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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2024 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

This document is still being worked on to include the Governor's actions and any subsequent legislative action.

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately make appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023, 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, 2024. 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 and 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 other 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, 2024 are necessary and sufficient to provide the means to defray the appropriations and expenditures from such funds for said fiscal year 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 such receipts with the projected receipts set forth in this section, and include a full statement comparing such actual and projected receipts in the annual report for said 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.

 

Revenue Source

 

All Budgeted Funds

 

General Fund

 

Commonwealth Transportation Fund

 

Other Major Funds

 

Other Funds

Alcoholic Beverages

$99.6

$99.6

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Banks

$15.6

$15.6

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Cigarettes

$293.7

$293.7

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Corporations

$4,527.6

$4,527.6

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Deeds

$452.7

$452.7

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Fair Share Income Surtax

$1,000.0

$1,000.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Income

$22,637.3

$22,637.3

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Inheritance and Estate

$882.7

$882.7

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Insurance

$672.4

$645.1

$0.0

$0.0

$27.3

Marijuana Excise

$167.3

$0.0

$0.0

$167.3

$0.0

Motor Fuel

$718.2

$0.0

$717.3

$0.0

$0.0

Public Utilities

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Room Occupancy

$243.6

$243. 6

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Sales - Regular

$6,882.1

$4,544.6

$0.0

$0.0

$2,337.4

Sales - Meals

$1,533.5

$1,533.5

$835.1

$0.0

$0.0

Sales - Motor Vehicles

$1,264.7

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

$429.5

Miscellaneous

$19.3

$19.3

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Fiscal Year 2024 Base Tax Revenue Estimate

$41,410.4

$36,895.4

$1,552.4

$167.3

$2,795.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statutory Tax Transfers

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Contribution to the State Pension System

-$4,104.6

-$4,104.6

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Sales Tax Transfer to the MBTA

-$1,463.5

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

-$1,463.5

Sales Tax Transfer to the MSBA

-$1,303.5

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

-$1,303.5

UI Surcharge to the Workforce Training Trust Fund

-$27.3

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

-$27.3

 

-$1,000.0

-$1,000.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Excess Capital Gains to the Stabilization Fund

-$525.0

-$525.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Excess Capital Gains to the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund

-$29.2

-$29.2

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Excess Capital Gains to the Pension Liability Fund

-$29.2

-$29.2

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Total Statutory Tax Transfers

-$8,482.2

-$5,688.0

$0.0

$0.0

-$2,794.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Fiscal Year 2024 Consensus Tax Revenue Available for Budget

$32,928.2

$31,207.5

$1,552.4

$167.3

$0.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax Initiatives and Other Tax Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Tax-Related Settlements & Judgments

$50.0

$50.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Federal Income Tax Conformity

-$580.0

-$580.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Total Tax Initiatives and Other Tax Revenue

-$530.0

-$530.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Taxes for Budget

$32,398.2

$30,677.5

$1,552.4

$167.3

$0.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Tax Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Reimbursements

$13,735.3

$13,726.7

$0.0

$0.0

$8.6

Departmental Revenues

$6,127.5

$5,166. 4

$710.6

$58.8

$191.7

Consolidated Transfers

$4,290.0

$2,467.1

$40.5

$209.4

$1,573.0

Total Non-Tax Revenue

$24,152.8

$21,360.3

$751.1

$268.2

$1,773.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal Year 2024 Grand Total

$56,551.0

$52,037.8

$2,303.5

$435.5

$1,774.2

*Includes revenue deposited into the Workforce Training Fund, Inland Fish and Game Fund, Gaming Local Aid Fund, and Stabilization Fund.

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 such receipts with projected receipts set forth in this section and to include a full statement comparing such receipts with projected receipts in the annual report for such 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 

 

Revenue Source

 

Federal Revenues

 

Departmental Revenues

 

Budgeted Transfers

 

Total Unrestricted

 

Total Restricted

Judiciary

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Judicial Court

$0

$2,341,110

$0

$2,341,110

$0

Committee for Public Counsel

$0

$3,525,000

$0

$3,525,000

$0

Appeals Court

$0

$279,234

$0

$279,234

$0

Trial Court

$0

$58,142,056

$0

$58,142,056

$0

TOTAL

$0

$64,287,400

$0

$64,287,400

$0

District Attorneys

 

 

 

 

 

Middlesex District Attorney's Office

$0

$422

$0

$422

$0

Worcester District Attorney's Office

$0

$1,500

$0

$1,500

$0

Plymouth District Attorney's Office

$0

$2,000

$0

$2,000

$0

TOTAL

$0

$3,922

$0

$3,922

$0

Secretary of the Commonwealth

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary of the Commonwealth

$0

$285,645,040

$0

$285,630,040

$15,000

TOTAL

$0

$285,645,040

$0

$285,630,040

$15,000

Treasurer and Receiver General

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Treasurer

$0

$749,570,906

$398,860,209

$1,098,081,115

$50,350,000

Massachusetts Cultural Council

$0

$20,000

$0

$20,000

$0

State Lottery Commission

$0

$31,250

$1,216,408,020

$1,216,439,270

$0

TOTAL

$0

$749,622,156

$1,615,268,229

$2,314,540,385

$50,350,000

Attorney General

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Attorney General

$4,426,908

$50,302,989

$0

$48,000,000

$6,729,897

TOTAL

$4,426,908

$50,302,989

$0

$48,000,000

$6,729,897

State Ethics Commission

 

 

 

 

 

State Ethics Commission

$0

$75,000

$0

$75,000

$0

TOTAL

$0

$75,000

$0

$75,000

$0

Inspector General

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Inspector General

$0

$1,175,000

$0

$0

$1,175,000

TOTAL

$0

$1,175,000

$0

$0

$1,175,000

Office of Campaign and Political Finance

 

 

 

 

 

Office of Campaign and Political Finance

$0

$56,000

$0

$56,000

$0

TOTAL

$0

$56,000

$0

$56,000

$0

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

$2,512,350

$410,500

$0

$12,850

$2,910,000

TOTAL

$2,512,350

$410,500

$0

$12,850

$2,910,000

Office of the State Comptroller

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the State Comptroller

$0

$5,836,717

$1,606,912,727

$1,612,749,444

$0

TOTAL

$0

$5,836,717

$1,606,912,727

$1,612,749,444

$0

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

$0

$0

$259,081,000

$259,081,000

$0

TOTAL

$0

$0

$259,081,000

$259,081,000

$0

Cannabis Control Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Cannabis Control Commission

$0

$28,796,525

$0

$28,796,525

$0

TOTAL

$0

$28,796,525

$0

$28,796,525

$0

Executive Office for Administration and Finance

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary of Administration and Finance

$0

$2,300,000

$280,000,000

$282,300,000

$0

Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance

$0

$4,532,573

$11,285,016

$4,532,573

$11,285,016

Civil Service Commission

$0

$12,500

$0

$12,500

$0

Group Insurance Commission

$0

$1,137,933,784

$396,832,360

$1,532,569,398

$2,196,746

Division of Administrative Law Appeals

$0

$70,000

$0

$0

$70,000

Department of Revenue

$56,184,754

$175,910,089

$0

$225,464,291

$6,630,552

Appellate Tax Board

$0

$1,793,398

$0

$1,393,398

$400,000

Human Resources Division

$0

$2,511,299

$0

$2,511,299

$0

Operational Services Division

$0

$25,642,585

$0

$10,299,877

$15,342,708

TOTAL

$56,184,754

$1,350,706,228

$688,117,376

$2,059,083,336

$35,925,022

Executive Office of Technology Services and Security

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Office of Technology Services and Security

$0

$2,733,931

$0

$0

$2,733,931

TOTAL

$0

$2,733,931

$0

$0

$2,733,931

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

$0

$4,955,500

$0

$4,385,500

$570,000

Department of Public Utilities

$0

$49,667,667

$0

$49,667,667

$0

Department of Environmental Protection

$0

$36,504,319

$0

$29,328,718

$7,175,601

Department of Fish and Game

$8,600,000

$13,372,639

$1,530,000

$22,959,650

$542,989

Department of Agricultural Resources

$0

$6,816,720

$0

$6,816,720

$0

Department of Conservation and Recreation

$0

$25,828,575

$0

$25,828,575

$0

Department of Energy Resources

$0

$14,989,873

$0

$14,989,873

$0

TOTAL

$8,600,000

$152,135,293

$1,530,000

$153,976,703

$8,288,590

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Veterans' Services

$0

$831,400

$0

$71,400

$760,000

Secretary of Health and Human Services

$10,999,631,125

$2,032,536,272

$20,500,000

$12,747,667,397

$305,000,000

Mass Commission for the Blind

$4,545,620

$7,500

$0

$4,553,120

$0

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

$7,834,928

$30,000

$0

$7,864,928

$0

Mass Commission for the Deaf

$206,317

$3,500

$0

$209,817

$0

Chelsea Soldiers' Home

$8,406,154

$2,094,707

$0

$9,900,861

$600,000

Holyoke Soldiers' Home

$5,342,034

$1,333,062

$0

$5,400,898

$1,274,198

Department of Youth Services

$7,193,063

$130,000

$0

$7,323,063

$0

Department of Transitional Assistance

$462,850,018

$978,185

$15,000,000

$478,828,203

$0

Department of Public Health

$174,400,159

$95,942,412

$1,000,000

$143,070,576

$128,271,995

Department of Children and Families

$282,748,357

$8,558,000

$700,000

$285,263,449

$6,742,908

Department of Mental Health

$127,020,846

$24,098,264

$20,000,000

$170,994,110

$125,000

Department of Developmental Services

$943,190,698

$4,053,108

$0

$947,243,806

$0

Department of Elder Affairs

$148,996,195

$1,296,300

$0

$150,292,495

$0

TOTAL

$13,172,365,514

$2,171,892,710

$57,200,000

$14,958,684,123

$442,774,101

Health Policy Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Health Policy Commission

$0

$11,016,810

$0

$11,016,810

$0

TOTAL

$0

$11,016,810

$0

$11,016,810

$0

Center for Health Information and Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

Center for Health Information and Analysis

$0

$39,041,178

$0

$39,041,178

$0

TOTAL

$0

$39,041,178

$0

$39,041,178

$0

Board of Library Commissioners

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Library Commissioners

$0

$3,750

$0

$3,750

$0

TOTAL

$0

$3,750

$0

$3,750

$0

Executive Office of Economic Development

 

 

 

 

 

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

$0

$2,160,000

$0

$1,490,000

$670,000

Division of Banks

$0

$42,065,570

$0

$39,015,570

$3,050,000

Division of Insurance

$0

$130,254,189

$0

$130,254,189

$0

Division of Professional Licensure

$0

$48,031,809

$0

$30,181,465

$17,850,344

Division of Standards

$0

$2,983,192

$0

$2,172,899

$810,293

Department of Telecommunications and Cable

$0

$5,259,949

$0

$5,259,949

$0

TOTAL

$0

$230,754,709

$0

$208,374,072

$22,380,637

Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities

 

 

 

 

 

Housing and Livable Communities

$0

$3,708,439

$0

$709,859

$2,998,580

TOTAL

$0

$3,708,439

$0

$709,859

$2,998,580

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

 

 

 

 

 

Labor and Workforce Development

$0

$1,838,818

$19,834,322

$21,237,373

$435,767

TOTAL

$0

$1,838,818

$19,834,322

$21,237,373

$435,767

Executive Office of Education

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Early Education and Care

$273,732,368

$395,944

$0

$273,808,312

$320,000

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

$0

$6,950,457

$0

$4,550,457

$2,400,000

Department of Higher Education

$0

$5,645,000

$0

$5,645,000

$0

University of Massachusetts

$0

$112,500,000

$0

$112,500,000

$0

Bridgewater State College

$0

$50,000

$0

$50,000

$0

Fitchburg State College

$0

$647,608

$0

$647,608

$0

Framingham State College

$0

$153,000

$0

$153,000

$0

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

$0

$180,000

$0

$180,000

$0

Salem State College

$0

$1,012,378

$0

$1,012,378

$0

Westfield State College

$0

$125,000

$0

$125,000

$0

Worcester State College

$0

$450,000

$0

$450,000

$0

Berkshire Community College

$0

$150,000

$0

$150,000

$0

Bristol Community College

$0

$410,000

$0

$410,000

$0

Cape Cod Community College

$0

$304,821

$0

$304,821

$0

Greenfield Community College

$0

$100,000

$0

$100,000

$0

Holyoke Community College

$0

$419,765

$0

$419,765

$0

Mass Bay Community College

$0

$326,150

$0

$326,150

$0

Massasoit Community College

$0

$610,000

$0

$610,000

$0

Middlesex Community College

$0

$228,219

$0

$228,219

$0

Mount Wachusett Community College

$0

$320,000

$0

$320,000

$0

Northern Essex Community College

$0

$263,155

$0

$263,155

$0

North Shore Community College

$0

$31,087

$0

$31,087

$0

Quinsigamond Community College

$0

$181,877

$0

$181,877

$0

Springfield Technical Community College

$0

$344,352

$0

$344,352

$0

Roxbury Community College

$0

$529,843

$0

$0

$529,843

Bunker Hill Community College

$0

$150,000

$0

$150,000

$0

TOTAL

$273,732,368

$132,478,656

$0

$402,961,181

$3,249,843

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

$0

$2,350,000

$0

$2,350,000

$0

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

$0

$7,781,937

$0

$1,008,108

$6,773,829

Criminal History Systems Board

$0

$16,819,541

$0

$12,819,541

$4,000,000

Department of State Police

$1,935,922

$89,783,000

$0

$2,763,000

$88,955,922

Municipal Police Training Council

$0

$3,301,000

$0

$501,000

$2,800,000

Department of Fire Services

$0

$51,431,498

$0

$49,123,088

$2,308,410

Military Division

$0

$1,900,000

$0

$0

$1,900,000

Emergency Management Agency

$201,000,000

$0

$0

$201,000,000

$0

Department of Corrections

$1,529,369

$8,825,100

$4,056,717

$211,186

$14,200,000

TOTAL

$204,465,291

$182,192,076

$4,056,717

$269,775,923

$120,938,161

Sheriffs

 

 

 

 

 

Hampden Sheriff's Office

$775,000

$3,681,252

$0

$825,000

$3,631,252

Worcester Sheriff's Office

$36,000

$4,000

$0

$40,000

$0

Middlesex Sheriff's Office

$20,000

$194,340

$0

$39,340

$175,000

Hampshire Sheriff's Office

$106,000

$10,800

$0

$116,800

$0

Berkshire Sheriff's Office

$4,000

$1,910,000

$0

$14,000

$1,900,000

Franklin Sheriff's Office

$62,350

$25,000

$0

$87,350

$0

Essex Sheriff's Office

$41,863

$1,851,938

$0

$43,801

$1,850,000

Barnstable Sheriff's Office

$0

$1,503,000

$0

$3,000

$1,500,000

Bristol Sheriff's Office

$60,000

$0

$0

$60,000

$0

Dukes Sheriff's Office

$0

$310,800

$0

$10,800

$300,000

Norfolk Sheriff's Office

$956,234

$215,430

$0

$956,234

$215,430

Plymouth Sheriff's Office

$11,000,000

$300,000

$0

$11,000,000

$300,000

Suffolk Sheriff's Office

$0

$2,000,000

$0

$200,000

$1,800,000

TOTAL

$13,061,447

$12,006,560

$0

$13,396,325

$11,671,682

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

$0

$650,810,574

$37,950,000

$688,760,574

$0

TOTAL

$0

$650,810,574

$37,950,000

$688,760,574

$0

Total Non-Tax Revenue

$13,735,348,632

$6,127,530,981

$4,289,950,371

$23,440,253,773

$712,576,211

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...................... $11,264,544

0320-0010        For the operation of the clerk’s office of the supreme judicial court for Suffolk county............................................... $2,320,382

0321-0001        For the operation of the commission on judicial conduct......................... $1,135,462

0321-0100        For the services of the board of bar examiners................................ $2,204,192

Committee for Public Counsel Services.

0321-1500        For the operation of the committee for public counsel services under chapter 211D of the General Laws; 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 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 not later than December 1, 2023, the committee shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, the expected surplus or deficiency of items 0321-1500, 0321-1510 and 0321-1520 for fiscal year 2024; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the committee shall submit an annual report to the house and senate committees on ways and means in a cumulative manner and which shall be compared with data from the current period to the previous 2 fiscal years; and provided further, that the report 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 reporting period, 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 2 fiscal years; and (xiii) a summary of all spending for psychologists, psychiatrists and investigators, including the total number of hours billed, the number of unique vendors and the average number of hours billed............................. $85,969,119

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 2024.................... $214,378,853

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 2024, prior appropriation continued.............................................. $30,165,014

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, 2024, the corporation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means using the most recent United States Census Bureau population data available that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number of persons assisted by the programs funded by the corporation in the prior fiscal year; (ii) any proposed expansion of legal services, delineated by type of service, target population and cost; and (iii) 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; 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.............................................. $49,000,000

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee.

0321-2000        For the operation of the mental health legal advisors committee and for certain programs for the indigent mentally ill established in section 34E of chapter 221 of the General Laws; provided, that funds shall be expended for the establishment of a satellite office in the western region of the commonwealth......................... $3,070,384

Prisoners’ Legal Services.

0321-2100        For the expenses of Prisoners’ Legal Services................................... $2,981,334

New England Innocence Project.

0321-2200        For the expenses of the New England Innocence Project, Inc. to support exonerees................................................. $250,000

Social Law Library.

0321-2205        For the expenses of the social law library located in Suffolk county.........................................................................  $2,960,287

Appeals Court.

0322-0100        For the appeals court, including the salaries, traveling allowances and expenses of the chief justice, recall justices and associate justices.................................. $15,406,986

Trial Court.

0330-0101        For the salaries of the justices of the 7 departments of the trial court... $87,148,436

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 for employees who are subject to a collective bargaining agreement, 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, 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 maintenance 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, Equity, Inclusion & Experience and to 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, Equity, Inclusion & Experience 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 shall recommend methods to remove such barriers to guarantee the provision of competent representation and inclusive practices in every courtroom in the commonwealth; provided further, that funds shall be expended for juvenile court investigators rates at an amount that at least maintains the rates established in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended to ensure the maintenance of an interactive text response system to remind litigants, including all criminal defendants in the district, Boston municipal and superior courts, of their court dates; provided further, that not less than $1,130,000 shall be expended to hire mental health clinicians; provided further, that said mental health clinicians shall be distributed to court facilities in a geographically equitable manner; 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: (i) the total amount ordered in fees and fines; (ii) the total amount dismissed in fees and fines; (iii) the total amount paid in fees and fines; and (iv) the total amount outstanding in fees and fines; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2024, the court administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means 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 has: (a) held the office or position for not less than 1 year; and (b) completed 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 not later than January 5, 2024, the report shall be submitted to the victim and witness assistance board; provided further, that not less than 15 days before 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 funds 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 transfer; and provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the community outreach clinics and pro bono activities of the University of Massachusetts School of Law to provide direct legal assistance in the area of tenants' rights.................................... $309,069,992

0330-0344        For the administration and transportation costs associated with a veterans court program...................................... $243,314

0330-0410        For the implementation of alternative dispute resolution programming; provided, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for online dispute resolution............ $1,332,273

0330-0441        For permanency mediation services in the probate and juvenile courts.......... $500,000

0330-0500        For the use of video teleconferencing 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 2024 as selected in fiscal year 2023 to: (i) monitor program fidelity and design; (ii) implement the model; and (iii) 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 at least the 10 court locations currently in operation; and provided further, that not later than March 15, 2024, the office of the commissioner of probation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, any relevant data on participants and outcomes......... $1,315,039

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 not later than April 1, 2024, 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 that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the amount of funds transferred to each specific agency or department for use in the specialty courts; (ii) the specific intent of the transfer in relation to specialty court operations; (iii) any additional services implemented by way of the transfer; and (iv) the amount of unspent funds from the transfer at the time of reporting............................... $7,455,505

0330-0612        For the administration of the Massachusetts Community Justice Project to serve individuals with mental health and substance use disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system; provided, that the trial court shall continue to fund a project coordinator to oversee coordination and administration and to provide financial oversight of the sequential intercept model; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, 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, the: (i) design of the sequential intercept model mappings; (ii) locations of workshops held to advocate for the model; (iii) number of cases in which the model has been utilized; (iv) impact of the model on rehabilitation and recidivism; and (v) cost savings associated with the model......................................... $199,490

0330-0613        For the implementation of the recommendations set forth by the Council of State Governments Justice Center - Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review including, but not limited to, the establishment of new programs and expansion of existing programs targeted at recidivism reduction; provided, that the trial court shall transfer funds to other commonwealth agencies and departments of the commonwealth as outlined in this item; provided further, that not less than 15 days before any such transfer, the trial court administrator shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that if no state agency or department is specifically designated to receive funds from this item, the trial court administrator shall distribute funding based on the recommendations of the Council of State Governments Justice Center - Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, each state agency or department receiving funds from this item shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing, as applicable, participation, completion and recidivism rates, delineated by gender; provided further, that the department of correction shall expend not less than $637,500 to expand recidivism reduction programming; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the department of correction shall submit a report to the executive office of public safety and security, the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on the judiciary on the types of recidivism reduction programs provided, participation, completion and recidivism rates for said recidivism reduction programming; provided further, that the report shall be delineated by gender and include descriptions of new programs offered to women as a result of these funds; provided further, that not less than $345,000 shall be expended on grants administered by the executive office of public safety and security to support the expansion of evidence-based cognitive behavioral programs in county houses of correction and jails; provided further, that the secretary of public safety and security shall award grants on a competitive basis and applicants shall provide a plan for ensuring that proposed programs shall be implemented with fidelity to a research-based, evidence-based or evidence-informed program design; provided further, that if there is no existing research or evidence supporting the proposed program, applicants shall describe in detail how the program will be evaluated with sufficient rigor to add to existing research; provided further, that the sheriffs’ offices that receive grant funds shall report participation, completion and recidivism rates annually to the executive office of public safety and security; provided further, that the report shall be delineated by gender and include descriptions of new programs offered to women as a result of these funds; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, copies of the report shall be provided to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on the judiciary; provided further, that not less than $130,000 shall be expended to develop and implement a program to improve collaboration between the department of correction and the parole board to reduce delays in the release of incarcerated persons approved for parole; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the department of correction and the parole board shall submit a joint report to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on the judiciary detailing the: (i) implementation process; (ii) number of incarcerated persons who experienced delayed release in fiscal year 2024 compared to prior fiscal years; and (iii) average length of delays in fiscal year 2024 compared to prior fiscal years; provided further, that not less than $130,000 shall be expended for: (a) evaluating the caseload of parole and probation officers; (b) hiring new officers accordingly; and (c) expanding programs and services at community corrections centers; provided further, that not less than $2,300,000 shall be expended for a transitional youth early intervention probation pilot program to be administered by the office of the commissioner of probation; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for the improvement of case management and data-tracking capacity in the office of the commissioner of probation; and provided further, that not less than $5,075,000 shall be expended in conjunction with the executive office of health and human services for the development and implementation of a behavioral health strategy, including statewide capacity to track the utilization of behavioral health care services and behavioral health outcomes for persons in the criminal justice system within the Medicaid management information system..................................... $8,662,500

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........................ $38,437,953

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............................ $85,955,959

Probate and Family Court Department.

0333-0002        For the operation of the probate and family court department; provided, that funds shall be expended for the expansion of the court, including the salaries of judges; and provided further, that not less than $848,014 shall be expended for the continuation of the case management triage plan.............................................. $43,883,650

Land Court Department.

0334-0001        For the operation of the land court department............................... $5,410,707

Boston Municipal Court Department.

0335-0001        For the operation of the Boston municipal court department.................... $16,497,805

Housing Court Department.

0336-0002        For the operation of the housing court department; provided, that funds shall be expended on court interpreter services.............................................. $13,413,174

Juvenile Court Department.

0337-0002        For the operation of the juvenile court department; provided, that not less than $430,000 shall be expended for the Worcester county court-appointed special advocates program for its court-appointed special advocates program in Worcester county; provided further, that not less than $136,000 shall be expended for the Franklin and Hampshire county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $180,000 shall be expended for the Hampden county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $167,000 shall be expended for the Essex county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $288,000 shall be expended  for the Boston court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Berkshire county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the Bristol county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts CASA Association; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a grant to One Can Help, Inc. for the purpose of providing assistance and resources for families in juvenile courts throughout the commonwealth....................... $25,123,168

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 under chapter 211D of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $2,236,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of an employment services division; provided further, that not less than $479,167 shall be expended for DNA testing; provided further, that not less than $450,000 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 $350,000 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 not later than November 1, 2023, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the status of the validated risk assessment tool; (ii) efforts to implement the risk assessment tool in the courts; (iii) further goals to expand the use of the risk assessment tool; and (iv) 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............................................ $181,795,423

0339-1003        For the office of community corrections and performance-based contracts for the operation of community corrections centers; provided, that not later than March 1, 2024, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the performance standards used to evaluate community corrections centers; (ii) a description of how each community corrections center compares based on performance and utilization data; (iii) the amount of each contract awarded to community corrections centers on a per-client-day basis; (iv) the standards for terminating contracts with underperforming community corrections centers; and (v) plans for increasing the use of community corrections centers by the courts, the department of correction and the county sheriffs’ offices; provided further, that the executive director of the office of community corrections may make funds available from this item for rehabilitative pilot programs that incorporate evidence-based corrections practices; provided further, that the office may provide re-entry services programs, which shall not operate as intermediate sanctions programs as defined in section 1 of chapter 211F of the General Laws, to any person released from incarceration including, but not limited to, any probationer or parolee; and provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for the Ralph Gants Reentry Services Program for the purpose of supporting reentry, including providing reentry services programs.............................................. $30,789,862

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 before arrest or arraignment through coordinated programs for prevention and intervention that serve youths and their families including, but not limited to: (i) connecting youths to mental health services; (ii) providing youth development activities and mentoring; (iii) promoting school safety, family home visits, juvenile diversion programs and restorative justice and mediation programs; and (iv) providing assistance for families and schools to navigate the legal system; provided, that eligible applicants may partner with nonprofit organizations to provide programs and services; provided further, that the office shall give preference to applications that: (a) clearly outline a comprehensive plan for municipalities to collaborate with law enforcement agencies, schools, community-based organizations and government agencies to address juvenile delinquency and young adult crime; (b) include written commitments of municipalities, law enforcement agencies, schools, community-based organizations and government agencies to collaborate; (c) make a written commitment to match grant funds with a 25 per cent matching grant provided by either municipal or private contributions; and (d) identify a local governmental unit to serve as the fiscal agent for the proposed programs and services; provided further, that administrative costs for approved grant applications shall not exceed 5 per cent of the value of the grant; and provided further, that not later than March 15, 2024, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (1) the number of grant applications received; (2) the number of grants approved; (3) the amount of funds issued to each grantee; and (4) details regarding each grantee, including geographic location, services offered, organizations with which the grantee collaborated, matching funds provided and the number of juveniles and young adults served........................................ $500,000

0339-1011        For 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 correctional facilities and state prisons, including incarcerated persons under the supervision of state prisons and county correctional facilities approved under sections 49 and 86F of chapter 127 of the General Laws and individuals on parole or on probation; provided, that no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item in the trial court; provided further, that said programs shall provide supervision and accountability as needed; provided further, that the funds shall be awarded through a competitive process to qualified nonprofit organizations with a documented history of providing comprehensive, evidence-based or evidence-informed 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, evidence-based or evidence-informed program design; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be spent on women and elderly persons returning from incarceration; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the city of Everett for a second chance program, administered by the city’s diversity, equity and inclusion department, to enable the city to establish programs to help Everett residents recently released from state or county facilities to re-establish themselves in the community by mitigating the greatest risks of recidivism; provided further, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be awarded to the parole board for sober and transitional housing for parolees; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the outcomes and recidivism rates of the participants............................. $15,711,078

Office of Jury Commissioner.

0339-2100        For the office of jury commissioner under chapter 234A of the General Laws............................................... $3,549,969

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 $68,000.............................................. $27,543,411

0340-0198        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.......................................... $427,011

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 $68,000.................................. $23,441,348

0340-0298        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Middlesex district attorney’s office.......................................... $632,730

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 $68,000.................................. $14,216,949

0340-0398        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Eastern district attorney’s office.......................................... $607,851

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 $68,000.................................. $15,388,378

0340-0498        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Worcester district attorney’s office.......................................... $513,803

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 $68,000.................................. $16,000,167

0340-0598        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Hampden district attorney’s office.......................................... $520,427

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 $68,000............................................... $9,482,052

0340-0698        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office........................... $365,622

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 $68,000.................................. $13,870,562

0340-0798        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Norfolk district attorney’s office.......................................... $523,480

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 $68,000.................................. $12,251,795

0340-0898        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Plymouth district attorney’s office.......................................... $526,343

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 $68,000.................................. $13,939,004

0340-0998        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Bristol district attorney’s office.......................................... $629,095

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 $68,000..................... $6,299,641

0340-1098        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office........................... $348,098

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 $68,000........ $5,820,614

0340-1198        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Berkshire district attorney’s office.......................................... $283,768

MASSACHUSETTS DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION.

0340-0203        For the implementation and administration of drug diversion programs for nonviolent young adult drug offenders; provided, that individuals using heroin or other opiate derivatives who are arrested for nonviolent crimes shall be eligible for such programs; 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 to administer a drug diversion program or an education program; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the Services Over Sentences program to address the ongoing public health and safety crisis at the intersection and surrounding area of Massachusetts avenue and Melnea Cass boulevard; 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;  shall not be denied access to the program based on the inability to pay; provided further, that not less than 60 days before the distribution of funds, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the amount to be given to each district attorney’s office; (ii) the methodology for the distribution; and (iii) 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............... $1,499,950

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: (i) the number of abuse cases that are referred to each district attorney’s office for further investigation; (ii) the number of said referrals resulting in the filing of criminal charges, delineated by type of charge; (iii) the number of cases referred to each district attorney's office that remain open as of the date for submission of the report; and (iv) the number of cases that resulted in a criminal prosecution and the disposition of each such prosecution; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2024, 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; provided further, that not later than January 12, 2024, 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; provided further, that the association shall provide said offices with an agreed-upon template for the report to be filled out; provided further, that said offices shall submit said report in a standard electronic format; provided further, that said template shall include, delineated by charge type: (a) the number of criminal cases initiated by arraignment in each department of the trial court; (b) the number of criminal cases disposed of in each department of the trial court; (c) the number of cases appealed to the appeals courts, or of the supreme judicial court, a single justice of the appeals court or supreme judicial court or any other appeals; (d) the number of cases reviewed but not charged; and (e) the number of cases under active management where the case includes charges for drug offenses under chapter 94C of the General Laws, motor vehicle offenses 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............................................... $2,515,826

0340-2117        For the retention of assistant district attorneys and non-attorney staff 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 the 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 $125,000 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: (i) the methodology used to determine the amount to be disbursed; (ii) the amount to be given to each district attorney’s office; (iii) the methodology for the distribution; and (iv) the number of assistant district attorneys and non-attorney staff 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............... $1,000,000

0340-8908        For the costs associated with maintaining the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association’s wide area network $3,323,237

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 items 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 2024. $6,173,602

0411-1020        For the operation of the office of climate innovation and resilience.............. $500,000

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

0511-0000        For the operation of the office of the secretary of the commonwealth; 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 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 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 and the records conservation board................... $8,076,253

0511-0001        For the secretary of the commonwealth, who may expend not more than $15,000 in revenues collected 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 not later than March 15, 2024, the secretary of the commonwealth shall submit a report to 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............................ $570,040

0511-0200        For the operation of the archives division; provided, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for preservation matching grants for municipalities and nonprofit 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............................ $870,213

0511-0230        For the operation of the records center.................................................... $65,469

0511-0250        For the operation of the archives facility.................................................. $832,581

0511-0260        For the operation of the commonwealth museum..................................... $273,350

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.................................. $1,000,001

0511-0420        For the operation of the address confidentiality program; provided, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a statewide domestic violence service provider grant program; provided further, that the grant program shall be administered by the secretary of the commonwealth through a competitive request for proposals; provided further, that such proposals shall support outreach activities to promote awareness of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; provided further, that entities eligible to apply shall be nonprofit organizations that provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and legally protected reproductive health and gender-affirming care service providers; provided further, that eligible outreach activities shall include: (i) location-specific social media or mobile advertising campaigns; (ii) workplace or classroom educational seminars or similar community-based programming; and (iii) the creation and distribution of digital training toolkits to promote awareness in workplace or extra-curricular settings; provided further, that information presented through those outreach activities shall include information on available services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, the nearest district attorney’s office and other relevant statewide services including, but not limited to, the: (a) address confidentiality program; (b) Massachusetts office for victim assistance; and (c) department of transitional assistance; provided further, that the secretary shall, to the maximum extent possible, ensure a geographically equitable disbursement of funds; provided further, that the secretary shall provide technical assistance to eligible entities in the application process; provided further, that the secretary shall develop reporting requirements for grant recipients; and provided further, that not later than December 16, 2024, the secretary shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (1) the efficacy of the grant program;  (2) key accomplishments of the awarded funds; and (3) the estimated impact of the awarded funds.......................................... $268,971

0517-0000        For the printing of public documents.................................................. $558,639

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; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for updated cameras and audio and visual equipment for the Wayland town meeting; and provided further, that the registration and education activities may be conducted by community-based voter registration and education organizations.............................................. $18,692,404

0521-0001        For the operation of the central voter registration computer system; provided, that not later than February 1, 2024, the secretary of the commonwealth shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing voter registration activity and a breakdown, by region, of active voters in the commonwealth.............................................. $11,414,907

0521-0002        For implementing early voting in the commonwealth under sections 6 and 7 of chapter 115 of the acts of 2020 and section 25B of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as determined through the collection and certification of accurate accounting by the state auditor and division of local mandates for distribution by the secretary of the commonwealth......................... $6,000,000

0524-0000        For providing information to voters $455,738

0526-0100        For the operation of the Massachusetts historical commission................ $1,067,051

0527-0100        For the operation of the ballot law commission................................... $10,384

0528-0100        For the operation of the records conservation board........................ $36,396

0540-0900        For the registry of deeds located in the city of Lawrence............................. $1,368,857

0540-1000        For the registry of deeds located in the city of Salem.................................. $3,105,080

0540-1100        For the registry of deeds located in the county of Franklin........................ $680,502

0540-1200        For the registry of deeds located in the county of Hampden................... $2,133,785

0540-1300        For the registry of deeds located in the county of Hampshire.................... $851,798

0540-1400        For the registry of deeds located in the city of Lowell.................................. $1,299,018

0540-1500        For the registry of deeds located in the city of Cambridge........................... $4,387,709

0540-1600        For the registry of deeds located in the town of Adams.................................... $454,448

0540-1700        For the registry of deeds located in the city of Pittsfield.................................. $614,599

0540-1800        For the registry of deeds located in the town of Great Barrington...................... $364,693

0540-1900        For the registry of deeds located in the county of Suffolk....................... $2,370,528

0540-2000        For the registry of deeds located in the city of Fitchburg................................. $790,699

0540-2100        For the registry of deeds located in the city of Worcester............................. $2,542,827

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............... $11,783,921

0610-0010        For the office of economic empowerment to promote and improve financial literacy;  provided, that funds from this item may be transferred to the Economic Empowerment Trust Fund established in section 35QQ of chapter 10 of the General Laws; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to the MIDAS Collaborative, Inc. as a fiscal intermediary for matched-savings programs, which help to close critical racial and other wealth gaps of low-to-moderate-income households, in partnership with financial institutions, community development corporations, community foundations and other community-based organizations $1,626,701

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 as may be necessary for the regulation and control of trafficking of alcoholic beverages; provided further, that the commission shall work and cooperate with the 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 trafficking of alcoholic beverages; and provided further, that the commission shall seek out matching federal funds and apply for federal grants that may be available to assist in the enforcement of laws pertaining to the trafficking of alcoholic beverages $5,081,903

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the United States Department of Justice funds, grants and other federal appropriations; provided, that the commission may expend revenues up to $350,000 collected from fees generated by the commission; 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 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.............. $350,000

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 the safe campus, safe holidays, safe prom and safe summer programs; provided, that funds from this item shall not support other operating costs of item 0610-0050............... $348,780

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 and section 11 of chapter 132 of the acts of 2009; provided, that the office of the state treasurer may expend not more than $300,000 for costs incurred in the administration of these payments; and provided further, that not later than September 1, 2023, the state treasurer shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the number of veterans applying for the payments, delineated by in-person and online applications; and (ii) how many payments were approved in the prior fiscal year......................................... $2,803,626

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 established in section 100A of chapter 32 of the General Laws; provided, that the office of the state treasurer 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.................................. $600,000

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............................................ $105,754,482

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, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, to the General Fund........................... $3,242,859

0640-0010        For the promotional activities associated with the state lottery program; provided, that not later than July 1, 2024, the state lottery commission shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing additional revenues generated as a result of promotional activities funded from this item; 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............................................... $5,000,000

0640-0096        For the commonwealth’s fiscal year 2024 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.............................. $497,310

Massachusetts Cultural Council.

0640-0300        For the services and operations of the Massachusetts cultural council, including grants to or contracts with public and nonpublic 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, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, 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 the council shall expend from any source an amount not less than 75 per cent of the amount of this item on grants and subsidies to further the achievement of the goals of the council’s 3-year strategic plan, including: (i) stewarding programmatic practices that advance equity, diversity and inclusion; (ii) advancing the creative and cultural sector through building partnerships, identifying recommendations and storytelling; and (iii) ensuring internal systems, structures and ways of working reflect the council’s values of creativity, public service and inclusion and advance the sector’s needs; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to the city of Leominster for repairs and upgrades to the Number 6 school house; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the city of Leominster for improvements and updates to the Frances Drake house; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the barn and other building renovations at the Forbes House Museum in Milton; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Franklin Performing Arts Company, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Inc. for revitalizing the performing arts in the greater Springfield area, specifically marketing, youth education and performance opportunities and targeted special events to increase diverse performances reflective of the multiethnic population; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Beyond Walls, Inc. for a public art installation project in Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the children’s space at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in the city of North Adams; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for improvements at Cogswell ArtSpace in Haverhill to convert the former Cogswell school into a community art center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Three Saints, Inc. in the city of Lawrence to support community services and promote Italian heritage; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for an artist community assistance program administered by the Allston Village Main Streets, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to Amplify POC Cape Cod, Inc. to hire staff for grant and long-term funding applications to promote economic power, increased ownership and wealth-building opportunities in communities of color; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the city known as the town of Barnstable to hire staff for the town’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Hudson for downtown wayfinding improvements; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival, through the cultural organizations of Lowell, to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the cultural life of the people of greater Lowell and beyond; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a grant to Fort Point Arts Community, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to  Boston Ballet; and provided further, that not later than February 1, 2024, the council shall submit its board-approved fiscal year 2024 spending plan to the office of the state treasurer, the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on tourism, arts and cultural development including, but not limited to, the amounts to be expended on: (a) grants and subsidies; (b) personnel; (c) leases and utilities; and (d) travel, delineated by in-state and board-approved out-of-state travel..................................... $25,895,000

Debt Service.

0699-0005        For the state treasurer, who may retain and expend not more than $50,000,000 in fiscal year 2024 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.................... $50,000,000

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............................................ $257,597,997

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 under 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, 2024 from this item to items 0699-9100, 0699-2005 and 0699-0014 or from said 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, 2024; 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 under 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 provision of this item or of any other general or special law to the contrary, 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 submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 10 days in advance of charging such payments.......................... $2,108,969,650

General Fund............................................ 52.12%
Commonwealth Transportation Fund........... 47.88%

0699-2005        For the payment of interest, discount and principal on certain indebtedness that may be incurred for financing the central artery/third harbor tunnel funding shortfall.............................................. $94,593,915

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 under sections 47 and 49B of chapter 29 of the General Laws and for the payment to the United States under 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 state 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, 2024 shall be charged to the various funds or to the General Fund or the Commonwealth Transportation Fund debt service reserves…............................. $13,681,484

OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR.

0710-0000        For the office of the state auditor, including the review and monitoring of privatization contracts under sections 52 to 55, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws.............................................. $19,227,332

0710-0100        For the operation of the division of local mandates.................................... $418,002

0710-0200        For the operation of the bureau of special investigations; provided, that the office of the state auditor shall submit quarterly reports to 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. $2,469,975

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 not later than March 1, 2024, the division shall submit a report 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...................................... $1,399,658

0710-0300        For costs related to the use of data analytic techniques to identify fraud by the bureau of special investigations................... $528,480

0710-0400        For the operation of an information technology audit unit within the office of the state auditor in order to conduct audits of high risk information technology related activities including, cybersecurity, data access, systems operations, data integrity and regulatory compliance........... $815,155

Police Reform Commission.

0800-0000        For the operation of the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission; provided, that not later than March 15, 2024, the commission shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the commission’s current caseload of the commission for fiscal year 2024; (ii) the number of complaints concerning police officer conduct received by the commission; (iii) patterns of unprofessional police conduct identified by the commission; and (iv) the number of police officers suspended by the commission and the reason for the suspension, prior appropriation continued………………………………………………………................................................. $8,500,000

0800-0001        For the operation of the commission on the status of African Americans.......... $150,000

0800-0002        For the operation of the commission on the status of Latinos and Latinas........ $150,000

0800-0003        For the operation of the commission on the status of persons with disabilities. $150,000

0800-0004        For the operation of the commission on the social status of Black men and boys........... $150,000

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

0810-0000        For the office of the attorney general, including the administration of the local consumer aid fund, established in section 11G of chapter 12 of the General Laws, 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 under chapters 258B and 258C of the General Laws; 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; provided further, that the report shall be submitted not later than January 12, 2024; and provided further, that funds shall be expended to support the services of the student loan ombudsman within the office who will serve as an independent mediator for student loan borrowers in the commonwealth....................... $36,526,667

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 under 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 under section 5 of chapter 258B of the General Laws. ………………$3,426,323

0810-0013        For the office of the attorney general, which may expend for a false claims program not more than $4,088,503 in revenues collected from enforcement of sections 5A to 5O, inclusive, of chapter 12 of the General Laws; 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 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............ $4,088,503

0810-0014        For the operation of the office of ratepayer advocacy 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 benefit 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 ratepayers in the commonwealth $2,910,218

0810-0016        For the office of the attorney general, which may expend not more than $618,200 from 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 acts enforced in this item, for the development and prosecution of claims for enforcement by the commonwealth of the federal Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq., the federal Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq., the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. 300f et seq., the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq., the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, 42 U.S.C 11001 et seq., the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq. and the federal Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. including, but not limited to, the investigation of such claims, personnel and litigation costs, the engagement of experts, the administration of studies or related activities and the enforcement of settlements; provided, that penalties payable to the commonwealth under the General Laws 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 notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of 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.................................................. $618,200

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; and 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............. $5,047,180

0810-0045        For the wage enforcement program; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a nonmanagement 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; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the operation and administration of a specialized prevailing wage and construction investigatory and enforcement unit within the wage enforcement program; provided further, that the unit shall consist of not less than 2 investigators assigned to eastern Massachusetts, 2 investigators assigned to central Massachusetts and 2 investigators assigned to western Massachusetts; provided further, that the specialized unit shall be supervised by at least 1 supervising investigator and 1 assistant attorney general in the wage enforcement program’s Boston office with significant experience investigating violations of the commonwealth’s prevailing wage and construction laws; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the specialized unit shall submit a report on its annual enforcement actions and violation trends within the construction industry to the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate…………………………………................................................ $6,335,964

0810-0061        For the funding of existing and future litigation devoted to obtaining significant recoveries for the commonwealth............................................... $3,246,480

0810-0098        For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the office of the attorney general; provided, that other costs associated with said officers shall not be funded from this item; and provided further, that no expenditures shall be made on or after the effective date of this item that would cause the commonwealth’s obligation under this item to exceed the amount appropriated in this item.................................. $779,625

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............................................... $1,829,912

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 in this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item...................................... $564,594

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 in 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.............. $371,216

0810-1204        For the costs of the division of gaming enforcement under 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............................................... $536,474

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 not later than February 1, 2024, the office of the attorney general shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the results of said program including, but not limited to, the effectiveness of investigations, opioid and trafficking settlements pursued and long-term plans for the program; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the New Bedford police department to support the greater New Bedford opioid task force; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the SAFE Coalition Incorporated to provide support, education, treatment options and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance use disorder in the city known as the town of Franklin............................................... $2,531,595

0810-1206        For the office of the attorney general, which may expend for a civil penalties revolving fund an amount not to exceed $2,023,194 from revenues collected from enforcement of civil law; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of 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............................................... $2,023,194

Victim and Witness Assistance Board.

