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Malia FY19 Budget Items Secured


  • Increase by $25K for Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center annual state appropriation, totaling $925K, for staff salaries.

  • $200K for Project RIGHT’s substance abuse/trauma prevention initiative in the Grove Hall area of Boston.

  • $200K for the operation of The Dimock Center’s Behavioral Health continuum of substance use care to provide comprehensive treatment for individuals suffering from substance use disorder and other behavioral health challenges.

  • $200K for Community Servings to provide medically tailored meals to persons battling chronic illnesses, workforce training programs to those recovering from addiction, and for opportunities to expand services and locations.

  • $100K for the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention’s training and workforce development. AIP provides in-school counseling to youth struggling with trauma, many of whom are unable to see a provider outside of school.


  • $150K for Horizons for Homeless Children (HQ located in 11th Suffolk on Columbus Ave).

  • $2M to increase payment rates for adults day health programs over last fiscal year.

  • Increase of $1M for the Shannon Community Safety Initiative to combat youth violence, gang violence, and substance abuse through regional, multi-disciplinary efforts, totaling $7M.

  • At least $900K dedicated for DPH grants to youth at-risk programs utilizing an evidence-based positive youth development model, including programs that serve LGBTQ youth.

  • Increase by $600K, totaling $4.6M, for operation of the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation to serve as a catalyst for urban economic development and job opportunities for local residents, plus language included to allow funds to be spent on a matching program to encourage private and corporate donations to support the Franklin Park Zoo in Roxbury/Dorchester/Jamaica Plain and the Walter D. Stone Memorial Zoo in Stoneham.

  • Increase by $500K for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Mass Cultural Council, totaling $14.5M or roughly a 3% increase over FY18.

  • $250K for the expansion of low threshold, safe haven housing for mentally ill men and women who have been chronically homeless and are currently living in emergency shelter or on the streets in Boston.

  • $125K for a grant to the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, Inc. within the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s Department of Career Services youth-at-risk program targeted at reducing juvenile delinquency in high-risk areas.

  • $125K for the Moving Ahead Program at the St. Francis House in Boston, plus $100K for planning, initial staffing and startup costs for their substance abuse disorder outpatient clinic.

  • $150K for the Boston court-appointed special advocates program within the juvenile court.

  • $150K for Self Esteem Boston’s direct service and provider training programs.

  • $100K to support the development of school-based Bridge programs for youths who have had prolonged absences due to hospitalization for physical or mental health care.

  • $100K for the Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc., which helps low-income, urban youth hone their understanding of the social problems they face and use their talents and skills to create change in their own lives and in their communities.

  • $50K for No Books No Ball in Roxbury, which uses academics, basketball and community engagement to motivate urban youth and empower individuals, families, and communities.

  • Outside section included to require state-funded aging service providers go through LGBT competency training (originally a Malia bill)

  • Outside section included to Lift The “Family Cap” that denies welfare benefits to children conceived while or soon after the family receives benefits.

  • Language included to protect funding for all centers and institutes at UMass Boston (not less than amount in FY18), plus the addition of a reporting requirement to the legislature if the university deems it necessary to reduce funding (as a result of extraordinary or unforeseen circumstances).

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