The Governor signed the fiscal year 2011 budget on July 30, just in time for the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. The Governor adopted the Conference Committee budget numbers that did not include FMAP funds. FMAP is the $500-$700 million in federal Medicaid dollars Massachusetts policymakers hoped Congress would approve before Governor Patrick signed the budget. If FMAP funds are approved down the line, additional dollars could be allocated to teen pregnancy related programs. Overall, teen pregnancy related line items fared well considering the fiscal climate. Some programs even maintained current funding levels. Below is a report on the fiscal year 2011 funding levels for teen pregnancy related programs. Please note comparisons are to current fiscal year 2010 funding levels:
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention (4530-9000) is funded at approximately $2.4 million (a reduction of approximately $250,000 or 10%)
- Young Parent GED Program (YPP): The Employment Services Program (4001-1000), which includes the Young Parent GED Program is funded at approximately $15 million (this is a reduction of approximately $6 M or 29%). Language in the line item includes YPP, but gives the Department of Transitional Assistance discretion over how much to fund YPP. The Alliance will be advocating to policymakers to find additional dollars to allot to Employment Services.
- Teen Living Shelter Program: TLP maintained level funding and is funded at approximately $6.6 million!
- Young Parent Support Program (YPS): Services for Children and Families (4800-0038), which includes YPS is funded at approximately $247 million. $41 million for services for family preservation and re-unification were moved to a separate line item. Taking this into account, Services for Children and Families was reduced by approximately $4.5 million or 2%. Language in the line item gives priority to YPS, but gives the Department of Children and Families discretion over how much to fund YPS.
- Healthy Families is funded at $10,538,066 (a reduction of $148,638 or 1.4%).
- Teen Parent Child Care:
- TANF Related Child Care (3000-4050) is funded at $127,358,313 (an increase of approximately $11 million or about 10%)
- Income Eligible Child Care (3000-4060) is funded at $228,527,427 (a reduction of approximately $33 million or 13%)
- When Income Eligible Child Care and TANF Related Child Care are taken together, there is reduction of approximately $22 million or 6%)
Thank you to everyone who advocated for teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent services this budget year. Your tireless efforts made a difference for youth and young families!