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HAVEN funding

Posted 5 months ago by Monte Wagner

Dear members, 

As of 2015, you paid an additional $5 when renewing your professional licenses to support HAVEN (Health Assistance InterVention Education Network), which offers a confidential alternative to "public disciplinary action for professionals suffering from chemical dependency, emotional or behavioral disorder, or physical or mental illness." 

HAVEN sees around 400 health care professionals annually to provide counseling and treatment but your $5 fee is not made available to them and the amount of about $800,000 annually is allocated to the General Fund instead. 

The current budget proposal by Gov. Malloy will permanently divert this money to the General Fund, limiting funding for HAVEN and the valuable services it can provide to our colleagues in need. 

We urge you to contact your local state representative on the Appropriations Committee (find your's here under Committee membership) and send them the message below. 

"I am a licensed healthcare professional.  Since October 2015, I and my colleagues have paid an extra five dollars as part of our licensing fees with the understanding that our additional money would support the professional assistance program, known as HAVEN. 
 
Reject the Governor’s proposed budget which eliminates the professional assistance account and redirects my five dollars to the General Fund.  This five dollar fee increase is not state money and is being misappropriated.
 
Enforce the current law so that my money will support the health of my colleagues and the patients we serve.  
 
Funds for the professional assistance program are more important now than ever in light of the opioid epidemic and the mental health crisis that impacts all of us."
Thank you for taking the time to support our colleagues when they are most vulnerable. 
Please let me know if you have any questions. 
Sincerely, 
Monte Wagner, DNP, MPH, APRN-BC
Health Policy co-chair
CT APRNS

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