) the number of public defenders currently employed by the committee and the total number employed by the committee at the end of each fiscal year, delineated by division; (v) the number of public defender vacancies to be filled; (vi) the average cost for public defender services rendered per case in the prior fiscal year; (vii) the number of cases assigned to private bar advocates; (viii) the average number of hours billed by private bar advocates; (ix) the average cost for private bar advocate services rendered per case in the prior fiscal year; (x) the billable hours of private counsel, delineated by travel time and time spent in court, including wait time and trial preparation time, including interview time, investigating time and research time; (xi) any changes to the private bar billing system and any billing improvements that have been made; (xii) the total number of support staff, investigators, attorneys in charge and management personnel currently employed by the committee and the total number employed by the committee at the end of each fiscal year for the previous 3 fiscal years; (xiii) a summary of all spending for psychologists, psychiatrists and investigators with the total number of hours billed, the number of unique vendors and the average number of hours billed; (xiv) the staffing efficiencies that have been achieved; and (xv) the total savings associated with the 20 per cent public defender representation mandate compared to the previous 25 per cent public defender representation mandate................................ $65,493,432

0321-1510   For compensation paid to private counsel assigned to criminal and civil cases under subsection (b) of section 6 of chapter 211D of the General Laws, under section 11 of said chapter 211D; provided, that not more than $2,000,000 from this item shall be expended for services rendered prior to fiscal year 2019...... $155,353,380

0321-1520   For fees and costs as defined in section 27A of chapter 261 of the General Laws, as ordered by a justice of the appeals court or a justice of a department of the trial court on behalf of persons who are indigent, as defined in said section 27A of said chapter 261; provided, that not more than $1,000,000 from this item shall be expended for services rendered prior to fiscal year 2019 $23,184,600

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.

0321-1600   For the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation to provide legal representation for indigent or otherwise disadvantaged residents of the commonwealth; provided, that not later than February 1, 2019, the corporation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means using the most recent Census Bureau population data available that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the number of persons assisted by the programs funded by the corporation in the prior fiscal year; (b) any proposed expansion of legal services, delineated by type of service, target population and cost; and (c) the total number of indigent or otherwise disadvantaged residents who received services from the corporation, delineated by type of case and geographic location; provided further, that the corporation may contract with any organization to provide representation; provided further, that no less than $40,000 shall be allocated to the Quintana Center Immigration Legal Clinic to provide pro-bono immigration legal services to clients; and provided further, that notwithstanding the first paragraph of section 9 of chapter 221A of the General Laws, funds shall be expended for the Disability Benefits Project, the Medicare Advocacy Project and the Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project..................... $21,040,000

Mental Health Legal Advisors.

0321-2000   For the operation of the mental health legal advisors committee and for certain programs for the indigent mentally ill established under section 34E of chapter 221 of the General Laws... $1,519,972

Prisoners’ Legal Services.

0321-2100   For the expenses of Prisoners’ Legal Services.......... $1,900,000

Social Law Library.

0321-2205   For the expenses of the social law library located in Suffolk county................................................. $2,133,787

Appeals Court.

0322-0100   For the appeals court, including the salaries, traveling allowances and expenses of the chief justice, recall justices and associate justices.................................... $13,627,421

Trial Court.

0330-0101   For the salaries of the justices of the 7 departments of the trial court................................................. $71,565,592

0330-0300   For the central administration of the trial court, including costs associated with trial court non-employee services, dental and vision health plan agreements, jury expenses, law libraries, statewide telecommunications, private and municipal court rentals and leases, operation of courthouse facilities, rental of county court facilities, witness fees, printing expenses, equipment maintenance and repairs, the court interpreter program, insurance and chargeback costs, the Massachusetts sentencing commission, permanency mediation services, court security and judicial training; provided, that 50 per cent of all fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure shall be paid from this item; provided further, that funds may be expended for training on domestic violence issues, the establishment of a domestic violence registry, evaluations of batterers’ intervention programs, and the risk assessment tool for domestic violence offenders under chapter 260 of the acts of 2014;  provided further, that not less than $378,000 shall be expended for the Race and Bias Initiative to expand the trial court’s Office of Diversity and provide additional diversity training for all court employees; provided further, that in planning and implementing the policies of the Race and Bias Initiative the trial court’s Office of Diversity shall solicit feedback from community stakeholders in order to identify any structural, organizational, or cultural barriers to ensure equity in the justice system for people of racial, linguistic, cultural, or sexual minorities, and recommend methods to remove those barriers to guarantee provision of competent representation and inclusive practices in every courtroom in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $1,082,273 shall be expended for the implementation of alternative dispute resolution programming; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the Family Resolutions Specialty Court at the Hampshire probate and family court department; provided further, that funds may be expended to provide information and assistance to self-represented litigants; provided further, that the trial court shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on revenues collected in the trial court; provided further, that each report shall provide for the previous quarter for each court division and courthouse: (a) the total amount ordered in fees and fines; (b) the total amount dismissed in fees and fines; (c) the total amount paid in fees and fines; and (d) the total amount outstanding in fees and fines; provided further, that the court administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2019, detailing the number of court officers, per diem court officers, and security personnel located in each trial court of the commonwealth; provided further, that notwithstanding section 9A of chapter 30 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the rights afforded to a veteran, under said section 9A of said chapter 30, shall also be afforded to any such veteran who holds a trial court office or position in the service of the commonwealth not classified under chapter 31 of the General Laws, other than an elective office, an appointive office for a fixed term, or an office or position under section 7 of said chapter 30 and who: (i) has held the office or position for not less than 1 year; and (ii) has 30 years of total creditable service to the commonwealth, as defined in chapter 32 of the General Laws; provided further, that the trial court shall submit a report to the victim and witness assistance board detailing the amount of assessments imposed within each court by a justice or clerk-magistrate during the previous calendar year under section 8 of chapter 258B of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of cases in which the assessment was reduced or waived by a judge or clerk-magistrate within the courts; provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the victim and witness assistance board not later than January 7, 2019; and provided further, that not less than 15 days prior to the transfer of funds between items within the trial court, the court administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the amount of money transferred from any item of appropriation; (2) the line item number of the appropriation making the transfer; (3) the line item number of the appropriation receiving the transfer; and (4) the reason for the necessity of the transfer........................ $241,651,751

0330-0344   For the continued administration and transportation costs associated with a veterans court program and study first established in section 33 of chapter 62 of the acts of 2014 $82,783

0330-0441   For permanency mediation services in the probate and juvenile courts................................................... $250,000

0330-0500   For the expanded use of videoteleconferencing for court appearances by persons in the custody of the houses of correction......................................................... $247,500

0330-0599   For a probation program that administers high-intensity supervision to promote successful probation outcomes and reduce recidivism; provided, that the office of the commissioner of probation may partner with the same external research organization in fiscal year 2019 as selected in fiscal year 2018 to monitor program fidelity and design, to implement the model and to collect and analyze the outcome evaluation; provided further, that said program shall be conducted at both a district and a superior court; provided further, that the trial court shall maintain this probation program in the 10 court locations currently in operation; and provided further, that the office of the commissioner of probation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 15, 2019 that shall include but not be limited to, any relevant data on participants and outcomes.............................. $1,400,896

0330-0601   For the operation of the specialty courts; provided, that no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item in the trial court; and provided further, that the trial court shall, in coordination with partner departments and agencies, submit reports on interdepartmental service agreements made with the partner departments and agencies to the court administrator and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than April 2, 2019 that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the amount of funding transferred to each specific agency or department for use in specialty courts; (b) the specific intent of that transfer in relation to specialty court operations; (c) any additional services implemented by way of the transfer; and (d) the amount of unspent funds from the transfer at the time of reporting $5,744,888

0330-0612   For the administration of the sequential intercept model to serve individuals with mental health and substance use disorders involved in the criminal justice system; provided, that the trial court shall continue to fund a project coordinator to oversee coordination, administration and financial oversight of the sequential intercept model; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2019 the project coordinator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the design of the sequential intercept model mappings; (b) the locations of workshops held to advocate for the model; (c) the number of cases in which the model has been utilized; (d) the impact of the model on rehabilitation and recidivism; and (e) the cost savings associated with the model......................................................... $200,000

Superior Court Department.

0331-0100   For the operation of the superior court department; provided, that funds shall be expended for medical malpractice tribunals under section 60B of chapter 231 of the General Laws; and provided further, that the clerk of the court shall be responsible for the internal administration of the clerk’s office, including personnel, staff services and record  keeping......... $34,153,663

District Court Department.

0332-0100   For the operation of the district court department, including a civil conciliation program; provided, that notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the district court of Chelsea shall be the permanent location for the northern trial session to handle 6-person jury cases; and provided further, that all personnel within said district court whose duties related to said northern trial session shall report to the clerk-magistrate of said district court............... $68,590,587

Probate and Family Court Department.

0333-0002.. For the operation of the probate and family court department; provided, that not less than $848,014 shall be expended for a case management triage plan................................ $31,691,456

Land Court Department.

0334-0001   For the operation of the land court department......... $4,051,762

Boston Municipal Court Department.

0335-0001   For the operation of the Boston municipal court department $14,030,132

Housing Court Department.

0336-0002   For the operation of the housing court department...... $8,658,712

0336-0003   For costs associated with the expansion of the housing court department throughout the commonwealth, including the salaries of judges; provided, that funds shall not be transferred from this item to any other item in the trial court.............. $2,600,813

Juvenile Court Department.

0337-0002   For the operation of the juvenile court department; provided, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended for raising rates for juvenile court investigators; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a grant to One Can Help, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $112,000 shall be expended on the Franklin and Hampshire county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended on the Worcester county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $175,989 shall be expended on the Hampden county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended on the Essex county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended on the Boston court-appointed special advocates program; and provided further, that not less than $53,995 shall be expended on the Berkshire county court-appointed special advocates program..................................... $21,265,155

Office of the Commissioner of Probation.

0339-1001   For the office of the commissioner of probation; provided, that the office shall enter into an interagency service agreement with the department of revenue to verify income data and to use the department’s wage reporting and bank match system for weekly tape-matching to determine an individual’s eligibility for appointment of indigent counsel, as provided in chapter 211D of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $229,167 shall be expended for DNA testing; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for expanded drug testing capacity; provided further, that not less than $222,000 shall be expended for increased sealing and expungement capacity; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a caseload management software system for the juvenile and probate and family courts; provided further, that not less than $641,000 shall be expended for a pre-trial services unit; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for increased electronic monitoring capacity; provided further, that not less than $374,667 shall be expended for a probate and family court workload reduction project; provided further, that not less than $160,000 shall be expended for the purchase of bulletproof vests for probation officers; provided further, that funds may be expended for increased lab-based testing, oral toxicology tests and new urine tests to detect additional substances; provided further, that funds shall be used for the ongoing development and implementation of the validated risk assessment tool to inform pre-adjudication decision-making with regard to detention, release on personal recognizance, or release under conditions of criminal defendants before the adult trial court; provided further, that a report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than November 1, 2018 that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the status of the validated risk assessment tool; (b) efforts to implement the risk assessment tool in the courts; (c) further goals to expand the use of the risk assessment tool; and (d) the outcomes associated with utilization of the risk assessment tool; and provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended for the costs associated with the full implementation of chapter 303 of the acts of 2006 and chapter 418 of the acts of 2006 to ensure effective supervision of probationers who are monitored through global positioning system bracelets $150,029,621

0339-1003   For the office of community corrections and performance-based contracts for the operation of community corrections centers; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2019; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the performance standards used to evaluate community corrections centers; (b) a description of how each community corrections center compares based on performance and utilization data; (c) the amount of each contract awarded to community corrections centers on a per client-day basis; (d) the standards for terminating contracts with underperforming community corrections centers; and (e) plans for increasing the use of community corrections centers by the courts, the department of correction and the county sheriffs’ offices; and provided further, that the executive director may make funds from this item available for rehabilitative pilot programs that incorporate evidence-based corrections practices................................. $22,903,499

0339-1005   For a competitive grant program to be administered by the office of the commissioner of probation for cities and towns, acting either individually or in concert, to pilot or expand multidisciplinary approaches to divert juveniles and young adults from the juvenile and criminal justice systems prior to arrest or arraignment through coordinated programs for prevention and intervention serving youths and their families, including, but not limited to: (a) connecting youths to mental health services; (b) providing youth development activities and mentoring; (c) promoting school safety, family home visits, juvenile diversion programs, and restorative justice and mediation programs; and (d) providing assistance for families and schools to navigate the legal system; provided, that eligible applicants may partner with non-profit organizations to provide programs and services; provided further, that the office of the commissioner of probation shall give preference to applications that: (i) clearly outline a comprehensive plan for municipalities to collaborate with law enforcement, schools, community-based organizations and government agencies to address juvenile delinquency and young adult crime; (ii) include written commitments of municipalities, law enforcement agencies, schools, community-based organizations, and government agencies to collaborate; (iii) make a written commitment to match grant funds with a 25 per cent matching grant provided by either municipal or private contributions; and (iv) identify a local governmental unit to serve as the fiscal agent for the proposed programs and services; and provided further, that administrative costs for approved grant applications shall not exceed 5 per cent of the value of the grant.............. $350,000

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

0339-1011   For the establishment of a grant program to be administered by the office of the commissioner of probation for community based residential re-entry programs to reduce recidivism by providing transitional housing, workforce development and case management to individuals returning to the community from county jails and state prisons, including inmates of state prisons and county jails approved pursuant to sections 49 and 86F of chapter 127 of the General Laws and individuals on parole or on probation; provided, that these programs shall provide supervision and accountability as needed and that the money shall be awarded through a competitive process to qualified nonprofit organizations with a documented history of providing comprehensive, evidence-based community residential re-entry services; provided further, that applicants shall provide a plan for ensuring that proposed programs shall be implemented with fidelity to a research-based or evidence-based program design; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be spent on women and elderly citizens returning from incarceration; and provided further, that the department of probation shall provide an annual report on the outcomes and recidivism rates of the participants to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2019 $5,000,000

Office of the Jury Commissioner.

0339-2100   For the office of the jury commissioner under chapter 234A of the General Laws........................................... $2,978,982

DISTRICT ATTORNEYS.

Suffolk District Attorney.

0340-0100   For the Suffolk district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program, the domestic violence unit and the children’s advocacy center; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000... $20,599,620

0340-0198   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Suffolk district attorney’s office....................... $375,779

Middlesex District Attorney.

0340-0200   For the Middlesex district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000.................................. $17,173,489

0340-0298   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Middlesex district attorney’s office..................... $556,816

Eastern District Attorney.

0340-0300   For the Eastern district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000.................................. $10,337,045

0340-0398   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Eastern district attorney’s office....................... $534,923

Worcester District Attorney.

0340-0400   For the Worcester district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000.................................. $11,338,104

0340-0498   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Worcester district attorney’s office..................... $445,789

Hampden District Attorney.

0340-0500   For the Hampden district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000.................................. $10,543,394

0340-0598   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Hampden district attorney’s office....................... $366,442

Northwestern District Attorney.

0340-0600   For the Northwestern district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program, the domestic violence unit and the anti-crime task force; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000 $7,417,362

0340-0698   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.................. $317,224

Norfolk District Attorney.

0340-0700   For the Norfolk district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000.................................. $10,183,218

0340-0798   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Norfolk district attorney’s office....................... $460,674

Plymouth District Attorney.

0340-0800   For the Plymouth district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000................................... $9,217,595

0340-0898   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Plymouth district attorney’s office...................... $463,193

Bristol District Attorney.

0340-0900   For the Bristol district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000................................... $9,135,037

0340-0998   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Bristol district attorney’s office....................... $453,048

Cape and Islands District Attorney.

0340-1000   For the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000............. $4,702,259

0340-1098   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office.............. $300,499

Berkshire District Attorney.

0340-1100   For the Berkshire district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program, the drug task force, the domestic violence unit and the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $46,000............. $4,345,722

0340-1198   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Berkshire district attorney’s office..................... $231,461

MASSACHUSETTS DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION.

0340-0203   For the implementation and administration of drug diversion programs for young-adult non-violent drug offenders; provided, that individuals using heroin or other opiate derivatives who are arrested for non-violent crimes shall be eligible for the drug diversion program; provided further, that individuals charged with violent crimes shall not be eligible for participation in a drug diversion program; provided further, that a district attorney’s office may contract with any organization for the purpose of administering a drug diversion program or education program; provided further, that such programs shall be designed in consultation with the department of public health; provided further, that eligible drug diversion programs shall offer pre- or post-arraignment programs for non-violent drug offenders to provide candidates the opportunity to receive comprehensive substance use treatment services in lieu of prosecution through the traditional court process; provided further, that treatment plans may include, but shall not be limited to, inpatient, outpatient and step-down recovery services; provided further, that diversion program candidates without insurance coverage for such services shall not be denied access to the program based on the inability to pay; provided further, that not more than $100,000 shall be distributed to any 1 district attorney’s office for such purpose; provided further, that not less than 60 days prior to the distribution of funds, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the amount to be given to each district attorney’s office; (b) the reasoning behind the distribution; and (c) the administration and cost of the program; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended on the administrative costs of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association.................................... $495,000

0340-2100   For the operation of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, including the implementation and related expenses of the district attorneys’ offices automation, case management and tracking system; provided, that expenses associated with the system may be charged directly to this item; provided further, that the association shall work in conjunction with the disabled persons protection commission and the 11 district attorneys' offices to prepare a report that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the number of abuse cases that are referred to each district attorney’s office for further investigation; (b) the number of those referrals resulting in the filing of criminal charges, delineated by type of charge; (c) the number of cases referred to each district attorney's office that remain open as of the date for submission of the report; and (d) the number of cases that resulted in a criminal prosecution and the disposition of each such prosecution; provided further, that said report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the house of representatives and senate not later than March 15, 2019; provided further, that the association shall work in conjunction with the 11 district attorneys’ offices to prepare and submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the house of representatives and senate not later than January 15, 2019; provided further, that the association shall provide the 11 district attorneys’ offices with an agreed-upon template for the report to be filled out; provided further, that the district attorneys’ offices shall submit the report in a standard electronic format; provided further, that the template shall include, delineated by charge type: (i) the number of criminal cases initiated by arraignment in each department of the trial court; (ii) the number of criminal cases disposed of in each department of the trial court; (iii) the number of cases appealed to the appeals courts, the supreme judicial court, a single justice of the appeals court or supreme judicial court or any other appeals; (iv) the number of cases reviewed but not charged; and (v) the number of cases under active management where the case includes charges for drug offenses under chapter 94C of the General Laws, motor vehicle charges under chapter 90 of the General Laws or firearm offenses under chapter 140 of the General Laws; and provided further, that each district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means at least 30 days before transferring any funds from the AA object class of each district attorney’s administrative line item and means of its intention to make that transfer....... $2,097,327

0340-2117   For the retention of assistant district attorneys with not less than 3 years of experience; provided, that the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall transfer funds to the AA object class in each of the 11 district attorneys’ offices; provided further, that the association shall develop a formula for distribution of said funds; provided further, that funds distributed from this item to the district attorneys’ offices shall be used for retention purposes and shall not be transferred out of the AA object class; provided further, that not more than $100,000 shall be distributed to any 1 district attorney’s office for such purpose; provided further, that not less than 60 days prior to the distribution of funds, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the methodology used to determine the amount to be disbursed; (b) the amount to be given to each district attorney’s office; (c) the reason behind the distribution; and (d) the number of assistant district attorneys from each office who would receive funds from this item; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended for the administrative costs of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association........................... $750,000

0340-6653   For increases in the annual salaries of assistant district attorneys; provided, that the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall transfer funds to the AA object class in each of the 11 district attorneys’ offices so that the resulting minimum annual salary for an assistant district attorney shall exceed $46,000 per year; provided further, that salary increases shall not take effect until January 1, 2019; provided further, that not less than 30 days prior to the distribution of funds, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of: (a) the amount to be distributed to each district attorneys’ office; (b) the reasoning behind said distribution; (c) the number of assistant district attorneys from each office who will receive funds from this item; and (d) the resulting salaries of the assistant district attorneys who will receive funds from this item; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended on the administrative costs of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association............................................ $4,000,000

0340-8908   For the costs associated with maintaining the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association’s wide area network..... $1,743,001

EXECUTIVE.

0411-1000.. For the offices of the governor, the lieutenant governor and the governor’s council; provided, that the amount appropriated in this item may be used at the discretion of the governor for the payment of extraordinary expenses not otherwise provided for and for transfers to appropriation accounts where the amounts otherwise available may be insufficient; provided further, that funds may be expended for the governor’s commission on intellectual disability; provided further, that funds may be expended for the governor’s development coordinating council; and provided further, that the advisory council on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, established in section 379 of chapter 194 of the acts of 1998 shall continue during fiscal year 2019......... $5,251,345

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

0511-0000   For the operation of the office of the secretary; provided, that the secretary may transfer funds between items 0540-0900, 0540-1000, 0540-1100, 0540-1200, 0540-1300, 0540-1400, 0540-1500, 0540-1600, 0540-1700, 0540-1800, 0540-1900, 0540-2000 and 0540-2100 under an allocation schedule which shall be filed with the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before the transfer; and provided further, that each register of deeds using electronic record books shall ensure that all methods of electronically recording instruments conform to the regulations or standards established by the secretary of the commonwealth and the records conservation  board........................ $6,457,442

0511-0001   For the secretary of the commonwealth, who may expend retained revenues not to exceed $15,000 from the sale of merchandise at the state house gift shop to restock gift shop inventory.. $15,000

0511-0002   For the operation of the corporations division; provided, that the division shall implement a corporate dissolution program; and provided further, that the secretary shall file biannual reports with the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the total number of reports filed as a result of this program and the amount of revenue generated for the commonwealth..... $349,374

0511-0200   For the operation of the archives division; provided, that $200,000 shall be expended for preservation matching grants for municipalities and non-profit organizations to preserve veterans monuments, memorials and other significant sites and historic documents; and provided further, that the program shall be administered by the state historic records advisory board $665,557

0511-0230   For the operation of the records center................... $35,118

0511-0250   For the operation of the archives facility............... $295,626

0511-0260   For the operation of the commonwealth museum............. $231,040

0511-0270   For the secretary of the commonwealth, who shall contract with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute to provide the commonwealth with technical assistance on United States census data and to prepare annual population estimates; provided, that the contract shall be for not less than $325,000....... $1,000,000

0511-0420   For the operation of the address confidentiality program. $135,615

0517-0000   For the printing of public documents..................... $505,583

0521-0000   For the operation of the elections division, including preparation, printing and distribution of ballots and for other miscellaneous expenses for primary and other elections; provided, that the secretary of the commonwealth may award grants for voter registration and education; and provided further, that the registration and education activities may be conducted by community-based voter registration and education organizations $12,946,224

0521-0001   For the operation of the central voter registration computer system; provided, that an annual report detailing voter registration activity shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2019 $6,407,994

0524-0000   For providing information to voters.................... $1,705,000

0526-0100   For the operation of the Massachusetts historical commission $932,724

0527-0100   For the operation of the ballot law commission............ $10,281

0528-0100   For the operation of the records conservation board....... $36,036

0540-0900   For the registry of deeds located in the city of Lawrence $1,248,813

0540-1000   For the registry of deeds located in the city of  Salem $2,837,926

0540-1100   For the registry of deeds located in the county of Franklin $629,151

0540-1200   For the registry of deeds located in the county of Hampden $1,769,946

0540-1300   For the registry of deeds located in the county of Hampshire $554,572

0540-1400   For the registry of deeds located in the city of Lowell $1,164,571

0540-1500   For the registry of deeds located in the city of Cambridge $3,208,296

0540-1600   For the registry of deeds located in the town of  Adams.. $269,778

0540-1700   For the registry of deeds located in the city of Pittsfield $460,647

0540-1800   For the registry of deeds located in the town of Great Barrington......................................................... $229,648

0540-1900   For the registry of deeds located in the county of Suffolk $2,025,170

0540-2000   For the registry of deeds located in the city of Fitchburg $685,572

0540-2100   For the registry of deeds located in the city of Worcester $2,255,201

TREASURER AND RECEIVER GENERAL.

Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General.

0610-0000   For the office of the treasurer and receiver general; provided, that the treasurer shall provide computer services required by the teachers’ retirement board; provided further, that funds may be expended for the payment of bank fees; and provided further, that financial assistance shall be made available to injured firefighters........................................... $9,614,105

0610-0010   For the Office of Economic Empowerment; provided, that $60,000 shall be expended for Budget Buddies, Inc. in the town of Chelmsford to operate a program that mentors and teaches financial literacy to low-income women, prior appropriation continued $495,000

0610-0050   For the administration of the alcoholic beverages control commission in its efforts to regulate and control the conduct and condition of traffic in alcoholic beverages; provided, that the commission shall maintain at least 1 chief investigator and other investigators for the purpose of regulating and controlling the traffic of alcoholic beverages; provided further, that the commission shall work and cooperate with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the United States Department of Justice and other relevant federal agencies to assist in its efforts to regulate and control the traffic of alcoholic beverages; and provided further, that the commission shall seek out matching federal dollars and apply for federal grants that may be available to assist in the enforcement of laws pertaining to the traffic of alcoholic beverages....... $3,687,019

0610-0051   For the operation of the alcoholic beverages control commission relative to the prevention of underage drinking and related programs including, but not limited to, applying for and obtaining federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives funds, grants and other federal appropriations; provided, that the commission may expend retained revenues up to $247,682 collected from fees generated by the commission; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the commission may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system........................................ $247,682

0610-0060   For the costs associated with the investigation and enforcement division of the alcoholic beverages control commission’s implementation of the enhanced liquor enforcement programs known as safe campus, safe holidays, safe prom and safe summer; provided, that funds from this appropriation shall not support other operating costs of item 0610-0050........................ $145,849

0610-2000   For payments made to veterans under section 1 of chapter 646 of the acts of 1968, section 16 of chapter 130 of the acts of 2005, section 11 of chapter 132 of the acts of 2009 and section 32 of chapter 112 of the acts of 2010; provided, that the office of the state treasurer may expend not more than $205,000 for costs incurred in the administration of these payments....... $2,803,627

0611-1000   For bonus payments to war veterans........................ $44,500

0612-0105   For payment of the public safety employee killed in the line of duty benefit authorized by section 100A of chapter 32 of the General Laws; provided, that the state treasurer’s office shall provide immediate written notification to the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means upon the expenditure of the funds appropriated in this item; and provided further, that at the written request of the office of the state treasurer, the comptroller shall transfer uncommitted and unobligated funds from item 1599-3384 to this item......................................................... $300,000

Lottery Commission.

0640-0000   For the operation of the state lottery commission and arts lottery; provided, that no funds shall be expended from this item for costs associated with the promotion or advertising of lottery games; provided further, that positions funded from this item shall not be subject to chapters 30 and 31 of the General Laws; and provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, to the General Fund................................... $82,832,461

0640-0005   For the costs associated with monitor games; provided, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund to the General Fund....................................... $3,032,859

0640-0010   For the commonwealth’s fiscal year 2019 contributions to the health and welfare fund established under the collective bargaining agreement between the state lottery commission and the Service Employees International Union, Local 888, AFL-CIO; provided, that the contributions shall be paid to the fund on such basis as the collective bargaining agreement provides; and provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, to the General Fund...................... $4,500,000

0640-0096   For the commonwealth’s fiscal year 2019 contributions to the health and welfare fund established under the collective bargaining agreement between the state lottery commission and the Service Employees International Union, Local 888, AFL-CIO; provided, that the contributions shall be paid to the fund on such basis as the collective bargaining agreement provides; and provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, to the General Fund........................ $437,287

Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

0640-0300   For the services and operations of the Massachusetts cultural council, including grants to or contracts with public and non-public entities; provided, that the council may expend the amounts appropriated in this item for the council as provided in sections 52 to 58, inclusive, of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund to the General Fund;provided further, that a person employed under this item shall be considered an employee within the meaning of section 1 of chapter 150E of the General Laws and shall be placed in the appropriate bargaining unit; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Albion Cultural Exchange in the town of Wakefield for elderly access improvements; and provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Springfield Central Cultural District......... $16,154,982

Debt Service.

