Bill expands access to mental health care, boosts workforce, and strengthens quality of coverage
On February 14, 2020 the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the Mental Health ABC Act, comprehensive legislation aimed at reforming the mental health care system in Massachusetts. Senate Bill 2519, An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health, serves as the first step toward developing a more integrated system of mental health care delivery to better meet the needs of individuals and families.Read more
On February 6, 2020, the Massachusetts Senate unveiled Senate Bill 2519, An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health, a comprehensive mental health care reform bill. This legislation is the first step toward putting the Commonwealth on a pathway to developing a more integrated system of mental health care delivery to better meet the needs of patients. The Mental Health ABC Act removes barriers to timely quality care, provides the state with more effective tools to enforce existing mental health parity laws, and invests in the mental and behavioral health workforce pipeline. The legislation builds on progress made through state mental health parity laws passed in 2000 and 2008, and the ‘Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008’ at the federal level.Read more
The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, January 30, 2020 advanced three bills that boldly tackle the contributing factors of climate change, chart one of the most aggressive courses of action against global warming in the country, and pave the way for a clean energy future for all of its residents.Read more
The Communications Director is expected to oversee communications functions for the office, including press/media management, social media, and drafting various types of internal and external correspondence. Other major functions include assisting the Legislative Director with legislative and policy projects, stakeholder engagement, monitoring district issues, and staffing the Senator at events and meetings.
Position title: Communications Director
Time: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Start Date: February 2020
Position based in: Boston, MARead more
Bill will reduce prescription drug costs, promote transparency, and increase patient access
On November 14th, the Massachusetts Senate passed An Act relative to Pharmaceutical Access, Costs and Transparency (PACT Act), comprehensive pharmaceutical cost control legislation aimed at addressing the high and rapidly increasing costs of prescription drugs. By connecting the need for greater drug price transparency with policies to improve oversight over the pharmaceutical industry, the legislation will put Massachusetts at the forefront of the state’s efforts to tackle increasing drug costs. It will also reduce drug costs to patients and lower health care costs overall.Read more
Bill will invest $1.5 billion in public schools, update statewide education policy, and support effective approaches to closing opportunity gaps for students throughout the Commonwealth.
On October 3rd, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the Student Opportunity Act, Senate Bill 2350, an unprecedented $1.5 billion new investment in Massachusetts K-12 public education. This legislation ensures public schools have adequate resources to provide high-quality education to students across the state, regardless of zip code or income level. Assuming inflation, over time the bill could provide an estimated $2.2 billion.Read more
Budget appropriations will fund programs to stem the opioid epidemic, housing, critical public safety programs, economic development, and environmental safeguards
(BOSTON, MA) — State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) successfully secured appropriations totaling $7.34 million in the FY2020 budget for district and statewide programs. Cyr will deliver $740,000 in local initiatives to help Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and $6.6 million in statewide priorities. A majority of the spending will go to programs that provide housing, shelter, and mental health services for seniors and our most vulnerable citizens; fight the opioid crisis via funding evidence-based prevention and harm reduction programs; support critical public safety programs to help veterans, children, as well as victims and witnesses to violent crimes; promote economic development through employee ownership of small businesses and job training; and safeguard the environment.Read more