CORI’S 2021 BUDGET RELATED ACTIVITIES AND BUDGET
BUDGET RELATED ACTIVITIES
Coalition Building – Grass Roots and Shared Goals
We work with constituent groups, including community-based organizations and groups with similar identified goals, on sharing information, identifying issues and prioritizing annual goals for action with administrative and legislative bodies. For 2021 this process has been finalized.
Primary Goals: $50 Million for Services and DHS Accountability
The tax on alcohol raises approximately $200 Million per year, all to the General Fund.
- We seek $50M of these tax proceeds for SUD/MI related services.
Accountability and transparency by DHS regarding all Federal Funds received for SUD services, for rate setting and for treatment bed availability.
- We seek single point, meaningful responsibility at DHS and implementation of recent Medical Assistance and continuum of care reforms.
We are also advocating for an increase in the tax on marijuana in the legalization proposal from 10% to 20% to pay for needed SUD treatment.
Specific Advocacy and Public Policy Initiatives
Based on priorities identified by the above process, our goals for 2021 include:
Funds for the Chronic/Homeless SUD/MI Population
Focus on accessing treatment for the chronic/homeless population who often are in the ER or jail and then released back on the street due to lack of services.
- SUD Navigators in County Jails and hospital ERs to help people who are detoxed find treatment resources. ($4M)
- Treatment Courts for rural Minnesota and the Twin Cities. ($2.5M)
- Peer Specialists to assist underserved populations as part of the continuum of care. ($3M)
- Chemical Dependency Rate Increase to fund the full continuum of care, including additional treatment beds for underserved populations. ($20M)
- Addiction Medicine Fellowships at the U of M for expansion of this vitally needed medical expertise. ($.5M)
Funds for School CD and MH Counselors and Social Workers
- High School and Junior High Counselors, including social workers, CD and MH counselors and psychologists.
We deliberately set a high bar for our financial goals this year because SUD related problems in Minnesota are worsening and only significant funding will change this trend.
Department of Human Services Accountability
Aside from our financial request, we are proposing a separate bill to require DHS to:
- Account for all funds received from Federal Grants to Minnesota for SUD related services.
- Maintain a current inventory of all SUD/MI beds, including lack of access for immediate treatment.
- Be transparent on cost calculations for rate increases for various levels of care continuum.
DHS must exercise leadership and be held responsible for our treatment system.
Implementation of New Federal Medical Assistance Match and Community Based Continuum of Care
Two recent major changes– 50% Federal Match for Medical Assistance (MA) eligible recipients and Community Based Service System – require oversight and input to the Department of Human Services to assure effective implementation. These changes fund housing, treatment, counseling and related services for our low-income population. This new system has great potential, but attention by outside advocates is needed to make sure the potential becomes a reality, including holding DHS accountable.
Marijuana Legalization Proposal – Increase Tax to 205 to Fund SUD services.
The current proposal allocates $150,000 (not a typo) of an estimated $17 million in tax revenue from a 10% tax on revenue. While the current proposal is unlikely to become law, it may be the blueprint for future passage. We are advocating for raising the tax to 20%, with the extra 10% going towards SUD treatment and related services.