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NEW – FY 2019 BUDGET INFORMATION

FY 2019 BUDGET INFORMATION as passed out of House Appropriations

 

Below are the links to the written Budget Bill (H.924), House Appropriations Highlights, the FY 2019 Web-Report and an excerpt from Vermont Cares Partners Legislative Update on the Budget. Also find a link to the proposed cuts and explanations from the governor’s original budget. In addition to the Governors proposed budget investments and reductions, there was over 40 Million dollars of request from Committees, Members and Advocates.

BUDGET BILL

The actual bill (H.924) has the money line items, but also all the language that accompanies the appropriation sections. The appropriations are in section “B” of the bill and if there is language explaining a base appropriation or policy in the appropriation it will generally be in section “E” with the same corresponding number. Sections “C” and “D” generally have “one-time” appropriations, disbursements of settlement funds, transfers and other appropriations and policy.

H.924 An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0924/H-0924%20As%20Introduced.pdf

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. 924: FY 2019 House Budget Highlights March 2018

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/House_Fy_2019_Budget_Summary_Document.pdf

Excerpt:

Key actions and funding for vulnerable Vermonters

  • Primary Care

Fully restore tuition loan repayment funding to attract primary care providers to Vermont

Restores 1/2 of the primary care case management payment proposed for elimination by the administration.

 

  • Mental Health

Sets up a new Substance Abuse Disorder Response Fund using $14M from one time Tobacco Settlement funds to be used over the

next four years for a variety of programming needs.

  • Aging and Disabilities

Fully funds the developmental disabilities services caseload projected need by adding $4.33M ($2M GF).

Choices for Care: Provides 2% increase for home health across all services and a 2% increase for Area Agencies on Aging and Adult Day Centers through Choices for Care.

Restores funding for attendant care for severely disabled individuals with transition of beneficiaries to alternate service programs where appropriate.

 

 

WEB REPORT

The Web Report is a spread sheet that will show the numbers for each section of the budget from FY 2018 and the numbers the Governor proposed for FY 2019. The last two columns show any changes (restorations, increases, decreases) that the House Appropriation made to the Governor’s proposal.

 FY 2019 Big Bill Web Report

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/webreports/webreports/Web/FY2019%20Big%20Bill%20Web%20Report%203-19-2018%203_19_02%20PM.html#id3480003000

Here are the Human Services Sections of the Web Report

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Examples of Web Report:

  • 330 Disabilities, aging, and independent living – advocacy and independent living grants
Fund/Expense Category FY18 Governor’s Rec House Change House
Grants 20,862,885 19,208,495 750,000 19,958,495
Expense Total 20,862,885 19,208,495 750,000 19,958,495
General fund 8,403,232 6,734,891 750,000 7,484,891
Federal funds 7,148,466 7,148,466 0 7,148,466
Global Commitment fund 5,311,187 5,325,138 0 5,325,138
Fund Total 20,862,885 19,208,495 750,000 19,958,495
Budget Stage Amount Category Note
House 1,389,547 General fund Does not eliminate state funded Personally Directed Attendant Care (PDAC) program for non- Medicaid eligible persons as proposed by Gov.
House (639,547) General fund Savings estimated for current GF funded PDAC caseload moving to alternative service programs

 

 

  • 331 Disabilities, aging, and independent living – blind and visually impaired
Fund/Expense Category FY18 Governor’s Rec House Change House
Grants 1,451,457 1,451,457 0 1,451,457
Expense Total 1,451,457 1,451,457 0 1,451,457
General fund 389,154 389,154 0 389,154
Special funds 223,450 223,450 0 223,450
Federal funds 593,853 593,853 0 593,853
Global Commitment fund 245,000 245,000 0 245,000
Fund Total 1,451,457 1,451,457 0 1,451,457
       