0699-0005   For the state treasurer, who may retain and expend not more than $20,000,000 in fiscal year 2019 from premiums paid on the sales of revenue anticipation notes and expend those premium payments to pay the principal and interest on account of the revenue anticipation notes.................................... $20,000,000

0699-0014   For the payment of interest, discount and principal on certain indebtedness incurred under chapter 233 of the acts of 2008 for financing the accelerated bridge program............. $200,856,574

Commonwealth Transportation Fund..... 100%

0699-0015   For the payment of interest, discount and principal on certain bonded debt and the sale of bonds of the commonwealth; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the state treasurer may make payments pursuant to section 38C of chapter 29 of the General Laws from this item and items 0699-9100, 0699-2005 and 0699-0014; provided further, that the payments shall pertain to the bonds, notes or other obligations authorized to be paid from each item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller may transfer the amounts that would otherwise be unexpended on June 30, 2019 from this item to items 0699-9100, 0699-2005 and 0699-0014 or from items 0699-9100, 0699-2005 and 0699-0014 to this item which would otherwise have insufficient amounts to meet debt service obligations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019; provided further, that each amount transferred shall be charged to the funds as specified in the item to which the amount is transferred; provided further, that payments on bonds issued pursuant to section 2O of said chapter 29 shall be paid from this item and shall be charged to the infrastructure subfund of the Commonwealth Transportation Fund; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary or other provisions of this item, the comptroller may charge the payments authorized in the item to the appropriate budgetary or other fund subject to a plan which the comptroller shall file 10 days in advance with the house and senate committees on ways and means.............................................. $2,175,561,639

General Fund....................... 49.50%

Commonwealth Transportation Fund... 50.50%

0699-2005   For the payment of interest, discount and principal on certain indebtedness which may be incurred for financing the central artery/third harbor tunnel funding shortfall.......... $56,855,086

Commonwealth Transportation Fund..... 100%

0699-9100   For the payment of costs associated with any bonds, notes or other obligations of the commonwealth, including issuance costs, interest on bonds, bond and revenue anticipation notes, commercial paper and other notes pursuant to sections 47 and 49B of chapter 29 of the General Laws and for the payment to the United States pursuant to section 148 of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 148, of any rebate amount or yield reduction payment owed with respect to any bonds or notes or other obligations of the commonwealth; provided, that the treasurer shall certify to the comptroller a schedule of the distribution of costs among the various funds of the commonwealth; provided further, that not more than $400,000 shall be expended from this item for the costs of personnel at the debt department of the office of the state treasurer; provided further, that the comptroller shall charge costs to the funds in accordance with the schedule; and provided further, that any deficit in this item at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 shall be charged to the various funds or to the General Fund or the Commonwealth Transportation Fund debt service reserves................................. $21,181,485

OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR.

0710-0000   For the office of the state auditor, including the review and monitoring of privatization contracts in accordance with sections 52 to 55, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws. $15,340,379

0710-0100   For the operation of the division of local mandates...... $358,278

0710-0200   For the operation of the bureau of special investigations; provided, that the office shall file quarterly reports with the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the total amount of fraudulently obtained benefits identified by the bureau, the total value of settlement restitution payments, actual monthly collections and any circumstances that produce shortfalls in collections............................................ $1,817,565

0710-0225   For the operation of the Medicaid audit unit within the division of audit operations to prevent and identify fraud and abuse in the MassHealth system; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this item shall not be less than 50 per cent; provided further, that the division shall submit a report not later than March 15, 2019 to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing all findings on activities and payments made through the MassHealth system; provided further, that the report shall include, to the extent available, a review of all post-audit efforts undertaken by MassHealth to recoup payments owed to the commonwealth due to identified fraud and abuse; provided further, that the report shall include the responses of MassHealth to the most recent post-audit review survey, including the status of recoupment efforts; and provided further, that the report shall include the unit’s recommendations to enhance recoupment efforts..................................... $1,198,713

 0710-0300   For costs related to the use of data analytic techniques to identify fraud by the bureau of special investigations... $464,597

 

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

0810-0000   For the office of the attorney general, including the administration of the local consumer aid fund, the operation of the anti-trust division, all regional offices, a high-tech crime unit, and the victim and witness assistance program; provided, that the victim and witness assistance program shall be administered in accordance with chapters 258B and 258C of the General Laws; and provided further, that the attorney general shall submit to the general court and the secretary of administration and finance a report detailing the claims submitted to the state treasurer for payment under item 0810-0004, indicating both the number and costs for each category of claim $25,036,322

0810-0004   For compensation to victims of violent crimes; provided, that notwithstanding chapter 258C of the General Laws, if a claimant is 60 years of age or older at the time of the crime and is not employed or receiving unemployment compensation, such claimant shall be eligible for compensation in accordance with said chapter 258C even if the claimant has suffered no out-of-pocket loss; provided further, that compensation to such claimant shall be limited to a maximum of $50; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, victims of the crime of rape shall be notified of all available services designed to assist rape victims, including, but not limited to, the services provided in section 5 of chapter 258B of the General Laws....................................... $2,227,677

0810-0013   For the office of the attorney general which may expend for a false claims program not more than $3,250,000 from retained revenues collected from enforcement of the false claims law; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............................ $3,250,000

0810-0014   For the operation of the department of public utilities proceedings unit within the office of the attorney general under section 11E of chapter 12 of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed under said section 11E of said chapter 12 shall equal the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for the expenses of legal and technical personnel and associated administrative and travel expenses relative to participation in regulatory proceedings at the federal Energy Regulatory Commission on behalf of Massachusetts ratepayers............................... $2,311,589

0810-0016   For the office of the attorney general which may expend for the development and prosecution of claims for enforcement by the commonwealth of the federal Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. section 1251 et seq., and the federal Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. section 7401 et seq., including but not limited to the investigation of such claims, the costs of personnel and litigation, the engagement of experts, the administration of studies or related activities and the enforcement of settlements, not more than $250,000 from retained revenues collected from costs of litigation, including reasonable attorney and expert witness fees, as awarded to the attorney general by the court or as agreed upon by the parties in settlement of any claims brought pursuant to the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. section 1251 et seq., and the federal Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. section 7401 et seq.; provided, that penalties payable to the commonwealth under state law that are recovered by the commonwealth in the course of prosecuting claims for enforcement of federal law shall be deposited into the General Fund; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.............................. $250,000

0810-0021   For the operation of the Medicaid fraud control unit; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this item shall not be less than 75 per cent of the expenditure; provided further, that funds shall continue to be used specifically for the investigation and prosecution of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation based on referrals from the department of public health under section 72H of chapter 111 of the General Laws; provided further, that the unit shall provide training for all investigators of the department of public health’s division of health care quality responsible for the investigations on a periodic basis pursuant to a comprehensive training program to be developed by the division and the unit; and provided further, that training shall include instruction on techniques for improving the efficiency and quality of investigations of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and misappropriation referred under said section 72H of said chapter 111................................ $4,369,880

0810-0045   For the wage enforcement program; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a non-management position funded by this item shall be considered a job title in a collective bargaining unit as prescribed by the labor relations commission and shall be subject to chapter 150E of the General Laws................................................... $3,901,727

0810-0061   For the purpose of funding existing and future litigation devoted to obtaining significant recoveries for the commonwealth $2,631,645

0810-0098   For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the attorney general; provided, that other costs associated with said officers shall not be funded from this item; and provided further, that expenditures shall not be made on or after the effective date of this item which would cause the commonwealth’s obligation for the purpose of this item to exceed the amount appropriated in this item..................................................... $414,257

0810-0201   For the costs incurred in administrative or judicial proceedings on insurance under section 11F of chapter 12 of the General Laws; provided, that funds made available in this item may be used to supplement the automobile insurance fraud unit and the workers’ compensation fraud unit in the office of the attorney general; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed for these costs shall be equal to the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item; and provided further, that funds may be expended for costs associated with health insurance rate hearings.................... $1,469,594

0810-0338   For the investigation and prosecution of automobile insurance fraud; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed for these costs shall be equal to the amount appropriated by this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item... $425,914

0810-0399   For the investigation and prosecution of workers’ compensation fraud; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed for these costs shall be equal to the amount appropriated by this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item; provided further, that the office of the attorney general shall investigate and prosecute, when appropriate, employers who fail to provide workers’ compensation insurance as required by law and those employers or employees who may seek to defraud the system; and provided further, that the unit shall investigate and report on all companies not in compliance with chapter 152 of the General Laws..................................................... $278,566

0810-1204   For the costs of the gaming enforcement division as required by section 11M of chapter 12 of the General Laws; provided, that the gaming commission shall reimburse the General Fund for the total amount of this appropriation and associated fringe benefit costs under said section 11M of said chapter 12................ $442,364

0810-1205   For programs devoted to combatting opioid addiction including, but not limited to, the investigation and enforcement of opioid dispensing practices and fraudulent prescribing practices; provided, that the office of the attorney general shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2019 on the results of said program, including the effectiveness of investigations, opioid and trafficking settlements pursued and long-term plans for the program................................................ $1,800,000

0810-1206   For the office of the attorney general, which may expend for a civil penalties revolving fund an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 from retained revenues collected from enforcement of civil law; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............................ $1,500,000

Victim and Witness Assistance Board.

0840-0100   For the operation of the victim and witness assistance board; provided, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Bobby Mendes Peace Legacy; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Women Survivors of Homicide Movement; provided further, that the board shall submit a comprehensive report compiled from the information required of and submitted to the office by the registry of motor vehicles and the state treasurer relative to the collection of assessments for the previous calendar year under section 8 of chapter 258B of the General Laws; and provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2019......................... $892,531

0840-0101   For the salaries and administration of the SAFEPLAN advocacy program to be administered by the Massachusetts office of victim assistance; provided, that not later than February 1, 2019, the office shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report detailing the effectiveness of contracting for the program including, but not limited to, the number and types of incidents to which the advocates responded, the types of services and service referrals provided by the domestic violence advocates, the cost of providing such services and the extent of coordination with other service providers and state agencies; and provided further, that SAFEPLAN services shall be maintained at the levels provided in fiscal year 2018................ $1,005,310

STATE ETHICS COMMISSION.

0900-0100   For the operation of the state ethics commission....... $2,239,280

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL.

0910-0200   For the operation of the office of the inspector general $3,017,410

0910-0210   For the office of the inspector general, which may expend revenues collected up to a maximum of $904,674 from the fees charged to participants in the Massachusetts public purchasing official certification program and the certified public manager program for the operation of such programs; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $904,674

0910-0220   For the operation of the bureau of program integrity established under section 16V of chapter 6A of the General Laws...... $454,480

0910-0300   For the operation of the internal special audit unit established in section 9 of chapter 6C of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $444,623 shall be expended for the internal audit unit established in section 9 of chapter 6C of the General Laws; and provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the internal audit unit established in section 72 of chapter 22C of the General Laws.................................. $744,623

OFFICE OF CAMPAIGN AND POLITICAL FINANCE.

0920-0300   For the operation of the office of campaign and political finance....................................................... $1,655,679

OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE.

0930-0100   For the operation of the office of the child advocate, prior appropriation continued................................ $1,200,000

MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION.

0940-0100   For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination; provided, that the commission shall pursue the highest allowable rate of federal reimbursement; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2019, the commission shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report on: (a) the number of currently pending cases and the number of cases under investigation and in post-probable cause, with the number of post-probable cause cases delineated by the number of cases in the conciliation, pre-public hearing and post-public hearing stages; (b) the number of cases pending before the commission in which a state agency or state authority is named as a respondent, delineating those cases by agency or authority; (c) the number of new cases filed in fiscal year 2018; and (d) the number of cases closed by the commission in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that funds made available in this item shall be in addition to funds available in item 0940-0101; and provided further, that all non-clerical positions shall be exempt from chapter 31 of the General Laws........................................... $3,800,000

0940-0101   For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, which may expend not more than $3,500,000 in revenues from fees and federal reimbursements received for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development fair housing programs and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity programs during fiscal year 2019 and for federal reimbursements received for these and other programs in prior fiscal years; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commission may also expend revenues generated through the collection of fees and costs so authorized; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the commission may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system...................................... $3,500,000

0940-0102   For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, which may expend not more than $410,000 in revenues collected from fees charged for training and monitoring programs; provided, that the commission shall work with the office of access and opportunity and the office of diversity and equal opportunity to design and deliver training to executive branch staff; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commission may also expend revenues generated through the collection of fees and costs so authorized; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the commission may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system........................................ $410,000

COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN.

0950-0000   For the commission on the status of women................ $170,000

COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN.

0950-0030   For the commission on the status of grandparents raising grandchildren............................................ $111,714

MASSACHUSETTS Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth.

0950-0050   For the commission on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth established in section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws; provided, that funds shall be used to address issues related to the implementation of the anti-bullying law pursuant to section 37O of chapter 71 of the General Laws $500,000

Commission on the status of asian americans.

0950-0080   For the commission on the status of citizens of Asian and Pacific Islander descent under section 68 of chapter 3 of the General Laws.......................................................... $80,000

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER.

1000-0001   For the office of the state comptroller for the management of the accounting, payroll, related financial systems and annual financial reports, including prescribing the books and manner of accounting and internal control guidance for all commonwealth agencies to promote accountability, integrity and clarity in commonwealth business, fiscal and administrative enterprises and mitigate the risk of fraud, waste and abuse of commonwealth resources; provided, that the comptroller shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means which shall include, for each state agency for which the commonwealth is billing, the eligible state services and the full-year estimate of revenues and collected revenues; provided further, that the comptroller shall make expenditures for the purpose of an enhanced intercept collections of delinquent debt program; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary the comptroller may take any necessary actions to secure financial and payroll data including, but not limited to, restricting certain data released under section 20 of chapter 66 of the General Laws.................................... $9,044,996

Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

1050-0140   For payments to cities and towns under chapter 23K of the General Laws..................................................... $721,350

CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION.

1070-0840   For the operation of the cannabis control commission... $7,987,870

Marijuana Regulation Fund............ 100%

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE.

Office of the Secretary of Administration and Finance.

1100-1100   For the office of the secretary; provided, that the secretary shall provide biannual reports, the first of which shall be submitted not later than August 1, 2018 and the second of which shall be submitted not later than February 1, 2019 to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that said reports shall summarize existing and proposed collective bargaining agreements in an electronic format which shall include the following information for each agreement: (a) the session law for the previously agreed upon collective bargaining agreement; (b) the current agreement status; (c) the collective bargaining unit and unit number; (d) the full-time equivalent employees subject to the agreement by item; (e) a description of the membership of the unit; (f) the total salary base of the most recent previous agreement; (g) the start date and expiration date of the most recent agreement; (h) the estimated total fiscal impact of the agreement compared to the previous agreement; (i) the base salary increases required by the agreement by effective time; and (j) the funding status of the agreement; provided further, that the report shall detail by bargaining unit the costs to the commonwealth resulting from the collective bargaining agreements with various public employees’ unions, delineated by line item; provided further, that the report shall include the effective date of any new negotiations or renegotiations, the end date of the contract, the number of employees in the bargaining unit by department and the costs associated with any new negotiations or renegotiations, including salary adjustments, step increases, statutory benefits and other non-salary costs for the current and subsequent fiscal years for the life of the contract; and provided further, that the executive office shall provide quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing federal grant applications submitted and federal grants received by executive branch agencies during the applicable reporting period...................................$3,136,707

  

 

1100-1201   For supporting activities relating to accountability and transparency including, but not limited to, economic forecasting, adoption of uniform procedures across state agencies and departments and maximizing federal revenue opportunities. $369,271

 

1100-1700   For the provision of information technology services within the executive office for administration and finance....... $25,864,471

 

1106-0064   For the caseload and economic forecasting office; provided, that the office shall forecast: (a) MassHealth enrollment by group and coverage type; (b) participation in state-subsidized child care provided through items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060; (c) participation in emergency assistance and housing programs provided through items 7004-0101, 7004-0102, 7004-0108 and 7004-9316; (d) enrollment of both active members and dependents in the group insurance commission; (e) recipients of direct benefits provided by the department of transitional assistance through items 4403-2000, 4405-2000 and 4408-1000; (f) participation in programs provided by the department of children and families through items 4800-0038 and 4800-0041; and (g) other related economic forecasts; provided further, that the office shall report its fiscal year 2018 actuals, fiscal year 2019 actuals and forecasts and fiscal year 2020 forecasts to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than October 15, 2018; and provided further, that the office shall submit updated forecasts to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 15, 2019 and March 15, 2019......................................................... $129,023

 

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance.

 

1102-3199   For the operation of the office of facilities management, including the cost of utilities and associated contracts for properties managed by the division; provided, that the office shall continue to provide funding for all janitorial services at the same level provided in fiscal year 2018 for all buildings under the jurisdiction of the office................... $9,419,334

 

1102-3205   For the division of capital asset management and maintenance, which may expend for the maintenance and operation of the Massachusetts information technology center and other state buildings not more than $8,898,779 in revenues collected from rentals, commissions, fees and any other sources pertaining to the operations of said facilities; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $8,898,779

 

1102-3232   For the division of capital asset management and maintenance; provided, that the division may expend not more than $300,000 from revenues received from application fees charged in conjunction with the certification of contractors and subcontractors under section 44D of chapter 149 of the General Laws; provided further, that only expenses, including staffing, incurred to implement and operate the certification program shall be funded from this item; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.............................. $300,000

 

Bureau of the State House.

 

1102-1128   For state house accessibility coordination, including communications access to public hearings and meetings; provided, that access shall include interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing.......................................... $142,977

 

1102-3331   For the operation of the bureau of the state house; provided, that the superintendent, director of operations and other employees of the bureau shall work in conjunction with the business manager of the house of representatives and the chief financial officer of the senate on the maintenance, repair, purchases and payments for materials and services................................. $2,899,396

 

1102-3400   For security operations at the bureau of the state house. $100,000

 

Office on Disability.

 

1107-2400   For the Massachusetts office on disability............... $701,644

 

DISABLED PERSONS PROTECTION COMMISSION.

 

1107-2501   For the disabled persons protection commission; provided, that the commission shall facilitate compliance by the department of mental health and the department of developmental services with uniform investigative standards; provided further, that the commission shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, not later than the last day of each quarter, on the number of claims of abuse by caretakers made by employees or contracted service employees of the department of developmental services, the department of mental health and the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission; provided further, that the report shall include: (a) the number of substantiated claims; (b) the number of unsubstantiated claims; and (c) the number of false claims reported as a result of intentional and malicious action; and provided further, that all persons who call the commission’s 24-hour hotline shall be provided with the opportunity to elect that the call not be recorded............................... $4,215,203

 

Civil Service Commission.

 

1108-1011   For the civil service commission; provided, that the General Fund shall be reimbursed for the appropriation in this item through a fee charged on a per claim basis; provided further, that the commission shall develop and implement regulations to provide for reimbursement to the General Fund; and provided further, that the commission may assess a fee upon the appointing authority when inappropriate action has occurred........................ $456,405

 

Group Insurance Commission.

 

1108-5100   For the operation of the group insurance commission; provided, that the commission shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting on a monthly basis; provided further, that the commission shall provide a report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means, with the first report due not later than September 28, 2018 that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) any proposed plan changes accompanied by a detailed rationale for said changes; (b) a full delineation of any estimated deficiencies or reversions in the current fiscal year, detailed by line item; and (c) a projection of any funding changes for the following fiscal year, detailed by item; and provided further, that the commission shall provide all materials presented at any public meetings hosted by the commission to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 15 days after the public meeting......................................... $4,175,898

 

1108-5200   For the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premium and plan costs incurred in fiscal year 2019; provided, that funds may be expended in this item for elderly retired governmental employees and retired municipal teachers; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, funds in this item shall not be available during the accounts payable period of fiscal year 2019 and any unexpended balance in this item shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2019; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance shall charge the department of unemployment assistance and other departments, authorities, agencies and divisions which have federal or other funds allocated to them for this purpose for that portion of insurance premium and plan costs as the secretary determines shall be borne by such funds and shall notify the comptroller of the amounts to be transferred, after similar determination, from the several state or other funds and amounts received in payment of all such charges or transfers shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for the commonwealth’s share of group insurance premium and plan costs provided to employees and retirees in prior fiscal years; provided further, that the group insurance commission shall obtain reimbursement for premium and administrative expenses from other agencies and authorities not funded by state appropriation; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance may charge all agencies for the commonwealth’s share of the health insurance costs incurred on behalf of any employees of those agencies who are on leave of absence for a period of more than 1 year; provided further, that the amounts received in payment for the charges shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that notwithstanding section 26 of chapter 29 of the General Laws, the commission may negotiate, purchase and execute contracts before July 1 of each year for policies of group insurance under chapter 32A of the General Laws; provided further, that the rules for determining the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premiums for retired and active state employees shall be the same as the standards in effect on July 1, 2012; provided further, that the commission shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 90 days before any changes in coverage, benefits or the schedule of copayments and deductibles for plans offered by the group insurance commission; provided further, that the commission may pay premium and plan costs for municipal employees and retirees who are enrolled in the commission’s health plans under the commission’s regulations; and provided further, that the commission shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2019 on: (a) the average full cost premium equivalent per enrollee; (b) the average actual cost per enrollee for enrollees from participating municipalities; (c) the contribution ratios for each participating municipality for fiscal year 2018; (d) a comparison of the cost and premium impact of incorporating elderly retired governmental employees and retired municipal teachers previously belonging to Pool 2; (e) the premium reimbursement paid by each municipality per active enrollee by plan; (f) the average employee premium contribution by plan for each municipality; (g) estimates for the total premium per active enrollee by plan for each municipality; (h) the average employee out-of-pocket expenditure and premium contribution by salary level of employees; (i) a comparison of the total premium estimate with the sum total of municipality reimbursement and average employee premium contribution; and (j) the cost of the commonwealth’s projected share of premiums for the next fiscal year......... $1,701,053,589

 

1108-5201   For the costs incurred by the group insurance commission associated with providing municipal health insurance coverage under section 19 of chapter 32B of the General Laws; provided, that the commission may expend not more than $2,196,745 from revenue received from administrative fees associated with providing municipal health insurance coverage under said section 19 of said chapter 32B; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the commission may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $2,196,745

 

1108-5500   For the costs, notwithstanding chapter 32A of the General Laws, of dental and vision benefits for active state employees, not including employees of authorities or any other political subdivision, who are not otherwise provided those benefits under a separate appropriation or by the terms of a contract or collective bargaining agreement; provided, that such employees shall pay 15 per cent of the monthly premiums established by the commission for said benefits........................... $8,334,349

 

Division of Administrative Law Appeals.

 

1110-1000   For the operation of the division of administrative law appeals; provided, that the division shall maintain, to the fullest extent practicable, a complete physical and technological separation from any agency, department, board, commission or program the decisions, determinations or actions of which may be appealed to it; and provided further, that a decision issued by a commissioner or other head of an agency or by such person’s designee following the issuance of a recommended decision by an administrative law judge shall be an agency decision subject to judicial review under chapter 30A of the General Laws........................ $1,136,381

 

George Fingold Library.

 

1120-4005   For the administration of the George Fingold Library..... $884,540

 

Department of Revenue.

 

1201-0100   For the operation of the department of revenue, including tax collection administration, audits of certain foreign corporations and the division of local services; provided, that the department may allocate funds to the office of the attorney general for the tax prosecution unit; provided further, that the department may charge the expenses for computer services, including the costs of personnel and other support costs provided to the child support enforcement unit from this item to item 1201-0160, consistent with the costs attributable to that unit; provided further, that the department shall provide to the general court access to the municipal data bank; provided further, that notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 31 of the General Laws, seasonal positions funded by this item shall be positions requiring the services of an incumbent, on either a full-time or less than full-time basis, beginning not earlier than December 1 and ending not later than November 30; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. for the volunteer income tax assistance program; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended on the department’s tax expenditure review established under section 14 of chapter 14 of the General Laws; and provided further, that seasonal positions funded by this item shall not be filled by an incumbent for more than 10 months within a 12-month period............... $79,024,751

 

1201-0122   For grants to qualified low-income taxpayer clinics established in section 13 of chapter 14 of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2019 on: (a) the number of grant applications; (b) the number of rejected applications; (c) the reasons for those rejections; (d) the estimated number of taxpayers served by each approved grant; (e) the geographic location of the approved grant recipient clinic; and (f) the average size of approved grants.......................... $150,000

 

1201-0130   For the department of revenue, which may expend for the operation of the department not more than $27,938,953 from revenues collected by the additional auditors for an enhanced audit program; provided, that the auditors shall: (a) discover and identify persons who are delinquent either in the filing of a tax return or the payment of a tax due and payable to the commonwealth; (b) obtain such delinquent returns; and (c) collect such delinquent taxes for a prior fiscal year; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system..................................... $27,938,953

 

1201-0160   For the child support enforcement division; provided, that the department may allocate funds appropriated in this item to other state agencies for the performance of certain child support enforcement activities and those agencies may expend funds for the purposes of this item; provided further, that all such allocations shall be reported annually to the house and senate committees on ways and means upon the allocation of the funds not later than March 1, 2019; provided further, that federal receipts associated with the child support computer network shall be drawn down at the highest possible rate of reimbursement and deposited into a revolving account to be expended for the network; provided further, that federal receipts associated with child support enforcement grants shall be deposited into a revolving account to be drawn down at the highest possible rate of reimbursement and shall be expended for the grant authority; provided further, that the department shall file an annual report not later than March 1, 2019 with the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the balance, year-to-date and projected receipts and year-to-date and projected expenditures, by subsidiary, of the child support trust fund established under section 9 of chapter 119A of the General Laws; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system for federal incentives and the network in items 1201-0161, 1201-0410 and 1201-0412......................................... $30,943,002

 

1201-0164   For the child support enforcement division; provided, that the division may expend not more than $6,547,280 from the federal reimbursements awarded for personnel and lower subsidiary related expenditures; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............. $6,547,280

 

1201-0400   For the operation of the multi-agency illegal tobacco task force established under section 40 of chapter 64C of the General Laws $594,674

 

1201-0911   For the costs associated with expert witnesses retained by the department of revenue to resolve tax disputes; provided, that expenditures from this item shall be the lesser of $294,030 or the amount certified by the secretary of administration and finance under section 156 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012 $294,030

 

1231-1000   For the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund, established pursuant to section 2Z of chapter 29 of the General Laws........ $1,100,000

 

1232-0100   For underground storage tank reimbursements to parties that have remediated spills of petroleum products under chapter 21J of the General Laws; provided, that in the prioritization of claims, priority for payment of approved claims shall be given to claimants who own or formerly owned not more than 4 dispensing facilities $8,000,000

 

Underground Storage Tank Petroleum

 

Product Cleanup Fund................. 100%

 

1232-0200   For the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board established under section 8 of chapter 21J of the General Laws and for the administration of the underground storage tank program associated with the implementation of said chapter 21J; provided, that notwithstanding section 4 of said chapter 21J or any other general or special law to the contrary, appropriations made in this item shall be sufficient to cover the administrative expenses of the underground storage tank program; and provided further, that the board shall submit an annual report to the house and senate committees on ways and not later than March 1, 2019 on the status of the underground storage tank program including, but not limited to the following: (a) the number of municipal grants made for the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks; (b) the reimbursements for remediated petroleum spills; (c) the number of backlog claims; and (d) the number of tanks out of compliance with said chapter 21J.................................................... $1,413,335

 

Underground Storage Tank Petroleum

 

Product Cleanup Fund................. 100%

 

1233-2000   For the tax abatement program for certain veterans, widows, blind persons and the elderly; provided, that cities and towns shall be reimbursed for the abatements granted under clauses Seventeenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-second A, Twenty-second B, Twenty-second C, Twenty-second D, Twenty-second E, Thirty-seventh, Thirty-seventh A, Forty-first, Forty-first B, Forty-first C, Forty-first C 1/2 and Fifty-second of section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws; provided further, that the commonwealth shall reimburse each city or town that accepts said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 for additional costs incurred in determining eligibility of applicants under said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 not more than $2 per exemption granted; and provided further, that funds in this item shall be available for reimbursements to cities and towns for additional exemptions granted from the motor vehicle excise under the seventh paragraph of section 1 of chapter 60A of the General Laws...................................... $24,038,075

 

1233-2350   For the distribution to cities and towns of the balance of the State Lottery and Gaming Fund in accordance with clause (c) of the second paragraph of section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws and additional aid to municipalities as provided for in section 3.......................................... $1,098,945,897

 

General Fund....................... 93.92%

 

Gaming Local Aid Fund............... 6.08%

 

1233-2400   For reimbursements to cities and towns in lieu of taxes on state-owned land under sections 13 to 17, inclusive, of chapter 58 of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $1,708,131 shall be expended for one-time, additional reimbursements to cities and towns so that no city or town shall receive an amount from this line item in fiscal year 2019 that is less than the amount said city or town received in fiscal year 2018............. $28,478,131

 

1233-2401   For reimbursements to qualifying cities and towns for additional educational costs under chapter 40S of the General Laws.. $500,000

 

Appellate Tax Board.

