Senate budget writers turned their attention Monday to the state’s biggest agency, the Department of Health and Human Services.
The proposed budget for DHHS comes in at just more than $2 billion. It seeks to restore the CHINS program and increase payments to hospitals for uncompensated care.
The budget also lays out $24.5 million over the next two years to shore up the state’s troubled mental health system.
Senator Lou D’Allesandro questioned if the state can wait that long for a fix.
Commissioner Nick Toumpas replied there really is no choice.