  • 333 Disabilities, aging, and independent living – developmental services
Fund/Expense Category FY18 Governor’s Rec House Change House
Grants 210,048,542 216,769,918 4,328,067 221,097,985
Expense Total 210,048,542 216,769,918 4,328,067 221,097,985
General fund 155,125 155,125 0 155,125
Special funds 15,463 15,463 0 15,463
Federal funds 359,857 359,857 0 359,857
Global Commitment fund 209,518,097 216,194,473 4,328,067 220,522,540
Interdepartmental transfers 0 45,000 0 45,000
Fund Total 210,048,542 216,769,918 4,328,067 221,097,985
Budget Stage Amount Category Note
House 4,328,067 Global Commitment fund Fully funds estimated caseload need in developmental services

 

Budget Program Analysis – Explains the “rationale” for the Human Services Cuts:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Health%20and%20Welfare/Governor’s%20Proposed%20FY2019%20Budget/W~Monica%20Hutt~FY19%20Budget%20Program%20Analysis~2-7-2018.pdf

 

Below is a Legislative update from Vermont Cares Partners:

Legislative Action

 

House Appropriations Committee Develops Budget for Approval by the House of Representatives

 

The House Appropriations Committee developed a budget for approval by the full house of Representatives at the end of the week. It includes the $2 million general fund (GF), $4.3 million total fund replacement of developmental services cuts proposed by the Scott Administration.

 

Additionally, a package of mental health services was added to the Governor’s budget proposal on top of the $400,000 GF proposed for street outreach programs in four regions of the State. Out of the original $400,000 the Howard Center in Chittenden County is slated to receive $150,000 and $250,000 would be allocated in the other 3 communities. The Department of Mental Health would also receive $200,000 on a one-time basis to assist the pilot communities, in light of their difficulty in securing local matching funds. Another $168,000 was appropriated to extend the Pathways for Housing peer warm line to achieve full 24/7 coverage. Plus $276,000 allocated to DMH “at the Department discretion in Rutland County for supportive housing services for individuals with mental health disabilities who have experienced chronic homelessness, using the low barriers model”.

 

Vermont Care Partners had advocated for an increase in statewide housing vouchers through DMH, but the Committee did not pursue this. The last piece of the “mental health” package approved by the Committee was $165,000 for recovery centers.

 

The House Appropriations Committee did not discuss the $5.74 stage 2 workforce investment request made by Vermont Care Partners in spite of compelling testimony and advocacy by many stakeholders.

 

Attorney General Settlement with Tobacco Companies for the years 2004 to 2017 came to an agreement for a one-time payment of $28 million. There are restrictions on the funds; one half must go towards addressing addiction. The expectation is that the funds will be appropriated and used over the next 3 – 4 years.

 

Here is the House proposal for the addiction funds:

 

  1. $1 million for student loan repayment for LADCs (for 4 years) It was recommended that LADCs make a 5-year commitment to work in Vermont. Each LADC would work for a year and then apply for money each year. The program would be run through AHEC. The awardee and employer would sign a promissory note.

 

  1. $600,000 would be directed to DOC for recovery coaching in 3 facilities for offenders with addictions. The program would be based in separate wings for people with SUD. Three limited services positions would be created to work with people transitioning from incarceration to assist them in finding housing, employment and to connect with recovery centers. The program would start as a one-year pilot, which if successful could be funded in the future.

 

  1. $300,000 DCF to create Circles of Support and Accountability (COSAs) for DCF involved families in collaboration with community justice centers.

 

  1. $250,000 for evaluation of SUD prevention services in schools. The Opioid Commission would get $40,000 to inventory prevention programs in schools.

 

  1. A legislative working group will evaluate how to best spend funds in the future and report back to the legislature.

 

The other $14 million would be appropriated as follows:

 

  1. $10 million for teachers’ retirement system
  2. $2 million for reserves – rainy day fund
  3. $1.5 higher education one-time expenses: $1 million to state colleges, $.5 million for UVM
  4. $.5 million to Treasurer’s office for climate efficiency measures for state buildings

 

Language on sheriff’s transport of mental health patients includes a requirement for a lean process which will include DOC, DCF, DMH and the Courts. An additional $74,000 was appropriated because the Administration’s budget was insufficient. It may still need to come back to budget adjustment for sufficient funding.

 

CIS was reduced by $1 million. HHS recommended restoring and put into bundled rates.

Submitted by Karen Lafayette kmlafayette@aol.com