On June 30th, 2020, Governor Mike Parson signed the state budget for Fiscal Year 2021 into law. He vetoed and restricted some funds from all state agencies due to the impact of COVID-19 on state revenues. MCDHH’s budget was impacted among the many funding cuts made. The following four areas are where MCDHH’s appropriations were changed:
- $100,000 General Revenue restriction to the Hearing Aid Distribution Program (HADP). This means that the program is temporarily suspended until the restriction is lifted or MCDHH is able to find money from other source. During this time, MCDHH will not be accepting applications for the HADP and will not be awarding hearing aids based on existing applications.
- MCDHH’s professional services fund was reduced by $30,000. MCDHH staff capacity is now reduced from eight to seven.
- MCDHH’s equipment and expenses fund was reduced by $10,859. This means that MCDHH will have less money available for office and operational needs. MCDHH staff is working proactively to find ways to reduce spending so that this cut will not impact our services to Missourians.
- The Governor may withhold up to 3% of the appropriated funds. This 3% is withheld annually to pay for the services that the Governor’s Office provides to MCDHH and applies to other state agencies as well. This withhold was expected and will not have an impact on MCDHH.