0840-0100        For the operation of the victim and witness assistance board; provided, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the operation and administration of trainings and educational programming that advances the goals of the Massachusetts office for victim assistance................................ $1,426,262

0840-0101        For the salaries and administration of the SAFEPLAN advocacy program to be administered by the Massachusetts office for victim assistance; provided, that not later than February 1, 2024, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the effectiveness of contracting for the program including, but not limited to, the: (i) expansion of the program’s services to new courthouses throughout the commonwealth; (ii) number and types of incidents to which the advocates responded; (iii) types of services and service referrals provided by the domestic violence advocates; (iv) cost of providing such services; and (v) extent of coordination with other service providers and state agencies; and provided further, that SAFEPLAN services shall be maintained at not less than the levels provided in fiscal year 2023................................. $2,421,044

State ethics commission.

0900-0100        For the operation of the state ethics commission.............................. $3,485,031

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL.

0910-0200 For the operation of the office of the inspector general...................... $5,475,460

0910-0210 For the office of the inspector general, which may expend revenues collected not more than $1,175,000 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 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............ $1,175,000

0910-0220        For the operation of the bureau of program integrity established in section 16V of chapter 6A of the General Laws... $743,085

0910-0230        For the operation of the data analytics unit within the office of the inspector general................................................. $500,000 

0910-0300        For the operation of the internal special audit unit established in section 9 of chapter 6C of the General Laws........................ $844,932

0910-0330        For the operation of the division of state police oversight established in section 72 of chapter 22C of the General Laws. $437,250

OFFICE OF CAMPAIGN AND POLITICAL FINANCE.

0920-0300        For the operation of the office of campaign and political finance.................. $2,180,060

OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE.

0930-0100        For the operation of the office of the child advocate; provided, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended on efforts to ensure that transition-age youth who are aging out of the care or custody of the department of children and families or the department of youth services are well-prepared for and supported in their transition into adulthood; provided further, that such services shall include, but not be limited to, staff support through case management and the provision of direct housing services; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for Roca, Inc. to provide case management, trauma-informed supports and advocacy to mothers ages 14 through 24 and their children who are experiencing high levels of victimization, trauma, poverty and instability; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be used to ensure effective cross-agency coordination of early childhood and school-aged student wellness efforts  to address barriers to student academic success, health and safety, including, but not limited to, access to social services, mental health and behavioral health resources information sharing that ensures confidentiality, clear communication and addresses barriers to effective monitoring of students who are in the legal custody of the department of children and families, including coordination of mandated reporter responsibilities; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the office to review the current capacity of family resource centers including, but not limited to: (i) catchment area penetration; (ii) the programmatic activities and partnerships of each family resources center; (iii) statewide and regional analysis of the needs of families and children seeking the support of a family resource center; and (iv) family resource center service gaps across the commonwealth; provided further, that the review shall be conducted in collaboration with the Families and Children Requiring Assistance Advisory Board established in section 34 of chapter 240 of the acts of 2012 and the department of children and families; provided further, that the office shall engage with consumers and family resource centers during its review; provided further, that the department of children and families shall provide the office with direct access to any de-identified data, management reports, evaluation studies or other documents held by the department or by any external vendor the department contracts with that the office deems relevant to its review to aid the office in its efforts to collect or analyze data and information related to family resource centers, including contracted family resource center providers and the ForHealth Consulting division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School; provided further, that not later than April 15, 2024, the office shall submit a report to the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the joint committee on the judiciary and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the review including, but not limited to: (a) findings and recommendations regarding improvements for core services, key community partnerships and system navigation services; and (b) recommendations for closing access gaps to family resource centers; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the hospital-based, comprehensive child protection program at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center providing pediatric abuse injury care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including: (1) medical evaluation and diagnosis services in cases of pediatric sexual abuse, sexual assault, physical abuse and neglect; (2) timely health care evaluations and examinations for children entering foster care; and (3) trainings for medical, educational and social service professionals regarding physical and mental health issues for victims of abuse............................................... $6,077,671

0930-0101        For the operation of the state center on child wellbeing and trauma................ $3,750,000

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 5, 2024, the commission shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (i) 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; (ii) 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; (iii) number of new cases filed in fiscal year 2023; (iv) number of cases closed by the commission in fiscal year 2023; and (v) average duration of cases closed by the commission in fiscal year 2023, delineated by cases that reached the conciliation, pre-public hearing and post-public hearing stages; provided further, that funds made available in this item shall be in addition to funds available in items 0940-0101 and 0940-0103; and provided further, that all non-clerical positions shall be exempt from chapter 31 of the General Laws. $8,237,676

0940-0101        For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, which may expend not more than $1,100,000 in revenues collected from fees and federal reimbursements received for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s fair housing programs during fiscal year 2024 and for federal reimbursements received for this 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 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 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............ $1,100,000

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 further, 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 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 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

0940-0103        For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, which may expend not more than $1,400,000 in revenues from fees and federal reimbursements received in fiscal year 2024 and prior fiscal years for the purposes of United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission fair employment programs; 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 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 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............................................... $1,400,000

COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN.

0950-0000        For the commission on the status of women established in section 66 of chapter 3 of the General Laws.............................. $949,292

cOMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN.

0950-0030        For the commission on the status of grandparents raising grandchildren established in section 69 of chapter 3 of the General Laws.............................. $269,321

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 commonwealth’s anti-bullying law under section 37O of chapter 71 of the General Laws........................................ $1,100,000

Commission on the status of asian americans and pacific Islanders.

0950-0080        For the commission on the status of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders established in section 68 of chapter 3 of the General Laws.......................................... $582,753

OFFICE OF THE VETERAN ADVOCATE.

0960-1000        For the operation of the office of the veteran advocate..................................... $750,000

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 to mitigate the risk of fraud, waste and abuse of commonwealth resources; provided, that the comptroller shall submit quarterly reports to the executive office for administration and finance and 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 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.............................................. $10,352,191

Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

1050-0140        For payments to cities and towns under chapter 23K of the General Laws…................................................ $1,105,143

CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION.

1070-0840        For the operation of the cannabis control commission............................ $16,312,004

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

1070-0842        For the cannabis control commission’s oversight of the medical marijuana industry............................................... $3,451,738

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

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE.

Office of the Secretary.

1100-1100        For the office of the secretary of administration and finance; provided, that the secretary shall provide biannual reports, the first of which shall be submitted not later than January 31, 2024 and the second of which shall be submitted not later than May 31, 2024, to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the reports shall summarize existing and proposed collective bargaining agreements in an electronic format, which shall include for each agreement: (i) the session law for the previously agreed upon collective bargaining agreement; (ii) the current agreement status; (iii) the collective bargaining unit and unit number; (iv) the number of full-time equivalent employees subject to the agreement, by item; (v) a description of the membership of the unit; (vi) the total salary base of the most recent previous agreement; (vii) the start date and expiration date of the most recent agreement; (viii) the estimated total fiscal impact of the agreement compared to the previous agreement; (ix) the base salary increases required by the agreement, by effective time; and (x) the funding status of the agreement; provided further, that the reports shall detail, by bargaining unit, the costs to the commonwealth resulting from the collective bargaining agreements with various public employees’ unions, delineated by item; provided further, that the reports shall include, but not be limited to, the: (a) effective date of any new negotiations or renegotiations; (b) end date of the contract; (c) number of employees in the bargaining unit, by department; and (d) 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; provided further, that the executive office for administration and finance shall submit 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; and provided further, that not later than December 1, 2023, the executive office for administration and finance shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means evaluating the stress impacts of varying economic scenarios for the next 2 fiscal years including, but not limited to, the: (1) potential effects of economic changes on tax revenue collections; and (2) sufficiency of the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund established in section 2H of chapter 29 of the General Laws and other reserve balances in offsetting potential revenue declines............................................... $4,390,081

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....... $543,796

1100-1700        For the provision of information technology services within the executive office for administration and finance....... $31,792,447

1100-2200        For the state infrastructure implementation coordinator and the operation of the federal funds and infrastructure development office; provided, that the office shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on its activities including, but not limited to: (i) federal competitive funds awarded to the commonwealth; (ii) federal competitive funds being pursued; and (iii) the status of pending applications submitted for federal competitive funds..................... $1,997,515

1106-0064        For the caseload and economic forecasting office; provided, that the office shall forecast: (i) MassHealth enrollment by group and coverage type; (ii) participation in state-subsidized child care provided through items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060; (iii) participation in emergency assistance and housing programs provided through items 7004-0101, 7004-0102, 7004-0108 and 7004-9316; (iv) enrollment of active members and dependents in the group insurance commission; (v) recipients of direct benefits provided by the department of transitional assistance through items 4400-1004, 4403-2000, 4405-2000 and 4408-1000; (vi) participation in programs provided by the department of children and families through items 4800-0038 and 4800-0041; and (vii) other related economic forecasts; provided further, that not later than October 31, 2023, the office shall report its fiscal year 2023 actuals, fiscal year 2024 year-to-date actuals and forecasts and fiscal year 2025 forecasts to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that not later than March 15, 2024, the office shall submit updated forecasts to the executive office for administration and finance and to the house and senate committees on ways and means.................................................. $237,591

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance.

1102-3199        For the operation of the office of facilities management and maintenance, including the cost of utilities and associated contracts for properties managed by the division of capital asset management and maintenance.............................................. $31,027,267

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 $11,285,016 in revenues collected from rentals, commissions, fees and any other sources pertaining to the operations of said facilities; 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 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.............................................. $11,285,016

1102-3233        For the division of capital asset management and maintenance for the certification of contractors and subcontractors.... $892,298

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........ $147,008

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; provided further, that funds shall be expended for full-time maintenance coverage of elevators at the state house; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for personnel necessary to provide management of physical security technology at the state house…………………............... $4,500,000

1102-3400        For security operations at the bureau of the state house................................. $250,000

Office on Disability.

1107-2400        For the Massachusetts office on disability............................................... $1,096,312

DISABLED PERSONS PROTECTION COMMISSION.

1107-2501        For the operation of the disabled persons protection commission including, but not limited to, the costs of maintaining a computerized registry system of persons who have been substantiated for registrable abuse of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability; 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 submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means 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 the number of: (i) substantiated claims; (ii) unsubstantiated claims; and (iii) false claims reported as a result of intentional and malicious action; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024 the commission shall issue a brief update to its fiscal year 2023 report detailing staffing changes and planned staffing changes from fiscal year 2018 through fiscal year 2024, and analyzing the effect of those changes on operational efficiency and caseload reduction; provided further, that the commission shall detail a 2-year hiring plan based on the appropriation provided in this item, and identify any remaining staffing needs within the agency necessary to reduce or eliminate backlogs with an estimate of the cost of those needs; provided further, that said update shall be provided to the house and senate committees on ways and means and to the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities; 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.............................................. $11,139,781

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............................................... $1,059,905

Group Insurance Commission.

1108-5100        For the operation of the group insurance commission; provided, that on a monthly basis, the commission shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy requirements; provided further, that the commission shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) any proposed plan changes accompanied by a detailed rationale for such changes; (ii) a detailed delineation of any estimated deficiencies or reversions in the current fiscal year, detailed by item; and (iii) a projection of any funding changes for the following fiscal year, detailed by item; provided further, that not later than September 27, 2023 the first such report shall be submitted; 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............................................... $4,760,312

1108-5200        For the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premium and plan costs incurred in fiscal year 2024; provided, that funds may be expended from 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 2024 and any unexpended balance in this item shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2024; 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 appropriations; 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 active and retired state employees shall be the same as the standards in effect on July 1, 2012; provided further, that 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, the commission shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means; 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 not later than March 1, 2024, the commission shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (i) the average full cost premium equivalent per enrollee; (ii) the average actual cost per enrollee for enrollees from participating municipalities; (iii) the contribution ratios for each participating municipality for fiscal year 2024; (iv) the number of members in high deductible health plans; (v) the premium reimbursement paid by each municipality per active enrollee by plan; (vi) the average employee premium contribution by plan for each municipality; (vii) estimates for the total premium per active enrollee by plan for each municipality; (viii) the average employee out-of-pocket expenditure and premium contribution by salary level of employees; (ix) a comparison of the total premium estimate with the sum total of municipality reimbursement and average employee premium contribution; (x) the total amount spent on pharmaceutical drugs; and (xi) the cost of the commonwealth’s projected share of premiums for the next fiscal year......................................... $2,175,662,389

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 $2,196,746 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 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 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............................................... $2,196,746

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 item 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 group insurance commission for the benefits..... $10,792,776

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............................................... $1,649,298

1110-1002        For the division of administrative law appeals, which may expend not more than $70,000 in revenues from fees charged to appellants upon the filing of claims, for the operation of such services provided $70,000

George Fingold Library.

1120-4005        For the administration of the George Fingold Library..................................... $1,224,628

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 the general court with 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, beginning not earlier than December 1 and ending not later than November 30; 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; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the department’s tax expenditure commission established in section 14 of chapter 14 of the General Laws; and provided further, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended to organizations providing tax assistance services to individuals and families qualifying for the volunteer income tax assistance program, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, for the provision of such services................................. $90,396,417

1201-0122        For grants to qualified low-income taxpayer clinics established under section 13 of chapter 14 of the General Laws; provided, that not later than March 5, 2024, the department of revenue shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (i) number of grant applications; (ii) number of rejected applications; (iii) reasons for those rejections; (iv) estimated number of taxpayers served by each approved grant; (v) geographic location of the approved grant recipient clinic; and (vi) average size of approved grants.......................... $500,000

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: (i) locate 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; (ii) obtain the delinquent returns; and (iii) collect the delinquent taxes; 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 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 of revenue 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 not later than March 1, 2024, all such allocations shall be reported to the house and senate committees on ways and means upon the allocation of the funds; 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 not later than March 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to 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 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 for federal incentives and the network in items 1201-0165, 1201-0410 and 1201-0412.............................................. $41,499,059

1201-0164        For the child support enforcement division, which may expend not more than $6,630,552 from the federal reimbursements awarded for personnel and lower subsidiary-related expenditures; 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 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............ $6,630,552

1201-0400        For the operation of the multi-agency illegal tobacco task force established under section 40 of chapter 64C of the General Laws............................................... $1,053,990

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

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor disapproved of the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

1231-1000        For the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund, established under section 2Z of chapter 29 of the General Laws.. $1,500,000

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 priority for payment of approved claims shall be given to claimants who own or formerly owned not more than 4 dispensing facilities................. $10,000,000

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 not later than March 1, 2024, the board shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the status of the underground storage tank program including, but not limited to, the: (i) number of municipal grants made for the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks; (ii) reimbursements for remediated petroleum spills; (iii) number of backlog claims; (iv) average waiting period for claims granted in the past year; and (v) number of tanks not in compliance with said chapter 21J............................................... $2,279,613

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, Twenty-second F, 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 said clause 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 said clause 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 under 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 ......................................... $1,270,595,794

General Fund............................................ 89.09%
Gaming Local Aid Fund.............................. 10.91%

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................... $51,465,476

1233-2401        For reimbursements to qualifying cities and towns for additional educational costs under chapter 40S of the General Laws.. $750,000

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 not later than January 8, 2024, the board shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the number of hearings held at each location............................................... $2,432,745

1310-1001        For the appellate tax board, which may expend not more than $400,000 in revenues from fees collected; 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 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 the secretary of veterans' services may transfer funds between 1410-0010, 1410-0012, 1410-0015, 1410-0018, 1410-0024, 1410-0075, 1410-0251, 1410-0400, 1410-0630, 1410-1616 and 1410-1700; provided further, that funds may be transferred from said items to items 4180-0100, and 4190-0100; provided further, that not less than 30 days in advance of any such transfer, the secretary shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not less than $85,000 shall be expended for the NEADS Service Dogs for Veterans program to train service dogs for veterans; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the East Longmeadow American Legion Post 293 for repairs, maintenance and upgrades to their current facility; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended to the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, Inc. to support the distribution of food to veterans in need in the counties of Barnstable, Bristol and Hampden; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the department of veterans’ services in the town of Ludlow for services including, but not limited to, monthly veterans’ lunches, food pantry supports and outreach programming; and provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended for the Pat Ledoux Post No. 9397, V.F.W. OF U.S., INC. in the town of Hampden to purchase a surveillance system............................................... $8,268,565

1410-0012        For services to veterans, including the maintenance and operation of outreach centers; provided, that said outreach 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 such veterans; provided further, that said outreach centers shall provide services to veterans who were discharged after September 11, 2001 and the families of those veterans; provided further, that not less than $2,500,000 shall be expended for clinical care, education and training in veterans' mental and behavioral health issues, including post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, substance use disorder and suicide prevention administered by the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program; provided further, the department of veterans’ services shall make a payment of not less than the amount appropriated for each outreach center funded by this item in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Mulch for Military, Inc. for restoring, maintaining and honoring veteran markers and headstones across central Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. for the grace veterans program based in cognitive processing therapy with a holistic and wellness approach; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Springfield Veterans First (NABVET) Outreach Center; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Veterans Oral History Project in the town of Natick; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Quabbin Mediation, Inc. to provide veteran mediation training and support services; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a Pittsfield caseworker through the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts, Inc. in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for Community Roots Neighborhood Services, Inc. for free lunches and wrap-around services to veterans; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Veterans Inc. to expand its behavioral health programming and create low-barrier access to treatment for persons at housing programs in the city of Worcester in addition to funds available for its outreach center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for The Veterans’ Kitchen of Fall River, Inc. to provide hot meals twice weekly to veterans and their families at no charge; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Inc. for services for veterans in the city of Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for American Legion Post 82 in the town of Nantucket for repairing and replacing veteran gravestones and honoring veterans; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Michael J. Perkins Post American Legion Post 67 in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston for plumbing, heating and energy efficiency improvements; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Abraham Lincoln Post in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston for historic preservation; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for improvements and upgrades of the Oxford VFW Post 5663 in the town of Oxford; and provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing for each outreach center receiving funds under this item: (i) the number of veterans served annually; (ii) the cost and types of programs, including evidence-based or evidence-informed programs, offered to veterans; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended as a grant to the Veterans' Association of Bristol County, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Portuguese American War Veterans’ Post 1 in the city of Peabody; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Vietnam Veterans of Massachusetts, Inc. to aid veterans in the commonwealth with filing claims for medical and financial benefits; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the MetroWest Veterans Services District for programs including, but not limited to, the Veterans Relief Assistance Fund; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Western Massachusetts Veterans Outreach Project for its Just Ask program.................... $11,064,222

1410-0015        For the women veterans’ outreach program; provided, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to: (i) hire additional staff for women veteran outreach; (ii) centralize the administration of services; and (iii) expand transitional support for women veterans returning to the commonwealth including, but not limited to, available benefits and community programs for women veterans.................................................. $828,545

1410-0018        For the department of veterans’ services, which may expend not more than $760,000 for the maintenance and operation of veterans’ cemeteries in the town of Winchendon and in the city known as the town of Agawam from revenue collected from fees, grants, gifts and other contributions to the cemeteries; provided, that the funds appropriated in this item shall not revert to the General Fund but shall be made available for these purposes through June 30, 2025............................. $760,000

1410-0024        For the training and certification of veterans’ benefits and services officers; provided, that 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; and provided further, that training shall be provided annually and on an as needed basis to veterans' service organizations recognized by the department of veterans affairs to provide information and education regarding the benefits available under chapter 115 of the General Laws and all other benefits to which a veteran or a veteran's dependents may be entitled............................ $372,418

1410-0075        For the train vets to treat vets program; provided, that the department of veterans’ services shall work in conjunction with the William James College, Inc. to administer a behavioral health career development program for returning veterans..... $275,000

1410-0250        For veterans’ homelessness services; provided, that the department of veterans’ services shall expend not less than the amount appropriated for each veterans’ homelessness service funded by this item in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the department shall submit a comprehensive report to the joint committee on veterans and federal affairs and the house and senate committees on ways and means including, but not limited to, the: (i) the list of veterans’ homelessness services receiving funds through this account in the current fiscal year; (ii) the amount of funding received by each veterans’ homelessness service; (iii) the number of veterans served annually by each veterans’ homelessness service; and (iv) the estimated percentage of homeless veterans receiving homelessness services per county in the current year; provided further, that not less than $914,000 shall be expended for the Disabled American Veterans Department of Massachusetts Service Fund, Inc. to provide counseling and benefits assistance to disabled veterans and their families; and provided further, that not less than $63,000 shall be expended to the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. for veterans’ housing and homelessness prevention, food security and transportation services, including a contract for services with the Cape Cod & Islands regional group of the Blinded Veterans Association.... $4,969,655

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..................................... $3,750,000

1410-0400        For reimbursements to cities and towns for money expended 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, including deceased veterans who were residents of the Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, located in the city of Chelsea, and the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke whose death occurred due to the 2019 novel coronavirus; provided, that annuity payments made under this item shall be made under sections 6A, 6B and 6C of said chapter 115; 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 said cities and towns; provided further, that under section 9 of said chapter 115, the department of veterans’ services 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 department shall continue a training program for veterans’ agents and directors of veterans’ services in cities and towns; provided further, that the department shall provide such training in several locations across the commonwealth; provided further, that such 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 of health and human services; provided further, that the secretary of veterans’ services may supplement health care under said chapter 118E with health care 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 determining eligibility under said chapter 118E; and provided further, that benefits awarded under said section 6B of said chapter 115 shall be considered countable income.............................................. $68,209,878

1410-0630        For the administration of the veterans’ cemeteries in the town of Winchendon and in the city known as the town of Agawam............................................... $1,378,005

1410-1616        For war memorials; provided, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for Friends of North Attleboro Monuments Incorporated for the global war on terrorism monument project; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to the U.S.S. Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Incorporated for the maintenance and care of historic naval vessels; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the installation of a veterans memorial in the city of Arlington; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to the city of Salem to support a Massachusetts national guard indoor historical exhibit recognizing the city of Salem as the birthplace of the national guard; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Kingston for the construction of a veterans memorial; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for maintenance services for the Korean War memorial located in the Charlestown Navy Yard; provided further, that not less than 75,000 shall be expended for Veterans park in the town of Ware; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Lynnfield war memorial project; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the town of North Andover to construct a veterans’ memorial at North Andover middle school; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended to hire a preservationist to repair and stabilize monuments within Laurel Hill cemetery in Reading; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for masonry repairs at Laurel Hill cemetery in Reading.................................. $940,000

1410-1700        For the provision of information technology services within the executive office of veterans' services..................... $4,157,231

Health Policy Commission.

1450-1200        For the operation of the health policy commission; provided, that the commission shall provide all materials presented at any of its public meetings to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 15 days after the public meeting.............................................. $11,436,606

Reserves.

1599-0026        For a reserve to support municipal improvements; provided, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the drilling of a new town well in the town of Plainville; provided further, that not less than  $20,000 shall be expended for water main line upgrades and stormwater drainage system design  in the town of Wrentham; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for  pedestrian safety pilot projects in the city of Malden; provided further, that not less than $75,000  shall be expended for a new utility vehicle for the department of public works in the city of  Malden; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Agawam  to enhance school building security; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for the Marlborough fire department to replace CAD software and provide technology upgrades, computers, wiring, cable and television screens at all 3 fire stations; provided further,  that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Marlborough police station for the  reconstruction of curbing and resurfacing of the parking lot; provided further, that not less than  $60,000 shall be expended for the digitization of municipal records in the town of Wellesley;  provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for an emergency generator for  Saugus town hall; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Billerica  council on aging for capital improvements; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be  expended to the town of Billerica for the Clara Sexton house for structural and site repairs;  provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Pembroke for local  infrastructure improvements; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to  the town of Marshfield for local infrastructure improvements; provided further, that not less than  $50,000 shall be expended to the city of Quincy for a hazardous materials emergency response program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the rehabilitation of  the veterans parking lot located between Central street, South street, Wall street and Cohasset  street in the center of the town of Foxborough; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall  be expended to the city of Westfield for the Little river levee; provided further, that not less than  $25,000 shall be expended to the town of Southampton for a new hybrid police cruiser; provided  further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended to the town of Rehoboth for the  remediation, testing and supplies for water systems contaminated by per-and polyfluoroalkyl  substances, as well as the installation and maintenance of filtration systems in residents’ homes;  provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for waterline design and  engineering services to mitigate per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances contamination on Eagle  drive in the town of Dudley; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to  the city of Peabody to provide assistance in planning for the departure of Rousselot Peabody  Inc., including, but not limited to, land use planning, water and natural resource impact, job loss,  legal representation, financial analysis, assessment of hazardous materials conditions and real  estate disposition; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Warwick  fire department for funding or reimbursement for facility repair and upgrades; provided further,  that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for the town of Wakefield for repairs of the town’s  bandstand; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements to  the town hall and police station campus in Mendon; provided further, that not less than $25,000  shall be expended for facilities upgrades at the police station in the town of Charlton, including,  but not limited to, physical plant, structural and computer system upgrades; provided further, that  not less than $100,000 shall be expended for technology improvements in the town of Burlington  to facilitate hybrid public meetings; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be  expended for the purchase of a trailer to serve as a temporary fire station for Bourne area  firefighters in the town of Bourne; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be  expended for the exterior restoration of Dedham town hall; provided further, that not less than  $20,000 shall be expended to the town of Rowley for a feasibility and space planning study to  include ADA compliance for the town hall annex building; provided further, that not less than  $20,000 shall be expended to the town of Hamilton for the purchase of a back-up generator for  the Hamilton town hall; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to the  town of Ipswich for technology security; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be  expended for preservation work on the Wales old town hall in the town of Wales; provided  further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for pedestrian improvements for the  Pawtucketville section of the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be  expended to the historic Andover Baptist church for structural repairs and HVAC work; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the North Brookfield town house; provided  further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a first responder wellness program in the  town of North Reading; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for an ADA-compliant ramp to improve accessibility of the town hall in the town of Oxford; provided  further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the West Bridgewater department of  public works for upgrades and maintenance of town property; provided further, that not less than  $100,000 shall be expended for the Fore river trail in the city known as the town of Weymouth;  provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Friends of Faxon park in  the city of Quincy; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of  Andover for improvements to the park near the town offices building; provided further, that not  less than $250,000 shall be expended for the town of Somerset to rebuild the main treatment  units at the Somerset water treatment plant; provided, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended for the District Local Technical Assistance Fund established under section 2XXX of chapter 29 of the General Laws, including projects that encourage regionalization, to be administered by the division of local services within the department of revenue and distributed through the District Local Technical Assistance Fund; provided further, that $600,000 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 less than $2,000,000 shall be provided to regional planning agencies to assist municipalities with federal grant opportunities; provided further, that not less than $5,000,000 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 the executive office; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded to communities using the same methodology and criteria used in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that grant funds under this item shall only be provided to communities that submitted qualifying applications that were approved by the executive office of public safety and security in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that not more than 4 per cent of funds appropriated for the grant program shall be expended for the administrative costs of the program; and provided further, that not later than February 15, 2024, each state entity administering grant funds through this item shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing grants awarded through this item and the criteria used for distribution; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the purchase of solar speed signs to facilitate a traffic and speed reduction plan in the town of Lynnfield; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the design and permitting of the Claybrook road culvert at Trout brook in the town of Dover; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the hiring of a sustainability coordinator in the town of Medfield; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for upgrades to the audio system, equipment and wiring in upper town hall in the town of Milford; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the installation of water bottle filling stations in municipal facilities in the town of Wrentham; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for disability accessibility upgrades to municipally-owned buildings in the town of West Boylston; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for sewer engineering and interim wastewater management solutions in the town of Colrain; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended to the town of Foxborough to provide a local match for federal funding awarded to study the feasibility and design of regional sewer infrastructure along the United State highway route 1 corridor in the town and other municipalities in the region; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the town of Georgetown for a bridge feasibility study of the Mill street bridge; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the town of West Newbury for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure safety improvements; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea for wastewater treatment plant floodproofing efforts; provided further, that not less than $95,000 shall be expended to the town of Rockport to purchase pump station equipment for the Dock square pump station; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the town of Ipswich for the creation of the regional animal control shelter; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended as a grant to the town of Westport for information technology infrastructure improvements and upgrades; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Leyden to support municipal vehicles and equipment for municipal departments............ $16,300,000

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 under sections 6 and 18 of chapter 29C of the General Laws.............................................. $63,383,680

1599-0105        For a reserve for costs associated with the delivery of medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder at county correctional facilities under section 98 of chapter 208 of the acts of 2018; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance, in consultation with the commissioner of public health, may transfer funds from this item to commonwealth agencies as defined under section 1 of chapter 29 of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than 30 days before any such transfer, the secretary shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the amount to be given to each state agency, delineated by line item; and provided further, that not later than March 11, 2024, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the total number of individuals receiving medication- assisted treatment; (ii) the number of individuals requesting medically- assisted treatment who are not approved for treatment; (iii) the reason for said denial of treatment; and (iv) initiatives in place to expand and improve  access  to  medication-assisted treatment  for  incarcerated individuals with county correctional facilities................ $18,500,000

1599-0107        For a reserve for expenses associated with the implementation of a pilot program at the department of correction and county correctional facilities to treat persons suffering from serious mental illness with clinically-appropriate long-acting injectable medications; provided, that not later than March 11, 2024, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the total number of individuals receiving treatment; (ii) the number of individuals requesting treatment who were not approved for said treatment; (iii) the reason for said denial of treatment; and (iv) initiatives in place to expand and improve access to medication-assisted treatment for incarcerated individuals within county correctional facilities....... $2,500,000

1599-1211        For a reserve to meet the expenses associated with the implementation of chapter 253 of the acts of 2020, including the shared administrative costs of the permanent commissions established in sections 72 to 75, inclusive, of chapter 3 of the General Laws; 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 provided further, that the secretary shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on any such transfer......... $200,000

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 2024 under section 138 of chapter 27 of the acts of 2009.................... $125,000,000

Commonwealth Transportation Fund.............. 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, as amended by chapter 129 of the acts of 2008, chapter 238 of the acts of 2012, chapter 287 of the acts of 2014 and chapter 219 of the acts of 2016; provided, that not later than January 31, 2024, the secretary of administration and finance shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the estimated contract assistance and other payments to be required under said chapter 293 of the acts of 2006, said chapter 219 of the acts of 2016, chapter 238 of the acts of 2012 and chapter 287 of the acts of 2014  for obligations existing not later than July 1, 2023, in fiscal years 2025 and 2026 and an estimate of anticipated contract assistance and other payments arising out of potential agreements reasonably expected to be entered into after July 1, 2023, in fiscal years 2025 and 2026…........... $13,000,000

1599-2003        For the Uniform Law Commission; provided, that prior fiscal year payments may be payable from this item................... $66,780

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

1599-3384        For a reserve for the payment on behalf of a state agency as defined under section 1 of chapter 29 of the General Laws under regulations promulgated by the comptroller, of certain court judgments, settlements and legal fees that were ordered to be paid in the current fiscal year or a prior fiscal year; provided, that the office of the comptroller shall not pay attorneys’ fees to outside counsel representing a state agency, including a state official or employee who is sued for actions undertaken within that individual’s scope of employment for the commonwealth, in litigation before a court until the office of the attorney general has reviewed and provided written approval for the outside counsel's bills, which may be reviewed in redacted form if warranted because of a conflict of interest; provided further, that the office of the comptroller shall not pay attorneys’ fees for outside counsel representing a state agency in such litigation that exceeds a cumulative amount of $250,000 until the secretary of administration and finance or a designee has reviewed and provided written approval for such attorneys’ fees for outside counsel; provided further, that before a state official or employee who is sued for actions undertaken within that individual’s scope of employment for the commonwealth may seek reimbursement from this item, that individual shall obtain written approval from the office of the attorney general in a form to be approved by the office of the comptroller; provided further, that the office of the comptroller shall not pay a settlement of litigation before a court on behalf of a state agency that is not within an executive office identified under section 2 of chapter 6A of the General Laws, including any state official or employee who is sued for actions undertaken within that individual’s scope of employment for the commonwealth, until the office of the attorney general has reviewed and provided written approval for such a settlement; provided further, that the office of the comptroller shall not pay a settlement of litigation before a court that exceeds $250,000 on behalf of a state agency that is not within an executive office identified under said section 2 of said chapter 6A, including a state official or employee who is sued for actions undertaken within that individual’s scope of employment for the commonwealth, until the secretary of administration and finance or a designee has reviewed and provided written approval for such a settlement; provided further, that the office of the 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 submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the amounts expended from this item, delineated by item; and provided further, that upon written notification to 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.............................................. $15,000,000

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

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............. $250,000

1599-6903        For the fiscal year 2024 costs of rate implementations under chapter 257 of the acts of 2008; provided, that rate implementations under said chapter 257 may include, but shall not be limited to, costs associated with any court order or settlement between providers of services and the commonwealth related to the rate implementation process; provided further, that preference in distributing funds from this item shall be given to personnel earning wages less than $20 per hour; provided further, 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 executive office of housing and livable communities and direct care workers that serve homeless veterans through the executive office 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 the sum appropriated in this item to other items of appropriation and allocations thereof for fiscal year 2024, 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 submit quarterly reports 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 not later than February 1, 2024, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the implementation of rates under chapter 257 of the acts of 2008, including, the: (i) state costs for rates promulgated as of July 1, 2023, by regulation, department and program; (ii) state costs for rates promulgated as of January 1, 2024, by regulation, department and program; (iii) per cent of increase in state funding for rates to be reviewed between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024, by regulation, department and program; and (iv) fiscal impact for increases in state funding versus prior fiscal year actual costs for rates to be reviewed between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024, by regulation, department and program; 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; provided further, not later than April 1, 2024, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the implementation of ongoing and proposed initiatives that increase the hourly wages and compensation of the direct care human service workforce; provided further, that this report shall include: (a) average uniform financial report provider data on employee tax and fringe benefit information of the preceding 2 state fiscal years, as validated with information from the uniform financial report or a method determined by the executive office; (b) median salary and compensation information of the preceding 2 state fiscal years classified by direct care and front-line staff, medical and clinical staff and management staff, as validated with information from the uniform financial report or a method determined by the executive office; and (c) a comparison of the median salary for each classification of staff position with the fiftieth percentile wage estimate for that position as determined by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for the commonwealth using the available data for that rate review;  provided further, that not later than March 4, 2024, the executive office health and human services shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means a comparison of the median salary for each classification of staff position with the seventy-fifth percentile wage estimate for that position as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Massachusetts in the most recent available data; provided further, that not later than December 29, 2023, the executive office of health and human services shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means the methodology used to develop service rates for home health aides, personal care aides and homemakers; and provided further, that any human service provider receiving revenue under said chapter 257 and any home care agency subcontracting with such human service providers to provide home care services shall use not less than 75 per cent of received funds for compensation for their direct care, front-line and medical and clinical staff, which may include, but shall not be limited to, hourly rate increases, wraparound benefits, shift differentials, overtime, hiring and retention bonuses or recruitment, as defined by the executive office.................................... $173,000,000

1599-7106        For the Warren Conference Center and Inn to support academic and professional training opportunities in the fields of hospitality and tourism management…............................................... $1,500,000

1599-7114        For a reserve for the costs associated with the UMass Center at Springfield... $300,000

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 such 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.............................................. $12,131,312

1750-0103        For the operation of the training and career ladder program............................ $780,000

1750-0104        For the human resources division, which may expend for the administration of the civil service examination program, examinations for non-civil service positions and implementation of the medical and physical fitness standards program............................................... $5,861,298

1750-0119        For payment of workers’ compensation benefits to certain former employees of Middlesex and Worcester counties and the Hampshire council of government; provided, that the human resources division shall routinely recertify the former employees under current workers’ compensation procedures.................................... $54,666

1750-0300        For the commonwealth’s contributions in fiscal year 2024 to health and welfare funds established under certain collective bargaining agreements; provided, that the contributions shall be calculated as provided under 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................................... $33,651,721

1750-0928        For the cost to lease or rent space to administer the civil service physical abilities tests and to revalidate civil service exams, including police and fire medical standards.................................................. $766,880

Operational Services Division.

1775-0115        For the operational services division, which may expend not more than $14,551,748 in revenues collected from the statewide contract administrative fee to procure, manage and administer statewide contracts; 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 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.......... $14,551,748

1775-0124        For the operational services division, which may expend not more than $113,358 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, that the division may only retain revenues collected in excess of $100,000; 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 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.............. $113,358

1775-0600        For the operational services division, which may expend not more than $455,602 in revenues collected 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; 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 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................................ $455,602

1775-0700        For the operational services division, which may expend not more than $200,000 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 or incidental expenses; 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 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.................................................. $200,000

1775-0900        For the operational services division, which 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; 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 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

Supplier Diversity Office.

1780-0100        For the operation and administration of the supplier diversity office; provided, that the office shall provide training and other services to diverse businesses, as defined in section 58 of chapter 7 of the General Laws, 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.... $3,979,904

EXECUTIVE OFFICE oF TECHNOLOGY SERVICES AND SECURITY.

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 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 not later than June 28, 2024, the secretary of technology services and security shall submit to the state auditor, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on state administration and regulatory oversight a complete accounting of and justification for all project-related expenditures totaling $250,000 or more over the previous 12-month period regardless of source of funds or authorization for such expenditure; and provided further, that not later than February 15, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance, the state auditor and the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) financial statements detailing savings and, where applicable, additional expenses realized from the consolidation of information technology services within each executive office and other initiatives; (ii) efforts being taken to ensure the compatibility and interoperability of agency systems and to consolidate relevant data between agencies (iii) the number of personnel assigned to information technology services within each executive office; (iv) efficiencies that have been achieved from the sharing of resources; (v) the status of the centralization of the commonwealth's information technology staffing, infrastructure and network and cloud hosting; (vi) the status of the commonwealth's cybersecurity; and (vii) strategies and initiatives to further improve the: (a) efficiency and security of the commonwealth's information technology; and (b) transparency of the executive office of technology services and security with the general court, other executive branch agencies and the general public $3,206,008

1790-0300        For the executive office of technology services and security, which may expend not more than $2,733,931 in 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 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 executive 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..................................... $2,733,931

1790-1700        For core technology services and security, including those previously funded through item 1790-0200 in prior fiscal years.............................................. $85,990,905

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS.

Office of the Secretary.

