MCOA Legislative Alert #5 GAA: Governor Signs FY19 with $12/elder & more

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MCOA Membership:

Great news. Governor Baker started the ball rolling last October at our fall conference when he said he would help us get our goal of a formula grant $12/elder by 2020. His FY19 Budget proposed $12 with the House following suit. The Senate added in the continuation of the Elder Mental Health Projects ($500,000) and the Conference Committee made both a reality. Thursday, Governor Baker signed those allocations into law for FY19, which for the Formula Grant Campaign is a year ahead of schedule.

 GAA FY19 Bottom Line:

  • FG = $12/elder with $6000 minimum fir smaller COAs and $1.2million in earmarks for local contracts (see list above).
  • EMHOTs = 5 projects fully funded and will continue for a 3rd year.
  • According to EOEA, all existing SIG contracts, will be funded at the FY18 final level: Existing Local SIG Projects will get $349,853.25 and MCOA will get $965,150 to continue the final year of three year contracts. MCOA’s allocation will allow for limited new funding. As we continue to develop the COA wish list of SIG ideas for the next 5 years, we hope our members continue the process we started at our June Membership Meeting by submitting ideas that either promote regionalization or innovation.. Send in a brief description to marykay@mcoaonline.com Look for a full explanation of the SIG Program (FAQs) and a form to submit your suggestions to be sent next week.

Source:

These are excerpts from the FY19 Budget that the Governor just signed referred to as GAA.

 ACCOUNT Description: FY2018 Spending FY2019 GAA

5046-0000 $387,308,340 $488,735,614

Adult Mental Health and Support Services

For adult mental health and support services; … and provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be

expended for an elder behavioral health interagency service agreement between the department of mental health

and the executive office of elder affairs for adult and community based behavioral health

services for adults over the age of 60

 

9110-9002     Grants to Councils On Aging                                                                                                                      14,242,900          17,776,125

For grants to the councils on aging and for grants to or contracts with non-public entities which are consortia or associations of councils on aging; provided, that notwithstanding the former proviso, all funds appropriated in this item shall be expended in accordance with the distribution schedules for formula and incentive grants established by the secretary of elder affairs; provided further, that the formula grant portion of this item shall be $12 per-elder; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for repairs and upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the Rehoboth senior center; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for a new generator at the Seekonk Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be provided for the town of Needham for senior transportation; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Holliston Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to enhance services at the Carver Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to enhance services at the Raynham Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to enhance services at the Marion Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to enhance services at the Dighton Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to enhance services at the Berkley Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to enhance services at the Bridgewater Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to enhance services at the Wareham Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to enhance services at the Middleborough Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to enhance services at the Taunton Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for design plans to implement a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the town hall in the town of Norton; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the operation of the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Respite Program at the Brookline Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the city of Newton to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center in the city of Revere; provided further, that not less than $55,000 shall be expended equally between the councils on aging located in the municipalities of Agawam, Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke. Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick, Tolland and Westfield; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Hadley Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the South Hadley Senior Center; provided further that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the cost associated with care and services provided at Whipple Senior Center in the town of Weymouth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Claire Teague Senior Center in Great Barrington; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Swansea for design plans to implement a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at its Council on Aging Community Center; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Millis for the purchase of a vehicle to provide transportation for seniors in the community; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Longmeadow for transportation costs at the Longmeadow Adult Center; provided further, that not less than $50,000, shall be expended for the senior center renovation and expansion in the town of Mendon; provided further, that $25,000 shall be granted to the city of Quincy’s Department of Elder Affairs; provided further that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Taunton Council on Aging for the purpose of funding the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts program in the city of Taunton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be allocated for the operation of the South Boston Neighborhood House and its Senior Programs; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the design of an expansion to the Bellingham Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the improvements and expansion of the Uxbridge Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $21,000 shall be expended to improve the health and safety of senior citizens in Medway; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended to the town of Burlington for improvement of the Burlington Council on Aging facility; provided further, that $25,000 shall be granted to the town of Randolph’s Department of Elder Affairs; and provided further, that the distribution schedules shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2019.

Thanks all of you for your efforts in achieving our goal of $12/elder/year by 2020- ONE YEAR EARLY. CELEBRATE! In August we will send out the final FY19 Alert asking each MCOA member to make sure to thank your legislators and the Governor. It is important to follow-thru on this last step and express your gratitude.

Dave

David P. Stevens

Executive Director

Massachusetts Councils on Aging

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