2004 Session

Budget Amendments - SB29 (Committee Approved)

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Provide GF for Substance Abuse Block Grant

Item 329 #2s

Item 329 #2s

First Year - FY2003 Second Year - FY2004
Health And Human Resources
Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Department of FY2003 $0 FY2004 $1,000,000 GF

Page 199, line 42, strike "$15,688,674" and insert "$16,688,674".
Page 204, after line 33 insert:
"P.  Out of this appropriation, $1,000,000 the second year from the general fund shall be used to provide substance abuse services through community services boards.  In the event that funding in excess of this appropriation is necessary to prevent a reduction in federal funding from the  Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant, the Commissioner of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services shall transfer such funds as are necessary to prevent a reduction."

(This amendment restores $1.0 million from the general fund in the second year to preserve federal funding for substance abuse services. For each general fund dollar the Commonwealth is below its federally required maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement, the federal government will reduce the substance abuse block grant by a similar amount. Language is also added requiring the Commissioner to provide sufficient funding to prevent a reduction in federal funding should the increase of $1.0 million be insufficient to meet the MOE requirement.)