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 efforts shall be made to prioritize environmental justice across all departments; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the purchase of a new animal control vehicle in the town of Cohasset servicing the towns of Cohasset and Norwell; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for water tank improvement and other related costs in the town of Weston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a mitigation study on the contamination at Beaver dam brook in the city of Framingham; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Mystic River Watershed Association, Inc. for a hydraulic study to model the potential effects of dredging and to identify specific actions needed to protect affected communities, including environmental justice communities, around the Alewife brook in the cities of Arlington, Cambridge and Somerville from flooding and other hazards; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance for the modernization and maintenance of sustainable fishing; provided further, that not less than $240,000 shall be expended for the 8 regional active groundfish sectors; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for a coastal water quality and natural resource monitoring program in Buzzards bay and Vineyard sound administered by Buzzards Bay Coalition, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the city known as the town of North Attleborough for costs associated with polyfluoroalkyl substance remediation; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended to the Oak Bluffs water district to conduct an island-wide assessment on the presence of polyfluoroalkyl substances in the Martha's Vineyard aquifer and to recommend strategies for remediation; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended to the town of Bellingham for an electronic sign at the public library; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Boston Harbor Now, Inc. for climate research, planning, programming and community science education related to climate resiliency work with the Stone Living Lab partnership; provided further, that not less than $1,020,000 shall be expended for the administration of the healthy soils program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for environmental and emergency planning for the Fore river area located in the city known as the town of Braintree; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for polyfluoroalkyl substances remediation costs in the town of Avon; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to enter into an agreement with the metropolitan area planning district established in section 26 of chapter 40B of the General Laws to support the development of regional drought management and drinking supply resilience plans in Essex county; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to Eastie Farm, Inc. to provide green job pathways for teens and young adults in environmental justice communities, including the development of skills in energy efficiency, conservation and clean energy, to increase the utilization of ecosocial state and city programs including, but not limited to, MassSave and Community Choice Electricity, and to make locally-grown fresh produce available to low-income families in environmental justice communities; and provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for facility improvements at the University of Massachusetts Water and Energy Testing Facility..... $21,446,415

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: (i) the resiliency of the commonwealth's transportation, energy and public health infrastructures; (ii) built environments; (iii) municipal assistance; (iv) improved data collection and analysis; (v) enhanced planning; and (vi) 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 not later than February 5, 2024 the executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the commonwealth’s multi-year plan for developing a climate change resiliency plan and response strategy; (b) plans to support local partners in climate change adaptation and resiliency; (c) 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; (d) a review of the environmental justice impacts of climate change on communities of color; and (e) a detailed breakdown of all expenditures made under this item; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the implementation of a green jobs training program for non-traditional students in the city of Somerville; and provided further, that not later than December 29, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the house and senate committees on global warming and climate change, the joint committee on transportation and the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy that shall include the status of its efforts to enhance port infrastructure for the development of offshore wind... $10,003,414

2000-0102        For the executive office of energy and environmental affairs to implement an environmental justice strategy and promote and secure environmental justice; provided, that funds shall be expended on language translation services to ensure adequate access during public comment periods; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number of full- time  equivalent  positions  assigned  to  the  executive office’s environmental justice staff; (ii) the responsibilities held by the executive office’s environmental justice staff; and (iii) the status of justice policies, strategies and initiatives being pursued for both the current and coming fiscal years; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) personnel hired to support initiatives; (b) efforts to expand language access through verbal and written materials, including the languages in which policy and materials have been translated; and (c) impact language access initiatives on participation in public hearings and public comment periods; and provided further, that funds shall be expended on mapping technology to overlay environmental and public health data..................... $8,804,284

2000-0120        For obligations of the commonwealth to neighboring states incurred pursuant to interstate compacts for flood control.................................................. $506,140

2000-0121        For the food security infrastructure grant program, to support equitable access to healthy, local food and to strengthen food supply and distribution systems; provided, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the construction of the new Damien’s Place food pantry in the town of Wareham; provided further, that not later than February 15, 2024, the executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall submit a report to the joint committee on agriculture and the house and senate committees on ways and means including, but not limited to: (i) established grant criteria for the program; (ii) the number of grant applicants; and (iii) a list of successful grant applicants, including summaries of the projects being funded and the grant amounts; and provided further, that in the distribution of grants, the executive office shall prioritize geographic equity.............................................. $25,100,000

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 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................ $40,000

2000-1700        For the operation of information technology services within the executive office of energy and environmental affairs........ $19,282,062

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 not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the protection of right whales by increasing the patrols of the office and its officers’ ability to identify and remove abandoned fishing gear and to enhance their ability to enforce speed restrictions through use of drone technologies to minimize potentially harmful interactions between vessels and right whales...... …$15,238,216

2030-1004        For environmental police private details; provided, that the office of environmental law enforcement may expend not more than $530,000 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.................................................. $530,000

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 2024 under said first paragraph of said section 18 of said chapter 25 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item................................. $19,694,594

2100-0013        For the operation of the transportation oversight division...................... $1,000,000

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 2024 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item....................... $409,837

2100-0017        For the operation of the division of transportation network companies; provided, that the amount assessed under section 23 of chapter 25 of the General Laws shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item.................... $2,011,459

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 in section 18 of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Brewster Ponds Coalition, Incorporated. for the installation of enhanced phosphorus removal alternative innovative septic systems, not currently available in Massachusetts, to demonstrate the effectiveness of enhanced phosphorus removal technologies described to prevent cyanobacteria blooms and unnatural algae growth polluting ponds on Cape Cod; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for OARS, Inc. for the operation of a water quality monitoring program in the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers; and provided further, that not later than February 5, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the status of hiring of additional staff; (ii) the staffing levels of the department for the last 10 fiscal years; (iii) the number of enforcement actions for serious violations and fine collections compared to the previous 10 fiscal years; and (iv) recommendations for the additional resources needed to fulfill the department’s enforcement responsibilities; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Merrimack River Watershed Council, Inc. for a regional approach to reducing combined sewer overflows in the Merrimack river.............................................. $52,038,191

2200-0102        For the department of environmental protection, which may expend not more than $650,150 in revenues collected from fees for wetland permits; 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.............. $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 grant program under section 241 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1997; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to the department of environmental protection, in coordination with the department of agricultural resources, to develop and administer a grant program for small businesses located in the commonwealth to implement composting; provided further, that grants may be used by grantees to obtain compost collection containers, procure educational or technical assistance, establish regular collection of food waste and other compostable matter or other similar composting efforts or activities; provided further, that agricultural businesses and food service establishments shall be prioritized in the grant application review process; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the department of environmental protection, in coordination with the department of agricultural resources, shall submit a report to the senate and house committees on ways and means and the joint committee on environment and natural resources on the implementation of the grant program, including, but not limited to, the names and locations of the grantees, the number of pounds of food waste and other compostable matter collected and information about where the waste was diverted; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the department of environmental protection to develop an employment social enterprise impact pilot program to provide funding for at least 1 nonprofit entity to provide recycling services with the overall goal of fostering job security for individuals facing barriers to employment through the provision of mattress recycling work opportunities; provided further, that eligible applicants shall have a demonstrated history of providing mattress recycling services in the commonwealth as an approved vendor to the department for not less than 5 years; and provided further, that contracts through the program may be awarded for periods of not more than 5 years..................... $1,149,997

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 in revenues 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 eliminated or reduced in fiscal year 2024 or operational funding for the department falls below the level authorized in the general appropriations act for fiscal year 2015, excluding appropriations for earmarks and nonrecurring operating costs, the fee increase supporting this item shall terminate; 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 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

Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording and added wording in place thereof, for message see House, No. 4055
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 $4,025,451 in revenues collected from fees, penalties, grants and tuition under said chapter 21IFor 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 $2,888,473 in revenues collected from fees, penalties, grants and tuition under said chapter 21I; provided, that not later than February 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means 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 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............ $4,025,451 $2,888,473

2220-2220        For the administration and implementation of the Clean Air Act under 42 U.S.C. section 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 Regional Climate Change Action Plan for reducing acid rain deposition and mercury emissions................................... $940,506

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. section 7401 et seq............................................... $1,722,798

2250-2000        For the administration and implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 under section 18A of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided, that the department of environmental protection may expend funds for the study and remediation of lead in public school drinking water; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for polyfluoroalkyl substances remediation in the towns of Burlington and Bedford.................................... $2,417,016

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 of environmental protection 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.............................................. $15,747,479

2260-8872        For the brownfields site audit program............................................... $1,378,862

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.................................................. $423,568

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; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the New England Wildlife Center, Inc. in the town of Weymouth for the care, treatment and maintenance of wildlife; provided further, that the amount and contribution from each division or program shall be determined by the commissioner; and provided further, that the George L. Darey Inland Fisheries and Game Fund shall be reimbursed annually from the General Fund for all lost revenue attributed to the issuance of discounted and free hunting and fishing licenses....... $1,389,248

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 nonpublic entities; provided, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for the town of Westborough for the restoration efforts of Cedar swamp; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended as a grant to the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District to support the management of the Assawompset pond complex and contributing and interconnected watersheds within the region including, but not be limited to, sedimentation mitigation, water supply preservation and flood management efforts; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended as a grant to the Long Pond Association, Inc. in the town of Lakeville for the management and eradication of invasive weeds in Long pond; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, Inc. for the implementation of environmental preservation programs; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Neponset River Watershed Association, Incorporated for purposes including, but not limited to, a study of the current conditions and future vulnerabilities of the Neponset river estuary, its salt marshes and surrounding watershed lands in the face of climate-driven sea level rise.......................................... $5,455,000

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 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................................... $17,069,682

George L. Darey Inland Fisheries and Game Fund.................................................................... 100%

2310-0300        For the operation of the natural heritage and endangered species program; provided, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Fishing Academy, Inc. of Boston............................................... $1,525,000

2310-0306        For the hunter safety training program.................................................. $528,229

George L. Darey 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............................................... $1,500,000

George L. Darey Inland Fisheries and Game Fund.................................................................... 100%

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

George L. Darey 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 by this item shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws.............................. $814,433

2330-0100        For the operation of the division of marine fisheries; provided, that the division may expend funds for 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 further, 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 the division shall expend an amount not less than the amount expended in the prior fiscal year for the operation of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant; provided further, that the division shall offer wet storage and de-sanding 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 de-sanding 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; provided further, that not less than 60 days before entering into contracts, the division shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Center for Coastal Studies, Inc. for the shark ecology program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a boat for the harbor master in the town of Saugus; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for shellfish propagation in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties to be administered jointly by the director of marine fisheries and the aforementioned counties; provided further, that not less than $550,000 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 funds 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 $200,000 shall be expended for marsh restoration and revitalization including, but not limited to: (i) a green crab trapping program for applied research and product development; (ii) high-resolution drone mapping of the great marsh deterioration; (iii) the continuation of microplastic and macroplastics sampling; and (iv) academic study and processing for water column, beach environment, marsh peat and eel grass; provided further, that not less than $375,000 shall be expended for a program to provide those engaged in commercial fisheries with grants for the purchase and maintenance of safety gear, to be administered in consultation with the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership, Inc.; provided further, that eligible items for such grants shall include, but shall not be limited to, life rafts, survival and exposure suits, personal flotation devices, man overboard recovery devices and electronic signaling and tracking devices; and provided further, that individual  grant awards shall not exceed $3,000 and that grants shall be equitably distributed across fisheries and regions..................................... $9,310,231

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 $907,826

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 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 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 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, which may expend not more than $75,000 from revenues collected from fees generated by operations; provided, that not later than January 12, 2024, the division of marine fisheries shall submit a report detailing the revenues collected and expended and the shellfish volume increase realized from the implementation of wet storage and de- sanding 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; 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 division of marine fisheries 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 the number of commercially important invertebrate species in commonwealth waters, including ventless lobster traps 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 in revenues collected from fees generated by the sale of lobster permits; 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 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 recreational saltwater fishing permit program under section 17C of chapter 130 of the General Laws........................... $2,116,721

Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund .................................................................... 100%

Department of Agricultural Resources.

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 $120,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, LLC; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program established in section 65 of chapter 23A of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for the apiary inspection program; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Greenagers, Inc. teen and young adult environmental programming; provided further, that not less than $8,000 shall be expended for irrigation of the town-owned Andrews farm in the town of Falmouth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Land’s Sake, Inc. in the town of Weston to support infrastructure and capital improvements to support the sale and donation of fresh produce; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Coordinated Soil Health program; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to the Boston Public Market Association, Inc. for the operation and programing at the Boston Public Market; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Invasive Insects Program; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be allocated for a grant program to be administered by the department in consultation with the Massachusetts food policy council to support local food policy councils; provided further, that not less than $570,000 shall be expended to support the department’s agricultural marketing division; provided further, that not less than $800,000 shall be expended to enhance the Buy Local effort in western, central, northeastern and southeastern Massachusetts; provided further, that any buy local effort included in this item shall include locally-harvested seafood including, but not limited to, fish and shellfish; provided further, that $100,000 shall be expended for the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund established in section 35WW of chapter 10 of the General Laws; and provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended to the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Control district for mosquito control efforts, equipment and vehicles.................................. $12,609,576

2511-0103        For the costs associated with agricultural oversight of hemp and cannabis... $979,766

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 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 of agricultural resources 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 to the commonwealth’s 4 regional food banks for operating funds to distribute food for the Massachusetts emergency food assistance program; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to the Women's Lunch Place, Inc. to provide nutritious food and individualized services for women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Rachel’s Table for the transition costs of becoming a non-profit including, but not limited to, website redesign, the hiring of a project manager, moving and storage, an information technology consultant and filling the hunger gap by delivering food to more than 53 organizations not served by the food bank; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Taunton Area Community Table, Inc., a neighborhood food distribution center, to purchase the building currently being rented by the Taunton Area Community Table, Inc. and to provide resources for ADA renovations of said building; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Food for Free Committee, Incorporated; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Hope Dove Inc. to assist disabled individuals and those living in poverty; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Manna Community Kitchen to combat food insecurity and expand support service for vulnerable populations; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Survival Centers, Inc. for the food pantry program; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc. serving the citizens of the greater Lowell area.............................................. $36,425,000

2511-0107        For the advancement of community food security and the protection of public access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food; provided, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Our Neighbors’ Table, Inc. in the city of Amesbury to provide free groceries to those who are food insecure across the Merrimack Valley; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for the emergency assistance fund in the town of Lincoln; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Chelmsford council on aging for senior food security to meet the nutritional needs of elders; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Franklin Food Pantry, Incorporated building project; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Medway Community Farm, Inc. in the town of Medway; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Lower Cape outreach council for a refrigerator truck and food pantry repairs; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Fenway Civic Association, Inc. for the Fenway Cares mutual aid initiative, including administrative costs, for the distribution of fresh food and supplies to food-insecure Fenway residents; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the South Congregational food pantry in Pittsfield for expanded operational capacity and procurement efforts; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the coastal foodshed initiative in the greater New Bedford region to promote and grow the local food access economy and distribution channels for locally grown food; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for GreenRoots, Inc. for initiatives fighting food insecurity in Chelsea; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Stone Soup Café, Inc. to provide low- to no-cost meals to alleviate hunger in the city of Greenfield; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Medfield Food Cupboard, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for further technical development and collaboration between food agencies in the town of Arlington; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Braintree Holidays – Friends, Inc. located at the Margin Crispin center in the city known as the town of Braintree; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Growing Places for the expansion of equitable access to healthy food and environmental sustainability through education, collaboration and advocacy at the Waterford Street school property in the city of Gardner; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for food insecurity funding for a partnership with the North Andover farmers market; provided further, that not less than $47,000 shall be expended to Community Harvest Project, Inc. in the town of Grafton for the purchase of a tractor; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to Somebody Cares New England, Inc. in the city of Haverhill for the operation of its food pantry and to combat food insecurity in the community; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Ministerio los Milagros de Jesus, Inc. in the city of Lawrence to alleviate hunger and malnutrition for low-income and moderate-income families and unhoused and elderly residents; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition; provided further that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Salem food pantry to support a mobile market in the city of Salem; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be provided to the Regional Environmental Council, Inc. to support its programs and operations; provided further that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Charles River Regional Chamber, Inc. to provide grants to independent restaurants located in the city of Newton to supply prepared meals and other food products to food banks serving the city of Newton and senior and other programs addressing food insecurity needs of individuals in the city of Newton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Sustainable CAPE – Center for Agricultural Preservation & Education-Foundation, Inc. for a local food access, education and affordability program; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended for the Easton Food Pantry, Inc. in the town of Easton; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Cooperative Development Institute, Inc. for the Assabet Co-op Market in the town of Maynard for construction and support necessary to open and sustain the market; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Harvest on Vine’s food pantry in the Charlestown section of the city of Boston;  provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the mitigation of food insecurity in the city of Everett in an ongoing effort with the planning department through the provision of fresh and local produce to low-to-moderate income families  at no cost through existing partnerships with About Fresh, Inc., Everett Community Growers, Inc., the Everett food policy council, local farms and both privately-funded and publicly-funded food pantries; provided further, that not less than $85,000 shall be expended to Bread of Life, Inc. in the city of Malden for furnishings and equipment; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to Dwelling House of Hope, Inc. in the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for World Farmers, Inc. in the town of Lancaster for its farming operations and farmers markets; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for food services at East Boston Community Soup Kitchen, Inc. in the East Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for food services at the Grace Church Federated in the East Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for food services at the Friday Night Supper Program, Inc. in the Back Bay section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for the food pantry run by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul located behind Saint Joseph Church in the town of Lincoln; provided further, that no less than $50,000 shall be expended for the operation of the Catholic Charities food pantry in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Rose's Bounty food pantry to help fulfill food insecurity needs for residents of the southwest neighborhood of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended equally to The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry, Inc. and Our Neighbors’ Table, Inc. for food distribution, nutrition, education and other support programs serving communities throughout Essex county; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to Project Just Because, Inc. to upgrade and expand its perishable food storage including, but not limited to, the purchase of walk-in refrigeration or freezer units; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the MetroWest Food Collaborative; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, Inc. in the town of Orange for healthy soils work and educational programming; provided further, that not less than $56,250 shall be expended for Community Action Pioneer Valley, Inc. for a program center and food pantry in the city of Greenfield; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Food Link, Inc. to address food insecurity in the city of Woburn and the towns of Arlington, Billerica, Burlington and Lexington; and provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the Billerica Community Pantry, Incorporated in the town of Billerica................................ $2,068,250

2511-3002        For the integrated pest management program........................................ $74,340

Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the Uxbridge youth soccer field project in the town of Uxbridge; provided further, that not less than $93,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Ell pond gazebo in the city of Melrose; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the restoration and improvement of the Rotary park playground and facility improvements to the Rotary park public baseball fields in the town of Wilmington; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for aquatic invasive species control for the Charles river and the Mystic river; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Middleborough parks department for the reconstruction of the Pierce playground; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for Reilly Memorial Rink feasibility study; provided further, that prior to taking any action that would result in removing the building located at 107 Charles Street in the city of Newton or that would result in the displacement of organizations currently authorized to use the building, the department shall conduct a public hearing on the future use of the building including, but not limited to, assessing whether there are alternative local sites to accommodate organizations currently using the building, identifying additional local public uses of the building, including its use in support of the Riverway trail system, and determining any costs and funding sources to maintain or improve the building for such purposes; and provided further, that the public hearing shall be scheduled not less than 120 days prior to any proposed change of use or control of the building and shall be conducted in the city of Newton with notification of such hearing provided directly to the city of Newton and to the organizations currently authorized to use the building.............................. $7,188,306

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 not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the implementation of the North river protection order; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the development and design of upgrades to the Hardy pond outlet weir with automatic controls to improve water quality in the pond and reduce problematic downstream flooding in the city of Waltham; 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; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Central Plymouth County Water District commission’s annual budget for the improvement and management of lakes and ponds in the Central Plymouth County Water District; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended as a grant to the town of Rochester to partner with the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District and other experts to support a hydrological evaluation of Snipatuit pond and the water supply carrying capacity and watershed boundaries of the Mattapoisett river valley and the Assawompset pond complex..... $1,816,595

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; provided, that the department shall implement a stormwater management program in compliance with federal and state stormwater management requirements; provided further, that the department shall inventory all stormwater infrastructure, assess its stormwater practices, analyze long-term capital and operational needs and develop a stormwater management plan to comply with federal and state regulatory requirements; and provided further, that in order to protect public safety and to protect water resources for water supply, recreational and ecosystem uses, the department shall immediately implement interim stormwater management practices including, but not limited to, street sweeping, inspection and cleaning of catch basins and emergency repairs to roadway drainage……………………………................................................ $3,249,761

2800-0500        For the existing maintenance, operational and infrastructure needs of the metropolitan beaches as determined by the commission established under 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, Quincy, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester 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 $100,000 shall be expended for Save the Harbor, Save the Bay, Inc.’s staff time, consultants and direct expenses to support the ongoing work of the commission on the future of metropolitan beaches; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the cleanup of Pilayella algae on King’s beach and Long beach in the city of Lynn; and provided further, that not less than $290,000 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, Inc.’s Better Beaches Grants Program as recommended by the metropolitan beaches commission.............................. $1,405,231

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 said 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 2023, shall continue to receive such benefits in fiscal year 2024 during the period of said employees’ seasonal employment; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for beach erosion control, monitoring, refurbishments and related activities at Sterling town beach; 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; 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.............................................. $24,375,119

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 $35,000 shall be expended for the removal of the Maple avenue dam in the town of Seekonk; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the renovation, restoration or demolition of the reservoir dam in the town of Northborough.................................................. $735,676

2810-0100        For the operation of the division of state parks and recreation; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be used to: (i) 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; (ii) oversee skating rinks; and (iii) 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 all properties that were open in fiscal year 2023 shall be open in fiscal year 2024; 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 up to $3,000,000 may be used to support the costs of snow and ice removal; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for necessary maintenance and improvements to LoConte Memorial ice rink in the city of Medford; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for improvements at Forest lake in the city of Methuen; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the Arlington Community Orchard; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Brockton public schools for the renovation of tennis courts into basketball courts at the Davis elementary school park area; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for renovations of open spaces, parks and playgrounds in the Highlands and Acre area of the city of Lowell to equitably contribute to the health, well-being and inclusivity of residents; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for New City community park designs in the city of Easthampton; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for improvements to parking and accessibility at the Leaping Well nature trail in the town of South Hadley; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the construction, renovation and upgrade of a new playground at the Nabnasset elementary school in the town of Westford; provided further, that local youth programs and nonprofits get first preference in scheduling on all playing fields and hockey rinks operated by the department; provided further, that the rinks under the control of the department shall remain open and staffed for the full rink season and that ice skating shall be available from September 1 through April 15 of the following year; provided further, that additional funds shall be expended to address the needs of state parks in all regions of the commonwealth; provided further, that not later than February 2, 2024 the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (a) the status of hiring for additional staffing; (b) the staffing levels for the previous 10 fiscal years; and (c) the average staffing level at each park; provided further, that -the department shall take steps to address personnel needs in a manner that is geographically equitable; provided further, that not later than January 31, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the hires made for division personnel in fiscal year 2024; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, regulation, or administrative directive to the contrary, the commissioner of conservation and recreation may fill not more than 1,300 full-time positions....................... $105,597,351

2810-0122        For special projects relating to the commonwealth’s state parks and recreational areas; provided, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the refurbishment and expansion of the Metacomet park tennis courts in the town of Medfield; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for upgrades to the Doyle field courts in the city of Leominster; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended for Collectively, Recognizing, Empowerment, Within, Incorporated (CREW) of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a soil exploration and minor repairs of Johnson creek dam in the town of Groveland; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for tree replanting in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for The Trustees of Reservations for feasibility, design, permitting and outreach to restore the Damde Meadows salt marsh in Hingham; provided further, not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Friends of Fitchburg Abolitionist park to support the third and final phase of the park development; provided further, not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the rehabilitation of the youth soccer fields at Coolidge park in the city of Fitchburg; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Damon’s Point dock replacement project in the town of Marshfield to ensure the public safety of the year-round commercial and recreational dock that serves as an egress location and as staging for medical evacuations from the North river; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Pembroke Watershed Association, Inc. for pond treatment and improvements; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Mount Auburn cemetery in Watertown and Cambridge for a carbon footprint study for death care across the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a feasibility study at Eagle lake recreation area in the town of Holden; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for improvements, including the purchase and installation of a chair lift for the pool and structural repairs to the concession stand, at Everett Leonard park in the town of Norton; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for youth sports and public park infrastructure projects in the town of Douglas; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for youth sports and public park infrastructure projects in the town of Sutton; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for youth sports and public park infrastructure projects in the town of Webster; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for youth sports and public park infrastructure projects in the town of Uxbridge; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for phase 2 of the rehabilitation and restoration of the Stone building in Hemlock Gorge reservation in the town of Wellesley; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the improvements to the Quinobequin road trail portion of the Charles river reservation, including, but not limited to, the installation of wooden guard rails at the entrance of the trail near the intersection of Quinobequin road and route 9, guide ropes down the embankment at the entrance of the trail and addressing mud areas along the trail; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the connection of phase 2 of the Squannacook river rail trail to phase 4 through the construction of the connecting section of trail in the town of Townsend; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the department of parks, recreation and culture in the city of Newton; provided further, that said $150,000 shall be equally distributed for Kennard conservation area trail improvements, including boardwalks in wet areas, Kessler conservation area improvements, including a boardwalk and bridge, and Newton Upper Falls greenway for ADA improvements and site furnishings; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for repairs and improvements to the Riverside park basketball court in the city of Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for repairs and improvements to 12th Avenue park in the city of Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements to underutilized areas and green space for recreational use of areas surrounding Cook pond in the city of Fall River; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for an outdoor water recreation area at Farnham park in the city of Peabody; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the North Shore Maritime Center, Inc. for the youth rowing program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for facility upgrades for Lynn Youth Soccer, Incorporated; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the maintenance and operation of Gannon golf course in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a study of the Charles river, including, but not limited to, flooding mitigation impacts and fish passage improvements as it relates to potential removal of state-owned dams from Watertown to Natick; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for improvements, preparedness and operations for ferry service in the city of Quincy; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Friends of Bass River, Inc. for water quality improvements through the restoration of retired cranberry bogs, improved coastal storm resiliency, restoration of a historic fish habitat and passive recreation opportunities; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the funding, implementation, operation and replenishment of community recreation lending library in the Hunt Almont playground in the Mattapan section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation, Inc. for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for the fourth of July celebrations on the Charles river; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for accessible playground equipment in the town of Bedford; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the construction of an all-persons trail at Mass Audubon Brewster’s woods wildlife sanctuary in the town of Concord; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the renovation of parks located on Simon street and Gage street in the city of Beverly; provided further, not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the design and construction of a downtown green space in the town of Dedham; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Tree Eastie Inc. to expand the tree canopy in the East Boston section of the city of Boston through the planting and maintenance of trees; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Boston Harbor Now, Inc. for the administration of reduced cost public ferry service programs for Massachusetts residents to ensure and promote equitable and affordable access to the Boston Harbor Islands national and state park area; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the funding, implementation, operation and replenishment of community recreation lending library at the East Boston greenway located in the East Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the funding, implementation, operation and replenishment of community recreation lending library in Ringer park in the Allston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Courageous Sailing Center for Youth, Inc. for youth programming; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements to Elm park in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for efficiency upgrades for heating systems at the Narragansett regional school district; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for improvements to Farlow park, including the Chaffin house property and the Farlow pond in the city of Newton; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Kingston recreation department for lunches for campers in the department summer program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the renovation of Gage field, located on Beacon street in the Centerville section of the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $120,000 shall be expended for the closure and demolition of Skip Viglirolo ice rink in the town of Belmont; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of the treescape in the town of Belmont; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for the Woburn Youth Hockey Association, Inc. for capital improvements to the O’Brien ice rink; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the design, renovation and maintenance of recreational parks and facilities in the town of Winchester; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Harry McDonough Sailing Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the construction, renovation and maintenance of the Southwick recreation center baseball fields; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the funding, implementation, operation and replenishment of community recreation lending library in Moakley park in the South Boston section of the city of Boston; and provided further; that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the handicap sidewalk accessibility program in the town of Winthrop; provided, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to the Lake Quinsigamond commission for its environmental, educational and public safety operations and activities; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for accessibility improvements at Dean park in the town of Shrewsbury; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the testing and treatment of cyanobacteria and related contaminants in Monponsett pond in the town of Halifax; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements to the playground and landscaping at the site of the former R L Wood school in the city of Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Deborah Sampson park recreational facility in the town of Sharon; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the city of Attleboro for costs associated with repairing and improving the Holden street canoe launch; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for a feasibility study, design, improvements, improved connectivity, wayfinding, construction and maintenance of walking, biking and hiking trails in the town of Canton; provided further, that not less than $23,500 shall be expended for Camp Kiwanee in the town of Hanson for beach renovations and a new playground; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the town of Sandwich for sport court surfacing and related improvements in town recreation areas; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to repair and improve the water management system for the herring fisheries waterways in the town of Pembroke; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Cross street playground in the city of Westfield; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to Webster Lake Association, Inc. for an infrastructure project at Memorial beach in the town of Webster; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the city of Haverhill for repairs and improvements to Gale park; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Roslindale Gateway Path project in the Roslindale section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $85,000 shall be expended to the city of Newton for beautification and stormwater improvements to the historic Cheesecake Brook park and waterway; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the city of Malden to establish an arboretum at Forest Dale cemetery; provided further, that not less than $55,000 shall be expended to the town of North Andover for the construction of pickleball courts; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Friends of the Public Garden, Inc. to expand new infrastructure for public bathroom accessibility at the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for a multi-use trail in Blessing of the Bay park in the city of Somerville to connect to a larger trail network; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for multimodal traffic safety improvements at the high-crash intersection of Alewife Brook parkway and Broadway in the city of Somerville; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to develop a vegetation succession and management plan for Torbert Macdonald state park in the city of Medford with a particular focus on tree inventory, original park design intent, view corridors and the promotion of park usage; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the town of Dracut for the purchase of equipment for the department of public works; provided further, that not less than $27,000 shall be expended for enhancements to recreation areas in the town of Paxton; provided further, that not less than $33,000 shall be expended for the preservation, protection, signage and maintenance of historic prison camp structures in the town of Rutland; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the city of Beverly for recreation area renovations and improvements; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the town of Danvers for improvements to the tennis courts at the Holten Richmond middle school; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the city of Peabody for the design and construction of George Peabody park; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the city of Salem for improvements to the playground at Witchcraft Heights elementary school; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to  the city of Salem for improvements to the main entrance to the Salem common, in consultation with the Friends of Salem Common, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended to the town of Groton for Destination Groton to procure trail signage; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in the town of Milton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for recreational facilities in the town of Holliston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Natick for design work to make accessibility improvements along the Cochituate Aqueduct trail; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended to the town of Natick for costs associated with a feasibility study for extending Sudbury Aqueduct trail; and provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended as a grant to the town of Lakeville for improvements to the Peach Barn and associated properties on Betty’s Neck............................................... $6,473,500

2820-0101        For the costs associated with the department of conservation and recreation’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...................................... $2,692,063

2820-2000        For the operation of street lighting and the expenses of maintaining the parkways of the department of conservation and recreation............................................... $3,730,000

Department of Energy Resources.

7006-1001        For the Massachusetts residential conservation service program under chapter 465 of the acts of 1980 and the Massachusetts commercial and apartment conservation service program under section 11A of chapter 25A of the General Laws; provided, that the assessments levied for fiscal year 2024 under said chapter 465 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item....................... $248,589

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 made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item..... $5,207,018

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 executive office for 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 executive office of housing and livable communities, the Children’s Trust Fund, established under section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, the disabled persons protection commission, the district attorneys’ offices and the early intervention program within the department of public health 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 and the house and senate committees on ways and means with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested on a monthly basis; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Elizabeth Peabody House Association in the city of Somerville; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for the Hyde Square Task Force, Inc. for creative development and community engagement programs; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for More Than Words, Inc. for a job training program for youth and young parents; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for capital improvements for the Haskins facility of Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for For Kids Only Afterschool, Incorporated for a pilot workforce development program to support programming for low-income and at-risk children and educators; and 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 $450,000 shall be expended to Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. to support evidence-based early childhood education programs that promote language, literacy and social emotional skill development for preschool children from underserved communities; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the city of Boston to provide infant mental health endorsement training for early education and care providers................................ $12,426,537

3000-1020        For early education and care quality supports to improve and sustain educational quality among providers of early education and care and to assist early educators and providers in attaining higher levels of proficiency, skill and quality; provided, that supports funded through this item shall include, but not be limited to, program quality improvements related to meeting the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System standards; provided further, that costs related to department of early education and care 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 may support the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program, inclusive learning environment grants and early childhood mental health consultation services; provided further, that supports funded through this item may include, but shall not be limited to: (i) the development and purchase of curricula; (ii) the development and implementation of early childhood assessment systems; (iii) incentives for programs to recruit, develop and retain highly qualified educators; (iv) activities that encourage providers to obtain associate and bachelor’s degrees; (v) payment of fees; (vi) direct assistance to programs seeking accreditation by agencies approved by the board of early education and care; and (vii) 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 the 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.......................... $46,706,191

3000-1041        For a reserve to support early education and care educators in center- based and family child care programs serving subsidized children; provided, that funds may be used to increase access to subsidized child care; provided further, that funds may be used to increase the reimbursement rates for subsidized early education and care; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be used to increase such reimbursement rate by an appropriate percentage for all such providers, including family child care programs; and 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; and 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 ...... $20,000,000

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor disapproved of the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

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 the 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 not less than $15,000,000 shall be expended for grants to early education and care providers for costs associated with personal childcare; provided further, that up to $25,000,000 in unexpended funds from items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060 in fiscal year 2023 shall not revert but shall be made available for those items in fiscal year 2024 to support a reimbursement rate increase for center-based subsidized early education and care for salaries, benefits and stipends for professional development of early educators; provided further, that funds made available for this purpose shall be used to increase the reimbursement rate by an appropriate percentage for all such providers; provided further, that funds made available for this purpose 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 between items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060, as necessary, for this purpose, under an allocation plan that shall detail, by object class, the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before any such transfer.............................................. $35,000,000

3000-1045        For grants to support and stabilize the early education and care workforce and address varied operational costs at state child care programs supervised by the department of early education and care; provided, that the distribution of stabilization grants shall prioritize equity and early education programs with higher percentages of state subsidized enrollment; provided further, that the department shall collect data from participating programs, including, but not limited to, the: (i) number of enrolled children; (ii) number of educators employed; (iii) efforts to recruit and retain employees; (iv) available demographic data of the families served by participating providers; and (v) percentage of grant funding spent on salaries, compensation, workforce training and facilities improvements; provided further, that programs shall respond to all data collection requests and surveys from the department to be eligible for said stabilization grants; provided further, that the department shall submit quarterly reports on the distribution of funds from this item to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education; provided further, that each report shall include, but not be limited to: (a) a description of the formula through which funding is allocated to providers; (b) an analysis of the incorporation of equity into said formula, including the projected disbursement of funding to state subsidized and non-state subsidized childcare programs; (c) an analysis of the demographic data of the families served by participating programs including, but not limited to, the number of children served in: (1) communities with a high social vulnerability index; and (2) communities with an area median income of up to 85 per cent of the state median income; and (d) a description of the efforts undertaken to improve the distribution of funds to providers serving high-needs populations; provided further, that funds may be expended for departmental technical assistance related to the administration and distribution of funding; provided further, that the department shall provide technical assistance to providers to assist them in planning for sustainable expenditures; and provided further, that funds may be expended to support data collection technology, personnel and supports related to this item............................ $475,000,000

High-Quality Early Education & Care
Affordability Fund....................................... 47.37%
General Fund............................................ 52.63%

3000-2000        For the regional administration and coordination of services provided by childcare resource and referral agencies.............................. $20,000,000

3000-2050        For the administration of the Children’s Trust Fund established in section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided, that the department of early education and care shall not exercise any supervision or control with respect to the board of the trust fund; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for a Stop Abuse For Every (SAFE) Child community pilot program to provide, coordinate and expand core services for families; provided further, that core services shall include, but not be limited to, home visiting, social and behavioral health services, substance use treatment and parental resiliency programs; provided further, that the pilot program shall support the coordination of services and referrals using existing resources; and provided further, that not later than December 29, 2023, the Children’s Trust Fund 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 on the progress of the pilot program and the mobilization of services at the family centers.... $2,191,283

3000-2060        For evidence-based, adult-focused child sexual abuse prevention initiatives that provide technical assistance to communities, youth-serving organizations and schools to: (i) organize local coalitions dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse; (ii) recruit, train and certify local volunteers to provide free prevention education for parents, students and professionals; and (iii) strengthen the core standards around the screening of prospective employees, the development of codes of conduct, the assessment and modification of physical spaces to reduce opportunities for sexual abuse, the responding to and reporting of boundary-violating behaviors and suspected acts of sexual abuse and the training of staff and volunteers on ways to prevent adult perpetration and child-on-child sexual abuse; provided further, that initiatives supported through this item shall be administered by the Children’s Trust Fund established in section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws and the office of the child advocate; and provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for Massachusetts Citizens for Children, Inc. to provide technical assistance to and training for schools and communities..... $2,350,000

3000-3060        For early education and care services for children with active cases at the department of children and families, for families currently involved with, or transitioning from, transitional aid to families with dependent children and for families participating in education and training services funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; provided, that providers shall be reimbursed for subsidized childcare services funded under this item based on enrollment; provided further, 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 under 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 not less than 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: (i) recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits; (ii) former participants who are working for up to 12 months after termination of their benefits; (iii) participants who are working for up to 12 months after the transitional period; and (iv) 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 services 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 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 submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days prior to the transfer; provided further, that not later than April 16, 2024, the commissioner shall submit a preliminary report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance on the projected expenses for the program that shall include, but not be limited to, the expected surplus or deficiency for the program; provided further, that not later than June 30, 2024, if the department determines that the available appropriation for this program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses, the commissioner shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance 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 of early education and care 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 2024; and provided further, that all children eligible for services under this item shall receive such services............................................ $346,587,135

3000-4060        For income-eligible early education and care programs; provided, that providers shall be reimbursed for subsidized childcare services funded under this item based on enrollment; provided further, 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 early education and care services funded under 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 the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds to this item from item 3000-3060, as necessary, pursuant to an allocation plan, which shall detail, by object class, the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which the commissioner shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance not less than 30 days prior to the transfer; provided further, that not more than 3 per cent of the funds appropriated in this item may be transferred in fiscal year 2024 as set forth in a plan submitted by the department of early education and care; provided further, that said plan shall be submitted to the joint committee on education, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance; provided further, that not later than April 15, 2024, the commissioner shall submit a preliminary report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance on the projected expenses for the program that shall include, but not be limited to, the expected surplus or deficiency for the program; provided further, that not later than June 30, 2024, if the department determines that the available appropriation for this program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses, the commissioner shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance 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 rendered in fiscal year 2024; 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 such city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation............................................ $407,188,233

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

3000-5000        For grants to head start programs; provided, that funds from this item may be expended on early head start programs... $16,500,000

3000-6025        For grants in fiscal year 2024 to support planning and 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 2025; provided, that planning and implementation grants may 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 in awarding grants shall be given to districts serving high percentages of high-needs students; provided further, that additional preference in awarding planning grants may be given to districts to update strategic expansion plans completed in prior fiscal years; provided further, that additional preference in awarding implementation grants shall be given 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 not later than March 15, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the status of planning and implementation activities supported through this item and item 1596-2412, which shall include, but not be limited to, the: (i) districts that submitted applications for grant funding; (ii) recipients of grant funding; (iii) anticipated number of children served by recipients; (iv) size of awarded grants by recipient; and (v) recipients’ workforce development efforts; provided further, that funds from this item may be used to provide administrative support to grantees, including technical assistance and program evaluation; 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 such city, town, regional school district or educational collaborative without further appropriation; and provided further, that funds may be expended for programs or activities during the summer months.............................................. $15,000,000

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; 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; and provided further, that funding may be used to support programming and services to address mental health concerns including, but not limited to, outreach, training for educators to respond to mental health challenges, support for educators, including peer group support, and an expansion of current services........................ $5,000,000

Behavioral Health Outreach, Access
and Support Trust Fund................................ 100%

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, established under section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided, that such services shall be made available statewide to parents under 24 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 $17,555,526

3000-7040        For the department of early education and care, which may expend not more than $320,000 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 federal Social Security Act, as codified at 42 U.S.C. chapter 7, subchapter IV, part E; 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.................................................. $320,000

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, 2023 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: (i) the Massachusetts Family Networks program; (ii) municipal school districts; (iii) regional school districts; (iv) educational collaboratives; (v) the parent-child plus program; (vi) head start programs; (vii) other school readiness and family support programs; (viii) licensed child care providers; and (ix) child care resource and referral centers; 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 Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System; provided further, that the department shall take steps to streamline activities and programs funded through this item; provided further, that the department may expend funds from this item on grants for supplemental services for children with individualized education plans; provided further, that not more than $160,000 shall be expended for technical assistance; and provided further, that funds may be expended for programs or activities during the summer months................ $11,859,190

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

3000-7052        For the parent-child plus program, also known as the parent-child home program............................................... $4,000,000

3000-7055        For the Neighborhood Villages Inc. pilot program to provide high-quality, economically-integrated infant and toddler classrooms that demonstrate best practices for supporting children, families and the early childhood workforce and establish infrastructure to facilitate wraparound health and wellness programming for children and families; provided, that funds shall be used to support high-quality early education and care classroom instruction and workforce development training; provided further, that funds shall be used to allow for the enhancement, coordination and alignment of early learning programs with community-based health providers and those resources that impact outcomes across health and early learning; and provided further, that the pilot program shall serve to identify resources and promising practices that inform efforts to support school-readiness and ensure the healthy development and well-being of children and families............................................... $1,000,000

3000-7066        For professional development and higher education opportunities and supports for early educators to be coordinated by the department of early education and care in conjunction with the Massachusetts community colleges; provided, that programming shall focus on the statewide recruitment and training needs of 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 under section 79 of chapter 154 of the acts of 2018, prior appropriation continued........... $10,000,000

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..................................... $1,750,000

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 2024 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 2024 as selected in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to A.W.A.K.E., Inc. Youth Violence Prevention in Springfield; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to BAGLY, Inc. to provide innovative job training and wraparound support to LGBTQ+ homeless youth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the SISU Center in the city of Lawrence to provide a safe space for structured education, health and recreational programming for at-risk youth throughout the Merrimack Valley; provided further, that not later than February 15, 2024, the secretary of health and human services shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) successful grant applications; (ii) the criteria used in selecting grant recipients; (iii) a set of clearly-defined goals and benchmarks on which grant recipients shall be evaluated; and (iv) outcomes and findings that demonstrate program success from the grant awards for fiscal year 2023; provided further, that funds may be set aside for the administration of these programs; provided further, that these funds shall be available to those municipalities with the highest number of annual youth homicides and serious assaults as determined by the executive office; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Inc. for the operation of comprehensive educational programming on gun violence and gun violence prevention…........................... $13,000,000

4000-0007        For housing and supportive services for unaccompanied youth under section 16X of chapter 6A of the General Laws; provided, that not later than February 14, 2024, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (i) the number of youths served through this item; (ii) the types of services received by participating youths; (iii) the number of youths who transition into stabilized housing and the zip code of the stabilized housing; (iv) the number of youths who remain in stabilized housing after 90 days, when applicable; (v) other quantifiable data related to client outcomes as determined by the secretary; (vi) the number of youths turned away from the program; and (vii) the amount of funding awarded to vendors for the delivery of services and the names of each vendor................................... $11,000,000

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; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for Sickle Cell Disease Association of Massachusetts, Inc.; and provided further, that not later than December 29, 2023, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means 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 of said chapter 6A, including personnel costs and an organizational structure plan.............................. $600,000

4000-0014        For the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc. to provide training to community health workers who 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 workforce; provided, that the amount appropriated in this item may 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; provided further, that funds shall be transferred to the fund according to an allotment schedule adopted by the executive office for administration and finance; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, not less than $500,000 shall be expended to establish a partnership incentive grant program between public higher education institutions and health care providers for the purpose of expanding the nursing and allied health workforce; provided further, that the grant program shall support financial incentives to health care providers that partner with public higher education institutions by offering clinical partnerships, the use of health care staff to teach courses and other innovative supports to increase the nursing and allied health workforce pipeline; provided further, that not less than $100,000 of said funds shall be expended to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth for the purpose of partnering with the Southcoast Hospitals Group, Inc. to develop and implement innovative strategies to increase the nursing and allied health workforce pipeline; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the joint committee on public health, the joint committee on health care finance, the joint committee on higher education and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the expenditures from the Massachusetts Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Trust Fund and short and long term strategies to increase the number of public and private higher education faculty and students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to nursing and allied health; and provided further, that the report shall include details on the grant program including, but not limited to: (i) established grant criteria; (ii) a list of grant recipients, including grant amounts; and (iii) summaries of the successful grant proposals............................................... $1,500,000

4000-0050        For the operation of the PCA quality home care workforce council established in section 71 of chapter 118E of the General Laws............................................... $2,811,797

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: (i) be consistent with the requirements under section 16U of chapter 6A of the General Laws; (ii) demonstrate adherence to an evidence-based model of service; and (iii) use measurable outcomes to assess quality; provided further, that the secretary of health and human services shall maintain the fiscal year 2023 contract with a third-party administration service organization to oversee the execution of, and the agency’s compliance with, subsection (b) of said section 16U of said chapter 6A; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing, but not limited to: (a) the number of children and families served at each center; (b) the types of programs; (c) program outcomes; (d) client feedback; and (e) progress on data sharing between centers; and provided further, that the network of child and family service programs shall coordinate with the executive office, the department of early education and care and municipal police departments to provide emergency assistance to missing or absent children at times when the juvenile court is not open, consistent with the requirements under section 39H of chapter 119 of the General Laws.............................. $500,000