 

1310-1000   For the operation of the appellate tax board; provided, that the board shall schedule hearings in each county; and provided further, that the board shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than November 30, 2018, on its website the number of hearings held at each location $1,940,674

 

1310-1001   For the appellate tax board which may expend revenues not more than $400,000 from fees collected; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the board may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $400,000

 

Department of Veterans Services.

1410-0010   For the operation of the department of veterans’ services; provided, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for veterans fishing therapy provided by Rifles to Rods; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be allocated for Heidrea for Heroes; provided further, that not less than $85,000 shall be expended for the NEADS Assistance Dogs for Veterans program to train assistance dogs for veterans; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to support the transition of veterans into law enforcement in the town of Hopkinton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the MetroWest Veterans District; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for renovations and updates to the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in the city of Salem; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Gaudette-Kirk Post # 138, Inc., Dept. Mass., Am. Leg., for the District 4 American Legion one hundredth anniversary celebration; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be allocated to the Somerset veterans’ department for the implementation of veteran grave identification software; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Marshfield to support design, planning and construction costs for a new veterans home........................... $3,952,840

 

1410-0012   For services to veterans, including the maintenance and operation of outreach centers; provided, that said centers shall provide counseling to incarcerated veterans and to Vietnam war era veterans who may have been exposed to agent orange and the families of said veterans; provided further, that centers shall provide services to veterans who were discharged after September 11, 2001 and the families of those veterans; provided further, that the department shall make a payment equal to the amount appropriated for each outreach center funded by this item in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that each outreach center receiving funds under this item shall report to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 15, 2019 on: (a) the numbers of veterans served annually; (b) the cost and types of programs, including evidence based programs, offered to veterans; and (c) a 5-year spending plan or outline that shall include a discussion of the implementation or further development of evidence-based programs and program evaluation; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Nathan Hale Outreach Centers; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Veterans Oral History project at the Morse Institute Library in Natick; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center for the purpose of the Grace Veterans Program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Disabled American Veterans Department of Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Vietnam Veterans of America organization in Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $124,000 shall be expended for the operation of the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center women’s housing program; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to Home Base, for education and training in veterans' mental and behavioral health issues, including suicide prevention and substance misuse and treatment; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Springfield chapter of NABVET’s Veteran’s First Outreach Center to provide outreach services to veterans in Hampden county; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Veterans Mediation program administered by Quabbin Mediation, Inc.; and provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended to the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Inc., in the city of Haverhill................. $5,284,262

1410-0015   For the women veterans’ outreach program................. $112,153

1410-0018   For the department of veterans’ services, which may expend not more than $690,000 for the maintenance and operation of veterans’ cemeteries in the city known as the town of Agawam and the town of Winchendon from revenue collected from fees, grants, gifts and other contributions to the cemeteries.................... $690,000

1410-0024   For the training and certification of veterans' benefits and services officers........................................ $356,237

1410-0075   For the train vets to treat vets program; provided, that the department shall work in conjunction with the William James College, Inc. to administer a behavioral health career development program for returning veterans........................... $250,000

1410-0250   For veterans’ homelessness services; provided, that the department shall make a payment equal to the amount appropriated for each homelessness service funded by this item in fiscal year 2018; and provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for transitional services at Our Neighbors’ Table in the city of Amesbury............................................... $3,232,655

1410-0251   For the maintenance and operation of homeless shelters and transitional housing for veterans at the New England Center and Home for Veterans located in the city of Boston........ $2,392,470

1410-0400   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 pursuant to 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 notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 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 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 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...................................... $75,910,270

1410-0630   For the administration of the veterans’ cemeteries in the city known as the town of Agawam and the town of Winchendon. $1,172,842

1410-1616   For war memorials; provided, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the city of Worcester; provided, further that  not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the installation of the War Memorial in the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Korean War Memorial in Charlestown’s Navy Yard; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the construction of a Veterans' Memorial Parkway in the city known as the town of Franklin; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Vietnam Wall that Heals project in the city of Fitchburg; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to the city of Beverly for the creation of a Vietnam War Veterans Memorial; and provided further, that not less than $7,100 shall be expended for a monument  to honor veterans in the town of Townsend.............................................. $377,100

Health Policy Commission.

1450-1200   For the operation of the Health Policy Commission; provided, that the Commission shall provide all materials presented at any public meetings hosted by the Commission to the house and senate committees on ways and means no later than 15 days after the public meeting......................................... $8,769,931

Governor disapproved of the following item, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

1450-1266   For the operation of an evidence-based outreach and education program designed to provide information and education on the therapeutic and cost-effective utilization of prescription drugs to physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals authorized to prescribe and dispense prescription drugs; provided, that the health policy commission shall work with the office of Medicaid to access prescription data aggregated by provider on an ongoing basis for the use of the program; provided further, that not later than October 1, 2018 the health policy commission, in conjunction with the executive office of health and human services, shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on its data sharing capacity and needs; and provided further, that funds shall be set aside from this appropriation to evaluate programs and assess the effectiveness of and cost savings associated with this program............................. $150,000

Reserves.

 

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

1599-0026   For a reserve to support municipal improvements; provided, that not more than $3,950,000 shall be transferred to the executive office of public safety and security for a competitive grant program for public safety and emergency staffing to be administered by said executive office; provided further, that said grants shall be awarded to communities that have populations of at least 60,000 and demonstrate that their police departments had an operating budget per capita of less than $200 in 2010; provided further, that communities that submitted qualifying applications that were approved by the executive office of public safety and security in fiscal year 2018 shall not receive less in grant funding in fiscal year 2019; provided further, that each state entity administering grant funds through this item shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2019 detailing grants awarded through this item and the criteria used for distribution; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the city of Worcester for its economic development master plan; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to accommodate the transition to city government in the city of Framingham; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the purpose of outreach and education for the Taunton Opioid Task Force Community Follow-up Pilot Program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a feasibility study to assess a conversion of the Mansfield police station into a center for the Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to provide  upgrades that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act for the Appleton street park in the city of Everett; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for facility upgrades for the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc. in the Charlestown section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Hingham for structural repairs at Whitney Wharf park; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended to the town of Cohasset for an aquatic weed harvester machine for pond management; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for a multi-year competitive grant program to provide financial support for 1-time or transition costs related to regionalization and other efficiency initiatives, with allowable applicants to include municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments; provided further, that not more than $2,000,000 shall be expended for an incentive program for communities and municipalities engaging in the use of best practices determined by the Community Compact Cabinet created by Executive Order 554 issued January 23, 2015; provided further that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the architectural plans to retrofit the West Boylston fire station, which was previously a police station; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Pond Plain Improvement Association in the town of Weymouth; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to support a rehabilitation project at Fore River Clubhouse and Fore River Field in Quincy; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the costs of the restoration and repair of Holyoke City Hall; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for improvements to Millside Park in the City of Easthampton; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Sudbury Public Schools to investigate the financial and enhanced student service opportunities, benefits, and challenges created by the consolidation, regionalization, and/or sharing of critically limited and required educational resources among multiple school districts; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Worthington to conduct a comprehensive capital needs study for town-owned buildings; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for tree removal in the town of Belmont; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the continued schematic design work for the renovation of the police department and department of public works buildings in the town of Belmont; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the design and construction of a Building and Campus Security Command Center at the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to upgrade the communications system for various public safety departments in the town of Charlton; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the planning and economic development of the re-zoned parcels of route 140 and route 123 in the town of Norton, to modernize and archive planning and zoning department capabilities for expedited planning analysis and permitting;  provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the restoration and renovation of the Buck Auditorium in Billerica Town Hall; provided that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the restoration of the David Tilden House in the town of Canton; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for preservation efforts in the town of Hanson; and provided further, that not less than $2,800,000 shall be expended for the District Local Technical Assistance Fund established in section 2XXX of chapter 29 of the General Laws, including projects that encourage regionalization, to be administered by the division of local services and distributed through the District Local Technical Assistance Fund............................. $10,935,000

1599-0054   For a reserve for costs of the investigation and response related to the allegations of misconduct at the former state drug laboratories located in the town of Amherst and the Jamaica Plain section of the city of Boston, known as the Dr. William A. Hinton Laboratory at the State Laboratory Institute; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance may transfer funds from this item to state agencies as defined in section 1 of chapter 29 of the General Laws and to municipalities for this purpose; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means quarterly, beginning October 1, 2018, detailing said transfers by line item; and provided further, that any funds from this item provided to any state laboratories shall be contingent upon the institute maintaining appropriate accreditations and continuing periodic audits........................................ $1,912,177

1599-0093   For contract assistance to the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust including, but not limited to, the debt service obligations of the trust, principal forgiveness, interest rate reduction and other subsidies or financial assistance pursuant to sections 6 and 18 of chapter 29C of the General Laws............. $63,383,680

1599-1970   For a reserve for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to defray the costs of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, or its successor, incurred in fiscal year 2019 under section 138 of chapter 27 of the acts of 2009....................... $125,000,000

Commonwealth Transportation.......... 100%

1599-1977   For contract assistance and other payments to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency for payment of debt service and related obligations in connection with bonds issued by the agency under chapter 293 of the acts of 2006 and chapter 303 of the acts of 2008; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance shall issue a report on the estimated contract assistance and other payments to be required pursuant to said chapters 293 and 303 for obligations existing on or before July 1, 2018 in fiscal years 2020 and 2021 and an estimate of anticipated contract assistance and other payments arising out of potential agreements reasonably expected to be entered into after July 1, 2018, in fiscal years 2020 and 2021; and provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than October 31, 2018..... $13,575,575

1599-2003   For the Uniform Law Commission; provided, that prior fiscal year payments may be payable from this item.................... $50,000

1599-3222   For a reserve to fund the administrative costs associated with the implementation of an employer contribution including, but not limited to, costs of commonwealth personnel, contracts and the purchase of new information technologies as necessary; provided, that the secretary may transfer from the sum appropriated in this item to other items of appropriation and allocations as are necessary to meet said costs where the amounts otherwise available are insufficient for the purpose, in accordance with a transfer plan, which shall be filed prior to transferring said funds with the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that the secretary may only transfer such amounts to other items of appropriation and allocations within the executive office for administration and finance, the executive office of health and human services, the executive office of labor and workforce development and the department of revenue and the department of unemployment assistance.................. $1,775,216

1599-3234   For the South Essex sewerage district debt service assessment $33,914

1599-3384   For a reserve for the payment of certain court judgments, settlements and legal fees under regulations promulgated by the comptroller which were ordered to be paid in the current fiscal year or a prior fiscal year; provided, that the office of the state comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the 5 year historical expenditure average as certified by the secretary of administration and finance or the current appropriation, whichever is greater; provided further, that the comptroller shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the amounts expended from this item, delineated by line item; and provided further, that upon written notification of the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means, uncommitted and unobligated funds from this item may be transferred to item 0612-0105 upon the request of the state  treasurer.............................................. $1,000,000

1599-3856   For rent and associated costs at the Massachusetts information technology center in the city of Chelsea................. $500,000

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

1599-4417   For the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management in the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston; provided, that not less than $300,000 shall be spent on a study and management review of the operations and organization structure of the state police $550,000

1599-4448   For a reserve to meet the costs of salary adjustments and other economic benefits authorized by collective bargaining agreements; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance may authorize the transfer of funds from this item to other items to meet the projected costs of ratified agreements; provided further, that such transfers shall not occur prior to the ratification of the relevant collective bargaining agreement; and provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 15 days after any such transfer including, but not limited to: (a) the items to which funds were transferred; (b) the amount of funds transferred to each item; (c) the session law for the previously agreed upon collective bargaining agreement that the transfer is intended to meet; (d) the collective bargaining unit and unit number; and (e) the number of full-time equivalent employees subject to the agreement for which the transfer is intended.................................. $47,216,876

1599-6903   For the fiscal year 2019 costs of rate implementations under chapter 257 of the acts of 2008 including, but not limited to, costs associated with any court order or settlement between providers and the commonwealth related to the rate implementation process and the compensation or salary and associated employee-related costs to personnel earning less than $40,000 in annual compensation who are employed by private human service providers that deliver human and social services under contracts with departments within the executive office of health and human services and the executive office of elder affairs; provided, that home care workers shall be eligible for funding from this item; provided further, that workers from shelters and programs that serve homeless individuals and families that were previously contracted through the department of transitional assistance and the department of public health who are currently contracted with the department of housing and community development and direct care workers that serve homeless veterans through the department of veterans' services shall be eligible for funding from this item; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be allocated to special education programs under chapter 71B of the General Laws, contracts for early education and care services or programs for which payment rates are negotiated and paid as class rates as established by the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that no funds shall be allocated from this item to contracts funded exclusively by federal grants as delineated in section 2D of this act; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance may transfer from this item to other items for fiscal year 2019, amounts that are necessary to meet these costs where the amounts otherwise available are insufficient for the purpose of rate implementations; provided further, that the executive office for administration and finance shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means on transfers made from this item; provided further, that the report shall identify, by line item and service class, all transfers made from this item as of the date of the report and all transfers expected to be made before the end of the fiscal year; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report, not later than January 15, 2019 to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance on the implementation of rates under said chapter 257, including: (a) state gross and net costs for rates not yet promulgated as of July 3, 2018, by department, line item, service class and start date of implementation; (b) state gross and net costs for rates promulgated not later than June 30, 2018 that have received a biennial rate review or have not received a biennial rate review by department, line item, service class and start date of implementation; (c) state gross and net costs for rates due to be reviewed on July 3, 2018 by department, line item, service class and start date of implementation; (d) state gross and net costs for rates to be reviewed between July 3, 2018 and June 20, 2019, inclusive by department, line item, service class and start date of implementation; and (e) payroll spending in fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2018 aggregated by vendor and by service class; provided further, that contracts between providers and the departments within the executive office of health and human services and the executive office of elder affairs shall require providers to report on the impact of the rate implementations on employee salaries, employee-related costs and operations; and provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall report, not later than March 8, 2019, to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance on a comparison of benchmark expenses used in rate model workbooks to actual expenses based on uniform financial reports for rates subject to rate reviews in fiscal year 2019........... $38,536,773

1599-7104   For the facilities costs associated with the college of visual and performing arts at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; provided, that funds may be expended for Bristol Community College...................................... $2,700,000

1599-7114   For a reserve for the costs associated with the UMass Center at Springfield.............................................. $250,000

1599-8020   For a reserve to cover the costs associated with a commission to study the funding of the department of correction and county sheriffs’ offices........................................ $100,000

1599-8910   For a reserve to support costs associated with the 14 county sheriffs’ offices; provided, that the executive office for administration and finance shall work collaboratively with each office to identify areas of cost savings, cost sharing, increased program integrity and recidivism reduction; provided further, that each office, in collaboration with the executive office, shall identify reasonable cost saving measures, which may include: (a) the development of innovative personnel initiatives, including reducing overtime costs and the ratio of personnel to supervisors; (b) the consolidation of inmate medical and other vendor services across offices; and (c) the establishment of uniform standards and programming across offices; provided further, that funds shall be administered by the executive office based on each office’s demonstrated need after accounting for said cost saving measures; and provided further, that not less than 15 days before the distribution of funds, the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on identified cost saving measures, incorporated cost saving measures and the anticipated fund distribution delineated by office............................................. $50,000,000

Human Resources Division.

1750-0100   For the operation of the human resources division and the costs of administration, training and customer support related to the commonwealth’s human resources and compensation management system and the human resource modernization initiative; provided, that any employee of the commonwealth who chooses to participate in a bone marrow donor program shall be granted a leave of absence without loss or reduction in pay to undergo the medical procedure and for associated physical recovery time, but this leave shall not exceed 5 days; provided further, that notwithstanding clause (n) of section 5 of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the secretary of administration and finance shall charge a fee of not less than $50 to be collected from each applicant for a civil service examination; provided further, that the division shall administer a program of state employee unemployment management including, but not limited to, agency training and assistance; provided further, that funds may be expended to revalidate civil service exams, including police and fire medical standards; provided further, that the division shall be responsible for the administration of examinations for state and municipal civil service titles, establishment of eligible lists, certification of eligible candidates to state and municipal appointing authorities and technical assistance in selection and appointment to state and municipal appointing authorities; and provided further, that the division shall administer the statewide classification system including, but not limited to, maintaining a classification pay plan for civil service titles in accordance with generally accepted compensation standards and reviewing appeals for reclassification;...................................... $3,558,437

1750-0102   For the human resources division, which may expend not more than $2,511,299 from revenues collected from fees charged to applicants for civil service and non-civil service examinations and fees charged for the costs of goods and services rendered in administering training programs; provided, that notwithstanding clause (n) of section 5 of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the division shall collect from participating non-state agencies, political subdivisions and the general public fees sufficient to cover all costs of the programs including, but not limited to, a fee to be collected from each applicant for a civil service examination or non-civil service examination; provided further, that the division may also expend revenues collected for implementation of the health and physical fitness standards program established under section 61A of said chapter 31 and the wellness program established under section 61B of said chapter 31 and those programs under chapter 32 of the General Laws; provided further, that the personnel administrator shall charge a fee of not less than $50 to be collected from each applicant who participates in the physical ability test; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $2,511,299

1750-0119   For payment of workers’ compensation benefits to certain former employees of Middlesex and Worcester counties; provided, that the division shall routinely recertify the former employees under current workers’ compensation procedures................... $8,151

1750-0300   For the commonwealth’s contributions in fiscal year 2019 to health and welfare funds established under certain collective bargaining agreements; provided, that the contributions shall be calculated as provided in the applicable collective bargaining agreements and shall be paid to the health and welfare trust funds on a monthly basis or on such other basis as the applicable collective bargaining agreement shall provide.................... $31,093,194

Operational Services Division.

1775-0115   For the operational services division; provided, that the division may expend not more than $10,861,202 from revenue collected from the statewide contract administrative fee to procure, manage and administer statewide contracts; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system..................................... $10,861,202

1775-0124   For the operational services division; provided, that the division may expend not more than $101,858 from revenues collected in the recovery of cost-reimbursement and non-reimbursable overbilling and recoupment for health and human service agencies and as a result of administrative reviews, as determined during the division’s audits and reviews of providers under section 22N of chapter 7 of the General Laws; provided further, that the division may only retain revenues collected in excess of $100,000; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.............................. $101,858

1775-0200   For the operation and administration of the supplier diversity office; provided, that the office shall provide training and other services to minority-owned and women-owned businesses certified by the office that allow those businesses to better compete for state contracts and ensure that equitable practices and policies in the public marketplace are maintained; provided further, that the office shall administer an electronic business certification application which shall be accessible to business applicants through the internet; provided further, that the office shall ensure the integrity and security of personal and financial information transmitted by electronic application; and provided further, that the office shall, using all existing available resources, provide certification services to all supplier diversity office qualified applicants, within or outside of the commonwealth, as applicable.............................. $733,608

1775-0600   For the operational services division; provided, that the division may expend not more than $451,425 in revenues from the sale of state surplus personal property and the disposal of surplus motor vehicles including, but not limited to, state police vehicles from vehicle accident and damage claims and from manufacturer warranties, rebates and settlements for the payment, expenses and liabilities for the acquisition, warehousing, allocation and distribution of surplus property and the purchase of motor vehicles; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system, including the costs of personnel............................................. $451,425

1775-0700   For the operational services division; provided, that the division may expend not more than $60,000 in revenues collected in addition to the amount authorized in item 1775-1000 of section 2B for printing, photocopying, related graphic art or design work and other reprographic goods and services provided to the general public, including all necessary incidental expenses; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............................... $60,000

1775-0900   For the operational services division; provided, that the division may expend not more than $22,000 in revenues collected under chapter 449 of the acts of 1984 and section 4L of chapter 7 of the General Laws, including the costs of personnel, from the sale of federal surplus property, including the payment, expenses and liabilities for the acquisition, warehousing, allocation and distribution of federal surplus property; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system......................................... $22,000

Massachusetts Office of Information Technology.

1790-0100   For the operation of the executive office of technology services and security; provided, that the executive office shall continue a chargeback system for its information technology services; provided further, that the office shall continue conducting audits and surveys to identify and realize savings in the acquisition and maintenance of communications lines; provided further, that the chief information officer shall file a status report with the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than May 30, 2019, with actual and projected savings and expenditures for the audits in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019; provided further, that the state comptroller shall establish accounts and procedures as the comptroller deems appropriate and necessary to assist in accomplishing the purposes of this item; provided further, that the executive office may establish rules and procedures necessary to implement this item; provided further, that the chief information officer shall review and approve any planned information technology development project or purchase by any agency under the authority of the governor for which the total projected cost exceeds $200,000, including the cost of any related hardware, software, or consulting fees, and regardless of fiscal year or source of funds, before the agency may obligate funds for the project or purchase; provided further, that the executive office shall file a report with the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 14, 2018 that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) financial statements detailing savings realized from the consolidation of information technology services within each executive office and other initiatives; (b) the number of personnel assigned to the information technology services within each executive office; (c) efficiencies that have been achieved from the sharing of resources; (d) the status of the centralization of the commonwealth's information technology infrastructure; (e) the status of the commonwealth's cybersecurity; and (f) strategies and initiatives to further improve the efficiency and security of the commonwealth's information technology; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a grant program to be administered by the executive office for municipalities to fund cybersecurity evaluations of their municipal information technology systems, such as penetration testing, and provide cybersecurity training to their employees; provided further, that the executive office may administer the grant program and may accept and distribute funds appropriated to it for purposes specified by law; provided further, that the executive office shall collaborate with the comptroller to establish the grant program and to implement any policies or practices necessary to enable distribution of grants to municipalities; and provided further, that the grant program shall not be subject to section 22 of chapter 7 of the General Laws .................................................. $3,022,294

1790-0300   For the executive office of technology services and security, which may expend not more than $2,733,864 from revenues collected from the provision of computer resources and services to the general public for the costs of the bureau of computer services, including the purchase, lease or rental of telecommunications lines, services and equipment; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............. $2,733,864

1790-1700   For core technology services and security, including those previously funded through item 1790-0200 in prior fiscal years $30,503,193

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS.

Office of the Secretary.

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

2000-0100   For the operation of the office of the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, including the water resources commission, the hazardous waste facility site safety council, the coastal zone management program and environmental impact reviews conducted under chapter 30 of the General Laws; provided, that the secretary may cumulatively transfer up to $633,000 to line items within the secretariat to fund collective bargaining obligations associated with the quarter point agreement; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for a study of Eel Pond Inlet in the Waquoit Bay watershed; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a dredging project and to improve, manage and protect the water quality in Lake Wickaboag in the town of West Brookfield; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for an interagency working group for the decommissioning process at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to hire experts, contract for services and provide for materials and other reasonable and necessary expenses; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for regional animal control in Cohasset, Hull and Norwell; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for environmental remediation in Clinton; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a feasibility study on dredging waterways in the county of Essex........................................ $9,590,558

2000-0101   For the executive office of energy and environmental affairs to coordinate and implement strategies for climate change adaptation and preparedness including, but not limited to: (a) the resiliency of the commonwealth's transportation, energy and public health infrastructures; (b) built environments; (c) municipal assistance; (d) improved data collection and analysis; (e) enhanced planning; and (f) improved resiliency through the strengthening and revitalization of natural resources, including marshes and other wetlands; provided, that the executive office may enter into interagency service agreements to facilitate and accomplish these efforts; provided further, that the executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2019, that shall include, but not be limited to, the commonwealth’s multi-year plan for developing a climate change resiliency plan and response strategy, plans to support local partners in climate change adaptation and resiliency, an analysis of the differing effects of climate change in different geographic, ecological, and coastal regions of the state, including urban, suburban, and rural homes, a review of the environmental justice impacts of climate change on communities of color and a detailed breakdown of all expenditures made under this item.; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for the hiring of environmental justice staff whose responsibilities may include, but not be limited to, mitigating, adapting and preparing for the environmental justice impacts of climate change, establishing and implementing environmental justice policies, strategies and priorities within the executive office of energy and environmental affairs and coordinating with other state agencies and departments to promote and secure environmental justice............ $2,193,999

2000-1011   For the office of environmental law enforcement, which may expend not more than $40,000 from the administrative handling charge revenues received from electronic transactions processed through its online licensing and registration systems; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.......................................................... $40,000

2000-1700   For the operation of information technology services within the executive office of energy and environmental affairs.. $10,548,386

2030-1000   For the operation of the office of environmental law enforcement; provided, that environmental police officers shall provide monitoring under the National Shellfish Sanitation Program; and provided further, that the office of environmental law enforcement shall seek technical assistance from the executive office of public safety and security to identify and apply for federal grant opportunities available to the office of environmental law enforcement........................................... $10,801,428

2030-1004   For environmental police private details; provided, that the office of environmental law enforcement may expend not more than $370,000 from revenues collected from the fees charged for private details; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............... $370,000

Department of Public Utilities.

2100-0012   For the operation of the department of public utilities; provided, that notwithstanding the second sentence of the first paragraph of section 18 of chapter 25 of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2019 under said first paragraph shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item........................................ $10,361,871

2100-0013   For the operation of the transportation oversight division $260,896

2100-0016   For the department of public utilities to regulate steam distribution companies; provided, that notwithstanding section 18A of chapter 25 of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2019 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the cost of associated fringe benefits for personnel paid from this item........ $100,903

2100-0017   For the operation of the division of transportation network services; provided, that the amount assessed under section 23 of chapter 25 of the General Laws shall be equal to the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid for this item....................... $1,225,734

Department of Environmental Protection.

2200-0100   For the operation of the department of environmental protection, including the environmental strike force, the bureau of planning and evaluation, the bureau of resource protection, the bureau of waste prevention, the Senator William X. Wall Experiment Station and a contract with the University of Massachusetts for environmental research; provided, that section 3B of chapter 7 of the General Laws shall not apply to fees established under section 18 of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided further, that additional funds shall be expended for the hiring of water quality monitoring and assessment staff, compliance and enforcement officers, permit writers and such other staff as are required for the department to adequately protect the natural resources of the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Buzzards Bay Coalition for a coastal water quality and natural resource monitoring program in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for water quality improvements in Falmouth; provided further; that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for a sewer feasibility study in the town of Freetown; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to enter into an agreement with OARS, Inc. to operate a water quality monitoring program in the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers $29,130,000

2200-0102   For the department of environmental protection, which may expend not more than $650,150 collected from fees for wetland permits; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............... $650,150

2200-0107   For technical assistance, grants and support of efforts consistent with the Massachusetts Recycling and Solid Waste Master Plan and the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan; provided, that funds may be expended for a recycling industries reimbursement program under section 241 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1997...... $500,000

2200-0109   For the department of environmental protection for the sole purpose of ensuring sufficient staff for timely permit decisions and compliance assurance............................... $2,500,000

2200-0112   For the department of environmental protection, which may expend not more than $2,500,000 collected from permit and compliance fees for the sole purpose of ensuring sufficient staff for timely permit decisions and compliance assurance; provided, that if this item is abolished or reduced in fiscal year 2019 or operational funding for the department falls below the level authorized in the general appropriation act for fiscal year 2015 excluding appropriations for earmarks and non-recurring operating costs, the fee increase supporting this item shall terminate; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system...................................... $2,500,000

2210-0106   For the department of environmental protection, which may expend for the administration and implementation of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act, under chapter 21I of the General Laws, not more than $3,168,361 collected from fees, penalties, grants and tuition under said chapter 21I; provided, that the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2019 detailing the status of the department’s progress in meeting the statutory and regulatory deadlines associated with said chapter 21I and detailing the number of full-time equivalent positions assigned to various implementation requirements of said chapter 21I; provided further, that not less than $1,629,860 from this item shall be made available for the operation of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute program at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell; provided further, that the department shall enter into an interagency service agreement with the University of Massachusetts to make such funding available for this purpose; provided further, that not less than $644,096 from this item shall be made available for toxics use reduction technical assistance and technology under said chapter 21I; provided further, that the department shall enter into an interagency service agreement with the executive office of energy and environmental affairs to make such funding available for this purpose; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $3,168,361

2220-2220   For the administration and implementation of the Clean Air Act under 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq., including the operating permit program, the emissions banking program, the auto-related state implementation program, the low emission vehicle program, the non-auto-related state implementation program and the commonwealth’s commitments under the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan for reducing acid rain deposition and mercury emissions......................... $850,000

2220-2221   For the administration and implementation of the operating permit and compliance program required under the Clean Air Act under 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq..................................... $1,500,000

2250-2000   For the commonwealth’s implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 under section 18A of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided, that the department may expend funds for the study and remediation of lead in public school drinking water.... $2,200,000

2260-8870   For the expenses of the hazardous waste cleanup and underground storage tank programs including, but not limited to, monitoring unlined landfills, notwithstanding section 4 of chapter 21J of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall provide the department of revenue with information necessary for the completion of the report required in item 1232-0200 including, but not limited to, the number of tanks out of compliance with said chapter 21J...................................... $13,000,000

2260-8872   For the brownfields site audit program................. $1,165,429

2260-8881   For the operation of the board of registration of hazardous waste site cleanup professionals, notwithstanding section 19A of chapter 21A of the General Laws.................................. $375,198

Department of Fish and Game.

