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EOHHS Briefing - Budget Cuts Ahead

EOHHS Briefing - Budget Cuts Ahead

October 9, 2008

EOHHS Secretary Bibgy held a stakeholder briefing on the state fiscal challenges on Wednesday afternoon. Read yesterday’s Commonhealth blog for more details.

Secretary Bigby highlighted the principles her agency would be following in planning for potential budget reductions. Among them:

  • Maintain essential and core services where possible
  • Protect currently service clients where possible, especially protecting the most vulnerable with the greatest risks
  • Maintain court ordered services (including mental health and children’s dental)
  • Secretary Bigby highlighted the need to align any budget cuts with her agencies FY09 strategic priorities, including homelessness prevention, the Community First Program, health service rate reform and the rationalizing of health care costs.

    HCFA appreciates the transparency of the Administration as the state enters tougher financial times. We also appreciate the opportunity to give suggestions for addressing the fiscal challenges and encourage all to voice their concerns and suggestions. There will be a briefing on Thursday at 10AM and on Friday at 9AM, both in the 21st floor of One Ashburton Place. Both briefings will be geared towards human services.