Regional Funding Amendment, Talking Points and Template Letter to Representatives
As you know, the Governor's Budget was released, as well as the House Ways & Means budget for FY’17 and they were level funded based on last year’s final approved budget. These budgets do not reflect a cut to the EMS Regional line item (DPH 4510-0790), but we are still down by $100,000, as only half of last year’s budget cut was restored. As the five regional EMS Councils are looking for the reinstatement of $100,000 to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Line Item (DPH 4510-0790) which would enable each of the five regional EMS Councils to continue to receive $20,000 each in FY’17 to support effective EMS Coordination, Training, Education, and Recertification oversight, continued CMED (ambulance to hospital communication centers) and other EMS operations related to the growing expanding needs of the EMS system in the Commonwealth (ie: data collection, Mobile Integrated Healthcare/Community Paramedicine, etc.). In light of this level funding, Representatives Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, Poirier of North Attleborough, Khan of Newton, Fox of Boston, Pignatelli of Lenox, Ashe of Longmeadow, Velis of Westfield, Cariddi of North Adams and Mark of Peru have filed Amendment #531 to H.4200 to reinstate this crucial funding.
The Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation designated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to coordinate the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care in the sixty-one cities and towns that comprise Massachusetts EMS Region IV.
The Region represents our EMS Services at the State level on the EMCAB Committee (Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board) as well as the multiple sub committees. We provide guidance and approval of all EMS education, and oversight of all unaffiliated EMTs within our Region. We assist communities with special event planning, service and system development questions, MCI planning, service zone planning, and medical oversight with the Affiliate Hospital Medical Directors. We also field questions regarding EMS regulations, laws, and advisories on a daily basis.
Over the years these cuts have impacted us in the services we provide. At the moment if we have to absorb the proposed FY’17 budget, we could lose staff as well as have to make additional cuts that would make it difficult to sustain current operations. Currently our staff consists of two full-time, one part-time, and two contract employees.
We are asking all of our members and interested parties to contact their representatives as soon as possible to request that they support Amendment #531 to reinstate this $100,000 which is crucial funding, so that we can continue to provide the Commonwealth with the best service possible.
I have attached a document that all of the Regions have put together that outlines some of the services we provide and can be used as a reference when speaking with your Representative. Also included is a letter that you can utilize requesting reinstatement of the crucial Regional Council Funding for FY’17.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call me.
Derrick Congdon, M.S., NREMT-P
Metropolitan Boston EMS Council, Inc.
(MA EMS Region IV)
(o) (781) 505-4367
(f) (781) 272-6967