4000-0054        For the executive office of health and human services to enhance and expand access to mental and behavioral health supports and services; provided, that not less than $100,000,000 shall be expended to enhance an existing student loan repayment assistance program for health professionals providing mental and behavioral health care; provided further, that the program shall prioritize health professionals who dedicate all of their practice hours to providing mental and behavioral health care; provided further, that such funds shall be administered by the executive office or by an organization under contract with the executive office; provided further, that the enhanced student loan repayment assistance program may include awards for: (i) psychiatrists to provide assistance of up to $300,000 per individual; (ii) physicians in community health centers and psychologists to provide assistance of up to $150,000 per individual; (iii) master’s degree-level mental health professionals including, but not limited to, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, advance practice registered nurses and pediatric clinical nurse specialists, to provide assistance of up to $50,000 per individual; (iv) bachelor’s degree-level mental health professionals including, but not limited to, community health workers, recovery coaches and family partners, to provide assistance of up to $30,000 per individual; (v) psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to provide assistance of up to $100,000 per individual; and (vi) mental health workers to provide assistance of up to $40,000 per individual; provided further, that the loan repayment assistance program shall prioritize the recruitment and retention of providers of diverse backgrounds who can provide linguistically and culturally tailored care and providers who practice in underserved and geographically isolated areas; provided further, that the loan repayment assistance program shall consider average pay for comparable positions across behavioral health settings and prioritize loan repayment assistance for those applicants receiving comparably lower average pay; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 of funds for the loan repayment assistance program shall be expended to mental and behavioral health professionals serving justice-involved populations; provided further, that to be eligible for loan repayment assistance under this item, an individual shall: (a) provide behavioral health care in the commonwealth in the following settings or service areas: (1) a community health center; (2) a community mental health center; (3) an inpatient psychiatric hospital; (4) an acute care hospital; (5) outpatient treatment; (6) substance use disorder treatment; (7) assessment and treatment of children with co-occurring developmental needs; or (8) state-run or state-contracted programs or settings, including school-based behavioral health providers; (b) have outstanding educational debt; (c) not participate in any other loan repayment program; and (d) be required to enter into a contract with the commonwealth for not less than 4 years; provided further, that the amounts of assistance per individual shall be pro-rated for individuals working on a part-time basis; provided further, eligible providers who previously applied to the existing student loan repayment assistance program between December 5, 2022 and January 30, 2023 and were determined eligible but were not funded shall be considered for an award using these funds without needing to submit a second application; provided further, that such eligible applicants, who were not funded, may be expedited and approved using these funds; provided further, that the executive office shall promulgate regulations for the administration and enforcement of the loan repayment assistance program under this item which shall include penalties and repayment procedures if a participating individual fails to comply with program requirements; provided further, that not less than 45 days prior to the allocation or obligation of funds for the loan repayment assistance program, the executive office shall submit a comprehensive program plan to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery and the joint committee on health care financing; provided further, that the office of behavioral health promotion shall expend not less than $500,000 on a campaign to promote and bring awareness to the public about programs designed to bolster the behavioral health workforce in the commonwealth; provided further, that the office of behavioral health promotion shall expend not less than $700,000 on a public awareness campaign to promote the availability and utilization of a no-cost annual mental health wellness exam and other consumer protection provisions included in chapter 177 of the acts of 2022; provided further, that not less than $25,000,000 shall be expended for a scholarship program, which shall be administered by the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that said program shall prioritize the recruitment and retention of a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce; provided further, that said program shall prioritize applicants and placements in areas of highest need; provided further, that said program shall prioritize current health care providers seeking career advancement through additional education, training, certification or licensure; provided further, that scholarships shall be provided for tuition, fees and stipends; provided further, that scholarship recipients shall commit to working in inpatient, outpatient, acute care, substance use treatment, community-based and clinic-based settings or for state organizations or organizations that are under contract with the executive office including, but not limited to, the department of mental health, the department of public health, the department of developmental services and the department of children and families; provided further, that the executive office shall promulgate regulations for the administration and enforcement of the scholarship program under this item, which shall include penalties and repayment procedures if a participating individual fails to comply with program requirements; provided further, that not less than 45 days prior to the allocation or obligation of funds for the scholarship program, the executive office shall submit a comprehensive program plan to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery and the joint committee on health care financing; provided further, that not less than $25,000,000 shall be expended to provide stipends to support unpaid clinical hours required for field placements, internships, apprenticeships and practicums necessary for completing educational requirements or obtaining certification or licensure; provided further, that said program shall prioritize bachelor’s degree-level and master’s degree-level candidates completing their unpaid internships, apprenticeships or practicums at health care facilities with the highest relevant workforce needs; provided further, that said program shall prioritize the recruitment and retention of a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce; provided further, that the funds shall be administered by the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that the executive office shall promulgate regulations for the administration and enforcement of the stipend program under this item; provided further, that not less than $20,000,000 shall be expended to establish new, or enhance existing, clinical supervision of students pursuing degrees in behavioral health and behavioral health providers-in-training pursuing certification or licensure; provided further, that such clinical supervision incentive program shall provide incentives to clinical supervisors working in community based settings who are required to provide unreimbursed supervision to students and clinicians-in-training who are working toward certification or licensure; provided further, that the clinical supervision incentive program shall prioritize providers of diverse backgrounds and providers who practice in underserved and geographically isolated areas; provided further, that the funds for the clinical supervision incentive program shall be administered by the executive office; provided further, that the executive office shall promulgate regulations for the administration and enforcement of the clinical supervision incentive program under this item; provided further, that not less than $5,000,000 shall be expended to the MASStrong Program to provide evidence-based and trauma-informed group peer behavioral health support to health care workers; provided further, that not less than $10,000,000 shall be expended for a bridge program to help students in kindergarten to grade 12, inclusive, to transition into the communities following an extended absence due to mental health crises; provided further, that a student may be eligible for the bridge program whether or not their absence was due to hospitalization; provided further, that the bridge program shall be accessible to students in every geographic region of the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended to assist mental and behavioral health professionals with 1-time training or practice costs including, but not limited to, exam preparation, license and certification fees and continuing education; provided further, that said funds shall prioritize providers of diverse backgrounds and providers working in health care settings with high workforce needs; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services, in coordination with the health policy commission and the division of insurance, shall expend not less than $500,000 for the purpose of conducting or contracting for a comprehensive study and analysis of rates paid for behavioral health services by both private and public payers and the adequacy of said rates to support the provision of equitable, quality behavioral health services in the commonwealth; provided further, that $500,000 shall be expended for the bureau of health professions licensure within the department of public health to conduct a study of licensure and certification processes for the behavioral health workforce; provided further, that said study shall include the total number of licensed and certified behavioral health providers in the commonwealth, a demographic analysis of said providers, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, spoken languages, socioeconomic status, education level, outstanding educational debt and years of practice in the field, and an analysis of license application processing metrics, such as wait and processing times, for initial and renewing professionals; provided further, that the bureau of health professions licensure may contract with an outside entity to help conduct said study; provided further, that not later than June 28, 2024, the bureau shall submit its findings, including any barriers to accessing data required by this section, in a final report to the health policy commission, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the senate and house of representatives; provided further, that not less than $1,800,000 shall be expended by the executive office of health and human services for a behavioral health workforce development center to recruit, retain and develop a diverse, experienced behavioral health workforce that can provide linguistically and culturally tailored care across the commonwealth, prioritizing rural and underserved communities; provided further, that the center shall study and establish baseline behavioral health workforce needs throughout the commonwealth and develop recommendations and strategies to meet those needs; and provided further, that annually, beginning on July 1, 2024, the center shall make its recommendations available publicly and shall submit a copy to the senate and house committees on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing and the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery............................................ $192,000,000

Behavioral Health Trust Fund........................ 100%

4000-0250        For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend not more than $15,000,000 from monies received from the commonwealth health insurance connector authority for the costs of the operation and maintenance of the health insurance exchange; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenue and related expenditures, the executive 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

4000-0300        For the operation of the office 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 not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Human Relations Service, Inc. in the town of Wellesley to address the mental and behavioral health needs of families and children; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Inc. to expand the healthy lives program; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to The Lily House Inc. in the town of Wellfleet for hospice house facility repairs; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Behavioral Health Workforce Development Center at William James College for the retention and development of a culturally diverse and experienced behavioral health workforce that cares for underserved communities in the commonwealth and to train a cohort of K-12 experts in school climate, including teachers and administrators, to create inclusive, behaviorally healthy school environments that foster psychological health, social development, diversity and inclusion for children; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the Fall River Deaconess Home, Inc. for the expansion of clinical, occupational and trauma informed mental health treatment for youth; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to support the critical care operations of New England Life Flight, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham, Inc. for behavioral health services; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Inc. for increased access to health and human services on Martha’s Vineyard; provided further, that not less than $2,500,000 shall be expended for building costs for North Shore Community Health, Inc. to support the capital project of building a new Salem family health facility to enhance and improve the care that is given to patients in Salem and the greater North Shore region; provided further, that not less than $5,100,000 shall be expended for a proactive communications plan with MassHealth members regarding eligibility redeterminations; 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 and the town of Provincetown, shall take into consideration the increased costs associated with the provision of goods, services and housing in said jurisdictions; provided further, that the executive office shall make a supplemental payment not less than $3,000,000 to Franciscan Hospital for Children, Inc., above base rates, to compensate for high-complexity pediatric care; provided further, that in calculating rates of payment for children enrolled in MassHealth receiving inpatient and outpatient services at pediatric chronic and rehabilitation long-term care hospitals and 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 $3,000,000 to any pediatric specialty unit in the commonwealth, above base rates; provided further, that MassHealth shall establish a direct phone number for court employees who serve participants of specialty courts to use in contacting MassHealth regarding enrollment and other benefits issues for participants and MassHealth shall notify the specialty courts administrator with the direct contact number and other pertinent information within 30 days after the effective date of this item; 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 federal Social Security Act, 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; 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 federal Social Security Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. chapter 7, subchapters XIX or XXI, the MassHealth demonstration waiver approved under subsection (a) of section 1115 of Title XI of the federal Social Security Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. 1315(a), or the community first section 1115 demonstration waiver under said section 1115 of said Title XI of the federal Social Security Act, codified at 42 U.S.C 1315, except as required for: (i) the administration of the executive office; (ii) 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; (iii) the dental benefits provided to clients of the department of developmental services who are 21 years of age or older; (iv) the payments related to services delivered in institutions for mental disease for which federal financial participation is not otherwise available; (v) 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; or (vi) otherwise as explicitly authorized with the prior written approval of the secretary of administration and finance; 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, 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 not later than January 12, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (a) number of members served in the dual eligible initiative; (b) average expenditure per member; (c) average expenditure per member before the demonstration project; and (d) number of clients that receive care at skilled nursing facilities; provided further, that not later than December 29, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing detailing utilization in fiscal year 2023 of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund established in section 66 of said chapter 118E, including the: (1) number of persons whose medical expenses were billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (2) total dollar amount billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (3) age, income level and insurance status of recipients using the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (4) types of services paid for out of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; and (5) amount disbursed from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to each hospital and community health center; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing on: (A) total spending related to pharmaceutical utilization for fiscal year 2023; (B) estimated spending related to pharmaceutical utilization for fiscal year 2024; (C) the actual and estimated revenue amounts, both in the form of supplemental rebates and federal financial participation, received in fiscal year 2023 and fiscal year 2024 as a result of total pharmaceutical spending; (D) total or projected savings amounts delivered from supplemental rebate negotiations in fiscal year 2024; and (E) the relative impact of price and utilization of pharmaceutical drugs added to the MassHealth drug list within fiscal year 2023 and fiscal year 2024; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with office of Medicaid, shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance, the joint committee on health care financing and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the review of wage payment rates for the provision of continuous skilled nursing care, as established in 101 CMR 350.04, 101 CMR 361, and 101 CMR 453, including: (I) an aggregated overview of the wage payment rates paid by home health agencies to staff or contracted nurses providing continuous skilled nursing care, including any increases in said wage rates resulting from increases in Medicaid rates paid to home health agencies for continuous skilled nursing care; (II) an aggregated overview of the proportion of the Medicaid reimbursement rate paid directly as wages and benefits to nurses providing continuous skilled nursing care through a home health agency that contracts with MassHealth; (III) an aggregated breakdown of said wage rates as applied to the acuity level of patients receiving continuous skilled nursing care; (IV) an aggregated breakdown of said wage rates as applied to the licensure level of the providers of continuous skilled nursing care; (V) state costs for wage rates promulgated in state fiscal years 2020 to 2023, inclusive, by regulation, department and program; (VI) the fiscal impact of increases in state funding versus prior fiscal year actual costs for wage rates promulgated for state fiscal years 2020 to 2023, inclusive, by regulation, department and program; and (VII) recommendations on information to be included in any future reporting by home health agencies receiving an increase of continuous skilled nursing care rates provided by the office of Medicaid; provided further, that home health agencies providing continuous skilled nursing care shall provide all information and documentation requested by the executive office of health and human services to compile the required report; provided further, that the executive office shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing summarizing the projected total costs for the next fiscal year of pharmaceutical pipeline drugs identified by the executive office and expected to be made available for utilization within a 12-month period from the submission date of the report; provided further, that this report shall not identify the specific drugs, manufacturer identities or wholesale acquisition costs of individual drugs identified by the department; 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 not less than $500,000 shall be expended for Health Care For All, Inc. for the costs associated with operating its free statewide non-profit consumer assistance helpline in order to provide health coverage eligibility, enrollment, and navigation assistance and to operate an online support platform for enrollment assistance across the state; provided further, that not later than January 12, 2024, the executive office 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 2023 and fiscal year 2024; provided further, that by the fifteenth day of the subsequent month, 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; 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 August 1, 2023 and quarterly thereafter on the status of the implementation of the behavioral health roadmap; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to address gender-affirming care concerns for transgender and gender-diverse people and to provide case management and care navigation support, education, and training to assist health care facilities, individual practitioners and other health care providers in providing gender-affirming care and identifying providers for referral and consultation for gender-affirming care; provided further, that not less than $650,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Consultation Service for Treatment of Addiction and Pain to provide case management and care navigation support to assist health care facilities, individual practitioners and other health care providers including, but not limited to, nurse case managers, social workers and recovery coaches, in providing care and identifying community-based providers for referral for pain management and treatment of substance use disorder; provided further, that not less than $1,250,000 shall be transferred to the Criminal Justice and Community Support Trust Fund established in section 2QQQQQ of chapter 29 of the General Laws for the continuation of a pilot program to establish a county restoration center and program overseen by the Middlesex county restoration center commission to divert persons suffering from mental illness or substance use disorder who interact with law enforcement or the court system during a pre-arrest investigation or the pre-adjudication process from lock-up facilities and hospital emergency departments to appropriate treatment; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended to establish a hospital workforce training and apprenticeship grant program to be administered by the executive office to provide support to eligible accountable care organizations, acute care hospitals and their affiliated hospital health care providers; provided further, that all Massachusetts accountable care organizations, acute care hospitals, their affiliated hospital health care providers, as defined by the center for health information and analysis, shall be considered eligible providers for the purposes of grant applications; provided further, that grants made shall be targeted to support education and training programs to support the workforce of these providers, including for programming that enables the payment of replacement wages and tuition stipends for incumbent workers participating in career development training and for labor-management training and education support for the workforce of those providers; provided further, that grants made shall support education and training programs designed to recruit and retain culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse individuals for the hospital workforce; provided further, that grants may also be made to further the retention of health care workers through the provision of housing, child care, behavioral health and other similar supports; provided further, that the executive office shall award grants through an application process; provided further, that the executive may promulgate rules or regulations necessary to carry out this program; provided further, that not later than 90 days after grants are awarded, the executive office shall submit a report to the joint committee on health care financing and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the grant program, including a list of grant recipients, grant amounts by recipient and summaries of each grant recipient’s use of funds; provided further, that any unexpended balance in these accounts shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2024; provided further, that funds shall be expended to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Martha's Vineyard Hospital for off-island medical transportation including, but not limited to, the transportation of patients with behavioral health conditions; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for a contracted independent study for actuarial modeling of public, private and public-private hybrid long-term care services and supports financing options to help individuals prepare for, access and afford such services; provided further, that the study shall include, but not be limited to: (aa) an analysis of public and private long-term care financing programs that exist in the commonwealth, the participation rates for those programs and any clear gaps that exist including, but not limited to, gaps in coverage, affordability, participation and any factors relevant to the design of a public program; (bb) modeling of 3 public long-term care insurance programs funded through a payroll deduction, including a front-end, limited duration program, a limited duration, back-end catastrophic program and an unlimited duration program; provided further, that key modeling outputs shall include estimated program participation rates, program costs, the distribution of program benefits, the impact on Medicaid expenditures and any financial and legal risks to the commonwealth; provided further, that sensitivity analysis on key program parameters shall be completed and include daily benefit amounts, coverage duration, benefit increase options, form of benefit and premium levels; and (cc) modeling the impact of tax alternatives and other incentives for the purchase of private long-term care insurance on take-up rates in the commonwealth; provided further, that key outputs shall include the impact on insurance take-up rates, the sociodemographic profile of individuals projected to purchase long-term care insurance, program costs and the impact on Medicaid expenditures; and provided further, that the actuarial analysis shall be submitted to the executive office of health and human services, the house and senate committees on ways and means, the clerks of the senate and house of representatives and the joint committee on elder affairs not later than 270 days after the effective date of this act................................. $141,994,304

4000-0320        For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend not more than $225,000,000 for medical care and assistance rendered in the current year 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.......... $225,000,000

4000-0321        For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend not more than $65,000,000 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 federal 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 not later than December 29, 2023, the secretary of health and human services shall submit a report to the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the amounts of the agreements; (ii) a delineation of all ongoing and new projects; and (iii) the amount of federal reimbursement and cost avoidance derived from the contracts for the previous fiscal year’s activities; provided further, that after providing payments due under the terms of the contingency contracts, the executive office of health and human services 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 said Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act and other federal funding provisions to support the programs and activities of the executive office; provided further, that said activities may include providing: (a) 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) consulting services related to quality assurance, program evaluation and development, integrity and soundness and project management; and (c) 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 of health and human services 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 not exceed $40,000,000 for state fiscal year 2024 except for contingency fees paid under interdepartmental service agreements for recoveries related to special disability workload projects; and provided further, that, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of 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................................... $65,000,000

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; provided further, that, such 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................................ $164,554,085

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 less than $70,000,000 shall be expended for targeted community-based behavioral health investments, including a 24-hour diversionary program to provide care to children and youth in crisis; provided further, that not less than $10,000,000 shall be expended for targeted hospital-based investments in behavioral health services, including rate investments for in-patient psychiatric patients with medical complexities; provided further, that the executive office shall require that any contract or other arrangement entered into by a managed care provider under the managed care delivery system for the provision and administration of pharmacy benefit management services on behalf of individuals enrolled in programs of medical assistance under this item, including a managed care provider participating in an accountable care partnership plan, shall include, but not be limited to, the requirement that pharmacy benefit managers: (i) identify all sources and amounts of income, payments and financial benefits related to the provision and administration of pharmacy benefit management services on behalf of the managed care provider including, but not limited to, pricing discounts, rebates, inflationary payments, credits, clawbacks, fees, grants, chargebacks, reimbursements or other benefits; and (ii) disclose to MassHealth the sources and amounts of all income, payments and financial benefits received by the pharmacy benefit manager; provided further, that not later than February 16, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the total number of members participating in the Accountable Care Organization program; (ii) disenrollment trends from the Partnership Plan, Primary Care Accountable Care Organization and Managed Care Organization-administered Accountable Care Organizations within the designated plan selection; (iii) the outcomes achieved by accountable care organizations and community partners including, but not limited to, financial performance, patient safety, patient satisfaction, quality and aggregate and per-member reductions in spending compared to prior cost trends; (iv) the results of benchmarks on accountable care organizations’ and community partners’ progress toward an integrated care delivery system; and (v) a summary of spending and activities related to traditionally non-reimbursed services to address health-related social needs including, but not limited to, home and community-based services, housing stabilization and support, utility assistance, non-medical transportation, physical activity, nutrition, 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; provided further, that said summary shall include outcome measures for at-risk populations with chronic health conditions; provided further, that not later than January 12, 2024, the executive office shall conduct and submit a comparative analysis to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery, of the rate differential for inpatient psychiatric and substance use hospital per diem payments between MassHealth and its contracted health insurers, health plans, health maintenance organizations, behavioral health management firms and third-party administrators under contract to a Medicaid managed care organization or primary care clinician plan; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to recipients in prior fiscal years................. $5,831,782,318

4000-0601        For health care services provided to MassHealth members who are seniors, including those provided through the Medicare Savings Program, and for the operation of the MassHealth Senior Care Options program under section 9D of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $200,000,000 shall be expended for rate enhancements to day habitation and adult day health providers; provided further, that not less than $14,300,000 shall be expended for investments in home health nursing rates to bolster the home health nursing workforce; provided further, that not less than $6,000,000 shall be expended to expand access to the substance use disorder rate add-on for nursing facilities contracted with MassHealth; 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, for the purposes of an individual's eligibility for the Senior Care Options program, an individual is deemed to reach 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which their sixty-fifth birthday occurs; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to Harbor Health Services, Inc. for eldercare workforce development, training programs, infrastructure and operational upgrades to its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) day centers in Mattapan, Brockton and in any new communities for which Harbor Health Services has been contracted to help meet the commonwealth’s PACE expansion goals; 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 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 facility 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, 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 not later than February 1, 2024, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the implementation of the Medicare Savings Program expanded program eligibility for seniors pursuant to section 25A of said chapter 118E; provided further, that said report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number of members who are seniors whose household incomes, as determined by the executive office, exceed 135 per cent of the federal poverty level that are enrolled in Medicare Savings Programs during each month of the fiscal year; (ii) total enrollment in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program, Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program and Qualifying Individual Program; (iii) total annual spending on Medicare premiums and cost-sharing for such members; (iv) total annual transfers from the prescription advantage program in item 9110-1455 and Health Safety Net Trust Fund to fund the Medicare Savings Program expansion; provided further, that nursing facility rates effective October 1, 2023 under section 13D of said chapter 118E shall be developed using the costs of calendar year 2019; 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 non-medical 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 no nursing home shall reassign a patient's bed during a leave of absence that is eligible for reimbursement under this item; provided further, that not later than January 16, 2024, MassHealth shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing, for fiscal year 2023, the: (a) number of nursing facility clients on a leave of absence, delineated by the nursing facility, 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) monthly licensed bed capacity level 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) actual number of nursing home residents for each of the 6 payment rates in clause (c); and (e) aggregate payment amount per nursing facility by month; and provided further, that the information in the report shall be delineated by nursing facility, including grand totals where appropriate......................................... $4,486,914,509

4000-0641        For nursing facility Medicaid rates; provided, that in fiscal year 2024, the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the center for health information and analysis, shall establish rates that cumulatively total $470,100,000 more than the annual payment rates established under the rates in effect as of June 30, 2002; provided further, that not less than $112,000,000 shall be expended in base rates for additional payments over the rate established in December 2022 to reflect nursing facility resident care and workforce costs including wages, hiring of staff and training for nursing facility workers; 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.......................... $582,100,000

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055
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 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 MassHealth shall expend $13,000,000 in the aggregate for acute care hospitals that have greater than 63 per cent of their gross patient service revenue from governmental payers and free care as determined by the executive office; provided further, that in fiscal year 2024, MassHealth shall maintain the same level of federally-optional chiropractic services that were in effect in fiscal year 2016 and that were included in its state plan or demonstration program in effect on January 1, 2002 for members enrolled in the primary care clinician program; provided further, that in fiscal year 2024, the executive office shall not fund programs relating to case management with the intention of reducing length of stay for neonatal intensive care unit cases; provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for activities relating to customer service; 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 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 MassHealth shall continue to expend funds for expanded oral health benefits, including endodontic and prosthodontic services, for adult members, consistent with the benefits provided beginning on January 1, 2021; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (i) dental coverage available to MassHealth recipients as of January 1, 2024 as it compares to dental coverage available to MassHealth recipients on January 1, 2010; (ii) utilization of dental services in fiscal year 2023 and fiscal year 2024; (iii) the actual and projected costs and revenue associated with dental coverage in fiscal year 2023 and fiscal year 2024; and (iv) the estimated cost effectiveness of dental coverage as a contributor to MassHealth total cost of care; provided further, that dental services for adults shall be covered at least to the extent they were covered as of June 30, 2023; provided further, that not later than December 1, 2023, $900,000 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; provided further, that the secretary of health and human services shall designate the league of community health centers to administer the funds and shall retain 5 per cent of the total funds; provided further, that the secretary shall: (a) report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the use of the funds by teaching community health centers; and (b) audit said centers in order to confirm the use of the funds by each center for training purposes; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the family medicine program in Franklin county; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to Harbor Health Services, Inc. for workforce development, training and recruitment of qualified dental assistants and hygienists to expand capacity at its community-based dental health clinics serving Plymouth and Cape Cod; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for to the Greenfield family medicine residency program in western Massachusetts to support the training of primary care physicians in underserved communities; provided further that, funds shall be expended to eliminate pharmacy copayments for all MassHealth members; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to recipients in prior fiscal years................................. $3,743,866,357 $3,601,016,357

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 federal 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 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............................. $18,000,000

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, exceed 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............................................ $249,457,668

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 federal 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 2024, MassHealth shall maintain the same level of vision services that were in effect in fiscal year 2023 for members enrolled in the CarePlus program......................................... $3,176,913,030

4000-0950        For administrative and program expenses associated with the children’s behavioral health initiative to provide comprehensive, community-based behavioral health services to children suffering from severe emotional disturbances; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to these persons in prior fiscal years; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall submit biannual reports 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: (i) the results of the scheduled plan to date, including a schedule detailing commencement of services and associated costs by service type; (ii) an analysis of compliance with the terms of the settlement agreement to date; (iii) a detailed itemization of services and service utilization by service type, geographical location and the age of the member receiving the service; (iv) data detailing the time that elapsed between a member’s request for services and commencement of an initial assessment for services; (v) the time to complete the initial assessment and the time that elapsed between initial assessment for services and commencement of services; and (vi) a quarterly update of whether projected expenditures are likely to exceed the amount appropriated in this item; 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; and provided further, that any unexpended balance in this item shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2024............................................ $315,282,721

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 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 other than MassHealth Limited; 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 the maximum benefit levels for 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..... $30,017,088

4000-1400        For the provision of MassHealth benefits to persons diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus with incomes that do not exceed 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............................. $14,000,000

4000-1420        For payment to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in compliance with Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, as codified at 42 U.S.C. chapter 7, subchapter XIX..... $671,431,232

4000-1426        For health care services provided to MassHealth members through the following MassHealth waivers approved under section 1915(c) of the federal Social Security Act: the Acquired Brain Injury Residential Habilitation waiver; the Acquired Brain Injury Non-Residential Habilitation waiver; the Moving Forward Plan Residential Supports waiver; and the Moving Forward Plan Community Living waiver; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for administrative and program expenses associated with the operation of said waivers; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to members participating in said waivers in prior fiscal years.................................... $416,376,894

4000-1700        For the provision of information technology services within the executive office of health and human services; provided, that not less than $140,000 shall be expended to Manet Community Health Center, Incorporated for construction costs associated with the completion of phase 2 expansion of its Attleboro satellite health care center with 6 exam rooms, 2 behavioral health rooms and 1 consult room...................... $171,769,221

Office for Refugees and Immigrants.

4003-0111        For the operation of the office for refugees and immigrants; provided, that funds shall be expended to support the implementation of the new arrivals coordination plan established pursuant to item 1599-0925 of section 2A of chapter 2 of the acts of 2023 to establish a more coordinated system to address the needs of newly arrived immigrants and refugees; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the office, in coordination with the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, to support community-based organizations, refugee resettlement agencies, nonprofit organizations, family resource centers and local partners supporting immigrants and refugees through case management, legal screenings, benefits assistance, employment services programming and other non-housing-related supports for newly arrived immigrants and refugees; provided further, that said funds may be used for both direct assistance and administrative costs; and provided further, that the office shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) a list of recipients of such funds; (ii) the amounts distributed to each recipient; and (iii) the number of newly arrived immigrants and refugees served by each recipient............................................... $2,000,000

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 not less than $75,000 shall be expended as a grant for Immigrants Assistance Center, Inc. in the city of New Bedford to provide citizenship and workforce readiness programming; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the city of Framingham public school system for a multilingual family assistance caseworker to assist immigrant families and children with navigating and accessing resources that are essential to meeting their basic needs, including mental health and medical services; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Lawrence Family Development, Inc. in Lawrence for English as a second language and citizenship classes; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Casa Dominicana, Inc. to assist in English as a second language and citizenship classes; provided further, that the program funded under 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: (i) English for Speakers of Other Languages/civics classes; (ii) citizenship application assistance; (iii) interview preparation; and (iv) 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 noncitizens shall be given the highest priority for services; provided further, that persons who currently receive state-funded benefits that 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 funds may be expended for the programmatic and administrative support of the office’s refugee and immigrant services; provided further, that not later than January 16, 2024 the office for refugees and immigrants shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means including, but not limited to: (a) the services provided to immigrants and refugees, including but not limited to Afghan, Haitian, and Ukrainian refugees and immigrants in fiscal year 2022 and 2023; (b) the number of said refugees and immigrants serviced; and (c) the efforts taken to fully settle said refugees and immigrants and provide them with support services to find employment, housing, health insurance and childcare; and provided further, that funds may be expended for the programmatic and administrative support of the office’s refugee and immigrant services; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Friendly House, Inc. for the operation of a Center for New Americans in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the Refugee Health Promotion program to expand behavioral health and wellness programming; provided further, that funds may be transferred from item 4003-0111 to this item, as necessary, for the administration of the citizenship for new Americans program; and provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, Inc. for the hiring of a multilingual family assistance caseworker and for the creation of an emergency stabilization fund to assist low-income immigrant families............................................... $2,086,958

4003-0123        For the resettlement agencies in the commonwealth that contract with the United States Department of State to resettle refugees and immigrants to provide services and support to refugees and other displaced persons eligible for the services provided by said resettlement agencies; provided, that, at the discretion of the agency, not less than 75 per cent of the funds may be expended on direct assistance to refugees and immigrants, including, but not limited to, assistance securing immigration status in the United States, and not more than 25 per cent of the funds may be expended to support the infrastructure of the resettlement agencies on a pro-rata basis; and provided further, that any unexpended funds in item 4003-0122 of section 2 of chapter 24 of the acts of 2021, as amended by section 65 of chapter 102 of the acts of 2021, and further amended by section 35 of chapter 42 of the acts of 2022, shall not revert to the General Fund but shall be made available until September 30, 2023.................... $500,000

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; provided further, that not less than $2,500,000 of this appropriation shall be expended for the operation of the Betsy Lehman center for patient safety and medical error reduction; and provided further, that the center for health information and analysis shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 11, 2024 on: (i) the MassHealth rates of payment for telehealth services; (ii) the MassHealth rates of payment for comparable in-person services; and (iii) the utilization rates of telehealth services where in person services are available $33,394,788

OFFICE OF DISABILITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

4110-0001        For the operation of the Massachusetts commission for the blind, including the cost of sheltered workforce employee retirement benefits.................................... $1,706,424

4110-1000        For the community services program; provided, 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 $1,100,000 shall be expended by the Massachusetts commission for the blind to maximize the independent living skills of legally blind residents of the commonwealth through rehabilitation programs, housing assistance services, adjustment counseling services and the provision of accessible devices, assistive software and equipment and supportive technology training by qualified nonprofit providers in community, residential, virtual and facility-based settings, not less than $500,000 of which shall be made available for the Carroll Center for the Blind, Inc. and not less than $300,000 of which shall be made available for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to hire additional social workers, rehabilitation teachers and orientation and mobility instructors at the Massachusetts commission for the blind ........... $8,185,416

4110-1010        For radio reading services for the blind and print disabled; provided, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to each of the following service providers: (i) Audible Local Ledger, Inc.; (ii) Audio Journal, Incorporated; (iii) Berkshire Talking Chronicle; (iv) Lowell Association for the Blind, Inc.; and (v) Valley Eye Radio, Inc.; and provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for the Talking Information Center, Incorporated to provide human voiced broadcasts of local news, articles and items of interest to visually-impaired and otherwise disabled listeners................................... $1,100,000

4110-2000        For the turning 22 program of the Massachusetts commission for the blind, including deaf-blind extended supports; provided, that the commission shall work in conjunction with the department of developmental services to secure the maximum amount of federal reimbursements available for the care of turning 22 program clients....... $15,702,144

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 appropriations shall be deducted for pensions, group health or life insurance or any other such indirect costs of federally reimbursed state employees.. …$2,831,545

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

4120-0200        For independent living centers; provided, that not later than April 1, 2024, the Massachusetts rehabilitation 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: (i) total number of consumers that request and receive services; (ii) types of services requested and received by consumers; (iii) total number of consumers moved from nursing homes; and (iv) total number of independent living plans and goals set and achieved by consumers............................................... $8,000,000

4120-1000        For the operation of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission; provided, that not less than 90 days prior to any changes to the current eligibility criteria, the commission shall provide written notification to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, 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 said lists shall include client names and social security numbers and payee names and other identification, if different from a client’s identification.................................................. $429,908

4120-2000        For vocational rehabilitation services operated in cooperation with the federal government; provided, that funds from federal vocational rehabilitation grants 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 of rehabilitation, 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.............................................. $25,858,336

4120-3000        For employment assistance services; provided, that vocational evaluation and employment services shall be provided for severely disabled adults............ $2,480,407

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 2023 under item 4120-4010 of chapter 126 of the acts of 2022; provided, that not less than $1,920,000 shall be expended for assistive technology services; and provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the Requipment Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Assistive Technology (AT) Reuse Program, Inc............................................... $13,825,279

4120-4001        For the accessible housing registry for people with disabilities................. $150,000

4120-4010        For the turning 22 program of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission….................................................. $347,453

4120-5000        For homemaking services......... $5,883,145

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....................... $27,919,083

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........... $9,448,559

Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts.

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055
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 2023.............................................. $49,279,108 $48,420,108

4180-1100        For the Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, located in the city of Chelsea, 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 item of the Soldiers’ Home; provided further, that the Soldiers’ Home may accept gifts, grants, donations and bequests; 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 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 executive office for 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 charge in fiscal year 2023; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for the operation of an ombudsman’s office at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke to act as an independent, impartial and confidential resource for the community..... $28,728,578

4190-0103        For the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, which may expend for its operation not more than $50,000 from the sale of goods to residents and visitors of the home................. $50,000

4190-0300    For the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, which may expend not more than $824,198 for the operation of 12 long-term care beds from revenue generated through the occupancy of these beds; 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 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.................................................. $824,198

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, after compensating the registry of motor vehicles for the costs associated with the license plates, shall be deposited into the retained revenue item of the Soldiers’ Home; provided further, that the Soldiers’ Home may accept gifts, grants, donations and bequests; 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 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 traditional public school settings; provided further, that the commissioner of youth services may transfer funds between items 4200-0100, 4200-0200, 4200-0300 and 4200-0600, 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 submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 15 days before any transfer; and provided further, that not more than 7 per cent of any such item shall be transferred in fiscal year 2024........................ $4,920,321

4200-0100        For supervision, counseling and other community-based services provided to committed youths in nonresidential care programs of the department of youth services; provided, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the South End Community Center of Springfield, Inc.’s community youth corps program.............................................. $25,626,720

4200-0200        For pretrial detention programs, including purchase-of-service and state-operated programs; provided, that the department of youth services shall expend not less than $600,000 for the detention diversion advocacy program 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....... $29,995,433

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 for suicide prevention services............................................ $116,905,051

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 overnight arrest program........... $2,619,713

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 monthly status reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance 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 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 $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Hudson for the retention of 1 part-time employee to support the MetroWest Food Collaborative and its mission to strengthen local and regional food systems; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Fresh Start Furniture Bank, Inc. in Hudson; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the support of transition-aged youth through the Friends of Children, Inc. FOCUS program; provided further, that after March 15, 2024, 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 submit to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 15 days before any transfer; and provided further, that upon approval by the executive office for administration and finance, the commissioner may transfer funds for identified deficiencies between this item and item 4400-1100......... $80,071,407

4400-1001        For programs to increase the commonwealth’s participation rate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program and other federal nutrition programs; provided, that not less than $900,000 shall be expended for a grant to Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger, Inc.; provided further, that the work of employees of the department of transitional assistance 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; and provided further, that not later than February 1, 2024, the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the status of these programs..... $4,904,705

4400-1004        For the project costs of the Massachusetts healthy incentives program; provided, that the department of transitional assistance shall operate the program as a year-round, 12-month program and, at a minimum, maintain the incentive levels per household size in effect in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that when expanding the number of participating vendors, the department shall prioritize improving access in areas with limited access to fresh, local produce and that are historically underserved by the program; provided further, that the department shall collaborate with local food coalitions and nonprofit groups to develop community outreach strategies that ensure equitable access to, and knowledge of, the program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the Salem Food Pantry to appoint and hire a community programs assistant who shall serve as a key community liaison and support operations of the market located in the Point neighborhood in the city of Salem; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the Allston-Brighton Food Pantry and community refrigerator support program; and provided further, that not later than March 15, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number of households utilizing the program, including household size, age and racial demographic information; (ii) the number of program transactions; (iii) the number of vendors processing program transactions; (iv) a breakdown of the total number of program clients and vendors, by their municipality; and (v) the department’s efforts, plans and timeline for identifying geographic areas that are underserved by the program and increasing program activity in those areas, including metrics and factors to be used to make determinations for the addition and siting of vendors, prior appropriation continued................................. $5,050,000

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 executive office of housing and livable communities 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 not less than 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, Inc., Jewish Vocational Service, Inc., SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc., South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. and Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Main South Community Development Corporation’s efforts to promote the safety and security of the University Park and Beacon Brightly neighborhoods; provided further, that the executive office of housing and livable communities shall make available rental assistance under 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 not later than March 15, 2024, the department of transitional assistance shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, by type of service or program provided, on the: (i) housing situation, including stability of housing, for program participants; (ii) employment status, including the 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............................................... $5,050,000

4400-1025        For domestic violence specialists at local area offices.............................. $1,989,567

4400-1100        For the payroll of the department of transitional assistance’s caseworkers; provided, that only employees of bargaining unit 8 shall be paid from this item.............................................. $95,405,257

4400-1979        For the department of transitional assistance to administer, in consultation with the commonwealth corporation, the employment counseling and job training program and the pathways to self-sufficiency program respectively established in sections 3B and 3C of chapter 118 of the General Laws and the full employment program established in 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 of transitional assistance may expend funds on such services for the noncustodial parents of dependent children receiving transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided further, that the department shall expend not less than the amounts expended in fiscal year 2023 for the young parents program and the competitive integrated employment services program; provided further, that not less than $170,000 shall be expended for learning disability assessments through the University of Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the DTA Works internship program; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended for the service providers with whom the office for refugees and immigrants entered into service agreements in fiscal year 2023 under this 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 consideration of the grandparents’ income, shall be eligible to receive services; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means including, but not limited to: (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; provided further, that the department shall consider other programs to meet transitional employment needs of clients; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for Roca, Inc. to provide services to young parents in the city of Springfield who are experiencing acute trauma, multiple systems involvement, mental health concerns or domestic violence or abuse and to increase parenting and life skills, housing stability, self-sufficiency and cognitive and behavioral skills through intensive case management and wraparound supports.............................................. $19,925,509

4401-1003        For a grant program to be administered by the department of transitional assistance for 2 generation programs to support economic mobility among high-risk young parents between 14 and 24 years of age, inclusive, who are eligible for assistance under the department’s young parent program; provided, that grants shall be targeted at young parents experiencing acute trauma, multiple systems involvement, mental health concerns, domestic violence or abuse; provided further, that the grant funding shall be utilized to increase parenting and life skills, housing stability, and self-sufficiency, and to build cognitive and behavioral skills through intensive case management and wraparound supports; provided further, that the department shall distribute grant funds through a competitive grant program; provided further, that grants shall be awarded to applicants that: (i) are community based nonprofit programs; (ii) have demonstrated experience working with high-risk young parents and partnering with local administering agencies; and (iii) seek additional federal, state or private funds to ensure the effective continuation of services and local partnerships; provided further, that the department shall collect robust data from contracted agencies to better understand this population, their risk factors and the services provided to them; provided further, that the department shall award not more than 14 grants; provided further, that grants shall be awarded in communities with high numbers of pregnant and parenting teens; provided further, that grants shall be not less than $250,000 and not more than $500,000; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (a) total number of program participants; (b) educational attainment of program participants; (c) employment status, including employment history, for program participants; (d) number of program participants receiving assistance under item 4403-2000; and (e) relevant demographic information, as determined by the department......................... $3,500,000

4403-2000        For a program of transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided, that the payment standard and need standard in fiscal year 2024 shall be not less than the standards in effect in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that beginning in the month of April 2024 the payment standard for monthly benefits for the program, not including the rental allowance, shall be increased by 10 per cent above the payment standard in effect in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that the need standard shall be equal to the payment standard established under the provisions of this item; provided further, that the payment standard and need standard for fiscal year 2025 shall be not less than the standards set forth in this item; provided further, that the department of transitional assistance 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 section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995 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 $450 shall be provided to each child eligible under this program in September 2023; provided further, that the children’s clothing allowance shall be included in the standard of need for the month of September 2023; 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 held 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 any dependent children from the home by the department of children and families under department procedures; 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 $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 such clients with short-term self-sufficiency; provided further, that any person experiencing homelessness, who: (i) has no established place of abode or lives in a temporary emergency shelter; and (ii) is otherwise eligible under this item and chapter 118 of the General Laws, 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 of transitional assistance shall promulgate or revise rules and regulations necessary to implement the preceding provision; provided further, that notwithstanding section 2 of said chapter 118 or any other general or special law to the contrary, the department shall render aid to pregnant people 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 any 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 not less than 75 days before any changes to the disability standards are publicly proposed, 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; provided further, that at the time of application and on a semi-annual basis, the department shall provide oral and written notification to all recipients of their child care benefits; provided further, that the notification shall include the full range of child care options available, including center-based child care, family-based child care and in-home, relative child care; provided further, that the notification shall detail available child care 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  and senate; and provided further, that the report shall include the text of, basis for and reasons for the proposed changes............................... $444,655,605

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.................................................. $350,000

4403-2008        For participant support payments to pay for or reimburse supplemental nutrition assistance program applicants and recipients for expenses that are reasonably necessary and directly related to participation in the SNAP path to work program...................................... $500,000

4403-2119        For the provision of structured settings as provided under subsection (i) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995 or any successor statute, for parents under the age of 22 who are receiving benefits under the transitional aid to families with dependent children program..................... $10,883,264

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4055

4405-2000        For the state supplement to the federal 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 under section 7A of chapter 118A of the General Laws, may be paid from this item; provided further, that rates for residential care facilities and rest homes effective July 1, 2023, established under section 13D of chapter 118E of the General Laws, shall cumulatively total not less than $7,000,000 more than rates effective January 1, 2023; provided further, that the department of transitional assistance, 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............................................ $202,700,528

The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4055

4408-1000        For a program of cash assistance to certain residents of the commonwealth, entitled emergency aid to the elderly, disabled and children, who are found by the department of transitional assistance 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 recipients shall not be subject to sponsor income deeming or related restrictions; provided further, that in implementing the program for fiscal year 2024, the department shall include all eligibility categories permitted in this item and the need standard shall be not less than the standard that was in effect in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that beginning in the month of April 2024, the payment standards for monthly benefits for the program shall be increased by 10 per cent above the payment standard in effect in fiscal year 2023 and shall include all eligibility categories permitted in this item at that payment standard; provided further, that any person experiencing homelessness, who: (i) has no established place of abode or lives in a temporary emergency shelter; and (ii) is otherwise eligible under 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 rules and regulations necessary to implement this provision; provided further, that rates for residential care facilities and rest homes effective July 1, 2023, established under section 13D of chapter 118E of the General Laws, shall cumulatively total not less than $3,000,000 more than rates effective January 1, 2023; provided further, that the department may provide benefits to persons who are the age of 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 determined by department regulations, 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, to dependent children who are ineligible for benefits under both chapter 118 of the General Laws and the separate program under section 210 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1997 and to 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 the department may promulgate emergency regulations under said chapter 30A to implement these eligibility changes, 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 federal 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, not less than 75 days prior to adopting any eligibility or benefit changes, the commissioner of transitional assistance shall submit 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 a detailed and comprehensive report setting forth the text of and the 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 and need standard for fiscal year 2025 shall be not less than the standards set forth in this item ...............................$209,700,528 $186.409,929

OFFICE OF HEALTH SERVICES.

Department of Public Health.