2300-0100   For the office of the commissioner of fish and game; provided, that the commissioner’s office shall assess and receive payments from the division of marine fisheries, the division of fisheries and wildlife, the office of fishing and boating access, the division of ecological restoration, the riverways program and all other programs under the control of the department of fish and game; provided further, that those assessments shall be used to cover appropriate administrative costs of the department including, but not limited to, payroll, personnel, legal and budgetary costs; and provided further, that the amount and contribution from each division or program shall be determined by the commissioner......................................... $932,376

2300-0101   For the division of ecological restoration and the riverways program and for the promotion of public access to rivers and wetland restoration, including grants to public and non-public entities; provided, that the positions funded in this line item shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws. $1,255,156

2310-0200   For the administration of the division of fisheries and wildlife, including expenses of the fisheries and wildlife board, the administration of game farms and wildlife restoration projects, wildlife research and management, the administration of fish hatcheries, the improvement and management of lakes, ponds and rivers, fish and wildlife restoration projects, the commonwealth’s share of certain cooperative fisheries and wildlife programs and for certain programs reimbursable under the federal Aid to Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act; provided, that the division may expend the amount necessary to restore anadromous fish in the Connecticut and Merrimack river systems; and provided further, that no funds shall be spent on restoration of catadromous fish in the Connecticut and Merrimack river systems unless considered necessary by the division............................. $15,164,946

Inland Fisheries and Game Fund....... 100%

2310-0300   For the operation of the natural heritage and endangered species program; provided, that not less than $70,000 shall be expended to implement the statewide habitat conservation plan to increase recreational opportunities and shorebird conservation on the commonwealth’s beaches................................... $220,000

2310-0306   For the hunter safety training program................... $475,230

Inland Fisheries and Game Fund....... 100%

2310-0316   For the purchase of land containing wildlife habitats and for the costs of the division of fisheries and wildlife directly related to the administration of the wildlands stamp program under sections 2A and 2C of chapter 131 of the General Laws.. $1,900,000

Inland Fisheries and Game Fund....... 100%

2310-0317   For the waterfowl management program established under section 11 of chapter 131 of the General Laws........................ $65,000

Inland Fisheries and Game Fund....... 100%

2320-0100   For the administration of the office of fishing and boating access, including the maintenance, operation and improvement of public access land and water areas; provided, that positions funded in the item shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws $572,636

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

2330-0100   For the operation of the division of marine fisheries, including expenses of the Annisquam river marine research laboratory, marine research programs, a commercial fisheries program, a shellfish management program, including coastal area classification, mapping and technical assistance, the operation of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant and a shellfish classification program; provided, that funds shall be expended on a recreational fisheries program to be reimbursed by federal funds; provided further, that the division shall continue to develop strategies to improve federal regulations governing the commercial fishing industry and to promote sustainable fisheries; provided further, that $400,000 shall be expended for the operation of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant; provided further, that the division shall offer wet storage and desanding services at the Newburyport shellfish purification plant as laid out in the report dated March 1, 2012; provided further, that for functions not being performed by the plant prior to July 1, 2012, the division may solicit competitive proposals for the utilization of excess processing capacity at the Newburyport shellfish purification plant, which may include proposals to offer wet storage and desanding services at the plant as described in the shellfish purification plant management plan dated March 1, 2012; provided further, that the division shall be under no obligation to consider or implement any proposal that the division determines would displace, impede or otherwise hinder the existing functions of the plant; provided further, that the division may enter into contracts based on proposals received and the division shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 60 days before taking any such action; provided further, that not more than $142,926 shall be expended on the Industry Based Survey (IBS); provided further, that $75,000 shall be expended for coastal and marsh restoration and revitalization including, but not limited to, the treatment of phragmites and other invasive species; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Fishing Academy, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a Great Marsh green crab trapping program; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the division to complete a study of the impacts of the trawl fishery targeting longfin squid in waters under the jurisdiction of the commonwealth, with particular focus on the division of marine fisheries and federal sea sampling data collection programs concerning catch and by-catch; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for shellfish propagation in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties; provided further, that not less than $450,000 shall be expended for a program of collaborative research by the division of marine fisheries through the Marine Fisheries Institute, in collaboration with the School for Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, that applies innovative technology to assess the biomass of fish, in the region managed by the New England Fishery Management Council; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the establishment, coordination, and operation of a state marine genomics program through the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, Incorporated in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Marine Station Gloucester and the department of marine fisheries; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of Herring Run to Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth $6,989,289

2330-0120   For the division of marine fisheries for a program to enhance and develop marine recreational fishing and related programs and activities, including the cost of equipment, maintenance and staff and the maintenance and updating of data................. $732,307

2330-0121   For the division of marine fisheries to utilize reimbursable federal sportfish restoration funds to further develop marine recreational fishing and related programs, including the costs of activities that increase public access for marine recreational fishing, support research on artificial reefs and otherwise provide for the development of marine recreational fishing; provided, that the division of marine fisheries may expend not more than $217,989 in revenues collected from federal Sport Fish Restoration Program funds and from the sale of materials which promote marine recreational fishing; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system........................................ $217,989

2330-0150   For the operation and maintenance of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant; provided, that the division of marine fisheries may expend not more than $75,000 from revenues collected from fees generated by operations; provided further, that the division shall submit a report detailing the revenues collected and expended and the shellfish volume increase realized from the implementation of wet storage and desanding services and the shellfish purification plant management plan dated March 1, 2012 to the executive office of environmental affairs, the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 15, 2019; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............................... $75,000

2330-0199   For conducting surveys to monitor and forecast an abundance of commercially-important invertebrate species in commonwealth waters, including a ventless lobster trap employing the services of contracted commercial lobster fishing vessels in the commonwealth; provided, that the division of marine fisheries may expend not more than $250,000 from revenues collected from fees generated by the sale of lobster permits; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system........................................ $250,000

2330-0300   For the administration and operation of the saltwater fishing permit program under section 17C of chapter 130 of the General Laws................................................... $1,398,837

Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund  100%

Department of Agricultural Resources.

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

2511-0100   For the operation of the department of agricultural resources, including the division of administration, the integrated pest management program, the board of agriculture, the division of agricultural markets, the division of animal health, the division of agricultural conservation and technical assistance, the division of crop and pest services, including a program of laboratory services at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the expenses of the pesticide board and agency costs associated with the administration of other boards, commissions and committees chaired by the department; provided, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended for the apiary inspection program; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to meet the cost products, equipment, and labor associated with the eradication of the arbovirus, as well as the cost of any other type of pesticide or agent, in order to prevent the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile virus and the Zika virus in Bristol and Plymouth Counties; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to enhance the Buy Local effort in western, central, northeastern and southeastern Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Coastal Foodshed initiative in the Greater New Bedford area; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Homeless Animal Care and Adoption fund; provided further, that not less than $41,000 shall be expended to Flats Mentor Farm Enterprise, LLC, for capacity building and organizational program development to increase local food production and distribution in eastern and central Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $120,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Farm to School Project; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program; provided further; that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to improve services and facilities at the Dighton Animal Shelter in the town of Dighton and shall not be used for administrative purposes; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to improve services and facilities at the Middleborough Animal Shelter in the town of Middleborough; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to improve services and facilities at the Taunton Animal Care Facility in the city of Taunton and no funds authorized herein shall be used for administrative purposes; and provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for Sustainable Cape in the town of Truro for a local food access and affordability program to: (a) expand a coalition of farmers’ markets throughout the counties of Barnstable and Dukes County promoting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, the Women, Infants and Children program or WIC, and seniors and veterans benefits; (b) create site-specific programs targeted to schools, libraries and community centers; (c) develop the capacity of both farmers and farmers’ markets to accept SNAP and WIC benefits and seniors and veterans food benefits; and (d) conduct education and outreach campaigns through community partners, including nutritionists and food pantries........................ $6,281,785

2511-0103   For the costs associated with agricultural oversight of hemp and cannabis............................................... $1,241,466

Marijuana Regulation Fund............ 100%

2511-0105   For the purchase of supplemental foods for the emergency food assistance program within the Feeding America nationally-certified food bank system; provided, that the funds appropriated in this item shall reflect the Feeding America allocation formula in order to benefit the commonwealth’s 4 regional food banks; provided further, that the department may assess an administrative charge not to exceed 2 per cent of the total appropriation in this item; provided further, that $1,000,000 shall be expended for operating funds to distribute food for the Massachusetts emergency food assistance program; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry, Inc. in the town of Acton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Margaret Fuller House in the city of Cambridge for improvements to its food pantry; provided further, that not less than $85,000 shall be expended for the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program; provided further, that not less than $120,000 shall be expended for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, Inc., in Devens; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Food for the World, Inc.; provided further, that $25,000 shall be expended for the Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry, Inc.’s Food Rescue and Composting Program in the city of Gloucester; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Lovin’ Spoonful Food Rescue $18,385,000

2511-3002   For the integrated pest management program................ $59,785

Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

2800-0100   For the operation of the department of conservation and recreation; provided, that notwithstanding section 3B of chapter 7 of the General Laws, the department shall establish or renegotiate fees, licenses, permits, rents and leases and adjust or develop other revenue sources to fund the maintenance, operation and administration of the department; and provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for personnel overtime costs; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for aquatic invasive species control; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for flood protections in Clinton; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for an aquatic weed harvester machine in Duxbury; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a maintenance pilot program for Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Webster $4,634,615

2800-0101   For the watershed management program to operate and maintain reservoirs, watershed lands and related infrastructure of the department of conservation and recreation and the office of water resources in the department; provided, that the amount of the payment shall be charged to the General Fund and shall not be included in the amount of the annual determination of fiscal year charges to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority assessed to the authority under the General Laws; provided further, that the department shall continue to make payments under chapter 616 of the acts of 1957, as amended by section 89 of chapter 801 of the acts of 1963; and provided further, that the department shall continue to make payments under chapter 307 of the acts of 1987 for the use of certain land............................ $1,100,000

2800-0401   For a program to provide stormwater management for all properties and roadways under the care, custody and control of the department of conservation and recreation........................... $430,131

2800-0500   For the existing maintenance, operational and infrastructure needs of the metropolitan beaches in section 70 of chapter 3 of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $900,000 shall be expended for the metropolitan beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull to be fully maintained and seasonally staffed as recommended by the metropolitan beaches commission in coordination with the department of conservation and recreation; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s staff time, consultants and direct expenses to support the ongoing work of the metropolitan beaches commission; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the cleanup of Pilayella algae on Kings Beach and Long Beach in Lynn; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for the Beach Access Resilience Project in Swampscott; and provided further, that not less than $190,000 shall be expended for matching grants to public and nonpublic entities to support free public events and programs on the metropolitan beaches as part of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Grants Program as recommended by the metropolitan beaches commission $1,235,000

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

2800-0501   For the operation of the beaches, pools and spray pools under the control of the department of conservation and recreation; provided, that the seasonal hires of the department’s parks, beaches, pools and spray pools shall be paid from this item; provided further, that said beaches, pools and spray pools shall remain open and staffed from Memorial Day to Labor Day, inclusive; provided further, that the beaches, pools and spray pools shall be fully maintained; provided further, that seasonal employees who are hired before the second Sunday preceding Memorial Day, whose employment continues beyond the Saturday following Labor Day and who received health insurance benefits in fiscal year 2018, shall continue to receive such benefits in fiscal year 2019 during the period of said employees’ seasonal employment; provided further, that notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 31 of the General Laws, seasonal positions funded by this item shall be positions requiring the services of an incumbent, on either a full-time or less than full-time basis, beginning not earlier than April 1 and ending not later than November 30 or beginning not earlier than September 1 and ending not later than April 30; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Coes Pond and Representative John J. Binienda Memorial Beach in Worcester; and provided further, that notwithstanding said section 1 of said chapter 31, seasonal positions funded by this item shall not be filled by an incumbent for more than 8 months within a 12-month period.............................. $16,067,412

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

2800-0700   For the office of dam safety; provided, that the office shall, in collaboration with the department of environmental protection and the department of fish and game, establish and maintain a comprehensive inventory of all dams and develop a coordinated permitting and regulatory approach to dam removal for stream restoration and public safety; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Friends of Leverett Pond for the repair, design, permitting and construction of the Leverett Pond dam........................................ $720,361

2810-0100   For the operation of the division of state parks and recreation; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be used: (a) to operate all of the division’s parks, parkways, boulevards, roadways, bridges and related appurtenances under the care, custody and control of the division, flood control activities of the division, reservations, campgrounds, beaches and pools; (b) to oversee skating rinks; and (c) to protect and manage the division’s lands and natural resources, including the forest and parks conservation services and the bureau of forestry development; provided further, that the same properties shall be open in fiscal year 2019 as were open in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that the crossing guards located at department of conservation and recreation intersections shall continue to perform the duties where state police previously performed such duties; provided further, that the division may issue grants to public and nonpublic entities from this item; provided further, that the rinks under the control of the department shall remain open and staffed for the full rink season; provided further, that the department of conservation and recreation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2019, on the utilization of funds towards addressing understaffed parks, extending camping seasons, hiring additional park support operations crew members and hiring additional engineers to plan and build capital improvement projects; provided further, that up to $3,000,000 may be used to support costs of snow and ice removal; and provided further, that additional funds shall be expended to address the needs of state parks in all regions of the commonwealth, including urban parks; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for continued development and implementation of an asset management modernization program within the department with the goal of adequate stewardship and budgeting; provided further, that funds shall be expended for additional staffing, consulting and training; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2019 on the progress of said program; and provided further, that said report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the status of hiring for the additional staffing required; (ii) the contracts with outside consulting; (iii) the progress of planned and delivered training; (iv) the status of the integration and utilization of geographic information system data into said program; (v) the status of integrating a functional preventative maintenance capability; (vi) the status of the development of reporting functions to estimate the resources required to meet certain comprehensible performance metrics; and (vii) a detailed timeline and an estimate of resources necessary for the full implementation and adoption of the plan throughout the department by the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2020.. $40,250,000

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

2810-0122   For special projects relating to the commonwealth’s state parks and recreational areas; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a new playground at Lussiano Park in Arlington; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Friends of Herter Park for the maintenance of the Artesani Park outdoor theatre; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for park development in Ashland; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the construction of a splash park in the town of Belchertown; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the installation of an artesian well and submerged pump for garden irrigation in the town of Berlin; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the construction of the Yankee Doodle Bike Path in Billerica; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for repairs and upgrades by the recreation department in Billerica; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in the town of Milton; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for design and engineering work by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Inc., for improvements to the Charlesgate park in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for improvements to Emerald Necklace in Fenway; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be provided to the Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation, Inc. for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for the fourth of July, Independence Day celebrations on the Charles river; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Braintree for the construction of a recreational dog park; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Chandler Pond in Brighton; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Ash Street Playground in Brockton; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for renovations to Danny Goodwin Park in Brockton; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for improvements to Nelson Playground in Brockton; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for maintenance and repair of Goldthwait marsh in the town of Marblehead; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for improvements to Magazine beach in the city of Cambridge; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the city of Beverly for repairs to the carriage house in Lynch Park; provided further, that not less than $170,000 shall be expended for the Central Plymouth County Water District advisory board to develop a comprehensive water quality and quantity monitoring program for the improvement and management of lakes and ponds in the Central Plymouth County Water District; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Central Plymouth County Water District commission annual budget, for the improvement and management of lakes and ponds in the Central Plymouth County Water District; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the town of Charlton for the construction of a public outdoor gym; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Westover Road Park and Service Dog Memorial in the city of Chicopee; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Danvers for the construction of an ADA compliant fishing platform in Endicott Park; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to conduct a study on the department of conservation and recreation land in Charlestown; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Quinnebaug Rail Trail in Dudley; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Pulaski Park and Playground project in the city of Gardner; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the operation and rehabilitation of Howe State Park in the town of Spencer; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the reconstruction of Gray’s Beach in the town of Kingston; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for park revitalization and accessibility improvements in the town of Leicester; provided further, that $250,000 shall be expended for streetscape upgrades, repairs and art in the downtown area of the city of Lowell; provided further, that $250,000 shall be expended for maintenance and improvements to Kittredge Park and its surrounding streetscapes in the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the maintenance and removal of invasive pond vegetation in bodies of water located in and maintained by the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $55,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of Red Rock park on Lynn Shore drive in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the establishment of a Cooperative Nature School at The Trustees Moose Hill Farm in town of Sharon; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the Ezra Schwartz Memorial Pavilion at the Ames Street playground in the town of Sharon; provided, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the development of a community garden at the community farm in the town of Medway; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for improvements to the playground at Kelly field in the town of Milton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the operation and rehabilitation of Moore State Park in the town of Paxton; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the maintenance and improvement of Cutler Park located in the town of Needham; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the environmental preservation of Crystal lake in the city of Newton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the national historic landmark status for Echo bridge in the city of Newton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the town of Pembroke for pond management; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for engineering improvements to the City Mills dam in the town of Norfolk; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for improvements to the King street memorial park in the city known as the town of Franklin; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for a playground in Lancaster; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Let’s Row Boston; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for playground and park projects in Lowell; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a new veterans park in Lowell; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for Cook, Kiley, Flax Pond and Ames Playgrounds in Lynn; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for construction on Malden River; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the town of Sterling for online and electronic permitting; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the development of the waterfront on the Merrimack River in Methuen; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for upgrades to the Neponset Greenway in Mattapan; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for carbon vessels at the North Easton Village Wastewater Treatment Plant in Easton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for accessibility and safety improvements to Joe Morgan Field in the town of Walpole; provided, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a new playground and improvements to Forge Beach in Westford; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for tree removal in Worcester; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for tree re-planting in Worcester; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the replacement, installation and improvement of the Minnechaug Regional High School athletic field in the town of Wilbraham; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item of appropriation; and provided further, that funds shall be expended fully and on a schedule consistent with the provisions of section 9B of chapter 29 of the General Laws................................................... $5,020,000

2810-2042   For the department of conservation and recreation, which may expend not more than $20,000,000 from revenues collected by the department, including, but not limited to, revenues collected from: (a) campsite reservation transactions from the automated campground reservation and registration program; (b) fees, permits, leases, rentals, concessions and all other contracts; (c) telecommunications system user fees and other charges established by the commissioner of conservation and recreation and as received from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the division of highways in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the department of state police and quasi-public and private entities; (d) skating rink fees and rentals; (e) Ponkapoag golf course fees and rentals; (f) Leo J. Martin golf course fees and rentals; and (g) activities authorized under section 34B of chapter 92 of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall retain and deposit 80 per cent of the aforementioned fees; provided further, that if the department of conservation and recreation projects that total revenues from the fees identified in this item will exceed $25,000,000, the department shall notify the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that funds in this item shall be expended for: (i) the operation and expenses of the department; (ii) expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system; (iii) the operation and maintenance of the department’s telecommunications system; (iv) the operation and maintenance of the department’s skating rinks at an amount not less than $1,000,000; (v) the operation and maintenance of the Ponkapoag golf course at an amount not less than $1,098,011; and (vi) the operation and maintenance of the Leo J. Martin golf course at an amount not less than $824,790; provided further, that nothing in this item shall impair or diminish the rights of access and utilization of all current users of the telecommunications system under agreements previously entered into; provided further, that this item may be reimbursed by political subdivisions of the commonwealth and private entities for direct and indirect costs expended by the department to maintain the telecommunications system; provided further, that when assigning time for the use of its skating rinks, the department shall give first priority to general public skating and then to an entity which qualifies under applicable state and federal law as a nonprofit organization or as a public school; provided further, that the department may issue grants to public and nonpublic entities from this item; provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; provided further, that expenditures made in advance of receipts shall not exceed 75 per cent of the amount of revenues projected by the first quarterly statement required by section 1B; and provided further, that the comptroller shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means when subsequent quarterly statements detailing the variance between actual and projected receipts in each quarter and the implications of that variance for expenditures made are published............................................. $20,000,000

2820-0101   For the costs associated with the department’s park rangers specific to the security of the state house; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall only be expended for the costs of security and park rangers at the state house........... $2,139,016

2820-2000   For the operation of street lighting and the expenses of maintaining the parkways of the department of conservation and recreation............................................. $3,000,000

Department of Energy Resources.

7006-1001   For the residential conservation service program under chapter 465 of the acts of 1980 and the commercial and apartment conservation service program under section 11A of chapter 25A of the General Laws; provided, that the assessments levied for fiscal year 2019 under said chapter 465 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item.. $217,388

7006-1003   For the operation of the department of energy resources; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed under section 11H of chapter 25A of the General Laws shall be equal to the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item....................................................... $3,851,488

Executive Office of Education.

Department of Early Education and Care.

3000-1000   For the administration of the department of early education and care; provided, that the department shall report on the first business day of each month to the joint committee on education, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance on the unduplicated number of children on waiting lists for state-subsidized early education and care programs and services, including supportive child care services; provided further, that notwithstanding chapter 66A of the General Laws, the department of early education and care, the child care resource and referral agencies, the department of elementary and secondary education, the department of transitional assistance, the department of children and families, the department of housing and community development, the Children’s Trust Fund, the disabled persons protection commission, the district attorneys’ offices and the department of public health, specifically early intervention, may share with each other personal data regarding the parents and children who receive services provided under early education and care programs administered by the commonwealth for waitlist management, program implementation and evaluation, reporting and policy development purposes; provided further, that the department shall issue monthly reports detailing the number and average cost of voucher and contracted slots funded by the department for items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060 delineated by age category; provided further, that said reports shall include the number of recipients subject to subsection (f) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995; provided further, that the department of early education and care shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for East End House, Inc., in the city of Cambridge to support its childcare program; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. to provide support to evidence-based early childhood education programs that promote language, literacy and social emotional skill development for preschool children from under-resourced communities.............. $6,041,677

3000-1020   For quality investments in early education and care, including not less than $4,000,000 to be expended for training, research and grants related to the development of the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), of which not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for direct grants to early education and school age programs participating in the Massachusetts QRIS that are actively engaged in efforts to achieve Level 3 and Level 4 in order to improve quality in early education and school age system of care; provided, that costs related to department personnel who support quality improvement may be funded from this item, including the department's licensing staff and other personnel who ensure compliance with state and federal requirements for inspections, monitoring and training; provided further, that funds from this item shall support the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program and inclusive learning environments grants; provided further, that supports funded through this item may include, but not be limited to: (a) development and purchase of curriculum; (b) development and implementation of early childhood assessment systems; (c) incentives for programs to recruit, develop and retain highly qualified educators; (d) activities that encourage providers to obtain associate and bachelor degrees; (e) payment of fees; (f) direct assistance to programs seeking accreditation by agencies approved by the board of early education and care; and (g) professional development courses; and provided further, that any payment made under any such grant to a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of such city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation....................... $30,372,353

3000-1042   For a reimbursement rate increase for center-based subsidized early education and care for salaries, benefits and stipends for professional development of early educators; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be used to increase such reimbursement rate by an appropriate percentage for all such providers; provided further, that funds shall be expended for increasing the daily add-on rate for comprehensive early education services for children with active cases at the department of children and families; provided further, that the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds from this item to items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060, as necessary, under an allocation plan which shall detail by object class the distribution of the funds to be transferred; and provided further, that the commissioner shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on any such transfers.................. $20,000,000

3000-2000   For the regional administration and coordination of services provided by child care resource and referral agencies.. $8,675,311

3000-2050   For the administration of the Children’s Trust Fund; provided, that the department shall not exercise any supervision or control with respect to the board of the trust fund............ $1,167,804

3000-3060   For early education and care services for children with active cases at the department of children and families and for families currently involved with, or transitioning from, transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided, that the department of early education and care, in collaboration with the department of children and families, shall maintain a centralized list detailing the number of children eligible for services in this item, the number of supportive slots filled and the number of supportive slots available; provided further, that for children with active cases at the department of children and families, funds may be used to provide services during a transition period of at least 12 months upon the closure of the family’s case with the department of children and families; provided further, that in the case of families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children, early education and care shall be available to: (a) recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits; (b) former participants who are working for up to 1 year after termination of their benefits; (c) participants who are working for up to 1 year after the transitional period; and (d) parents who are under 18 years of age who are currently enrolled in a job training program and who would qualify for benefits under chapter 118 of the General Laws but for the consideration of the grandparents’ income; provided further, that all teens eligible for year-round, full-time early education and care services shall be participating in school, education, work and training-related activities or a combination thereof for at least the minimum number of hours required by regulations; provided further, that recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children shall not be charged fees for care provided under this item; provided further, that early education and care slots for families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children funded from this item shall be distributed geographically in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals; provided further, that informal early education and care benefits for families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children may be funded from this item; provided further, that not more than $2 per child per hour shall be paid for the services; provided further, that the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds to this item from item 3000-4060, as necessary, under an allocation plan, which shall detail by object class the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before the transfer; provided further, that if the department determines that available appropriations for this program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses, the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance a report detailing the amount of appropriation needed to address such deficiency; provided further, that reimbursements for services rendered in prior fiscal years may be expended from this item; provided further, that the department shall recoup funds owed related to payments made by the department in prior fiscal years by reducing payments for services related to this item in fiscal year 2019; provided further, that all children eligible for services under this item shall receive such services; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Springfield Day Nursery Corporation in the city of Springfield....... $235,814,117

3000-4060   For income-eligible early education and care programs; provided, that teen parents and homeless families identified as likely to become eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children may be paid from this item; provided further, that informal early education and care benefits for families meeting income-eligibility criteria may be funded from this item; provided further, that not more than $2 per child per hour shall be paid for the services; provided further, that early education and care slots funded from this item shall be distributed geographically in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals; provided further, that not more than 3 per cent of the funds appropriated in this item may be transferred in fiscal year 2019 as set forth in a plan submitted by the department; provided further, that said plan shall be filed with the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on education, the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance; provided further, that reimbursements for services rendered in prior fiscal years may be expended from this item; provided further, that the department shall recoup funds owed related to payments made by the department in prior fiscal years by reducing payments for services related to this item rendered in fiscal year 2019; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of the city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation........................................ $270,120,452

3000-5000   For grants to head start programs; provided, that funds from this item may be expended on early head start programs...... $9,600,000

3000-6025   For grants in fiscal year 2019 to support implementation activities in cities, towns, regional school districts or educational collaboratives to expand pre-kindergarten or preschool opportunities on a voluntary basis to children who will be eligible for kindergarten by September 2020; provided, that implementation grants shall be awarded through a competitive process established by the department of early education and care utilizing the Massachusetts Preschool Expansion Grant public-private partnership model; provided further, that preference shall be given in awarding implementation grants to districts serving high percentages of high-needs students; provided further, that additional preference shall be given in awarding implementation grants to districts that have completed strategic planning efforts that support expanding access to high-quality preschool through the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative; provided further, that the department shall submit a report to the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 15, 2019 on the status of implementation activities including, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the recipients of grant funding; (b) the number of children served by recipients; (c) the size of awarded grants by recipient; and (d) recipients’ workforce development efforts; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, funds distributed from this item shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town, regional school district or educational collaborative and held in a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of the city, town, regional school district or educational collaborative without further appropriation.......................... $5,000,000

3000-6075   For early childhood mental health consultation services in early education and care programs in the commonwealth; provided, that preference shall be given to those services designed to limit the number of expulsions and suspensions from the programs and to early education and care programs serving high percentages of high-needs students; and provided further, that eligible recipients for such grants shall include municipal school districts, regional school districts, educational collaboratives, head start programs, licensed childcare providers, child care resource and referral centers and other qualified entities $2,500,000

3000-7000   For statewide neonatal and postnatal home parenting education and home visiting programs for at-risk newborns to be administered by the Children’s Trust Fund; provided, that such services shall be made available statewide to parents under 21 years of age; provided further, that the department of early education and care shall collaborate with the Children's Trust Fund, when appropriate, to coordinate services provided through this item with services provided through item 3000-7050 to ensure that parents receiving services through this item are aware of all opportunities available to them and their children through the department; provided further, that the Children’s Trust Fund shall oversee the maintenance of a participant data system; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, priority for such services shall be given to low-income parents............................................... $14,900,000

3000-7040   For the department of early education and care, which may expend not more than $161,893 for contingency contracts related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs in its capacity as the single state agency under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, these contingency contracts shall not exceed 3 years except with prior review and approval by the executive office for administration and finance; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $161,893

3000-7050   For the coordinated family and community engagement grant program, which shall establish a statewide network of supports for early education; provided, that the department of early education and care shall distribute grants not later than August 31, 2018 in order to allow a full year of service for families involved in these programs; provided further, that the department shall, to the maximum extent feasible, coordinate services provided through this item with services provided through item 3000-7000 in order to ensure that parents receiving services through this item are aware of all opportunities available to them and their children through the department; provided further, that eligible recipients for such grants shall include, but not be limited to, the Massachusetts Family Networks program, municipal school districts, regional school districts, educational collaboratives, the home-based, school readiness and family support program known as the parent-child home program, head start programs, other school readiness and family support programs, licensed child care providers and child care resource and referral centers; provided further, that not less than $200,000 more than fiscal year 2018 shall be expended on said parent-child home program; provided further, that supports funded through this item shall be in alignment with the quality requirements of the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program and the development of the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System; and provided further, that the department may expend funds from this item on grants for supplemental services for children with individualized education plans....................................... $13,742,000

3000-7066   For professional development and higher education opportunities and supports for early educators to be coordinated through the department in conjunction with the Massachusetts community colleges; provided, that programming shall focus on the statewide recruitment and training needs specific to the early education and care workforce, encourage opportunities for career advancement and retention, and incorporate early education and care stakeholder, employer and industry collaboration; and provided further, that professional development opportunities shall be consistent with the core competencies and career pathways established by the department, and in accordance with the recommendations of the Early Education and Care Workforce Council established in section 32 of this act................. $10,000,000

Gaming Economic Development Fund... 56.02%

General Fund....................... 43.98%

3000-7070   For Reach Out and Read, Inc.; provided, that the funds distributed through Reach Out and Read, Inc. shall be contingent upon a match of not less than $1 in private or corporate contributions for every $1 in state grant funding........................ $1,000,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND hUMAN SERVICES.

