Call to Action: Support Funding for BSAS/DPH to Combat the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in MA

Funding is needed to provide a greater investment in addiction services that is critically needed at this time in order to address the ongoing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts. In 2014, over 1,000 Massachusetts residents died as a result of opioid overdose. MPHA, as part of the Massachusetts Coalition for Addiction Services (MCAS), is asking you to contact your legislator to secure critical funding for the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) as part of the Department of Public Health (DPH). 

In the coming days and weeks a House and Senate conference committee will meet to resolve differences between the FY 2016 House and Senate spending bills and produce a final legislative budget known as a conference committee report.

The conference process presents an opportunity to educate legislative leadership about the importance of adequate funding for community-based addiction services. As always, personal or local stories that explain the value and critical nature of addiction services are most effective with legislators.

 Action Requested

Please contact your state Senator and Representative and ask them to support the following Line Items and to convey their support to the conference committee members whose names are provided below

 If you are unsure of who your Senator and Representative are or if you need their contact information, click here.

 Talking Points

I am calling to request that you ask the Conference Committee members to support funding for the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (DPH/BSAS) as follows:

  • The HOUSE VERSION of Line Item 4512-0200 for BSAS Programming and Operations
  • The HOUSE VERSION of Line Item 4512-0201 for Post-Detox Step Down Services
  • The SENATE VERSION of Line Item 4512-0211 for Recovery High Schools, and
  • The SENATE VERSION of the EOHHS Line-Item 1595-4510 for the EOHHS Substance Use Services Fund

Thank you for your on-going support.

Conference Committee Members

Chairwoman Karen Spilka

Senate Committee on Ways and Means

Senator Sal DiDomenico

Senate Committee on Ways and Means

Senator Viriato deMacedo

Senate Committee on Ways and Means

Representative Brian Dempsey, Chair

House Committee on Ways and Means

Representative Stephen Kulik, Vice Chair

House Committee on Ways and Means

Representative Todd Smola

House Committee on Ways and Means

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