4510-0020        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $162,229 in retained revenues collected from fees charged by the food protection program for costs of said program; 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.............. $162,229

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 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................ $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; provided, that not less than $850,000 shall be expended to support the state action for public health excellence program in section 27D of chapter 111 of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to Hope and Comfort, Inc. to address hygiene insecurity in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for compulsive gamblers’ treatment supports and an independent research study to determine the extent and scope of harms caused by gambling products regulated by the commonwealth; and provided further, that the department shall give specific consideration to additional monies available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Law, 111-148 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152........................................ $23,992,001

4510-0110        For community health center services; provided, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended on a statewide program of technical assistance to community health centers to be provided by a state primary care association qualified under section 330A(f)(2) of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 254c(f)(2); provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for a federally qualified community health center with a 24/7 satellite emergency facility licensed under 105 C.M.R. 130 to improve patient access to emergency services by renovating front door and reconstructing sidewalk access;  provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for NEW Health – Charlestown for the operation and maintenance treatment of substance use disorder; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts to support the 413Cares centralized database of community services in western Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Lynn Community Health Center for the operation of the recuperative care center; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the continuation of a comprehensive substance abuse and narcotic use reduction program at a federally qualified health center located in the South Boston neighborhood of the city of Boston;   provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Mattapan Community Health Center, Inc. for staff retention to sustain services and meet community needs; provided further, that funding shall be expended for the Massachusetts State Loan Repayment Program in an amount not less than the amount expended in fiscal year 2023 contingent on the receipt of matching federal funds; provided further, that not less than $600,000 shall be expended for the Ellie Fund, Inc. to partner with community health centers to educate providers, patients and families on the availability of breast cancer support services during the screening and diagnosis processes in culturally competent manners; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended to Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. to address unmet acute patient health needs including, but not limited to, medical and behavioral health, community support and pharmacy services, at a satellite clinic at the former DyeWorks mill building in partnership with Lawrence CommunityWorks, Inc; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Manet Community Health Center, Incorporated for transportation solutions to ensure adequate patient access at the West Squantum street facility in the city of Quincy including, but not limited to, construction, parking lot evaluation, lot redesign, procurement of new spaces and procurement of a shuttle vehicle; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Corporation for community resources and care navigation services to assist vulnerable persons and families, including recently arrived migrants, with health-related social needs; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Baystate Brightwood Health Center in the city of Springfield to assist in outreach to neighborhoods served by the center, predominantly in the north end section of the city of Springfield...................... $7,075,000

4510-0112        For the department of public health to fund postpartum depression program at community health centers in the cities of Holyoke, Lynn, Worcester, Fall River and Salem and the Jamaica Plain section of the city of Boston; provided, that should a community health center decline funding, unexpended funds shall be made available to participating centers or to expand the program to additional centers....... $860,000

4510-0600        For an environmental health program; provided, that not less than $8,314,168 shall be expended for the 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 the department may expend funds from this item to monitor, survey and inspect nuclear power reactors, including those now licensed by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission; provided further, that funds shall be expended to establish a unit on the effects of climate change on public health within the bureau of environmental health; and provided further, that not less than $292,035 shall be expended for the Argeo Paul Cellucci Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Registry established under section 25A of chapter 111 of the General Laws........... $8,314,168

4510-0615        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $2,117,828 from fees collected from licensing and inspecting users of radioactive material within the commonwealth under licenses presently issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; provided, that the retained revenues may be used for the costs of both programs, including the  compensation  of  employees;  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 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............ $2,117,828

4510-0616        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,195,365 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 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............ $1,195,365

4510-0710        For the operation of the bureau 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 not less than $500,000 shall be expended for South Shore Health to support its efforts to advance health equity and improve access for underserved communities; provided further, that the department shall expend not less than $500,000 for the development and implementation of the mobile integrated health care program; and 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......................... $15,200,000

4510-0712        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $3,559,500 in retained revenues collected from the licensure of health facilities and individuals applying for emergency medical technician licensure and recertification for program costs of the bureau of health care quality and improvement; 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................................................. $3,559,500

4510-0721        For the operation and administration of the boards of registration for health professions licensure; provided, that funds shall be expended for the operation and administration of the boards of registration in nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing home administrators, physician assistants, naturopathy, perfusionists, genetic counselors, community health workers and respiratory care; provided further, that the board of registration of nursing home administrators shall review facilities closed between January 1, 2023 and July 31, 2024, inclusive, for compliance with 105 CMR 150; and provided further, that not later than September 1, 2024, the board shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on elder affairs that shall include, but not be limited to, accounts of compliance issues and violations of the regulations. $3,009,996

4510-0723        For the operation and administration of the board of registration in medicine and the committee on acupuncture........... $204,565

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

4510-0790        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........ $500,000

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

4510-0811        For grants to children’s advocacy centers, including those previously funded through item 4800-0038 in prior fiscal years, and for services for child victims of sexual abuse and assault; provided, that not less than the amount allocated by the department of public health for each children’s advocacy center in fiscal year 2023 shall be expended again in fiscal year 2024; provided further, that the department shall allocate available funding, above the amounts required to maintain not less than the prior year funding levels for each center, among the 12 accredited centers in a manner to promote equity in the services available to child victims of sexual abuse, assault and trafficking across the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $1,050,000 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 not later than February 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the grants awarded to each center; (ii) the number of individuals served by each center receiving funding; and (iii) recommendations on how to improve the availability and delivery of services through these centers........................... $4,050,000

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, tuberculosis and other infections of public health importance; provided, that funding shall be provided to proportionately serve each of the demographic groups afflicted by HIV/AIDS and associated conditions; provided further, that in compliance with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, the department of public health shall ensure that vendors delivering human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome community testing and screening shall seek third-party reimbursement for those services; provided further, that the department shall ensure that at least the same level of services will be made available as in the previous fiscal year; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended for disease research in fiscal year 2024; and provided further, that funds from this item may be made available to the permanent commission on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth established in section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws for community education, training, guidance, technical assistance and policy recommendations regarding social determinants of health for LGBTQ+ youth.............................................. $35,006,864

4512-0106        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $15,000,000 for the HIV Drug Assistance Program, or HDAP, from revenues received from pharmaceutical manufacturers participating in the section 340B rebate program of the Public Health Service Act, as codified in 42 U.S.C. section 256b, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Office of Pharmacy Affairs; provided, that such services shall include activities that would be eligible for coverage through the federal Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, Public Law 101-381, with priority given to the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome drug assistance program; 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 may make expenditures from the start of each fiscal year from this item in anticipation of receipt of rebate revenues from pharmaceutical manufacturers.............................................. $15,000,000

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055
4512-0200        For the bureau of substance addiction services, including a program to reimburse driver alcohol education programs for services provided for court-adjudicated, indigent clients; provided, that the department of public health shall ensure that vendors providing methadone treatment shall seek third-party reimbursement for such services; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Community Servings, Inc. to provide medically tailored meals to persons battling chronic illnesses and workforce training programs to those recovering from addiction; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for To the Moon and Back, Inc. for services and programs to support families and children born opiate-dependent with neonatal abstinence syndrome; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the police department in Lynn for the behavioral health unit; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the operation of The Dimock Center’s behavioral health continuum of care to provide comprehensive treatment for individuals suffering from substance use disorder and other behavioral health challenges, address workforce challenges and reduce barriers to care; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the operation of The Gavin Foundation, Inc.’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 Joseph Nee Collaborative Center for substance use disorder programming; provided further, that in order to support and strengthen public access to substance use disorder services, funds shall be expended to maintain programming including, but not limited to: (i) centralized intake capacity service under section 18 of chapter 17 of the General Laws; (ii) the number and type of facilities that provide treatment; and (iii) detoxification and clinical stabilization service beds in the public system; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended to preserve and expand the programs currently funded by the Massachusetts Access to Recovery, or MA-ATR, program; provided further, that not less than $7,000,000 shall be expended for opening 10 new recovery centers that are not currently funded by the department; provided further, that in selecting such centers, the department shall, to the maximum extent possible, ensure that not less than 6 of the centers shall serve gateway municipalities as defined under section 3A of chapter 23A of the General Laws; provided further, that funds shall be expended for the extended release of naltrexone program under section 158 of chapter 46 of the acts of 2015; provided further, that funds shall be expended to support municipalities utilizing grant funds from the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC); provided further, that the department 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 added by 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 $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 said chapter 17; provided further, that not less than $5,000,000 shall be expended for the bureau to provide technical assistance and training to the service systems of medication management, medication-assisted treatment and treatment of co-occurring disorders; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended on the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission through an interagency service agreement with the bureau to support workforce development; provided further, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended for outpatient and mobile services for deaf or hard of hearing individuals and deaf or hard of hearing and blind individuals with substance use disorders; provided further, that not less than $12,500,000 shall be spent for expanding low-threshold housing, employing a housing first model, for homeless individuals with substance use and mental health disorders at risk for the human immunodeficiency virus; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended for the bureau to provide technical assistance and training to increase the number of providers and to support existing providers delivering culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse services in communities of color; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended for a program to support multidisciplinary, team-based substance use services for adults with severe and persistent substance use disorder; provided further, that the program shall: (a) include a team-based approach to service delivery that tailors services to the specific needs and acuity of each individual; (b) provide substance use and social services through a person-centered approach; and (c) not limit program services to a specific physical location; provided further, that not less than $11,000,000 shall be expended to procure additional family supportive housing programs across the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $7,000,000 shall be expended to address the addiction treatment workforce crisis through outreach and recruitment efforts and support to complete trainings and continuing education curriculum; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for the bureau to address the addiction treatment workforce crisis through outreach and recruitment efforts at local and regional educational institutions and vocational-technical high schools; provided further, that such efforts shall prioritize the support of a culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse workforce; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for The Serenity House, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $4,533,180 shall be expended for substance use disorder step-down recovery services, known as level-B beds and services, and other critical recovery services with severely reduced capacity; provided further, that said funds shall be expended in the AA object class; provided further, that not less than $1,350,000 shall be expended for jail diversion programs primarily for nonviolent offenders with opioid or opiate addiction to be procured by the department of public health; provided further, that each jail diversion program shall have not fewer 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 opiates 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 shall coordinate operations with the sheriffs, the district attorneys, the commissioner of probation and the department of correction; 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; provided further, that not less than $750,000 shall be expended to expand transportation programs for individuals accessing substance use treatment services; and provided further, that not less than $1,440,000 shall be expended 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 alcohol and controlled substances, in an amount not less than the amount expended in fiscal year 2023. .................................................................$219,494,161 $216,694,161

General Fund............................................ 36.51%
Marijuana Regulation Fund......................... 63.49%

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 not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Merrimack Valley Prevention and Substance Abuse Project, Inc. for resources, community outreach and programs in the Merrimack valley; 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 not less than 30 days prior to any such transfer, the commissioner shall submit the allocation plan to the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that not later than October 3, 2023, the department of public health shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (i) communities included in the program expansion; (ii) number of participants for each community; and (iii) amount of naloxone purchased and distributed, delineated by community............................................... $1,165,480

4512-0205        For grants and contracts with substance use programs to provide comprehensive prevention, intervention and recovery services; provided, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended in equal amounts to the following substance abuse coalitions and community partnerships: (i) Bridging L.I.V.E.S.; (ii) Easton Wings of Hope; (iii) EB Hope, Inc.; (iv) Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; (v) Randolph Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; and (vi) Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for continued capital improvements to the Cambridge Community Center and for the expansion of the community-based behavioral health program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Champion Plan, Inc. in the city of Brockton; provided further, that not less than $75,000 be expended for the operation of Resources for Recovery Inc., formerly known as the Dennis Messing Memorial Foundation, located in the Hyde Park section of Boston; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for Crossroads Family Housing, Inc. in East Boston to provide mental health, substance use and clinical recovery services for those impacted by family homelessness; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, Inc. to assist in the work to end the opioid epidemic in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $950,000 shall be expended for the RecoveryWorks program at Massachusetts General Hospital to assist individuals in recovery as they seek to enter, return to or shift careers by: (a) offering mentorship, individualized career guidance and career-focused workshops; (b) partnering with employers and organizations on education and anti-stigma efforts; and (c) creating a recovery-oriented community that includes people in addiction recovery and their families, employers, organizations and local resources; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Baystate Eastern Region Grant Program to prevent and treat addiction to opioids and related substances; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Waltham Partnership for Youth, Inc. in the city of Waltham; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for Harbor Health Services, Inc. for a grant program to prevent and treat addiction to opioids and related substances;  provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute Inc.’s direct service and provider training programs; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Baystate Noble Hospital in the city of Westfield for a grant program to prevent and treat addiction to opioids and related substances; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the city known as the town of Braintree for Braintree Community Partnership on Substance Abuse; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for office-based addiction and opioid treatment, a program of the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for One Life at a Time, Inc., located in the city known as the town of Braintree, for the facilitation of access to sober living programs and job training services for people in recovery and associated operational costs; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended in equal amounts to the following substance abuse coalitions and community partnerships: (i) Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse; (ii) Sharon Substance Prevention and Resource Coalition; and (iii) Norton Opioid Prevention and Education Collaborative; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the expansion of program services at Chris’ Corner Recovery Resource Center in the town of Milford; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the Marblehead Counseling Center; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended to the city of Lynn for mental health and substance use disorder services; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition in the town of Cohasset to support the Safe Harbor youth ambassador program; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to Walker, Inc. for programming relative to the development of behavioral health and positive parenting, caregiving services and resources for services and support of incarcerated and post-release individuals with children; provided further, that not less than $450,000 shall be expended for Drug Story Theater, Inc., to support substance abuse education performances and forums throughout the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Decisions at Every Turn Coalition, Inc.; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Natick 180 Coalition in the town of Natick.... $5,295,000

4512-0206        For the department of public health to coordinate a comprehensive statewide strategy, in partnership with municipalities, public health harm reduction organizations and other stakeholders to promote existing commonwealth harm reduction efforts, to foster a culture of harm reduction and to promote community-based harm reduction services as recommended by the harm reduction commission established under section 100 of chapter 208 of the acts of 2018 and to prioritize the health, safety and dignity of individuals who use substances as recommended by the commission on methamphetamine and other stimulant use in the commonwealth established by section 131 of chapter 24 of the acts of 2021; provided, that not less $1,500,000 shall be made available to increase the availability of sterile and safe consumption equipment and syringe disposal services; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for a pilot program to provide access to fentanyl testing strips or other drug checking equipment; provided further, that funds shall be expended to promote pilot programming to advance the creation of new supportive places for treatment and related observation that offer medical monitoring, nasal naloxone rescue kit distribution, counseling and connection to primary care, behavioral health and addiction treatment services; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the status of implementing each program funded in this item; provided further, that not less than $95,000 shall be expended for placement of accessible naloxone at all Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority red line stations; provided further, that each red line station shall have 3 freestanding unalarmed naloxone boxes containing 2 units of 4 milligram intranasal naloxone spray; provided further, that the boxes shall be checked daily to replace used naloxone and to create a record of naloxone used each day; and provided further, that flyers shall be mounted around the boxes with instructions on how to use naloxone in the event of an emergency............................... $6,473,000

4512-0225        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,000,000 for a compulsive gamblers’ treatment program from unclaimed prize money held in the State Lottery and Gaming Fund, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, 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 said chapter 10; provided, that the comptroller shall transfer the amount to the General Fund; 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 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

4512-2020        For a matching grant program to be administered by the department of public health to support municipal public safety reform; provided, that funds shall be made available to municipalities pursuing public safety reforms and alternative investments to promote equitable public safety and public health outcomes; provided further, that eligible reforms and investments shall include, but not be limited to: (i) utilizing jail diversion programs, including restoration centers; (ii) hiring de-escalation specialists or implementing de-escalation training; (iii) hiring behavioral health specialists or utilizing other behavioral health supports; (iv) training in evidence-based or evidence-informed mental health and substance use crisis response or alternative emergency response; and (v) hiring or contracting alternative emergency response professionals; provided further, that preference in awarding matching grants shall be given to municipalities proposing alternative emergency responses conducted by unarmed community-based human service or behavioral or mental health providers who shall be unaccompanied by law enforcement but who may call on law enforcement as needed; provided further, that municipalities receiving matching grants shall demonstrate a measurable benefit to public health for the residents of the municipality, based on criteria established by the department, and that the municipality is pursuing new practices or reforms, or expansion of prior successful practices, that support criteria established by the department; provided further, that prior to receiving matching grants, municipalities shall provide a comprehensive implementation plan to the department of proposed public safety reforms and investments; provided further, that the department shall give priority to applications that propose to invest a majority of grant funds with community-based human service, substance use disorder treatment, behavioral health or mental health providers; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) a list of all municipalities that received matching funds; (b) the amount of matching funds awarded to each municipality; and (c) a description of the reforms and investments implemented in each municipality awarded matching funds, prior appropriation continued..... $3,500,000

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

4512-2022        For grants to local and regional boards of health; provided, that funds shall be expended to support the state action for public health excellence program established in section 27D of chapter 111 of the General Laws; provided further, that the department of public health shall prioritize a geographically-equitable distribution; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Randolph public health department for new vehicles; provided further, that funds shall be expended for a statewide data collection and reporting system, implementation of intermunicipal shared service agreements and capacity building for local and regional boards of health; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the joint committee on public health and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the: (i) grant recipients, including the amount per recipient; and (ii) dates that funds were released to recipients; and provided further, that funds may be used by grant recipients for emergency preparedness activities and other emerging needs............. $10,061,320

4513-0999        For a public information campaign to educate and promote awareness to pharmacies and the public about individual’s eligibility to receive a 12-month prescription for contraceptives in the commonwealth; provided, that information shall include availability of a 12-month supply of contraceptives; and provided further, that the commissioner of public health shall partner with insurers, pharmacies, relevant advocacy organizations and employers to ensure the campaign reaches pharmacists, clinicians, and individuals eligible to receive a 12-month prescription for contraceptives in the commonwealth...................... $500,000

4513-1001        For grants to support improvements in reproductive health access, infrastructure and security, including grants to the: (i) Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts, Corporation; (ii) Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, Incorporated; and (iii) Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, Incorporated; provided, that not later than March 1, 2024, the department of public health shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the grant distribution methodology; (b) a list of grants applicants; and (c) a list of successful grants applicants, including the amounts awarded and the projects being supported by the grants............................................... $2,000,000

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................................. $13,357,545

4513-1005        For the provision of family and adolescent health services including, but not limited to, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, the birth defects monitoring program and adolescent sexuality education; provided, that not less than $14,749,060 shall be expended for family health services; provided further, that not less than $9,231,000 shall be expended for comprehensive family planning services, including human immunodeficiency virus counseling and testing, community-based health education and outreach services provided by agencies certified as comprehensive family planning agencies; provided further, that not less than $6,700,000 shall be expended for comprehensive family planning services previously funded by Title X Family Planning funding due to restrictions applied federally;  provided further, that not less than $1,660,000 shall be allocated for Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. to continue services previously funded by Title X funding; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be transferred to the Public University Health Center Sexual and Reproductive Health Preparation Fund established in section 47 of chapter 15A of the General Laws for the purpose of reimbursements to public universities for abortion medications; provided further, that funds may be expended for the program’s critical congenital heart defects screening activities; provided further, that funds may be expended for the birth defects monitoring program; provided further, that not less than $3,250,940 shall be expended for teenage pregnancy prevention services; provided further, that applications for pregnancy prevention 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 the 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 high risk for teenage pregnancy; and provided  further,  that  the  department  shall  collaborate  with  the department of children and families on said programming................... $27,360,000

4513-1012        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $27,400,000 from retained revenues received from federal cost-containment initiatives including, but not limited to, infant formula rebates; 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.............................................. $27,400,000

4513-1020        For the early intervention program; provided, that the department of public health shall submit quarterly reports 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: (i) home visit; (ii) center-based individual; (iii) child-focused group; (iv) parent-focused group; and (v) 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-income and moderate-income families; provided further, that not later than January 31, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the number of families served by the program and the amount of funds appropriated in this item granted to qualified families; 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 not less than 90 days prior to any change to current eligibility criteria, the department shall provide written notification to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that no eligibility changes shall be made before January 1, 2024; provided further, that funds in this item 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 1, 2024, 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; provided further, that the update shall include a cost estimate for expanding the pilot to additional sites in fiscal year 2025; provided further, that not later than September 1, 2023, not less than $12,000,000 shall be expended from this item for early intervention staffing recovery payments necessary to address the staffing crisis and restore early intervention staffing and service hours through hiring, rehiring and retention of clinical and support staff across the early intervention system; provided further, that said funds shall be used to support increased salaries, wages and benefits for early intervention clinicians and support staff; provided further, that said funds may be used to cover supervision, training, non-billable time and other on-boarding cost directly associated with the hiring of new early intervention clinicians and support staff; provided further, that not less than $8,697,495 of said funds shall be expended for staffing recovery payments shall be distributed by the department as payment vouchers to the 59 certified early intervention programs; provided further, that said payments shall be made on a proportional basis, calculated using the early intervention child counts published on October 1, 2022; provided further, that not less than $302,505 of said staffing recovery payments shall be distributed by the department as payment vouchers to early intensive behavioral intervention service providers and the Perkins School for the Blind; provided further, that said payments shall be made on a proportional basis, calculated using the department’s early intensive behavioral intervention child counts published on October 1, 2022; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 of said staffing recovery payments shall be designated as a health equity allocation to provide additional targeted relief for certified early intervention programs serving predominately low- income cities and towns to address the health disparities exacerbated by the 2019 novel coronavirus; provided further, that said health equity allocation shall be distributed by the department to all vendors of certified early intervention programs using a weighted formula that includes the area median household income of the cities and towns in each of the early intervention program catchment areas and the current early intervention child census figure for each city or town; provided further, that the department shall provide a higher cost per child allocation for programs based on a weighted average income figure to ensure a higher allocation for the early intervention programs serving cities and towns with lower area median household incomes; provided further, that the department shall develop the health equity allocation formula in consultation with the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium, Inc.; and provided further, that not later than November 1, 2023, the commissioner of public health shall submit a report to the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the total funds expended to certified early intervention vendors and early intensive behavioral intervention vendors from this item.......................... $42,900,000

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 funds shall be expended for a veterans-in-crisis hotline to be used by veterans or concerned family members seeking 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’ services 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; and provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for 988 suicide and crisis call centers for implementation and personnel costs, prior appropriation continued............. $8,099,538

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see
 House, No. 4055

4513-1027        For The Samaritans, Inc.; provided, that funds shall be used for suicide prevention services; and provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the operation and expansion of Hey Sam, the text-based mental health support line tailored specifically to youth and young adults in the commonwealth and youth mental health community education, outreach and communications........ $400,000

4513-1098        For the provision of statewide support services for 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 Corporation shall establish and administer a process to distribute not less than $100,000 to the Massachusetts Survivors of Homicide Victims Network organizations throughout the commonwealth in the form of grants..................... $300,000

4513-1112        For the prevention and management of chronic diseases and their associated risk factors including, but not limited to, the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program and oral health services and programs; provided, that not less than $2,219,481 shall be expended for dental health services; provided further, that not less than $1,595,525 shall be expended for the comprehensive dental program for adults with developmental disabilities; provided further, that $4,146,826 shall be expended for the promotion of health and disease prevention including, but not limited to: (i) breast cancer prevention; (ii) diabetes screening and outreach; (iii) ovarian cancer screening; (iv) hepatitis C prevention and management; (v) 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; (vi) colorectal cancer prevention; (vii) prostate cancer screening, education and treatment with a particular focus on individuals with African-American, Hispanic or Latino heritage, family history of the disease and other individuals at high risk; (viii) osteoporosis education; and (ix) maintenance of the statewide lupus database; provided further, that not less than $475,000 shall be expended for the Forsyth Institute’s Center for Children’s Oral Health to expand its ForsythKids programming focused on children and adolescents and explore the emerging association between oral health status and academic performance; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the operation of VITfriends LLC located in the Hyde Park section of Boston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the operation of the Cranberry Health Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the non-state, government public hospital system established pursuant to chapter 147 of the acts of 1996 for a grant toward critical facilities and equipment to expand access to dental services; provided further, that not less than $6,219,468 shall be expended for smoking prevention and cessation programs, including youth tobacco use prevention and cessation programs; provided further, that funds shall be expended for Mass in Motion community grants in an amount not less than the amount expended in fiscal year 2023, contingent upon receipt of matching federal prevention block grant funds; provided further, that not less than $250,000 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 federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for Visiting Dental Hygiene, Inc. to provide mobile hygiene care for low-income and homebound residents; provided further, that not less than $300,000 be expended for the office of oral health to support the administration and activities of the special commission on oral health established in section 167 of chapter 126 of the acts of 2022 including, but not limited to, ongoing data analysis and other long-term projects to promote oral health equity; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for education and support of patients diagnosed with phenylketonuria or related disorders and their families through a grant to the New England Connection for PKU and Allied Disorders, Inc.. $14,865,777

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 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 130.1401; and provided further, that 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................... $1,000,000

4513-1136        For sexual assault and domestic violence services; provided, that not less than $7,900,449 shall be expended for a statewide sexual assault nurse examiner program and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner program for the care of victims of sexual assault; provided further, that the program shall operate under specific statewide protocols and by an on-call system of nurse examiners; provided further, that not less than $61,084,884 shall be expended for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and survivor services, including: (i) intimate partner abuse education, formerly known as the batterers intervention services; (ii) services for immigrants and refugees; (iii) rape crisis center survivor services and prevention; and (iv) intervention services and crisis housing for sexual violence and intimate partner violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning communities; provided further, 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 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 $5,000,000 of said funding for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and survivor services shall be transferred to the COVID-19 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors’ Safety Trust Fund established in section 102 of chapter 227 of the acts of 2020, to provide grants for domestic violence liaisons to expand resources and services for domestic violence survivors; 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 2024; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the domestic violence outreach program for the Cape Verdean Association of Brockton; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention program focused on teens in high-risk communities; provided further, that said programming shall be aimed at promoting healthy relationships and addressing teen dating violence for teens of all sexualities and genders; provided further, that the department shall partner with domestic violence and sexual assault service providers, other community-based organizations or school-based organizations to develop evidence-based and outcomes-focused prevention strategies; provided further, that the program shall prioritize funding for schools and communities in which the majority of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch; provided further, that at least 1 program shall operate in a municipality with a population of 25,000 or less; provided further, that said funds may be expended for a competitive grant program; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the department of public health’s division of sexual and domestic violence prevention and services, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, to develop, research and recommend evidence-based and evidence-informed prevention strategies to address the rising incidence of reported drink spiking in the commonwealth; provided further, that funds may be expended for the bulk purchase of drink spiking test kits to be distributed at bars, restaurants and nightlife establishments in the commonwealth; provided further, that not later than December 29, 2023, the department shall submit a report to the joint committee on public health and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) recommendations for eligible, research-based drink spiking prevention tools, including, but not limited to, drink spiking test kits; (b) an examination of how prevention tools can be distributed in an effective manner to individuals and vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to, distribution directly to bars, restaurants and nightlife establishments; and (c) other considerations the department may deem relevant for an evidence-based or evidence-informed public health response to drink spiking incidents in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the department of public health’s division of sexual and domestic violence prevention and services to develop and launch a strategic and comprehensive public awareness campaign to inform the public about the prevalence and danger of involuntary drink spiking through the department’s website, digital and social media, traditional media and other media; and provided further, that the department may partner with relevant advocacy organizations, employers, boards of health, institutions of higher education and community groups to ensure that the campaign reaches populations deemed most at risk of being targeted for drink spiking and includes evidence-based, evidence-informed and culturally-relevant response and safety tips for patrons at bars, restaurants and nightlife establishments.............................................. $72,111,757

4513-2020        For funding to increase behavioral health outreach, access and support; provided, that the department of public health, in consultation with the department of mental health and the department of elementary and secondary education, shall expend not less than $3,532,000 for a pilot program to increase student access to behavioral telehealth services in schools; provided further, that not later than June 28, 2024, the department of public health shall report to the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the: (i) number of students participating in the program; (ii) frequency with which students use the program; (iii) cost of the services provided, including the use of support staff; and (iv) manner in which costs have been supported by third-party reimbursement; provided further, that the department of higher education, in consultation with the department of mental health, shall expend not less than $500,000 for a mental health workforce pipeline program to encourage a culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse behavioral health workforce through collaboration between colleges and behavioral health providers; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the department of higher education shall report to the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, the joint committee on higher education, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) a description of the community partners in the pilot; (b) a summary of post-program employment or continuing education of participating students; (c) any recommendations on ways to further encourage a culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse behavioral health workforce; (d) available demographic and geographic profile information of the students served in the pilot program; and (e) any budgetary recommendations on ways to further expand the pilot program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for OUT MetroWest, Inc.’s LGBTQ+ programs; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended by the department on a public awareness campaign to promote the awareness and use of available behavioral health services; provided further, that the public awareness campaign shall partner with relevant advocacy organizations, employers, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations to ensure that the campaign reaches the populations that are most at risk of encountering existing barriers to behavioral health services; provided further, that not less than $5,500,000 shall be expended for a loan forgiveness program for mental health professionals; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 of said funds shall be expended for a loan repayment assistance program for the purpose of enhancing recruitment and retention of child and adolescent psychiatrists at community mental health centers and community health centers throughout the commonwealth; provided further, that the loan repayment assistance program shall be administered by the executive office of health and human services or by an organization under contract with the executive office to administer the program; provided further, that to be eligible for loan repayment assistance under this item, an individual shall: (a) be certified in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or have completed a Triple Board combining pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry; (b) have outstanding educational debt; (c) not participate in any other loan repayment program; and (d) be required to enter into a contract with the commonwealth which shall, for not less than 5 years, obligate the individual to maintain a patient caseload with at least 25 per cent of patients enrolled in Medicaid and to provide child and adolescent psychiatric services at a community mental health center or community health center located in the commonwealth on a consistent basis, to be defined by the executive office; provided further, that loan repayment assistance shall be provided on an ongoing basis during the applicable 5-year period and the amount of the repayment assistance provided shall be up to $300,000 per eligible individual and pro-rated for individuals in part-time psychiatry practice provided further, that not less than $2,500,000 shall be expended to address emergency department mental and behavioral health boarding through staffing investments and rate incentives associated with fully operationalizing inpatient mental health acute care beds and intensive inpatient psychiatric beds, intensive community based acute treatment, community based acute treatment and partial hospitalization capacity; provided further, that said grants may be utilized to maintain rate incentives for beds made operational in calendar year 2023; provided further, that priority shall be given to grants that support services and staff needs for children and adolescents; provided further, that staffing investments shall include sufficient funding for culturally and linguistically-competent workforce recruitment, retention and training including, but not limited to, loan repayment programs and hiring and retention incentives to support the full spectrum of hospital-based behavioral health providers including, but not limited to, psychiatrists, mental health workers, social workers, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and sitters; provided further, that priority shall be given to grants that support new beds that would be located in underserved areas of the commonwealth; provided further, that funds may be expended for investments in crisis stabilization services for patients who are boarding, including, but not limited to, de- escalation training for clinical and ancillary staff; and provided further, that the department shall administer the program in consultation with Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Inc......... $12,834,773

Behavioral Health Outreach, Access
and Support Trust Fund................................ 100%

4516-0263        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,245,591 in retained revenues from blood lead testing fees collected from insurers and individuals for the purpose of conducting such tests; 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............ $1,245,591

4516-1000        For the operation of the bureau of infectious disease and laboratory sciences, including infectious disease surveillance and the state public health laboratory; provided, that funds shall be expended for an eastern equine 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 such services; provided further, that no funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative, space or energy expenses of the department that are not directly related to personnel or programs funded in this item; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the implementation, continual development and oversight of the commonwealth's 2019 novel coronavirus vaccine distribution plan; provided further, that said plan shall be applicable to the 2019 novel coronavirus, all subsequent variants, and booster shots; provided further, that the department of public health in developing said plan shall take into consideration the recommendations of the health equity task force established under section 2 of chapter 93 of the acts of 2020; provided further, that the department shall prioritize a geographically and socioeconomically equitable distribution when developing said plan; provided further, that the department shall prioritize those communities disproportionately impacted by the 2019 novel coronavirus when developing the plan; provided further, that the department shall seek public comment from stakeholders including, but not limited to, medical professionals, public health experts, persons representing populations vulnerable to the 2019 novel coronavirus and persons representing communities disproportionately impacted by the 2019 novel coronavirus; provided further, that funds shall be expended for public education and outreach campaigns to inform residents of the commonwealth generally about vaccine testing, safety and efficacy; provided further, that the campaign shall rely on scientifically and medically accurate evidence and include partnerships with community-based organizations trusted in communities disproportionately impacted by the 2019 novel coronavirus and local public health departments and health care providers serving gateway municipalities as defined under section 3A of chapter 23A of the General Laws; provided further, that not later than September 15, 2023, the department shall submit a report to the joint committee on public health and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the current departmental recommendations for the commonwealth's vaccine distribution plan, including the role of local boards of health; (ii) the current state of implementing the plan; (iii) any anticipated state investments necessary to carry out the plan; (iv) the proposed strategy for communicating the availability of a 2019 novel coronavirus vaccine to communities, including efforts to prioritize culturally and linguistically focused public awareness campaigns; and (v) the department's plan to improve vaccine distribution coordination efforts with local boards of health; provided further, that not less than $2,657,020 shall be expended for the operation of the universal immunization program; and provided further, that all costs related to childhood vaccines shall be paid for through the Vaccine Purchase Trust Fund established in section 24N of chapter 111 of the General Law........... $25,782,884

4516-1005        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,043,103 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 the laboratory; 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 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............................................... $1,043,103

4516-1010        For state matching funds required by the federal Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, Public Law 109-417............................................... $1,543,328

4516-1022        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $343,492 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 the laboratory; 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 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.................................................. $343,492

4516-1037        For the department of public health, which may expend for the implementation of chapter 111O of the General Laws and rules and regulations promulgated thereunder not more than $49,569 in retained revenues collected from application fees for approval of mobile integrated health care programs and renewals thereof and from fines and penalties imposed by the department on mobile integrated health care programs; 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................ $49,569

4516-1039        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $415,014 in retained revenues collected from application fees 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; 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.................................................. $415,014

4518-0200        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,026,378 generated by fees collected from services provided at the registry of vital records and statistics, including: (i) amendments of vital records and requests for vital records not issued in person at the registry; (ii) requests for heirloom certificates; and (iii) research requests performed by registry staff at the 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 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............ $1,026,378

4590-0250        For school health services and school-based health centers in public and nonpublic schools; provided, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended for mental health services in public and nonpublic schools; provided further, that funds shall be distributed to public and nonpublic schools based on the percentage of students in the commonwealth enrolled in each; provided further, that services shall include, but not be limited to: (i) strengthening the infrastructure of school health services in the areas of personnel and policy development, programming and interdisciplinary collaboration; (ii) developing linkages between school health services programs and community health providers; (iii) incorporating health education programs, including tobacco prevention and cessation activities, in school curricula and in the provision of school-based health services; and (iv) 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 not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the North Quabbin Community Coalition, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Amherst regional public schools to support on-site youth mental health services for Amherst regional high school students; provided further, that funds shall be expended for school nurses and school-based health center programs; provided further, that funds shall be expended for mental health services in public and nonpublic schools; provided further, that funds may be expended to pay for nurse salaries for more than 3 school years; and provided further, that funds may be expended to address the recommendations of the 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................... $26,066,196

4590-0912        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $26,203,437 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 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.......... $26,203,437

4590-0913        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $1,507,937 for payments received for those services provided by the Lemuel Shattuck hospital to incarcerated persons from county correctional facilities; 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…........ $1,507,937

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see
 House, No. 4055
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 incarcerated persons from houses of correction not managed by private health care vendors shall be credited to item 4590-0903 of section 2B; provided further, that not less than $200,000 in retained revenue shall be expended for the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children summer program; 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; provided further, that Tewksbury hospital shall maintain at least the same number of beds in fiscal year 2024 as was maintained in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that the department of public health shall expend not less than $500,000 to municipalities hosting a department of public health facility that also acts as a department of mental health continuing care facility; and provided further, that the department shall seek to obtain federal financial participation for care provided to inmates of the department of correction and county correctional facilities who are treated at the public health hospitals............................................ $194.067,937

4590-0917        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $4,922,891 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 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............ $4,922,891

4590-0918        For the state office of pharmacy services, which may expend not more than $34,628,401 from retained revenues collected from vendors providing health care services to the department of correction; 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 of public health 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.............................................. $34,628,401

4590-0924        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $2,036,372 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 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............ $2,036,372

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

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 not less than 85 per cent of funds from this item to the AdMeTech Foundation-led Prostate Cancer Action Council which shall leverage existing partnerships with other state-funded nonprofit research organizations and current and past federally-funded, state-funded and privately-funded prostate cancer programs aimed at saving lives, improving quality of life and reducing health care costs... $1,000,000

4590-0930        For price reductions for municipalities purchasing naloxone through the municipal naloxone bulk purchase program.. $596,710

4590-1503        For the provision of statewide support services for maternal, child and family health activities to pregnant people, parents, caregivers, infants, children and youth, including those with special health needs to maintain the public health infrastructure necessary for promoting racially equitable, evidence-based, data-informed and family-engaged services and programs; provided, that not less than $296,297 shall be expended for the universal newborn hearing screening program; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the non-state, government public hospital system established pursuant to chapter 147 of the acts of 1996 for a grant toward facilities and start-up expenditures for birth center and midwifery care; provided further, 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 of public health's receipt of data indicative of potential hearing disorders in newborns; provided further, that not less than $9,940,965 shall be expended for the pediatric palliative care program established in section 24K of chapter 111 of the General Laws; provided further, that notwithstanding said section 24K of said chapter 111, children less than 22 years of age shall be eligible for this program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Propa City Community Outreach Inc. to provide education, advocacy, public awareness and support services to families experiencing all types of loss; provided further, that funds may be expended to Manet Community Health Center, Incorporated to coordinate a health needs assessment to identify barriers to maternal and child healthcare and develop inclusive programs to improve local maternal and child healthcare access in the Greater Taunton and Attleboro area; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for the operations of and hiring additional personnel for the Massachusetts maternal mortality and morbidity review committee to enhance the committee’s ability to comprehensively review deaths and complications that occur during or within 1 year of pregnancy and make related remedial policy and practice recommendations; provided further, that the committee shall convene regularly to encourage consistent case review and reporting of findings and recommendations; provided further, that the department of public health shall submit to the committee, in a timely manner, aggregated and patient-level maternal morbidity and mortality data for review and utilization in developing recommendations to improve perinatal and maternal health outcomes; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the committee shall submit a report to the joint committee on public health, the house and senate committees on ways and means, the pregnancy and birth equity task force of the Massachusetts caucus of women legislators and the commission on the status of women on its findings and recommendations; provided further, that the department shall publish the committee’s report on its website; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended to support the development and operation of freestanding birth centers to cover costs including, but not limited to, facility costs, start-up expenditures and the cost of the provision of full prenatal care and extensive postpartum care; provided further, that funds shall be issued through a competitive grant process; provided further, that nonprofit birth centers and maternal health-centered community-based nonprofit organizations shall be eligible to apply for the funds; provided further, that the department of public health shall promulgate regulations establishing application criteria, which shall include a requirement that a birth center be licensed or be in active pursuit of licensure; provided further, that priority for funding shall be given to birth centers that serve communities historically impacted most by racial inequities in maternal health including, but not limited to, high rates of maternal and infant mortality; and provided further, that not less $150,000 shall be expended to Seven Sisters Midwifery LLC for its doula workforce pilot program.......................... $13,058,558

4590-1504        For a neighborhood-based gun and violent crime prevention pilot program for targeted work with out-of-school youth and young adults aged 17 to 24, inclusive, intended to prevent gun violence and other violent crime in neighborhoods and municipalities with the highest rates of violent crime in the commonwealth; provided, that funds shall be awarded in consultation with the executive office of public safety and security and the department of elementary and secondary education; provided further, that funds shall be awarded to nonprofit, community-based organizations located in and serving high risk youth in eligible communities; provided further, that preference shall be given to organizations that have: (i) demonstrated street outreach capacity; (ii) effective partnerships with neighborhood health and human services agencies, including mental health providers, and with schools and other local educational institutions; and (iii) clearly outlined a comprehensive plan in support of continued or expanded collaboration efforts with such partners, including data related to measurable outcomes of successful partner collaboration; provided further, that eligible expenses for such grants shall include, but not be limited to, case workers, mental health counselors, academic supports and other research-based practices and related support services; provided further, that the department shall ensure that every grant recipient establishes measurable outcomes in its comprehensive plan and provides data related to those outcomes that demonstrate program success; provided further, that preference shall be given to proposals that demonstrate coordination with programs and services funded through items 4000-0005, 7061-0010 and 7061-9612; provided further, that the department shall allocate funding to support training and technical assistance for all grantees; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance, the joint committee on public health, the joint committee on public safety and homeland security, the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the awarding of grants and details of anticipated contracts by district; provided further, that the department shall further report on the effectiveness of the program, including but not limited to: (a) any measurable data-driven results; (b) which strategies and collaborations have most effectively reduced gun and other violence in the grantee neighborhoods; (c) how spending through this item has been aligned with spending from items 4000-0005, 7061-0010 and 7061-9612 in ways that enhance public safety while avoiding programmatic duplication; and (d) what efforts have been taken by the nonprofit community and municipalities to ensure the long term viability of the reforms funded by the pilot program; and provided further, that copies of the report shall be provided to: (1) the joint committee on public safety and homeland security, the joint committee on public health and the joint committee on education; and (2) the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than September 1, 2024...................................... $13,000,000

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 one-time and grants shall not annualize in fiscal year 2025............................................... $5,000,000

4590-1507        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, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Inc.; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc. Mentor 2.0 program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Randolph community programs department in the town of Randolph for continuation of a full-time town social worker; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Watertown Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Inc. for capital improvements; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for repairs for the Northern Berkshire YMCA complex located in the city of North Adams; provided further, that the department of public health shall award not less than $2,500,000 to the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAS, Inc., which amount shall be distributed among the alliance’s member organizations; provided further, that the department shall award not less than $3,050,000 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 shall award not less than $3,000,000 to the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc., the first $2,700,000 of which shall be distributed equally among its member organizations; provided further, that the department shall provide not less than $1,000,000 to the YWCA, which shall be distributed equally between the Alliance of YWCAS’ organizations in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham and Wakefield to establish and operate an inclusive cafe to provide training and job opportunities for youth and adults with developmental disabilities; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for the Boys & Girls Club of Ludlow to cover costs including, but not limited to, the cost of refinishing the gym bleachers for safety; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster - A Nonprofit Educational Corporation for clubhouse infrastructure improvements......................... $10,830,000

4590-2001        For the department of public health, which may expend not more than $4,040,651 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 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 of public health 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............................................... $4,040,651

OFFICE OF children, youth and family services.

Department of Children and Families.

