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Returning to Room 228 this afternoon the Appropriations committee took further votes and held further discussions on the supplemental budget.
Unanimously the committee approved the following FY14 initiatives:
- Recruit and retain staff at Riverview and Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Centers
- Promote patient and staff safety at Riverview and Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Centers
- Establish a psychologist position at RPC
- Provide for a contracted psychologist at RPC
- Provides funding for consulting services at Dartmouth Medical Center at Riverview
- Provide interpreter services at Riverview
- Provide funding for security at RPC
- Provide specialized training for staff related to interactions between patients and security personnel
- Provides funding for the design and construction of a Special Care Unit at RPC related to the Lower Saco Unit
- Funding for contract nurses
- Funding for consulting, repairs and maintenance to address concerns raised by the Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Reclasses several positions in order to improve treatment, recruitment and retention
The net General Fund cost of these initiatives is $1.4M in FY14.
Discussing the proposal to rebase the year on which the hospital’s service provider tax, Sen. Flood shared that the savings are expected to be $1M, not $3M as originally projected. Similarly, explorations of excess carry forward balances in the Unorganized Territory- Education account yielded $1.867M not the $4M hoped for earlier.
Additional lines received unanimous approval:
- The reallocation of some funding for a portion of a position supporting the Maine Medical Marijuana program. The funding is currently mistakenly drawn entirely from the Maine Medical Marijuana fund
- Lines related to additional staffing needs in the Office of the Secretary of State
Following these votes the committee completed its on mic work for the day. They continue to work in caucuses.
The committee will continue to meet both on mic and in caucus all week. The full schedule may be found here: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/schedule_agendas/index.htm
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