Investments made for families of first responders, DCF, and behavioral health issues


Representative Nick Collins joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass a supplemental budget that makes crucial investments to support the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents including children, the elderly, the homeless, those with mental health issues, and the families of first responders. The bill doubles the benefits for families of those killed in the line of duty, bringing the total to $300,000 to provide support.


The Legislature continues to provide record-level funding to confront the behavioral health and substance addiction challenges plaguing Massachusetts. This legislation invests more than $2.8 million for the Department of Mental Health. It also provides support in numerous ways to help vulnerable populations including:

  • $5.2 million for the Department of Children and Families;
  • Nearly $11 million for the Department of Developmental Services which will help than 464 individuals;
  • $4.5 million for the Department of Elder Affairs;
  • $21 million for emergency homelessness assistance;
  • More than $31 million to provide legal representation for those who cannot afford it including youths and those with mental health problems.


“I am proud to prioritize support for our most vulnerable in this Commonwealth.

Whether it is children in need, elderly who require support services, homeless who need emergency assistance, those struggling with mental health and addiction, or the families who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty, it is our duty as policymakers to fight for their wellbeing” said State Representative Nick Collins (D-South Boston). “Massachusetts will continue to be a national leader on these issues in a time of uncertainty on the national stage.”

The legislation was signed by the Governor.