4800-0015        For central and area office administration and service coordination of the department of children and families; 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 the commissioner of the department of children and families may transfer funds between items 4800-0030, 4800-0038, 4800-0040 and 4800-0041 as necessary, pursuant to 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 30 days prior to any such transfer; provided further, that not more than 5 per cent of any item shall be transferred in fiscal year 2024; provided further, that the commissioner may transfer funds from line item 4800-1100 into line item 4800-0015 for the purpose of maintaining appropriate staffing ratios; provided further, that the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 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 2024; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the compensation of unit 8 employees; provided further, that the department of children and families 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 of children and families 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 of children and families 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, except for federal reimbursement used to support revenue maximization projects; provided further, that the department of children and families and the department of early education and care shall provide standards for early education and care placements made through the supportive child care 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 child care 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 of children and families 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 not later than December 1, 2023 and March 1, 2024 the department shall submit reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities on: (i) the fair hearing requests filed in fiscal year 2024, using non-identifying information, which shall state, for each hearing request: (a) the subject matter of the appeal; (b) the number of days between the hearing request and the first day of the hearing; (c) the number of days between the first day of the hearing and the hearing officer’s decision; (d) the number of days between the hearing officer’s decision and the agency’s final decision; (e) the number of days of continuance granted at the appellant’s request; (f) 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 (g) whether the department’s decision that was the subject of the appeal was affirmed or reversed; and (ii) the fair hearing requests filed before fiscal year 2024, which have been 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 personal 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 of children and families’ 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 March 1, 2024, 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 shall include, but not be limited to, the: (1) number of medical and psychiatric personnel and their level of training currently employed by or under contract with the department; (2) number of foster care reviews conducted by the department and the average length of time in which each review was completed; (3) number of social workers and supervisors who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work; (4) total number of social workers and the total number of social workers holding licensure, by level; (5) number of the department’s contracts reviewed by the state auditor and the number of corrective action plans issued; and (6) number of corrective action plans entered into by the department; provided further, that on the first business day of each quarter, 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 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 child care, the number of children presently receiving supportive child care 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 in the department of children and families’ care and custody who are receiving 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 a 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 at 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 were denied voluntary services and received a 51A report, the reasons for denying such services 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 reenter 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 in the care and custody of the department whose whereabouts are unknown; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2024, 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 the 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: (I) criteria used to determine whether a child has been abused or neglected; (II) guidelines for removal of a child from the home; and (III) standards to determine what reasonable efforts are being made to keep a child in the home; provided further, that not less than $110,000 shall be expended for Rick’s Place, Inc. of Wilbraham to provide grief support to youth and their families in the Pioneer Valley; provided further, that on a monthly basis, the department shall provide the caseload forecasting office with data on children receiving services, young adults receiving services as defined in section 21 of said chapter 119, who continue to receive services as set forth in subsection (f) of section 23 of said chapter 119 and other pertinent data related to items 4800-0038 and 4800-0041 that is requested by the office; 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 of children and families may transfer funds from item 4800-1100 into item 4800-0015 to maintain 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 not less than 15 days prior to any such transfer, the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not more than 2 per cent of said funds from item 4800-1100 shall be transferred in fiscal year 2024; 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 not less than 15 days prior to any such transfer, the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not more than 5 per cent of any item shall be transferred in fiscal year 2024; provided further, that funds shall be expended for a unit to help identify at-risk youth and provide preventative services and to implement a missing or absent youth recovery response policy; provided further, that not less than 30 days before contracting for, developing, implementing or using any risk assessment or structured decision management tool to assess child safety and risk at any stage of the child welfare process including, but not limited to, the intake, investigation or reunification stages, the department shall provide an assessment of the racial impact of using such tool; provided further, that the evaluation shall include whether the risk assessment or structured decision management tool is likely to have a disproportionate or unique impact on racial and ethnic minorities; provided further, that a report containing the methodology, data and findings from such evaluation shall be submitted to the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the house and senate committees on ways and means and shall be posted on the department's website; and provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the Italian Home for Children, Inc.’s behavioral health services for children............................................ $140,416,735

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 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 of children and families for administering the program; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner may enter into a contract with Roca, Inc. to manage the transitional employment program and to provide services to participants from the aging out population, parolees, probationers, youth service releasees and other community residents considered to have employment needs................... $2,000,000

4800-0025        For foster care review services.. $4,916,666

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................................... $9,525,854

4800-0036        For a sexual abuse intervention network program to be administered in conjunction with the district attorneys.............. $841,534

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 funds may be expended to support reforms at the department to improve foster care and placement stability and to ensure positive permanency outcomes for children; provided further, that not less than 30 days before making each such reform, the department shall provide an assessment of the racial impact of such reform, including whether it is likely to have a disproportionate or unique impact on racial and ethnic minorities in the commonwealth; provided further, that such assessment shall be submitted to the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the senate and house of representatives; 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 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 Weymouth Youth and Family Services Teen Center for job skills training, technology support, remedial education services and to promote a social service program for growth and social welfare; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for Bet Tzedek legal services, a legal assistance program offered through Jewish Family and Children's Service, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to the Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Inc.’s Center for Early Relationship Support, including to support the Fragile Beginnings program, Project Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy and related clinical and community services for vulnerable families with children from birth to age 5; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Rise Above Foundation, Inc. additional programing for additional youth; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to Hopkinton Youth and Family Services for mental health promotion, programs, access to care and youth mental health program development; and provided further, that not less than $475,000 shall be expended for children’s advocacy centers;............................................ $355,808,909

4800-0040        For family preservation, reunification and service coordination; provided, that services shall include family support and stabilization services provided by the department of children and families............... $88,757,132

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; provided further, that the department of children and families 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; and provided further, that the department of children and families, in coordination with the office of the child advocate, shall develop a plan for a pilot program to use evidence-based program models in department of children and families congregate care provider programs for youth that are in the department’s care and who: (i) are experiencing an intensive behavioral or a behavioral and medical crisis; (ii) are being housed in emergency departments or inpatient units; and (iii) cannot safely receive treatment in the existing congregate programs; provided further, that the plan for the pilot program shall detail: (a) the proposed structure, size and scope; (b) any statutory or logistical challenges for implementation; and (c) a funding plan, including a breakdown of potential costs; provided further, that not later than September 15, 2023, the department shall issue a report on the design and implementation of the pilot program to the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the house and senate committees on ways and means, the executive office for administration and finance, the executive office of health and human services and the office of the child advocate.... $431,019,785

4800-0058        For the support of a foster care campaign to recruit new foster parents; provided, that not later than April 1, 2024, the department of children and families 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 shall include, but not be limited to, the: (i) number of new foster care parents as a result of the foster care campaign; and (ii) methods in which the department is recruiting foster care parents.................................................. $975,000

4800-0091        For the department of children and families, which may expend not more than $4,742,908 in federal reimbursements received under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 670 et. seq. during fiscal year 2024 to develop a training institute for professional development at the department; 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 notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, federal reimbursements received in excess of $4,742,908 shall be credited to the General Fund........................................ $4,742,908

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see
 House, No. 4055
4800-0200        For the support and maintenance of family resource centers throughout the commonwealth; provided, that funds may be expended to expand services at existing centers or to establish new centers in areas with identified coverage gaps; provided further, that centers supported through this item shall be subject to the selection and reporting requirements of item 4000-0051; provided further, that not less than $4,800,000 shall be expended for flexible funding grants to support current activities and services that are beyond contractual requirements for a family resource center and are necessary to meet needs, including emergency needs, to stabilize families in family resource center catchment areas; provided further, that said funds may be expended for the piloted use of varied master’s degree-level clinicians to assist in the evaluation and delivery of services to children and families; and provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended for the Juvenile Court Mental Health Advocacy Project administered by Health Law Advocates, Inc. to increase access to mental health treatment for at-risk children and adolescents involved in or diverted from juvenile courts.... $27,807.519

4800-1100        For the AA and DD object class costs of the department of children and families’ 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............................................ $294,567,006

OFFICE OF HEALTH SERVICES.

Department of Mental Health.

5011-0100        For the operation of the department of mental health; provided, that not later than February 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on its emergency room diversion initiative including, but not limited to: (i) details on the use of funds for the purposes of the initiative; (ii) the number of individuals served, broken down by age and region; and (iii) the cost per individual treated under the initiative; provided further, that not less than $1,100,000 shall be expended for the United Way of Tri-County’s Call 2 Talk program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a study to be conducted by the department of mental health, in consultation with the naval construction and marine engineering program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on the feasibility of converting a decommissioned ship or other water-based vessel into a floating hospital for mental health, substance use treatment and recovery services; and provided further, that not later than February 15, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery and the joint committee on veterans and federal affairs..... $33,150,191

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 of mental health 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 not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, Inc. for mental health services in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for 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 $200,000 shall be expended for The NAN Project to increase mental health awareness and suicide prevention; provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended for NoFIRES, Inc. for a juvenile firesetter intervention and prevention program; provided further, that the department of mental health 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 amount shall be expended for MCPAP for Moms statewide to address mental health concerns in pregnant and postpartum people and to expand support for pregnant and postpartum people 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 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’s regulations; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2024, the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (i) an overview of MCPAP care coordination efforts; (ii) 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 2023 and fiscal year 2024; and (iii) recommendations to: (a) increase the number of specialists receiving referrals through MCPAP; (b) increase access to MCPAP in regions currently underutilizing the project; and (c) improve care coordination efforts to identify specialists available and accepting new child and adolescent patients, with priority to those children and adolescents who exhibit complex conditions and experience long wait lists for specialty psychiatry; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (1) the distribution of funds, delineated by initiative; (2) the number of individuals served; (3) the outcomes measured; and (4) recommendations for expanding cost-effective and evidence-based early mental health identification and prevention programming for children and adolescents in fiscal year 2024 and fiscal year 2025; provided further, that not less than $4,500,000 shall be expended for a program to provide assertive community treatment for individuals under the age of 22 who exhibit symptoms of serious emotional disturbance, demonstrate an inability to consistently use less intensive levels of care in the community and have functional impairment and a history of difficulty in functioning safely and successfully in community, school, home or workplace settings; provided further, that the program shall: (A) include a team-based approach to service delivery that tailors services to the specific needs and acuity of each individual; (B) provide mental health services and social service assistance through a person-centered approach, which may include, but shall not be limited to, clinical assessment and outreach, medication treatment and outreach, care coordination including primary care, symptom management, harm reduction, family services, housing support and needs that arise in carrying out the acts of daily living; (C) be consistent, to the maximum extent possible, with the evidence-based practice standards for assertive community treatment as found in the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s assertive community treatment evidence-based practices kit; and (D) not limit program services to a specific physical location; provided further, that the department shall prioritize geographic equity in administering the program; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the: (I) funds distributed through the program, delineated by recipient; (II) number of new programs created with said funds, delineated by recipient, location, number of individuals served and ages of individuals served; and (III) projected need for the creation of new programs in the next fiscal year; provided further, that not less than $1,275,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Inc. and the BIRCh Project to continue collaborating on the establishment of a school-based behavioral health technical assistance center; provided further, that not less than $6,000,000 may be expended for the department's emergency room diversion initiative to stabilize youth in crisis;  provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to develop and implement behavioral health consultation services that are accessible to school personnel and students in kindergarten to grade 12, inclusive, across the commonwealth; provided further, that the department of mental health shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the distribution of funds, the number of individuals served, the outcomes measured and recommendations for expanding cost-effective behavioral health programming for children and adolescents in fiscal year 2024 and fiscal year 2025; and provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for the foster child evaluation services clinic at the University of Massachusetts medical school to pilot a trauma-informed psychiatric consultation program for children in foster care..................................... $120,604,949

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055
5046-0000        For adult mental health and support services; provided, that the department of mental health 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 further, that not later than February 1, 2024, the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the distribution of funds per adult and child planning population and the types of services received in each region in fiscal year 2024; provided further, that the department shall maintain in fiscal year 2024 the same amount of community-based placements as in the previous 3 fiscal years; provided further, that in fiscal year 2024, the department shall expend on clubhouses not less than the amount expended on clubhouses in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that not less than $14,300,000 shall be expended for rental subsidies for the department’s clients; provided further, that not less than $11,000,000 shall be expended to expand the jail diversion program; 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 not later than December 15, 2023, the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means regarding the: (i) number of crisis intervention team and jail diversion efforts; (ii) amount of funding per grant, delineated by city, town or provider; (iii) potential savings achieved; (iv) recommendations for expansion; and (v) outcomes measured; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a grant to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Inc. to provide assistance in connecting consumers to licensed clinical social workers through the Therapy Matcher program; 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 shelters or on the streets in Boston; 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 mental illness, either through a voluntary agreement with the resident or by a court order mandating that the resident receive the treatment described in this program; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, 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 diagnoses; (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: (1) factors that proved successful in treating program participants, including practices used and type of staff functions necessary for success in treating program participants; (2) identification of issues and practices that present barriers to successful treatment; (3) a cost analysis of treatment; (4) a plan for furthering the sustainability of the program based on information from the analysis report; and (5) a proposal for a sustainable course of funding to further implement the program; provided further, that $19,000,000 may be expended for the department's emergency room diversion initiative to stabilize adults in crisis; and provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the International Institute of New England, Inc. for culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services for immigrants and refugees ............................................ $600,377,446 $596,627,446

General Fund............................................ 97.50%
Behavioral Health Outreach, Access
and Support Trust Fund............................... 2.50%

5046-2000        For homelessness services; provided, that not less than $4,000,000 shall be expended to expand safe haven housing in a manner that ensures geographically equitable access................................... $27,624,244

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 CHOICE 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 of mental health 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.......................... $22,281,789

5055-0000        For forensic services provided by the department of mental health; provided, that not less than $1,500,000 above the amount expended in the previous fiscal year shall be expended for juvenile court clinics.............................................. $16,804,929

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, the department of mental health shall discharge clients residing in inpatient facilities to residential services in the community if the following criteria are met: (i) the client is deemed clinically suited for a more integrated setting; (ii) the community residential service capacity and resources available are sufficient to provide each client with an equal or improved level of service; and (iii) 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 provided 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 2024; provided further, that of said 671 beds, 65 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 maintain not less than 75 men’s recovery from addiction program beds at Taunton state hospital; provided further, that the department shall maintain not less than 45 women’s recovery from addiction program beds at Taunton state hospital; provided further, that the department shall not take action in fiscal year 2024 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, which shall be developed not later than March 1, 2024, with appropriate community input that is consistent with maintaining the publicly-provided mental health services that are 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 long-term use master plan; provided further, that the comprehensive long-term use 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, substance use and recovery 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 not more than 2 years; provided further, that the department shall submit a report with the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery within 6 months after the conclusion date of the program; provided further, that the 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; 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; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Inc. in the city of Attleboro for the expansion of its emergency department to create new capacity for emergency behavioral health services….. $316,381,353

Department of Developmental Services.

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 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 $150,000 shall be expended for Operation House Call at the Arc of Massachusetts to maintain and expand training to medical students and other graduate level health care professionals to work with individuals with autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Special Olympics Massachusetts, Inc.; provided further, that regional employment collaboratives shall be funded at not less than the amount funded in fiscal year 2023; provided further, that the department shall issue a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 22, 2024 detailing: (i) significant expense increases incurred by the department; (ii) measures implemented by the department to reduce costs; and (iii) improved outcomes in programs and services funded by the department; provided further, that the commissioner of developmental services may transfer funds between items 5920-2025, 5920-2000, 5911-2000 and 5920-3000; provided further, that the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before any such transfer; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the House of Possibilities, Inc. for respite services; 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; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Raising Harts Corporation in the town of Cohasset to support families with autistic children through inclusive programs and mentorship; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Latham Centers, Inc. for upgrades to its food service facilities.................................. $91,572,294

5911-2000        For transportation costs associated with community-based day and work programs; provided, that the department shall provide transportation which shall be prioritized by need; and provided further, that up to $7,000,000 of additional funds provided in fiscal year 2024 may be expended by the department on transportation related to the new day and service components developed through item 5920-2025, and on preparation for any increased service need that may occur during the fiscal year in response to increased vaccinations and any improvement in the public health emergency.............................................. $33,535,611

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 services in fiscal year 2022 under item 5920-5000 of section 2 of chapter 24 of the acts of 2021; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the use of shared-living services in the commonwealth, which shall include, but not be limited to, the: (i) number of clients living in shared-living placements, broken down by age and location; (ii) average cost of shared-living services; (iii) number of clients living in a shared-living placement with individuals they knew prior to the arrangement; (iv) department’s oversight of the application and placement process; (v) safeguards in place for clients receiving these services; and (vi) 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 submitted to 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 2024....... $1,715,777,146

5920-2003        For supportive technology and remote services for individuals served by the department of developmental services............................................... $2,750,000

5920-2010        For state-operated, community-based residential services for adults, including community-based health services; provided, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Caring Health Center, Inc. in the city of Springfield to expand access to health programs and services.......... $317,772,049

5920-2025        For community-based day and work programs and associated transportation costs for adults; provided, that the department of developmental services shall provide transportation which shall be 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 nonprofits shall encourage the highest level of independence among individuals with disabilities and shall provide options to maximize community involvement and participation; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Community Access to the Arts, Inc. in the town of Great Barrington; provided further, that $3,000,000 shall be expended for rates to assist clients requiring 1-to-1 support in order to participate in individual day and work programs; provided further, that up to  $15,000,000 of additional funds provided in fiscal year 2024 may be expended by the department to: (i) re-design the service system to respond to the new needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring new day services components or modalities, including but not limited to, remote and virtual supports and in-home or in-community services; (ii) provide bridge funding for community-based provider agencies to re-design their current service model, including but not limited to, recruiting and hiring new staff, training staff for new roles and providing technology supports for staff during the transition; (iii) develop a new, more fluid service model based on the real-time, individual needs of constituents otherwise unable to engage in traditional day services; and (iv) plan for increased service need that may occur during the fiscal year in response to increased vaccinations and any improvement in the public health emergency; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the number of eligible individuals employed in community-based employment in fiscal year 2023 and the number estimated for fiscal year 2024; (ii) the number and types of community-based employment partners; (iii) the outcomes measured; and (iv) recommendations for expansion; provided further, that the commissioner of developmental services may transfer such funds from this item to items 5920-2000, 5911-2000, 5920-3000, 5920-5000 and 5930-1000; and provided further, that the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before any such transfer............................................ $243,155,258

5920-3000        For respite services and intensive family supports................................. $98,053,790

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055
5920-3010        For contracted support services for families of children with autism through the autism division at the department of developmental services; provided, that the department shall expend not less than $5,500,000 to provide services under the children’s autism spectrum disorder waiver under section 1915 of the Social Security Act; provided further, that the waiver shall include children with autism spectrum disorder ages 0 to 8, inclusive, including children with autism spectrum disorder ages 0 to 3, inclusive, who are receiving services through the department of public health’s early intervention program; provided further, that the department of developmental services shall take all steps necessary to ensure that the waiver program is fully enrolled and that eligible children with autism immediately begin to receive services under said waiver; provided further, that the department shall immediately file any waiver amendment necessary with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to comply with the requirements of this item; provided further, that not later than January 16, 2024, the department shall submit a 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: (i) the number of contracted support services provided for families with children with autism under this item; (ii) the costs associated with such services; (iii) 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; (iv) the linguistic and cultural diversity, age, gender and geographic representation of the applicants and the children enrolled in the program; (v) the department’s plans to continue to assess the demand for waiver services; (vi) any plans by the executive office of health and human services to expand the waiver for children on the autism spectrum of all ages in the future; and (vii) 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 ........................... $12,940,691 $10,940,691

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: (i) the number of individuals eligible for services; (ii) the number of eligible individuals served; (iii) the type of services provided; (iv) the cost per service; and (v) the cost of services per individual; and provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the commission on autism established in section 217 of chapter 6 of the General Laws............. $52,540,994 

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: (i) medical care coordination models that address conditions common to individuals with developmental disabilities who are aging; (ii) training for direct care and other staff in the identification of dementia or other age-related conditions; and (iii) the collection of data regarding the effectiveness of the initiatives included in this item; provided, that not later than April 3, 2024, the department of developmental services shall submit a 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: (a) the number of participants served by each initiative; (b) the participant outcomes, including impacts on the physical and cognitive health of participants; (c) the cost of each initiative and the cost per participant; (d) the implementation plans for these initiatives in fiscal years 2025 and 2026; and (e) recommendations for enhancing the care of individuals with developmental disabilities who are aging............................. $100,000

5920-5000        For services to clients of the department who turn 22 years of age during fiscal years 2023 and 2024; provided, that not later than January 5, 2024 the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the use of any funds encumbered or expended from this  item including, but not limited to, the number of clients served in each region and the types of services purchased in each region............................................ $105,653,241

5930-1000        For the operation of facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities; 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, the department of developmental services shall discharge clients residing in intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or an ICF/IID, to residential services in the community if: (i) the client is deemed clinically suited for a more integrated setting; (ii) community residential service capacity and resources available are sufficient to provide each client with an equal or improved level of service; and (iii) 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 an ICF/IID; provided further, that any client transferred to another ICF/IID as the result of a facility closure shall receive a level of care that is equal to or greater than the level of care that had been provided at the closed ICF/IID; provided further, that the department may allocate funds from this item to items 5920-2000, 5920-2010 and 5920-2025, as necessary, under allocation plans which shall be 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 an ICF/IID; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, on: (a) all efforts to comply with the decision in Olmstead v. L.C. ex rel. Zimring, 527 U.S. 581 (1999); (b) the enhancement of care within available resources to clients served by the department; and (c) the steps taken to consolidate or close an ICF/IID............................................ $123,632,584

Board of Library Commissioners.

7000-9101        For the operation of the board of library commissioners......................... $1,904,745

7000-9401        For state aid to regional public libraries; provided, that the board of library commissioners may provide quarterly advances of funds as it deems appropriate under clauses (1) and (3) of section 19C of chapter 78 of the General Laws to regional public library systems throughout each fiscal year, in compliance with the office of the comptroller’s regulations on state grants, 815 C.M.R. 2.00; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in calculating the fiscal year 2024 distribution of funds appropriated in this item, the board shall employ the population figures used to calculate the fiscal year 2023 distribution; provided further, that the board shall provide funds for the continued operation of a single regional library system to serve the different geographic regions of the commonwealth; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the library for the commonwealth shall receive not less than 47.5 cents for each resident of the commonwealth; and provided further, that said amount shall not exceed 25 per cent of the amount appropriated under this item….................................... $16,717,600

7000-9402        For the talking book library at the Worcester public library................................ $678,040

7000-9406        For the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library in the city known as the town of Watertown, including the operation of the machine lending agency............ $3,860,420

7000-9501        For state aid to public libraries; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no city or town shall receive funds from this item in any year when the appropriation of the city or town for free public library service is below an amount equal to 102.5 per cent of the average of the appropriations for free public library services for the 3 years immediately preceding; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of library commissioners may grant waivers in excess of the waiver limit set forth under the second paragraph of section 19A of chapter 78 of the General Laws for fiscal year 2024 for not more than 1 year; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, of the amount by which this item exceeds the amount appropriated under item 7000-9501 of section 2 of chapter 194 of the acts of 1998, funds shall be distributed under the guidelines of the municipal equalization grant program, the library incentive grant program and the nonresident circulation offset program; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any payment made under this item shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city or town and held in a separate account and shall be expended by the public library of that city or town without appropriation.......................... $17,600,000

7000-9506        For the technology and automated resource sharing networks...................... $6,167,581

7000-9508        For the Massachusetts Center for the Book, Inc., chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress; provided, that the Massachusetts Center for the Book, Inc. shall continue its work as a public-private partnership.................................. $420,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Office of the Secretary.

7002-0010        For the operation of the office of the secretary of economic development, including the operation of the Massachusetts permit regulatory office and the operation of the office of the director of wireless and broadband affairs; provided, that agencies within the executive office may, with the prior approval of the secretary, streamline and improve administrative  operations  pursuant  to  interdepartmental  service   agreements; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be extended to Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires Inc. to provide additional resources, support and training to Berkshire nonprofits to strengthen their capacity to serve critical needs in the Berkshire community; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Homeless Prevention Council, Inc. of Cape Cod; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for Historic New England to support program exploration, feasibility analysis and concept development; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for MassChallenge Inc. to provide support for entrepreneurial programs; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the Plymouth downtown waterfront district to support small businesses; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to the Pal Pueblo Inc. community organization that empowers Latinos to be agents of change to build a stronger, more inclusive community; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for the Beacon Communities Charitable Fund, Inc. for the Tierney Learning Center; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative, Inc. for programming needs; provided, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended as a grant to the SouthCoast Community Foundation, Inc. to provide supports to local or regional community-based organizations; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in the Whitinsville village of the town of Northbridge for small business expansion and regional economic development initiatives............................................... $5,807,085

7002-0017        For the provision of information technology services within the executive office of economic development, including the homeless management information system............................................... $3,954,306

7002-0020        For a transfer to the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation established in section 3 of chapter 40J of the General Laws and doing business as the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, for an advanced manufacturing program that provides a fully coordinated manufacturing training system for unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans.... $3,000,000

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor disapproved of the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

7002-0025        For operational support grants to community action agencies; provided, that criteria for the distribution of the grants, including minimum or maximum grant size, eligible uses, and any relevant reporting and accountability measures, shall be developed jointly with the Massachusetts Association for Community Action, Inc. or MASSCAP; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Gardner Community Action Committee, Inc. to support capital improvements and operations; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Community Action Agency of Somerville, Inc. for unanticipated costs not covered by federal grants and tenant rights education and advocacy; and provided further, that the grants shall be used to assist the agencies in their mission to assist residents of the commonwealth living with low incomes to stabilize their lives and achieve economic prosperity, and in creating and expanding opportunity for those residents in the neighborhoods and municipalities where they live and work..................... $7,675,000

7002-0032        For a transfer to the Innovation Institute Fund established in section 6A of chapter 40J of the General Laws........... $2,500,000

7002-0036        For a competitive grant program to work with urban entrepreneurs to promote small businesses, create new jobs and support workforce development and training initiatives in urban communities; provided, that the program shall be administered by the executive office of housing and economic development; and provided further, that funds may be used for planning grants to local housing authorities and municipalities in urban areas to develop new affordable rental or homeownership housing; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended in equal parts to JP Centre and South Main streets, Egleston Square Main Street, Inc., Three Squares Main Street JP, Inc. and the Uplift JP initiative for training, resources, operations and events............................... $2,535,000

7002-0040        For a transfer to the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation for the small business technical assistance grant program; provided, that not less than $5,000,000 shall be disbursed as grants to community development corporations certified under chapter 40H of the General Laws, nonprofit community development financial institutions certified by the United States Department of the Treasury or nonprofit community- based organizations for the purpose of providing technical assistance or training programs to businesses with not more than 20 employees; provided further, that priority shall be given to those organizations that focus on reaching underserved markets and to worker cooperatives and businesses governed by employee stock ownership plans; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a grant program to The People’s Academy Inc. for workforce development; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to International Veterans Care Services Inc. in the city of Lawrence to mitigate food insecurity, provide housing relief and administer other essential services to members of the veteran community within the Merrimack valley; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to ACT Lawrence Inc., a non-profit community development corporation, for community development initiatives and activities, including, but not limited to, affordable housing, foreclosure prevention, first-time homebuyer education, family financial literacy and business and youth development; and provided further, that not later than January 12, 2024, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on community development and small businesses detailing the: (i) community development corporations that received grants in fiscal year 2023; (ii) community development corporations that received or are expected to receive grants in fiscal year 2024; and (iii) criteria considered in the distribution of these grants $5,200,000

7002-1502        For the Transformative Development Fund established in section 46 of chapter 23G of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $750,000 shall be expended on a neighborhood stabilization initiative to assist local governments and their nonprofit partners to implement strategic neighborhood revitalization initiatives; and provided further, that the initiative shall be developed in consultation with the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, and The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, Inc. and shall focus on identifying and implementing strategies for reclaiming vacant, abandoned and blighted properties and restoring them to productive use as homeownership opportunities or rental housing, as well as on capacity-building at the local level to address this need............................................... $1,000,000

7002-1503        For the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Innovation Fund established in section 4H of chapter 40J of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended, in collaboration with community colleges and state universities, to provide regional security operations center services for the monitoring and detection of cyber threat activity to municipalities, nonprofits and small businesses and cyber range services, which shall include opportunities for cybersecurity workforce training............................................... $2,450,000

7002-1508        For the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation established in section 3 of chapter 40J of the General Laws and doing business as the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to establish programs that provide advice and training from successful, experienced entrepreneurs for startup enterprises and that create a talent pipeline to technology startups and innovation companies; provided, that funds shall be expended, in consultation with the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation established in section 2 of chapter 40G and doing business as MassVentures, for an entrepreneur and startup mentoring program to provide assistance, mentoring and advice to startups and innovation companies by connecting early-stage entrepreneurs, technology startups and small businesses with successful, experienced business enterprises and capital financing; provided further, that the program shall make every reasonable effort to encourage diversity among participants; provided further, that all funds shall be expended for paid internships for students seeking careers in technology and innovation industries to work with companies competing actively in those fields; provided further, that the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative shall seek private funds necessary to match contributions equal to $1 for every $1 contributed by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative through the internship program; provided further, that as a condition of such grants being awarded, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative shall reach an agreement with the grant recipient on performance measures and indicators that shall be used to evaluate the performance of the grant recipient in carrying out the activities described in the recipient’s application; provided further, that not later than June 15, 2024, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative shall submit an annual report summarizing each program to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on economic development and emerging technologies; provided further, that the paid internship program report shall include the number of placements of students in paid internships during the  academic year and an analysis of the impact of the program on the ability of its participants to enter the full-time job market in the technology and innovation industries after graduation; provided further, that the entrepreneurship program report shall include an overview of the activities of the programs, the number of participants in the programs and an analysis of the impact of the programs on the success of the participants’ startup business ventures; and provided further, that the funds appropriated in this item shall not revert but shall be made available for these purposes through June 30, 2025.................................. $1,350,000

7002-1510        For the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation established in section 3 of chapter 40J of the General Laws and doing business as the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to support the operations and programming of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing......................... $1,200,000

7002-1517        For technical assistance to municipalities to promote compact, walkable downtowns that have a vibrant mix of commercial and residential uses, cultural and recreational amenities and access to public transportation.............................. $600,000

7002-1518        For the Innovation Commercialization Seed Fund established in section 45B of chapter 75 of the General Laws................ $400,000

7002-1519        For the Innovation Voucher Program Fund established in section 45C of chapter 75 of the General Laws..................... $2,000,000

7002-2021        For a community empowerment and reinvestment grant program to be administered by the executive office of economic development to develop, strengthen and invest in communities: (i) that are disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system; (ii) where a high percentage of individuals’ incomes fall below 250 per cent of the federal poverty level; and (iii) with a large population of socially and economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups; provided, that the board established in this item in section 2 of chapter 227 of the acts of 2020 shall make recommendations to the executive office on the criteria for making grants available to communities and organizations; provided further, that said board shall consist of individuals from and with experience advocating on behalf of said communities; provided further, that said board shall be comprised entirely of individuals who belong to a demographic of socially and economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups; provided further, that eligible uses of grant funding shall include, but not be limited to, for socially and economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups: (a) job training, job creation and job placement for those who face high barriers to employment in said communities; (b) transitional employment programs, social enterprise, pre-apprenticeship or other training programs; (c) school-based or community-based high school dropout prevention and reengagement programs; (d) cooperative and small business development programs and community-based workforce development programs; and (e) programs focused on housing stabilization services, addiction treatment and trauma-informed mental health care; and provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (1) criteria established for creating grants; (2) grants approved under this item, delineated by municipality and organization; (3) grants expected to be approved under this item, delineated by municipality and organization; and (4) the status of funds distributed for approved grants.................................... $15,000,000

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

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor disapproved of the following item, for message see House, No. 4055
7002-2022        For grants to community foundations to support individuals and households throughout the commonwealth that are experiencing severe economic hardship due to the 2019 novel coronavirus; provided, that grants shall be administered by the executive office of economic development and distributed equitably among the community foundations based on: (i) population of individuals living in poverty in the area served by the community foundation; (ii) limited availability of federal pandemic-related relief funds that provide direct emergency financial assistance to individuals or households served by the community foundation; (iii) pandemic-related public health impact on the region served by the community foundation; (iv) population of individuals with unmet economic needs resulting from the pandemic; and (v) geographic area and the number of gateway municipalities as defined under section 3A of chapter 23A of the General Laws or municipalities with high proportions of low-income and non-English or limited English speaking populations served by the community foundation; provided further, that community foundations receiving grants shall issue a request for proposals to community organizations to provide direct economic support for costs related to meeting basic human needs, such as housing, utility support and food security, to low-income impacted individuals and households with no, or very limited, access to sources of economic relief; provided further, that community foundations receiving grants shall evaluate community organizations applying based on their: (a) history of serving low-income and non-English or limited English speaking and historically underserved communities; (b) history of serving populations whose economic hardships have been exacerbated by the pandemic; (c) ability to conduct outreach to identify individuals and households that qualify for assistance; and (d) ability to establish a simplified application process; provided further, that community foundations receiving grants shall work with the executive office and subgrantees to develop and implement a reporting process to ensure that financial assistance is directed to the individuals and households most impacted by the pandemic; provided further, that if an area, city or town is determined to be unserved by a community foundation, the executive office shall work directly with community organizations to distribute grants providing direct aid to individuals and households; and provided further, that the executive office shall, to the extent feasible, seek out philanthropic and other private funds necessary to match contributions equal to $1 for every $1 contributed by this item......................................... $5,000,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HOUSING AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES.

7004-0001        For the operation of the commission on Indian affairs............................... $138,612

7004-0099        For the operation of the executive office of housing and livable communities; provided, that the executive office may make expenditures against federal grants for certain direct and indirect costs under a cost overhead allocation plan approved by the comptroller; provided further, that the comptroller shall maintain an account on the state accounting and reporting system to make these expenditures; provided further, that expenditures made against the account shall not be subject to appropriation and may include the cost of personnel; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office may conduct annual verifications of household income levels based upon state tax returns to administer the state and federal housing subsidy programs funded by items 7004-0108, 7004-9005, 7004-9024, 7004-9030, 7004-9033 and 7004-9316 of this section and items 7004-9009, 7004-9014, 7004-9019 and 7004-9020 of section 2D; provided further, that as a condition of eligibility or continued occupancy by an applicant or tenant, the executive office may require disclosure of the social security numbers of the applicant or tenant and members of the applicant’s or tenant’s household solely for use in verification of income eligibility; provided further, that the executive office may deny or terminate participation in subsidy programs for failure by an applicant or tenant to provide a social security number for use in verification of income eligibility; provided further, that the executive office may consult with the department of revenue, the department of transitional assistance or any other state or federal agency to conduct said income verification; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, these state agencies shall consult and cooperate with the executive office and furnish any information in the possession of the agencies including, but not limited to, tax returns and applications for public assistance or financial aid; provided further, that in conducting income verifications, the executive office may enter into an interdepartmental service agreement with the department of revenue to utilize the department of revenue’s wage reporting and bank match system to verify the income and eligibility of participants in federally-assisted housing programs and that of members of the participants’ households; provided further, that notwithstanding section 12 of chapter 490 of the acts of 1980, the executive office may authorize neighborhood housing services corporations to retain, reassign and reloan funds received in repayment of loans made under the neighborhood housing services rehabilitation program; provided further, that not later than September 15, 2023, the executive office shall promulgate and uniformly enforce regulations clarifying that a household that otherwise qualifies for any preference or priority for state-subsidized housing based on homeless or at-risk status shall retain that preference or priority notwithstanding receipt of assistance that is intended to be temporary including, but not limited to, any temporary or bridge subsidies provided with state or federal funds, which shall include households receiving assistance under item 7004-0108 after July 1, 2013; provided further, that the executive office shall operate local offices in the 10 cities and towns in which the executive office maintained office locations as of January 1, 2023 in order to continue to accept in-person applications and provide other services related to the emergency assistance housing program funded by item 7004-0101; provided further, that the offices shall have sufficient staffing to determine eligibility promptly and provide other program services to families; provided further, that the executive office may operate additional local offices in other municipalities that are geographically convenient to those families who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness; provided further, that not later than September 1, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, for each local office: (i) the municipality in which each office is located; (ii) the ways in which applicants can submit applications and connect with staff, including, if available, in-person, by telephone and online; (iii) the daily business hours of in-person and telephonic operation of each office; (iv) the number of full-time equivalent staff assigned to each office; (v) the average wait time for direct communication with a staff member whether in-person or by telephone; and (vi) any steps the executive office plans to take to increase accessibility to intake services related to emergency assistance housing programs across the commonwealth; provided further, that at least annually, the executive office shall conduct staff trainings which shall include, but not be limited to, notice of changes in laws related to items of appropriation under the administration of the executive office; provided further, that the executive office 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 not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Maverick Landing Community Services, Inc. for the provision of information, education and assistance on housing rights, eviction and foreclosure issues, including completing and submitting housing assistance applications for tenants and small homeowners, through a housing support station in the East Boston community; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation for the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy program for incorporating green energy enhancements to deeply affordable housing developments in Allston-Brighton; and provided further, that such information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; and provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, Inc. to protect residents of the commonwealth from housing discrimination.............................................. $11,683,005

7004-0100        For the operations of the homeless shelter and services unit, including the compensation of caseworkers and support personnel; provided, that the executive office of housing and livable communities shall take steps to extend intake hours for families seeking assistance from item 7004-0101.............................................. $12,606,365

7004-0101        For certain expenses of the emergency housing assistance program under section 30 of chapter 23B of the General Laws, including homelessness prevention, diversion and strategic rehousing and contracted family shelters; provided, that eligibility shall be limited to families with incomes at or below 115 per cent of the 2023 or a later-issued higher federal poverty level; provided further, that any family whose income exceeds 200 per cent of the federal poverty level for a sustained and consecutive period of 90 days while the family is receiving assistance funded by this item shall not become ineligible for assistance due to exceeding the income limit for a period of 6 months from the date that the income level was exceeded; provided further, that families who are eligible for assistance through a temporary emergency family shelter shall include families who: (i) are at risk of domestic abuse in their current housing situation or are homeless because they fled domestic violence and have not had access to safe, permanent housing since leaving the housing situation that they fled; (ii) through no fault of their own, are homeless due to fire, flood or natural disaster; (iii) through no fault of their own, have been subject to eviction from their most recent housing due to: (a) foreclosure; (b) condemnation; (c) conduct by a guest or former household member who is not part of the household seeking emergency shelter and over whose conduct the remaining household members had no control; or (d) nonpayment of rent caused by a documented medical condition or diagnosed disability or caused by a documented loss of income within the last 12 months directly as a result of a change in household composition or a loss of income source through no fault of the family; or (iv) are in a housing situation where they are not the primary leaseholder or are in a housing situation not meant for human habitation and where there is a substantial health and safety risk to the family that is likely to result in significant harm should the family remain in the housing situation; provided further, that temporary emergency assistance shall be provided to families who, on the date of application for emergency assistance, have no other feasible alternative housing as defined under 760 CMR 67.06(1)(b) and who, but for not having spent one night in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings including, but not limited to, a car, park, abandoned building, medical facility, bus or train station, airport or campground, would be eligible for emergency assistance under clauses (i) to (iv), inclusive; provided further, that the executive office of housing and livable communities shall submit quarterly reports, broken down by month, to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing expenditures under the preceding proviso, including: (1) the number of families who received emergency assistance under the preceding proviso; (2) the number of families entering the emergency assistance system after having already stayed in a place not meant for human habitation; (3) the number of families entering the emergency assistance system having stayed in a place not meant for human habitation after having requested services provided for in this item within the preceding 6 months and within the preceding week; (4) the number of families described under clause (3) who received a written denial of their request for services prior to staying in a place not meant for human habitation and the number who neither entered the emergency shelter system nor received a written denial on the day of their request; and (5) available data on the race and ethnicity of the families described under clauses (1) to (4) inclusive; provided further, that nothing contained in this item shall require that emergency assistance be provided to a family that, on the date of application for emergency assistance, has other feasible housing as defined under said 760 CMR 67.06(1)(b) and that said housing adequately accommodates the size and disabilities of the family; provided further, that not less than annually, the executive office shall provide training to relevant staff to ensure compliance with legal requirements related to eligibility for the emergency housing assistance program, including eligibility based on a family having no other feasible alternative housing as defined under said 760 CMR 67.06(1)(b); provided further, that the executive office shall collaborate with the executive office of health and human services, the Massachusetts interagency council on housing and homelessness and family homelessness service providers on strategies and best practices for the prevention of family homelessness; provided further, that the health and safety risk shall be determined by the department of children and families or a department-approved entity through risk assessments; provided further, that a family who receives emergency housing assistance due to domestic abuse shall be connected to the appropriate social service agency; provided further, that temporary assistance under this item shall be terminated upon the offer of available housing or other assistance sufficient to maintain or stabilize housing; provided further, that a family may not decline an offer for available housing if the offer adequately accommodates the size and disabilities of the family and the new housing placement would not result in a job loss for the client; provided further, that any family who declines an adequate offer of available housing or other assistance sufficient to maintain or stabilize housing shall become ineligible for assistance from this item; provided further, that families receiving benefits under this item shall have 30 per cent of their income set aside in a savings account, subject to reasonable exceptions as set forth under executive office regulations in effect in fiscal year 2024; provided further, that the amount saved shall be exempt from otherwise applicable asset limits; provided further, that the family may withdraw the amount placed in savings upon transition to permanent housing or losing eligibility for shelter services; provided further, that families receiving emergency assistance shall receive housing search assistance that attempts to facilitate a sustainable housing placement within 4 weeks of entry into the emergency assistance shelter, motel or hotel; provided further, that families receiving assistance for longer than 32 weeks shall have an executable shelter exit plan that facilitates a housing placement in a new sustainable tenancy or a safe residence including, but not limited to, a placement for which the family is not the primary leaseholder, as soon as possible; provided further, that funds may be advanced to contracted service providers to cover 1-time upfront costs needed to operate shelters; provided further, that as part of executive office efforts to prevent abuse of the emergency assistance program, the executive office shall enter into a wage match agreement with the department of revenue; provided further, that eligibility for shelter by an otherwise eligible family shall not be impaired by prior receipt of any nonshelter benefit; provided further, that an eligible household that is approved for shelter placement shall be placed in a shelter as close as possible to the household’s home community, unless a household requests otherwise; provided further, that if the closest available placement is not within 20 miles of the household’s home community, the household shall be transferred to an appropriate shelter within 20 miles of its home community at the earliest possible date, unless the household requests otherwise; provided further, that the executive office shall notify local school departments of the placement of a family in its district within 5 days of placement; provided further, that the executive office shall make every effort to ensure that children receiving services from this item shall continue attending school in the community in which they lived before receiving services funded from this item; provided further, that the executive office shall use its best efforts to ensure that a family placed by the emergency housing assistance program shall be provided with access to refrigeration and basic cooking facilities; provided further, that if a family with a child under the age of 3is placed in a hotel or motel, the executive office shall ensure that the hotel or motel provides a crib that meets all state and federal safety codes for each child under 3 years of age; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office shall immediately provide shelter for up to 30 days to families who appear to be eligible for shelter based on statements provided by the family and any other information in the possession of the executive office but who need additional time to obtain any third-party verifications reasonably required by the executive office; provided further, that shelter benefits received under the preceding proviso shall not render a family ineligible under any regulation which provides that a family who previously received shelter is ineligible for shelter benefits for a period of 12 months; provided further, that families receiving shelter benefits who are found ineligible for continuing shelter benefits shall be eligible for aid pending a timely appeal under said chapter 23B; provided further, that the executive office shall not impose unreasonable requirements for third-party verifications and shall accept verifications from a family whenever reasonable; provided further, that this item shall be subject to appropriation and in the event of a deficiency, nothing in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to any enforceable right or entitlement to services in excess of the amounts appropriated in this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, not less than 90 days before promulgating or amending any regulations, administrative practices or policies that would alter eligibility for or the level of benefits under this program, other than that which would benefit the clients, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities setting forth justification for such changes including, but not limited to, any determination by the secretary of housing and livable communities that available appropriations will be insufficient to meet projected expenses and the projected savings from any proposed changes; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for an accessory dwelling unit incentive pilot program in the city of Haverhill to be administered by the city; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for Horizons for Homeless Children, Inc.; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended for personnel or administrative costs; provided further, that the executive office shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing emergency assistance system capacity; provided further, that the executive office shall submit quarterly reports, broken down by month, to the house and senate committees on ways and means with the most recently available monthly data, including data on the race and ethnicity of all families where available and applicable expressed as a percentage of the total, on: (A) applications for services provided for in this item and in item 7004-0108 and requests for services under this item and item 7008-0108, with a “request for services” defined as any point at which the household seeking services provides information to the executive office as part of any enrollment, triage, or eligibility determination, regardless of whether a formal application is completed and regardless of whether the contact is by telephone, by office visit, or by other means; (B) front-door entries into the emergency assistance system; (C) applications and requests for services provided for in this item and in item 7004-0108 that are denied and the bases of all such denials expressed as a percentage of the total; (D) applications and requests for services provided for in this item and in item 7004-0108 that do not result in a formal denial, a front-door entry into the emergency assistance system or verified diversion as a result of HomeBASE household assistance expressed as a percentage of the total; (E) the number of households submitting multiple applications or making multiple requests for services within the previous 1-month period and the previous 6-month period; (F) diversions as a result of HomeBASE household assistance; (G) exits from the emergency assistance system, delineated by reason for exit, including at-fault terminations, exits because the household is no longer income eligible, exits through HomeBASE household assistance with no other subsidy and exits to affordable, subsidized, or otherwise assisted housing; (H) the number of applications and requests that do not result in the household entering emergency assistance shelter within 48 hours and for which such non-entry is attributable to each of the following: written denial, pending documentation or verifications, no imminent homelessness or household withdrawal of the application; (I) the average, minimum and maximum cost per family of emergency assistance under this item; (J) the number of families served under this item who required further assistance under this item or under item 7004-0108 at a later date; (K) the type of assistance later required and provided; (L) the total number of families receiving assistance under item 7004-0101 that have received assistance under this item or item 7004-0108 during each of the previous 1, 2 and 3 years; (M) the number of children served under this item broken down by age; (N) the number of applications and requests from households that became homeless within 12 months of depleting their HomeBASE assistance under item 7004-0108; (O) the reasons for homelessness in the applications and requests received under clause (N) and the number of applications and requests received under said clause (N) that are denied; and (P) the average and maximum length of stay for families currently staying in an emergency assistance shelter placement; provided further, that said quarterly reports shall also include the following information from the department of children and families: (I) the number of families assessed for a health and safety risk in the previous quarter; (II) the number of families determined to be at a substantial health and safety risk; (III) the number of families receiving multiple health and safety assessments within the previous 6-month period; and (IV) the standards used to determine a substantial health and safety risk; provided further, that said quarterly reports shall also include: (i) the number of families that applied for a transfer from their current shelter placement to a unit that can accommodate their disability-related needs, delineated by reason for the application; (ii) the number of families whose applications for reasonable accommodation have been approved but that are waiting for transfer due to lack of available units able to accommodate their disability-related needs, delineated by category of accommodation including, but not limited to, access to cooking facilities, first-floor or elevator access, non-carpeted unit, physical modification to unit, scattered site unit, geographic proximity to service providers and wheelchair accessibility; (iii) the number of families currently in shelter units located more than 20 miles away from their home community; (iv) the number of families with at least 1 child who attends a school other than the child’s school of origin as a result of placement in a shelter unit outside of their home community; (v) both the average and maximum number of days that families spend in placements under the circumstances described in clauses (ii) to (iv), inclusive, prior to being transferred to a shelter unit for which none of the circumstances in said clauses (ii) to (iv), inclusive, apply; (vi) the percentage of applications for a transfer that were approved; and (vii) the average number of days and the maximum number of days between the application submission and the approval; provided further, that funds shall be expended on shelter units suitable to meet the needs of households with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation; provided further, that funds shall be expended for expenses incurred as a result of families being housed in hotels due to the unavailability of contracted shelter beds; provided further, that funds may be expended for technical assistance by Homes for Families, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $800,000 shall be expended for the Home Works program to provide opportunities for children in the emergency housing assistance program to attend out-of-school time and summer programming run by youth serving organizations; provided further, that a youth serving organization shall apply to contract with the executive office of housing and livable communities to receive contract slots to serve children in the program; provided further, that any such youth serving organizations shall obtain, for each staff member employed by the program with responsibilities that include direct care for children, criminal offender record information pursuant to section 172H of chapter 6 of the General Laws and sex offender registry information pursuant to section 178I of said chapter 6 and information that is publicly available from a registry of sex offender information that is operated or coordinated by the federal government; and provided further, that the executive office may expend funds for the administration and implementation of the Home Works program........... $325,251,902

