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Sixty percent of Senate co-sponsors Salary Reserve amendment!

Sixty percent of the Senate is co-sponsoring Sen. Karen Spilka's amendment for a Salary Reserve.

Salary Reserve not included in Senate budget proposal

As you have probably already heard, the Senate Ways & Means Committee introduced its FY '13 budget proposal today, and it did not include a Salary Reserve for human services direct care workers.

Senate budget due out Wednesday, 5/16!

The Senate Ways & Means Committee is expected to release its FY '13 budget proposal on May 16 around mid-day. Council members can expect an e-mail from the Providers' Council with any breaking news and anyone can check the Council website for updates.

More than half of Senate signs onto Salary Reserve letter!

More than half of the state Senate has signed onto a letter authored by Senator Karen Spilka that asks Senate leadership to include a Salary Reserve for direct care workers in its FY '13 budget proposal.

More support needed for Sen. Spilka Salary Reserve letter!

More than one-quarter of the Senate has signed on to help bring relief to human service workers by supporting a Salary Reserve in the Senate budget -- but that means nearly three-quarters of the Senate still need to hear from you.

Council’s Letter to the Editor in Sunday Globe

The Providers' Council had a letter to the editor in the Boston Globe on Sunday, May 6. The Council was responding to Joan Vennochi's column of April 29, entitled "Nonprofit Greed's Real Victims."

EOHHS releases provider allocation summary for FY ‘12

The Provider Allocation Summary and the Appeals Process for the $10 million FY '12 Salary Reserve have been posted to www.mass.gov/salaryreserve. EOHHS has allocated 1.205% increases for applicable contracts.

Council, allies secure additional $1 million for CIES!

Thanks to the advocacy of the Council's Employment Committee and membership, we were pleased to see the House increase funding for Comprehensive Integrated Employment Services funded through the Department of Transitional Assistance. The increase was part of an amendment the Council supported.

Two Council bills reported favorably out of committee

We are happy to share with our members and supporters that the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing reported two Providers' Council bills favorably out of committee on Thursday, April 26

House omits Salary Reserve from budget

Even though the Salary Reserve amendment received broad, bipartisan support from nearly 100 state representatives, the House declined to include the Salary Reserve in its budget proposal for FY '13.

Nearly 100 representatives co-sponsor Salary Reserve!

Nearly 100 representatives have stood with human services workers and co-sponsored a budget amendment that would create a $28 million Salary Reserve for the 31,500 employees making $40,000 and under.

Participate in DAYS OF ACTION on April 23 & 24!

Since our last update, even more legislators have signed on to support an amendment filed by Representative David Linsky's, the Human Services Salary Reserve (Amendment #259!).

Half of House co-sponsors the Salary Reserve!

After revieweing the latest numbers, we're blown away. You drafted e-mails. You made phone calls. You visited Beacon Hill. You sent tweets, wrote messages on Facebook walls and used other forms of social networking. And when the Salary Reserve amendment was filed by State Rep. David Linsky at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 73 representatives were listed with him.

Council releases report on Trends in the Human Services Landscape

The Providers' Council released its report Wednesday on Trends in the Human Service Landscapde. The Council commissioned the report, which was completed by Public Consulting Group. Trends in the Human Service Landscape details several major issues, including innovative models of human service payments, a shift to person-directed care and the decentralization of services.

URGENT: Ask your representative to co-sponsor the Salary Reserve!

Your phone calls, e-mails and contacts with representatives are already making a difference. As of 5 p.m. on April 12, 52 representatives have agreed to co-sponsor Representative David Linsky's Salary Reserve amendment. The amendment, the full text of which is below, would provide a $28 million Salary Reserve for human services workers making $40,000 and under.

House budget proposal released without a Salary Reserve

The House Ways & Means Committee released its FY '13 budget proposal on April 11, and the spending plan did not include a Salary Reserve for low-paid human service providers. The Council had made a Salary Reserve for the 31,000 low-paid human services workers one of its two main budget priorities for FY '13.

House Ways & Means budget to be released Wednesday

The House Ways & Means Committee will unveil its FY 2013 budget proposal on Wednesday, April 11. The budget is expected to be released mid-day.

Last call to attend forum on provider payment models

BOSTON – The state’s largest human services membership association, the Providers’ Council, and the nationally recognized Public Consulting Group will release a report on April 11 detailing emerging trends in the state’s human services sector that can radically change the sector and payment processes. Members and non-members are invited to register on the Council website. Trends in the Human Service Landscape details several major issues, including innovative models of human service payments, a shift to person-directed care and the decentralization of services. Public Consulting Group’s Jim Waldinger will discuss accountable care organizations, integrated care organizations and human service payment models in detail with a panel discussion to follow.

Caring Force rally draws 1,000+ to State House

On April 2, members of the Providers' Council and The Caring Force sent a resounding message to our lawmakers: invest in human service programs and workers now. Blowing away all expectations, more than 1,000 Council and Caring Force members flooded the State House, actually forcing security to shut down the building for a short period due to capacity limits. Even more took to the internet to amplify our message through our virtual rally. And lawmakers heard the message.

Download summaries of our new report!

The Providers' Council commissioned a report on Trends in the Human Service Landscape that will be released in the coming weeks. The report, completed by Public Consulting Group, discusses many of the major trends in the human services sector, including an increase in participant-directed care (also known as consumer-centric care or self-directed care) models and a rise in accountable care organizations. Two-page summaries on these two report highlights are now available.

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