Conference Committee released its FY15 Budget. We are thrilled to report that there were increases or maintained levels of services across the board for teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs! This would not have been possible without your advocacy through out the last year. Please see below for a synopsis. Click here for our analysis spreadsheet.
Please call/email the Governor ASAP to ensure that he does not veto (reduce funding) for any of these programs. You can simply say you are calling/emailing to urge Governor Patrick to support the Conference Committee budget allocations for teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs. If you want to provide more detail, you can ask that he follow the conference committee allocations for the programs listed below- include the line item numbers. The Governor has 10 days to review/veto and sign the budget.
Call the Governor at 888.870.7770 or email his office here.
You can also call/email your State Representative and Senator to thank them for supporting teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs in the conference committee budget. It's rare that legislators are thanked and it provides valuable impetus for them to continue to support these programs. You can find your legislators and their contact information here.
Conference Committee Synopsis:
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) 4530-9000: TPP is funded at $2,546,742, which is an increase of $14,000. The new evaluation and pilot initiative would be maintained.
- Employment Services Program (ESP) 4401-1000, including the Young Parents HiSET Program (YPP): ESP is funded at $11,802,537, which would be an increase of approximately $4 million. YPP is earmarked at $3.45 million, which is level funding.
- Teen Parent Shelter (TPP) 4403-2119: TPP would see an increase of $203,000 and is funded at $9,347,502. This would enable DCF to open another 2–3 beds.
- Children and Family Services 4800-0038, which includes the Young Parent Support Program: This line item is funded at $261,553,353 overall, an increase of approximately $5 million. There is language prioritizing funding for programs including young parents programs.
- Teen Parent Child Care: Teen parents access child care through income eligible child care and TANF related child care for families receiving welfare.
- Income eligible child care, 3000-4060, is funded at $241,894,678, which would be an $20 million increase. This may not result in an actual increase in services, in part, because some of this funding will maintain services moved to this line item last year.
- TANF related child care, 3000-4050, is funded at $133,477,300, which would be a decrease of approximately $2 million. However, caseloads have declined so we do not believe that this would result in reduced access.
- In addition, there is a new line item Birth Through Pre School: 3000-4040, which adds $15 million to reduce the wait list for income eligible child care.
- Healthy Families, 3000-7000: This line item is funded at $14,483,933, which would be an increase of approximately $4 million. However, this increase in funding is dependent on the executive office of health and human services' projection that the children's health insurance program's healthy services initiative project revenue will be not less than $28,612,794. If this revenue projection is inaccurate, Healthy families would be at least funded at $10, 483, 933, which is approximately $99,500 less than level funding.
- School Based Health Centers, part of 4590-0250: The overall line item is funded at $12,377,055, which would be an increase of approximately $30,000. Some of these funds are required to go towards school nurses and school based health centers.