Office of the Secretary.

4000-0005   For youth violence prevention program grants administered by the executive office of health and human services; provided, that the grants shall be targeted at reducing youth violence among young persons at highest risk of being perpetrators or victims of gun and community violence; provided further, that any new grants awarded from this item in fiscal year 2019 shall comply with the grant application requirements set forth in item 4000-0005 of section 2 of chapter 38 of the acts of 2013; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services may select the same evaluator in fiscal year 2019 as selected in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that the secretary shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 15, 2019 detailing: (a) successful grant applications; (b) a set of clearly-defined goals and benchmarks on which grant recipients shall be evaluated; and (c) outcomes and findings from the grant awards for fiscal year 2018; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Springfield Partners For Community Action, Inc. for the AWAKE program in the city of Springfield, to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, Inc. to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; provided further, that not less than $75,000 be expended to the South End Community Center’s Community Youth Corp Program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Merrimack Valley Public Safety Youth Center in the city of Lawrence; provided further, that funds may be set aside for the administration of these programs; and provided further, that these funds shall be available to those municipalities with the highest annual number of youth homicides and serious assaults as determined by the executive office of health and human services.......... $8,145,000

4000-0007   For housing and supportive services for unaccompanied youth pursuant to section 16X of chapter 6A of the General Laws; provided, that the secretary of health and human services shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2019 on: (a) the number of youths served through this item; (b) the types of services received by participating youths; (c) the number of youths who transition into stabilized housing and the zip code of the stabilized housing; (d) the number of youths who remain in stabilized housing after 90 days, when applicable; (e) other quantifiable data related to client outcomes as determined by the secretary; (f) the number of youths turned away from the program; and (g) the amount of funding awarded to vendors for the delivery of services and the names of each vendor............................................ $3,300,000

4000-0009   For the office of health equity established in section 16AA of chapter 6A of the General Laws; provided, that the office may enter into service agreements with the department of public health to fulfill the obligations of the office; and provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 12, 2018 on the development of the office of health equity within the executive office of health and human services and the implementation of programming as set forth in said section 16AA, including personnel costs and an organizational structure plan............... $100,000

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4000-0014   For the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc. to train community health workers to serve as the patient link to medical and social services for the disenfranchised population throughout the Worcester and MetroWest regions...................... $200,000

4000-0020   For the nursing and allied health workforce development initiative, to develop and support strategies that increase the number of public higher education faculty members and students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to nursing and allied health; provided, that the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred to the Massachusetts Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Trust Fund established in section 33 of chapter 305 of the acts of 2008; and provided further, that funds shall be transferred to the fund according to an allotment schedule adopted by the executive office of administration and finance........... $350,000

4000-0050   For the operation of the PCA quality home care workforce council established in section 71 of chapter 118E of the General Laws $1,779,222

4000-0051   For the operation and support of the network of child and family service programs throughout the commonwealth, including family resource centers supported through this item and item 4800-0200; provided, that centers within this item shall: (a) be consistent with the requirements of section 16U of chapter 6A of the General Laws; (b) demonstrate adherence to an evidence-based model of service; and (c) use measurable outcomes to assess quality; provided further, that the secretary of the executive office of health and human services shall maintain the fiscal year 2018 contract with a third party administration service organization to oversee the execution of, and agency’s compliance with, subsection (b) of said section 16U of said chapter 6A; provided further, that the executive office shall provide biannual progress updates to the secretary of administration and finance, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2019 the executive office shall file a biannual report with the house and senate committees on ways and means; detailing the number of children and families served at each center, the types of programs, program outcomes, client feedback and progress on data sharing between centers; and provided further, that the network of child and family service programs shall coordinate with the executive office of health and human services, the department of early education and care and municipal police departments to provide emergency assistance to runaway children at times when the juvenile court is not open, consistent with the requirements of section 39H of chapter 119 of the General Laws......................................... $500,000

4000-0250   For the executive office of health and human services which may expend for the costs of the operations and maintenance of the health insurance exchange not more than $15,000,000 from monies received from the commonwealth health insurance connector authority; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenue and related expenditures, the office may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system........................... $15,000,000

 

Governor reduced the following item and objected to the following wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4000-0300   For the operation of the executive office of health and human services, including the operation of the managed care oversight board; provided, that the executive office shall provide technical and administrative assistance to agencies under the purview of the secretariat receiving federal funds; provided further, that the executive office shall ensure that any collaborative assessments for children receiving services from multiple agencies within the secretariat shall be performed within existing resources; provided further, that the executive office shall continue to develop and implement the common client identifier; provided further, that funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative and contracted services related to the implementation and operation of programs under chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that the executive office and its agencies, when contracting for services on the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, shall take into consideration the increased costs associated with the provision of goods, services and housing on said islands; provided further, that in consultation with the center for health information and analysis, no rate increase shall be provided to existing Medicaid provider rates without taking all measures possible under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, as codified at 42 U.S.C. chapter 7, subchapter XIX to ensure that rates of payment to providers shall not exceed the rates that are necessary to meet the cost of efficiently and economically operated providers in order to provide services of adequate quality; provided further, that funds may be expended for the operation of the office of health equity under the department of public health and the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that no expenditures, whether made by the executive office or another commonwealth entity, shall be made that are not federally reimbursable, including those related to Titles XIX or XXI of the Social Security Act, as codified at 42 U.S.C. chapter 7, subchapters XIX or XXI, or the MassHealth demonstration waiver approved under section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act, as codified at 42 U.S.C. section 1315(a) act or the community first section 1115 demonstration waiver under section 1115 of the Social Security Act, as codified at 42 U.S.C section 1315, except as required for: (a) for the administration of the executive office; (b) for the equivalent of MassHealth standard benefits for children under 21 years of age who are in the care or custody of the department of youth services or the department of children and families; (c) for dental benefits provided to clients of the department of developmental services who are 21 years of age or older; (d) for managed care capitation payments for MassHealth members who are residents of institutions for mental disease for more than 15 days in any calendar month and otherwise as explicitly authorized; or (e) for cost-containment efforts, the purposes and amounts of which shall be submitted to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before making these expenditures; provided further, that in calculating rates of payment for children enrolled in MassHealth receiving inpatient and outpatient services at acute care pediatric hospitals and pediatric specialty units as defined in section 8A of said chapter 118E, the executive office shall make a supplemental payment not less than $14,800,000 to any acute care pediatric hospital and pediatric specialty unit in the commonwealth, above base rates, to compensate for high-complexity pediatric care; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services may continue to recover provider overpayments made in the current and prior fiscal years through the Medicaid management information system and these recoveries shall be considered current fiscal year expenditure refunds; provided further, that the executive office may collect directly from a liable third party any amounts paid to contracted providers under said chapter 118E for which the executive office later discovers another third party is liable if no other course of recoupment is possible; provided further, that funds shall be expended for interpretive services directly or indirectly related to a settlement or resolution agreement with the office of civil rights or any other office, group or entity;  provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, that the commissioner of mental health shall approve any prior authorization or other restriction on medication used to treat mental illness under written policies, procedures and regulations of the department of mental health; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 15, 2019 on the number of members served in the dual eligible initiative, the average expenditure per member, the average expenditure per member prior to the demonstration project and the number of clients that receive care at skilled nursing facilities; provided further, that the executive office shall submit a report not later than November 30, 2018 to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing detailing utilization in fiscal year 2018 of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund established in section 66 of said chapter 118E of the General Laws, including: (a) the number of persons whose medical expenses were billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (b) the total dollar amount billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (c) the age, income level and insurance status of recipients using the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (d) the types of services paid for out of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; and (e) the amount disbursed from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to each hospital and community health center; provided further, that the office of Medicaid shall coordinate with the health policy commission in the development of care delivery and payment models in the MassHealth program, including patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations, in order to ensure alignment of such models with the commission’s certification programs under sections 14 and 15 of chapter 6D of the General Laws; provided further, that any unexpended balance in these accounts shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2019; provided further, that not later than January 15, 2019, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the methodology used to project caseload and utilization in fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019; provided further, that the executive office shall submit monthly MassHealth caseload reports in a searchable electronic format to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means by the 15th day of the subsequent month; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center to expand the Healthy Lives program; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be provided for the purposes defined in item 1599-2009 in section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Martha’s Vineyard Community Service to increase access and cover feasible travel costs associated with arranging access to health and human services on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket; provided further, that said funds shall be expended equally for the counties of Nantucket and Dukes County; provided further, that not less than $108,445 shall be expended for continued operation of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center to provide information, technical assistance and support to families of individuals with autism, including individuals enrolled in MassHealth; provided further, that not less than $500,000  shall be made available to a western Massachusetts academic medical center with 3 community health centers for the costs associated with the intake, assessment, treatment and care of evacuees from the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands of the United States who are receiving community health services at the western Massachusetts academic medical center and community health centers; and provided further, that the secretary may cumulatively transfer up to $2,343,000 to line items within the secretariat to fund collective bargaining obligations associated with the quarter point agreement...................................... $104,535,714

4000-0320   For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend for medical care and assistance rendered in the current year not more than $225,000,000 from the monies received from recoveries and collections of any current or prior year expenditures; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the balance of any personal needs accounts collected from nursing and other medical institutions upon the death of a medical assistance recipient and held by the executive office for more than 3 years may be credited to this item; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be used for item 4000-0300.............................. $225,000,000

4000-0321   For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend not more than $56,750,000 for contingency fee contracts related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs in its capacity as the single state agency under Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act and as the principal agency for all of the agencies within the executive office and other federally-assisted programs administered by the executive office; provided, that such contingency contracts shall not exceed 3 years except with prior review and approval by the executive office for administration and finance; provided further, that the secretary of health and human services shall submit to the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means an annual report not later than September 14, 2018 detailing: (a) the amounts of the agreements; (b) a delineation of all ongoing and new projects; and (c) the amount of federal reimbursement and cost avoidance derived from the contracts for the previous fiscal year’s activities; provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and payments required under contingency contracts, the comptroller shall certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; provided further, that after providing payments due under the terms of the contingency contracts, the executive office may use available funds to support special MassHealth projects that will receive enhanced federal revenue opportunities, including MassHealth eligibility operations and systems enhancements that support reforms and improvements to MassHealth programs; provided further, that any enhanced federal financial participation received for these special projects, including the Implementation Advanced Planning Documents or other eligibility operations and systems enhancements that support reforms and improvements to MassHealth shall be deposited into this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office may enter into interdepartmental service agreements with the University of Massachusetts Medical School to perform activities that the secretary of health and human services, in consultation with the comptroller, determines to be within the scope of the proper administration of Title XIX and other federal funding provisions to support the programs and activities of the executive office; provided further, that activities may include: (a) providing administrative services including, but not limited to, utilization management activities and eligibility determinations based on disability and supporting case management activities and similar initiatives; (b) providing consulting services related to quality assurance, program evaluation and development, integrity and soundness and project management; and (c) providing activities and services to pursue federal reimbursement, avoid costs or identify third-party liability and recoup payments made to third parties; provided further, that federal reimbursement for any expenditure made by the University of Massachusetts Medical School for federally reimbursable services the university provides under these interdepartmental service agreements or other contracts with the executive office shall be distributed to the university and recorded distinctly in the state accounting system; provided further, that the secretary may negotiate contingency fees for activities and services related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs and the comptroller shall certify these fees and pay them upon the receipt of this revenue, reimbursement or demonstration of costs avoided; provided further, that contingency fees paid to the University of Massachusetts Medical School shall be limited to $40,000,000 for state fiscal year 2019 except for contingency fees paid under an interdepartmental service agreement for recoveries related to special disability workload projects;  and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and payments required under contingency contracts, the comptroller shall certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system........................... $56,750,000

 

Governor objected to the following wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4000-0328   For the executive office of health and human services to pursue, enhance and submit applications for existing or new state plan amendments, state plan options, state waiver or demonstration requests and federal grants for federal approval under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 42 U.S.C. 18001 et seq., including, but not limited to: (a) the development and implementation of a modern, digital integrated eligibility system as required by the last paragraph of section 16 of chapter 6A of the General Laws in order to achieve maximum federal reimbursement; (b) the receipt of federal reimbursement for services provided to an eligible Medicaid beneficiary that are available without charge to the beneficiary, including services that are available without charge to the community at large, known as “free care”; (c) the 1915(i) home and community-based services state plan authorized under 42 U.S.C. 1396n(i); (d) the authorization of coverage for postpartum placement of long acting reversible contraception; and (e) the pursuit of Medicaid coverage for justice-involved individuals including, but not limited to, individuals on parole, probation, home confinement or pre-trial supervision or residing in a halfway house and deemed eligible under federal definition; provided further, that not later than November 1, 2018 the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means with an update on changes, since the last filing of this report, to submitted and pending applications and the projected fiscal impact of federal approval for each of these applications; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2019 the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the executive office for administration and finance and the executive office for technology services and security, shall publish a plan to implement modern, digital and integrated eligibility determination processes as required by the last paragraph of said section 16 of said chapter 6A, which shall include the estimated capital and operating resources to implement the modern, digital and integrated eligibility determination processes and any additional resources required to: (a) allow integrated enrollment and common application for benefits between the commonwealth health insurance connector, the office of Medicaid, the department of transitional assistance, the department of early education and care and the department of housing and community development; and (b) implement interim solutions to integrate applications between the office of Medicaid and the department of transitional assistance; and provided further, that the office of Medicaid and the department of transitional assistance shall prioritize aligning their benefit application processes as a step toward the development of a common application............................................... $50,000

 

4000-0430   For the CommonHealth program to provide primary and supplemental medical care and assistance to disabled adults and children under sections 9A, 16 and 16A of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to the recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall maximize federal reimbursement for state expenditures made on behalf of those adults and children; provided further, that children shall be determined eligible for medical care and assistance if they meet the disability standards as defined by the executive office, which standards shall be no more restrictive than those in effect on July 1, 1996; and provided further, that the executive office shall process a CommonHealth application within 45 days of receipt of a completed application or within 90 days if a determination of disability is required $170,898,671

4000-0500   For health care services provided to medical assistance recipients through the executive office of health and human services’ managed care delivery systems, including a behavioral health contractor, the Primary Care Clinician Plan, Primary Care Accountable Care Organizations, MassHealth managed care organizations and Accountable Care Partnership Plans and for MassHealth benefits provided to children, adolescents and adults under section 9 of chapter 118E of the General Laws and clauses (a) to (d), inclusive and clause (h) of subsection (2) of section 9A of said chapter 118E and section 16C of said chapter 118E; provided, that no funds shall be expended from this item for children and adolescents under clause (c) of said subsection (2) of said section 9A of said chapter 118E whose household incomes, as determined by the executive office, exceed 150 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2019 the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) total number of members participating in the ACO program;  (b) disenrollment trends from the Partnership Plan, Primary Care ACO, and MCO-administered Accountable Care Organizations within the designated plan selection; (c) the outcomes achieved by accountable care organizations and community partners including, but not limited to, financial performance, patient safety, patient satisfaction and quality and aggregate and per-member reductions in spending compared to prior cost trends; (d) the results of benchmarks on accountable care organizations’ and community partners’ progress toward an integrated care delivery system; and (e) a summary of spending and activities related to traditionally nonreimbursed services to address health-related social needs including, but not limited to, home and community-based services, housing stabilization and support, utility assistance, nonmedical transportation, physical activity, nutrition and sexual assault and domestic violence supports; provided further, that such summary shall include, to the maximum extent practicable, aggregated data on the results of preventative health care services such as health-related social needs screening, the number of referrals to human service providers to address such screening, the result of such referrals and changes in health status; provided further, that such data shall be stratified by demographic factors to support an analysis of the impact on health disparities; provided further, that where data is not available, a report on progress toward establishing necessary data systems shall be provided; (f) provided further, that said summary shall include outcome measures for at-risk populations with chronic health conditions; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to recipients in prior fiscal years....................................... $5,759,010,341

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4000-0601   For health care services provided to MassHealth members who are seniors and for the operation of the MassHealth senior care options program under section 9D of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that no payment for special provider costs shall be made from this item without the prior written approval of the secretary of administration and finance; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary the executive office of health and human services shall establish payment rates for adult day health programs that are, in the aggregate, not less than $2,000,000 more than was paid for such programs in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary the executive office of health and human services shall establish payment rates for the adult foster care program that are, in the aggregate, not less than $2,000,000 more than was paid for such programs in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that funds shall be expended from this item to maintain a personal needs allowance of $72.80 per month for individuals residing in nursing and rest homes who are eligible for MassHealth, emergency aid to the elderly, the disabled and children program or supplemental security income; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for any nursing home or non-acute chronic disease hospital that provides kosher food to its residents, the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the center for health information and analysis and in recognition of the special innovative program status granted by the executive office of health and human services, shall continue to make the standard payment rates established in fiscal year 2006 to reflect the high dietary costs incurred in providing kosher food; provided further, that nursing facility rates effective on October 1, 2018 may be developed using the costs of calendar year 2007 or any subsequent year selected by the secretary of health and human services; provided further, that MassHealth shall reimburse nursing home facilities for up to 20 medical leave-of-absence days and shall reimburse the facilities for up to 10 nonmedical leave-of-absence days; provided further, that medical leave-of-absence days shall include an observation stay in a hospital in excess of 24 hours; provided further, that not later than January 1, 2019, MassHealth shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means the following for fiscal year 2018: (a) the number of nursing facility clients on a leave of absence, delineated by the nursing facility, by medical leave-of-absence days and medical leave-of-absence days that exceeded 10 days per hospital stay, nonmedical leave-of-absence days and the total number of days on leave of absence unduplicated member count; (b) licensed beds monthly capacity levels per nursing home and the monthly total number of empty beds per nursing facility, total number of all nursing home residents and total MassHealth nursing home residents; (c) 6 separate MassHealth payment rates and the average payment amount rate per nursing facility client resident; (d) the actual number of nursing home residents for each of the 6 payment categories in clause (c); (e) the aggregate payment amount per nursing facility by month; and (f) all reports shall delineate by nursing home, including grand totals where appropriate; and provided further, that no nursing home shall reassign a patient's bed during a leave of absence that is eligible for reimbursement under this item $3,587,516,725

4000-0641   For nursing facility Medicaid rates; provided, that in fiscal year 2019 the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the center for health information and analysis, shall establish rates that cumulatively total $327,100,000 more than the annual payment rates established under the rates in effect as of June 30, 2002; provided further, that not less than $38,300,000 shall be expended to fund a rate add-on for wages, shift differentials, bonuses, benefits and related employee costs paid to direct care staff of nursing homes; provided further, that MassHealth regulations for this rate add-on shall prioritize spending on hourly wage increases, shift differentials or bonuses paid to certified nurses’ aides and housekeeping, laundry, dietary and activities staff; provided further, that MassHealth shall adopt all regulations and procedures to carry out this item; provided further, that MassHealth shall provide to the house and senate committee on ways and means an interim report not later than June 15, 2019 and a final report not later than December 31, 2019 on the impact of wages for direct care workers at the nursing home receiving said funds; provided further, that an amount for expenses related to the collection and administration of section 63 of chapter 118E of the General Laws shall be transferred to the executive office; and provided further, that the payments made under this item shall be allocated in an amount sufficient to implement section 622 of chapter 151 of the acts of 1996 $365,400,000

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4000-0700   For health care services provided to medical assistance recipients under the executive office of health and human services’ health care indemnity or third party liability plan, to medical assistance recipients not otherwise covered under the executive office’s managed care or senior care plans and for MassHealth benefits provided to children, adolescents and adults under section 9 of chapter 118E of the General Laws and clauses (a) to (d), inclusive and clause (h) of subsection (2) of section 9A of said chapter 118E and section 16C of said chapter 118E; provided, that no payments for special provider costs shall be made from this item without the prior written approval of the secretary of administration and finance; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for children and adolescents under clause (c) of said subsection (2) of said section 9A of said chapter 118E whose household incomes as determined by the executive office exceed 150 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be made available to increase efficiencies and align system-wide goals within a regional hospital system located in Western Massachusetts to improve the overall sustainability of the system and to create a comprehensive approach to system-wide needs and a transition into the structure of the new 1115 Medicaid Waiver; provided further, that children who have aged out of the custody of the department of children and families shall be eligible for benefits through the age limit specified in MassHealth’s approved state plan; provided further, that funds shall be expended from this item for members who qualify for early intervention services; provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary the executive office shall expend not less than $4,000,000 to begin to align MassHealth fee-for-service payment rates for outpatient and diversionary behavioral health services with payment rates of MassHealth accountable and managed care products; provided further, that funds for said rate add-on shall be expended for MassHealth recipients that receive benefits under items 4000-0430,4000-0500, 4000-0601, 4000-0700, 4000-0880 and 4000-0940; provided further, that $750,000 shall be equally distributed to the teaching community health centers with family medicine residency programs in the cities of Worcester and Lawrence and in the South Boston section of the city of Boston not later than December 1, 2018, and the secretary of health and human services shall designate an agency to administer the funds and shall retain 5 per cent of the total funds; (a) to report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office of health and human services on the use of the funds by teaching community health centers; and (b) to audit such centers in order to confirm the use of the funds by each center for training purposes; provided further, that MassHealth shall expend $13,000,000 in the aggregate for acute care hospitals that have more than 63 percent of their gross patient service revenue from governmental payers and free care as determined by the executive office; provided further, that in fiscal year 2019 MassHealth shall maintain the same level of federally-optional chiropractic services that were in effect in fiscal year 2016 that were included in its state plan or demonstration program in effect on January 1, 2002 for members enrolled in the primary care clinician (PCC) program; provided further, that the executive office shall not, in fiscal year 2019, fund programs relating to case management with the intention of reducing length of stay for neonatal intensive care unit cases;  provided further, that notwithstanding this item, funds may be expended from this item for the purchase of third-party insurance including, but not limited to, Medicare for any medical assistance recipient; provided further, that the executive office may reduce MassHealth premiums or copayments or offer other incentives to encourage enrollees to comply with wellness goals; provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for activities relating to customer service, disability determinations or utilization management and review, including patient screenings and evaluations, regardless of whether such activities are performed by a state agency, contractor, agent or provider; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2019 the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (a) dental coverage available to MassHealth recipients as of January 1, 2019 as it compares to dental coverage available to MassHealth recipients on January 1, 2010; (b) utilization of dental services in fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019; (c) the actual and projected costs and revenue associated with dental coverage in fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019; and (d) the estimated cost effectiveness of dental coverage as a contributor to MassHealth total cost of care; and provided further, that the executive office shall maintain full-year coverage for adult dental fillings and adult denture coverage and shall begin said coverage for adult periodontic services on June 1, 2019............................................ $2,646,228,033

4000-0875   For the executive office of health and human services to expend for the provision of benefits to eligible individuals who require medical treatment for either breast or cervical cancer under section 2 of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000, Public Law 106-354, codified at 42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XVII) and section 10D of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that the executive office of health and human services shall provide these benefits to individuals whose incomes, as determined by the executive office, do not exceed 250 per cent of the federal poverty level, subject to continued federal approval; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to these recipients in prior fiscal years.................................. $6,191,803

4000-0880   For MassHealth benefits under clause (c) of subsection (2) of section 9A of chapter 118E of the General Laws and section 16C of said chapter 118E for children and adolescents whose household incomes, as determined by the executive office of health and human services, are above 150 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to those children and adolescents in prior fiscal years; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care subsidies provided to eligible individuals under the last paragraph of section 9 and section 16D of said chapter 118E................................. $468,898,836

4000-0885   For the cost of health insurance subsidies paid to employees of small businesses in the insurance reimbursement program under section 9C of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to persons in prior fiscal years; provided further, that funds may be expended only for employees who are ineligible for subsidized insurance through the commonwealth health insurance connector authority and ineligible for any MassHealth program; provided further, that enrollment in this program may be capped to ensure that MassHealth expenditures shall not exceed the amount appropriated; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to individuals eligible under clause (j) of subsection (2) of section 9A of said chapter 118E.......................................... $34,042,020

4000-0940   For providing health care services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services to individuals ages 19 to 64, inclusive, whose household incomes, as determined by the executive office of health and human services, do not exceed 133 per cent of the federal poverty level and those who are eligible under clauses (b) and (d) of subsection (2) of section 9A of chapter 118E of the General Laws; and provided further, that in fiscal year 2019 MassHealth shall maintain the same level of vision services that were in effect in fiscal year 2018 for members enrolled in the Care Plus program. $2,138,679,253

4000-0950   For administrative and program expenses associated with the children’s behavioral health initiative under the Remedial Order entered by the court in the case of Rosie D. v. Romney, 410 F. Supp. 2d 18 (D. Mass. 2006), to provide comprehensive, community-based behavioral health services to children suffering from severe emotional disturbances; provided, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended as a rate add-on for MassHealth home and community-based behavioral health services including but not limited to outpatient therapy, in-home therapy and intensive care coordination provided to children and youth eligible through said item; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to said persons in prior fiscal years; provided further, that the secretary of health and human services shall report biannually to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the implementation of the initiative; provided further, that said reports shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the results of the scheduled plan to date, including a schedule detailing commencement of services and associated costs by service type; (b) an analysis of compliance with the terms of the settlement agreement to date; (c) a detailed itemization of services and service utilization by service type, geographical location and the age of the member receiving the service; (d) data detailing the time that elapsed between a member’s request for services and commencement of an initial assessment for services; (e) the time to complete the initial assessment and the time that elapsed between initial assessment for services and commencement of services; and (f) a quarterly update of whether projected expenditures are likely to exceed the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that any unexpended balance in this item shall revert to the General Fund on June 28, 2019; and provided further, that funds shall not be transferred from this item without notifying the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before such a transfer............................................. $256,757,691

4000-0990   For the executive office of health and human services to expend for the children's medical security plan to provide health services for uninsured children from birth through age 18, inclusive; provided, that the executive office of health and human services shall prescreen enrollees and applicants for Medicaid eligibility; provided further, that no applicant shall be enrolled in the program until the applicant has been denied eligibility for the MassHealth program; provided further, that the MassHealth benefit request shall be used as a joint application to determine the eligibility for both MassHealth and the children’s medical security plan; provided further, that the executive office shall maximize federal reimbursements for state expenditures made on behalf of the children; provided further, that the executive office shall expend all necessary funds from this item to ensure the provision of this program under section 10F of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that this program shall be made available only to those children who have been determined by the executive office to be ineligible for MassHealth benefits; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to those persons in prior fiscal years................................................. $12,096,978

4000-1400   For the provision of MassHealth benefits to persons diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus with incomes up to 200 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to said persons in prior fiscal years................................. $27,483,527

4000-1420   For payment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in compliance with Title XIX of the Social Security Act. $425,567,964

4000-1425   For administrative and program expenses associated with community support services for persons with an acquired brain injury who were residing in long-term care facilities under the mediated solution to the final settlement agreement in the case of Hutchinson ex rel. Julien v. Patrick, 683 F. Supp. 2d 121 (D. Mass. 2010); provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to these persons in prior fiscal years................................................ $100,019,725

4000-1700   For the provision of information technology services within the executive office of health and human services........ $102,736,495

Office for Refugees and Immigrants.

