Malia: House Budget Supports Mental Health, Substance Abuse Funding and Bolsters Critical Community Services

Every year, the Massachusetts House begins the budget process by receiving the Governor's proposed budget. The House adjusts the budget to include items most needed by constituents. As Chair of the Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Boston’s 11th Suffolk District State Representative, I heard your concerns and advocated for initiatives that will best serve our community. This year’s House budget makes notable investments for behavioral health, including new funding of more than $28 million for the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services and $13 million for the Department of Mental Health. It provides 46 new transitional support services beds – a 13% boost statewide – and 45 substance addiction treatment beds for women.