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see
 House, No. 4055
7004-0102        For the homelessness program to assist individuals who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, including assistance to organizations which provide shelter, transitional housing and services that help individuals avoid entry into shelters or successfully exit shelters; provided, that no organization providing services to the homeless shall receive less than an average per bed, per night rate of $25; provided further, that the executive office of housing and livable communities may allocate funds to other agencies for the program; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for Craig’s Doors - A Home Association, Inc. to fund placements for vulnerable individuals who are experiencing homelessness or to offer transportation vouchers to participants; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for costs associated with the homeless management information system; provided further, that the executive office shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the contracts awarded to service providers; provided further, that the reports shall include, but not be limited to: (i) each contracted service provider; (ii) the amount of the contracts; (iii) a description of the services to be provided; (iv) the length of said contract; and (v) the date upon which each contract was executed; provided further, that not less than $90,000,000 appropriated in this item shall be allocated to contracted service providers of homeless individuals in fiscal year 2020; and provided further, that programs currently providing shelter may renegotiate how to use said program’s shelter fund, with the agreement of the executive office and the host municipality, to provide alternative services proven to be effective, including housing first models, transitional housing and diversion away from shelters............................................ $110.752.398

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see
 House, No. 4055
7004-0104        For the home and healthy for good program operated by Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, Inc. to reduce the incidence of chronic and long-term homelessness in the commonwealth; provided, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to continue a supportive housing initiative for unaccompanied homeless young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning; provided further, that Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, Inc. shall be solely responsible for the administration of this program; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, Inc. shall submit a report to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the executive office of housing and livable communities, the joint committee on housing and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the number of people served, including available demographic information; (ii) the average cost per participant; (iii) whether participants have previously received services from the executive office; and (iv) any projected cost-savings to the commonwealth associated with this program; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended by the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, Inc. for the purpose of promotion, resource development and technical assistance related to the creation of permanent supportive housing for persons with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness and other solutions to homelessness; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for a statewide permanent supportive housing program to serve people experiencing long-term homelessness and who have complex medical and behavioral health needs for the purpose of ending homelessness, promoting housing stability and reducing costly utilization of emergency and acute care; provided further, that the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, Inc. shall be solely responsible for the administration of this program; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, Inc. shall submit a report to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the executive office of housing and livable communities, the joint committee on housing and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the number of people served, including available demographic information; (b) the average cost per participant; (c) whether participants have previously received services from the executive office; and (d) any projected cost-savings associated with this program for the executive office or in the utilization of emergency and acute care....... $6,390,000

7004-0105        For permanent supportive housing units to house individuals experiencing homelessness and mitigate overcrowding in homeless shelters; provided, that not less than $3,005,000 shall be expended to sustain low-threshold sponsor-based leasing that had been previously linked to the pay-for-success projects funded through the Social Innovation Financing Trust Fund established under section 35VV of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided further, that the executive office of housing and livable communities shall prioritize geographic equity when expending funds from this item; provided further, the executive office of housing and livable communities shall contract directly with the organizations that received Social Innovation Financing vouchers funded under item 7004-9024 in fiscal year 2022; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the distribution methodology and locations of units supported by this item............... $8,905,000

7004-0106        For the continued implementation and evaluation of the homeless family preference in private multi-family housing program established by New Lease for Homeless Families, Inc................................ $250,000

7004-0107        For the administration of local housing programs; provided, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for repairs to the Norwell housing authority in the town of Norwell; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the NewVue Communities, Inc., a community development corporation in the city of Fitchburg, for the redevelopment and historic preservation of the former B.F. Brown school; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Housing Families Inc. in the city of Malden; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. for homelessness prevention services; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Housing Families Inc. for the provision of housing-supportive resources to the residents of the city of Revere; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the United Way of Pioneer Valley, Inc. on behalf of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness to facilitate regional coordination across Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties to prevent and end homelessness with a housing first approach that centers on racial equity; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for Northern Bristol County Assistance Collaborative, Inc. for the soft costs and legal fees associated with the building of innovative low-income to middle-income senior housing, with on-site medical services, to address the emergent growth in the senior population being squeezed out of affordable housing due to fixed incomes, rising costs and corporate purchases of manufactured communities; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Watertown housing authority to conduct financial modeling, concept planning and an implementation plan for the redevelopment of Willow Park apartments; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended for the Hugh Cargill Trust to provide short-term, emergency assistance to residents in financial need in the town of Concord; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Lower Cape Cod Community Development Corporation; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Friendly House, Inc. in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Quinsigamond Community Village Center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. to distribute to HEAL Lawrence to support victims of fires or any other disaster in the city of Lawrence and to assist victims with securing rental insurance; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the tenants of Warren Gardens in the Roxbury section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for recreational improvements to the Henry T. Wing housing complex in the town of Sandwich; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Watertown housing authority for basement waterproofing and mold remediation work at Lexington Gardens; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the Fall River housing authority for recreation for Holmes and Bishop Eid apartments; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Housing Assistance Corporation for the development of housing opportunities, including, but not limited to, accessory dwelling units; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Everett Haitian community center to hire a housing assistance staffer in the city of Everett; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Needham housing authority for upgrades to the community room at the Linden and Chambers development; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Community Action Pioneer Valley, Inc. for the creation of a community resilience hub in the city of Northampton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts, Inc. for efforts and programming including, but not limited to, supports for housing insecure and homeless individuals; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended equally as grants to Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc. and the Lynn housing authority to provide information and referral services relating to emergency rental assistance and other services under the executive office of housing and livable communities’ 2019 novel coronavirus eviction diversion initiative; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended equally as grants to Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc. and the Lynn housing authority for housing stabilization services for certain households who face significant barriers to sustaining housing payments and are served with residential assistance payments under item 7004-9316 or emergency rental assistance under the executive office of housing and livable communities’ 2019 novel coronavirus eviction diversion initiative; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Lazarus House, Inc. for its emergency shelter, housing, food and clothing service programs; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to maintain patient safety and security at the Community Day Center of Waltham, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to support staffing at W.A.T.C.H., Inc.; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for the town of Pepperell for an affordable housing study; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the In the Hour of Need Family Shelter in the city of Worcester to assist families in transporting children to childcare, summer camps and group outings; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Charlestown Resident Alliance, Inc. in the Charlestown section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $46,000 shall be expended to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth, Inc. to support its operating budget; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Inc. for outreach related to and the operation of its confronting the history of housing discrimination curriculum and for the development of additional curriculum units; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to the city of Fitchburg for downtown housing development; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended to the city of Worcester for costs related to emergency housing for unsheltered families; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. for building improvements; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended to Compass Working Capital, Inc. to support the expansion of the Family Self-Sufficiency program to eligible households in the greater Boston area; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the United Way of Pioneer Valley, Inc. for the purposes of housing stability and homelessness prevention services; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to North Star Family Services, Inc. for operational costs; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the city of Revere to create a pilot program for grants of not less than $5,000 directed to eligible first-time homebuyers who have lived in a jurisdiction selected by the city for not less than 18 months; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the city known as the town of Winthrop to provide stabilization supports to the displaced survivors of the April 21, 2023 fire in the town; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. to support its mobile homeless outreach team in the cities of Everett, Malden and Medford; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Scituate Housing Authority for housing improvements in the town of Scituate; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the Saving Towards Affordable and Sustainable Homeownership program administered by the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, Inc. to provide assistance for first-generation homebuyers; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Family Promise Metrowest, Inc. to provide services to address family homelessness; and provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended to RIA House, Inc. for housing programs including, but not limited to, rental assistance and peer mentoring................................. $4,316,000

7004-0108        For a program of short-term housing assistance to help families eligible for temporary emergency shelter under item 7004-0101 in addressing obstacles to maintaining or securing housing; provided, that the assistance shall include not less than 12 months of housing stabilization and economic self-sufficiency case management services for each family receiving benefits under this item;  provided further, that a family shall not receive more than $30,000 in a 24-month period from this item; provided further, the executive office of housing and livable communities shall provide household assistance in an amount up to $15,000, or a higher cap established in item 7004-0108, for a subsequent 12-month period to eligible families; provided further, that not less than $2,500,000 shall be made available to administering agencies for circumstances in which the administering agency believes an award greater than $30,000 in a 24-month period is essential to resolve a housing crisis, in accordance with guidance from the executive office of housing and livable communities; provided further, that so long as a family meets the requirements of its housing stabilization plan, a family that received household assistance under this item whose income increases shall not become ineligible for assistance due to exceeding the income limit; provided further, that a family shall not be deemed ineligible as a result of any single violation of a self-sufficiency plan; provided further, that the executive office of housing and livable communities shall take all steps necessary to enforce regulations to prevent abuse in the short-term housing transition program, including a wage match agreement with the department of revenue; provided further, that a family that was terminated from the program or did not make a good faith effort to follow its housing stabilization plan during the term of its assistance shall be ineligible for benefits under said item 7004-0101 and this item for 12 months from the last date the family received financial assistance under said item 7004-0101 and this item; provided further, that a family’s housing stabilization plan shall adequately accommodate the ages and disabilities of the family members; provided further, that families receiving benefits under this program who are found ineligible for continuing benefits shall be eligible for aid pending a timely appeal under chapter 23B of the General Laws; provided further, that families who are denied assistance under this item may appeal that denial under said chapter 23B, including subsection (F) of section 30 of said chapter 23B and regulations adopted to implement said chapter 23B; provided further, that the executive office, as a condition of continued eligibility for assistance under this program, may require disclosure of social security numbers by all members of a family receiving assistance under this item for use in verification of income with other agencies, departments and executive offices; provided further, that if a family member fails to provide a social security number for use in verifying the family's income and eligibility, then the family shall no longer be eligible to receive benefits from this program; provided further, that the executive office shall administer this program through the following agencies, unless administering agencies are otherwise procured by the executive office: the Berkshire Housing Development Corporation; Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc.; Community Teamwork Inc.; the Housing Assistance Corporation; the Franklin County regional housing and redevelopment authority; Way Finders, Inc.; Metro Housing Boston; the Lynn housing authority and neighborhood development; the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.; NeighborWorks Housing Solutions; and RCAP Solutions, Inc.; provided further, that the executive office shall reallocate funding based on performance-based statistics from underperforming service providers to above average service providers in order to move as many families from hotels, motels or shelters into more sustainable housing; provided further, that the executive office shall use funds provided under this program for stabilization workers to focus efforts on housing retention and to link households to supports, including job training, education, job search and child care opportunities available, and may enter into agreements with other public and private agencies for the provision of such services; provided further, that a stabilization worker shall be assigned to each household; provided further, that funds shall be used to more rapidly transition families served by the program into temporary or permanent sustainable housing; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, not less than 90 days before promulgating or amending any regulation, administrative practice or policy that would alter eligibility for or the level of benefits under this program to less than the benefit level available on June 30, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate setting forth the justification for such changes including, but not limited to, any determination by the secretary of housing and livable communities that available appropriations will be insufficient to meet projected expenses; provided further, that the executive office shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means, which shall include, but not be limited to, the: (i) number of families served, including available demographic information, as well as the number of children served under this item broken down by age; (ii) type of assistance given; (iii) average, minimum and maximum cost per family of said assistance; and (iv) total number of families receiving benefits under item 7004-0101 that have received assistance under item 7004-0108 during the previous 1, 2 and 3 years, including available demographic information; provided further, that the executive office shall expend funds under item 7004-0108 on families residing in temporary emergency shelters and family residential treatment or sober living programs under items 4512-0200 and 4513-1130 if said families otherwise meet all eligibility requirements applicable to emergency shelter under item 7004-0101, except that, solely for the purposes of this item, the fact that a family is residing in a temporary emergency domestic violence shelter under item 4513-1130 or in a family residential treatment or sober living program under item 4512-0200 shall not preclude said family from receiving assistance; provided further, that this item shall be subject to appropriation and, in the event of a deficiency, nothing in this item shall give rise to, or shall be construed as giving rise to, any enforceable right or entitlement to services in excess of the amounts appropriated in this item; and provided further, that household assistance funds shall be advanced to the administering agencies at the end of each month and before the next month's disbursement, the amount of which shall be estimated based on the prior month’s expenditure with a reconciliation not less than annually.............................................. $37,070,445

7004-0109        For the shelter workforce development initiative, to provide pathways to careers in fields related to housing and homelessness; provided, that funds shall be expended to address barriers to obtaining and sustaining shelter employment including, but not limited to, transportation, loan repayment, tuition or certification fee reimbursement and child care; provided further, that, not less than $5,000,000 be made available to shelters contracted through item 7004-0101; provided further, that not less than $5,000,000 be made available to shelters contracted through item 7004- 0102; and provided further, that the secretary of housing and livable communities shall submit a report to the joint committee on housing and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2024, detailing the expenditures and hiring outcomes of the program................................. $10,000,000

7004-0202        For the rapid transition of homeless individuals into sustainable permanent housing; provided, that programs under this item shall be administered by direct service providers contracted under item 7004-0102; provided further, that these programs may include, but shall not be limited to, vocational training, temporary assistance and permanent supportive housing; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2024, the executive office of housing and livable communities shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (i) total number of people served; (ii) total number of people transitioned into permanent housing; and (iii) types of programs implemented; and provided further, that the executive office may, for the duration of the response to the 2019 novel coronavirus health crisis, expend unused funds to support line item 7004-0102 in providing temporary emergency shelter to homeless individuals................. $5,000,000

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

7004-3036        For housing services and counseling; provided, that funds shall be expended as grants to 9 regional housing consumer education centers operated by the regional nonprofit housing authorities; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded through a competitive application process under criteria established by the executive office of housing and livable communities; provided further, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended for housing stabilization services for certain households served with residential assistance payments under item 7004-9316 or emergency rental assistance under the executive office’s 2019 novel coronavirus eviction diversion initiative, who face significant barriers to sustaining housing payments; provided further, that the executive office shall submit annual reports to the secretary of administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on housing detailing all expenditures of the program, including each regional housing consumer education center, the total number of persons who received information and referral services, the costs for such services rendered per consumer and the identification of consumer issues and trends; provided further, that not later than January 3, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on possible savings and efficiencies that may be realized through the consolidation of said services; and provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be made available to the Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts, Inc. for coordination and information technology............ $9,700,000

7004-3045        For a tenancy preservation program for neutral party consultation services in eviction cases before the housing court department of the trial court for individuals with disabilities and for families with individuals with disabilities; provided, that the disability of the program participant or family member must be directly related to the reason for eviction to be eligible for the program, prior appropriation continued............. $2,042,755

7004-4314        For the expenses of a service coordinators program established by the executive office of housing and livable communities to assist tenants residing in housing developed under sections 39 and 40 of chapter 121B of the General Laws; provided, that the executive office shall distribute funding for resident service coordinators in a geographically equitable manner; and provided further, that funding shall be made available for resident service coordinators that serve multiple smaller housing authorities........ $6,500,000

7004-9005        For subsidies to housing authorities and nonprofit organizations, including funds for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals in housing for the elderly, handicapped, veterans, families and relocated persons under sections 32 and 40 of chapter 121B of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all housing authorities operating elderly public housing shall offer first preference for elderly public housing units that are vacant on the effective date of this act, and thereafter, to those persons 60 years of age or older as of June 30, 2023 receiving rental assistance from the Massachusetts rental voucher program; provided further, that the executive office of housing an livable communities may expend funds appropriated under this item for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals which may be anticipated in the operation of housing authorities for the first quarter of the subsequent fiscal year; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item to reimburse the debt service reserve included in the budgets of housing authorities; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees; provided further, that the amount appropriated in this item shall be considered to meet all obligations under said sections 32 and 40 of said chapter 121B; provided further, that new reduced rental units developed in fiscal year 2024 eligible for subsidies under this item shall not cause any annualization that results in an amount exceeding the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that all funds in excess of normal utilities, operations and maintenance costs may be expended for capital repairs; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Just-A-Start Corporation for the economic mobility hub at Rindge Commons in the North Cambridge section of the city of Cambridge; provided further, that no employee of a housing authority shall simultaneously be an elected executive officer within the same municipality in which the authority is located; provided further, that housing authorities and nonprofit organizations situated in municipalities that do not comply with the provisions of section 3A of chapter 40A of the General Laws shall continue to qualify for funding from the local capital projects fund; and provided further, that the administration shall make every attempt to direct efforts toward rehabilitating housing authority family units requiring $10,000 or less in repairs...... $107,000,000

General Fund............................................ 91.70%
Local Capital Projects Fund.......................... 8.30%

7004-9007        For costs associated with the implementation of the duties of the executive office of housing and livable communities under chapter 235 of the acts of 2014; provided, that in conjunction with said duties, funds may be expended on the creation and implementation of an information technology platform for state-aided public housing to be administered by the executive office; provided further, that the executive office, in making changes to said information technology platform, shall collaborate and coordinate with housing authorities to ensure equitable and effective systems; and provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute to conduct both a survey of housing authorities and secondary data analysis to identify ways in which the Common Housing Application for Massachusetts Programs can more effectively assist applicants to find stable housing solutions...................... $1,315,000

7004-9024        For the Massachusetts rental voucher program to provide rental assistance for low-income families and elderly persons through mobile and project-based vouchers; provided, that the income of eligible households shall not exceed 80 per cent of the area median income; provided further, that the executive office of housing and livable communities may require that not less than 75 per cent of newly issued vouchers be targeted to households whose income at initial occupancy does not exceed 30 per cent of the area median income; provided further, that the executive office may award mobile vouchers to eligible households currently occupying project-based units that shall expire due to the non-renewal of project-based rental assistance contracts; provided further, that the executive office, as a condition of continued eligibility for vouchers and voucher payments, may require disclosure of social security numbers by participants and members of a participant’s household in the Massachusetts rental voucher program for use in verification of income with other agencies, departments and executive offices; provided further, that if a participant or member of a participant’s household fails to provide a social security number for use in verifying the household’s income and eligibility, then that household shall no longer be eligible for a voucher or to receive benefits from the voucher program; provided further, that until the implementation of a payment standard by the executive office for all voucher holders, each household not yet covered by the payment standard shall pay not less than 30 per cent of its monthly adjusted income but not more than 40 per cent of its monthly adjusted income for rent except that the household payment in any project-based unit that is subsidized under another federal or state subsidy or public housing program shall be subject to applicable limits on tenant paid rent under such federal or state program; provided further, that until the implementation of such payment standard for all voucher holders, the monthly dollar amount of each voucher not yet covered by the payment standard shall be the executive office-approved monthly rent of the unit less the monthly amount paid for rent by the household; provided further, that any household that is proven to have caused intentional damage to its rental unit in an amount exceeding 2 months of rent during any 1-year period shall be terminated from the program; provided further, that if the use of a mobile voucher is or has been discontinued, then the mobile voucher shall be reassigned; provided further, that the executive office shall pay regional administering agencies not less than $50 per voucher per month for the costs of administering the program; provided further, that subsidies shall not be reduced due to the cost of inspections; provided further, that not later than January 1, 2024, the executive office shall provide assistance using a payment standard so that the required household payment for a household choosing a unit with gross rent less than or equal to the payment standard shall be not more than 30 per cent of the household’s monthly adjusted income; provided further, that “gross rent” shall mean the contract rent plus an amount allowed by the executive office for tenant-paid utilities; provided further, that the payment standard shall be set, at the discretion of the executive office, at either 110 per cent of the current area-wide fair market rent or 110 per cent of the current small area fair market rent, both established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the same size of dwelling unit in the same region, except as necessary as a reasonable accommodation for a household member with a disability or as otherwise directed by the executive office, except that a reduction by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in such fair market rental shall not reduce the payment standard applied to a household continuing to reside in a unit without a change in voucher size for which the household was receiving assistance at the time the fair market rent or small area fair market rent was reduced; provided further, that if the gross rent for the unit does not exceed the applicable payment standard, the monthly assistance payment for the household for both project-based and tenant-based assistance shall be equal to the gross rent less the required household payment, except that the required household payment in any project-based unit that is subsidized under another federal or state subsidy or public housing program shall be subject to applicable limits on tenant-paid rent under such federal or state program; provided further, that for a household receiving tenant-based assistance under this section, if the household chooses a unit with a gross rent that exceeds the applicable payment standard, the monthly assistance payment for the household shall be limited to the amount by which the applicable payment standard exceeds 30 per cent of the monthly adjusted income of the household; provided further, that even if a household with tenant-based assistance chooses a unit with gross rent exceeding the payment standard, at the time the household initially receives tenant-based assistance with respect to any dwelling, the total amount that the household may be required to pay for gross rent, including the amount by which the gross rent exceeds the payment standard, shall not exceed 40 per cent of the monthly adjusted income of the household at the time the household initially receives tenant-based assistance with respect to any dwelling; provided further, that households receiving tenant-based assistance under this section may pay more than 40 per cent of the monthly adjusted income of the household, at their option; provided further, that the executive office shall establish the amounts of the mobile and project-based vouchers so that the appropriation in this item shall not be exceeded by payments for rental assistance and administration; provided further, that the executive office shall not enter into commitments that shall cause it to exceed the appropriation set forth in this item; provided further, that participating local housing authorities may take all steps necessary to enable them to transfer mobile voucher program participants from the Massachusetts rental voucher program into another housing subsidy program; provided further, that the executive office’s approved monthly rent limits for mobile vouchers issued or leased on or after July 1, 2023 shall be equal to 110 per cent of the area-wide or small area fair market rent, except as necessary as a reasonable accommodation for a household member with a disability or as otherwise directed by the executive office, based on unit size as established annually by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; provided further, that the requested rent level for mobile vouchers shall be determined reasonable by the administering agency; provided further, that for mobile vouchers currently leased, the new rent limit shall not begin until the anniversary date of the lease; provided further, that the executive office may assist housing authorities at their written request, in the immediate implementation of a homeless prevention program utilizing alternative housing resources available to them for low-income families and the elderly by designating participants in the Massachusetts rental voucher program as at risk of displacement by public action through no fault of their own; provided further, that not later than December 1, 2023, the executive office of housing and livable communities shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on housing on the utilization of rental vouchers during the last 3 fiscal years under this item and item 7004-9030; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the: (i) number and average value of rental vouchers currently distributed in the commonwealth in each county and in each municipality; (ii) average number of days that it takes for a household to utilize a voucher after receiving it from the administering agency; (iii) number of households that reach the date by which they must lease up their voucher without having found an available unit; (iv) number of households that apply for an extension by the deadline to lease up their voucher and the number of extensions granted; (v) actions taken by the executive office to reduce the wait time for households to lease up their voucher; (vi) number of distributed vouchers available to be utilized; (vii) number and type of new vouchers issued after July 1, 2023; (viii) number of families on a waitlist for an available rental voucher; (ix) average number of days that it takes for project-based vouchers awarded by the executive office to be utilized after the award is made; and (x) obstacles faced by the executive office in its efforts to provide the information detailed in the preceding provisos, if applicable; provided further, that the report shall comply with state and federal privacy standards; and provided further, that the executive office may expend funds from this item for costs related to the completion of the voucher management system, prior appropriation continued......... $179,597,023

7004-9030        For the rental assistance program established in section 16 of chapter 179 of the acts of 1995; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, assistance may be provided in the form of either mobile vouchers or project-based vouchers; provided further, that the vouchers shall be in varying dollar amounts set by the executive office of housing and livable communities based on considerations including, but not limited to, household size, composition, household income and geographic location; provided further, that the executive office’s approved monthly rent limits for vouchers newly issued or leased after a date set by the executive office, but not later than June 30, 2024, shall be set, at the discretion of the executive office, at either up to 110 per cent of the current area-wide fair market rent or up to 110 per cent of the current small area fair market rent, both based on unit size as established annually by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the same size of dwelling unit in the same region; provided further, that the requested rent level for vouchers shall be determined reasonable by the administering agency; provided further, that for vouchers currently leased, the new rent limit shall not begin until the anniversary date of the lease; provided further, that any household that is proven to have caused intentional damage to its rental unit in an amount exceeding 2 months of rent during any 1-year period shall be terminated from the program; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be no maximum percentage applicable to the amount of income paid for rent by each household holding a mobile voucher; provided further, that unless the executive office implements a payment standard or utility allowance for the program, each household may be required to pay not less than 25 per cent of its net income as defined under regulations promulgated by the executive office for units if payment of utilities is not provided by the unit owner or not less than 30 per cent of its income for units if payment of utilities is provided by the unit owner; provided further, that payments for the rental assistance program may be provided in advance; provided further, that the executive office shall establish the amounts of the mobile vouchers so that the appropriation in this item is not exceeded by payments for rental assistance and administration; provided further, that the executive office shall not enter into commitments which shall cause it to exceed the appropriation set forth in this item; provided further, that the amount of a rental assistance voucher payment for an eligible household shall not exceed the rent less the household’s minimum rent obligation; and provided further, that not later than December 15, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) expenditures from this item; (ii) the number of outstanding rental vouchers; and (iii) the number and types of units leased, prior appropriation continued........... $16,863,078

7004-9031        For capital grants to improve or create accessible affordable housing units for persons with disabilities; provided, that grants shall be administered by the executive office of housing and livable communities in consultation with the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that the executive office shall prioritize capital projects that include units that accommodate or will accommodate voucher recipients under the alternative housing voucher program established in chapter 179 of the acts of 1995; provided further, that the projects shall be for the purpose of improved accessibility and may include, but not be limited to, the widening of entrance ways, the installation of ramps, the renovation of kitchen or bathing facilities, the installation of signage in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the implementation of assistive technologies; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the joint committee on housing and the house and senate committees on ways and means including, but not be limited to, the: (i) number of eligible units created or modified; (ii) types of capital projects funded; and (iii) costs associated with these projects............................................... $2,500,000

Local Capital Projects................................... 100%

7004-9033        For rental subsidies to eligible clients of the department of mental health; provided, that the executive office of housing and livable communities shall establish the amounts of such subsidies so that payment of the rental subsidies and of any other commitments from this item shall not exceed the amount appropriated in this item.......... $16,548,125

General Fund............................................ 75.83%
Behavioral Health Outreach,
Access & Support Trust Fund..................... 24.17%

7004-9034        For a housing assistance for re-entry transition pilot program; provided, that the program shall be administered by the executive office of housing and livable communities in consultation with the executive office of public safety and security; provided further, that funds shall be expended for rental subsidies to participants in re-entry programs funded under items 8000-0655 and 8900-1100; provided further, that the executive office of housing and livable communities shall establish the amount of said subsidies so that executive office spending does not exceed the amount appropriated; and provided further, that not later than October 2, 2023, the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on program design and implementation, including the: (a) amount proposed for said subsidies; (b) estimated number of individuals who would qualify for said subsidies; and (c) planned distribution of funds................... $3,000,000

7004-9315        For the executive office of housing and livable communities, which may expend for the administration and monitoring of the low-income housing tax credit and local administration programs not more than $2,998,580 from fees collected under these programs; provided, that funds may be expended for the costs of administering and monitoring the programs, including the costs of personnel, subject to the approval of the secretary of housing and livable communities; 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 executive 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............................................... $2,998,580

7004-9316        For a program to provide assistance in addressing obstacles to maintaining or securing housing for families with a household income: (i) not more than 30 per cent of area median income who are homeless and moving into subsidized or private housing or are at risk of becoming homeless; or (ii) more than 30 per cent but not more than 50 per cent of area median income who are homeless and moving into subsidized or private housing or are at risk of becoming homeless due to a significant reduction of income or increased expenses; provided, that assistance shall be administered by the executive office of housing and livable communities through contracts with the regional HomeBASE agencies; provided further, that not less than 50 per cent of the funds shall be provided to households with an income not more than 30 per cent of area median income, subject to the executive office’s discretion based on data reflecting program demand and usage; provided further, that in distributing 50 per cent of the funds, the executive office shall prioritize those families most likely to otherwise require shelter services under item 7004-0101; provided further, that the amount of financial assistance shall not exceed $7,000 in any 12-month period; provided further, that residential assistance payments may be made through direct vendor payments according to standards to be established by the executive office; provided further, that the agencies shall establish a system for referring families approved for residential assistance payments, who the agencies determine would benefit from these services, to existing community-based programs that provide additional housing stabilization supports, including assistance in obtaining housing subsidies and locating alternative housing that is safe and affordable for any such families; provided further, that the program shall be administered under guidelines established by the executive office; provided further, that income verification shall be conducted by using: (a) documentation provided by the household, requiring the same documentation and process used to conduct income verification under this item in fiscal year 2023 or fewer documents as directed by the executive office; (b) third-party income verification; or (c) validated receipt of certain MassHealth or department of transitional assistance benefits demonstrating that the household earns less than 50 per cent of area median income; provided further, that the manner in which income verification is conducted shall be at the discretion of the executive office but that the executive office shall not discontinue the use of said options for income verification listed in the preceding proviso; provided further, that the executive office shall allow a short, simple application requiring minimal processing time; provided further, that the executive office shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the: (1) number of families who applied for assistance; (2) number of families approved for assistance; (3) minimum, median and average amount of financial assistance awarded; (4) total amount of assistance awarded to date, including a breakdown by income category; and (5) number of families falling into each income category; provided further, that the executive office shall track a family’s reason for assistance by the same categories used in item 7004-0101; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended to provide assistance to households of all sizes and configurations including, but not limited to, elders, persons with disabilities and unaccompanied youths; provided further, that household assistance funds shall be advanced to the administering agencies at the end of each month and prior to the next month’s disbursement, the amount of which shall be estimated based on the prior month’s expenditure with a reconciliation not less than annually; provided further, that notwithstanding clauses (i) and (ii), funds shall be expended to families and individuals who are at risk of injury or harm due to domestic violence in their current housing situation and whose household income is not more than 60 per cent of the area median income; provided further, that families and individuals that are at risk of injury or harm from domestic violence who meet the qualifications of enrollment in the address confidentiality program shall be afforded the opportunity to register with and become enrolled in the address confidentiality program as offered by the secretary of the commonwealth; and provided further, that the executive office shall distribute funds under this item and  federal sources and other public and private sources of short-term rental and mortgage assistance in a manner that prioritizes: (aa) those communities most affected by the impacts of the 2019 novel coronavirus; and (bb) geographic equity........... $190,000,000

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

7006-0000        For the office of consumer affairs and business regulation, including expenses of an administrative services unit... $1,451,486

7006-0043        For the office of consumer affairs and business regulation, which may expend not more than $670,000 from fees collected from the registration and renewal of home improvement contractor registrations under section 11 of chapter 142A of the General Laws for the administration and enforcement of the home improvement contractor registration program; 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 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.............. $670,000

Division of Banks.

7006-0010        For the operation of the division of banks; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the division shall assess 100 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item upon financial institutions that the division currently regulates under section 2 of chapter 167 of the General Laws.............................................. $23,571,355


Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording and added wording in place thereof, for message see House, No. 4055

7006-0011        For the costs incurred by the division of banks associated with licensure of loan originators under chapter 255F of the General Laws; provided, that the division may expend revenues of not more than $3,050,000 from the revenue received from administrative fees associated with the licensure fees and from civil administrative penalties collected under said chapter 255F; provided further, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended by the commissioner of banks as grants for the operation of a program for best lending practices, first-time homeowner counseling for nontraditional loans and not less than 10 foreclosure education centers under section 16 of chapter 206 of the acts of 2007 and that the grants shall be awarded through a competitive application process using criteria established by the division;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 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...............................................$1,550,000

Division of Insurance.

7006-0020        For the operation of the division of insurance, including the expenses of the board of appeal on motor vehicle policies and bonds, the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item, certain other costs of supervising motor vehicle liability insurance and the expenses of the fraudulent claims board; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 100 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item shall be assessed upon the institutions which the division currently regulates under general or special laws or regulations, except for licensed business entity producers; and provided further, that the assessment shall be in addition to any assessments currently assessed upon those institutions.............................. $15,390,410

7006-0029        For the operation of the health care access bureau under the division of insurance; provided, that the full amount appropriated in this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item shall be assessed upon the carriers licensed under chapters 175, 176A, 176B and 176G of the General Laws, as provided under section 7A of chapter 26 of the General Laws; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for implementation and enforcement of mental health parity protections established in chapter 177 of the acts of 2022 including, but not limited to, hiring staff, screening, investigating and adjudicating consumer and provider parity complaints and conducting market conduct exams.............. $1,310,794

Division of Occupational Licensure.

7006-0040        For the operation and administration of the division of occupational licensure.............................................. $10,750,914

7006-0142        For the administration of the office of public safety and inspections under the division of occupational licensure, which may expend not more than $17,850,344 in revenues collected from fees or fines for annual elevator inspections, building inspections, amusement park ride inspections, state building code trainings and courses of instruction, licensing of pipefitters and hoisting equipment operators, all licensing programs administered by the office of public safety and inspections, revenues from fines collected under section 65 of chapter 143 of the General Laws and fees for appeals of civil fines issued under section 22 of chapter 22 of the General Laws and said section 65 of said chapter 143; provided, that funds shall be expended for the administration of the office of public safety and inspections including, but not limited to: (i) inspectional services; (ii) licensing services; (iii) the architectural access board; (iv) elevator inspections; (v) building inspections; and (vi) amusement device inspections; provided further, that the division shall employ not less than 70 full-time equivalent elevator inspectors, including an additional engineer, and that funds shall be expended to address the existing elevator inspection backlog and to defray the costs associated with performing overtime elevator inspections; 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; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a reimbursement program to be managed by the division of occupational licensure, which shall provide for the costs associated with the testing for the presence of pyrrhotite; and provided further, that reimbursements shall be made at a rate of 100 per cent for visual testing conducted by a licensed professional engineer for not more than $400 and at a rate of 75 per cent for the testing of 2 core samples for not more than $5,000.............................................. $17,850,344

Division of Standards.

7006-0060        For the operation of the division of standards............................................... $1,440,542

7006-0064        For the division of standards' oversight of motor vehicle repair shops........... $320,000

7006-0065        For the division of standards, which may retain not more than $810,293 from registration fees and fines collected under sections 184B to 184E, inclusive, of chapter 94 of the General Laws and section 56D of chapter 98 of the General Laws to support its enforcement activities as provided under subsection (h) of section 184D of said chapter 94 and from revenues received from item-pricing violations collected through municipal inspection efforts and from weights and measures fees and fines collected from cities and towns for enforcement of weights and measures laws; provided, that notwithstanding said subsection (h) of said section 184D of said chapter 94, the division shall not fund the municipal grant program as provided under said subsection (h) of said section 184D of said chapter 94; 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 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.............. $810,293

7006-0066        For the support of municipal inspection efforts at the division of standards; provided, that not more than 15 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative costs of the division.................................................. $160,372

Department of Telecommunications and Cable.

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see
 House, No. 4055
7006-0071      For the operation of the department of telecommunications and cable; provided, that notwithstanding the second sentence of section 7 of chapter 25C of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2024 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce 100 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the city of Chicopee to replace equipment in order to continue to provide public and community access on the televisions of residents..................... $3,307,411

Massachusetts Office of Business Development.

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor
 reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

7007-0150        For the Massachusetts office of business development for contracts with regional economic development organizations under the program established under sections 3J and 3K of chapter 23A of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be utilized for services performed by these organizations and not for attached projects............................................... $1,500,000

7007-0300        For the operation of the Massachusetts office of business development and for marketing and promoting the commonwealth in order to attract and retain targeted businesses and industries; provided, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership................................ $1,358,383

7007-0500        For the operation and maintenance of the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Inc. for the commercialization of new, academic-based research and development and raising the scientific awareness of the communities of the commonwealth; provided, that the institute, in collaboration with the office of business development, shall expend not less than $250,000 for initiatives to increase diversity in the fields of life sciences and biotechnology in the commonwealth; provided further, that such initiatives may include, but shall not be limited to: (i) investments in minority-owned businesses; (ii) grants to school districts with significant minority student populations for the development of curricula, purchase of equipment and the provision of internships; (iii) planning and implementation of strategies to recruit, develop and retain a diverse workforce in the fields of life sciences and biotechnology; and (iv) identifying structural and cultural obstacles to the full inclusion of diverse population in the life sciences and biotechnology field, along with recommendations for removing those obstacles; provided further, that not later than January 31, 2024, the institute shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the development, implementation and success of these initiatives, including the disbursement of funds to specific entities as defined in this item; and provided further, that the institute shall seek out private funds necessary to match contributions equal to $1 for every $1 contributed by this item.................................................. $750,000

7007-0800        For a state matching grant for the small business development center; provided, that no funds shall be expended from this item until the United States Small Business Administration has made a payment or has executed a contract to pay the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for the operation of the center; provided further, that the funds expended from this item shall not exceed 25 per cent of the gross operating cost of the center; provided further, that not more than $300,000 from this item shall be expended for federal procurement technical assistance services within the center; provided further, that such services shall include, but not be limited to, assisting businesses in securing federal contracts, obtaining contract financing, generating responses to requests for proposals, interpreting bid documents, providing educational workshops and seminars and for the electronic identification and tracking of federal bid opportunities; and provided further, that funds expended for federal procurement technical assistance services within the center shall be subject to the receipt of matching funds from federal or private sources, including the United States Department of Defense............. $1,426,222

7007-0801        For microlending grants, which shall be issued to established United States Treasury-certified community development financial institutions, United States Small Business Administration microlenders and United States Department of Agriculture microlenders making direct microenterprise and small business loans to borrowers on a regional basis and providing technical assistance to applicants and borrowers in order to foster business establishment and success; provided, that the funds shall be used to support the eligible organizations' lending and technical assistance activities; provided further, that not later than February 15, 2024, the Massachusetts office of business development shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means identifying the: (i) United States Treasury-certified community development financial institutions receiving grant issuances; (ii) names and loan amounts of each business receiving grant funds from the lending institution; (iii) federal dollar match received as a result of making the loan; (iv) number of jobs created through the business loans; and (v) number of failed loans; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the South Eastern Economic Development Corporation for these purposes; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Common Capital, Inc. for these purposes.................... $1,800,000

7007-0952        For the operation of the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation established in chapter 92B of the General Laws; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be expended to promote private fundraising, achieve self-sufficiency and serve as a catalyst for urban economic development and job opportunities for local residents; provided further, that the corporation shall take all steps necessary to increase the amount of private funding available for the operation of the zoos; provided further, that funding in this item shall not be transferred through interdepartmental service agreements; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the Forest Park Zoological Society, Inc. for the expansion of the Kids Go Wild program providing free programming to community partners, year-round daily care of not less than 250 animals and additional educational opportunities for youth and adults across western Massachusetts, including an internship program; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Lupa Game Farm, Inc. in the town of Ludlow; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2024, the corporation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the status of, and amounts collected from, the private fundraising and enhanced revenue efforts identified in the draft Massachusetts Zoos Business and Operations Plan dated December 1996; provided further, that funds may be expended on a matching program to encourage private and corporate donations to support the Franklin Park Zoo and the Walter D. Stone Memorial Zoo; and provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be made available for zoos throughout the commonwealth that are not under the purview of the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation.............................. $7,250,000

Massachusetts Marketing Partnership.

