Massachusetts Spending Plan to Promote COVID-19 Recovery: Impact on People with Behavioral Health Conditions
On December 13, Governor Baker signed legislation allocating nearly $4 billion in federal COVID relief funding and state fiscal year 2021 surplus dollars. The legislation included more than $400 million to expand access to behavioral health services and community-based primary care, including:
$198 million for a Behavioral Health Trust Fund to support a loan repayment assistance program for behavioral health workers, prioritizing the recruitment and retention of a cultural, ethnically and linguistically diverse workforce;
1 million to support a school behavioral health technical assistance center;
$1.5M for implementation assistance grants to community behavioral health provider organizations to advance adoption of pediatric behavioral health urgent care programs; and
$750,000 to support families of children with serious mental health needs.
Read our new issue brief for details on the spending plan and its impact on individuals and families with behavioral conditions in the Commonwealth.
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