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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.

Gov. Patrick signs nonprofit retirement options bill into law

Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill on Thursday, March 22 that will allow employees at small nonprofit organizations to join a retirement plan managed by the state treasurer and receiver general.

Council holds forum on participant-directed care

The Providers' Council held a forum on participant-directed care on Tuesday, March 20 at Plymouth Church in Framingham, where a panel of experts discussed one of the major aspects of the March 2011 report Trends in the Human Service Landscape. Completed by Public Consulting Group and comissioned by the Providers' Council, the report discussed several trends in human services, including the participant-directed -- or consumer-centric -- model of care.

20+ new jobs posted last week! Post your openings today!

Our members posted 23 new jobs to the Providers' Council's job board just last week.

PILOT bills sent to “study”

There were numerous bills filed in the legislature this year that had the potential to seek payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) from tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. But these bills were sent to study by the Joint Committee on Revenue and will not be advancing this year.

Council submits testimony on FY ‘13 Ways & Means budget

The Providers' Council submitted testimony on the FY '13 Ways & Means budget during a public hearing at Gardner Auditorium on Friday, March 9.

Save the date for two exciting forums!

The Providers' Council and Public Consulting Group have partnered to produce a report on Trends in the Human Service Landscape. Please join us at two forums this spring as Public Consulting Group, your peers and industry experts will discuss major issues from this report. Learn the major trends, find out how they will affect your organization and discover how they have the potential to change the entire human services sector in the years to come.

Council submits written testimony to DHCFP

On Tuesday, Febraury 21, the Providers' Council submitted written testimony to the Division of Health Care Finance & Policy on114.4 CMR 13.00, Payments for Youth Intermediate-Term Stabilization Services. The Council previously submitted oral testimony in January at a public hearing in Shrewsbury.

Welcome to the redesigned Providers.org!

The Providers' Council would like to announce the launch of its redesigned website at providers.org.

Endorse the Council’s CareVote campaign

The Providers' Council's CareVote campaign is ramping up its efforts for 2012, and we need the help and support of our members to make the campaign a success. Sign up today to endorse CareVote!

Council to hold rally at State House

The Providers' Council and The Caring Force are preparing to hold a rally at the State House on April 2, and we want you to be a part of it!

Voter registration deadline is next Wednesday!

In order to vote in Massachusetts Presidential Primary on March 6, you must be registered to vote by Wednesday, February 15!

Council co-sponsors social enterprise forum

The Providers' Council co-sponsored a forum on Thursday, January 26 to advance human services social enterprises and purpose businesses in Massachusetts. Other co-sponsors included the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. The forum provided an opportunity to learn about resources available to social enterprises and to discuss what additional support is needed. The forum was well attended by more than fifty providers, state representatives, and academics interested in social enterprise.

Governor Patrick releases FY ‘13 budget proposal

This morning Governor Deval Patrick released his FY '13 budget proposal. The Council is continuing to analyze the line items that affect our members; however, based on an early review, we are pleased to report that your continued advocacy has resulted in level or increased funding for many programs across EOHHS.

State issues Social Innovation Financing RFRs

The Executive Office of Administration & Finance on Wednesday issued Requests for Response in an effort to encourage innovative solutions to social problems, improve the performance of government and save taxpayer money.

Register to vote by Feb. 15 deadline

Are you registered to vote for the March 6 presidential primary in Massachusetts? Do you know how to look up your polling place?

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