Success! Governor signs FY2015 budget.
Juvenile Court Clinics statewide gain $260,000!
Governor Patrick approved the increased funding of line-item 5055-0000, which includes an additional $260,000 for the statewide
Juvenile Court Clinics.
Your advocacy helped secure an increase of $260,000 for Juvenile Court Clinic services in the Commonwealth during Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15).
Special thanks to Representative Elizabeth Malia and Representative Ruth Balser, Senator Jennifer Flanagan and Senator Joan Lovely for their leadership and advocacy!
Please call and thank your legislator for their support by clicking here.
With this increase, the Juvenile Court Clinics have finally reached the goal of $2 Million set in 2005! Your advocacy made this happen.
We are so pleased to finally reach the funding goal set in 2005! It's been a long, hard run and you've been with us every step of the way. We know the challenges ahead demand a new goal to meet the needs of 2015 and beyond. We'll keep you informed as we work on this together with DMH and the Juvenile Court.
Why fund the Juvenile Court Clinics?
The Juvenile Court Clinics are a place of last resort to solve urgent problems for the Commonwealth's most vulnerable children:
- Children with acute substance abuse requiring emergency out-of-home care through a court order or community-based out-patient services.
- Children falling between the cracks of state agencies.
- Children failing to improve despite intensive, comprehensive home-based services.
- Children who are older since the Juvenile Court now has jurisdiction over 17-year-olds.
- Children failing to meet criteria for Competence to Stand Trial needing repeat evaluations every six months.
For more information about the Juvenile Court Clinics, please visit our website.
Thank you again for your support!