Local 509 Members Testify on CBFS Bill

  Local 509 members, staff, and allies testify before the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee.

Local 509 members, staff, and allies testify before the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee.

On May 17, Local 509 members testified in support of House Bill H1429 that would create an Oversight Commission for the state’s Community Based Flexible Supports (CBFS) system. Joined by members of the mental health community and other allies, Local 509 members Sheelagh O’Connor (DMH) and Dennis MacDonald (Eliot) spoke of their experience working within the CBFS system and the need for more oversight and transparency in its administration.

Introduced by Rep. Jim O’Day, the bill (H1429) will:

  • Ensure that consumers are provided quality care, not slashed staffing or neglected crucial services.
  • Ensure that all stakeholder voices are heard, including consumers, family members, workers, providers, legislators, and DMH.
  • Look to maximize funding through Federal reimbursement strategies and incentives.
  • Review original outcome measures, not currently public information.
  • Evaluate relevant incident reports, safety concerns, and suicide data

Thanks to all 509 members and allies who attended and testified in support of the bill!

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