Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) has successfully included an amendment to increase funding for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and survivor services in the FY22 budget. Specifically, the amendment provides $508,000 for these services.
“The pandemic has brought with it many difficulties and unexpected consequences,” said Senator Moore, “One of which has been an increase in domestic violence incidents. As a result, services provided by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services have seen an increased volume of people looking for care. Therefore, we must make sure that these services remain fully funded so that they can continue to be available for those who need them.”
Senator Moore made securing this additional funding a priority due to the statutory increase in rates associated with Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2018.
Chapter 257 established a system of predictable and reasonable rate increases for services provided by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. The continued funding of this rate increase is crucial in providing the same level of service for survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
However, during the pandemic, domestic abuse increased significantly, and so it is vital that services for survivors remain fully funded during this time. This amendment ensures that they are fully funded and can continue to provide care for those who are most vulnerable in the Commonwealth.