Sen. DiDomenico supports unanimous vote for $131 million supplemental budget
BOSTON – The Senate unanimously passed a $131 million supplemental budget last week, announced Senator Sal DiDomenico. The bill includes supplemental funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Senior Care Adult Day Health Program, and foster care placement and educational programs run by the Department of Youth Services.
“This bill is fiscally responsible and funds several critical programs, some of which were running out of money,” said Senator DiDomenico. “During these tough economic times, it is important that we, as legislators, take the steps necessary to protect our most vulnerable populations.”
The budget directs roughly $21 million dollars to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which, in this tough economic climate, has lost a significant amount of federal funding. With this additional money, families, elders, and households will be able to heat their homes this winter.
In addition, the Senior Care Adult Day Health program will receive $35 million to extend services until July 1, 2012. Adult Day Health centers provide care for seniors during the day when family members or caregivers may have to work or have other responsibilities.