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Council, members testify on GIC legislation

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes and three Council members testified on Thursday, April 11 in support of legislation that would allow human services organizations and employees to access the Group Insurance Commission.

The Caring Force to hold rally at State House on April 9!

The Providers' Council and The Caring Force issued the following press release regarding the planned Caring Force rally on April 9.

Providers’ Council hosts Innovation Forward seminar

The Providers' Council hosted its Innovation Forward seminar at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester on April 3, featuring keynote speaker Travis McCready, vice president of program at The Boston Foundation, and experts in social innovation.

Council Board of Directors elects 2013-14 members, officers

The Providers' Council's Board of Directors elected new officers and directors during its Annual Business Meeting at Beechwood Hotel in Worcester on Wednesday morning.

Providers’ Council submits formal testimony on Transitional Supports

The Providers' Council sent formal testimony to EOHHS regarding Family Transitional Support Services on Friday, March 22.

Council submits FY ‘14 budget testimony to Ways & Means

The Providers' Council on Monday submitted testimony on the FY '14 state budget to the Joint Committee on Ways & Means.

Providers’ Council’s Board of Directors issues position statement on revenues

The Providers’ Council’s Board of Directors on Friday afternoon encouraged its membership, elected officials and the general public to support an increase of $1.9 billion in tax revenue to fund human services, early education, infrastructure and other essential public needs.

Council, members testify on Family Transitional Support rates

The Providers' Council and a number of its members testified Tuesday morning on new Family Transitional Support Services rates being proposed by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services under Chapter 257.

Governor Patrick signs Social Work Safety bill

Governor Deval Patrick participated in a ceremonial bill signing at the State House on Friday afternoon for the Social Work Safety bill.

DTA to hold listening sessions regarding services

Department of Transitional Assistance Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan is holding listening sessions regarding DTA's services. Please see the below list for her message, as well as listening session dates, times and locations.

DMH issues RFI on Behavioral Health integration

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit comments on the integration of behavioral health (Mental Health/Substance Use disorders) and primary care. The information obtained through this process will be shared with members of the Behavioral Health Integration Task Force to help inform their discussions. The Behavioral Health integration Task Force was created pursuant to Section 275 of Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012.

Council legislation receives bill numbers, committee designations

The six bills on the Providers' Council's 2013-2014 legislative agenda have all received bill numbers and committee designations.

Weekes, Sen. Warren, Reps. speak at rally about sequestration

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren; U.S. Reps. Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch, Ed Markey, John Tierney; and community leaders in discussing the devastating effect sequestration would have on Massachusetts if a solution is not discovered before Friday, March 1.

Final FY ‘13 Salary Reserve reports released

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has posted the final FY '13 Salary Reserve reports on the Salary Reserve website.

Council to seek a $16.6m Salary Reserve in FY ‘14

The Providers' Council will seek a $16.6 million Salary Reserve in FY '14

The Caring Force holds statewide meeting in Framingham

The Caring Force, a grassroots advocacy movement started by the Providers' Council, held a statewide meeting in Framingham on Thursday, February 14 where more than 60 people in attendance heard from Rep. David Linsky and members of The Caring Force.

Council sends letter to Rep. Neal on charitable deduction

Providers' Council President/CEO Michael Weekes sent a letter to Congressman Richard Neal on Thursday, February 14, asking him to protect the "charitable deduction for individuals so that charitable contributions can continue to support the vital programs and services on which our state's residents rely."

Council holds legislative briefing at State House

The Providers' Council held a legislative briefing on human services at the State House for House freshmen, other representatives and legislative aides on Wednesday, February 13.

Duals Demonstration Implementation Council members announced

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services late Tuesday afternoon announced the 21 individuals who will serve on the Duals Demonstration Implementation Council, which will play a key role in monitoring access to health care and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tracking quality of services, providing support and input to EOHHS, and promoting accountability and transparency.

Chapter 257 Watch: Cautious Optimism over Gov.‘s Proposed Budget

When Governor Patrick released his much-anticipated FY'14 budget recommendations on Jan. 23, there were many reasons for those of us in the human services industry to applaud.

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