4003-0122   For a citizenship for new Americans program to assist legal permanent residents of the commonwealth in becoming citizens of the United States; provided, that the office for refugees and immigrants shall administer the program; provided further, that the program funded by this item shall provide assistance to persons who are within 3 years of eligibility to become citizens of the United States; provided further, that services shall include: English for Speakers of Other Languages/civics classes, citizenship application assistance, interview preparation and support services including, but not limited to, interpretation and referral services; provided further, that persons who would qualify for benefits under chapter 118A of the General Laws but for their status as legal non-citizens shall be given the highest priority for services; provided further, that persons who currently receive state-funded benefits which could be replaced in whole or in part by federally-funded benefits if those persons become citizens shall be given priority for services; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be allocated to the Lawrence Family Development and Education fund to assist in citizenship education, citizenship application assistance, ESL classes and computer training for low-income adults; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Casa Dominicana in Lawrence to assist in citizenship education, citizen application assistance, ESL classes, and computer training for low-income adults; provided further, that funds may be expended for the programmatic and administrative support of the agency’s refugee and immigrant services; and provided further, that funds may be expended for the programmatic and administrative support of the agency’s refugee and immigrant services........... $500,001

Center for Health Information and Analysis.

4100-0060   For the operation of the center for health information and analysis established in chapter 12C of the General Laws; provided, that the estimated costs of the center shall be assessed in the manner prescribed by section 7 of said chapter 12C; and provided further, that not more than $1,563,617 of this appropriation may be expended for the operation of the Betsy Lehman center for patient safety and medical error reduction........................... $27,431,406

4100-0061   For the center for health information and analysis, which may expend for the development, operation and maintenance of an all-payer claims database not more than $750,000 from amounts paid to the center for all fees paid for health data information and from any federal financial participation associated with the collection and administration of health care claims data; provided, that retained revenues in excess of the appropriation for the fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund but shall be available for expenditure in the subsequent fiscal year without further appropriation............................................ $750,000

OFFICE OF DISABILITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

4110-0001   For the operation of the Massachusetts commission for the blind $1,345,263

4110-1000   For the community services program; provided, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for assistive technology services; provided further, that the Massachusetts commission for the blind shall work in collaboration with the Massachusetts commission for the deaf and hard of hearing to provide assistance and services to the deaf-blind community through the deaf-blind community access network; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for the Talking Information Center to provide human voiced broadcasts of local news, articles and items of interest to visually impaired and otherwise disabled listeners;  provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended on the Talking Information Center, the Audible Local Ledger, the Audio Journal, the Berkshire Talking Chronicle, the Lowell Association of the Blind, and Radio Valley Eye; and provided further, that no less than $40,000 shall be expended for the Lowell Association for the Blind for transportation provision expenses .............................................. $6,711,917

4110-2000   For the turning 22 program of the commission.......... $13,714,924

4110-3010   For vocational rehabilitation services for the blind operated in cooperation with the federal government; provided, that no funds from federal vocational rehabilitation grants or state appropriation shall be deducted for pensions, group health or life insurance or any other such indirect costs of federally-reimbursed state employees........................................ $3,341,100

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

4120-0200   For independent living centers; provided, that not later than March 1, 2019, the commission shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the services provided by independent living centers, which shall include, but not be limited to the: (a) total number of consumers that request and receive services; (b) types of services requested and received by consumers; (c) total number of consumers moved from nursing homes; and (d) total number of independent living plans and goals set and achieved by consumers.............................. $7,146,117

4120-1000   For the operation of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission; provided, that the commissioner shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance on the number of clients served and the amount expended on each type of service; provided further, that upon the written request of the commissioner of revenue, the commission shall provide lists of individual clients to whom, or on behalf of whom, payments have been made for the purpose of verifying eligibility and detecting and preventing fraud, error and abuse in the programs administered by the commission; and provided further, that lists shall include client names and social security numbers and payee names and other identification, if different from a client’s identification................. $351,426

4120-2000   For vocational rehabilitation services operated in cooperation with the federal government; provided, that funds from the federal vocational rehabilitation grant or state appropriations shall not be deducted for pensions, group health or life insurance or any other indirect costs of federally-reimbursed state employees; and provided further, that the commissioner, in making referrals to service providers, shall take into account a client’s place of residence and the proximity of the nearest provider to said residence............................................. $10,419,052

4120-3000   For employment assistance services; provided, that vocational evaluation and employment services for severely disabled adults shall be provided...................................... $2,188,800

4120-4000   For community-based services, which shall include, but not be limited to, protective services, adult support services, assistive technology services and the annualization of funding for turning 22 program clients who began receiving services in fiscal year 2018 under item 4120-4010 of chapter 47 of the acts of 2017; provided, that not less than $1,920,000 shall be expended for assistive technology services; provided further, that $30,000 shall be expended for Living Independently For Equality, Inc. in the city of Brockton; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on accessibility improvements in Waltham............................................... $10,442,249

4120-4001   For the housing registry for the disabled................. $80,000

4120-4010   For the turning 22 program of the commission............. $322,187

4120-5000   For homemaking services................................ $4,336,826

4120-6000   For services for individuals with head injuries; provided, that the commission shall work with the executive office of health and human services to maximize federal reimbursement for clients receiving head injury services........................ $16,364,075

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

4125-0100   For the operation of and services provided by the Massachusetts commission for the deaf and hard of hearing; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, Inc. in the town of Longmeadow   . $5,832,684

Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts.

4180-0100   For the maintenance and operation of the Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts located in the city of Chelsea, including a specialized unit for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease patients; provided, that no fee, assessment or other charge shall be imposed upon or required of any person for any admission or hospitalization which exceeds the amount of fees charged in fiscal year 2018............................................. $27,286,375

4180-1100   For the Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, which may expend not more than $600,000 in revenues for facility maintenance and patient care, including personnel costs; provided, that 60 per cent of all revenues generated under section 2 of chapter 90 of the General Laws through the purchase of license plates with the designation VETERAN by eligible veterans of the commonwealth, after compensating the registry of motor vehicles for the costs associated with the license plates, shall be deposited into the retained revenue account of the Soldiers’ Home; provided further, that the Soldiers’ Home may accept gifts, grants, donations and bequests; provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the Soldiers’ Home may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; and provided further, that if the registrar of motor vehicles projects that total revenues from the purchase of license plates with the designation VETERAN will exceed the amounts appropriated in this item and item 4190-1100, the registrar shall notify the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means, prior appropriation continued............ $600,000

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.

4190-0100   For the maintenance and operation of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke; provided, that no fee, assessment or other charge shall be imposed upon or required of any person for any outpatient treatment, admission or hospitalization which exceeds the amount of fees charged in fiscal year 2018........................... $22,592,998

4190-0101   For the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, which may expend for its operation not more than $5,000 from the licensing of the property for placement of aerial antennas........................... $5,000

4190-0102   For the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke which may expend for the outpatient pharmacy program not more than $110,000 from copayments which it may charge to users of the program; provided, that no copayment shall be imposed or required of any person which exceeds the level of copayments charged in fiscal year 2018...... $110,000

4190-0200   For the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, which may expend not more than $50,000 from fees collected from veterans in its care to provide television and telephone services to residents; provided, that fees from the use of telephones and televisions shall only be expended for payments to vendors for the services; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the Soldiers’ Home may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system................ $50,000

4190-0300   For the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, which may expend not more than $763,218 for the operation of 12 long-term care beds from revenue generated through the occupancy of these beds; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the Soldiers’ Home may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system, prior appropriation continued......... $763,218

4190-1100   For the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, which may expend not more than $400,000 for facility maintenance and patient care, including personnel costs; provided, that 40 per cent of all revenues generated under section 2 of chapter 90 of the General Laws through the purchase of license plates with the designation VETERAN by eligible veterans of the commonwealth, upon compensating the registry of motor vehicles for the costs associated with the license plates, shall be deposited into the retained revenue account of the Soldiers’ Home; provided further, that the Soldiers’ Home may accept gifts, grants, donations and bequests; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the Soldiers’ Home may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system, prior appropriation continued................................................ $400,000

OFFICE OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES.

Department of Youth Services.

4200-0010   For the administration of the department of youth services; provided, that the department shall continue to collaborate with the department of elementary and secondary education in order to align curriculum at the department of youth services with the statewide curriculum frameworks and to ease the reintegration of youth from facilities at the department of youth services into regular public school settings; provided further, that the department shall continue to execute its education funding initiative; provided further, that the commissioner of youth services may transfer funds between items 4200-0100, 4200-0200 and 4200-0300, as necessary, under an allocation plan which shall detail, by object class, the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 15 days prior to any transfer; provided further, that not more than 6 per cent of any such item shall be transferred in fiscal year 2019; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended on art programming and supplies for the department..... $4,337,114

4200-0100   For supervision, counseling and other community-based services provided to committed youths in non-residential care programs of the department........................................ $23,918,855

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4200-0200   For pre-trial detention programs, including purchase-of-service and state-operated programs; provided, that the department shall expend not less than $500,000 for the detention diversion advocacy program to be coordinated by the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, Inc. to prevent high-risk juveniles presenting before the court from penetrating further into the juvenile justice system........................................ $29,442,669

4200-0300   For secure facilities, including purchase-of-service and state-operated programs incidental to the operations of the facilities; provided, that funds shall be expended to address the needs of the female population; and provided further, that funds shall be expended to address suicide prevention............... $115,182,010

4200-0500   For enhanced salaries for teachers at the department of youth services............................................... $3,059,187

4200-0600   For the operation of secure facilities to detain arrested youth before arraignment under the alternative lock up program $2,397,359

Department of Transitional Assistance.

4400-1000   For the central administration of the department of transitional assistance; provided, that all costs associated with verifying disability for all programs of the department shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the department shall submit on a monthly basis to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance a status report on program expenditures, savings and revenues, error rate measurements and public assistance caseloads and benefits; provided further, that the department shall collect all out-of-court settlement restitution payments; provided further, that the restitution payments shall include, but not be limited to, installment and lump sum payments; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and unless otherwise expressly provided, federal reimbursements received for the department, including reimbursements for administrative, fringe and overhead costs for the current fiscal year and prior fiscal years, shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that an application for assistance under chapter 118 of the General Laws shall also be an application for assistance under chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that if the department denies assistance under said chapter 118, the department shall transmit the application to the executive office of health and human services for a determination of eligibility under said chapter 118E; provided further, that the department of transitional assistance shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that after April 1, 2019 the commissioner of transitional assistance may transfer funds for identified deficiencies between items 4403-2000, 4405-2000 and 4408-1000; provided further, that the distribution of the funds to be transferred shall be included in an allocation plan, which the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means 15 days before any transfer; and provided further, that upon approval by the executive office for administration and finance, the commissioner of transitional assistance may transfer funds for identified deficiencies between this item and item 4400-1100..... $62,690,146

4400-1001   For programs to increase the commonwealth’s participation rate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program and other federal nutrition programs; provided, that $350,000 shall be expended for a grant to Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger, Inc.; provided further, that the work of department employees paid for from this item shall be restricted to processing supplemental nutrition assistance program applications; provided further, that the department shall not require supplemental nutrition assistance program applicants to provide reverification of eligibility factors previously verified and not subject to change; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department shall require only 1 signature from supplemental nutrition assistance program applicants; provided further, that the department shall fund a unit staffed by department employees to respond to supplemental nutrition assistance program inquiries and arrange and conduct telephone interviews for initial supplemental nutrition assistance program applications from this item; provided further, that the department shall fund a system to image and catalog eligibility documents electronically from this item; provided further, that funds may be expended for supplemental nutrition assistance program outreach; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 3, 2018 on the status of these programs; and provided further, that $4,000,000 shall be expended to the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant program for the project costs of the Massachusetts healthy incentives program............... $7,261,664

4400-1020   For the operation of the secure jobs connect program for employment support, job training and job search services for homeless or previously homeless families receiving assistance from the department of housing and community development under items 7004-0101, 7004-0108, 7004-9024 or 7004-9316; provided, that participants receiving assistance under said items 7004-0101 and 7004-0108 shall receive a minimum of 12 months of housing stabilization services under said items 7004-0101 and 7004-0108; provided further, that services shall be delivered by community-based agencies that have demonstrated experience working in partnership with regional administering agencies including, but not limited to: Community Teamwork Inc.; Father Bill's & MainSpring, Inc.; Way Finders; Jewish Vocational Service, Inc.; SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.; South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.; and Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.; provided further, that the department of housing and community development shall make available rental assistance pursuant to item 7004-9024 to ensure effective participation in this program; provided further, that service delivery agencies shall seek additional federal, state or private funds to ensure the effective continuation of regional partnerships; and provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 15, 2019, by type of service or program provided, on the: (i) housing situation, including the stability of housing, for program participants; (ii) employment status, including employment history, of program participants; (iii) total number of program participants; and (iv) number of program participants who are no longer receiving assistance under said items 7004-0101, 7004-0108, 7004-9024 or 7004-9316 $1,000,000

4400-1025   For domestic violence specialists at local area offices $1,610,558

4400-1100   For the payroll of the department’s caseworkers; provided, that only employees of bargaining unit 8 shall be paid from this item $72,813,971

4400-1979   For the department of transitional assistance to administer, in consultation with the commonwealth corporation, an employment counseling and job training program and the pathways to self-sufficiency program respectively established under sections 3B and 3C of chapter 118 of the General Laws and for the full employment program established under section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995, as amended by section 29 of chapter 158 of the acts of 2014........................................... $1,000,000

4401-1000   For employment and training services for recipients of benefits provided under the transitional aid to families with dependent children program; provided, that funds from this item may be expended on former recipients of the program for up to 1 year after termination of their benefits; provided further, that the department may expend funds on such services for the non-custodial parents of dependent children receiving transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided further that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Ascentria Care Alliance; provided further, that the department shall spend not less than the amount spent in fiscal year 2018 for the young parents program and the competitive integrated employment services program; provided further, that not less than $170,000 shall be provided for learning disability assessments through the University of Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $779,058 shall be expended for transportation benefits for recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the DTA Works internship program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a transportation program developed and operated by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the service providers with whom the office for refugees and immigrants entered into service agreements in fiscal year 2018 under this line-item; provided further, that certain parents who have not yet reached 18 years of age, including those who are ineligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children and who would qualify for benefits under chapter 118 of the General Laws but for the deeming of the grandparents’ income, shall be eligible to receive services; provided further, that the department of transitional assistance shall file a report with the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2019 detailing: (i) the number of clients served by these programs; (ii) the number of clients who transition into employment, when applicable; (iii) the number of clients who remain in employment after 90 days, when applicable; (iv) the number of clients who remain in employment after 1 year, when applicable; and (v) other quantifiable data related to client outcomes as designed by these programs; provided further, that the department shall examine the outcomes of these programs to determine which are effective in transitioning clients to employment and increasing self-sufficiency; and provided further, that the department shall consider other programs to meet transitional employment needs of clients............................................... $14,339,226

 

4403-2000   For a program of transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided, that the need standard shall be equal to the standard that was in effect in fiscal year 2018 unless the department determines that a reduction in the monthly payment standard shall be implemented before the end of the fiscal year to keep program expenditures within the amounts appropriated in this item; provided further, that the payment standard shall be equal to the need standard; provided further, that the department shall notify parents under 20 years of age who are receiving benefits from the program of the requirements of clause (2) of subsection (i) of said section 110 of said chapter 5 or any successor law; provided further, that a $40 per month rental allowance shall be paid to households incurring a rent or mortgage expense and not residing in public or subsidized housing; provided further, that a nonrecurring children’s clothing allowance of $350 shall be provided to each child eligible under this program in September 2018; provided further, that the children’s clothing allowance shall be included in the standard of need for the month of September 2018; provided further, that benefits under this program shall not be available to those families in which a child has been removed from the household under a court order after a care and protection hearing under chapter 119 of the General Laws or to adult recipients otherwise eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children but for the temporary removal of the dependent child or children from the home by the department of children and families under department procedures; provided further, that notwithstanding section 2 of chapter 118 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the department shall render aid to pregnant women with no other eligible dependent children only if it has been medically verified that the child is expected to be born within the month the payments are to be made or within the 3-month period after the month of payment and who, if the child had been born and was living with that parent in the month of payment, would be categorically and financially eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits; provided further, that certain families that suffer a reduction in benefits due to a loss of earned income and participation in retrospective budgeting may receive a supplemental benefit to compensate them for the loss; provided further, that the department shall, to the extent feasible within the existing appropriation and funding from other sources, review its disability standards to determine the extent to which such standards reflect the current medical and vocational criteria; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities 75 days before any changes to the disability standards are proposed; provided further, that the department shall provide oral and written notification to all recipients of their childcare benefits at the time of application and on a semi-annual basis; provided further, that the notification shall include the full range of childcare options available, including center-based childcare, family-based childcare and in-home relative childcare; provided further, that the notification shall detail available childcare benefits for current and former recipients, including employment and training benefits and transitional benefits; provided further, that the notice shall also advise recipients of the availability of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits; provided further, that in promulgating, amending or rescinding its regulations relative to eligibility for, or levels of, benefits under the program, the department shall take into account the amounts available to it for expenditure from this item so as not to exceed this appropriation; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for cash and transportation benefits for newly employed transitional aid to families with dependent children clients for a period not to exceed 12 months to assist them with short-term self-sufficiency; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of transitional assistance shall calculate benefits provided under this item in the same manner as the previous fiscal year; provided further, that the department’s calculation of benefits shall not preclude the department from making eligibility or benefit changes that lead to an increase in eligibility or benefits; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the clerks of the house of representatives and senate 75 days before adopting eligibility or benefit changes; and provided further, that the report shall include the text of, basis and reasons for, the proposed changes.................... $201,580,967

4403-2007   For a nutritional benefit program for low-income workers; provided, that benefits shall be provided only to those for whom receiving these benefits will improve the work participation rate under the federal program of temporary assistance for needy families................................................. $300,000

4403-2008   For transportation benefits for supplemental nutrition assistance program recipients who are participating in the SNAP work program....................................................... $1,500,000

4403-2119   For the provision of structured settings as provided in subsection (i) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995, or any successor statute, for parents under the age of 20 who are receiving benefits under the transitional aid to families with dependent children program............................. $8,808,389

4405-2000   For the state supplement to the Supplemental Security Income program for the aged and disabled, including a program for emergency needs for Supplemental Security Income recipients; provided, that the expenses of special grant recipients residing in rest homes, as provided in section 7A of chapter 118A of the General Laws, may be paid from this item; provided further, that the department, in collaboration with the executive office of health and human services, may fund an optional supplemental living arrangement category under the federal Supplemental Security Income program that makes payments to persons living in assisted living residences certified under chapter 19D of the General Laws who meet the income and clinical eligibility criteria established by the department and the executive office; provided further, that the optional category of payments shall only be administered in conjunction with the Medicaid group adult foster care benefit; and provided further, that reimbursements to providers for services rendered in prior fiscal years may be expended from this item.............................. $220,466,788

4408-1000   For a program of cash assistance to certain residents of the commonwealth, entitled emergency aid to the elderly, disabled and children found by the department to be eligible for the aid under chapter 117A of the General Laws and regulations promulgated by the department and subject to the limitations of appropriation for such purpose; provided, that the recipient shall not be subject to sponsor income deeming or related restrictions; provided further, that in implementing the program for fiscal year 2019, the department shall include all eligibility categories permitted in this item at or above the payment standard in effect for the former general relief program in fiscal year 1991; provided further, that any person experiencing homelessness, who (a) has no established place of abode, or lives in a temporary emergency shelter, and (b) is otherwise eligible under the provisions of this item and said chapter 117A shall receive the same payment rate as recipients who incur shelter costs including, but not limited to, rent or a mortgage; provided further, that the department shall promulgate or revise any such rules and regulations necessary to implement this provision; provided further, that the department may provide benefits to persons age 65 or older who have applied for benefits under chapter 118A of the General Laws, to persons suffering from a medically-determinable impairment or combination of impairments which is expected to last for a period as determined by department regulations and which substantially reduces or eliminates such individuals’ capacity to support themselves and which has been verified by a competent authority, to certain persons caring for a disabled person, to otherwise eligible participants in the vocational rehabilitation program of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission and to dependent children who are ineligible for benefits under both chapter 118 of the General Laws and the separate program created by section 210 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1997 and parents or other caretakers of dependent children who are ineligible under said chapter 118 and under said separate program; provided further, that no person incarcerated in a correctional institution shall be eligible for benefits under the program; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the payment of expenses associated with any medical review team, other disability screening process or costs associated with verifying disability for this program; provided further, that the department shall adopt emergency regulations under chapter 30A of the General Laws to implement the changes to the program required by this item promptly and within the appropriation; provided further, that in implementing the program for fiscal year 2019, the department shall include all eligibility categories in this item at the payment standard in effect for the former general relief program in fiscal year 1991; provided further, that in promulgating, amending or rescinding its regulations with respect to eligibility or benefits, including the payment standard, medical benefits and any other benefits under this program, the department shall take into account the amount available to it for expenditure by this item so as not to exceed the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that the department may promulgate emergency regulations under said chapter 30A to implement these eligibility or benefit changes or both; provided further, that nothing in this item shall be construed to create any right accruing to recipients of the former general relief program; provided further, that reimbursements collected from the Social Security Administration on behalf of former clients of the emergency aid to the elderly, disabled and children program or unprocessed payments from the program that are returned to the department shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 75 days before adopting any eligibility or benefit changes, the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the clerks of the senate and house of representatives a detailed and comprehensive report setting forth the text of, basis and reasons for the proposed changes; provided further, that the report shall state exactly which components of the current benefit package will be altered and the department’s most accurate assessment of the effects of benefit or eligibility changes upon recipient families; and provided further, that the payment standard shall equal the payment standard in effect under the general relief program in fiscal year 1991............ $76,264,729

OFFICE OF HEALTH SERVICES.

Department of Public Health.

4510-0020   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $151,200 in retained revenues collected from fees charged by the food protection program for program costs of said program; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............... $151,200

4510-0025   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $893,590 for the MDPH-SEAL program, from retained revenues collected from MassHealth and other third-party reimbursements for preventive oral health procedures; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $893,590

4510-0040   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $73,734 from fees assessed under chapter 111N of the General Laws for the regulation of all pharmaceutical and medical device companies that market their products in the commonwealth; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system................ $73,734

4510-0100   For the administration and operation of the department of public health, including the personnel support of programmatic staff within the department, including the health statistics program, the operation of the registry of vital records and statistics and the cancer registry established under section 111B of chapter 111 of the General Laws................................... $17,650,781

4510-0110   For community health center services; provided, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended on a statewide program of technical assistance to said community health centers, which shall be provided by a state primary care association qualified under section 330A(f)(1) of the Public Health Service Act, as codified at 42 U.S.C. section 254c(f)(1); provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Manet Community Health Center, Incorporated for the further development of in-house, integrated behavioral health programs in Manet’s health center locations in the city of Quincy, the town of Hull and the city of Taunton; provided further, that the programs shall provide assessment, counseling and treatment for conditions and disorders relating to mental health, substance abuse and both mental health and substance abuse; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. for programs to increase access to health care for the medically underserved in the city of Haverhill; provided further, that such programs shall include the development of a full-service community health center in the city of Haverhill with collaborative, graduate degree-level programs to train advanced practice nurses by Regis College; provided further, that the expenditure of such funds shall be contingent on the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. providing a matching amount of not less than $250,000 in private funding; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Mattapan Integrative Care Partnership Pilot program among the Mattapan Community Health Center, Inc., Mattahunt Community Center, Mattapan Early Elementary School and the Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for the continuation of a comprehensive substance abuse and narcotic use reduction program at a federally qualified community health center located in South Boston; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended towards the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Health Center for the purpose of operations and maintenance of treating substance abuse; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the operation of the South Boston Community Health Center, Inc. and its youth ambassador program and South Boston leadership initiative $1,278,653

4510-0112   For the department of public health to conduct a postpartum depression pilot program at community health centers in the cities of Holyoke, Lynn, Worcester and the Jamaica Plain section of the City of Boston........................................... $200,000

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4510-0600   For an environmental and community health hazards program, including control of radiation and nuclear hazards, consumer products protection, food and drugs, lead poisoning prevention under chapter 482 of the acts of 1993, lead-based paint inspections in day care facilities, inspection of radiological facilities, licensing of x-ray technologists and the administration of the bureau of environmental health assessment under chapter 111F of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the Silent Spring Institute, Inc; and provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the testing and treatment of cyanobacteria and related contaminants in Monponsett Pond in the town of Halifax.............. $3,905,666

4510-0615   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $180,000 from assessments collected under section 5K of chapter 111 of the General Laws for services provided to monitor, survey and inspect nuclear power reactors; provided that the department may expend not more than $1,592,312 from fees collected from licensing and inspecting users of radioactive material within the commonwealth under licenses presently issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; provided further, that the retained revenues may be used for the costs of both programs, including the compensation of employees; provided further, that in fiscal year 2019 the department shall expend an amount not less than expended in fiscal year 2018 for the C-10 Research and Education Foundation, Inc. to provide radiological monitoring in the 6 communities of the commonwealth that are within the plume exposure emergency planning zone of Seabrook Nuclear Power plant; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............. $1,772,312

4510-0616   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,037,750 for a drug registration and monitoring program from retained revenues collected from fees charged to registered practitioners, including physicians, dentists, veterinarians, podiatrists and optometrists for controlled substance registration; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for the costs of personnel; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $1,037,750

4510-0710   For the operation of the division of health care safety and quality and the office of patient protection; provided, that services funded through this item shall include, but not be limited to: education, training, intervention, support, surveillance and evaluation; provided further, that funds shall be expended for the advancement of the prescription monitoring program and the maintenance and enhancement of prescription drug monitoring information exchange architecture to support interstate prescription drug monitoring data sharing; provided further, that the division shall be responsible for assuring quality of patient care provided by the commonwealth’s health care facilities and services and for protecting the health and safety of patients who receive care and services in nursing homes, rest homes, clinical laboratories, clinics, institutions for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and the mentally ill, hospitals and infirmaries, including the inspection of ambulance services; provided further, that investigators shall conduct investigations of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation; provided further, that all investigators in the division of health care quality responsible for the investigations shall receive training by the Medicaid fraud control unit in the office of the attorney general; provided further, that the department shall expend not less than $500,000 for the development and implementation of the Mobile Integrated Healthcare program; provided further, that funds shall be expended for the full registration of practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses authorized by the board of registration in nursing to practice in advanced practice nursing roles under section 7A of chapter 94C of the General Laws; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Fairview Hospital for a feasibility study for shared regional emergency medical services in southern Berkshire County.......................... $11,347,647