7008-0900        For the operation and administration of the office of travel and tourism; provided, that the office shall be the commonwealth’s official and lead agency to facilitate and attract: (i) major sports events and championships; and (ii) motion picture production and development; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2024, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) an overview of the tourism industry in the commonwealth; (b) the economic impact of domestic and international travelers to the commonwealth; (c) a breakdown of the regional tourism council grant allocations; (d) initiatives undertaken to promote travel and tourism in the commonwealth; (e) strategies to combat the effects of 2019 novel coronavirus on the tourism industry in the commonwealth; and (f) the effects of 2019 novel coronavirus on the tourism industry in the commonwealth including, but not limited to, the loss of jobs and statewide revenue from the sales, room occupancy and short-term rentals taxes, delineated by region; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended on national and international campaigns to generate new tourism and economic development activities in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be transferred to the Massachusetts Tourism Trust Fund established in section 13T of chapter 23A of the General Laws provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Pilgrim Hall Museum for architectural design and conservation planning to increase sustainability and protect assets by improving and updating the building envelope; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Germantown neighborhood center in the city of Quincy; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. in the city of Quincy; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the city of Springfield for the Caribbean festival; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc. for maintenance upgrades of 4 elevators, replacement of a controller, MH3000 microprocessor part of the code update for fire service PH2 stop switch and conversion and interior and exterior energy efficiency improvements necessary for the operation of the facilities; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Wilbraham nature and cultural council for tourism, marketing and advertising purposes; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the operation of New England Public Media, Inc. youth media lab, training, workplace readiness workshops and internships for in-person and remote instruction sessions to engage middle and high school students in media literacy and the role of fact-based journalism in public media and improvements to the new community engagement and education center; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the Museum of Science in the city of Boston to increase sustainability by improving and updating the building envelope; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to The West End Museum, Incorporated to mitigate the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to recover from flood impacts; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Waltham Tourism Council, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the historic West Medford Community Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended to the historic Cyrus Dallin Art Museum; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation, Inc. for the Bay State games; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Inc. for free public concerts in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to Revolutionary Spaces, Inc. to address deferred maintenance and make improvements necessary for the operation of the old state house and old south meeting house in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for a matching grant program to the enrichment center located in the Dorchester section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Boch Center’s Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame in the city of Boston to support the hall of fame’s educational mission and local economic development through programming and performances at the hall of fame; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to No Books, No Ball Basketball Program, A Non-Profit Corporation; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Museum of African American History, Incorporated; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Lena Park Community Development Corporation, located in the Dorchester section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for strategic marketing to increase visitorship to the Museum of the International Volleyball hall of fame in the city of Holyoke; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, Inc. in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Putnam historic district property to be administered by the North Reading Minit and Militia in the town of North Reading; provided further, that the Massachusetts film office shall promote the commonwealth as a leading film and television production state; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended on efforts to ensure the recovery and continued vitality of the commonwealth’s tourism and hospitality industry post-pandemic; and provided further, that eligible uses for the funds shall include, but not be limited to, covering lost payroll, rent and other expenses, adapting programming to cope with 2019 novel coronavirus and subsequent variants, investing in technology and infrastructure for safe reopening, and planning efforts to develop creative solutions to build and transform the tourism and hospitality sector to adapt to the post-pandemic environments........................... $6,869,019

7008-1116        For the commonwealth’s local economic development projects; provided, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for repurposing  Broadman street park from a playground to an outdoor area accessible to seniors in the town of Norfolk; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Wharf District Council, Inc., for climate resiliency planning; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for trail and other multi-modal path management, including design, engineering, technical assistance, consulting services and land acquisitions in the town of Ashland; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the North End Athletic Association, Inc. in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the Ellis memorial early education center in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for city park improvements in the city of Framingham; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for supporting transportation services for the disabled, elderly, low income and veterans for Taking People Places, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for repairs to the National Lancers headquarters; provided further, that not less than $400,000 shall be expended for the North End Waterfront neighborhood health center in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for subsidized rideshare and taxi transportation for the GoSudbury! program in the town of Sudbury; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. in the town of Falmouth; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the South End baseball program in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the moving ahead program at the St. Francis House in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for renovation design and a handicap-accessible renovation plan for the junction building in North Falmouth; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for the replacement of the Northborough-side “Welcome to Marlborough” sign; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the position of economic development officer in the town of Hopkinton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the position of economic development officer in the town of Holliston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for development of the parkway from north main street and Chauncy street in the town of Mansfield; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Scituate visitor center; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Hull Lifesaving Museum for a full-time maritime director position to operationalize new rowing programs for students, senior citizens and disabled veterans and to build program capacity; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the support of small businesses and economic development in the town of Wellesley; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Top, Inc. radio programming; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the replacement and reconstruction of 2 pedestrian bridges in the upper millyard and downtown business district of the city of Amesbury; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Partridge Brook park in the city of Salisbury; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Nazzaro Recreation Center, Inc; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Museum of African American History; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the historic Chevalier theatre in Medford; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for OCA-APAA-NE, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Redd’s pond retaining wall and walkways in the town of Marblehead; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Community Music Center of Boston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Chinatown Business Association Inc.; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the urban league fund; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Chess Angels youth art program in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Stone Soul, Inc. festival; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Revere Boxing Outreach program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for furnishings for the Duxbury Student Union Association; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Hickory street Harambee Festival in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for furniture for the Shrewsbury public library; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for a study on extending the Acton town sewer; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for promoting economic development for the Franklin Downtown Partnership, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a design, feasibility and traffic study for a town common or town center in the town of Paxton; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for AHA! Art, history and architecture in the city of New Bedford; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for cultural educational programming and community services at the Cape Verdean Association of New Bedford; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Frederick Douglass house in New Bedford; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a training apprenticeship for the New Bedford festival theatre; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for production at Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in the city of New Bedford; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for purchasing equipment and supplies for the Southborough fire department; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the provision of pedestrian crosswalks, signage and safety precautions in the town of Swansea; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for pedestrian walking beacons in the town of Natick; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for cultural development work by Worcester Common Ground, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for The Josiah Quincy School Association in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Chinese Historical Society of New England, Inc. in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for youth and community development initiatives by the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center, Inc. in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the technological improvements and the provision of programming and services for older adults by Beacon Hill Village, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for improvements to the kitchen renovation for the Catholic Charities teen center; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the New Commonwealth Fund to assist in expanding grant opportunities for Black and Brown-led nonprofits across the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Rice Sticks and Tea Asian food pantry in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for the DeFillipo playground in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for Freetown Historical Society, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the greater Haverhill chamber of commerce; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute Incorporated for a research project to characterize the impact of offshore wind on economically important species using acoustic telemetry and environmental DNA; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended for Wellspring House, Inc. in the city of Gloucester; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for bacteria testing at Good Harbor beach in the city of Gloucester; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for a police firearms training simulator in the city of Gloucester; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for Brooksby farm in the city of Peabody to establish a revolving fund for the purchase and sale of rain barrels to city residents; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended to offset and pay all costs incurred and related to, but not limited to, operational costs and expenses involved with the revitalization of the Ludlow Mills industrial complex for Westmass Area Development Corporation; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the design, construction and other costs for electric vehicle parking stations in the town of North Andover; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Outside the Box; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Friends of Reggie Wong park; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. North End; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for staffing at the Waltham chamber of commerce; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the operation of Cradles to Crayons, Inc.’s clothing insecurity relief and essentials distribution service; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for maintenance and repairs for East Bridgewater public library; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for North Attleborough animal shelter; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Downtown North Attleborough Collaborative, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for community access television station in the town of Wakefield; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a downtown beautification project in the town of Mansfield; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for improvements to Pellegrini park in the Nonantum neighborhood in Newton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for staffing at the Haitian Community Partnership, Inc. in the city of Brockton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for façade improvements to the William C. O’Malley building in the city of Brockton; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the Responsible Urbanites For Fido, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Casa Maria Housing Corporation in the city of Boston for staff and office upgrades; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Phillips and Mellen field in the town of Hopedale; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Soccer Unity Project, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Revere and Son Heritage Trust for the Paul Revere heritage site in the town of Canton; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Marlborough public library; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the operation of programs at the Menino arts center in the Hyde Park section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the rehabilitation of the recreation area known as the Centennial Grove in the town of Essex; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the modernization of the dock square sewer pump in the town of Rockport; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the town of Manchester for costs relating to the creation of Cape Ann regional emergency preparedness plans for the towns of Manchester, Essex, Rockport, and the city of Gloucester; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development, Inc. for technical assistance to the region and municipalities of the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Fall River Historical Society; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Mutual Aid Eastie for mutual aid programming in the East Boston section of the City of Boston; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Neighbors United for a Better East Boston to facilitate civic engagement, community programming and infrastructure maintenance and upgrades; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the for Bay Village Neighborhood Association, Inc. in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for infrastructure improvements at Clark park in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for procurement and facilitation of an open space and natural resources plan in the town of Danvers; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for The Topsfield Historical Society for the installation of an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant parking lot and sidewalk access to 1710 Gould Barn; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the New England Aquarium Corporation in the cities of Boston and Quincy for upgrades and other improvements, including those necessary for the operation of facilities operated by the New England Aquarium Corporation in the cities of Boston and Quincy; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Caribbean Integration Community Development, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for Montachusett Veterans’ Outreach Center, Inc. for women’s supportive housing programs and services; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the restoration of the Golden Hills playground in the town of Saugus; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for upgrades to Pride park in the town of West Boylston to be more accessible to persons with disabilities and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the expansion of the Asian Community Development Corporation retirement matched savings program for low-income Asian elders; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a feasibility study of a new community center located in the south side of the city of Framingham; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for web design and infrastructure improvement for the Brimfield antique show through the Chamber of Central Mass South; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for Gloucester Boxing Club, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the repair or replacement of electrical systems in Gloucester city hall in the city of Gloucester; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Hispanic American library in Springfield; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the operation of the zoo in Forest park in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for FORGE for promotion of local manufacturing and innovation readiness for startups in western Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for assistance to displaced businesses by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, Inc. in Springfield; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for neighborhood beautification and senior activities by the Indian Orchard Citizens Council, Inc. in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for neighborhood beautification and senior activities by the East Springfield Neighborhood Council, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Inc. in the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Heath fairgrounds by the Heath Agricultural Society, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Double Edge theatre in the town of Ashfield; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for The Arlington Historical Society; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for accessibility adaptations to group homes for the Charles river center; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for improvements to Metacomet park in Medfield; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for recreational activities for at-risk youth for the greater Lawrence boat house; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for expanded community offerings at the West Falmouth library; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for outfitting multipurpose spaces within the facilities of MVY radio on Martha’s Vineyard; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for piper road corridor traffic and public safety improvement projects in West Springfield; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for expansion of the early education and care center for the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for sidewalk repairs and improvements in Depot square in the town of Clinton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for landscaping and community beautification for the Woods Hole Business Association, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for planning and implementing the 300th anniversary celebration in the town of Walpole; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for renovation of the Stoughton train depot building; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Parkway little league baseball in the West Roxbury section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc. to facilitate access to welcoming, safe and affordable housing for low-income LGBTQ seniors; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the design and construction of improvements at Liberty field in the town of Boxborough; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for maintenance and repairs of the little red school house and gazebo in the city of Brockton; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for the Dighton public library to purchase fixtures, furnishings, equipment and books without censorship; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the town of Swansea to construct an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and architectural access board-compliant sidewalk along the north side of Stevens road along with sharrows and signage that is compliant with the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices between Base Lodge road and Bark street and the installation of a rectangular rapid flashing beacon with Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and architectural access board-compliant curb ramps and high visibility crosswalk at Ridge lane; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the town of Swansea to refurbish the Veterans Memorial park bocce courts; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Friends of Jack Foundation, Inc., for providing healthcare programs and child life specialists in community hospitals; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the Adams Presidential Center in Quincy; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Sean Joyce athletic fields in the town of Holbrook; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Holbrook Community Action grant; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Pond Plain Improvement Association in the city known as the town of Weymouth; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Idlewell Educational Improvement Association Inc. in the city known as the town of Weymouth; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Ward 2 Civic Association in the city of Quincy; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Penn’s Hill Neighborhood Association, Inc. in the city of Quincy; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the design and construction of the Tyler Jacoby Lawrence Memorial park at the Norwood Memorial airport; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Friends of Herter Park, Inc. for the maintenance of the outdoor theater in Artesani park with approval from the department of conservation and recreation; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Charles River Watershed Association to engage with Allston-Brighton residents in understanding and reviewing the climate resilience implications of planned development in the Allston-Brighton sections of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the Let’s Row Boston program administered by Community Rowing, Inc. in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for the Addiction Treatment Center of New England, Inc. for the expansion of the three-quarter step unit program; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for New American Association of Massachusetts, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Boston Athletic Association in the Hyde Park section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a child safety program in the city known as the town of Winthrop; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a child safety program in the city of Revere; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for playground, kitchen and storage facility upgrades for community action head start at the Amherst location; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for enhanced resource collection and technology support for the Granby free public library; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the construction of a teen center for the Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for waterproofing and sealing the East Bridgewater public library; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on a coordinated economic vitality effort in the Metrowest region for a nonprofit or similar organization to develop and promote a singular regional effort to encourage tourism and residential and business growth; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to the Fenway Community Center, Inc., in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Centro Las Americas Inc. in the city of Worcester for the operation of its minority economic empowerment and home ownership center; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Urban Media Arts in the city of Malden for capital improvements to support local access television for the community; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended to Stoneham Chamber of Commerce, Inc. to establish a CultureHouse community pop-up in the town of Stoneham; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for sidewalks and pedestrian safety improvements in the town of Andover; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to Debbie's Treasure Chest, Inc. in the city of Lawrence to provide aid and support to disadvantaged and at-risk families in the Merrimack Valley; provided further, that not more than $250,000 shall be expended for a grant program to support youth sports nonprofit programs that primarily serve low-income or marginalized students and that seek to foster improved outcomes in physical health, mental well-being, school participation and sense of community; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Franklin Park Coalition, Inc. to expand efforts to engage all park users and community members through advocacy, programs and restoration; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the funding, implementation, operation and replenishment of a community recreation lending library in the Mission Hill playground in the Mission Hill section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to Boston Society of Caribbean Culture and Heritage, Inc for the annual carnival cultural celebration in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to the Coalition for an Equitable Economy; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for The Latina Circle, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to Hispanic-American Library, Inc. to establish a Latino cultural center for western Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended for the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission for note-taking services and webpage and internet function updates; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the town of Norton for costs associated with the repaving of the driveway at the Norton public library; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Worcester Caribbean American Carnival Association, Incorporated; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Black Heritage Juneteenth Festival in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Inc. in the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in the Jamaica Plain section of the city of Boston for programming and operations; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the Footlight Club in the Jamaica Plain section of the city of Boston for programming and operations; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended to Townsend Ecumenical Outreach, Inc. for infrastructure upgrades; provided further, that not less than $750,000 shall be extended to the Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority for downtown redevelopment efforts in the city of Fitchburg; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to further support the work of the Berkshire Funding Focus program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Berkshire Theatre Group, Inc. in the city of Pittsfield for the demolition of the rear barn of the former Thaddeus Clapp House located in the city of Pittsfield and for the creation of public parking to improve public safety and to enhance community access to the facility; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for lighting and other wayfinding improvements to the public parking areas of the Berkshire Theatre Group, Inc. located in the town of Stockbridge including, but not limited to, the Carter White walkway, which provides access through the property from state highway route 102 to United States highway route 7; provided further, that not less than $38,000 shall be expended for the restoration of the historic blue steps at the Naumkeag house in the town of Stockbridge; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for facility improvements to the Southwick Recreation Center located in the town of Southwick; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the town of Southborough to support initiatives to promote the environment and increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities; provided further, that $25,000 shall be expended to the city of Newton to upgrade and develop the exhibits at Historic Newton, Inc.; provided further, that $10,000 shall be expended for Zamir Chorale of Boston, Inc.'s musical and educational organization; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Pathway to Possible, Inc in the city of Newton; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended to Welcome Home, Inc. in the city of Newton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the town of Brookline for a feasibility study of the development of a net-zero emissions outdoor community swimming facility, as described in warrant article 40 adopted at the town of Brookline’s fall 2022 town meeting; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be provided to the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition, Inc. to build infrastructure and capacity and to expand program delivery; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Plympton for water infrastructure improvements; provided further, that not less than $70,000 shall be expended to the town of Plymouth for the Plymouth Master Plan; provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended for solar panels at the Falmouth Community Veterans Center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the town of Kingston for coastal stormwater mitigation; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the town of Bourne for a library feasibility study; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the town of Wellesley for the purchase of new voting equipment; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for capital improvements to the Lucius Beebe memorial library in the town of Wakefield; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for Newton At Home, Inc. to provide financial assistance to qualifying seniors in the city of Newton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance improvements in the city known as the town of Agawam; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance improvements in the city of Easthampton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Westfield Athenaeum; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the city known as the town of West Springfield for the city’s 250th anniversary; provided further, that not less $15,000 shall be expended for the Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Inc. in the city of Holyoke; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Inc. in the city of Westfield; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the Provincetown Film Society, Inc. for facility and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system upgrades; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended to the town of Wellfleet for the purchase and installation of ice machines and ice storage equipment; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Roslindale Village Main Street, Inc. to further promote economic development opportunities for businesses located in its business district; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the costs of planning and celebrating the commonwealth’s 250th anniversary of the American Revolution; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to Hispanic Image Smart Women’s Biz Hub, Inc. to empower and provide professional development services to underrepresented entrepreneurs; provided further, that not less than $120,000 shall be expended to Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc. to increase and enhance entrepreneurial opportunities, neighborhood investment, revitalization activities and the self-sufficiency of low-income and moderate-income residents of the Methuen Arlington section of the city of Methuen; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended to Space2Thrive, Inc. to support the Volt Hockey program, acquisition of adaptive volt hockey wheelchairs and partnership with the Hockomock Area Young Men’s Christian Association, Inc. in the city known as the town of North Attleborough and surrounding communities to expand access to the adaptive sport of volt hockey for people living with disabilities that have limited upper and lower body mobility; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended to the Quincy Multicultural Festival to celebrate cultural diversity and build community through programming including, but not limited to, music, art, food and games; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for MassEnergize, Inc. to support programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the town of Wayland; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Associação de Mulheres Empreendedoras Corp. to support its programming; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Association of Women in Ministry International Inc- AWMI Inc. in the city of Everett to provide leadership programming; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Eliot’s Family Resource Center in the city of Everett to provide housing support, education, utility assistance, legal help and summer programming to families in need; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc. in the Charlestown section of the city of Boston to provide community services; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for East End House, Inc. in the city of Cambridge to promote the well-being, academic achievement and successful transition to adulthood of children and youth from under-resourced families; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc. in the city of Cambridge to support anti-poverty programming; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for La Comunidad, Inc. in the city of Everett to support community programming and services; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Transition House, Inc. in the city of Cambridge to assist in providing domestic violence resources; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Just-A-Start Corporation's biomedical careers program in the city of Cambridge; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for The Margaret Fuller-Neighborhood House Inc. in the city of Cambridge for its food pantry and services; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Chelsea Black Community, Inc. in the city of Chelsea for programming costs; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. in the city of Chelsea for programming costs; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for CONNECT, a financial opportunity center in the city of Chelsea, for programming costs; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended to the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester for implementation of racial equity strategies in the Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the replacement of playground equipment in the town common in the town of Bellingham; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the study and design of a new senior center in the town of Millis; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to evaluate and update the town seal and associated branding in the town of Needham; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for the 350th anniversary celebration in the town of Sherborn; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Veronica Robles Cultural Center Corp in the East Boston section of the city of Boston to promote Latin American arts and culture as an engine for stronger communities and economic growth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to ZUMIX, Inc. in the East Boston section of city of Boston for the organization of the East Boston Latino Festival in the summer of 2023; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Cape Verdean Association of Boston Inc. for community programming; provided further, that not less than $25,000 be expended to Lynn Main Streets, Inc. for training, resources, operations and events; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to Swim With A Special Child, Incorporated in the city known as the town of Weymouth for its inclusive swimming program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Ferry Hill Day Camp and Community Center, Inc. in the town of Marshfield; provided further, that no less than $20,000 shall be expended to the South Shore Irish Heritage Trail, Inc. in the town of Scituate; provided further, that not less than $31,000 shall be expended to Carepacks, Inc. in the city known as the town of Weymouth to provide care packages to members of the United States military deployed overseas; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to Peter Igo park in the town of Marshfield for recreation improvements; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the Rolling Wave Foundation Inc. in the town of Scituate to provide bicycles to children and families in need; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the 250th anniversary celebration in the town of Barre; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for town hall services in the town of East Brookfield; provided further, that not less than $23,000 shall be expended for communications integration in the town of Rutland; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for roof repairs for the Richard Sugden Library in the town of Spencer; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for municipal signage and branding in the town of Sterling; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the purchase of a municipal vehicle in the town of West Brookfield; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended for the Quabbin Park cemetery in the town of Ware for the restoration of historic bronze artifacts; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended for infrastructure improvements to the Lancaster Community Center in the town of Lancaster; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the Thayer Memorial Library in the town of Lancaster for the procurement of furniture; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended to The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Inc. for free programming on Boston Common; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to The Latino Coalition of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Inc. to promote community engagement and to empower residents of the city of Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for Breaking Grounds café in the city of Peabody, operated by Northeast Arc, Inc., for costs related to fire damage repairs; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for economic development initiatives by Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the Healing Racism Institute of the Pioneer Valley, Inc. in the city of Springfield to build racism-free communities, organizations and institutions; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Valley Venture Mentors, Inc. in the city of Springfield to support its work with local entrepreneurs; provided further, that not less than $25,000 be expended to Hope Community Development Corporation in the city of Springfield to help with the development of underrepresented neighborhoods in the city of Springfield and in the western region of the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Caribbean American Carnival Association of Boston, Inc. for community events and programming; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for transportation and safety costs related to the 2023 Army Navy Game and related events in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for building restorations and upgrades in the city of Holyoke; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to make improvements to the Monadnock community garden in the Dorchester section of the city of Boston to enhance public access; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Project D.E.E.P Assoc., Inc. for an educational enrichment program in the Dorchester section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to South Boston en Accion, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to South Boston Special Kids & Young Adults Corp; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the Condon community center in the South Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the Tynan community center in the South Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended to South Boston Pop Warner, Inc. for Kickoff for Kids sports programming; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Lynch Foundation for The Base program in the city of Boston to provide student-athletes with access to exceptional year-round athletic training, conditioning and competition; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Boston Sparks Association Inc.; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to Ella J. Baker House Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Michael J. Perkins American Legion Post 67 Inc. in the South Boston section in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. for a transportation pilot program and short-term triage case management; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended to the Central Massachusetts Center for Business and Enterprise, Inc. in the village of Whitinsville in the town of Northbridge for professional education support, small business expansion and regional economic development initiatives; provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended for a needs determination and feasibility study of the American Legion building located on Washington street in the city of Gloucester; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the planning, design and construction of major modifications of the Johnson creek dam in the town of Groveland; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for equipment and furnishings for the Newburyport youth services facility in the city of Newburyport; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for economic development initiatives in the town of Topsfield; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for electronic voting handheld machines for town meetings in the town of Boxford; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for environmental restoration projects in the town of Essex; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the historic carousel at Salisbury beach in the town of Salisbury; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Camp Harbor View Foundation, Inc. to provide programming and family services at Camp Harbor View and its leadership academy; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the JGS Lifecare Corporation in the town of Longmeadow to support unit renovations and nurse call system technology; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Inc. to support its programming and operations including, but not limited to, research, philanthropy and the expansion of the Young Women’s Initiative program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Ashland to support its economic development efforts; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Ashland to support a project to repurpose its police and fire station; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the diversity, equity and inclusion internship pilot program in the city of Framingham; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Holliston for pedestrian improvements and brand deployment efforts along Central street; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Hopkinton to support its diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging program, including the continuation of an equity audit; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Downtown Framingham, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, Inc. located in the city known as the town of Amherst; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the renovation of the town center park in the town of Arlington; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Plympton public library for the purchase of furniture for the room for children; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to LexSeeHer, Inc. for the construction and installation of the Lexington Women's Monument at a location approved by the town of Lexington; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Inc. for staffing needs and enhanced program offerings; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for material and equipment upgrades for the Tufts library in the city of Weymouth; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the support of grant funding and personnel efforts in Duxbury; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for sidewalk installation and repairs in the town of Tewksbury; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Worcester public library to provide seed funding and support staff for the Library in Every Classroom project......... $28,522,000

7008-1300        For the operation of the Massachusetts international trade office............... $128,703

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

Office of the Secretary.

7002-1091        For the development and operation of career technical institutes in vocational-technical schools in partnership with industry and community stakeholders; provided, that career technical institutes shall build out industry recognized credentialing pathways for adult learners in technical and trade fields to retrain and grow the workforce; provided further, that at the direction of the secretary of labor and workforce development, development funds may be transferred to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund established in section 2WWW of chapter 29 of the General Laws to issue competitive grants to support the start-up and educational costs of career technical institutes; and provided further, that not later than December 15, 2023, the executive office of labor and workforce development shall submit a report to the joint committee on labor and workforce development and the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) a list of vocational-technical schools that are operating career technical institutes; (ii) the amount of funding each vocational-technical school will receive under this item; (iii) the number of students served by career technical institutes, including technical institutes established in chapter 74 of the General Laws and the number of adult learners participating in industry recognized credentialing pathways at each vocational-technical school, delineated by training program; and (iv) the employment outcomes of the graduates of the training programs.............................................. $15,379,600

7003-0100        For the operation of the executive office of labor and workforce development; provided, that not later than February 29, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means which shall include, but not be limited to: (i) sector by sector barriers to workers returning to work during the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, including the retail sector; and (ii) current programs that may be utilized to target the workforce in each sector; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a grant program to St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, Inc. in the Dorchester section of the city of Boston for workforce development and educational programming for women; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the East Boston Social Centers, Inc. for the development and implementation of ESOL programming in the East Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less $80,000 shall be expended to support staffing at African Cultural Services, Inc. in the city of Waltham; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Mattapan Technology Learning Center, Inc. for instructors and case managers to provide job training and career placement for technical industries; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Nubian Square Foundation Inc.; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Year Up, Inc. to implement workforce development programs that provide job opportunities for young adults; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Community Action Inc.’s MakeIT Haverhill program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for construction industry apprenticeship and career preparedness training programs administered by Building Pathways, Inc. and aimed at increasing the participation of socially and economically disadvantaged populations; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for costs associated with the establishment of a workforce training center in the city of Lowell in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Middlesex Community College; provided further, that not less than $475,000 shall be expended for the expansion of the Teamsters Local 25 Driver Training Program to accelerate training for commercial truck drivers; provided further, that such funds may be expended to purchase and install a commercial truck driving simulator to accelerate training opportunities for students; and provided further, that not less than $400,000 shall be expended to the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc. to aid adult residents of the eastern region of the commonwealth in overcoming obstacles to employment and economic development opportunities, including economic inequities, sexual and domestic violence and other social barriers............................................... $3,311,126

7003-0101        For the costs of core administrative functions performed within the executive office of labor and workforce development; provided, that common functions that may be designated core administrative functions include, without limitation, human resources, financial management, information technology, legal, procurement and asset management; provided further, that the executive office shall, in consultation with the comptroller, develop a detailed plan for the expenditure of said funds, and for increasing efficiency and reducing costs through shared services; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2024, the secretary of labor and workforce development and the comptroller shall jointly submit the plan to the joint committee on labor and workforce development and the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that the General Fund shall be reimbursed the amount appropriated in this item attributed to the department of industrial accidents based on rates approved by the office of the comptroller and for associated indirect and direct fringe benefit costs from assessments levied under section 65 of chapter 152 of the General Laws...................................... $18,576,380

7003-0150        For the operation of a re-entry workforce development and supportive services program for formerly incarcerated individuals transitioning from a house of correction or the department of correction to a steady job or career; provided, that funds shall be used for: (i) job training for formerly incarcerated individuals in order to facilitate job placement; (ii) wage subsidies to facilitate private sector employment and professional development; and (iii) support services and programs for court-involved youths; provided further, that the executive office of labor and workforce development shall take all necessary steps to secure private sector funding for this program; provided further, that the executive office shall coordinate with a local public or private nonprofit university to examine and develop a longitudinal evaluation framework to assess the efficacy and efficiency of the program; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for New England Culinary Arts Training’s returning citizens programming; and provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the executive office shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means describing the administrative functions of the program, client outcomes and plans for the longitudinal evaluation framework............................................... $2,750,000

Gaming Economic Development Fund........... 100%

7003-0151        For the purposes of expanding registered apprenticeships including, but not limited to, in the priority manufacturing, health care and information technology industries............................................... $3,817,398

Department of Economic Research.

7003-0105        For the operation of the department of economic research...................... $850,889

Department of Labor Standards.

7003-0200        For the operation of the department of labor standards................................. $4,230,506

7003-0201        For the department of labor standards, which may expend not more than $435,767 received from fees collected under section 3A of chapter 23 of the General Laws and civil fines issued under section 197B of chapter 111 of the General Laws, section 46R of chapter 140 of the General Laws and section 6F½ of chapter 149 of the General Laws.......................................... $435,767

Department of Labor Relations.

7003-0900        For the operation of the department of labor relations................................... $3,149,012

7003-0902        For the operation of the Joint Labor Management Committee for Municipal Police and Fire............................ $300,000

Department of Career Services.

Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055
7002-0012        For a youth-at-risk program targeting high-risk areas; provided, that these funds may be expended for the development and implementation of a year-round employment program for youth-at-risk and existing year-round employment programs, including programs that serve youth who are not more than 25 years-of-age, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth, youth of color, youth of all abilities, national origins and religions and low-income youth, including single income households, youth who are experiencing housing insecurity and other youth determined to be eligible by the Commonwealth Corporation; provided further, that $500,000 of these funds shall be matched by private organizations; provided further, that the Commonwealth Corporation shall partner with the school-to-career connecting activities program at the department of elementary and secondary education to develop appropriate connections between the 2 programs; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Cape Verdean Association’s Cabral leadership and innovation center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for YMCA youth programming in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Essex National Heritage Commission, Inc. for the future leaders program to employ underserved youth in Essex county; and provided further, that funds shall be available for expenditure through September 2, 2024, prior appropriation continued .. $22,340,000 $16,240,000

7002-1080        For the Learn to Earn Initiative to be designed and administered jointly by an interagency workgroup including the executive office of labor and workforce development, the executive office of education, the executive office of economic development, the executive office of health and human services, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the executive office of public safety and security; provided, that funds may be transferred to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund established under section 2WWW of chapter 29 of the General Laws for the purposes of supporting a competitive grant program designed to create talent pipelines for businesses and provide career pathways toward high demand occupations as defined by the executive office of economic development and the executive office of labor and workforce development via cohort-based case management and support services for underemployed or unemployed individuals; provided further, that competitive grants shall only be awarded to partnerships of organizations that work with underemployed or unemployed individuals; and provided further, that funding may also be expended to address barriers to obtaining and sustaining employment for job seekers who are underemployed or unemployed and participating in said grant program including, but not limited to: (i) transportation; and (ii) child care.................................... $300,000

7003-0606        For the operation and maintenance of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Inc. to maintain and promote manufacturing as an integral part of the economy, and for programs designed to assist small and mid-sized manufacturing companies............................... $2,000,000

Gaming Economic Development Fund........ 51.11%
General Fund............................................ 48.89%

7003-0607        For the Commonwealth Corporation for an employment training program for unemployed young adults with disabilities; provided, that funds shall be awarded competitively by the Commonwealth Corporation to community-based organizations with recognized success in creating strong collaborations with employers to consider young adults with disabilities; and provided further, that a community-based organization that receives funding under this item shall provide extensive training and internship programming and ongoing post-placement support for participants and employers............................................... $1,000,000

7003-0608        For the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund to deliver innovative worker training for eligible health care workers that will better the lives of health care workers, reduce costs and improve the quality of health care provided by MassHealth personal care attendants and provided at nursing homes, community health centers, hospitals and health systems......................... $1,000,000

7003-0800        For the operation of the MassHire department of career services; provided, that funds may be expended for the MassHire Workforce System..... $2,221,183

7003-0803    For the 1-stop career centers; provided, that not later than March 5, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means including, but not limited to: (i) the number of businesses participating for placement of individuals; (ii) the number of individuals utilizing the program; (iii) outreach initiatives the centers are engaged in to reach minority populations and historically economically disadvantaged populations; and (iv) the success rate of individuals finding and maintaining employment utilizing the centers; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the rapid employment program directed by La Colaborativa, Inc. in the city of Chelsea............................................... $6,010,051

General Fund............................................ 95.63%
Gaming Economic Development Fund.......... 4.37%

Legislature overrode Governor's disapproval
The Governor reduced the following item, for message see House, No. 4055

7003-1206        For the Massachusetts Service Alliance, Inc., to administer state service corps grants and provide training and support to volunteer and service organizations; provided, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended to the Leduc Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for transportation costs related to the America Reads.............................................. $1,400,000

7003-1207        For the operation of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Workforce Development Programs, Inc. to provide dislocated worker assistance, layoff aversion and job training with a focus on pathways to quality careers through traditional and non-traditional apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training.... $150,000

Department of Industrial Accidents.

7003-0500        For the operation and administrative expenses of the department of industrial accidents; provided, that not later than February 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the scope, objective and results of grant recipients’ safety training program; and provided further, that the General Fund shall be reimbursed the amount appropriated in this item and for associated indirect and direct fringe benefit costs from assessments levied under section 65 of chapter 152 of the General Laws......................... $19,834,322

Executive Office of Education.

Office of the Secretary.

7009-1700        For the operation of information technology services within the executive office of education............................... $24,519,373

7009-6379        For the operation of the office of the secretary of education; provided, that not later than December 15, 2023, the executive office of education, in consultation with the department of elementary and secondary education and the department of higher education, shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education on the implementation and expansion of the high quality college and career pathways initiative, including but not limited to, early college, innovation pathways and dual enrollment programs; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the public schools and districts participating in early college, innovation pathways, dual enrollment or career and vocational technical education programs; (ii) the institutions of higher education partnering with public schools and districts to offer early college, innovation pathways, dual enrollment or career and vocational technical education programs; (iii) the employers and employer partners participating in the innovation pathways program; (iv) the number of students participating in high quality college and career pathways; and (v) recommendations to enhance student participation in high quality college and career pathways; and provided further, that the secretary of education may establish education and workforce corps in the areas of climate, education, public health and public safety as part of a curriculum-based service learning program within public elementary, secondary and higher education institutions in the commonwealth................ $2,354,846

7009-6600        For the development and initial implementation of high-quality early college programs; provided, that such programs shall incorporate the guiding principles of designated early college pathways, as developed jointly by the department of higher education and the department of elementary and secondary education; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for Westfield State University for an early college program for nursing and health science pathways; and provided further, that priority shall be given to programs that serve students who are currently underrepresented in college; and provided further, that funds may be expended for programs or activities during the summer months................ $15,150,000

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

7010-0005        For the operation of the department of elementary and secondary education; provided, that notwithstanding chapter 66A of the General Laws, the department of elementary and secondary education, the department of early education and care, the department of children and families and the disabled persons protection commission may share with each other personal data regarding students who receive services in special education programs approved, licensed, monitored or regulated by the department of elementary and secondary education and the department of early education and care to carry out their respective responsibilities under state and federal law; and provided further, that the department of elementary and secondary education may fund direct support to teachers and administrators who are providing services to assist in state education initiatives................. $12,495,386

7010-0012        For grants to cities, towns and regional school districts for payments of certain costs and related expenses for the program to eliminate racial imbalance established under section 12A of chapter 76 of the General Laws; provided, that funds shall be made available for payment for services rendered by the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), Inc. and Springfield public schools; provided further, that all grant applications submitted to and approved by the department of elementary and secondary education shall include a detailed line item budget specifying how such funds shall be allocated and expended; provided further, that not later than April 1, 2024, the department shall submit a report to the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the impact of the grant program on student outcomes, the expenditure of funds by districts and the extent to which the services rendered by METCO support the goals of the grant program; provided further, that funds may be expended by the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), Inc. for the continued implementation of a pilot program for school districts participating in the METCO program; provided further, that the pilot program may include, but shall not be limited to, the implementation of racial equity initiatives and programming aligned with the newly-created METCO Blueprint and Continuum of Practice, which may include audits, professional development and restorative justice practices training; and provided further, that funds shall also be made available to expand METCO enrollment in current districts that have been approved for expansion; and provided further, that funds appropriated in this item for fiscal year 2024 shall not revert to the General Fund but shall be made available until December 31, 2024......... $29,400,000

The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 4055
7010-0033        For literacy and early literacy grant programs; provided, that literacy and early literacy programs receiving funding through this item shall submit ongoing evaluation and documentation of outcomes to the department of elementary and secondary education; provided further, that said evaluations shall be compared to measurable goals and benchmarks developed by the department; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for Reading Recovery; provided further, that not less than $440,000 shall be expended for HILL for Literacy; provided further, that funds provided to Reading Recovery in fiscal year 2024, may be expended through June 30, 2025; provided further, that funds provided to HILL for Literacy in fiscal year 2024, may be expended through June 30, 2025; and provided further, that funds may be expended for programs or activities during the summer months.................. $5,666,731 $5,366,731

7010-1192   For grants to cities, towns, school districts and nonprofit entities for educational improvement projects; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item of appropriation; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for wireless security systems upgrades for Millis public schools; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Community Investors, Inc. for the PowerPlay initiative in Wellesley for the expansion of an after-school and out-of-school recreational program at urban and suburban schools in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for lighting upgrades for the Corey auditorium at the Carlisle public school; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for an inclusive playground in Holden; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended for youth programs at Dennison Memorial community center in New Bedford; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the SMART and Eureka programs for the Framingham, Holyoke, Lowell, Lynn, Pittsfield and Worcester chapters of Girls Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for safety and security improvements for the Johnson school in Nahant; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for busing needs for after school programs in Natick; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Natick public schools for staff development to support the profile of Natick educator competencies; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for roof repairs for Cape Cod Lighthouse charter school; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Macomber school in Westport; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Essex County Community Foundation Incorporated for Haverhill Promise for efforts to expand early literacy; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for Sisters@Heart, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for security upgrades at Richardson Olmsted elementary school, Easton middle school and Oliver Ames high school in Easton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Raising Multicultural Kids, Inc. for diversity and inclusion workshops and for recruitment and training of teachers of color; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for mental health services for Methuen high school; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for El Instituto Cultural de Puerto Rico, Inc. to promote education and arts within the Puerto Rican and Latino community in Lawrence and Methuen; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for capital facility improvements for Berkshire Dream Center Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for two pilot programs to be awarded to school districts from gateway cities for the professional development and job-embedded coaching of general education teachers and classroom personnel around inclusive practices to ensure classrooms are managed with key supports for special education students and behavior challenges; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for repairs for Newbury elementary school; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Change is Simple, Incorporated for the expansion of STEM programming to public school students in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a youth sports fund in Boston for financial assistance for youth in referee trainings, payments for travel expenses related to sports referee trainings, purchase of youth sports equipment for Boston public school students with financial barriers, financial assistance and waivers for applications in youth sports programs and assistance for Boston-based non-profits to lower applications fees; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Salem public schools for upgrades to the Salem high school fieldhouse gym floor and other play surfaces; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for All Dorchester Sports League, Inc. for educational support, nutrition and other community benefits related to the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the purchase of band equipment for the North Attleboro high school music department; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the construction of a playground for the Roosevelt Avenue school in North Attleboro; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for an ADA-accessible playground for the John E. McCarthy Memorial elementary school in Peabody; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the marking of the tricentennial anniversary in Stoneham; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Stoneham Historical Society, Inc. for programming and facility maintenance; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Project Learn, Inc. for the operation of the youth innovation learning hub in Lowell; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Beyond Soccer, Inc. for health, athletic and leadership programming for low-income youth in Lawrence; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for Worcester public library to hire a temporary ESOL navigator for English language learning needs in Worcester; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the construction of a recreational facility for Nathan Hale school; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for a play structure for Joseph H. Downey elementary school in Brockton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for field improvements for the Brockton baseball fields and dugouts; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for Massachusetts Marine Trades Association for workforce development training opportunities and technical education in secondary and post-secondary schools for careers in the marine trades; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Greater Attleboro Area Council for Children, Incorporated; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. for renovation projects; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the Literacy Lab for literacy intervention services for pre-k through third grade students at risk of grade-level reading failure in the greater Springfield and western Massachusetts areas; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts, Inc. in Lawrence to highlight Dominican Carnival in the Merrimack valley and for programming and after-school activities for at-risk youth; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for Hispanic Week to showcase Hispanic culture in the Merrimack valley and across the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Ateneo Dominicano Del Merrimack Valley to promote Dominican culture in the Merrimack valley; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for One Bead Project for technology equity and entrepreneurship programming for school-age children in Boston; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the outside basketball court project for Lynnfield high school; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the replacement of student Chromebooks for the continuation of the district’s 1:1 student to devices program in North Reading; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a classroom set of Nord stage 3 88 stage keyboards for the Reading Memorial high school performing arts program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Grow Food Northampton, Inc. for a project for gardening, outdoor exercise, healthy food and food preparation for elementary school age children in the greater Northampton area; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for mental health services in Braintree public schools; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for technological repairs and infrastructure improvements for Amherst regional high school performing arts department; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Littleton Robotics and Littleton STEM Educational Foundation; provided further, that not less than $70,000 shall be expended for a lightning protection system for Row elementary school in Chelmsford; provided, that not less than $600,000 shall be expended to communities in the Metrowest region, including the city of Framingham and the towns of Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick to address mental health needs in schools; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to St. John the Evangelist Church in the town of Hingham to support the  Free Period program to provide free feminine hygiene products to those in need; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Parent Villages, Inc. in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Boston Green Academy for the implementation of an environmental science and technology career pathway program; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to provide youth services for residents of the Commonwealth Development and Faneuil Gardens apartments in the Brighton section of the city of Boston to be administered by the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation located in the Brighton section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended to the Millbury public school district for the operation of the carpentry partnership program; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended to the Millbury public school district for the operation of the computer science pathway and the advanced manufacturing pathway programs; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the purchase and implementation of an emergency communications system in elementary schools in the town of Merrimac; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the town of North Andover for the purchase of materials for school libraries and additional programming to support literacy in North Andover public schools; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to the town of Wilmington for upgraded athletic equipment and benches at the athletic fields used by Wilmington public schools; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the Mildred C. Hailey Youth Center and the South Street Youth Center in the city of Boston for operations, resources, transportation, youth stipends, job opportunities and public events; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for LEAP for Education, Inc. to provide middle and high school students with academic enrichment opportunities and post-secondary and career readiness; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, Inc. to renovate a career, leadership and innovation center for middle school and high school students; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for More Than Words Inc. in the city of Waltham to support stipends for participants in its vocational program for system-involved youth; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the town of Chelmsford to conduct an electrification roadmap study for the town’s public school buildings; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Girls on the Run Greater Boston, Inc to provide social-emotional learning and physical activity curriculum to elementary and middle school-aged girls in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the La Vida, Inc. scholars program in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to LEAP for Education, Inc. to provide high school students in the city of Lynn with academic enrichment and post-secondary and career readiness skills; provided further, that not less $65,000 shall be provided for the Together for Kids Coalition in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be provided to the Worcester Education Collaborative and the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc. for the Worcester Literacy Partnership; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the town of Canton to implement an Italian language education curriculum at Canton high school; provided further, that not less than $375,000 shall be expended for Catie’s Closet, Inc. to provide students in kindergarten to grade 12, inclusive, in schools located in the Merrimack valley region with a high percentage of low-income and homeless students with: (i) in-school access to clothing, toiletries and basic necessities; and (ii) community-based resources including, but not limited to, social services, mental health services and behavioral health services; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Girls on the Run Greater Boston, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the Leominster Education Foundation, Inc. for Karens Closet Inc.; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Acton-Boxborough regional school district to establish a welcome center; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Leominster public school district for the Center for Technical Education Innovation to employ a grant writer; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, Inc. to increase career pathways for the life sciences sector; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the Leominster public school district for the Center for Technical Education Innovation to procure an auto lift; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc. for services and supports to students and families in western Franklin county; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Dalton Community Recreation Association in the town of Dalton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for It Takes A Village in the town of Huntington for postpartum and early parenting support for families in the western Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $2,500 shall be expended for the Harambee Learning and Cultural Center, Inc. for the purpose of providing a community-based Black history program in the city of Brockton; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to Steps to Success, Inc. in the town of Brookline; provided further, that not less than $55,000 shall be expended to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy for equipment and technology upgrades to the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the development and implementation of STEM educational and skills training opportunities for public school students and educators at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the music program at Everett high school in the city of Everett; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the music program at Chelsea high school in the city of Chelsea; provided further that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Everett LGBTQ+ Youth Space and Resource Center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Special Townies – Autistic & Exceptional Children Programs, Inc. in the Charlestown section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Nurtury, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to assist in programming efforts for Southcoast LGBTQ Network, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $70,000 shall be expended for Calmer Choice, Inc. for the development and support of anti-addiction and mental health programs in school districts including, but not limited to, the Monomoy regional school district, the Mashpee school district, the Barnstable school district, the Nauset regional school district and the Dennis-Yarmouth regional school district; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to the SouthCoast Community Foundation, Inc. to administer a 1-time grant program to provide educational, health, wellness, nutritional, arts, cultural, housing security, safety and emergency resources to underserved residents in the Greater New Bedford area; provided further, that not more than $500,000 from funds appropriated for the grant program in fiscal year 2023 shall not revert and shall be made available for the purposes of the program for fiscal year 2024; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended to Old Sturbridge, Inc. in the town of Sturbridge for an educational program providing experiential learning field trips for students; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the New Bedford Youth Court program in the city of New Bedford and the Fall River Youth Court program in the city of Fall River to support juvenile diversion programs based on the principles of peer-lead restorative justice; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for youth programming at the Bridge of Faith Youth Center, Inc. in the city known as the town of Southbridge; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a universal summer school program to provide academic support for all students of the Milton public school district; provided further, that not less than $400,000 shall be expended for the recruitment, retention and compensation of kindergarten assistants in public schools in the town of Belmont; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the National History Day in Massachusetts program operated by the Massachusetts Historical Society to sustain and increase access to the program for students and teachers across the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Essex National Heritage Commission, Inc. for the Teaching Hidden Histories program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Springfield Day Nursery Corporation in the city of Springfield to support at-risk children, address learning gaps and prepare students for academic achievement; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Zeal Youth Empowerment Center, Inc. to enhance the social-emotional development and academic achievement of middle and high school students in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for the continued implementation of a universal mental health screening program for students in grades 7 and 9 for the 2023 to 2024 school year in the city known as the town of Franklin; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for interior door hardware upgrades at O’Donnell Middle School, Dawe Elementary School, Gibbons Elementary School, Hansen Elementary School, South Elementary School, Wilkins Elementary School and the Jones Early Childhood Center in the town of Stoughton; provided further, that not less than $14,515 shall be expended for security upgrades for the Randolph public schools; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Berkshire Educational Resources K12 to provide research and organizational assistance to individual and collaborating school districts in Berkshire county; provided further, that not less than $11,000 shall be expended for the Holbrook public library for purposes including, but not limited to, adding AWE early learning computers; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to The Nash Primary School Parent Council for playground improvements at the Thomas V. Nash Jr. primary school in the city known as the town of Weymouth; provided further, that $10,000 shall be expended to the town of Marshfield for expenses associated with the organization and operati