News — Advocacy
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.
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.
The six bills on the Providers' Council's 2013-2014 legislative agenda have all received bill numbers and committee designations.
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.
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has posted the final FY '13 Salary Reserve reports on the Salary Reserve website.
The Providers' Council will seek a $16.6 million Salary Reserve in FY '14
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The state has scheduled public hearings on Rates for Adult Long-Term Residential Services and Rates for Family Transitional Support Services over the next few weeks.
The Providers' Council and the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers held a forum on legal and compliance issues when contracting with ICOs.
Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled his FY '14 budget proposal yesterday. The proposal includes new revenue for several human services programs and some cuts in other areas.
Please help the Providers' Council secure co-sponsors for our 2013-2014 legislative agenda!
The Providers' Council submitted testimony on the FY '14 budget to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on Wednesday morning.
The Providers' Council will hold "Significant Legal and Compliance Considerations in Contracting with ICOs" on January 31.
The Providers' Council and Office of the State Auditor will hold a joint forum on January 17 at Mass Bay Community College.
MassHealth and CMS have agreed to change certain dates for the Duals Demonstration.
Our country endured a terrible tragedy on Friday, December 14. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Newtown, Connecticut, particularly the friends, families and neighbors who have endured such a saddening loss. We further extend those thoughts and prayers to everyone across our nation and world who has been affected by this terrible tragedy or violence in the past.