4510-0712   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $3,118,125 in retained revenues collected from the licensure of health facilities and fees for the program costs of the division of health care quality resulting from individuals applying for emergency medical technician licensure and recertification; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............. $3,118,125

4510-0721   For the operation and administration of the board of registration in nursing............................................... $670,216

4510-0722   For the operation and administration of the board of registration in pharmacy............................................ $1,118,929

4510-0723   For the operation and administration of the board of registration in medicine and the committee on acupuncture............. $152,775

4510-0724   For the board of registration in medicine, including the physician profiles program; provided, that the board may expend revenues not to exceed $300,503 from new revenues associated with increased license and renewal fees................................. $300,503

4510-0725   For the operation and administration of certain health boards of registration, including the boards of registration in dentistry, nursing home administrators, physician assistants, perfusionists, genetic counselors and respiratory therapists............ $357,953

4510-0790   For regional emergency medical services; provided, that the regional emergency medical services councils designated under 105 C.M.R. 170.101 and the central medical emergency direction centers that were in existence on January 1, 1992 shall remain the designated councils and central medical emergency direction centers.................................................. $807,000

4510-0810   For a statewide sexual assault nurse examiner program and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner program for the care of victims of sexual assault; provided, that not less than $900,000 shall be expended for the support of the statewide delivery system of children’s advocacy centers with funding administered by the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance, Inc.; and provided further, that the program shall operate under specific statewide protocols and by an on-call system of nurse examiners............ $5,144,520

4510-3008   For the Argeo Paul Cellucci Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Registry established in section 25A of chapter 111 of the General Laws $267,415

4510-3010   For a grant to the Down syndrome program at the Children’s Medical Center at the University of Massachusetts medical center based on the patient-centered medical home concept................ $150,000

4512-0103   For human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or HIV/AIDS, services, programs and related services for persons affected by the associated conditions of viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis; provided, that funding shall be provided proportionately to each of the demographic groups afflicted by HIV/AIDS and associated conditions; provided further, that in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the department of public health shall ensure that vendors delivering HIV/AIDS community testing and screening shall seek third-party reimbursement for these services; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended for disease research in fiscal year 2019 $30,834,416

4512-0106   For the department of public health, which may expend for the HIV Drug Assistance Program (HDAP) not more than $7,500,000 from revenues received from pharmaceutical manufacturers participating in the section 340B rebate program of the Public Health Service Act administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the office of pharmacy affairs; provided, that these services shall include activities eligible for coverage through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, with priority given to HDAP; provided further, that any excess rebate revenue collected beyond the ceiling of this appropriation shall be deposited in the General Fund; provided further, that services in an amount equivalent to the amount deposited in the General Fund shall be funded through item 4512-0103; and provided further, that the department of public health may make expenditures from the start of each fiscal year from this account in anticipation of receipt of rebate revenues from pharmaceutical manufacturers... $7,500,000

4512-0200   For the bureau of substance abuse services; including a program to reimburse driver alcohol education programs for services provided for court-adjudicated indigent clients; provided, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for a voluntary training and accreditation program for owners and operators of alcohol and drug-free housing under section 18A of chapter 17 of the General Laws; provided further, that the department of public health shall ensure that vendors providing methadone treatment shall seek third-party reimbursement for these services; provided further, that not less than $3,500,000 shall be expended for opening 5 new recovery centers that are not currently funded by the department of public health; provided further, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended to preserve and expand the programs currently funded by the Massachusetts Access to Recovery (MA-ATR) program; provided further, that not less than $1,180,000 shall be expended for the extended release naltrexone program under section 158 of chapter 46 of the acts of 2015; provided further, that the department of public health shall provide not less than $100,000 for a statewide program to improve training for the care of newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome at hospital-based facilities that care for mothers and newborns, including the 10 level III neonatal intensive care units; provided further, that under section 236 of chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in section 1 of chapter 332 of the acts of 2016, the department shall enhance data sharing capabilities and collaborate across agencies to ensure coordination of services for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome;  provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for supportive case management services;provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended to increase the number of residential rehabilitation services with priority given to families, youth, transitional age youth and young adults; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended on substance abuse programming for recovery centers;  provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the Opioid Task Force in the town of Natick; provided further, not less than $500,000 shall be expended on substance abuse treatment for victims of commercial sexual exploitation; provided further, that said treatment shall utilize a medical model and include trauma-informed services with intensive peer support; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on the South Middlesex Council’s opioid crisis response program; and provided further, that in order to support and strengthen public access to substance abuse services in the commonwealth, funds shall be expended to maintain programming, including but not limited to, the following: (a) centralized intake capacity service, pursuant to section 18 of chapter 17 of the General Laws; (b) the number and type of facilities that provide treatment; and (c) detoxification and clinical stabilization service beds in the public system $141,863,457

General Fund....................... 78.31%

Marijuana Regulation Fund.......... 21.69%

4512-0201   For substance abuse step-down recovery services, known as level B beds and services, and other critical recovery services with severely reduced capacity; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class........................ $4,908,180

4512-0202   For jail diversion programs primarily for non-violent offenders with opioid or opiate addiction, to be procured by the department of public health; provided, that each program shall have not less than 60 beds and shall provide clinical assessment services to the respective courts, inpatient treatment for not more than 90 days and ongoing case management services for not more than 1 year; provided further, that individuals may be diverted to this or other programs by a district attorney in conjunction with the commissioner of probation if: (a) there is reason to believe that the individual being diverted suffers from an addiction to opiate, opiate or another substance use disorder; and (b) the diversion of the individual is clinically appropriate and consistent with established clinical and public safety criteria; provided further, that programs shall be established in separate counties in locations deemed suitable by the department of public health; provided further, that the department of public health shall coordinate operations with the sheriffs, the district attorneys, the commissioner of probation and the department of correction; and provided further, that not more than $500,000 shall be used to support the ongoing treatment needs of clients after 90 days for which there is no other payer...................... $5,000,000

4512-0203   For family intervention and care management services programs, a young adult treatment program and early intervention services for individuals who are dependent on or addicted to alcohol, controlled substances or both.......................... $1,440,450

4512-0204   For the purchase, administration and training of first-responder and bystander naloxone distribution programs; provided, that funds shall be expended to maintain funding for first responder naloxone grants and bystander distribution in communities with high incidence of overdose; provided further, that the commissioner of public health may transfer funds between this item and item 4512-0200 as necessary under an allocation plan which shall detail the distribution of the funds to be transferred; provided further, that the commissioner shall file said allocation plan with the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before any such transfer; provided further, that the department of public health shall submit a report not later than October 5, 2018 to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (a) the communities included in the program expansion; (b) the number of participants for each community; and (c) the amount of naloxone purchased and distributed, delineated by community; and provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be provided for the county of Barnstable for the purchase of naloxone through the municipal naloxone bulk purchase program $1,020,000

4512-0205   For grants and contracts with substance use programs to provide comprehensive prevention, intervention and recovery services; provided, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the substance use peer recovery program in the town of Ashland; provided further, that $75,000 shall be expended for the Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention Program; provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended for the T.H.R.I.V.E. Substance Abuse Prevention Program; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Holliston School Substance Abuse Prevention program; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for the post-naloxone treatment program in the town of Holliston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Natick Service Council for Veterans substance abuse prevention; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Serenity House, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Drug Story Theater, Inc.’s program for substance use prevention, treatment and education; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation, Inc., for increased access to office-based opioid treatment services in the city of Everett; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for a federally-qualified community health center with a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week emergency department licensed as a satellite unit under 105 CMR 1304; provided further, that not less than $155,000 shall be expended to the South Boston Collaborative Center, Inc., for substance abuse programming; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Lynnfield to hire a coordinator for a new substance abuse committee; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Empowering Mothers for Positive Outcomes with Early Referral Program at Baystate Medical Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Champion Plan, Inc. in the city of Brockton; provided further, that not less than $54,000 shall be expended for The Improbable Players, Inc., to provide school-based programs on substance use prevention; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Charlestown Coalition; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for planning, initial staffing and startup costs at Saint Francis House, Inc., in the city of Boston for its substance use disorder outpatient clinic; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a substance use and detox program in the county of Dukes County administered through Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for Community Action for Safe Alternatives, CASA, in the town of Winthrop; provided further, that not less than $270,000 shall be expended in equal amounts for the following substance abuse coalitions and community partnerships: Avon Coalition for Every Student; Braintree Community Partnership on Substance Abuse; Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse; EB Hope, Inc., in the town of East Bridgewater; Easton Wings of Hope; Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; Randolph Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; Sharon Substance Prevention and Resource Commission; and Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton;  provided, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a contract with The Gavin Foundation, Inc. to provide a Total Immersion Program in conjunction with the Probation Departments of the South Boston division of district courts and other district courts, provided that The Gavin Foundation, Inc. shall be contracted to provide Total Immersion Programs stated herein; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Project RIGHT’s substance abuse/trauma prevention initiative in the Grove Hall area of Boston; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington for the Berkshire County Youth Development Project for youth intervention services; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the operation of the operation of The Dimock Center’s Behavioral Health continuum of substance use care to provide comprehensive treatment for individuals suffering from substance use disorder and other behavioral health challenges; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the operation and property improvements of Into Action Recovery; provided further that no less than $150,000 shall be expended to Harbor Health Services for a grant program to prevent and treat addiction to opioid and related substances; provided further, that no less than $150,000 shall be expended to the town of Braintree for Braintree's Community Partnership on Substance Abuse; provided, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for Self Esteem Boston’s direct service and provider training programs; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the New Beginnings program that targets youth at risk and in recovery in collaboration with school districts; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for Office-Based Addiction/Opioid Treatment, a program of the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center; provided further that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield for a grant program to prevent and treat opioid addiction and related substance abuse; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Milford Police Department and the Juvenile Advocacy Group to maintain a regional substance abuse outreach and intervention program in the Greater Milford area; provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended for the City of Revere’s Substance Use Disorder Initiatives; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended on the Leominster Police Department Substance Abuse Task Force & Outreach Program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended on substance abuse programming for Plymouth Recovery Center, not yet contracted with the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to fund substance misuse and mental health treatment in Nantucket County administered by the town of Nantucket; provided further that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Cory’s Cause for the purpose of funding substance abuse prevention and treatment programs in the City of Taunton; provided further; that no less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition, for grants and contracts with substance abuse programs to provide comprehensive prevention, intervention and recovery services; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Merrimack Valley Prevention and Substance Abuse Project toward resources, community outreach and programs in Methuen, Lawrence, Haverhill and North Andover; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be allocated to The Psychological Center in Lawrence toward the Women’s View program; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the purpose of seeking sustained recovery for adults fighting addiction for the Pelican Intervention Fund located in the City of Newburyport; provided further, that no less than $10,000 be expended on substance abuse and addiction awareness and education efforts at the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse; provided further, that no less than $10,000 be expended on substance abuse and addiction awareness and education efforts at the Woburn Coalition Against Substance Abuse; and provided further that, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item of appropriation........................ $3,784,000

4512-0225   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,500,000 for a compulsive gamblers’ treatment program from unclaimed prize money held in the State Lottery Fund for more than 1 year from the date of the drawing when the unclaimed prize money was won and from the proceeds of a multi-jurisdictional lottery game under subsection (e) of section 24A of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided, that the comptroller shall transfer the amount to the General Fund; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $1,500,000

Governor reduced the following item and objected to the following wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4512-0500   For dental health services; provided, that not less than $1,595,525 shall be expended for the comprehensive dental program for adults with developmental disabilities; and provided further, that $300,000 shall be expended for the Forsyth Institute’s Center for Children’s Oral Health to expand the ForsythKids program focused on children and adolescents and to study the emerging association between oral health status and academic performance $2,025,016

4513-1000   For the provision of family health services; provided, that funds shall be expended for comprehensive family planning services, including HIV counseling and testing, community-based health education and outreach services provided by comprehensive family planning agencies; provided further, that funds may be expended for the program’s critical congenital heart defects screening activities; and provided further, that funds may be expended for the birth defects monitoring program................... $6,300,000

4513-1002   For women, infants and children, or WIC, nutrition services in addition to funds received under the federal nutrition program; provided, that funds from this item shall supplement federal funds to enable federally-eligible women, infants and children to be served through the WIC program........................ $11,869,725

4513-1012   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $28,400,000 from retained revenues received from federal cost-containment initiatives including, but not limited to, infant formula rebates; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............ $28,400,000

4513-1020   For the early intervention program; provided, that the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the total number of units of service purchased and the total expenditures for the units of service paid by the department, the executive office of health and human services and third party payers for early intervention services for the following service categories: home visit, center-based individual, child-focused group, parent-focused group and screening and assessment; provided further, that the department shall make all reasonable efforts to secure third party and Medicaid reimbursements for the services funded in this item; provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended to provide respite services to families of children enrolled in early intervention programs who have complex care requirements, multiple disabilities and extensive medical and health needs; provided further, that priority shall be given to low- and moderate-income families; provided further, that the department shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report on the number of families served by the program and the amount of funds appropriated in this item granted to qualified families not later than January 7, 2019; provided further, that no claim for reimbursement made on behalf of an uninsured person shall be paid from this item until the program receives notice of a denial of eligibility for the MassHealth program from the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that MassHealth shall cover the costs incurred for the transportation of MassHealth members who participate in the early intervention program; provided further, that nothing in this item shall give rise to, or shall be construed as giving rise to, enforceable legal rights to any such services or an enforceable entitlement to the early intervention services funded in this item; provided further, that the department shall provide written notification to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 90 days before any change to its current eligibility criteria; provided further, that no eligibility changes shall be made before January 1, 2019; provided further, that such funds may be used to pay for current and prior year claims; provided further, that the department shall provide services to eligible children through 1 service delivery model and shall not determine eligibility for services based on family insurance status; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2019, the department shall submit to the executive office for administration and finance and to the house and senate committees on ways and means a status update on the early intervention state assigned student identifier pilot program; and provided further, that the update shall include a cost estimate for expanding the pilot to additional sites in fiscal year 2020............................................. $29,300,167

4513-1023   For the universal newborn hearing screening program; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for the notification of and follow through with affected families, primary care providers and early intervention programs upon the department's receipt of data indicative of potential hearing disorders in newborns..................................... $81,543

4513-1026   For the provision of statewide and community-based suicide prevention, intervention, post-intervention and surveillance activities and the implementation of a statewide suicide prevention plan; provided, that funds shall be expended for a program to address elder suicide behavior and attempts with the geriatric mental health services program within the department of elder affairs; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a program to address adolescent suicide behavior and suicide attempts in collaboration with the department of mental health; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the United Way of Tri-County’s Call 2 Talk program; provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended to The Samaritans of Fall River/New Bedford, Inc.; provided further that not less than $30,000 shall be provided for the town of Medfield for public awareness and education on suicide prevention; andprovided further, that funds shall be expended for a veterans-in-crisis hotline to be used by veterans or concerned family members who seek counseling programs operated by the department of veterans’ services so that they may be directed towards the programs and services offered by their local or regional veterans’ office, to be staffed by counselors or outreach program personnel contracted by the department and trained in issues of mental health counseling and veterans’ services................................. $4,490,788

4513-1027   For The Samaritans Inc.; provided, that funds shall be used for suicide prevention services.............................. $400,000

4513-1098   For the provision of statewide support services for the survivors of homicide victims, including outreach services, burial assistance, grief counseling and other support services; provided, that funds shall be expended as grants in the aggregate amount of not less than $200,000 to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Corporation, a community-based support organization dedicated to serving families and communities impacted by violence; and provided further, that the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute shall establish and administer a process to distribute not more than $100,000 to the Massachusetts Survivors of Homicide Victims Network organizations throughout the commonwealth in the form of grants................................................... $200,000

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4513-1111   For the promotion of health and disease prevention including, but not limited to, the following programs: (a) breast cancer prevention; (b) diabetes screening and outreach; (c) ovarian cancer screening; (d) hepatitis C prevention and management; (e) multiple sclerosis screening, information, education and treatment programs and the Multiple Sclerosis Home Living Independently Navigating Key Services program administered by the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; (f) colorectal cancer prevention; (g) prostate cancer screening, education and treatment with a particular focus on men with African-American, Hispanic or Latino heritage, family history of the disease and other men at high risk; (h) osteoporosis education; and (i) maintenance of the statewide lupus database; provided further, that funding shall be expended for Mass in Motion community grants in an amount not less than expended in fiscal year 2018, contingent upon receipt of matching federal prevention block grant funds;provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, $100,000 shall be appropriated to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth for the operation of its Cranberry Health Research Center; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for macular degeneration research into prevention and treatment at The Schepens Eye Research Institute, Inc; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to The Magical Moon Foundation, Inc., in the town of Marshfield to support services that empower children and families faced with cancer diagnoses;  provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for education and support of patients diagnosed with phenylketonuria, PKU, or related disorders and their families through a grant to the New England Connection for PKU and Allied Disorders, Inc; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Community Servings for the purposes of providing medically tailored meals to persons battling chronic illnesses, workforce training programs to those recovering from addiction and opportunities for expanded services and locations; provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended for the Cancer Connection in the city of Northampton to provide programs and support for men, women and children living with a cancer diagnosis; and provided further that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a grant to a statewide Alzheimer's disease advocacy and education organization for a public awareness and education campaign as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention............................................. $4,059,369

Governor reduced the following item and objected to the following wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4513-1121   For a statewide STOP stroke program; provided, that funds shall be expended for stroke treatment and ongoing prevention services; provided further, that the department of public health shall expend not less than $200,000 to provide educational programming as part of the F.A.S.T. campaign on the signs and symptoms of stroke and stroke warning signs with a focus on communities that have the highest incidence of stroke, which shall not be used for personnel costs; provided further, that the department of public health shall provide quality improvement measures that align with the stroke consensus metrics by utilizing a nationally recognized data set platform, and expand the statewide registry that compiles information and statistics on stroke care using confidentiality standards not less secure than a nationally recognized data set platform, known as the stroke registry data platform; provided further, that the department shall expend not less than $200,000 to require all primary stroke service hospitals and emergency medical services agencies to report data consistent with nationally-recognized guidelines on the treatment of individuals with confirmed stroke in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to oversee the operation and administration of designated primary stroke service hospital programs, established by 105 CMR 130.1400; and provided further, that such funds shall be used to collect and analyze data from designated primary stroke service hospitals in the commonwealth and for the salary of a full-time surveyor who shall be primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with primary stroke service designation criteria..................................... $500,000

4513-1130   For domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and survivor services, including: (a) intimate partner abuse education, formerly the batterers’ intervention services; (b) services for immigrants and refugees; (c) rape crisis center survivor services and prevention; and (d) intervention services and crisis housing for sexual violence and intimate partner violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning communities; provided, that funds shall be expended for rape prevention and victim services, including the statewide Spanish language hotline, community-based domestic violence response, emergency and transitional residential services for sexual and domestic violence victims and their children and supervised visitation and trauma services for children who witness violence and targeted services for department of children and families involved families; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended as a grant to the New Bedford Women’s Center, Inc., in the city of New Bedford for school-based domestic violence prevention programs for adolescents and young adults in the greater New Bedford area; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Katie Brown Educational Program, Inc. for a pilot instructional initiative, the Train the Trainer program, to train educators and increase the number of Southeastern Massachusetts students who acquire invaluable knowledge about the prevention of relationship violence; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended equally to the 17 rape crisis center regions in addition to the amounts received under the fiscal year 2018 contract with the department of public health for the purpose of hiring additional advocates to meet services needs as identified by each rape crisis center; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended to the general community-based domestic violence programs in addition to the amounts received under the fiscal year 2018 contract with the department of public health for the purpose of hiring additional advocates to meet service needs as identified by said programs;  provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended on the Leominster Police Department domestic violence liaison position; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the purpose of providing resources for domestic violence investigations for the police department in the town of Salisbury; and provided further, that the department of public health shall ensure that there shall not be a disruption in survivor services and violence prevention activities or a negative impact on program functioning during fiscal year 2019. $37,321,882

4513-1131   For a competitive grant program in public schools from grades 5 through 12 that will promote healthy relationships and address teen dating violence; provided, that the department of elementary and secondary education shall develop a 3 year grant program for 10 schools on anti-teen dating violence programming for implementation for the school year beginning in 2018; provided further, that the grant program shall be for schools in which the majority of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch; and provided further, that at least 1 grantee shall be a school located in a municipality with a population of 25,000 or less.... $150,000

4516-0263   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,137,094 in retained revenues from blood lead testing fees collected from insurers and individuals for the purpose of conducting such tests; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $1,137,094

4516-1000   For the operation of the bureau of infectious disease and laboratory sciences, including the division of sexually transmitted disease prevention and the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory; provided, that funds shall be expended for an eastern encephalitis testing program and for tuberculosis testing and treatment services; provided further, that the department of public health shall ensure that vendors delivering tuberculosis clinical services and treatment shall seek third-party reimbursement for these services; and provided further, that no funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative, space or energy expenses of the department not directly related to personnel or programs funded in this item $12,332,648

4516-1005   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,000,000 generated by fees collected from providers or insurers for sexually-transmitted infections testing performed at the State Public Health Laboratory; provided, that collected retained revenues may be used to supplement the costs of said laboratory; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $1,000,000

4516-1010   For state matching funds required by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, Public Law 109-417................... $1,509,345

4516-1022   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $279,678 generated by fees collected from insurers for tuberculosis tests performed at the State Public Health Laboratory; provided, that collected retained revenues may be used to supplement the costs of said laboratory; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system........................................ $279,678

4516-1039   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $200,000 in retained revenues collected from application fees collected under section 25C of chapter 111 of the General Laws to support the operations of the determination of need program and health care facility plan review within the department of public health; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; and provided further, that any unexpended funds in this item shall not revert but shall be made available until June 30, 2020.................... $200,000

4518-0200   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $625,213 generated by fees collected from the following services provided at the registry of vital records and statistics, including amendments of vital records and requests for vital records not issued in person at said registry, requests for heirloom certificates and research requests performed by registry staff at said registry; provided, that collected retained revenues may be used for all program costs, including the compensation of employees; provided further, that the registrar of vital records and statistics shall exempt from payment of a fee any person requesting a verification of birth to establish eligibility for Medicaid; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $625,213

4530-9000   For teenage pregnancy prevention services; provided, that applications for such funds shall be administered through the department of public health upon receipt and approval of coordinated community service plans to be evaluated under the guidelines issued by the department; provided further, that portions of the grants may be used for state agency purchases of designated services identified by said community service plans; provided further, that funding shall be expended on those communities with the highest teen birth rates according to an annual statistical estimate conducted by the department; provided further, that funds shall be expended on programming directed at children under the care of the department of children and families who are at highrisk for teenage pregnancy; and provided further, that the department shall collaborate with the department of children and families on said programming.............. $3,000,000

4580-1000   For the operation of the universal immunization program; provided, that all costs related to childhood vaccines shall be paid for through the Vaccine Purchase Trust Fund established under section 24N of chapter 111 of the General Laws................. $2,276,169

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

4590-0250   For school health services and school-based health centers in public and nonpublic schools; provided, that services shall include, but not be limited to: (a) strengthening the infrastructure of school health services in the areas of personnel and policy development, programming and interdisciplinary collaboration; (b) developing linkages between school health services programs and community health providers; (c) incorporating health education programs, including tobacco prevention and cessation activities, in school curricula and in the provision of school-based health services; and (d) incorporating obesity prevention programs, including nutrition and wellness programs, in school curricula to address the nutrition and lifestyle habits needed for healthy development; provided further, that funds shall be expended for school nurses and school-based health center programs; provided further that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to enhance the commonwealth's capacity to support the development of school-based Bridge programs for youths who have had prolonged absences due to hospitalization for physical or mental health care;  provided further, that funds may be expended to address the recommendations of the permanent commission on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth established in section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws for the reduction of health disparities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts model of community coalition; provided further, that no less than $100,000 shall be expended for the purpose of establishing and supporting a school-based health center at Malden High School in the city of Malden; provided further that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Methuen High School toward the Students Against Destructive Decisions substance abuse program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Inc., in the city of North Adams; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to open 5 new school-based health centers; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the North Quabbin Community Coalition in the town of Athol........................ $12,840,955

4590-0300   For smoking prevention and cessation programs.......... $4,218,872

4590-0912   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $23,060,382 from reimbursements collected for Western Massachusetts Hospital services, subject to the approval of the commissioner of public health; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Western Massachusetts Hospital shall be eligible to receive and retain full payment under the medical assistance program administered by the executive office of health and human services under chapter 118E of the General Laws for all goods and services provided by the hospital under federal requirements; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $23,060,382

4590-0913   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $507,937 for payments received for those services provided by the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital to inmates of houses of correction; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............... $507,937

4590-0915   For the maintenance and operation of Tewksbury Hospital, Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and the hospital bureau, including the state office of pharmacy services; provided, that reimbursements received for medical services provided at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital to inmates of houses of correction not managed by private health care vendors shall be credited to item 4590-0903 of section 2B; provided further, that Tewksbury Hospital shall maintain the same number of beds in fiscal year 2019 as was maintained in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children shall maintain not less than 120 beds for clients in its inpatient setting to the extent feasible within the appropriation; and provided further that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children Summer Program..................................................... $158,254,041

4590-0917   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $4,552,181 from payments received from the vendor managing health services for state correctional facilities for inmate medical services provided by the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital; provided, that the payments may include capitation payments, fee for service payments, advance payments and other compensation arrangements established by contract between the vendor and the hospital; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $4,552,181

4590-0918   For the state office of pharmacy services, which may expend not more than $26,959,206 from retained revenues collected from vendors providing health care services to the department of correction; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............ $26,959,206

4590-0924   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,860,436 from reimbursements collected by Tewksbury Hospital based on a revenue enhancement project to obtain Medicaid coverage for patients whose services are not currently being reimbursed; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............. $1,860,436

4590-0925   For the costs of a prostate cancer awareness, education and research program focusing on men with African-American, Hispanic or Latino heritage, family history of the disease and other men at high risk; provided, that the department of public health shall oversee and manage said program and shall grant funds from this item to a non-profit foundation that shall leverage existing partnerships with other state-funded nonprofit research organizations and current and past federally, state and privately funded prostate cancer programs aimed at saving lives, improving quality of life and reducing health care costs........... $800,000

4590-1503   For the pediatric palliative care program established in section 24K of chapter 111 of the General Laws................. $3,816,053

4590-1506   For a competitive grant program to be administered by the department of public health to support the establishment of a comprehensive youth violence prevention program; provided, that eligibility shall be determined by the criteria set forth in item 4590-1506 of section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008; provided further, that no grants shall be awarded to law enforcement agencies; and provided further, that funds shall be considered 1-time and grants shall not annualize in fiscal year 2020 $2,000,000

4590-1507   For matching grants to the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc., the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAS, Inc., the YWCA organizations, non-profit community centers and teen empowerment and youth development programs; provided, that not less than $103,151 shall be expended for the renovation of the Fitchburg YMCA; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Crossroads for Kids, Inc., of the city of Boston and the town of Duxbury for their summer and year-round out-of-school program serving at-risk youth; provided, that the department shall award not less than $450,000 to the YWCA organizations, which shall be distributed equally between the Alliance of YWCA’s member organizations; provided further, that the department shall award not less than $1,400,000 to the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs, Inc. which shall be distributed between the alliance’s member organizations; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the South Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended  to the Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.; provided further, that the department of public health shall award not less than $900,000 for competitively procured grants to youth at-risk programs utilizing an evidence-based positive youth development model, including programs that serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth; provided further, that the department of public health shall award not less than $1,700,000 to the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc., which shall be distributed equally between its member organizations; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Mentor 2.0 program; and provided further, that not less than $20,000 be expended for the Lawrence Sueños Basketball Summer League to support the recreational, social, and health benefits the league provides to low-income youth in the City of Lawrence............... $4,978,151

4590-2001   For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $3,626,167 of payments received for services provided by Tewksbury Hospital to clients of the department of developmental services, including for the provision of behavioral health services and the continuation of short-term medical rehabilitation for clients of the department of developmental services; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system...................................... $3,626,167

4590-2010   For the department of elder affairs which shall contract with the University of Massachusetts medical school to conduct a study on opioid use in the commonwealth specifically related to the impact opioid use has had and may continue to have on grandparents and other relatives raising related children; provided further, that the study shall investigate and report on, among other topics: (i) the number of individuals in the commonwealth raising related children of relatives; (ii) the number of individuals in the commonwealth raising grandchildren because 1 or both parents are addicted to an opioid drug; (iii) resources available to provide services to both the grandparent or other relative and to the children; and (iv) whether such services are coordinated in a manner that is beneficial to the grandparents and other relatives.......................................................... $50,000

OFFICE OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES.

