FY12 Massachusetts EOHHS Budget Hearings

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) will be conducting a public hearing on the upcoming Fiscal Year 2012 budget. Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, M.D., and the Assistant Secretaries at EOHHS are looking forward to hearing the views of members of the community regarding the agencies under their purview.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010            Department of Mental Health, Western Massachusetts Area Office

Haskell Building, Second Floor Large Conference Room

1 Prince Street

Northampton, MA 01060

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The hearing will be tentatively divided as follows:

10:00 to 11:00             Children, Youth and Families – DCF, DYS, ORI, DTA

11:00 to 12:00              Health Services – DMH, DPH, DHCFP, MassHealth

12:00 to 1:00                Veterans, Elder Affairs, Soldiers’ Homes

1:00 to 2:00                 Disabilities & Community Services – MCDHH, MCB, MRC, DDS

Since the start of the budget crisis, the Administration has worked with you to solve deficits totaling nearly $13 billion.  As FY12 approaches, we are facing the expiration of federal stimulus funds and reduced rainy day funds and even though revenues started to grow in FY11, revenue collections historically lag behind national economic growth and will remain moderate over the next two fiscal years.

To overcome this budget challenge, we will need to work together to reexamine all public services and their delivery and find innovative solutions so that we can continue our mission with minimal disruption. Governor Patrick, Secretary Bigby and all of us at EOHHS are seeking your input to identify potential efficiencies, cost-saving initiatives and partnership opportunities that will preserve core services to the fullest extent possible without additional expenditures.

Due to the number of individuals anticipated to attend, oral testimony will be limited to three minutes. Following are three questions we want you to address in your testimony or as a supplement to your testimony.  Please do your best to address each question specifically.

  1. Are there areas where you believe EOHHS can regionalize, consolidate or streamline services, programs or offices to better serve clients, increase efficiencies and achieve savings?

  1. Are there areas where you believe EOHHS can use technology to better serve clients, increase efficiencies and achieve savings?

  1. Are there ways you believe EOHHS can reduce expenditures while maintaining essential and core services?

In the interest of time, representative panels are welcome.  If you need accommodations please call 617-573-1600 and let the receptionist know. In addition, written testimony is strongly encouraged and may be mailed to:

Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, EOHHS

One Ashburton Place, Room 1109, Boston, MA 02108

Or emailed to:  eohhshearings@massmail.state.ma.us

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