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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.

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.

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.

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