Department of Children and Families.

4800-0015   For central and area office administration and service coordination; provided, that the associated expenses of employees whose AA and DD object class costs are paid from item 4800-1100 shall be paid from this item; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the compensation of unit 8 employees; provided further, that the department shall not place a child or adolescent referred by, or discharged from, the care of the department of mental health until the department of mental health forwards an assessment and recommendation as to whether the child or adolescent may be appropriately placed in foster care or if, due to severe emotional disturbance, such child or adolescent is more appropriate for congregate care placement; provided further, that the department, in consultation with the department of mental health, shall assist the department of mental health in making such assessments and recommendations; provided further, that if placement of a child with someone other than a parent becomes necessary, the department shall place the highest priority on identifying a family resource within the child’s kinship or family circle and shall provide services and support to partner with the family resource in meeting the child’s needs; provided further, that unless otherwise authorized, all funds including federal reimbursements received by the department shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that the department and the department of early education and care shall provide standards for early education and care placements made through the supportive childcare program; provided further, that the department of children and families, in collaboration with the department of early education and care, shall maintain a centralized list detailing the number of children eligible for supportive childcare services, the number of supportive slots filled and the number of supportive slots available; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department shall not reduce recoupment amounts recommended by the state auditor; provided further, that there shall not be a waiting list for the services; provided further, that all children eligible for services under item 3000-3060 shall receive those services; provided further, that the department shall maintain a timely, independent and fair administrative hearing system; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities on December 28, 2018 and March 29, 2019 on: (a) the fair hearing requests filed in fiscal year 2019, using non-identifying information: to state, for each hearing request; (i) the subject matter of the appeal; (ii) the number of days between the hearing request and the first day of the hearing; (iii) the number of days between the first day of the hearing and the hearing officer’s decision; (iv) the number of days between the hearing officer’s decision and the agency’s final decision; (v) the number of days of continuance granted at the appellant’s request; (vi) the number of days of continuance granted at the request of the department of children and families or the hearing officer’s request, specifying which party made the request; and (vii) whether the department’s decision that was the subject of the appeal was affirmed or reversed; and (b) the fair hearing requests filed before fiscal year 2019, which are pending for more than 180 days, stating the number of those cases, how many of those cases have been heard but not decided and how many have been decided by the hearing officer but not yet issued as a final agency decision; provided further, that the department shall maintain and make available to the public, during regular business hours, a record of its fair hearings, with identifying information removed, including for each hearing request: the date of the request, the date of the hearing decision, the decision rendered by the hearing officer and the final decision rendered upon the commissioner’s review; provided further, that the department shall make redacted copies of fair hearing decisions available within 30 days of a written request; provided further, that the department shall not make available any information in violation of federal privacy regulations; provided further, that not later than February 28, 2019 the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the chairs of the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the number of medical and psychiatric personnel and their level of training currently employed by or under contract with the department; (b) the number of foster care reviews conducted by the department and the average length of time in which each review is completed; (c) the number of social workers and supervisors who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work; (d) the total number of social workers and the total number of social workers holding licensure, by level; (e) the number of the department’s contracts reviewed by the state auditor and the number of corrective action plans issued; and (f) the number of corrective action plans entered into by the department; provided further, that the department shall, on the first business day of each quarter, file a report with the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities on the caseload of the department; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the caseloads of residential placements, congregate care, foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, guardianship, 51A reports, substantiated 51A reports, the number of children who die in the care and custody of the department, the number of children currently eligible for supportive childcare, the number of children presently receiving supportive childcare and the number of medical and psychiatric consultation requests made by the department’s social workers; (b) the number of approved foster care placements; (c) the number of children in psychiatric hospitals and community-based acute treatment programs who remain hospitalized beyond their medically-necessary stay while awaiting placement and the number of days each case remains in placement beyond that which is medically-necessary; (d) the number of children under the department of children and families’ care and custody who are being served in medical or psychiatric care provided through other publicly-funded sources; (e) the number of children served by supervised visitation centers and the number of those children who are reunified with their families; (f) the total number of children served, their ages, the number of children served in each service plan, the number of children in out-of-home placements and the number of placements each child has had before receiving an out-of-home placement; (g) for each area office, the number of kinship guardianship subsidies provided in the quarters covered by the report and the number of kinship guardianship subsidies provided in that quarter for which federal reimbursement was received; (h) for each area office, the total spending on services other than case management services provided to families to keep a child with the child’s parents or reunifying the child with the child’s parents, spending by the type of service, including, but not limited to, the number of children and breakdown of spending for respite care, intensive in-home services, client financial assistance and flexible funding, community-based after-school social and recreation program services, family navigation services and parent aide services and the unduplicated number of families that receive the services; (i) for each area office, the total number of families residing in shelters paid for by the department, a list of where the families are sheltered, the total cost and average cost per family of those shelters and a description of how the department determines who qualifies or does not qualify for a shelter; (j) for each area office, the number of requests for voluntary services broken down by type of service requested, whether the request was approved or denied, the number of families that are denied voluntary services and receive a 51A report, the reasons for denying the service and what, if any, referrals were made for services by other agencies or entities; (k) the number of families receiving multiple 51A reports within a 10-month period, the number of cases reopened within 6 months of being closed and the number of children who return home and then re-enter an out-of-home placement within 6 months; (l) the number of children and families served by the family resource centers by area; and (m) the number of children within the care and custody of the department whose whereabouts are unknown; provided further, that not later than November 1, 2018, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities that details any changes to rules, regulations or guidelines established by the department in the previous fiscal year to carry out its duties under chapter 119 of the General Laws including, but not limited to: (a) criteria used to determine whether a child has been abused or neglected; (b) guidelines for removal of a child from the home; and (c) standards to determine what reasonable efforts are being made to keep a child in the home; provided further, that the department of children and families shall provide the caseload forecasting office with data on children receiving services and other pertinent data related to items 4800-0038 and 4800-0041 that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, that the report shall also contain the number of children and families served by the family resource centers by area and an evaluation of the services provided and their effectiveness; provided further, that to the extent feasible within existing appropriations, the department shall maintain existing services for the aging out population; provided further, that the commissioner may transfer funds from item 4800-1100 into item 4800-0015 for the purpose of maintaining appropriate staffing ratios under the memorandum of agreement between the commonwealth and the Alliance/Local 509, SEIU signed on March 25, 2013; provided further, that the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means 15 days in advance of any such transfer; provided further, that not more than 2 per cent of funds from line item 4800-1100 shall be transferred in fiscal year 2019; provided further, that the commissioner may transfer funds between items 4800-0030, 4800-0038, 4800-0040 and 4800-0041 for services only, and as necessary, under an allocation plan, which shall detail by object class, the distribution of the funds to be transferred; provided further, that transfers shall not be made for administrative costs; provided further, that the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 15 days in advance of any such transfer;  provided further, that not more than 5 per cent of any item shall be transferred in fiscal year 2019; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the runaway unit to help identify at-risk youth and provide preventative services and to implement a runaway recovery response policy...................................... $102,778,558

4800-0016   For the department of children and families, which may expend for the operation of the transitional employment program not more than $2,000,000 from retained revenues collected from various state, county and municipal government entities and state authorities for the costs related to the provision of services by the participants and the overhead costs and expenses incurred by the not-for-profit managing agent selected by the commissioner for administering the program; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of children and families may enter into a contract with Roca, Inc., a not-for-profit community-based agency, to manage the transitional employment program and to provide services to participants from the aging out population, parolees, probationers, youth service releasees or other community residents considered to have employment needs.................... $2,000,000

4800-0025   For foster care review services........................ $4,197,923

4800-0030   For the continuation of local and regional administration and coordination of services provided by lead agencies through purchase-of-service contracts, including flex services. $6,672,922

4800-0036   For a sexual abuse intervention network program to be administered in conjunction with the district attorneys............... $699,158

4800-0038   For guardianship, foster care, adoption, family preservation and kinship services provided by the department of children and families; provided, that services funded through this item shall include shelter services, substance use treatment, young parent programs, parent aides, education and counseling services, foster care, adoption and guardianship subsidies, tiered reimbursements used to promote the foster care placement of children with special medical and social needs, assessment of the appropriateness of adoption for children in the care of the department for more than 12 months, protective services provided by partnership agencies, targeted recruitment and retention of foster families, respite care services, post-adoption services and support services for foster, kinship and adoptive families and juvenile fire setter programs and services for people at risk of domestic violence, including payroll costs; provided further, that the department may contract with provider agencies for the coordination and management of services, including flex services; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Suffolk County Children’s Advocacy Center; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Tempo program at the Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to Scituate Community Christmas, Inc., to serve individuals, families and children living in the town of Scituate; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Dedham youth commission; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for youth violence prevention programs administered by Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service, Inc; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for The Treehouse Foundation, Inc. of the city of Easthampton to expand the intergenerational Treehouse Community model to the MetroWest region; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Fragile Beginnings program; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for Project NEST, Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy; provided further, that not less than $175,000 be expended for the Plymouth County Children’s Advocacy Center for child victims of sexual abuse and assault; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Friends of Children to operate the FOCUS: Foster Futures Pilot in the counties of Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden and Berkshire to serve young people who have aged out of the foster care system; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for capital needs, programming and operations at the Ella J. Baker house in the Dorchester section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than the amount appropriated in this item for each children’s advocacy center in fiscal year 2018 shall be expended again in fiscal year 2019; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended on the North Andover Youth Center; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for New England Community Services’ Mentoring Emerging Youth Adults program; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Italian Home for Children; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for a Teen Center in Milton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Rick’s Place of Wilbraham; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended on the Weymouth Teen Center............................. $298,821,577

4800-0040   For family preservation, reunification and service coordination; provided, that services shall include family support and stabilization services provided by the department..... $50,500,000

4800-0041   For congregate care services; provided, that funds may be expended from this item to provide community-based services, including in-home support and stabilization services, to children who would otherwise be placed in congregate settings; and provided further, that the department shall oversee area review teams that shall evaluate the feasibility of maintaining the child in the community in this manner whenever possible before recommending placement in a congregate care setting............................ $285,762,918

4800-0058   For the support of a foster care campaign to recruit new foster parents; provided, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities not later than March 15, 2019 detailing, but not be limited to: (a) the number of new foster care parents as a result of the foster care campaign; and (b) the methods in which the department is recruiting foster care parents............................................. $750,000

4800-0091   For the department of children and families, which may expend not more than $2,681,234 in federal reimbursements received under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 670 et. seq. during fiscal year 2019 to develop a training institute for professional development at the department of children and families; provided, that for the purposes of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, federal reimbursements received in excess of $2,681,234 shall be credited to the General Fund........................... $2,681,234

4800-0151   For a program to provide alternative overnight non-secure placements for status offenders and nonviolent delinquent youths up to 17 years of age to prevent the inappropriate use of juvenile cells in police stations for such offenders, in compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, Public Law 93-415, as amended; provided, that the programs that provide the alternative non-secure placements shall collaborate with the appropriate sheriff’s office to provide referrals of those offenders and delinquent youths to any programs within the sheriff’s office designed to positively influence youths or reduce juvenile crime........................................... $509,943

4800-0200   For the support and maintenance of family resource centers throughout the commonwealth; provided, that centers supported through this item shall be subject to the selection and reporting requirements of item 4000-0051; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Juvenile Court Mental Health Advocacy Project administered by Health Law Advocates to increase access to mental health treatment for at-risk children and adolescents involved in or diverted from juvenile courts $15,050,000

4800-1100   For the AA and DD object class costs of the department’s social workers; provided, that funds shall mitigate social worker caseloads in those area offices furthest above the statewide weighted caseload standard and towards achieving a social worker caseload ratio of 15 to 1 statewide; and provided further, that only employees of bargaining unit 8, as identified in the Massachusetts personnel administrative reporting and information system, shall be paid from this item................. $236,811,035

OFFICE OF HEALTH SERVICES.

Department of Mental Health.

5011-0100   For the operation of the department of mental health.. $27,917,805

5042-5000   For child and adolescent services, including the costs of psychiatric and related services provided to children and adolescents determined to be medically-ready for discharge from acute hospital units or mental health facilities and who are experiencing unnecessary delays in being discharged due to the lack of more appropriate settings; provided, that to fund said services, the commissioner of mental health may allocate funds from the amount appropriated in this item to other departments within the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that the department shall not refer or discharge a child or adolescent to the custody or care of the department of children and families until the department of mental health forwards its assessment and recommendation as to whether the child or adolescent is appropriate for foster care or, due to severe emotional disturbance, is more appropriate for group care; provided further, that the department shall expend not less than $3,875,000 for the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project, or MCPAP; provided further, that not less than $675,000 of that sum shall be expended for MCPAP for mothers statewide to address mental health concerns in pregnant and postpartum women and to expand support for pregnant and postpartum women by adding substance use disorder-specific education, training, consultation and care coordination to the project’s existing capacity; provided further, that amounts expended from this item for MCPAP that are related to services provided on behalf of commercially insured clients shall be assessed by the commissioner of mental health on surcharge payors, as defined in section 64 of chapter 118E of the General Laws, and shall be collected in a manner consistent with the department of mental health’s regulations; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2019, the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (a) an overview of MCPAP care coordination efforts; (b) the number of psychiatric consultations, face-to-face consultations and referrals made to specialists on behalf of children with behavioral health needs in fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019; and (c) recommendations to: (i) increase the number of specialists receiving referrals through MCPAP; and (ii) improve care coordination efforts to identify specialists available and accepting new child and adolescent patients, with priority to those who exhibit complex conditions and experience long wait lists for specialty psychiatry; provided further, that in order to strengthen public access to mental health services for children and adolescents not less than $1,950,000 shall be expended for: (a) increasing case management services for children and adolescents; (b) enhancing services for persons ages 16 to 24, inclusive; and (c) maximizing resources for consultation and training for child and family mental health through increased collaboration with day care centers, schools and community agencies;  provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 19, 2019 on: (i) the distribution of funds, delineated by initiative; (ii) the number of individuals served; (iii) the outcomes measured; and (iv) recommendations for expanding cost-effective and evidence-based early mental health identification and prevention programming for children and adolescents in fiscal year 2020 and fiscal year 2021; provided further, that not less than $10,500 shall be expended for the Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium in the city of Methuen; provided further, that not less than $160,000 shall be expended to the Arlington Youth Counseling Center; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended on YouthConnect to provide community-based mental health services to high-risk youth and their families residing in the East Boston community; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention’s training and workforce development; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended on the Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, Inc.; and provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended on the juvenile firesetter intervention and prevention program in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, the town of Athol, and the city of Holyoke $92,857,039

5046-0000   For adult mental health and support services; provided, that the department may allocate not more than $5,000,000 from item 5095-0015 to this item, as necessary, under allocation plans submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before any such transfer, for residential and day services for clients formerly receiving care at department facilities; provided, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on said distribution of funds per adult and child planning population and the types of services received in each region for fiscal year 2019, not later than February 1, 2019; provided further, that the department shall maintain in fiscal year 2019 the same amount of community-based placements in the previous 3 fiscal years; provided further, that in fiscal year 2019 the department shall expend on clubhouses not less than the amount expended on clubhouses in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that funds shall be expended at not less than the same level as the prior fiscal year for jail diversion programs in municipalities that provide equal matching funds from other public or private sources; provided further, that $3,000,000 shall be expended to expand the jail diversion program to include a crisis intervention team; provided further, that the department shall issue a report not later than December 14, 2018, to the house and senate committees on ways and means regarding the: (a) number of crisis intervention team and jail diversion efforts; (b) amount of funding per grant, delineated by city, town or provider; (c) potential savings achieved; (d) recommendations for expansion; and (e) outcomes measured; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended on the expansion of low threshold, safe haven housing for mentally ill men and women who have been chronically homeless and are currently living in emergency shelter or on the streets in Boston; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended on the International Institute of New England for culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services for immigrants and refugees who have experienced torture and trauma; provided further, that the department shall expend not less than $250,000 for the assisted outpatient treatment program at Eliot Community Human Services, Inc. to treat residents who suffer from serious and persistent mental illness and experience repeated interaction with law enforcement or have a high rate of recurring hospitalization due to said mental illness, either through a voluntary agreement with the resident or by court order mandating that the resident receive the treatment described in this program; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2019, the department, in conjunction with Eliot Community Human Services, Inc., shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the assisted outpatient treatment program which shall include baseline and current metrics related to clients served including, but not limited to: (a) behavioral and physical medical diagnosis; (b) status of activities of daily living, including food, shelter and employment; (c) psychiatric hospitalizations; (d) treatment history; and (e) insurance status; provided further, that the report shall include: (i) factors that proved successful in treating pilot participants, including practices used and type of staff functions necessary for success in treating pilot participants; (ii) identification of issues and practices that present barriers to successful treatment; (iii) cost analysis of treatment; (iv) plan for creating a sustainable program based on information from the analysis report; and (v) a proposal for a sustainable course of funding to implement the program; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for the community impact unit of the police department of the town of Barnstable in consultation with NAMI Cape Cod, Inc. and the county of Barnstable for a designated emergency site that shall provide shelter, address basic human needs and provide protective oversight and assistance for the high-risk chronically homeless population on Cape Cod; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the county of Barnstable to conduct a study of the Plymouth county outreach project and to determine the viability of replicating the project in the county of Barnstable; and provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for an elder behavioral health interagency service agreement between the department of mental health and the executive office of elder affairs for adult and community based behavioral health services for adults over the age of 60 $488,735,614

5046-2000   For homelessness services............................. $22,727,689

5046-4000   For the department of mental health, which may expend not more than $125,000 in retained revenues collected from occupancy fees charged to the tenants in the creative housing option in community environments, or CHOICE program under chapter 167 of the acts of 1987; provided, that all fees collected under said program shall be expended for the routine maintenance and repair of facilities in the CHOICE program.................................... $125,000

5047-0001   For emergency service programs and acute inpatient mental health care services; provided, that the department shall require a performance specification to be developed for safe aftercare options for adults upon release from acute inpatient mental health care services; and provided further, that the emergency service programs shall take all reasonable steps to identify and invoice the third-party insurer of all persons serviced by the programs $24,103,309

5055-0000   For forensic services provided by the department; provided, that not less than $3,500,000 shall be expended for juvenile court clinics............................................... $10,797,407

5095-0015   For the operation of hospital facilities and community-based mental health services; provided, that in order to comply with the decision in Olmstead v. L.C. ex rel. Zimring, 527 U.S. 581 (1999) and to enhance care for clients served by the department, the department shall discharge clients residing in the inpatient facilities to residential services in the community when the following criteria are met: (a) the client is deemed clinically suited for a more integrated setting; (b) the community residential service capacity and resources available are sufficient to provide each client with an equal or improved level of service; and (c) the cost to the commonwealth of serving the client in the community is less than or equal to the cost of serving the client in inpatient care; provided further, that any client transferred to another inpatient facility as the result of a facility closure shall receive a level of care that is equal to or greater than the care that had been received at the closed facility; provided further, that the department may allocate funds of not more than $5,000,000 from this item to item 5046-0000, as necessary, under allocation plans submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before any transfer for residential and day services for clients formerly receiving inpatient care at the centers and facilities; provided further, that the department shall maintain not less than 671 inpatient beds in its system in fiscal year 2019; provided further, that of said 671 beds, not less than 45 beds shall be continuing care inpatient beds on the campus of Taunton State Hospital; provided further, that within the existing appropriation, the department may operate more beds at Taunton State Hospital; provided further, that the department shall operate not less than 260 adult continuing care inpatient beds at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital; provided further, that the department shall not take action in fiscal year 2019 to reduce the number of state-operated continuing care inpatient beds or other state-operated programs at the Taunton state hospital campus or relocate administrative hospital services associated with the operation of the hospital off-campus; provided further, that the department shall not enter into new vendor-operated lease agreements or expand existing vendor-operated programs; provided further, that the department shall not enter into new interagency agreements or expand existing interagency agreements, programs or facilities until the department, in conjunction with the division of capital asset management and maintenance, develops a comprehensive long-term use master plan for the campus not later than March 2, 2019 with appropriate community input that is consistent with maintaining publicly-provided mental health services currently delivered on-campus at Taunton state hospital; provided further, that the plan shall include maintenance of existing affiliations with institutions of higher education and possible future relationships with those institutions and others to maintain the sustainability of Taunton state hospital; provided further, that the plan shall be consistent with maintenance of the Taunton state hospital campus as a publicly-run mental health facility and shall not prohibit the inclusion of behavioral health programs or publicly-run pilot programs to meet the needs of individuals with mental health diagnoses, behavioral health diagnoses and those dual-diagnosed on the campus as part of the comprehensive master plan; provided further, that the master plan shall be submitted to the executive office for administration and finance, the executive office of health and human services, the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the department may authorize, on the campus of Taunton state hospital, a behavioral health emergency department relief pilot program to accept medically-stable individuals with high acuity behavioral health and dual diagnoses from emergency departments in the Southeast region; provided further, that medically-stable patients presenting in an emergency department with a high acuity behavioral health condition or who have a dual diagnosis shall be transferred to the pilot program if another appropriate setting cannot be located within 4 hours of admission to the emergency department; provided further, that the pilot program shall care for patients either for 14 days following admission or until an appropriate placement is found that meets the patient’s needs, whichever is sooner; provided further, that the pilot program may be operated by the department and staffed by department registered nurses, psychiatrists and other staff as needed; provided further, that within the first 6 months following the authorization of the program by the department, in consultation with the department of public health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the Emergency Nurses Association shall establish a staffing plan and program protocols; provided further that for the purposes of the pilot program, Taunton state hospital may accept patients classified under section 12 of chapter 123 of the General Laws; provided further, that the pilot program may be authorized to operate for a period of up to 2 years, with a report to be filed by the department with the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery within 6 months of the projected conclusion date of the program; provided further, that any report shall evaluate the success of the program in decreasing emergency department overcrowding in the southeast region and the quality of care provided in the program; and provided further, that the report may be drafted by an independent entity, utilizing data from the department and the local hospitals in the southeast region.............. $208,230,158

5095-1016   For the department of mental health, which may expend not more than $500,000 in retained revenues collected from occupancy fees charged to the tenants of the state hospitals; provided, that all fees collected shall be expended to support the costs to sustain operations of the state hospital facilities; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system........................................ $500,000

Department of Developmental Services.

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

5911-1003   For the administration and operation of the department of developmental services; provided, that the department shall not charge user fees for transportation or community day services; provided further, that the department shall issue a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 22, 2019 detailing: (a) significant expense increases incurred by the department; (b) measures implemented by the department to reduce costs; and (c) improved outcomes in programs and services funded by the department; provided further, that the department shall not charge fees for eligibility determination for services provided by the department or for applications or requests for transfer of guardianship; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, Inc; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Massachusetts memorial medical center and the University of Massachusetts medical school based on the patient-centered medical home concept; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be allocated as mitigation amongst the cities and towns hosting a developmental center, referred to as a “state school” under chapter 19B of the General Laws....................... $69,038,505

5911-2000   For transportation costs associated with community-based day and work programs; provided, that the department shall provide transportation prioritized by need.................... $24,324,627

5920-2000   For vendor-operated, community-based residential adult services, including intensive individual supports; provided, that annualized funding shall be expended for turning 22 clients who began receiving the services in fiscal year 2018 under item 5920-5000 of section 2 of chapter 47 of the acts of 2017; provided further that the department shall report to the house and senate committees and ways and means not later than October 24, 2018 detailing the use of shared living services in the commonwealth, which shall include, but not be limited to the: (a) number of clients living in shared living placements, broken down by age and location; (b) average cost of shared living services; (c) number of clients living in a shared living placement with individuals they knew prior to the arrangement; (d) department’s oversight of the application and placement process; (e) safeguards in place for clients receiving these services; and (f) potential for growth of the program; provided further, that the commissioner of developmental services may transfer funds from this item to item 5920-2010, as necessary, under an allocation plan which shall detail, by object class, the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which shall be filed with the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before any such transfer; and provided further, that not more than $5,000,000 shall be transferred from this item in fiscal year 2019 $1,192,178,088

5920-2010   For state-operated, community-based residential services for adults, including community-based health services.... $211,638,776

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4832.
The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

5920-2025   For community-based day and work programs and associated transportation costs for adults; provided, that the department shall provide transportation prioritized by need; provided further, that the department shall support individuals with disabilities who transitioned from employment services offered at sheltered workshops to community-based employment as part of the commonwealth’s employment first initiative; provided further, that any public-private partnerships with employers and non-profits shall encourage the highest level of independence among individuals with disabilities and provide options to maximize community involvement and participation; provided further, that not later than December 14, 2018, the department shall issue a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities detailing: (a) eligible individuals who transitioned to community-based employment in fiscal year 2018 and those projected for fiscal year 2019; and (b) the number and types of transitions funded by the pilot program since its inception, delineated by fiscal year; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the town of Natick to support Camp Arrowhead to provide recreational programs for individuals with disabilities; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended on the Opportunity Works for the Project SEARCH program.............................................. $210,704,791

5920-3000   For respite services and intensive family supports.... $65,014,863

5920-3010   For contracted support services for families with autistic children through the autism division at the department of developmental services; provided, that the department shall expend not less than $5,000,000 to provide services under the children’s autism spectrum disorder waiver under section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1396n(c); provided further, that this waiver shall include children with autism spectrum disorder ages 0 to 8, inclusive, including children with autism spectrum disorder ages 0 to 3, inclusive, receiving services through the department of public health’s early intervention program; provided further, that the department shall take all steps necessary to ensure that the waiver program is fully enrolled and eligible children with autism immediately begin to receive services under said waiver; provided further, that the department shall immediately file any waiver amendment necessary to comply with the requirements of this item with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on education and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities on the number of contracted support services provided for families with autistic children under this item and the costs associated with such services not later than January 9, 2019; provided further, that such report shall include, but not be limited to, the services provided by the children’s autism spectrum disorder waiver, with information regarding the number of children enrolled in the waiver and receiving services, linguistic and cultural diversity, age, gender and geographic representation of the applicants and the children enrolled in the program and department plans to continue to assess the demand for waiver services, any executive office of health and human services plans to expand the waiver for children on the autism spectrum of all ages in the future and any other information determined relevant by the department; and provided further, that the department shall submit copies of amended waivers to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on education and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities upon submission of the amendment $6,974,349

5920-3020   For the implementation of chapter 226 of the acts of 2014, including services and supports for individuals with a developmental disability attributable to autism spectrum disorder, Smith-Magenis syndrome or Prader-Willi syndrome; provided, that the department shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the number of individuals eligible for services; (b) the number of eligible individuals served; (c) the type of services provided and cost per service; and (d) the cost per individual; and provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the commission on autism established undersaid  chapter 226.......... $18,083,764

5920-3025   For funding to support initiatives to address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities who are aging including, but not limited to, individuals with Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, through the identification of best practices for services for affected individuals, including: (a) medical care coordination models that address conditions common to individuals with developmental disabilities who are aging; (b) training for direct care and other staff in the identification of dementia or other age-related conditions; and (c) the collection of data regarding the effectiveness of the initiatives included in this item; provided, that not later than March 1, 2019, the department shall report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the status of these initiatives including, but not limited to: (i) the number of participants served by each initiative; (ii) the participant outcomes, including impacts on the physical and cognitive health of participants; (iii) the cost of each initiative and the cost per participant; (iv) the implementation plans for these initiatives in fiscal years 2020 and 2021; and (v) recommendations for enhancing the care of individuals with developmental disabilities who are aging; and provided further, that n