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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 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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Providers' Council submitted testimony on the FY '13 Ways & Means budget during a public hearing at Gardner Auditorium on Friday, March 9.
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.
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.
In order to vote in Massachusetts Presidential Primary on March 6, you must be registered to vote by Wednesday, February 15!
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.
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.
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.