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"I lost consciousness in the helicopter and I remember thinking I was dead, and that this was the end…then nothing,” Jim has no memory of his time in the hospital during his stroke, but came out the other side dedicated to fight his way back. And fight he did!
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FY'19 Ask for the Statewide Head Injury Budget (line item 4120-6000)

Funding for the Statewide Head Injury Program

On January 24, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker submitted the Fiscal Year '19 budget proposal (H.2 budget). The H.2 budget funds MRC at $49.0M, which is a $164K (.3%) decrease over FY'18 estimated spending. The Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) portion of the MRC budget (MRC line item 4120-6000) is funded at $15,614,075.

Effort to Increase the FY'19 MRC SHIP Budget (line item 4120-6000)

BIA-MA is advocating for an FY'19 Ask of $17,614,075, an additional $2 million dollars over the FY'18 budget of $15,614,075. This additional funding will increase the ability to provide community based services, a multi-service enter, transitional support services, and support services.

BIA-MA has begun meeting with members of the Joint Committee of Ways and Means to advocate for increasing funding for SHIP. This committee considers all matters relating to the finances of the Commonwealth.

Final FY'18 Budget

For more information about Advocacy at BIA-MA, contact Kelly Buttiglieri at 508-475-0032 or