MIKULA URGES HILL TO MAINTAIN MENTAL HEALTH $$$ INCREASE
By Chris Lisinski
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 6, 2019....One year after receiving a significant increase in state funds, the head of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health hopes legislators will back Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to keep the allocation at its higher level.
Mental Health Commissioner Joan Mikula said housing costs are holding back people in recovery who are ready to live on their own. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]
State Mental Health Commissioner Joan Mikula, speaking before dozens of mental health providers at an annual breakfast Wednesday, said she was happy to see the governor's fiscal year 2020 budget maintain the same support for her department as last year, when an $876 million budget was approved. She urged attendees to visit lawmakers after the breakfast and advocate on DMH's behalf.
"The governor's fiscal year '20 budget supports initiatives and is a statement about the effectiveness of treatment, medication and services," she said. "It recognizes the importance of peer specialists and recovery coaches. It appreciates that many of the 29,000 individuals we serve have a lot of co-ocurring substance-abuse conditions. It acknowledges the crucial importance of high-quality, real-time medical intervention and treatment for people."
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