November 15, 2018
The November elections brought changes to the make-up of the 2019 General Assembly and specifically to the health and human services committees. It is too early to say how that will impact future discussions on the public BH/IDD system and the public health and human service system as a whole. Current legislators are not quite done with business, as there is a special session on the calendar for November 27th, and Legislative Oversight and other committees are still meeting with the current legislator make-up. Additionally, it is likely that the House and Senate will follow their past actions and begin the budget process before January. When the long session begins in January, all newly elected and re-elected legislators will begin their work. At that time, we will see new committee assignments and changes in office space, get a better sense of areas of interest for new legislators and, hopefully, begin to cultivate new champions for the MH/IDD/SUD public system.