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FY'20 Final MRC SHIP Budget

BIA-MA is thrilled to announce that Governor Charlie Baker signed the FY ’20 budget, allocating $19,977,126 for the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP).  This is an increase of $3,180,157 or 22%! 

Governor Baker signed a $43.3 billion state budget, opting against cutting any spending approved by the legislature.  Tax collections have risen over last year.  The Department of Revenue reported that final fiscal 2019 tax collections totaled $29.69 billion, only $200 million less than the upwardly revised $29.89 billion estimate that lawmakers used in the fiscal ‘20 budget they approved in the Conference Committee.

The final budget for SHIP is also an increase over the final House budget of $18,977,126 and Senate budget of $17,877,125.  The Conference Committee adopted the House budget.

BIA-MA would like to thank everyone that contacted their legislators, the Conference Committee and the Governor’s office to advocate for the increase in funding for SHIP.

Effort to Increase the FY ’20 MRC SHIP Budget

The Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) is funded each year through a line item in the state budget (4120-6000) and through the Head Injury Treatment Services Trust Fund (HITS) (4120-6002).

HITS has decreased dramatically due to low traffic citations in Massachusetts.  In 2016, there was a 35% drop in traffic violations compared to 2009 for the state while in Boston there was a 54% drop in traffic violations between 2010 and 2015.*

View the FY'20 Budget Ask flyer for SHIP.

Source: Rocheleau, Matt and Wallack, Todd, “Mass. Police issuing fewer traffic violation”, Boston Globe, June 20, 2017.

It is estimated that funding for the HITS fund will run out within the next two years.
Governor Charlie Baker submitted the FY ’20 budget proposal of $42.7 billion on January 23, 2019.  The budget overall would increase spending by 1.5 percent over the current fiscal year.  The budget would fund SHIP at $17,877,125 or an increase of $1,098,587. 

BIA-MA advocated for an additional $2.5 million dollars over the Governor’s budget.  The additional funding will fund transitional support services and to supplement the decrease in the HITS fund.  The transitional support services will allow a distinct re-entry point for individuals that experience a sudden need for services, since brain injury symptoms are often unpredictable and can change during one’s life.

For more information about Advocacy at BIA-MA, contact Kelly Buttiglieri at 508-475-0032 or kbuttiglieri@biama.org